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Slovenia - Wine and Vistas tour

Slovenia - Wine and Vistas tour

Degree of difficulty - A/B

From alpine lakes to a sun-drenched coast packed with mountain views, immense bodies of water and flowing wine. Starting at the fairytale world of Lake Bled, a glacial lake famed for its beautiful island church and cliff top castle, your ride will take you first through alpine Slovenia's most beautiful mountain vistas, over a high pass, along thundering rivers and out into a valley laden with vineyards. Castles and hilltop churches will be in abundance, along with great local wine and food in the Karst region (a beautiful Limestone plateau). Finally, the sunny coast awaits you with lazy promenades and beautiful Venetian architecture. This is the perfect cycling holiday for lovers of diverse landscape, good food and great local wine, and people who want to soak their feet in the warm sea after a long journey by bike.

Cycling tour highlights:
• visit a stunning alpine national park
• swim in fresh, cool alpine lakes
• follow the emerald-coloured Soča river
• sip typical Teran wine in a world of limestone
• sample great local food in Karst villages

DAY 1 Arrival 
To begin with, you can dip your feet in the beautiful glacial Lake Bled. This shimmering body of water is famous for its distinctive island church and the cliff top castle all backed by the beautiful Karavanke Mountains. Bled is one of Slovenia's most popular tourist attractions. You can take a stroll around the western side of the lake for some of the best views and photographs and then lunch and enjoy the locally famous cream cake (Kremsnita) on the eastern lakeside while watching the sunset over the mountains.

Day 2: BLED – BOHINJSKA BISTRICA 27 km / 43 km
A short car transfer drops you off on the high plateau at Pokljuka. From here you will cycle through alpine villages to Lake Bohinj, the jewel of the Triglav National Park. Encircled by tall mountain peaks, Bohinj is the largest and deepest lake in the national park. Savica Waterfall is the source of the lake and the Sava Bohinjka River. A cable car runs up to Vogel Mountain, where you can get a spectacular view into the Bohinj Valley and of Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps.

Day 3:  BOHINJ –TOLMIN 56 km; or 35 km 
In the morning you will have two options. Your route will take you via the Sorica Pass over the Julian Alps, but if you want to save some climbing you can take a short train ride through the Bohinj tunnel to Podbrdo. Then you cycle through a narrow valley and follow the beautiful emerald-green Soča River as it rushes out of the mountains and into the western side of the Julian Alps. Just before reaching your destination you'll have a chance to dive into its supernatural waters or visit the only monument in the world dedicated to military cooks.

 Day 4: TOLMIN – ŠMARTNO / DOBROVO 34 km / 46 km 
You will be car transferred to Kolovrat Saddle - a million dollar viewpoint high above the Soča Valley. Once the site of heavy fighting during WW1, it's now a very interesting open-air museum. Reaching the first village, Mrs Josephine, who lives all alone in an intact old-fashioned pub, will be overjoyed to welcome you in her shady garden. Cycling along the upper reaches of the two valleys, you will reach your day's destination - Šmartno v Goriških Brdih, amid an abundance of lush vineyards. A recent and beautifully restored medieval village of narrow streets with Mediterranean houses, you can stretch your legs here, sip cool white wine and chat with locals in an authentic village pub.

Day 5: ŠMARTNO / DOBROVO - KODRETI / ŠTANJEL 53 km,
After leaving the Brda wine region you'll reach "Southern Berlin". The Iron Curtain once split the town of Gorizia between Italy and Yugoslavia. At the railway station that stands right on the border, one can visit the very interesting Curtain museum. Cycling further along the border you'll come to the smallest military museum in the world - a historic Yugoslav border outpost. Overlooking the border is the ancient Kostanjevica Monastery, where the last French King is buried. Turning inland, you'll soon reach the vineyards of the Vipava region. Your host Vid will be happy to provide you with samples of the best wines in the beautiful rural setting of his small karst village.

Day 6: KODRETI / ŠTANJEL - DIVAČA 48 km,
Today you will cycle to the stud farm of Lipica, where you can visit beautiful thoroughbred Lipizzaner horses, whose gentle, graceful dancing have amazed many a visitor. You can take a tour in a traditional carriage, and visit them close up in their stables. You can also visit the unusual but nonetheless interesting “War Museum” set inside a lovely Venetian tower - see what a collector's passion can really mean. Your small town hotel belongs to a butcher's family, but the young master is a wine expert too and he'll present you the best red wines of the karst region.

Day 7: DIVAČA – TRIESTE / MUGGIA 46 km 
In the morning you can visit the fascinating UNESCO Škocjan Caves. Then it's one final descent with magnificent views of the Adriatic Sea before reaching the southern outskirts of Trieste - the old seaside village of Muggia, where your cycling day and tour ends. Park your bike and take the city shuttle boat to the worldly port city of Trieste and visit Miramare Castle, the cathedral or Piazza Unita central square, where you can relax with a cappuccino or a gelato with Trieste Bay in full view.

Day 8: DEPARTURE FROM TRIESTE / MUGGIA.
After breakfast, your tour ends. 

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

2019 SELF GUIDED TOUR PRICE
€735 per person sharing
€845 for single occupancy

€775 per person sharing High Season (27th April - 20th Sept)
€885 for single occupancy High Season (27th April - 20th Sept)

€125 half board supplement (7 dinners)
€120.00 supplement for e-bike

Tour Includes

- 7 night stay in hotels with breakfast
- 21 speed touring bike
- Luggage transfers (one piece per person, more on request/€10 per bag)
- Personal welcome meeting

- Information package (one per room)
- Back-up service ( hotline )

Self Guided Tour Information

Any day between 16 March and 12 October 2019

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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