Arrival day - airport pick up
We meet you at the airport and transfer to the beloved Slovenian mountain resort of Kranjska Gora. Easy afternoon and meeting with the guide for a chat about the coming days helps you unwind from the travel. Overnight stay booked in selected three star hotel.
Day 1 - Kranjska gora & Planica to Pokljuka plateau
After the delicious breakfast and morning tea or coffee we`ll begin our Alps2Sea tour by visiting the world-famous Planica ski-jumping hills and Belopeška lakes just across the border in Italy. A short loop through 3 countries and our first mountain pass kick-starts the tour, followed by an optional mountain-top finish on the Pokljuka plateau. Great views of Slovenia`s highest mountain Triglav are guaranteed as you enjoy & relax in Vila Triglav, a luxurious accommodation run by Tadej Valjavec, former pro cyclist and top 10 GC TdF finisher!
Overnight in Vila Triglav.
Day 2 - Bled & Bohinj lakes to “traditional charm” of Cerkno
Our second stage takes us to the most beautiful Slovenian lakes of Bohinj & Bled. A less demanding start of the stage is followed by climbs on less traveled roads towards Železniki & Dražgoše, places of important historical events. The final descent takes us to the remote town of Cerkno for a well deserved dinner, local cuisine and a good rest. We`ll also show you the traditional charm of this litte town, who Cerkno’s “Laufarji” are and what they have been doing for hundreds of years. Prepare for the unexpected ;)
Overnight in Hotel Cerkno.
Day 3 - Through forests and valleys to Ljubljana
The third stage takes us to the route of the oldest Slovenian GranFondo, the Franja Marathon, named after a hidden WW2 partisan hospital. Picturesque landscape, narrow and winding roads continue as we approach Slovenia`s capital of Ljubljana and its distinct surrounding marshland of Barje. Another hill-top finish of the Alps2Sea tour takes us to Rakitna, a true green gem and microclimate-site with exceptional air quality. Optimal recovery after 3rd stage is guaranteed on Rakitna. Those interested in the Ljubljana nightlife will have the option of checking out the local scene in the evening/night.
Overnight: Hotel Rakitna
Day 4 - Seasonal loop / Rest day
You can take a proper rest day and enjoy sunbathing or a stroll in surroundings of Rakitna lake or go for a self-guided loop of the unique disappearing Cerkniško lake. If you`d like to take a break from tarmac and try something new, an E-bike tour on easy gravel roads & single-tracks of Rakitna is available for a surcharge. Self-guided or guided visit of Ljubljana is also a great option for a rest day!
Rest day options:
– self guided roadbike tour of Cerknica (.gpx provided with descriptions)
– easy day / no activities on Rakitna, lunch option
– self guied / guided (surcharge) visit of Ljubljana
– Rakitna e-bike tour (surcharge, min. 4 persons)
Overnight in Hotel Rakitna.
Day 5 - Visiting caves & knights and into Vipava valley
Fully rested, we’ll quickly turn our bikes towards the Adriatic coast. Flying through city of Postojna we a relaxed coffee stop at Predjama castle, the largest underground castle in Europe. Prepare for a major change of landscape on the descent into the magnificent Vipava valley, world-famous due to its extraordinary powerful Bora wind and exceptional Wines. A late lunch break in the town of Ajdovščina at the renowned Faladur restaurant brings excellent seasonal dishes, wines & craft beers. Continuing through vineyards we ascend the last hills of the day before reaching the picturesque village of Štanjel and finally settling down in Tomaj, a quiet country village famous for Teran wine. The Karst region of Slovenia is certain to enchant you…
Overnight: Turistična kmetija z nastanitvijo Škerlj
Day 6 - Incredible vineyards and coastal views
When you think you`ve seen everything, there is more behind the corner! Much more, actually. We take to the regional roads to reach the village of Lipica, known for its unique breed of white horses – the Lipizzaners. Cycling through the estate, surrounded by white fences is a beautiful experience. Soon after we leave Lipica behind, the vista of the Adriatic Sea opens up. As we descent towards Istrian landscape, we can see our final destination of the tour and the last climb to Korte village before descending to Piran, the pearl of the Northern Adriatic. The historical town and one of Slovenia`s best known treasures is a perfect place to finish the grand Alps2Sea tour. After a snack and tour of the town, we`ll shuttle back to Korte to rest the legs and enjoy dinner in a well known local restaurant. Looking back to alpine peaks from the terrace at Korte and reflecting on the week… you`ll fell SLOVENIA!
OVERNIGHT: Hostel Stara šola Korte
After the last breakfast in cozy hostel in the Old local school in Korte, we transfer you back to the airport. Of course, if you wish to extend your stay in Slovenia, we will be happy to arrange everything you need to make sure your good times continue.
- 5 or 6 days of road cycling with experienced liecenced guides
- 7 nights accommodation
- 7 days fully catered breakfast and dinner
- Transportation in an airconditioned van with a bike trailer
- Transportation from and back to the Airport (Ljubljana). Other airports for additional charge.
- Sight seeing as desired and information on the surrounding areas
- Use of workshop for repairs
- Second to none service with passionate staff
We use 3 star hotels, high end mountain huts or pensions for our accommodation. Price is based on double rooms. If clients want to stay in single rooms it could be booked but the price is higher.
We provide full mechanic service in our transport van. There is a lot bike shops in Slovenia in case that we need some special spare bike parts.
Where do we meet?
We will meet you in Ljubljana or pick you up at the airport. Transfers from airports Ljubljana, Klagenfurt, Trieste and Zagreb are included in the price. Transfers from airports Venice and Graz are possible but subject to prior arrangement and surcharge. For information about transfers please phone +386 68 147 467 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How is it with cash and expenses?
The official currency in Slovenia is the Euro – €. Additional costs you may encounter during your stay: lunch (cca. 10€/day), souvenirs, drinks in bars, massage treatments in hotels, etc. Most places allow payments by credit card, but we recommend you visit an ATM machine and pay in cash. Tipping is welcome (if you are satisfied with the service), not mandatory. The usual tip is up to 10% of the bill.
How about the food and meals?
In all multi-day trips breakfast & dinner is included in the price. Lunch is the only meal that needs to be paid separately (around 10€ per day). Breakfast and dinner are part of the half-board lodging option at each hotel. Each day includes a lunch stop at a specially selected local restaurant, serving local home made food, friendly atmosphere and range of foods characteristic for the area. Other lunch option is buying food in the grocery store. We kindly ask our guests to report any special nutritional requirements in advance (vegetarians, gluten free …) so we can notify the hotels and restaurants accordingly.
What kind of bike do I need?
The best bike for our trips is a good all mountain or enduro bike with at least 120 mm of travel. The bike should not weigh more than 16 kilos as there is quite a bit of uphill riding. Hardtails are always an option, provided your knees and back can take the punishment.
Can I Rent a bike?
Sure! We have a number of Mondraker and Trek bikes available for rent. For a full list of bikes, sizes and pricing contact us at email@example.com. Bikes can be reserved upon booking to eliminate any chance of not having a bike ready and waiting for you when you arrive. Check out our bike rental options and prices: 2017rental_link
What spare parts for my bike should I bring?
Most bicycle spares and components are available for purchase in bike shops around Slovenia (for example Positive sports in Kobarid). But, to set your mind at ease, we recommend you bring the following set of spares with you:
- rear derailleur hanger
- one set of brake pads
- chain (if your bike chain is older than 6 months)
- 2 inner tubes (with the appropriate valve)
- 2 spokes (appropriate lengths for your wheelset)
- Shock pump (particularly if you ride a Cannondale:) )
You can also do away with worrying about spares altogether and rent a bike for the week.
What clothing do you recommend?
With the exception of May and October, weather in Slovenia is rather stable and not too cold. Expected temperatures in May and October are between 10 and 25 C and temperatures between June and September are between 15 and 30 C. Packing rain gear is always good as we cannot guarantee the dry weather. Some long sleeves can certainly come in handy.
What should I pack?
Clothing and accessories:
- at least two cycling jerseys with short sleeves and one with long sleeves
- padded bike shorts
- bike helmet
- knee pads (elbow pads optional)
- bike gloves
- rainproof jacket and pants
- warm “civilian” clothing (fleeces, pants …)
- swimsuit, towel
- sunscreen and insect repellent
- personal hygiene set (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo…)
Your riding backpack should carry at least:
- 2 liters of fluid/day (hydration bladder or plastic bottles)
- 1 spare inner tube (appropriate valve)
Plus any other stuff you can’t ride without (phone, camera etc.)!
What if I want to extend my stay in Slovenia?
No problem at all! Our guides can help you find lodging and activities with dependable agencies and friends all around the country. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org