To Slovenia with love

  • Location

    Slovenia

  • Duration

    7 nights /8 days

  • Length

    22 - 110 km daily

  • Climb

    350m - 2,800m

4 Aug 2020 - 11 Aug 2020 / 21 Sep 2020 - 28 Sep 2020 / 14 Aug 2021 - 21 Aug 2021 / 25 Sep 2021 - 2 Oct 2021

I Feel SLOVEnia - an appropriate Slovenian Tourism slogan and we know you will also feel the love for this hidden green country as soon as you arrive.

Slovenia has so much more to offer for the cyclist, it is a paradise that encompasses the Mediterranean coast, ordered and fertile countryside, beautiful villages, towns and cities and of course unbelievably beautiful mountain roads and passes surrounded by huge mountain landscapes.

This tour offers a range of rides: from tranquil steady routes and climbs to epic rides and bucket list challenges in inspiring environments. We have designed it so that you get a taste of the Slovenian culture and cuisine and learn a little bit of it's fascinating and often turbulent history.

This tour is for every cyclist, passionate or otherwise - routes can be shortened or extended, and we offer support vehicles, cultural visits and experiences, so non-cyclist family members are welcome too.

Total price: From €3,800

  • This trip has been designed by GTP and Luka Furjan, our Slovenian professional GTP guide, who will guide as well
  • Discover a unique cycling destination
  • Excellent roads with minimal traffic in breathtaking historical places and landscapes
  • Shorter and longer options every day - this tour is suited for riders of all levels
  • Four carefully selected 3-4 star hotels and outstanding food
  • Bike rental available
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Max group size of 14 (Max client to guide ratio 7:1)
  • DAY 1

    DOBRODOŠLI V SLOVENIJI – WELCOME TO SLOVENIA

    20km - 350m

    We will meet you at Venice Airport and drive 2 hours to our hotel in Izola, Slovenia. After check-in, we’ll help you get you bike set up and then set off for an afternoon warm-up ride through the oldest city in Slovenia, Koper. Formerly an island, Koper’s centre is made up of elegant renovated Venetian squares and buildings. We will then head into the picturesque hinterlands to ride through rural villages, past farms, olive groves and vineyards and back to charming Izola.

    At the hotel, we'll do final adjustments to the bikes, give out the GTP kit and have a welcome meeting. Our first Istrian dinner together will be at our hotel.

    Hotel Marina****
  • DAY 2

    IZOLA LOOP & MEDITERRANEAN COAST

    77km / 1,400m

    Today we’ll hit the beautiful roads around Izola Peninsula. Izola is a former fishing village with narrow streets, Venetian charm and a large marina. Outside of Izola is a treasure trove of ancient sites, verdant forests, natural springs and rural countryside; and a 4km stretch of coast to Koper that is closed to traffic to help protect the natural biodiversity of the sea. We'll stop at the best place for photos with the Adriatic Sea and Alps in the background and then at Rodica Winery to taste some of the best Istrian wines.

    Back in Izola, you can spend time by the sea, or wander through the narrow streets before we jump in the shuttle for dinner in Piran, THE most beautiful Mediterranean medieval town.

    Hotel Marina****
  • DAY 3

    VRHNIKA TURJAK LOOP

    75km / 620m

    We have a short transfer to Vrhnika, found on the edge of the famous Ljubljana Marches where ancient treasures like a 5,200-year-old wooden wheel and a 2000-year-old Celtic long boat, found preserved in the riverbed and peat marshes. The route to Ljubljana consists of rolling terrain through rural fields and beside hills covered in mixed woodland.

    We will arrive at our hotel and then go into lovely Ljubljana to explore a small European city with so much to see – The 900 year old castle, the famous Triple Bridge, the Dragon Bridge with 4 fierce Art Nouveau dragons protecting the city; the ornate Baroque cathedral to take your breath away; and much more. Or just wander the streets and squares and discover the charms of Ljubjana by accident.

    City Hotel Ljubljana***
  • DAY 4

    JEZERSKO SOLČAVA LOOP

    58km / 1500m or 82km / 2400m

    Fans of Primož Roglič of Team Jumbo-Visma will be tested today. We aim to ride some of the epic Slovenia passes and where Roglič train's for the European Grand Tours; these passes have been included in several Tours of Slovenia. We'll start near Olševek and ride towards Zgornje Jezersko, a hamlet with open pastures and 3 churches. At 1215m, we cross into Austria and enjoy a long descent through forests before climbing up to Pavličevo sedlo (1338m) and back into Slovenia. More descents through forests and tranquil open farm pastures to Solcava and then Luče where we can regroup for refreshments before continuing to Kamnik.

    There is an option to stop in Luče and take the shuttle. After today’s epic ride you can choose to relax at the hotel or continue your exploration of Ljubljana.

    City Hotel Ljubljana***
  • DAY 5

    Železniki - BOVEC

    90km / 1,400m

    We'll start at Železniki and follow the beautiful Selska sora, a gentle ascent through steep forested slopes, pockets of pastures and quaint villages dominated by well-kept churches, up pretty river valleys and we'll find stunning aqua blue lakes with crystal clear water to paddle in.

    As we ride higher into the mountain valley, the forests will recede to open pastures and allow us to view the dramatic and massive Krn Mountain range – Krn being the highest point at 2,244m.

    Bovec is an old town that now relies on tourism. Outside the ski season, there is canyoning, kayaking, zip-lining as well as hiking and other activities. Perhaps one of these can refresh you are your long day in the saddle?

    Hotel Sanje ob Soči****
  • DAY 6

    Bovec, Mangart and Vršič Passes Loop

    62km / 1,150m or 110km / 2,800m

    We hope you had a good night’s sleep because today is going to be HUGE! And no kidding, you REALLY need to ride today! First up we ride from Bovec to the Mangart turn off at 1080m and climb the highest paved road in Slovenia - also considered the most beautiful.

    At the Italian border we'll zip down to stunning Lago del Predil for a picnic before following the river valley further down to Tarvisio and then a very gentle ascent back into Slovenia. Next up is Kranjska Gora and onto Vrsic Pass, yet another of Slovenia’s beautiful cycle routes – not only is the scenery magnificent, this route also has well maintained hairpin cobblestones – the Slovenian version of the St Gotthard Tremola!

    Hotel Sanje ob Soči****
  • DAY 7

    SELLA NEVEA LOOP

    58km / 1450m or 94km / 2400m

    We have that sweet combination of Slovenia and Italy again today. From Bovec, we will ride along remote roads to Žaga on the river Soča and then head up to the Italian border and to the high point of 1050m on the flanks of Monte Cochiaze. We can regroup here and then descend to Resiutta to the cycle path to Chuisaforte for a delicious Italian picnic. After lunch we have 17 km and 760m of elevation to reach the ski resort Sella Nevea and then a flat ride to Lago del Predil. Remember that short descent you enjoyed yesterday? Well it's an ascent today to the border into Slovenia and then your reward descent into Bovec.

    At the hotel you can shower and change and then we transfer to our next hotel near Venice.

    Our final dinner together will be in Venice.

    NH Venezia Laguna Palace****
  • DAY 8

    Zbogom - Farewell

    Sadly, today we bid you farewell. After breakfast, we’ll transfer you to Venice airport or you may opt to stay and enjoy a few days of exploring Venice and the cities on the mainland.

    We hope that this tour of Slovenia was an eye opener – it certainly was for us! Spread the word, your photos - Slovenia and Grand Tours Project have so much more to offer.