4 days
Duration
Apr-Nov
Dates
Slovenia
Location

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
INCLUDED
three nights accommodation in a bike-friendly, well-located hotel with great wine and food
“cyclist friendly” breakfasts every morning
dinner with regional speciality dishes every night
bike hire 4 days
three and half days of fully bike coach
complete van support along the way
snacks and food supplements including electrolytes
pick up and drop off before and after the tour
2 guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
return Trieste airport transfers
NOT INCLUDED
airfare (we can help you purchase the best ticket possible)
personal safety and cycling equipment
food and drinks
travel and activity insurance
tips are optional and not included in price
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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