Castles of Slovenia Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | £759 per person
Other durations available on request.
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Cycle along the Drava River/vineyards and orchards
• Cycle through the lush green scenery of the Sotla River valley
• Sample the local wine ‘‘Cvicek’‘
• Free entrance to Smarjeske Toplice Spa
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN MARIBOR. 4* HOTEL.
Tour starting point is Maribor, Slovenia’s second largest city. The townis located on the bank of the Drava River and is home to one of thecountry’s few town castles.
The castle houses the only Slovenefashion museum, which has an excellent collection of costumes and uniforms, the most prestigious being a military uniform worn by Tito.
DAY 2: MARIBOR – PTUJ (30 KM).
Cycling along the Drava River / vineyards and orchards.
Accommodation in central 4* hotel.
Your route will follow the Drava River as it meanders its way southeast across the vineyards and orchards of the Drava Plain and passes through Ptuj, the oldest continually inhabited settlement in Slovenia.
Stroll through the streets and soak up the 2000 years of history as you marvel at the rich, elaborate architecture watched over by the incredibly well preserved castle that dates as far back as 69AD.
The castle houses a wonderful collection of musical
instruments and an exposition on Turkish raids in the 15th century.
DAY 3: PTUJ – ROGAŠKA SLATINA (44 KM).
First cycling across the flat terrain of the Ptuj plain, then a low pass (200 m).
Accommodation in 4* hotel.
Pagan shrines and thermal spas. As you leave town in the morning you can stop at the fascinating Mithra Shrines just 1km out.
The town of Rogatec is home to a fascinating open-air museum and the Palace Castle Strmol.
You can stop for lunch here before cycling on to your destination, Rogaška Slatina.
Before you enter town we recommend that you pay a visit to Rogaška Crystal, where you can see firsthand the incredible skill that goes into creating their beautiful glasswork.
In this spa town you will find a world of healing in its abundance of natural springs, said to heal everything from a bad stomach to obesity. In the evening pamper yourself in the wonderful world of spas.
DAY 4: ROGAŠKA SLATINA – BIZELJSKO (48 KM).
Easy route going through the Sotla river valley.
Accommodation in wine makers villa – 3* guesthouse.
The route takes you through the lush green scenery of the Sotla River Valley, which forms the border with Croatia.
It’s an area of dense forests and rolling hills sporadically covered with vineyards and farmland.
You then hop across the border and visit the castle of Poklek Mijana, a beautifully refurbished centuries old mansion.
The owners will be happy to take you around. Before returning to Slovenia, you’ll be able to make a stop in Kumrovec.
This tiny village is famous for being the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito, the long serving president of Yugoslavia.
His birth house now makes up part of an open air village museum.
(Please note that the section through Croatia is currebntly only possible for EU and EFTA citizens, others will need to follow a route entirely on Slovene territory, having a chance to visit Castle of Bizeljsko).
DAY 5: BIZELJSKO – MOKRICE (25 KM).
Accommodation in 4* Castle hotel Mokrice.
A short cycle brings you back to the plain of the Sava River.
On the way to Mokrice Castle, make a stop in the town of Brezice, where another of Slovenia’s few town castles stands.
It’s most famous for its grand hall with the best acoustics by far. If you are lucky, you may even catch a musical performance which often takes place there in the summer months.
Your final destination of the day is the mighty castle of Mokrice. First mentioned in 1444, it was rebuilt in the 16th century and again in 1941.
After World War II it was made into a hotel with restaurants, and in 1988 a golf course was built on the castle grounds.
In the same year, English pop band the Pet Shop boys used this castle to film the video for their single “Heart“
DAY 6: MOKRICE – OTOČEC (48 KM).
Across the Sava plain. Accommodation in 5* Castle hotel Otočec.
Today will be filled with more wonderful attractions as you head along the base of the Gorjanci Hills separating Slovenia with Croatia.
You will follow the Krka River back towards its origins in the Krka Valley, stopping at the mighty Kostanjevica Castle, which now houses an important open-air art gallery, and the 2km-long Kostanjevica Cave.
Kostanjevica na Krki is Slovenia’s smallest town, and also one of its oldest. Continuing west you’ll come to Pleterje Monastery, set in the peace and tranquillity of a narrow valley surrounded by vineyards and gorgeous green hills.
Your journey will end in Otočec, where the spectacular castle sits on a tiny island in the middle of the Krka River.
You’ll stay here in the castle, now a luxurious 5* hotel.
DAY 7: OTOČEC & SURROUNDINGS ROUNDTRIP (45 KM)
Flat at the beginning, hilly at the end. Accommodation in 5* Castle hotel Otočec.
The final day’s theme is local food and wine. Continuing on along the Krka River, as it weaves its way across the lush
green landscape of Southern Slovenia, you’ll pass through villages nestled among an array of vineyards glistening in
The local wine “Cvicek” is unique to this region. It’s made from a mix of red and white grapes, and has a relatively low alcohol content, which might help prevent you riding around in circles afterwards!
You can sample this wine along with some great local food in a typical village bar.
From here you’ll head to a stunning viewpoint above the
Krka plain, where you can relax, stretch your muscles and pamper yourself at the Smarjeske Spa before returning to
your castle hotel.
Day 8: Departure from Otočec.
Depart after breakfast.
An easy tour taking you through the beautiful countryside, historic sites, castles and thermal springs of eastern Slovenia. Suitable for all cyclists of very average fitness.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
The Castles of Slovenia tour stays in middle tier hotels and good guesthouses carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- Accommodation in hotels 4* (three nights), 3* guesthouse (one night), 4* castle hotel (one night) and 5* castle hotel (two nights) in two bedded room with WC and shower, on basis of bed & breakfast.
– Free entrance to Smarjeske Toplice Spa.
– Local snack on day seven.
– Luggage transfers – One piece, max 20 kgs. Every additional item 10 EUR payable on spot
– Information package including text road notes (in simple English) and corresponding maps, one per booking. Every additional set 20 EUR.
– Personal welcome meeting, and bike handover upon arrival.
Some are commercially available models and others are custom built for cycling in Slovenia. All are made following high industry standards and are made using the best parts.
Bike are maintained in the workshop on a regular basis. The fleet is constantly renewed, but no bike is more than 2 years old.
Classic trekking bikes are equipped with 21 gears, cycling meter, lock, one pannier, set of Allen keys and basic puncture repair set. Price includes delivery and pick up.
Castles of Slovenia 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
2018 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 17.03 – 13.10.2018
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £759 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £129
Half Board Upgrade: £139
Electric Bike Upgrade: £109
Hotel Category Descriptions
Accommodation in hotels 4* (three nights), 3* guesthouse (one night), 4* castle hotel (one night) and 5* castle hotel (two nights) in two bedded room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis.
Holiday Price: From £759
Single Supplement: From £129