Cycling hidden south

Tour details

  • Explore around the old part of Ljubljana that will charm you with narrow streets along the bank of the Ljubljanica river and its medieval bridges.
  • Cycle in the Southeast of Slovenia in an enchanting county of Bela Krajina.
  • Cycle through the natural park of Lahinja and stop by the local mill and join the locals for a cup of beautiful red wine.
  • Head for Kolpa River, the secluded pearl on the most south-eastern part of Slovenia right on the border with Croatia.
  • Spend a night at a friendly family farm house, in a tranquil village where tradition still pervades every corner.
  • Cycle through the canyon of Kolpa, enjoy a picnic lunch on the green meadow along the river and refresh yourself in nicely warm water.
  • Cycle through the small picturesque villages and piles of hay neatly spread along the green meadows.
  • Take a break at the hunting castle of Sneznik which used to be a summer residence of the Habsburg.
  • Explore the wilderness of never-ending virgin forest around Sneznik mountain. The area used to be vital hideout for the partisans during the WWII.
  • Cycle through one of the remotest places in Slovenia and enter to a warm Mediterranean region of Slovenia.
  • Enter the Karst plateau expanding above the Adriatic Sea. Cycle through the small villages with lovely stone buildings and explore the superb local cuisine influenced by the Mediterranean.
  • Grab a chance and try the »prsut« (slices of air dried, salted meat), cheese with herbs and other local delicacies.
  • Cycle along the vineyards and leave the Karst plateau on the way to the medieval Predjama castle. Built in the mouth of a cave roughly halfway up a craggy 123-meter-high cliff. It was once the home of Erazem Predjamski, the Slovenian equivalent of Robin Hood in the 15th century.
  • Explore the land around mysterious Cerknica Lake, which occasionally entirely disappears. Learn about the legendary witches that fly down from Slivnica hill, each year on a Carnival day.
Tour dates
  • From May to October.

Land only price
Please contact us!

Activity level
Easy to Moderate

Duration
8 days / 7 nights

Optional
· Single room
· Daily route extensions for more biking
· bike rental: E-bike or Marin / Trek hybrid bike with panniers (male frame)

Trip extention
See our Blue & Green Istria Cycling Tour

Itinerary

Day 1 Ljubljana - Dragatus - Lahinja park
Day 2 Dragatus - Stari trg ob Kolpi
Day 3 Stari trg ob Kolpi - Osilnica
Day 4 Osilnica - Markovec
Day 5 Markovec - Ilirska Bistrica
Day 6 Ilirska Bistrica - Komen
Day 7 Komen - Postojna
Day 8 Ljubljana

Trip impressions




Info

Frequently asked questions

 

When is the best time to bicycle in Slovenia?

Best time for riding bikes in Slovenia is from the end of April till mid November (May-June, Sept-Oct being the best months). Before/after this period you can still somewhat colder temperatures and there’s a higher chance of rain, although the roads are clear and possible to ride on (with exception of mountain passes where you may encounter snow on the road).

 

What are the roads like?

Our trips run on local roads, with less traffic, and where possible, on cycling paths. We chose local roads that are safe to ride on. Some roads do not have a signalised shoulder to ride on, but car drivers are respectful of cyclists in Slovenia.

 

Am I fit enough to join the tour? How much riding do we do daily?

On Cycling highlights of Slovenia we do about 40km (25mi) daily and about 600m (2000ft) of elevation gain. The trip is market easy-moderate, as we mainly ride of flat to rolling terrain, with some moderate climbs along the way. For more challenging climbs, we offer shuttles, or you can opt do it yourself if you feel fit enough on the spot. We do suggest that you do some riding at home before joining our tour.

 

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own bike. If traveling by plane, our guide can help you assemble it, but can not and will not take responsibility of assembling the bike himself alone (our guides know the basics of bike mechanics, but are not professionally trained bike mechanics). If needed, we can advise a couple of bicycle shops that have great mechanics where they can assemble the bike for you.

 

Can I rent a bike with you? What options do you offer? What additional gear do you supply?

Yes, you can rent a bike upon arrival, but we do ask you to make a reservation beforehand. You can choose between a road bike, hybrid bike, e-bike or a mountain bike. For more details, please contact us.

Along with bike rental come bike panniers (where applicable), cyclometer, helmet, quick fix pouch, pump and a lock. For a small additional fee, we also offer easy to use gps navigation device.

 

What do I need to “carry” with me on the bike? How is my luggage transported?

Your big luggage is transported between hotels. On a guided tour, you can always keep a small day backpack in the van. However, we advise that you have on you at all times a water bottle and a rain jacket, as our guide is not driving right behind you, but giving you freedom to ride peacefully and at your own pace. We also suggest to have with some pocket money, sunscreen, a snack bar and a camera, so you can take amazing shots along the way.

 

What does the price include?

Our guided trips: all lodging with breakfast, certain other meals and tastings (as specified in the itinerary), snacks between meals, certain entrance fees and museum guides (as specified in the itinerary), expert guidance of our guides, van shuttles to support various options of activities that we offer, gpx tracks, daily presentation of the activity and in depth explanation, luggage transfer.

Our self-guided trips: all lodging with breakfast, certain entrance fees and museum guides (as specified in the itinerary), gpx track, maps of the area, detailed pre-trip and on trip documentation, certain van shuttles to support various options (where specified), luggage transfer.

 

Can I book and pay with credit card?

At the moment payment is possible only with bank transfer upon issued pro-forma invoice. Please contact us for more information.

 

If I decide to do a self guided bike ride of the tour that you’re offering, what service, information and materials do I get if I book the trip with you (TrekTrek)?

First, we’ll make sure, that we understand your interests. Whether it is a pre-existing trip that we offer online that you like, or a custom itinerary that we would plan out with you individually, according to your fitness level, time of visit and your preferences.

At the time of booking, we provide you with outlined itinerary and arrange all lodging and private transfers for you. We also send you a suggested reading list, so you can start visualising some of the rides and day-dreaming about your next adventure (this is allowed even during Covid times). A month out before the start of your trip, we will send you additional trip information and a suggested packing list, so you can start preparing for your upcoming cycling vacation.

Upon arrival to Slovenia, you will meet with our representative for a trip orientation meeting and you get also a complete trip dossier, maps of the area and GPX routes (that you can import into your gps device – our guide can help you with that). What has worked best in the past on our self-guided trips, was the use of maps and navigation devices. A gps track is easy to follow and at the same time you can track the distance & elevation of your hike. Gps tracks can be uploaded to your personal navigation device or even smart phone (we advise you to bring an external portable power bank with a minimum of 10000mAh). You can ask all last-minute questions or anything else that comes to mind at the time.

 

What is the easiest way to come to Slovenia?

Slovenia is in the heart of Europe and easily accessible by car, train or flight. You can fly into Ljubljana airport (20min drive to Ljubljana city and 20 min drive to Bled Lake) or other nearby airports, like Venice (2.5 hours drive to Ljubljana), Trieste (1.5 hours to Ljubljana), Zagreb (1.5 hours to Ljubljana), or Vienna (3.5 hours to Ljubljana).

 

Where can I check the weather forecast?

Feel free to check the current weather forecast at the following links:

Ljubljana: https://www.yr.no/place/Slovenia/Ljubljana/Ljubljana/

Osilnica: https://www.yr.no/en/forecast/daily-table/2-3193930/Slovenia/Osilnica/Osilnica

Ilirska Bistrica: https://www.yr.no/en/forecast/daily-table/2-3199131/Slovenia/Ilirska%20Bistrica/Ilirska%20Bistrica

Postojna: https://www.yr.no/en/forecast/daily-table/2-3192673/Slovenia/Postojna/Postojna



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