Discover Ljubljana’s blend of history and modern charm
Cycle through the picturesque alpine regions of Bohinj and Bled
Explore the stunning Julian Alps and glacial valleys
Experience the iconic Vršič Pass and Mangart’s lofty ascent
Traverse the enchanting Soča Valley and Goriška Brda wine region
Cycle along the Istrian coastline, visiting Rovinj and Pula’s Roman amphitheater
As you arrive in the vibrant city of Ljubljana, Slovenia’s captivating capital, an air of anticipation sweeps over you. The blend of historical charm and contemporary buzz in the city provides a perfect launch pad for your journey. As you settle in, take some time to admire the city’s architectural gems, lively squares, and the emerald-green Ljubljanica River meandering through its heart, perfectly setting the stage for the grand adventure ahead.
Hotel in Ljubljana
Your journey begins with a warm-up loop into the heart of the Polhograjski Dolomiti. This initial stage takes you on an adventure through a landscape defined by rolling hills, quaint villages, and an abundance of greenery. As you navigate the narrow roads and steep terrain, you’ll be surrounded by idyllic nature and endless views, setting the rhythm and tone for the adventure that lies ahead. Upon completion of the loop, you’ll return to Ljubljana, the city’s evening glow welcoming you back after a rewarding day on the saddle.
54.1 km, 589 m of elevation
Embark from Ljubljana, threading through Tivoli Park en route to the enchanting Bohinj region. You’ll traverse charming villages nestled in the verdant Ljubljana basin and the historic town of Škofja Loka, known for its preserved medieval architecture. Continuing through the ironworking region of Železniki, the journey ascends to Soriška Planina, offering panoramic mountain views. The day culminates in the arrival at Bohinj, a breathtaking alpine destination famed for its pristine lake and majestic mountains.
Hotel in Bohinj
78.1 km, 1156 m of elevation
Setting off from Bohinj, you will journey through the peaceful Stara Fužina toward Pokljuka’s looming ascent. The climb, meandering amidst forests and meadows, unfolds expansive vistas of hills and valleys. Pokljuka, celebrated for its winter sporting heritage, ushers a descent to Gorje. As the splendor of Bled comes into sight, the iconic Bled Castle and the Church of the Assumption of Mary punctuate the landscape. The day’s journey culminates in a serene lakeside ride to your accommodation in Bled.
Hotel in Bled
33.9 km, 843 m of elevation
Departing from Bled, you’ll journey through the stunning Radovna Valley, past Lake Kreda, and the entrances to the renowned glacial valleys of Vrata, Kot, and Krma. After reaching Zgornja Radovna, you’ll descend to Mojstrana, with an optional detour to the striking Peričnik Waterfall. Follow the Sava Dolinka River towards Kranjska Gora, enjoying views of the imposing Julian Alps and the timbered Karawanks slopes. The day concludes at Lake Jasna in Kranjska Gora, promising unforgettable vistas from your accommodation.
Hotel in Kranjska Gora
38.3 km, 739 m of elevation
Venture west across the Italian border, immersing yourself in vast mountain landscapes. Encounter Lago del Predil before ascending the Sella Nevea pass, where panoramic vistas of the Julian and Carnic Alps await. The descent leads past the scenic Cascata Rio Repetit and Cascata Cadramazzo waterfalls. Journey back towards Slovenia via well-maintained cycling paths, pausing to savor traditional Italian cuisine en route. The day concludes as you cross back into Slovenia and your hotel in Kranjska Gora.
110.2 km, 1598 m of elevation
Prepare for a challenging ascent up the winding, cobbled roads of the iconic Vršič Pass, Slovenia’s highest mountain pass, rewarded by awe-inspiring views of the Julian Alps. Descending to the Trenta Valley, follow the Soča River downstream with stops recommended at the Great Soča Gorges and Šunik Water Grove. Despite the Soča Valley’s allure, your journey continues through the village of Kal-Koritnica, culminating in Bovec, marking a day of thrilling challenges and breathtaking panoramas.
Hotel in Bovec
43.3 km, 916 m of elevation
Embarking from Bovec, today promises a thrilling ascent to Slovenia’s highest asphalt road – Mangart. This journey unfurls amidst awe-inspiring Alpine vistas, as you pedal through lush valleys, gradually climbing the serpentines up to Mangart Saddle. The challenging ascent is well rewarded with panoramic views from 2,055 meters, encapsulating the breathtaking beauty of the Julian Alps. The descent back to Bovec is a euphoric ride, the culmination of an exhilarating day, a testament to your mettle, and a memorable high-altitude encounter with Slovenia’s magnificent landscape.
51.3 km, 1694 m of elevation
Beginning in Bovec, nestled in the Soča Valley, your journey takes you alongside the Soča River, framed by majestic mountains and verdant forests. Picturesque towns like Kobarid and Tolmin dot the route, offering rich cultural and historical insights, including World War remnants. From Tolmin, start your ascent towards Goriška Brda, the landscape unfolding into vistas of undulating hills, vineyards, and orchards. The climb, while challenging, rewards with views of the Adriatic Sea. Goriška Brda, renowned for its exquisite wines and local delicacies, provides an enchanting conclusion to the day, with its charming villages and picturesque vineyards.
Hotel in Goriška Brda
74.3 km, 1077 m of elevation
Embark from Goriška Brda through Italy’s tranquil Friuli region before returning to Slovenia in Miren, marked by stunning vistas. Cycle through Slovenia’s countryside, highlighting Štanjel with its medieval castle and Ferrari garden. Continue towards Sežana, traversing the rolling Karst region, a challenging but scenic journey. Arriving in Sežana, don’t miss the Škocjan Caves, a world-renowned geological marvel, wrapping up a day of unforgettable landscapes.
Hotel in Sežana
89 km, 1196 m of elevation
Departing from Sežana, descend the Karst Plateau through towns such as Kozina and Črni Kal, notable for its fort with panoramic views. Upon nearing Koper, the landscape levels out, leading you through charming villages and along Žusterna’s scenic seaside promenade.
Continue along the coastline to Izola and then onto Strunjan, an excellent spot to explore its impressive Nature Reserve. Traverse the Valetta and Šalet Tunnels, part of the historic Parenzana railway, arriving at the lively town of Portorož. The day concludes with a coastal ride to your hotel in Piran, located in the renowned Tartini’s Square.
Hotel in Piran
58.9 km, 520 m of elevation
Depart from Piran, venturing south towards Croatia, with the Sečovlje salt pans and Portorož Aerodrome en route. Upon crossing the border, ascend the plateau, absorbing panoramic views of the Slovenian countryside. Continue through the rolling Istrian terrain towards historic Buje, a perfect place for a pause and a stroll in the town square.
From Buje, proceed west for an exhilarating descent towards Brtonigla, leading to the coastal city of Novigrad and through the sea-split town of Antenal. The journey concludes in Poreč, where a quick detour to the old city center is recommended before arriving at your hotel. Along the journey, seize the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Istrian meal at a local restaurant.
Hotel in Poreč
51.8 km, 641 m of elevation
Departing from the picturesque city of Poreč, today’s stage features the serene villages of Funtana and Vrsar, followed by a tranquil ride on a scenic road along the Istrian coastline. Your route around the renowned Lim Channel takes you through Brajkovići and Rovinjsko Selo, where a stop at the panoramic view is a must to capture the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
The final destination is the charming town of Rovinj. Here, explore the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town with its Venetian-style architecture and quaint cafes. A leisurely walk along the stunning waterfront reveals the shimmering sea and vibrant fishing boats, culminating in a memorable conclusion to your day’s journey.
Hotel in Rovinj
43 km, 615 m of elevation
Embarking on the final stage from Rovinj, you’ll head south towards the historical city of Pula. Roads guide you through picturesque campsites and breathtaking beaches, providing ideal spots for a break. Explore the local restaurants and wineries around Barbariga.
Entering Pula, the imposing Roman amphitheater announces your arrival. From there, you’ll cycle towards Premantura for a scenic loop, experiencing the coastal splendor before returning to Pula. The city’s vibrant energy signals a captivating end to your cycling adventure.
Hotel in Pula
68.7 km, 559 m of elevation
As you prepare to depart, the echoes of this unforgettable journey resonate. The breathtaking landscapes and vibrant towns you’ve traversed will remain etched in your memory. Though this adventure concludes, the experiences gathered will forever twinkle in your life’s mosaic. Until our paths cross again, cherish these timeless memories.
Thank you! The PDF will arrive in your email shortly. Check your spam folder if you can't find it.
Tour design and organization
Booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions
Service and support during your tour
GPS navigation with an easy-to-use app
Accommodation as per itinerary
Embark on an enchanting 15-day cycling experience across the magnificent landscapes of Slovenia, Italy, and Croatia. This journey is not just about the miles covered on a bike, it’s a voyage that immerses you in the historic charm of vibrant cities, the natural grandeur of verdant landscapes, and the unique cultures of these three captivating countries.
Your adventure starts in the dynamic cityscape of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, providing a perfect blend of modern vibrancy and old-world charm. As you cycle through quaint hamlets and up rugged terrains, the picturesque Polhograjski Dolomiti will sweep you into a world of untouched beauty and serenity, serving as a perfect backdrop to set the pace for the voyage.
The journey will have you weaving through charming towns nestled in the mountains, like Škofja Loka and Železniki. Your path leads you to breathtaking views atop Soriška Planina, with each turn revealing another stunning vista. On reaching Bohinj, you’ll be greeted by an Alpine paradise, boasting crystal-clear waters and majestic peaks.
As you traverse from Bohinj to the iconic Bled, you’ll encounter peaceful hamlets, undulating landscapes, and historic landmarks. The journey further unfolds through Radovna Valley’s majestic scenery, filled with optional detours to cascading waterfalls and a serene stopover at Lake Jasna in Kranjska Gora.
The adventure intensifies with an exciting cross into Italy, where the wide-open spaces of Sella Nevea offer a panoramic feast of the Julian and Carnic Alps. The challenge of conquering Slovenia’s highest mountain pass, Vršič Pass, rewards with awe-inspiring vistas that are nothing short of a cyclist’s dream.
Discover Bovec, and conquer the thrilling ascent to Mangart, Slovenia’s highest asphalt road, providing views that capture the breathtaking beauty of the Julian Alps. This adventurous ride is contrasted by a serene journey through Goriška Brda, a region famed for its wines, where the ascent rewards with glimpses of the Adriatic Sea.
You’ll then cycle through Italy’s tranquil Friuli region before descending from the Karst Plateau through charming villages and along the captivating Istrian coastline to Piran. The historic heart of Croatia unfolds as you ascend from Buje, culminating in a relaxing coastal ride through Poreč and Rovinj.
In essence, this cycling journey is more than a physical expedition; it’s a curated cultural and sensory experience that leaves an indelible mark on your memory, inviting you to relive these cherished moments until you return for another unforgettable adventure.
Self-guided cycling tours offer a customizable and adaptable way to enjoy a cycling vacation, giving you the freedom to explore at your own speed and adjust your path or timetable as desired. Our dedicated team handles all the logistical arrangements, such as lodging, detailed schedules, GPS directions, and round-the-clock assistance, ensuring a hassle-free, engaging adventure that emphasizes autonomy, personalization, and genuine interactions with the local community.
Our tours are categorized into three difficulty levels: leisurely, moderate, and challenging. Although each may include both easier and more demanding days, our rating system reflects the average difficulty level for a typical day.
Leisurely tours take place primarily on flat, paved cycling paths, asphalt roads, or easy gravel tracks, and they are suitable for all fitness levels.
Moderate tours may include some uphill climbs or technically more demanding terrain, but they are manageable for individuals of average fitness.
Challenging tours entail either long distances and numerous climbs or technical terrain, possibly featuring downhill sections requiring proficiency with a mountain bike.
We are dedicated to finding the ideal lodging for you. We collaborate with various lodging establishments that meet our criteria, but their availability can fluctuate, particularly during peak seasons. We can also personalize your vacation based on your preferences and financial constraints, ensuring we locate the best possible option that suits your taste.
We advise that you make your reservation as soon as feasible. Numerous routes pass through heavily frequented tourist areas where lodging choices may be restricted. Often, the most desirable accommodations get reserved for the summer season before spring even arrives.
Especially our bike and boat tours get sold out really quickly, as the boats can only accommodate a certain amount of people.
The ability to accommodate dietary restrictions varies depending on their severity. In Croatia, vegetarian meals are generally available, but finding vegan options in rural areas or smaller towns may be difficult. Additionally, please be aware that lunch breaks frequently take place at conventional establishments that may have difficulty accommodating special requests outside their standard menu. We recommend that you take this into account during your journey. The boats usually offer vegan and vegetarian options.
The best season for cycling in Croatia is generally from April to June and September to October. During these months, the weather is mild, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius, and the crowds are smaller than during the peak summer season. July and August can be hot and crowded, making cycling more challenging. However, if you are comfortable with higher temperatures and busy areas, you may still enjoy cycling during this time. Winter months can be quite cold and wet, making cycling less desirable. Therefore, the best time for cycling in Croatia is during the spring and fall seasons.
Most of our tours can take place even in light rain, as long as you dress suitably. During the summer months in Croatia, it’s typically hot and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius. However, it’s not uncommon to experience occasional thunderstorms, particularly in the afternoons. Therefore, we recommend starting your day early to avoid the midday heat and potential storms. In the event of particularly severe or unfavorable weather conditions, we will do our best to adjust the tour beforehand to make it safe and enjoyable for you.
Choose which cookies you want to allow. You can change these settings at any time.
These cookies are essential for the website to function and cannot be switched off.
We use these cookies to analyze how our visitors use the website and monitor site performance.
These cookies are used to personalize ads and content based on your interests.