8 days
Duration
May-Oct
Dates
Italy, Croatia, Austria, Slovenia
Location

S❤nia, the only country with the word LOVE in its name!

Slovenia is a very small picturesque country, located in Central Europe. It neighbors to Italy, Austria, Croatia, and Hungary. It, therefore, lies at the crossroads of very diverse landscapes. Despite its small size, it is quickly gaining recognition for its rich culture, quality food and a wide range of outdoor activities. On top of that, it is also a very safe destination, that will instantly impress you and become one of your favorites! What is more, this country is full of quiet local roads, which are not busy with traffic, and will bring a smile to every cyclist’s face. During our tour, we will be also crossing hiking trails offering some astonishing views.

Some spotlights during our tour:

  • a river that will leave you speechless with its emerald color,
  • vineyards reminiscent of the Italian Tuscany,
  • and beautiful lakes surrounded by the Julian Alps.

We will start our journey in the beautiful city of Trieste in Italy, with a delicious Italian dinner. Next, we will hike through a unique Karst landscape, visit the world-famous caves and experience rafting on gorgeous Soča river. A tasty meal and a cozy room will await you at the end of every day. Put your mind at ease and enjoy the care of our professional guides!

There is no other destination where you can see and do as much in such a short period of time as in Slovenia! And there are not many tours, where you can visit four European countries (Italy, Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia) at once!

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Venice airport (Italy)
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 12:00 noon for a prompt departure at 1:00 PM
RETURN TIME Approximately 12:00 noon
WEAR Comfortable bike and athletic clothing, sports shoes, jacket and sunscreen
INCLUDED
return Venice airport shuttle
regions finest boutique accommodations, double or twin room
daily breakfast
expert English speaking guides with extensive local knowledge
complete van support every mile of the way
pick up and drop off before and after the tour, from convenient locations
sport activities and equipment hire as per itinerary
farewell dinner on last night (drinks excluded)
group size that doesn’t exceed 14 guests on a scheduled departure
entrance fees to historic sites and natural parks
NOT INCLUDED
airfare (we can help you purchase the best ticket possible)
food and drinks
travel and activity insurance
tips are optional and not included in price
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Day 1: Arrival to Venice airport

Upon arrival to Venice airport, you will be met by Bike Hike Tours representative. Together you will drive to Trieste, an Italian coastal town on the border with Slovenia. Your accommodation here will be a comfortable boutique hotel. After checking into the hotel, our guides will run a short briefing. Therefore, you’ll get to know exactly what to expect in the days to follow. Then, we will go for a short stroll around the city center and have dinner in a local Italian restaurant with traditional Mediterranean specialties. Our first day will be a relaxing one to help you adjust to the time zone.

Transfer time:  1.5 hours

Cycling: —

Highlights: Trieste (Italy)

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Day 2: E-biking through the wine regions of Slovenia

After we will leave Trieste, the flatlands of Italy will soon be replaced by small hills full of vineyards. Goriška Brda, the wine region of Slovenia, is famous for its exquisite wine and food. Following this short transfer, we’ll take an e-bike tour that will take us past some of the most famous wine cellars in the area. We’ll be staying in one of many small hotels in the region, overlooking the beautiful countryside.

Transfer time: 1.5 hours

Cycling: approx. 20miles / 30km

Highlights: Trieste, Goriška Brda; we like to call it the little Tuscany of Slovenia.

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Day 3: Hiking in Croatia

While the wine region alone could keep us occupied for a few days, there is a lot more to see on this trip. We’ll drive through the Karst region of Slovenia, leaving the views of the distant mountains behind us for a while. We will drive towards Istria. Therefore, the vineyards will get replaced by olive trees and the lonely roads will lead us past the coast of Slovenia. We’ll cross the border with Croatia and find ourselves in Grožnjan, a picturesque Istrian town. After we get settled down, we’ll do some easy hiking near the old city and enjoy the views that the Croatian Istria has to offer.

Transfer time: 1.5 hours

Hiking: approx. 3 hours

Highlights: Karst region, Slovene and Croatian Istria, Grožnjan (Croatia)

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Day 4: The heart of Karst

After a hearty breakfast, it will be time to head back to Slovenia and visit the world-famous Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. After a guided tour of the both, we’ll have some time for a quick lunch before we go for a hike through the surrounding forests. The hike will take us to Rakov Škocjan, a wonderful wild Karst valley full of natural sights.

We’ll get to Ljubljana in the afternoon and have plenty of time to explore the city center and visit the best cafeteria. Our day will end with a tasty dinner in a small restaurant with a great selection of local wines.

Transfer time: 2 hours

Hiking: approx. 2 hours

Cave and Castle visits: 3 hours

Highlights: Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, Rakov Škocjan, Ljubljana

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Day 5: Goodbye city life, hello Alps

It’s time to see some mountains! We’ll leave Ljubljana after the breakfast and drive towards Bled. Bled is another “must see” when visiting Slovenia. Our guides will introduce you to Nordic walking and we’ll go for a walk around the lake. We’ll visit a secret viewpoint and stop in front of the Bled castle on our way. We’ll wrap up the Nordic walking with a boat ride to the Bled island. As a reward for our hike, we’ll get to taste the famous Bled cake and after that, our route will take us to Kranjska Gora. You will see how the landscape and architecture change as we progress deeper into the mountains. Our accommodation for the day will be a nice hotel in a small village just outside of Kranjska Gora, where we’ll also enjoy our dinner and wake up to amazing mountain views next day!

Transfer time: 1.5 hours

Nordic Walking: approx. 2 hours

Highlights: Lake Bled, Bled Island, Kranjska Gora

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Day 6: Three countries in one go

This is the only time on this trip that we’ll be staying in the same accommodation for two nights in a row. Meaning that you can relax even more and enjoy the mountain views. Our hotel is perfectly stationed at the base of Tromeja, an almost 5000 ft (1508m) high mountain with its top based in three countries: Slovenia, Italy, and Austria. We’ll hike to the top of Tromeja and walk through all three of them, enjoying the steady uphill surrounded by amazing views.

Transfer time: —

Hiking: approx. 4 hours

Highlights: Tromeja (three borders)

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Day 7: Rafting the emerald river and a meal to remember

We saved the very best for very last. After our breakfast, we’ll drive over the Vršič pass, rising just above Kranjska Gora. It is the highest pass in Slovenia and offers amazing views of the Trenta valley. The WWI has heavily affected this area and our guides will gladly tell you more about the history and the interesting facts. After a short stop for photo opportunities, we’ll continue our way towards Bovec. We will be constantly following the emerald Soča river, or a whitewater activity enthusiasts’ paradise. Experienced rafting guides will be waiting for us in Bovec with all the necessary equipment to take you on an unforgettable adventure. Rafting is safe and suitable for anyone, from beginners to experts. A spectacular dinner to end an amazing trip in style awaits.

Transfer time: 2 hours

Rafting: approx. 2 hours

Highlights: Vršič pass, Bovec, Soča River

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Day 8: Return home or additional three days in Austria or Venice-Italy

If you wish to visit the famous city of Venice (Italy) known by its labyrinth of canals, bridges and spectacular architecture or historical Vienna (Austria), please let us know at the time of booking.

We are passionate adventure travelers ourselves. We have spent our lives in search for the ultimate outdoor experiences. You will gain skills in outdoor activities and meet like-minded individuals to share wonderful adventures. Passion and full dedication to details for each itinerary as well as an excellent relationship with our suppliers in Slovenia have built up the Bikehiketours brand.
Your adventure guides are local and experienced professionals who have a real passion for outdoor activities and for the culture and landscape.
Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. We choose our guides for their expertise in outdoor activities. They are experts in their fields.
We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible and not get lost in the crowd. There will generally be between seven and 14 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our tours is four.
Our tour caters for a wide age range, typically between 30 and 60 years old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! 
Tours are designed at your own pace and you will enjoy no matter what your age.

Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s activities and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.
We recommend following a general training in the weeks leading up to your trip.
Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your bike adventure. 

As fellow sports enthusiasts, we understand the comfort you may find in riding with your own gear. Due to things can get a bit challenging when it comes to traveling please consult our booking manager prior to departure.

Q. Will I have to carry my own luggage?
You will never have to worry about your bags on tour. You only need to carry a daypack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.
On your holiday you will be staying in a range of comfortable, welcoming local accommodations, including traditional guest houses, small hotels, and a boutique hotel. For details please consult with your booking manager.
Traveling light is the key. Although the daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary in the mountains, so you must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot. 
You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, waterproof jacket, flip-flops, specific shoes for cycling.
Where the meals are included in Bikehiketours itineraries they are in a group setting. 
Your Bikehiketours guide will also be with you during these scheduled meals. 
During the meals that are not included in the itinerary, you are free to choose where you would like to dine. Your guide will advise you the best places to dine for these meals. You can choose to join with others and decide to dine together somewhere or, if you desire some independent time, you are also always welcome to do your own thing.
Medical insurance is mandatory on all of our holidays. We also recommend trip cancellation insurance. Contact your booking manager and we will help you choose the right plan for your holiday.
Many of our travelers join as singles. We charge single supplement fee to solo travelers for single room use. But don’t worry, we can pair you with another traveler of the same gender if you like.


A single supplement is an additional charge for a private room for guests traveling alone.
The cost of our holidays does not include international airfare. However, we are happy to assist you in booking flights to join with each tour. The prices vary depending on the season and the point of departure.
We can arrange early arrivals and extended visits. We will be happy to provide suggestions and ideas.
The more in advance you book, the greater availability of dates you’ll find.

Attention to the smallest details, expertise, and great local guides are the key to a successful adventure.