3 COUNTRIES BIKE TOUR (SLO, CRO&ITA) 13D/12N
3 COUNTRIES BIKE TOUR (SLO, CRO&ITA) 13D/12N
Day 1 VENICE, LJUBLJANA OR TRIESTE AIRPORT – GRADO(I)
Meet your guide at Venice or Ljubljana or Trieste airport where you’ll be transfered to Grado, nicknamed – The First Venice(I). The Grado lagoon, part of the north Adriatic coastal floodplain, is a unique nature reserve, home to numerous species of aquatic birds and a great variety of vegetation. The island of Grado-First Venice, a port during the Roman era, was settled by refugees fleeing the barbarian invasions of the 5th century, then became an important commercial and political center during medieval times. Grado has a charming historic district, wide swaths of sandy beaches and a long promenade.
Our lodging is the waterfront Laguna Palace Hotel 4* or similar for two nights. Later in the afternoon join your guide for orientation tour of Grado, aperitifs and a welcome dinner in a local restaurant. (D)
Day 2 GRADO – AQUILEIA – UDINE (I)
Activity level: easy 50 km (32 miles)
After breakfast we bike across the lagoon to the town of Aquileia– 4th largest town of the Roman Empire, still very well preserved. Our local guide will take us for a walk through 1500 years of history that includes the Roman forum, the ancient port, the Basilica and the largest mosaic floor from the ancient world.
Afterwards bike trail will take us through the fertile plain to the town of Udine with its elegant and lively historic center.
We´ll return to Grado by van. (B)
Day 3 GRADO – MIRAMARE CASTLE – TRIESTE (I)
Activity level: easy 35 km (21 miles)
This morning we bike to the mainland to reach the Castle Miramare in vicinity of Trieste, also called the upper Adriatic jewel of the Habsburg Empire. The castle was built in the 1850s as a residence for the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, later the ill-fated emperor of Mexico. The castle is a lovely piece of its period, highlighted by the Duke’s bedroom and office that were modeled on the cabin and stern wardroom of the warship that he commanded to circumnavigate the world.
Our next stop is spectacular Trieste, one of Italy’s most impressive cities. After warring with the Republic of Venice for two centuries, Trieste, in 1382, petitioned the Habsburgs to become part of Austria, of which it remained part until annexed by the Kingdom of Italy following the end of World War I. Beeing the Capital of The Free Territory of Trieste after the WW II, finnaly became part of Italy in 1954. Our accommodation is in the waterfront Savoia Excelsior Palace 4* or similar for three nights. This evening enjoy a dinner in a local restaurant with their own wine production. (B, D)
Day 4 TRIESTE – PIRAN (SLO)
Enjoy some free time in the morning before the afternoon departure to Piran, the dream city. One of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean, Piran has preserved its unsurpassed charm. Enter the picturesque Piran, get to know its rich history and culture, and listen to the stories of the locals.The proximity to the sea and the rich history, which is mirrored in the architecture, draw magical scenes. We explore Piran and the rest of the Slovenian cost on board of a 30 feet sailing boat and in a company of experienced skipper. Evening on your own.(B)
Day 5 TRIESTE (I) – KOPER (SLO) – GROŽNJAN (CRO)
Activity level: medium 35 km (22 miles)
Today we explore one of the best bike trails in Europe, The Parenzana. Parenzana was a narrow gauge railway which connected Trieste with Poreč, operating from 1902 until 1935 and was eliminated due to unprofitability, because of cheaper and faster road transportation.
Recently Parenzana was converted in a bike trail and we will ride its most interesting section from Slovenia to Croatia, through its tunnels and over the bridges. Tonight we try local specialities including truffles in according to many, the best Istrian restaurant.(B,D)
Day 6 TRIESTE – LIPICA – KARST – VIPAVA (SLO)
Activity level: medium 40 km (25 miles)
We start our morning bike ride with a visit to the oldest stud farm in Europe-Lipica Stud farm, home of a Lipizzaner horses since the 16th century. Afterwards a fantastic road through some old stone house villages surrounded by wineyards and forests, will take us to Karst plateau. On the way we stop to admire the hill-top town of Štanjel «Jewel of the Karst«, to reach our last leg of bike-riding for the day, the decent to the Vipava valley. Our lodging for the next two days is small family run green farm Majerija or similar in a charming village of Slap.(B,D)
Day 7 VIPAVA VALLEY (SLO)
Activity level: easy 30 km (19 miles)
Vipava valley offers one of the best biking experiences in Slovenia. Due to its mild climate, the region is suitable for the cultivation of different kinds of fruits (especially peaches, apricots, persimmons, and figs). The Vipava Valley is also renowned for its quality wines, especially white ones. One of the highlights of Slovenia is a beautiful valley of river Soča, where we´ll end up our biking for the day.
Afterwards you will be transported to a family run wine cellar in Brda wine region for a trully home-hosted meal with wine.(B,D)
Day 8 VIPAVA – POSTOJNA – PREDJAMA – LJUBLJANA
Activity level: medium 35 km (22 miles)
This morning discover the underground world of Postojna caves. Enter the best known cave in the world with numerous tunnels, passages, galleries, stalactite or stalagmite formations that offer a unique experience of the underground world. Part of the visit its done by train what makes it easy and fun.
A few miles away you can find one of the most scenic castles in the world the Predjama castle,nesting on a vertical cliff. With numerous legends linked to the castle, makes it a perfect photo stop.
In the afternoon we bike to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, your next favorite city for three nights. Our Hotel Slon 4* or similar is just a minute walking from the old town and all the attractions. Tonight enjoy a dinner in local restaurant.(B,D)
Day 9 LJUBLJANA
No biking today
Ljubljana has the most beautiful historic center, contained within a sprawling pedestrian zone that flanks both sides of the willow-lined Ljubljanica River. Animated cafés and restaurants, magnificent Barroque buildings and bridges attract tourist from all over the world. Your local guide will illuminate this and more on an included walking tour of the old town. The rest of the day is for you to explore Ljubljana on your own.(B)
Day 10 LJUBLJANA – RAKOV ŠKOCJAN PARK – CERKNICA LAKE
Activity level: medium 30 km (18 miles)
Deep forests of Inner Carniola region has a lot to offer to a biker. We cycle Cerknica Lake, the largest disappearing lake in Slovenia, Rakov Škocjan natural bridge and the only castle in Slovenia with original interior the Snežnik castle. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.
Return to Ljubljana by van. (B,L)
Day 11 LJUBLJANA – ŠKOFJA LOKA – LAKE BLED
Activity level: easy 32 km (19 miles)
This morning cycle to the breathtaking Lake Bled. On the way enjoy Slovenian countryside and typical scenery of most northern region of Slovenia, the Alpine Upper Carniola. Once arrived to Bled, we´ll bike around the lake. The rest of the day is yours, to take in the beauty of this Alpine jewel.
Our accommodation is in a trully Grand Hotel Toplice 5* or similar for two nights.(B)
Day 12 LAKE BLED
Activity level: easy 15 km (10 miles)
Lake Bled is surrounded by high mountains, a dramatically placed 11th century cliffside castle and its tiny island with 99 steps leading up to the exquisite Church of the Assumption.The lake presents a fairy tale setting like no other. On our last cycling day we will explore Vintgar Gorge, Tito’s villa and Bled countryside.
Farrawell dinner in a typical Slovenian restaurant.(B,D)
Day 13 LAKE BLED – VENICE/LJUBLJANA OR TRIESTE AIRPORT
After breakfast you will be transfered to Venice airport for your return flight home. (B)
Price based on the number of people in your group:
2 pax: 7900 euro per person.
4 pax: 6800 euro per person.
6 pax: 5700 euro per person.
8 pax: 4800 euro per person.
Single room supplement 900 euro
Departure: on request
Total distance on bike: approx.252km
Land transportation through the whole tour in luxury mini-van with extra leg room
Airport transfer from Ljubljana, Venice or Trieste on Day 1
Airport transfer to Ljubljana, Venice or Trieste on Day 13
12 nights in 4 star hotel accommodation in twin/double beds with private bathroom (single room supplements available)
2x Full time professional Licensed English speaking guide/biker/driver while on the tour. One guide cycles with the group as the second drives the van and provides back up service all the time during the trip.
Local guiding in Aquileia, Trieste, Bled, Ljubljana, Maribor, Ptuj, Piran, Snežnik Castle, Cerknica Lake Postojna Caves and Predjama Castle.
All breakfasts, 7 dinners with drinks, 1 lunch, 1 wine tasting..
Entrance fees to Aquileia Basilica. Miramare Castle, Postojna Caves, Cerknica Lake live model, Snežnik Castle, Vintgar Gorge and Predjama Castle.
Full day sailing on the private boat with skipper.
Basic insurance and organization.
All parking fees and motorway tolls.
Bike equipment: All round light-weight touring bikes with 21 gears and aluminium frame, lock and lights. (electric bike available on request)
8 reasons for traveling on a private escorted bike tour with Us
- Private travel – gives you a highly personalized and unforgettable experience that you won’t find on a large group tour.
- Unique itineraries Our carefully designed itineraries are a wonderful blend of the major sites and delightful places that we’ve discovered off the beaten paths.
- All included – no optional hidden cost excursions.
- Best value – our lower prices and high quality make us a great choice for an escorted private bike tour.
- The best historic hotels, most are 4 star or 5 star, dating from previous centuries, located inside historic districts to maximize your free time on tour.
- The best small restaurants with carefully chosen menus and great wines – all included, as much as you like.
- Exceptional native tour guides and local guides – experienced, informative, attentive and fun! Slovenia4seasons private bike tours are escorted with a guide cyclist and one van. One guide cycles with the group as the second drives the van and provides back up service at all times during the trip.
- Leisurely pace – your average day on tour begins at 9am and there is ample free time for your own explorations daily.