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Slovenia - Wine and the Wellness tour

Slovenia - Wine and the Wellness tour

Degree of difficulty - A/B

Northeast Slovenia offers the appealing combination of cycling through charming countryside dominated by vineyards and some inclusive wine tasting, coupled with enjoying thermal spas to relax those muscles at the end of the day. Less mountainous than western Slovenia and with a lower average mileage, this tour is a great choice for those looking for something a little easier or indeed for families.

The tour starts and finishes in Maribor, with its medieval city centre and lively cafe/bars on the banks of the Drava river. The safari includes wine tasting as well as staying at a thermal spa complex with its swimming pools, treatment rooms etc on the rest day in Moravske Toplice. In addition there is attractive countryside and history to enjoy, as we visit the oldest town in the country - Ptuj visiting castles and museums en-route. Excursions into nearby Hungary and Croatia can also be made. Oh, and did we mention the wine?!

DAY 1 Arrival in Maribor
Maribor is the second largest Slovene town with a lovely old center comprising attractive streets with charming shops, restaurants, cafes and a lively section of bars in the Lent district. A popular summer festival takes place on the banks of Drava River. The city castle houses the only Slovene fashion museum with excellent collection of costumes and uniforms, one of the most prestigious is a military uniform worn by Yugoslavian president Tito.

DAY 2 Maribor – Ptuj 29 km
The route is flat today and you will follow the Drava River as it meanders its way south-east across the vineyards and orchards of the Drava Plain and passes through Ptuj, the oldest settlement in Slovenia with 2000 years of history and an incredibly well preserved castle dating as far back as 69 AD. Visit the Ptuj Wine Cellar, which has its own shop and tasting room; we recommend you to try the Traminec white wine there. The nearby Haloze Hills also offer you the opportunity to sample more of the wonderful wines of this region.

DAY 3 Ptuj – Jeruzalem 50 km
The route is flat with a short hilly section at the end and one shallow 100 m 330ft / climb. Again our cycling begins on a dedicated path along the river. Leaving the stony streets of Ptuj, the route will take you to immense eastern plains that will lead you through tiny villages and picturesque scenery. In the border town of Ormoz you can visit the local wine cellars for your lunch and taste white wine which is predominant in this region. This is one of the few Slovene towns to have any visible signs of the Balkan wars owing to a number of new buildings built after bombings. Leaving Ormoz you will cycle northwards passing the most farmhouse wine district Podravje, the landscape of terraced vineyards with the sound of the Klopotes (a wooden wind-powered rattle designed to scare birds). Your day will end at the hilltop village of Jeruzalem.

DAY 4 Jeruzalem – Moravske Toplice 44 km or 52 km
Some hilly sections in the morning, flat cycle in the afternoon, In the morning you continue along the wine road; on a clear day you can see as far as Hungary. There is a never-ending choice of wine cellars between here and Ljutomer offering some of the best white wines in the region; although you might not want to stop at too many in case you start cycling around in circles bleary-eyed. Visit the floating mill of Veržej before crossing the Mura River into the most eastern region of Slovenia, Prekmurje. We also recommend to visit a pottery workshop in Filovci and the modern church in Bogojina. Tonight’s destination is part of the Terme 3000 complex in Moravske Toplice where you can take the waters and enjoy the spa.

DAY 5 Rest Day - Moravske Toplice (Optional roundtrip of 25 km / 50 km)
You can take the day off and immerse yourself in the healing powers of the thermal spa that Moravske Toplice is most famous for. Or you can take a short cycling trip out to Bukovnica Lake, said to have bio-energetic healing effects! Along the way you’ll see the many L-shaped farmhouses and the beautiful white storks nesting on the rooftops. Enjoy a coffee in Lendava and try the local specialty cake, ‘gibanica’ (a sweet pie containing apple, walnut, poppyseeds and cottage cheese). Of course you can just relax and make the most of the spa facilities and thermal waters on hand.

DAY 6 Moravske Toplice – Cerkvenjak 41 km
First part flat followed by genle rolling hills, wine tasting included. As you head back westward you will stop at Murska Sobota Castle, which houses a regional museum with an interesting exhibition devoted to the culture and traditions of the Prekmurje region. You will then cross the River Mura on an old-fashioned float before cycling across low green hills, stopping for a picnic beside a tranquil lake. You will end the day in the small settlement of Lenart, set amid the centre of the Slovenske Gorice Hills with beautiful surroundings and the spire of the lovely Church of St. Lenart, which was also used as a walled fort against the invading Turks, standing proud over the village.

DAY 7 Cerkvenjak – Maribor 36 km
A slightly hilly day. Accommodation in 3* hotel. Sauerkraut and blood sausages: for your final day you can take a leisurely ride through more vineyard covered hills and quaint rural villages and farms. Soon you will join the Malecnik wine road that leads into Maribor. Although this is predominantly white wine territory, there are a couple of very good red ones. Stop in the small village of Vodole just on the outskirts of Maribor, where you can hae lunch in one of the tourist farms serving up grilled blood sausages with sauerkraut.

DAY 8 Departure from Maribor

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

2017 SELF GUIDED TOUR PRICE

€660 per person sharing
€790 for single occupancy
€125 half board supplement (7 dinners)
€110.00 supplement for e-bike

Tour Includes

- 7 night stay in hotels with breakfast
- 21 speed touring bike
- Luggage transfers
- Personal welcome meeting

- Information package (one per room)
- Free entry in swimming pools in Ptuj and Moravske Toplice 
- Free wine with dinner in Vitomarci on day six
- Back-up service ( hotline )

Self Guided Tour Information

Any day between 25 March and 14 October 2017

Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.


MARIBOR

Maribur Piramida Maribur Piramida1 Maribur Piramida2

Day 1 & 7: Hotel Piramida, 4*


PTUJ

Ptju Primus3 Ptju Primus1 Ptju Primus2

Day 2: Hotel Primus 4*

Ptju Mitra Ptju Mitra1 Ptju Mitra3

Day 2: Hotel Mitra 4*


JERUZALEM

Dvorec Jeruzalem Dvorec Jeruzalem1 Dvorec Jeruzalem2

Day 3: Hotel Dvorec 4*


MORAVSKE TOPLICE

Moravske Livada Moravske Livada2 Moravske Livada3

Day 4 & 5: Hotel Livada 5*



CERKVENJAK

Maribur Tourist Farm Kapeli

Day 6: Tourist farm Pri Kapeli 3*

 

How to get to the Starting / finishing point in Maribor (North - East Slovenia):

By plane: the closest airport is Graz (in Austria), served by Ryanair from London Stansted. Our transfer from and to airport is available: Graz AP to Maribor €30 per person one way, two persons minimum.
Another airport where you can fly to is Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve it. From the airport you can travel to Maribor by bus (direct buses, takes about 3 hrs) or train (every 2 hours, takes about 2 hours) or book our transfer: Ljubljana Airport (or city centre) to Maribor €65 per person; one way, two persons minimum

Trains:

Maribor is on the main train line between Ljubljana and Vienna. All trains from these two places stop here. (Ljubljana is 90 minutes by train from Maribor, every 2 hours). For train connections in details, check out TrainBhan

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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