Slovenia Self Guided Biking

Tour Dates: 9 Days, Apr – Oct (shorter tours available)

Our Slovenia Self Guided Bike Tour takes you on a north to south cross-country journey through some of Slovenia’s most scenic and historical places. The dry weather and warm sunny days of late summer make this the perfect time for cycling, and with the seasonal harvest underway, there will be plenty of fresh produce and good local wines to treat the palate.  (Shorter itineraries are available.)

The route brings you from the Alps to the sea, passing through one of Slovenia’s most important wine districts. Amazing karst caverns, Lipizzaner horses, alpine lakes and stately castles…this is a memorable bike tour!

We crafted this Slovenia Self Guided Bike Tour to include 10 nights hotel, all breakfasts & dinners, an airport transfer from Ljubljana to Bled, all luggage transfers, a hybrid rental bike, complete map and route notes, and a local phone number for emergencies.

2021 Price: €1275 Euros pp double occupancy

Single Supplement: €260 Euros

Optional : Half Board (includes 7 dinners): €180 Euros

Bike Rentals: Hybrid bike rentals /€170 euros, Road bike rentals /€190 euros, Electric bike rentals /€ 285 euros

Price Includes:
  • 8 nights hotel (shorter tours available)
  • all breakfasts
  • airport transfer from Ljubljana to Bled
  • all luggage transfers
  • map and route notes
  • local phone number for emergencies
Price Does Not Include:

International flights, lunches, dinners, beverages, entrance fees to attractions, bike rentals

Tour Difficulty

Slovenia is a moderately hilly country and each day you can expect 40 to 65 km of riding. Additional distance can also be arranged for riders who want an extra challenge.

  • Difficulty: Moderately Hilly
  • Road Conditions: Smooth & Paved, 5 miles good dirt
  • Recommended Bike: Hybrid or Road

Tour Highlights

  • Swim in crystal clear mountain lakes
  • Visit the Old City and the Triple Bridge in Ljubljana
  • Visit Postojna or Škocjan caves, and the famous Lipizzaner horses
  • Sip a capuccino in the famous Piazza Unita in Trieste
  • Enjoy the sumptuous Teran wine

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – Bled

The tour starts in Bled, a world famous town on the shore of a stunning glacial lake surrounded by towering alpine mountains. With its distinctive island church and the cliff-top castle standing guard, Bled is one of Slovenia’s most beautiful cities. You will receive your rental bike, tour documents and a tour briefing. Lodging: Bled

Day 2 – Bled to Bohinj Bistrica- 27 km / 43 km with a detour

From the high plateau at Pokljuka, you can marvel at the alpine views as you glide down into the neighboring Bohinj Valley. Upon reaching Lake Bohinj, the largest and deepest in the Triglav National Park, you can spend the rest of the day sightseeing at Savica waterfall and take in the mountain vistas surrounding Lake Bohinj. Bohinj Bistrica

Day 3 – Bohinj Bistrica to Skofja Loka – 49m

Leaving Bohinj, you cycle up 750 m/2400 ft to the Jelovica high plateau. From the top, the trail descends into the Selska Dolina Valley leading to the lush green Skofja Loka hills. The route takes you through a number of historic little villages until you finally arrive in the wonderful town of Skofja Loka, one of the oldest towns in Slovenia, where you can visit the hilltop castle. Lodging: Skofja Loka

Day 4 – Skofja Loka to Ljubljana – 31km

The route takes you to Ljubljana, the capitol of Slovenia. You can visit the historic old town and take a ride up to the mighty Ljubljana Castle, perched high on a hill overlooking the city. As the sun goes down you can relax with a meal and drinks in one of the many riverside restaurants. Lodging: Ljubljana

Day 5 – Ljubljana to Vrhnika –  Postojna 70km / 18 km with optional side trip

To start the day, a gentle ride across the beautiful 160-sq km Ljubljana Moors (Ljubljansko Barje), home to some of Europe’s rarest forms of bird, plant and insect life. Then cycle past the beautiful Slivnica Mountain and the magical disappearing lake of Cerknica. Stop at Rakov Skocjan, Slovenia’s oldest landscape park: a stunning limestone gorge containing two natural bridges. Lodging: Postojna

Day 6 -Postojna – Štanjel 36 km + 9 km side trip

Today will start with a visit to the beautiful Postojna caves, the most extensive cave system in Slovenia, through a world of large and colorful stalactites and stalagmites, and the unique “human fish”. Then head to the impenetrable fortress of Predjama Castle, in a crevasse halfway up a 123 metre cliff-face. Here lived a vivacious and daring knight. Erasmus kept a whole army at bay by utilizing the Predjama Caves to sneak out for supplies. Take the tour and learn how Erasmus met his untimely demise in less than poetic circumstances, as he was literally caught with his pants down. Lodging: Stanjel

Day 7 – Štanjel – Lipica – Divaca – 48 km

First stop is at the lovely botanical garden in Sezana, then it’s on to the stud farm of Lipica, where you can visit these beautiful thoroughbred Lipizzaner horses, whose glistening white coats and gentle, graceful dancing have earned them a worldwide reputation. Take a tour in a traditional carriage, and see them close up in their stables. You can also visit the unusual but very interesting “War Museum” set in a lovely Venetian tower.  Lodging: Divaca

Day 8 – Divaca to Piran – 75 km

If you skipped Postojna caves, don’t worry, because this morning you can visit Škocjan Caves – just as interesting but far less crowded. Then, if you like, head into the Italian town of Trieste. Visit the castle, cathedral and Piazza Unita. Stop for a cappuccino or a gelato in the old harbor town of Muggia. There is a new cycling path following the old railway line that runs along the coast. Enjoy great vistas of Slovenia’s modest, yet lovely coastline. A stop in the Slovenian Riviera of Portoroz is a must. The trip ends in the gorgeous little Venetian harbor town of Piran. Lodging: Piran

Day 9 – Departure from Piran

After breakfast your tour ends. However, you can prolong your stay in Piran, take a one-way boat trip or day-cruise to Venice or we can arrange a transfer to the Ljubljana or Trieste airports.