- Soaking up Slovenian culture in cool Ljubljana – one of Europe’s greenest capital cities
- Discovering world-famous Slovenian caves
- Relaxing on Italian beaches in Trieste and Muggia
- Pedallin’ along the amazing Parenzana railway line
- Marvelling at the breathtaking views of the Adriatic Coast
- Exploring the enchanting Slovenian towns of Portoroz and Piran
To us, Skedaddle is now a guarantee of quality. No need to worry if the holiday will match our expectations, we KNOW it will – and more! It seems that every possible problem has been foreseen, and then solved before it even happens.
On arriving at your hotel in Ljubljana, the vibrant capital of Slovenia, you can unpack and make yourself at home. You’ll be met by a member of the local team, who will provide your hire bikes (if hiring), as well as your route notes and maps for your upcoming trip.
Spend the rest of the day exploring the capital city. Important sights include the Ljubljana Castle, the Central Market and the National Library. Why not end your day with a chilled stroll along the river, stopping on your way at one of its many bars to enjoy a drink as you enjoy the lights and sounds of the city.
- Meals: Breakfast
Your first day is a gentle ride journeying across historic plains towards Vrhnika. You’ll start your day saying goodbye to the capital, as you leave the buzz of the city for the tranquil plains of the Ljubljana Marsh – or Ljubljana Barje in Slovene. The Barje was once a great lake that dried up 6000 years ago. Look out for some of Europe’s rarest birds, plants and insects!
Along the way you can hop off your bike and explore the gorgeous Iški Vintgar gorge, carved deep into a stunning limestone plateau. You can also see the remains of the world’s highest railway viaduct in Borovnica, and on hot days you could cool down in the depths of the glorious Lake Podpec.
As you continue on your route, call in to the Technical Museum of the Republic of Slovenia in Bistra Castle, before arriving in Vrhnika, your base for the night. It’s a charming town, with plenty of restaurants and bars to try.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today is slightly more challenging than the first, with a few cheeky climbs on an undulating route to Postojna. You’ll veer slightly off the beaten track, offering you the unrivalled opportunity to experience Slovenia’s unspoilt countryside. You’ll cycle past the awe-inspiring Slivnica Mountain, as well as Lake Planina, as you make your way to Postojna.
If you’d like to challenge yourself, you can cycle the extra 12km to the Rakov Škocjan nature reserve, an astonishing valley formed by the Rak River. Here is a great spot for your perfect picnic lunch in the sunshine!
Today’s ride will end in Postojna – a charming town, offering museums and galleries, as well as restaurants, cafes and bars.
- Meals: Breakfast
You can start your day touring the famous Postojna Cave Park, one of the largest Karst caves in the world, covering a total of 21 kilometres. The tour will take about an hour and a half, guiding you through a fairy tale world of incredible limestone caves. The Cave even has its own train and a mysterious creature said to be a dragon’s offspring. (Entrance to the Cave around €25 per person).
If you fancy an extra pedal, snap up the opportunity to visit the Predjama Castle – increasing your ride by only 6 kilometres, it’s well worth the detour! The magnificent castle, perched halfway up a 123 metre cliff face, was home to daring knight Erasmus and is listed as the largest cave castle in the world! (Entrance to the castle around €14 per person).
An undulating route will take you up to your base for the night, the characterful village of Kodreti near Štanjel.
- Meals: Breakfast
After leaving your accommodation in Kodreti, the first stop on today’s ride will be the tranquil Sežana botanical garden, where you can hop off your bike and explore. The garden, which dates back to 1848, features plants from all over the world and is the perfect place to rest and appreciate nature. After exploring the garden you’ll head to Lipica, where you can discover the oldest Stud Farm in Europe, famed for breeding Lipizzaner horses.
Jumping back on your bike, you’ll make your way towards the quiet village of Lokev, where you’ll have time to visit the Military Museum, before making your way to the rustic village of Divaca. Here will be your resting spot for the night.
- Meals: Breakfast
Leaving Divaca, you’ll make your way towards the beautiful village of Škocjan, where you can discover the awe-inspiring Škocjan Caves running under the village. Listed as a UNESCO natural and cultural world heritage site, the caves are the largest underground cavern in Europe, boasting an astonishing underground river. (Entrance to the caves around €16 per person).
Pedallin’ west you’ll cross the border into Italy, you’ll then cycle south to the Italian port town of Muggia, where you’ll stay for the night. The town boasts beautiful Venetian architecture and a tranquil harbour. Head to the Piazza Marconi – the town’s main square – for some delicious Italian gelato – the perfect way to end a day’s cycling!
Alternatively you can take a boat(located 300m walk from your hotel) to the enchanting town of Trieste, once part of Slovenia when it was under Austrian rule. Make the Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia your first stop – it’s the largest sea-facing piazza in Italy and is the perfect place to enjoy a cappuccino while watching the ships on the horizon.
- Meals: Breakfast
A gentle ride with views of the Adriatic Sea will take you out of Italy and back into Slovenia, along the former Parenzana railway line which connected Trieste to the town of Porec in Croatia. You can stop in the cool seaside resort and spa town of Portoroz, where you can sip a coffee, stroll down the promenade, or take a dip in the sea.
If you fancy some extra pedallin’ cycle down to the Secovlje Salt Pans, where you’ll be greeted by a huge variety of bird species. At the Salt Pans – declared a monument of national importance by the Slovene Government in 2001 – you can take a guided tour and visit the Salt Making Museum. (Entrance fee to the Salt Pans around €7 per person).
Today’s cycling will end in the gorgeous Venetian harbour town of Piran, marking the end of your biking extravaganza. Piran, known as the town of salt, is said to be the most beautiful town on the Slovenian coast and is protected as a cultural and historical monument. Explore its narrow, cobbled streets, making sure to visit the main square Tartinijev trg for a relaxing drink.
The route will take you on along paved roads from Ljubljana to the coast, mainly on quiet side roads with little traffic, with some sections on cycle paths, and with some (unavoidable!) sections on busier / main roads. The terrain will change as the week goes on, starting from the flat lands surrounding Ljubljana, making your way through the Carst area along rolling / undulating terrain, and you’ll end the week riding along flat terrain as you head down to the Adriatic coast. We recommend a hybrid bike for this tour, although as 100% of the route is on tarmac, you can bring your own road bikes if preferred.
Leisure Cycling Grade
Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays
Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes
Features some modest climbs
Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc).
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Holidays that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.
Traveled many times with Skedaddle and it’s always been problem free. I have to say that all of the days were great, with something of interest to go and do on each day, set as optional side trips. Slovenia is a real hidden gem!
Dates & Prices
2021 Daily departures available between 20 Mar and the 10 Oct.
Season 1 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 20 Mar and the 08 May or the 18 Sep and the 10 Oct: £745 pp.
Season 2 For trips starting between (and inclusive of) the 09 May and the 17 Sep: £770 pp.
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in 3* and 4* hotels
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) An English speaking local representative (with welcome meeting)
D) Detailed route notes and maps
E) Luggage transfers
F) City or visitor‘s tax where applicable
G) GPX files available on request
What's not Included
A) Bike hire (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
C) Meals not stated in the itinerary
D) Single room (available if required)
E) Travel insurance
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route
I) Travel to first hotel on arrival day
J) Travel from final hotel on departure day
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Sheila, DurhamTo us, Skedaddle is now a guarantee of quality...
To us, Skedaddle is now a guarantee of quality. No need to worry if the holiday will match our expectations, we KNOW it will – and more! The service Skedaddle provided was comprehensive as always. It seems that every possible problem has been foreseen, and then solved before it even happens!
As we were early in the season and hotels were not yet fully booked, we were quite often upgraded – to king size, de luxe, whatever! It would have been churlish to refuse… I think the day we cycled to Postojna was perhaps my favourite. Yes it was cold, and yes it had also rained (but hey – we come from the North!) but we had such a warm – in every sense – welcome at the hotel. Then we visited the awe-inspiring limestone caves at Postojna, an experience NOT to be missed.
The bikes were in excellent condition, and Slovenia’s Skedaddle representative spent a long time making sure everything was just right for us, adjusting saddle heights, etc. As a precaution we had packed our own bike saddles from home, but in the event we didn’t need these: the saddles provided were perfectly comfortable, even on the longest cycling days.
The luggage transfer service was seamless! Luggage was always there waiting for us at each hotel. Our driver who met us at and returned us to Ljubljana Airport was friendly, informative and very good company. This meant our holiday started and finished in a positive cheerful way. Every option was covered in the pre-departure information – as we have come to expect! Of particular help were the suggestions of good places to eat in the evenings, each time we reached a new destination. It saved us a lot of aimless searching, and we were never disappointed. We also particularly appreciate the pre-departure phone call from Skedaddle – a nice personal touch.
We’ve already recommended you to several friends! We’ve now been on four Skedaddle holidays. It’s only a question of time till we embark on our fifth! Thank you very much for another marvelous holiday!
Victoria, Wendlebury, UKEach day had its own highlights...
Very good service, booking was easy and accurate and e-mail communication was timely. Each day had it’s own highlights – we loved visiting Lipica. The bikes provided were excellent, all 4 bikes were in good repair and the e-bikes were perfect! The Skedaddle rep, Thomas, gave us our intro & orientation. He was very thorough and detailed which we appreciated.
Roger, StaffordshireExcellent service!
Traveled many times with Skedaddle and their trusted partners. Always problem free. Excellent service, I keep coming back! I have to say that all of the days were great, with something of interest to go and do on each day, set as optional side trips. Slovenia is a hidden gem, which they are trying to keep quiet!
Christopher, South AfricaI loved every minute.
I loved every minute. The bikes were amazing. The routes interesting. Everyday was different. We did the extras which were well worth it. I loved Slovenia. The countryside varied and the people were most friendly. Bikes provided – the best bike I have ever ridden!
Susan, MorayDon't think I'd trust anybody else when booking a cycling holiday!
From expressing an interest to booking and going, Saddle Skedaddle staff were excellent. Consistently high standards delivered year on year. Really fantastic accommodation! Enjoyed all the days, so many different experiences on the route. Enjoyed last day along coast. Don’t think I’d trust anybody else when booking a cycling holiday!
Peter, OxfordshireSkedaddle service was friendly!
We combined this holiday with a walking holiday run by a different company and Skedaddle service was better – friendlier, less fussy, clearer and more responsive, well done. Having done both group and self-guided with you, I’d go for self-guided as I’m happier setting my own pace.
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From Saddle Skedaddle is an eight-day self-guided cycling tour that begins in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, and continues into Italy, passing Trieste on the way to the Slovenian coast. The route ends in Piran.