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

Cycle the quiet scenic roads of four countries at the heart of Europe!

During this tour, you will be riding through Italy, Croatia, Austria and mostly, Slovenia. While still relatively unknown to most tourists that visit Europe, Slovenia is quickly gaining recognition for its diverse and colorful landscape, rich culture, friendly people and quality cuisine. The country is small in size with only 2 million inhabitants, nestled between Italy, Austria, Croatia, and Hungary. Overall, it is a very safe European destination. What is more, it is a true paradise for sports and nature lovers! Full of quiet local roads that will bring a smile to any cyclist’s face, it will treat you with the gorgeous and fast-changing scenery. Road cycling at its best!

Highlights of the tour

Start your journey in the beautiful city of Trieste with a typical Italian dinner. Discover the unknown mountain passes of the Julian Alps and cool down after a ride in the incredible Soča river. Cycle through vineyards reminiscent of the Italian Tuscany during one day and visit the beautiful mountain lakes on the other. A tasty meal and a cozy room await you at the end of every day. You can 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!

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 (biking 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, who go above and beyond to cater to your every need
complete van support every mile of the way to enjoy your vacation at your own pace
pick up and drop off before and after tour, from convenient locations
2 guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
snacks and food supplements including electrolytes during tour
farewell dinner on final 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 and driven 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 so you’ll know exactly what to expect in the days to follow. Then we will go for a short stroll around the city center and have a 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

Highlights: Trieste (Italy)

Cycling: —

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Day 2: Introductory ride towards the wine regions of Slovenia

A short transfer will take us out of the city where we’ll find ourselves on the Italian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Our guides will help you set up your bikes and after we’re geared up we’ll start cycling following the coastline towards Slovenia. The Italian roads are typically filled with cyclists of all ages and styles and it is easy to see how cycling has been a part of their culture for a very long time. The flatlands of Italy will soon be replaced with small hills full of vineyards as we approach Goriška Brda, the wine region of Slovenia, renowned for spectacular wine and food. We’ll stay in one of the many small hotels in the region, overlooking the beautiful countryside.

Transfer time: 1h

Cycling: approx. 40miles / 65km

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

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Day 3: Traversing the Karst region and heading towards Croatia

While the wine region alone could keep you occupied for a few days, there is still plenty to see on this trip. We’ll ride our bikes towards the sea again, leaving the views of the distant mountains behind us for a while. A network of small local roads will take us through the Karst region, well known for its wine, prosciutto, and rough landscape. We will cycle through Istria, where the vineyards get replaced by olive trees. Empty roads will lead us past Slovenian coast and across the Croatian border. We will end our day in Grožnjan, a picturesque Istrian stone village, typical of the area.

Transfer time: 30min

Cycling: approx. 50miles / 80km

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

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Day 4: Scenic ride outside of Ljubljana

We will head back to Slovenia after breakfast and visit the world-famous Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. An easy start of the day and a short drive are just perfect for regenerating after the first two days in the saddle. We’ll get to Ljubljana in the early afternoon and have plenty of time for a spin on the nice roads around Ljubljana, used by the locals as training grounds or for their regular Sunday escapes. We have included a couple of climbs on the route to get you ready for the days in the mountains. After we finish our ride, we’ll have some time to explore the city center by foot and visit the best cafeteria in town. The days ride will be rewarded with a tasty dinner in a small restaurant with a great selection of local wines.

Transfer time: 2h

Cycling: approx. 40miles / 65km

Highlights: Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, Ljubljana

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Day 5: Goodbye city life, hello Alps

It is time to head for the mountains! We’ll leave Ljubljana after breakfast and drive towards Bled; another “must see” when visiting Slovenia. Our guides will gear up your bikes while you’re enjoying the famous Bled cake and after that, our route will take us to Kranjska Gora. You will see how the landscape and architecture changes 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.

Transfer time: 1h

Cycling: approx. 30miles / 50km

Highlights: Lake Bled, 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 at the same place for two nights in a row. You’ll be able to get a better rest and only focus on cycling. Our hotel is stationed just below a mountain pass leading towards Austria and it would be a shame not to use this opportunity to cycle over there and do some cycling on the other side of the border. From Austria, we’ll continue our way towards Italy and use an abandoned railroad, which was transformed into one of the nicest cycling paths in these parts, to return to our hotel.

Transfer time: —

Cycling: approx. 40miles / 65km

Highlights: Korensko Sedlo Pass, Austria, Tarvisio (Italy)

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Day 7: The highest pass in Slovenia and a meal to remember

We saved the very best for the final day in the saddle. Vršič Pass is the highest mountain pass in Slovenia and its top lays at the elevation of 1611m. One switchback at a time, we’ll rise above Kranjska Gora and be rewarded with an amazing view of the Trenta Valley. The WWI has heavily affected this area and our guides will gladly tell you more about its history and other interesting facts. We’ll continue or way towards Bovec, following the emerald Soča river, a white-water activity enthusiasts’ paradise. We will finish the ride in front of a comfortable small hotel, our accommodation for the night. You can spend a couple of hours exploring or even do some white-water activities like rafting or canyoning. If you feel like having an extra adventure, ask our guides and they will help accommodate any of your wishes. In the evening we’ll visit Hiša Franko and be hosted by Ana Roš, a world famous chef who was recently featured in the Netflix series; Chefs Table. A spectacular dinner to end an amazing trip in style.

Transfer time: —

Cycling: approx. 40miles / 65km

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 also visit the famous city of Venice (Italy) known by its labyrinth of canals, bridges and spectacular architecture or Vienna (Austria) let us know at the time of the 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.