7 days/6 nights with 5 of days cycling
Any start date between May 1 and October 15
Moderate+ with challenging options
Slovenia is moderately hilly and there is the opportunity to challenge
yourself on two mountain passes. Friuli, Italy is less so. See elevation
gains in itinerary.
Single Supplement: US$550
Single Supplement: US$450
Single Supplement: US$650
- 6 nights hotels
- All breakfasts and 1 dinner
- Use of a top quality hybrid or racing bike. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons
- Detailed route instructions and map
- Luggage transfers
- Area Manager available throughout the tour
Your tour begins from Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Your trip finishes in Cividale de Friuli and you can reach Venice by train via Udine.
We will provide you more information with your confirmation package.
Read more about founder Robbin
McKinney's recent cycling trip on our blog.
Slovenia & Italy
Cycling 7 Days
Slovenia and Italy are the perfect pairing of countries to combine into one exhilarating bike tour. What’s to like? Slovenia is bordered by Italy, Hungary, Austria and Croatia and has been influenced in its cuisine, art and culture. The country is small with dramatic scenery, quiet roads to bike and some wonderful hotels. Starting in Ljubljana, a stunningly beautiful and vibrant city, with its Old World Plazas, baroque churches and dramatic castles. Then Bled, with its wondrous turquoise lake, and island monastery, and divine cycling, some along new dedicated bike paths that wind majestically through bucolic countryside and past aqua-marine lakes. If you need assistance over the Vrsic pass, we’re there for you with assistance. But don’t miss the unending descent down the Soca valley, following the serpentine Soca river towards Italy. In Friuli, Italy, you will ride through vineyards and orchards, and in Unesco World Heritage town of Cividale, you will, as we did, find heaven on earth. Did we mention the food is some of the best in Europe? We’ve got a treasure trove of ‘off-the-beaten path’ restaurants, wine tasting opportunities and other discoveries to share. This will surely become one of our most popular trips –go soon, before the secret is out.
Arrive Ljubljana. Described as one of Europe’s most livable cities, with pedestrian and bike-friendly streets, and an active cultural scene. Surely one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but without crowds (yet). We recommend arriving late afternoon in time to walk along the emerald green Ljubljanica River which is lined with vibrant cafes and then have dinner at the acclaimed Gostilna na Gradu, situated in the castle above town ; it will be the first of many memorable meals.
Bled - Bike lanes depart right from the center out of town so if ever there was a city to ride from, this is it (no transfer needed). You will be soon be out in the countryside and enjoying the dramatic scenery of Slovenia. Lunch in the medieval village of Skofa Loka, with its castle and restored historical center. You will arrive to splendid Lake Bled along a little known bike path. The setting here is nothing short of spectacular. Take a dip, or take one of the pletnas out to the island to visit the monastery. We have several restaurants for you to choose between. Distance options: 40 km- 620 m elevation gain; 71 km - 1450 m gain.
Bled - Ride through Triglav National Park to Lake Bohinj, quite possibly even more beautiful than Lake Bled. Optional hike to the Savica waterfall, which at 60 m is one of the most impressive sights in the Julian Alps. On your return ride circling Lake Bled, stop at one of the beaches or at the rowing center, where world-class rowers train. Visit the castle above town. Distance options: 42.6 km with 445 m elevation gain; 67.3 km with 740 m elevation gain; 84 km with 1610 m elevation gain.
Bovec - Leaving Bled, you will ride to Kranska Gora where you can enjoy lunch at a recommended gostilna. If you wish a lift up and over Vrsic Pass (at 1611 m), we have a shuttle option for you and you can enjoy the long descent into the Soca River valley. The afternoon ride to Bovec will surely rate as one of the most spectacular of your life. With the Julian Alps high above, the Soca River below, and Triglav National Park all around, this dramatically situated village is one of the adventure centers of the country. Rafting is possible, either on the afternoon you arrive or next morning. Distance options: 41 km with 480 m elevation gain; 70 km with 890 m elevation gain; 81 km with 1700 m elevation gain.
Cividale/ Cormons – From Bovec, you ride south towards Italy, but not so fast. We recommend having lunch at Hiso Franko before continuing on to Cividale (or Cormons for the luxe trip). Arriving to Cividale, you will discover a beautifully intact Unesco World Heritage site. It’s central plaza is one of the most beautiful of any Italian city and yet devoid of tourists. Distance options: 48 km with 725 m elevation gain; Add-on: 40 km; elevation gain 1280 m.
Cividale/ Cormons – For your last day in Friuli, we have designed options that range from flat to hilly. Our favourite ride dips back into Slovenia to wine taste and enjoy those quiet roads that wind through vineyards, past castles and quiet roads, with street-side fruit stalls and wine tasting opportunities abound. Finish your trip with a well-deserved dinner at Orsone, opened by Lidia & Joe Bastian (yes, that Joe Bastian), or at La Subida, in their Michelin starred dining room. As you wash this down with the local wines, toast your journey that will have given you memories to last a life-time. Distance options: 47 km; 350 m Add-on option: 20 km; 630 m gain.
Depart. Trains for Venice depart frequently. From Cividale you connect through Udine (travel time to Venice is 1h50). From either Castle Spessa or La Subida, you will take a short taxi to Cormons and then train to Venice.
"We had the best holiday ever- loved every minute,"
- Pam and Peter R., Vancouver, BC