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Secrets of Slovenia Cycling

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • From $3249per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2022  
  • Departures
    Saturdays and Wednesdays from 16 Apr '22 to 15 Oct '22
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • Headwater navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Electric bikes available
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, high peaks, lake & river routes

Slovenia

Secrets of Slovenia Cycling

  • Turquoise Lake Bled, emerald Soča river, white peaks of the Julian Alps
  • Goriška Brda, the 'Tuscany' of Slovenia; hilltop villages, orchards and vineyards
  • Medieval stonemason settlement of Stanjel
  • UNESCO Škocjan caves and Lipica, cradle of Lipizzaner horses
  • Venetian coastal towns of Koper and Piran

Discover the 'Secrets' of Slovenia, cycling through scenic countryside which changes with every turn of the pedal. From the turquoise waters of Lake Bled and the white peaks of Julian Alps to the emerald Soča river and green Karst vineyard, finishing at the blue Adriatic Sea.

Cycle through traditional villages around Lake Bled before taking a scenic railway journey to Avče from where you'll reach Goriška Brda, the 'Tuscany' of Slovenia. Explore the local vines and wines before discovering the Karst region and visiting the hilltop village of Štanjel, a medieval stonemason settlement with narrow, stone alleys that wind among the buildings built on terraces and the UNESCO-listed Škocjan caves. Next stop is Lipica, home of the original Lipizzaner horses with the stud farm dating from 1580 to the time of the Hapsburg. It is possible to join a guided tour to see the horses before cycling on to the edge of the border with Italy for views out to the coast towards Trieste in Italy and your destination. the city of Koper. A scenic path takes you along the Parenzana railway line to Koper from where you cycle on to Piran - looking back to the distant mountains gives you a great feeling of achievement.

The places where you will stay vary from a large lakeside property in Bled, to an eco-hotel in Smartno, with views across the vineyards and the Maestoso Hotel in Lipica, where you'll find the Lippizaner stud farm.



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Day-by-day itinerary



We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Arrive in Bled

Arrive at your 4 star hotel on the promenade of Lake Bled. Enjoy some of the hotel facilities before heading into Bled for dinner.
You stay at the Hotel Park (breakfast included)

Day 2: Lake Bled Circular Cycle 33km/21mi

Cycle along the shore of Lake Bled and then through the traditional Slovenian villages of Mlino, Selo and Lancovo. Continue along the clear waters of the river Sava to the medieval town of Radovljica. Continue to the picturesque village of Begunje, famous as the birthplace of Slavko Avsenik, the legend of Slovenian folk music before returning to Bled.
You stay at the Hotel Park (breakfast included)

Day 3: Lake Bled (Avce) to Smartno 36km/22.5mi

An early start today with a scenic train journey along one of the most picturesque railway lines in the area with 28 tunnels, five galleries and 68 bridges. Your cycle route starts in Avče and soon you'll be joining a newly built cycle path, following the emerald crystal clear Soča river to the sun-kissed wine country, Goriška Brda. The local wines and culinary delights will help you get your strength back after a lovely trip.
You stay at the Hotel San Martin (breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 4: At Smartno 19km/12mi

You'll spend the day exploring the Brda wine growing region. Following the so-called 'peach' route you will be cycling through the charming landscape covered with vineyards, orchards and olive groves. Cycling through small hilltop villages and past renaissance manors will tempt you for lunch with a view.
You stay at the Hotel San Martin (breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 5: Smartno (Stanjel) to Lpica 41km/26mi or 60km/37.5mi

After breakfast. we take you (45 min transfer) to the village of Štanjel. Štanjel is a place of countless unique stories, where you'll become acquainted with stonemason Karst architecture. This region is the home of Teran ruby wine and tasty air-dried Karst prosciutto. Your destination for today is Lipica - home of the famous Lipizzaner white horses. Extend your day by cycling to the Škocjan caves, considered to be one of the most beautiful underground gems and a UNESCO World heritage site.
You stay at the Hotel Maestoso (breakfast and evening meal included)

Day 6: Lipica to Koper 40km/25mi

Before you set off, take the opportunity of a guided tour of Lipica Stud farm, a unique green estate home to the white Lipizzaner horses. Once you set off cycling the scenery changes as you leave the Karst region behind and the view opens up to the Adriatic sea. You'll head into Italy for a short time today and join the famous Parenzana coastal trail which runs on the former narrow-gauge between the Italian city Trieste and Poreč in Croatia. Your final two nights are spent on the coast in the medieval town of Koper, linked to the Venetian republic until the end of the 18th Century.
You stay at the Hotel Grand Koper (breakfast included)

Day 7: At Koper 38km/24mi

The Parenzana trail runs along the coast, takes a turn among vineyards and partly runs through tunnels. It will take you through Portorož, a lively tourist town with sandy beach, to Piran. This worldly town, which developed under the influence of Venice, is considered to be one of the most authentic and most photogenic towns on the Adriatic coast. Return to Koper.
You stay at the Hotel Grand Koper (breakfast included)

Day 8: Leave Koper

Please note that cycling helmets are compulsory in Slovenia for all customers under 15yrs. As we are unable to provide these, we strongly recommend that you bring your own.

Please see our Planning your holiday page for full details.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £ per adult per day and £ per child per day.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com


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Hotel Park, Bled

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Overlooking Lake Bled, Park Hotel - Sava Hotels & Resorts features a wellness centre with a large indoor pool and a gym. All rooms have balcony with either lake view or park view.


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Hotel San Martin, Smartno

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Hotel San Martin is located in Šmartno, a medieval village in the Goriška brda, Slovenia's wine-growing region.

The 20 boutique hotel rooms are named after the surrounding idyllic villages and all have French balcony.

The hotel also offers a panoramic bar, bistro and sauna.


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Hotel Maestoso, Lipica

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Hotel Maestoso is set in the heart of the Lipica stud farm, home to over 300 Lipizzaner horses. The hotel blends naturally with the traditional elements of Lipica and has modern rooms as well as a restaurant.


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Hotel Grand Koper, Koper

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Situated in the Old Town of Koper, on the seafront, Grand Hotel Koper has been recently renovated. Rooms feature a seating area, a TV, and a phone and overlook the town or the sea. The hotel also has a bar and à-la-carte restaurant with a spacious terrace.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.


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Grand Hotel Union, Ljubljana

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The Grand Hotel Union is one of Ljubljana's most prestigious hotels. Built at the turn of the century it was considered one of the finest hotels in Europe at this time with its lift, central heating and telephones (a rarity in 1905). Its hall was used as the city's concert hall for many years and its clientele has traditionally been associated with the arts. The hotel has hosted many famous pianists and singers over the years.

The rooms are all furnished in a contemporary style with satellite television, telephone and air-conditioning. The hotel has a swimming pool on the top floor that has an appealing glass roof dome.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Grand Hotel Toplice, Bled

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The hotel has a pleasing open aspect looking out over Lake Bled, there is a lakeside promenade accessed directly from the hotel.

All rooms have a balcony.

Travel

Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Ljubljana airport at 14:15, and back to Ljubljana airport at 10:15.

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

GPS route directions and maps

Headwater navigation app

High quality bikes

Luggage transfers between hotels


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

Minimum group sizes
No minimum group size, however transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Saturdays and Wednesdays from 16th Apr 2022 to 15th Oct 2022, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All continental breakfasts and 3 evening meals

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £158 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Ljubljana airport at 14:15, and back to Ljubljana airport at 10:15.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

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