Ultimate Road Cycling – Slovenia, Italy & Croatia
Upon your arrival in Ljubljana, the dynamic capital of Slovenia, a sense of excitement fills the air. The city’s captivating fusion of historical allure and modern vibrancy serves as an ideal starting point for your expedition. Take a moment to appreciate the architectural wonders, bustling squares, and the serene flow of the emerald-green Ljubljanica River that weaves through the city, creating a captivating backdrop for the extraordinary journey that awaits you.
Hotel in Ljubljana
Your expedition commences with a gentle warm-up loop that delves into the heart of the Polhograjski Dolomiti. This initial stage invites you to embark on an adventure through a picturesque landscape characterized by undulating hills, charming villages, and lush greenery. As you navigate the narrow pathways and conquer the occasional steep incline, you’ll be enveloped by the serene beauty of nature, accompanied by endless vistas that set the rhythm and ambiance for the upcoming journey. Upon completing the loop, you’ll find yourself welcomed back to Ljubljana, where the city’s radiant evening glow awaits, embracing you after a fulfilling day of pedaling.
Hotel in Ljubljana
54.1 km, 589 m of elevation
Set off from Ljubljana, making your way through the scenic Tivoli Park as you begin your journey towards the captivating Bohinj region. Along the way, you’ll pass through picturesque villages nestled amidst the lush greenery of the Ljubljana basin. Make a stop at the historic town of Škofja Loka, renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture, which adds a touch of charm to your route. Continuing onwards, you’ll venture through the ironworking region of Železniki, and as the path ascends, you’ll be treated to panoramic mountain views from Soriška Planina. The day concludes with your arrival in Bohinj, an awe-inspiring alpine destination celebrated for its pristine lake and majestic mountain peaks.
Hotel in Bohinj
78.1 km, 1156 m of elevation
Commencing from Bohinj, your expedition continues through the tranquil village of Stara Fužina, leading you towards the imposing ascent of Pokljuka. As you navigate the climb, surrounded by enchanting forests and meadows, breathtaking views of rolling hills and verdant valleys unfold before you. Pokljuka, renowned for its winter sports legacy, welcomes you with a descent that takes you to Gorje. As you approach Bled, the splendor of the town comes into view, accentuated by the iconic Bled Castle and the picturesque Church of the Assumption of Mary. The day’s journey concludes with a peaceful ride along the lakeside, leading you to your accommodation in the scenic town of Bled.
Hotel in Bled
33.9 km, 843 m of elevation
Starting from Bled, your journey continues as you traverse the breathtaking Radovna Valley, passing by the picturesque Lake Kreda and the entrances to the renowned glacial valleys of Vrata, Kot, and Krma. Upon reaching Zgornja Radovna, you’ll begin your descent towards Mojstrana, with the option of taking a detour to witness the captivating Peričnik Waterfall. Following the course of the Sava Dolinka River, you’ll be treated to magnificent views of the majestic Julian Alps and the timbered slopes of the Karawanks. The day concludes at the enchanting Lake Jasna in Kranjska Gora, where your accommodation awaits, providing unforgettable vistas to marvel at.
Hotel in Kranjska Gora
38.3 km, 739 m of elevation
Embark on a westward adventure, crossing the border into Italy, where vast mountain landscapes await your exploration. Discover the beauty of Lago del Predil before ascending the Sella Nevea pass, where breathtaking panoramic views of the Julian and Carnic Alps unfold before you. As you descend, you’ll pass by the scenic cascades of Cascata Rio Repetit and Cascata Cadramazzo, adding to the allure of the journey. Returning to Slovenia, you’ll follow well-maintained cycling paths, with opportunities to indulge in delectable traditional Italian cuisine along the way. The day draws to a close as you reenter Slovenia and arrive at your hotel in the charming town of Kranjska Gora.
Hotel in Kranjska Gora
110.2 km, 1598 m of elevation
Gear up for a demanding climb as you conquer the twisting and cobbled roads of the legendary Vršič Pass, Slovenia’s highest mountain pass. Your perseverance will be handsomely rewarded with awe-inspiring vistas of the majestic Julian Alps. As you descend from the pass, you’ll find yourself in the picturesque Trenta Valley, where you’ll follow the meandering path of the Soča River downstream. Make sure to make stops at the magnificent Great Soča Gorges and the enchanting Šunik Water Grove, both offering captivating natural beauty. Despite the allure of the Soča Valley, your journey continues as you pass through the village of Kal-Koritnica, ultimately reaching Bovec. This marks a day filled with thrilling challenges and unforgettable panoramas that will leave you in awe.
Hotel in Bovec
43.3 km, 916 m of elevation
Starting from Bovec, prepare yourself for an exhilarating day as you embark on a thrilling ascent to Mangart, Slovenia’s highest asphalt road. The journey unfolds amidst awe-inspiring Alpine vistas, as you pedal through lush valleys, gradually making your way up the winding serpentines to Mangart Saddle. The ascent is challenging, but the effort is well worth it, as you reach an elevation of 2,055 meters and are rewarded with panoramic views that showcase the breathtaking beauty of the Julian Alps. Taking in the majestic scenery from this high-altitude vantage point is a truly memorable experience. The descent back to Bovec is a euphoric ride, allowing you to revel in the thrill of the day’s accomplishment. It serves as a testament to your determination and provides a lasting encounter with the magnificent landscape of Slovenia.
Hotel in Bovec
51.3 km, 1694 m of elevation
Commencing in the captivating town of Bovec, nestled in the scenic Soča Valley, your journey begins alongside the enchanting Soča River, surrounded by majestic mountains and lush forests. Along the route, you’ll encounter picturesque towns like Kobarid and Tolmin, each offering a wealth of cultural and historical significance, including remnants from World War I. Leaving Tolmin, your path ascends towards Goriška Brda, where the landscape transforms into rolling hills adorned with vineyards and orchards. The climb presents a challenge, but the effort is met with rewarding vistas that extend all the way to the Adriatic Sea. Goriška Brda, renowned for its exceptional wines and local delicacies, provides a captivating conclusion to the day’s journey, enchanting you with its charming villages and picturesque vineyards.
Hotel in Goriška Brda
74.3 km, 1077 m of elevation
Departing from Goriška Brda, your route takes you through the serene Friuli region of Italy before reentering Slovenia at Miren, offering breathtaking vistas along the way. Pedal through the picturesque Slovenian countryside, making a stop at Štanjel to admire its medieval castle and the enchanting Ferrari Garden. Continuing onward, you’ll traverse the rolling terrain of the Karst region, which presents both challenges and stunning scenery. As you arrive in Sežana, make sure not to miss the opportunity to explore the world-renowned Škocjan Caves, a geological wonder that will leave you in awe. This day of cycling promises unforgettable landscapes and experiences that will linger in your memory.
Hotel in Sežana
89 km, 1196 m of elevation
Setting off from Sežana, you’ll descend from the Karst Plateau, passing through towns such as Kozina and Črni Kal, known for its fort that offers panoramic views of the surroundings. As you approach Koper, the landscape levels out, guiding you through charming villages and along the picturesque seaside promenade of Žusterna.
Continuing along the coastline, you’ll reach Izola, a delightful coastal town, before heading to Strunjan, where you can explore its impressive Nature Reserve and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Traverse the Valetta and Šalet Tunnels, historic segments of the Parenzana railway, as you make your way towards the lively town of Portorož.
The day concludes with a pleasant coastal ride, leading you to your hotel in Piran, a town renowned for its rich history and picturesque Tartini’s Square. As you arrive, take in the captivating atmosphere and unwind after a day of exploration along the beautiful Slovenian coastline.
Hotel in Piran
58.9 km, 520 m of elevation
Setting off from Piran, your journey takes you south towards Croatia, passing by the Sečovlje salt pans and Portorož Aerodrome along the way. As you cross the border, you’ll ascend the plateau, granting you panoramic views of the Slovenian countryside. Continuing through the rolling terrain of Istria, you’ll make your way towards the historic town of Buje, an ideal spot to take a break and explore the charming town square.
Leaving Buje, head west for an exhilarating descent that leads you to Brtonigla, and then continue onwards to the coastal city of Novigrad. Pass through the unique town of Antenal, divided by the sea, as you make your way to the final destination of the day, Poreč. Before arriving at your hotel, it is recommended to take a quick detour to explore the old city center of Poreč. Throughout your journey, be sure to seize the opportunity to indulge in a traditional Istrian meal at a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of the region.
Hotel in Poreč
51.8 km, 641 m of elevation
Starting from the picturesque city of Poreč, today’s stage invites you to explore the serene villages of Funtana and Vrsar, followed by a peaceful ride along a scenic road that hugs the Istrian coastline. As you circle around the renowned Lim Channel, you’ll pass through the charming villages of Brajkovići and Rovinjsko Selo, where stopping to admire the panoramic view is a must to capture the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
Your final destination for the day is the enchanting town of Rovinj. Take the time to wander through the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town, characterized by Venetian-style architecture and charming cafes. A leisurely stroll along the stunning waterfront will reveal the sparkling sea and vibrant fishing boats, providing a memorable conclusion to your day’s journey. Immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere and embrace the charm of Rovinj as you unwind from a day of exploration.
Hotel in Rovinj
43 km, 615 m of elevation
As you set off from Rovinj on the final stage of your journey, you’ll head south towards the historically significant city of Pula. Along the way, the roads will lead you past picturesque campsites and stunning beaches, offering ideal spots to take a break and soak in the beauty of the surroundings. Take the opportunity to explore the local restaurants and wineries in the charming area of Barbariga.
Upon entering Pula, your attention will be captured by the grandeur of the imposing Roman amphitheater, which serves as a magnificent symbol of the city’s rich history. From there, you’ll continue cycling towards Premantura, where you’ll embark on a scenic loop, allowing you to experience the coastal splendor of the area before returning to Pula. The vibrant energy of the city will greet you, providing a captivating conclusion to your cycling adventure. Immerse yourself in Pula’s lively atmosphere, celebrating the successful completion of your journey.
Hotel in Pula
68.7 km, 559 m of elevation
As you get ready to embark on your departure, the echoes of this remarkable journey reverberate within you. The breathtaking landscapes and vibrant towns you’ve explored have left an indelible mark on your memory. Though this adventure may be coming to a close, the experiences you’ve gathered will forever shine as bright stars in the mosaic of your life. Until the paths of our journeys cross again, hold onto these timeless memories and cherish them always. Safe travels and may new adventures await you in the future.
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Embark on a captivating 15-day cycling adventure through the stunning landscapes of Slovenia, Italy, and Croatia. This extraordinary journey goes beyond mere biking miles, immersing you in the rich historical charm of vibrant cities, the breathtaking beauty of lush landscapes, and the distinctive cultures of these three captivating countries.
Your expedition commences in the lively capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, where modern vibrancy harmonizes with timeless allure. Pedaling through picturesque villages and rugged terrains, you’ll be swept away by the untouched splendor and tranquility of Polhograjski Dolomiti, setting the tone for the voyage ahead.
As you traverse charming mountain towns like Škofja Loka and Železniki, you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring views atop Soriška Planina, each turn revealing another breathtaking vista. The journey leads you to the Alpine paradise of Bohinj, where crystal-clear waters and majestic peaks welcome you with open arms.
Continuing from Bohinj to the iconic Bled, you’ll encounter peaceful hamlets, undulating landscapes, and historic landmarks. The path unfolds through Radovna Valley’s majestic scenery, offering optional detours to cascading waterfalls and a serene stopover at Lake Jasna in Kranjska Gora.
The adventure takes a thrilling turn as you cross into Italy, where the expansive landscapes of Sella Nevea showcase the panoramic beauty of the Julian and Carnic Alps. Conquering Slovenia’s highest mountain pass, Vršič Pass, becomes a rewarding feat with awe-inspiring vistas that surpass every cyclist’s imagination.
Discover the enchanting town of Bovec and take on the exhilarating ascent to Mangart, Slovenia’s highest asphalt road, where breathtaking views of the Julian Alps unfold before your eyes. This adventurous ride is contrasted by a serene journey through Goriška Brda, renowned for its wines, where ascending offers glimpses of the Adriatic Sea.
Continuing into Italy’s tranquil Friuli region, you’ll descend from the Karst Plateau, passing through charming villages and cycling along the captivating Istrian coastline until you reach Piran. As you ascend from Buje, the historic heart of Croatia unveils itself, culminating in a leisurely coastal ride through Poreč and Rovinj.
This cycling expedition is more than just a physical endeavor; it’s a curated cultural and sensory experience that leaves an indelible mark on your memory. The moments you cherish along this remarkable journey will beckon you to relive them until you embark on another unforgettable adventure.
Things to know
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