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Slovenia

Capital to Coast

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

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Duration

8 days

Prices from

£745 P.P.
Slovenia

Capital to Coast

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

8 days

Prices from

£745 P.P.
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This cycling extravaganza takes you from the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana to the glistening waters of the Adriatic Coast, pedallin' through glamorous Italian towns before reaching the amazing town of Piran – a true Slovenian gem. It’s a heady concoction of the buzz of the capital city, quiet country routes, spectacular sea views and chilled towns – not to mention incredible sunsets. 
Your trip begins with a relaxed vibe as you discover Ljubljana’s riverside cafes, bustling farmers market and rich culture. Hopping on your bikes, you’ll journey across the historic plains of the Ljubljana Marsh, breathing in the exhilarating country air, as you cycle off the beaten track in search of Slovenia’s unspoilt countryside. You’ll be surrounded by mountains and lakes, as you journey between rustic Slovenian villages, making stops at world-famous Karst caves and an array of museums. 
Cycling further west towards the Adriatic Coast you’ll cross the Italian border, taking in the incredible Venetian-style towns of Trieste and Muggia, where you’ll be rewarded with lashings of sunshine and delicious food. Saying ciao to Italy, you’ll cycle back into Slovenia via the former Parenzana railway line connecting Slovenia to Italy and Croatia, as you enter the land of salt and the glamorous seaside towns of Portoroz and Piran. In Piran your cycling efforts will be rewarded with astonishing views and a unique main square in the town considered to be the most picturesque in Slovenia. 
Jam-packed with coastal views, city vibes, peaceful countryside and not to be missed sights, this trip combines all the classic Skedaddle ingredients. Snap up this unrivalled opportunity to discover Slovenia by bike!
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Holiday Highlights

  • 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

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Ljubljana

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.

Day 2
Ljubljana to Vrhnika
24 Miles or 35 Miles / 39 Kms or 57 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 3
Vrhnika to Postojna
20 Miles or 27 Miles / 32 Kms or 44 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 4
Postojna to Kodreti
26 Miles or 30 Miles / 42 Kms or 48 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 5
Kodreti to Divaca
30 Miles / 48 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 6
Divaca to Muggia
24 Miles / 38 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 7
Muggia to Piran
23 Miles or 30 Miles / 37 Kms or 48 Kms Approx.
  • 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.

Day 8
Departure from Piran
  • Meals: Breakfast

Today it’s time to say adijo to Slovenia and the enchanting town of Piran as you head back to Ljubljana for flights home. If you’d like a few more days to relax in Piran please do let us know and we can help organise this for you.

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The Cycling

Terrain

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.

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 2-3: Gentle/Moderate

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.

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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!

Roger, Staffordshire

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.

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Whats Included Tick

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 Cross

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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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this tour we ask that you make your own way to your hotel in Ljubljana on arrival and onwards from Piran at the end of the trip.

For this trip you’ll fly into and out of either Ljubljana Airport (LJU) or Trieste Airport (TRS).

You can fly direct to, and from, Ljubljana (LJU) from London Stansted (STN) or London Gatwick (LGW) with easyJet, from London Luton (LTN) with Wizz Air, or from Manchester (MAN) with Adria Airways. There are frequent airport buses that take you to the city centre. If you’re flying back from Trieste (TRS) you can fly direct into London Stansted (STN) with Ryanair.

If required Skedaddle can provide a transfer from Ljubljana Airport or Trieste Airport and back to either Ljubljana (LJU) or Trieste Airport (TRS) at the end of your holiday, at an additional cost.

Please check with Skedaddle before booking any flights so that we can ensure they fit in with the holiday schedule.

Accommodation

We use a range of 3* and 4* hotels and some rural guesthouses. Shared or twin rooms will have en suite facilities.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire. These bikes are typically touring bikes, equipped with 21 gears, one side pannier per bike and a water bottle holder. Both step-through and crossbar frames are usually available, on request (please let us know if you have a preference). We also have e-bikes available to hire. (We only have a small number however and so these are always on request).

Each group hiring bikes will receive a cycling odometer, a lock, a spare inner tube, an Allen key set and a puncture repair kit. Please let us know if you would like us to arrange a helmet for you locally. If you’d like to bring along your own pedals and saddle please remember to bring any tools needed, as you’ll need to fit them independently to your hire bike on arrival and departure.

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