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Road Cycling Holidays Slovenia

The ultimate road cycling tour of Slovenia, challenging you on a diverse route from the capital, through the Alps and the Soča Valley, and back to Ljubljana.
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour type
Road Cycling
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50 – 100 km per day on the most scenic Slovenian roads
Cycle on the local training roads of Tadej Pogačar and Primož Roglič, winners of the Tour de France and Vuelta a España
Share the challenge with a team of fellow cycling enthusiasts
A carefree ride with a van of an expert team supporting you
A healthy balance of speedy flats and challenging uphill climbs
Visit Slovenia’s higlights like Ljubljana, Bohinj, Kranjska Gora, Pokljuka and Soča Valley
road cyling on slovenian roads
scenic village sorica
soča river from above 1
vast forests of pokljuka plateau
the cycling path of val canale
ljubljana castle
having fun cycling in group
road cyling on slovenian roads
scenic village sorica
soča river from above 1
vast forests of pokljuka plateau
the cycling path of val canale
ljubljana castle
having fun cycling in group

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Ljubljana

When you arrive in the capital of Slovenia, you meet the other members of the group, and our team presents the program of the week. After, our mechanic inspects your bikes and makes any adjustments needed. We do the same with all the rented bikes. Then it’s time for a filling dinner and enough sleep, so you feel 100% the next day.

Accomodations

Hotel in Ljubljana

Highlights

Enjoy the greenest European capital

Extra

Transfer from the airport

Ljubljana castle and old town
Ljubljana castle and old town
Sunyn day in Ljubljana Center
Sunyn day in Ljubljana Center
Sunny Ljubljana
Sunny Ljubljana
Ljubljana castle and old town
Sunyn day in Ljubljana Center
Sunny Ljubljana
Day 2 - Warm-up tour around Ljubljana

First on the menu is an introductory tour dubbed the “Local Specialty”. It starts in Ljubljana and takes you out of the city, quickly crossing over from the bustling city environment to the tranquil countryside roads. This day’s tour is intended as a warm-up and getting to know each other’s capabilities — The tour takes place on flat sections and some moderately challenging uphill climbs. We will cycle our way in the southern part of the Polhov Gradec Dolomites, the pre-alpine hilly world west of Ljubljana, where the famous Franja Marathon race takes place. In the evening, we return to Ljubljana, where you’ll have the time to explore the city.

Accomodations

Hotel in Ljubljana

Highlights

The roads of the Franja Marathon
Traffic-free countryside

Cycling

68 km (42,5 mi), 850 vertical meters (2800 feet)

Extra

Transfer to the airport

ljubljana marshes flatlands
polhov gradec hills south from ljubljana
having fun cycling in group
Day 3 - From Ljubljana to Bohinj

It’s time to leave the capital behind. From Ljubljana, we’ll cycle through the historic town of Škofja Loka and continue our way through the Selca Valley. From there, we will climb uphill over Soriška Planina and descend back down to Bohinj, where our day will end. After more than 700 meters of elevation gain this day, we will rest our legs in preparation for the next.

Accomodations

B&B in Bohinj

Highlights

Medieval town of Škofja Loka
The beautiful Sorica village and Soriška Planina pass
Glacier lake Bohinj and countryside

Cycling

70 km (43,5 mi), 1400 vertical meters (4600 feet)

scenic village sorica
historic town of škofja loka
Day 4 - Cycling across the Pokljuka Plateau

We’re now in the heart of the Julian Alps. The day will start with the climb to the Pokljuka plateau, a vast area filled with a dense spruce forest. After crossing this popular road cycling area, we’ll descend into the idyllic Radovna Valley, which leads to Mojstrana, a village at the gates of the Triglav valleys. From there, we’ll follow the main road and cycle through the scenic Upper Sava Valley to the sports hub of Kranjska Gora.

Accomodations

Hotel in Kranjska Gora

Highlights

The Pokljuka Plateau
Radovna valley and Kreda lake
The Upper Sava valley cycling path

Cycling

58 km (36 mi), 1300 vertical meters (4300 feet)

vast forests of pokljuka plateau
lake kreda is great for summer refreshment
evening view of slovenian mountains and valleys in mojstrana
Day 5 - The Alpe Adria stage

Alpe Adria is one of the most beautiful long-distance cycling routes in Europe. This day we’ll try out one of its best stages in the Alps. From Kranjska Gora, the route will lead us over the border to Italy, where we’ll cycle along the abandoned railway going through the Kanal Valley. We will then pass the village of Dogna and make our way over the Sella Nevea pass to Lake Predil. This long but not tiring route then takes us back to Kranjska Gora. You’ll be surprised how many kilometers and elevation gain you bagged at the end of the day.

Accomodations

Hotel in Kranjska Gora

Highlights

The Kanal valley
Fantastic cycling path separated from the road

Cycling

110 km (68,5 mi), 1600 vertical meters (5300 feet)

the cycling path of val canale
cycling road through tunnel in val canale
alpe adria road cycling stage
Day 6 - From the Alps to the Mediterranean

It’s time for some change of scenery and climate. After the second good night’s sleep in Kranjska Gora, it’s time to ride south over the highest road pass in Slovenia, the Vršič Pass. After this challenging but rewarding climb over its many hairpin turns, we’ll descend to the mesmerizing Soča Valley. Following the Soča river, we will speed down the pleasantly descending road. With every kilometer, you’ll feel the climate turning more Mediterranean. At last, we will arrive in Tolmin, the largest town in the Upper Soča Valley.

Accomodations

B&B in Tolmin

Highlights

Jasna Lake
The highest mountain pass in Slovenia
The Soča valley

Cycling

83 km (52 mi), 1400 vertical meters (4600 feet)

cycling over vršič pass
vršič pass is slovenian highers mountain pass
soča river from above 1
Day 7 - Over Idrija Hills

On the last day, we’ll circle back to Ljubljana and complete our own version of the Tour of Slovenia. On the crossroads between the Alps and the Dinarides lies the region of Idrija. After almost a hundred kilometers of cycling through its picturesque villages and scenic ravines, the Ljubljana Basin will open up before us. After a relaxing flat ride through the Ljubljana Marshes, our day ends in the green capital of Slovenia.

Accomodations

Hotel in Ljubljana

Cycling

105 km (65 mi), 2900 vertical meters (9500 feet)

Most na Soci
Most na Soci
Sunny Ljubljana
Sunny Ljubljana
ljubljana marshes flatlands
Most na Soci
Sunny Ljubljana
Day 8 - Farewell

It’s been a good week, but it’s time to say goodbye to your cycling buddies. Those of you who rented will return the bikes. Depending on your schedule and preference, we’ll drive you to the airport.

Extra days

Not enough? Why not spend a few more days here! Extend your holidays with a pre- or post-holiday extension. Accommodation, sightseeing, and activities can be arranged. Add as many extra days to your holiday as you wish.

Included in price

Guided

Professional local guide
Accommodation as per itinerary
7 nights 3* accommodation with breakfast
Luggage transfer between transit stages
Tour design and organization

Self guided

Tour design and organization
Booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions
Service and support during your tour
GPS navigation with an easy-to-use app
Accommodation as per itinerary
Luggage transfer between transit stages

Optional extras

Guided

Return transfer from the airport
Rent of high performance road bike with fitting
Single supplement

Sure, it has “holidays” in its name, but this is not some ordinary leisurely holiday. It’s not that cycling vacation where you are casually turning the wheel, maybe going just a little bit faster than a runner, and trying to look around as much as possible without running over a squirrel. No!

These Road Cycling Holidays could be best described as a Tour de Slovenia — Recreational version . . . With maybe a beer at the end of each successful day.

Slovenia is one of the most diverse countries in Europe, making it a perfect destination for this kind of holiday. Each day will see you cycling from destination to destination, swiftly moving through many different landscapes — Both the terrain and the climate will be changing around you. Many take a whole month to explore all of them, but you and your speedy bike will only need a good week. Your days will end and start in a different hotel, each serving you delicious and nutritious authentic local meals that will keep your legs moving and the bike’s wheels turning through the day.

This is a cycling holiday meant for you road cycling enthusiasts who would like to test yourself on new terrain. Every single day will present you with a carefully planned route of challenging but fun cycling, ranging from 50 kilometers to 100 kilometers per day. You will be cycling in a team full of like-minded people, supporting and competing against each other. Tackling the roads as part of a team with such a great vibe is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you should not miss.

The tour will be led by a local guide, a professional cyclist with years of experience. He will not only lead the tour but can also give you training advice and tips for how to improve your cycling. And to complete that professional look, a support van will be following you through the day, providing all the assistance necessary. If anyone encounters technical problems with the bike, the highly trained mechanic will fix it up in a minute. And if one of the participants feels a little tired and wants to have a little bit of rest, our team will pick up the cyclist and make sure the tour continues smoothly. 

Don’t worry if you didn’t bring a bike to Slovenia. Rent a high-performance bike from us adjusted to your specifications right at the beginning of the tour.

At the end of the tour, the whole group will feel like winners. So book our road cycling holiday and secure your spot on the road to victory!

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Things to know

We offer road cycling, trekking cycling and mountain biking holidays.
Our road cycling holidays are suitable for avid road cycling enthusiasts whose endurance is high enough to withstand multiple long cycling days in a row.

Our trekking cycling holidays are suitable for anyone, as the stages are short enough for most people, and the terrain is not technical — mostly tarmac and gravel. They will still be enjoyed most by people who cycle occasionally and feel comfortable with multiple days in a row on the saddle and some moderate climbing. For those looking for more leisurely cycling holidays, we offer an e-bike option.

Our e-MTB holidays are suitable for most people comfortable on a mountain bike who are fine with some rougher gravel roads and steeper hills, made easier with electric assistance. However, the single trails MTB holidays are suitable mostly for avid mountain bikers, as they tackle technical trails and fast descents, but are very adjustable to your skills and style of riding.

On our guided tours, you will have professional local guides. Our guides will make sure that you will have expert guidance combined with great fun and a memorable experience.

We are always looking for the perfect fit for you. We use a few different accommodation providers that fit our standards but they are subjected to availability, especially in the high season. We can also adjust the holiday, keeping in mind your preferences and budget and can always find a more suitable solution for your taste.

We recommend booking as early as possible. Most of our tours run through very touristy places where accommodation is limited. Most of the great places start getting booked for summer before spring.

It really depends on the level of your restriction. Vegetarian options are fairly easy to find in Slovenia, but vegan dishes, on the other hand, are extremely hard to come by in rural areas of the country and in smaller towns. Please note that the places where we stop for lunch are often traditional and may have difficulties accommodating you outside of their standard menu. We suggest you keep this in mind.

If you want to, sure! We are well aware that some people love to stay in groups while others prefer some more alone time on their trip. We wanted to give you the opportunity to do things your way. It is your holiday, after all! As long as you respect the group timings and locations designated by your guide, please feel free to customize your itinerary and create your own adventure!

Depending on the tour, generally late spring (May) and early autumn (September) are the best times, summer is of course also always great and some of our holidays are also possible in winter! Read more about cycling seasons in Slovenia.

Most of the tours can be done even in light rain, as long as you dress accordingly. It is not unusual in the summer that there are afternoon thunderstorms, so early starts are advisable. If the weather looks really bad, we will try to adjust the tour or skip a stage with a shuttle.

Our tours can be adapted to any bike type, whether road, gravel, or mountain bike. We are in constant communication with you to find the optimal conditions for your cycling holidays in Slovenia.

The most versatile option is a gravel bike, even if you are coming on a road cycling holiday. It does not really affect your road performance while allowing you to take some scenic backroads that can be in a slightly worse state than the main ones. A gravel bike is usually more comfortable as well.

In any way, Slovenia is a very diverse country and there is something for every cyclist. Whichever bike you choose, we will find the perfect route for you to take on your cycling holidays.

 

The tour is designed to be challenging enough for most recreational road cyclists. The stages are 80km long on average, with between 1000 and 2000 metres of vertical ascent. Regular cyclists fit enough for multiple long days on a bike in a row will enjoy those holidays the most.

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Join a group

If you are a solo cyclist who wants to spend a fun holiday cycling in and around Slovenia, look no further. We’re going to find you a group of up to 8 like-minded biking enthusiasts and take care of all the other tour details. The cycling tour will be led by our guide, who’ll make sure everything runs smoothly, so you’re able to enjoy as much cycling as possible.

Private guided group

The private guided bike tour in Slovenia is for those who want to enjoy their cycling holidays at their own pace, enjoying the flexibility of a small private group and not stressing about the details of everyday planning. The guide will be fully at your disposal to make this experience as personalized as possible, maximizing the enjoyment during and after the tour.

Self-guided

Those who like a good adventure and limitless flexibility should go on a self-guided cycling holiday in Slovenia. We prepare the itinerary and book your accommodations; You enjoy the journey without our guide, being fully in charge of all the daily decisions. While you’ll have the full support of our team in case of any emergencies or concerns, a certain level of self-reliance is required.

Local experts

Our professional cycling guides know the local terrain and are trained to make this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity both safe and enjoyable.

Hassle-Free

We handle itineraries, accommodations, and anything else you prefer not to deal with, so you can enjoy a carefree holiday.

Completely Customizable

Flexibility is our middle name — whether you want more or less, or just beyond ordinary, we’ll make it happen.

Book with confidence

We are a financially protected company, fully bonded and insured, keeping your money safe and allowing you to travel with confidence.

Unbeatable support

Our 24/7 customer support is where we show our passion, bringing you a better experience by making your well-being our number one priority.

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