Vistas & Wines Cycling Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | £699 per person
Other durations available on request.
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Visit a stunning alpine national park
• Swim in fresh, cool alpine lakes
• Follow the emerald-coloured Soca river
• Sip typical Teran wine in a world of limestone
• Sample great local food in Karst villages
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: ARRIVAL at Lake Bled. (**** hotel).
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 clifftop 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 have lunch and the locally famous cream cake (Kremšnita) on the eastern lakeside while watching the sunset over the mountains.
Day 2: BLED – BOHINJSKA BISTRICA
(27km / 43km with side trip). (***** spa hotel).
A short car transfer leaves you on the high plateau at Pokljuka. From here you’ll 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 (*** guesthouse).
(56km; or 35km if taking train to Podbrdo).
In the morning you’ll 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 peddle off 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
(35km). *** small family hotel with a view.
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 the ridges above two valleys, you’ll 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
(53km). *** family hotel.
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
(48km). *** family hotel.
Today you’ll cycle to the stud farm of Lipica, where you can visit beautiful thoroughbred Lipizzaner horses, whose gentle, graceful dancing have wowed many a visitor. 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. The small town hotels 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 karst region.
Day 7: DIVAČA – TRIESTE / MUGGIA
(46km). *** marina resort hotel.
In the morning you can visit the fascinating UNESCO Škocjan Caves. Then follows one last 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 end. Park your bikes 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.Depart after breakfast.
The west is the best on this cycling tour, taking in the best mountain views and sweetest valley wines along the western border of Slovenia.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
The Vistas & Wines Cycling 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 3/4* hotels and guesthouses in two bedded rooms, on basis of bed & breakfast.
– 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.
– Backup service (hotline) during the trip.
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.
Vistas & Wines Cycling 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 – 27.04.2018 | 22.09 – 13.10.2018
Season 2: 28.04 – 21.09.2018
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £699 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £719 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £109
Half Board Upgrade: £119
Electric Bike Upgrade: £119
Hotel Category Descriptions
Accommodation in hotels 3*/4* hotels and guesthouses in two-bedded rooms on a bed & breakfast basis.
Holiday Price: From £699
Single Supplement: £109