A true cycling and gourmet paradise all year long!
This hilly region of Goriška Brda & Vipava Valley lies right on the Slovene-Italian border. Tourists often compare it to Italian Tuscany or French Provence.
Do you want to know why? Its warm micro-climate is the best for the production of wine and olives. So, all the foodies out there, this is something for you! Other characteristics are traditional rocky villages, cypress trees, and local gourmet delicacies.
Let the tiny “Slovene Provence” enchant you!
In our opinion, all these attributes make this small Slovenian region an absolute winner for the best cycling destination around! Give it a go and you will be amazed as well!
Extraordinary daily cycling and local gourmet delicacies!
During Brda & Vipava Valley drive tour, we deliver business and pleasure combined. Pleasant cycling routes run through unique landscapes of the Mediterranean region. Also, you will not need to worry about traffic or busy cities around here. This Mediterranean atmosphere will soon spread in you and help you to relax the most. A glass of wine will sure help on the way!:)
During our trip, we will be staying in a traditional village of Šmartno in the center of Goriška Brda. The village is a cultural monument because of its exceptional architectural heritage. To top it up, Šmartno is also considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in the whole area!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Trieste airport (Italy)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||As per request|
|RETURN TIME||As per request|
|WEAR||Comfortable bike and athletic clothing, sports shoes (biking shoes), jacket and sunscreen|
Day 1 – Friday: Arrive and get set
- Arrive at Trieste airport and enjoy a quick transfer to the hotel.
- Set up your bikes.
- Head out for a 25km spin to get acclimatized.
- Enjoy your first dinner before turning in for a good night’s sleep ahead of an active day.
Day 2 – Saturday: Warm up ride
Riding: 72km spin with 1350m of climbing over Korada mountain range, descending in twin cities of Slovenian Nova Gorica and Italian Gorizia.
- Enjoy a big fresh breakfast and get ready for a warm-up day in the saddle.
- Return to base and relax on the sun terrace, replenishing glycogen stores in your muscles for tomorrow`s big day.
Day 3 - Sunday: Into the Vipava Valley
Riding: 100km and 1800m of climbing third day`s stage take us through Slovenian Karst region into great Vipava Valley. Big climb over “Col” and steep descent into a city of Ajdovscina to taste the best craft beer in the country combined with typical local cuisine.
- Time to put all that training to good use!
- Afterward, unwind and relax in the hotel.
Day 4 - Monday: Last easy ride and return home
Riding: 30km and 360m of climbing.After a final breakfast, we will head to the picturesque medieval town of Smartno. When you have finished this last ride you’ll pack up and make your way to the airport for your flight home.
- Routes may vary slightly on the day depending on the weather and ability of the group.
- Trip extension optional.