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8-day Slovenia Self-guided Cycling Tour Level 2/3
From one jewel to another, for all the photo-hungry cyclers and nature lovers. Surrender yourself to this week long self guided cycling tour, blessed with true beauty, pristine nature, Karst landscape and it’s phenomena’s. Yes, biking in Slovenia sure is an amazing way to spend your holiday.
While cycling in Karst you will be accomodated in two Hotels, in two beautiful Karst towns, from where interesting cycle day tours are designed for you. Starting point is in Postojna, the jewel in the Karst Region. Postojna is in many ways marked by its unique position, which had a significant influence on the town’s development as early as ancient times. The town lies on the Pivka River and because of the two world class attractions; Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle is visited by many tourists every year. Biking through Karst area and discovering it’s wonders such as the caves, Rakov Škocjan, intermittent lakes, sinking rivers, rocky surface and dolines, is a unique and special experience.
The second location of this scenic cycle tour is Divača. Divača is today the biggest settlement and seat of the municipality. In the 16th century it was just a hamlet of sheep farmers, but with the development of transport running from the port of Trieste to the interior, it gained importance, expanded and developed. The importance of the railway is still evident today in the steam locomotive engine that now stands as a museum piece open to visitors at the railway station. Did you know that in Divača you can also find a Museum of Slovenian Film Actors?
A winding cycling holiday through unique Karst with it’s wild landscape and phenomenons
Take a tour through the »Queen of Caves«, Postojna which celebrated its 200th anniversary in April 2018
Don’t miss a visit to the interesting Predjama Castle
UNESCO listed, beautiful Škocjan Caves are a must
Rakov Škocjan – picturesque karst valley
Lake Cerknica – one of the largest intermittent lakes in Europe
Beautiful village of Štanjel – the oldest settlement in Karst region
Cycling on 70 % paved, 30 % unpaved roads, with some climbs.
If you would like to rent a bike (100 EUR) or e-bike (220 EUR) or helmet (12 EUR), Bike rental is from 8.30am on day 2 to 7pm on day 7
Please contact our office when booking: [email protected].
Slow Tours offers a number of other Cycling Tours in Europe
Individual arrival in Postojna.
Postojna is a modern town in southwestern Slovenia although people visit it mainly for its remarkable cave and magnificent Predjama Castle. Populated already in Paleolithic Era, Postojna today has about 9,200 inhabitants and is the economic, administrative, educational and cultural centre of the Inner Carniola (Notranjska) region of Slovenia.
Postojna Cave and surrounding approx. 30km and 500 elevation metres
Today you'll have the opportunity to marvel the magnificent Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. The world famous Queen of the Caves is simply awe-inspiring. Having formed over thousands of years, it has become one of most visited places in Slovenia, Don't miss it out! After admiring this natural wonder you'll cycle further to Predjama where you will find one of the most picturesque castles in Slovenia. Predjama Castle is built into an overhanging rock in front of a karst cave hall that is connected with a cave system underneath the castle. (meals included: breakfast).
The Rakov Skocjan Valley – Cerknica Lake approx. 46km and 700 elevation metres
It's just a breath-taking day! Today's cycle tour where you will first visit picturesque karst valley Rakov Škocjan, formed by the sinking and collapsing of a cave ceiling, will not leave you indifferent. Century-old oak trees, the splendid Big Natural Bridge (Veliki naravni most) and Little Natural Bridge (Mali naravni most), are just some of the great features of this beautiful karst valley. From here cycling tour continues to another Slovenian treasure, Lake Cerknica. It is one of the largest intermittent lakes in Europe and it appears every year on the karst polje (plain). (meals included: breakfast)
Postojna - Predjama Castle – Divača Approx. 42Km And 600 Elevation Metres
It's the day to change your hotel and location. First you will cycle to Predjama where you will find one of the most picturesque castles in Slovenia. Predjama Castle is built into an overhanging rock in front of a karst cave hall that is connected with a cave system underneath the castle. The cycling tour continues on winding and fascinating landscape with great views to Nanos, a beautiful 12 km long and to 6 km wide karst limestone plateau. You will pass small and charming villages and arrive to your next destination and home for the remaining four nights. (meals included: breakfast).
Skocjan Caves – the surrounding Karst villages – Divaca approx. 30km and 420 elevation metres
Only a few countries can boast of such natural phenomenon of exceptional global value. You cycle to the beautiful Škocjan Caves, which have been included in the World Heritage List (UNESCO) since 1986. After visiting the caves, you re-mount the bikes again and drive around the beautiful landscape. The villages of Karst are true »food« for the eyes. Full of historical sights and specialties. Do stop for lunch in one of the authentic local inns, where the food is prepared on the basis of centuries-old recipes and a rich restaurant tradition. The way back to the hotel continues through the enchanting Karst settlements, past genuine houses and old stone Karst houses, over lush fields and on grey side-roads. (meals included: breakfast).
Štanjel - Lipica Stud Farm And The Surrounding Karst Villages Approx. 55Km And 570 Elevation Metres
It is an absolutely scenic cycle day. You are first heading towards picturesque Štanjel, one of the oldest settlements in the Karst Region, known for its old and beautiful village center. You will love cycling through small karst settlements, admiring romantic vineyards and passing local tourist farms. On your way back to hotel you'll pass the famous Lipica Stud Farm, the oldest European stud farm for breeding one of the oldest cultural horse breeds. It's kind of magical, pedalling through avenues of trees and parks, and being surrounded with noble white Lipizzaner horses on their green pastures. (Hotel 3*, meals included: breakfast).
Vremska Valley Approx. 44Km And 660 Eleveation Metres
Vremska Valley is the land between the Vremščica (beautiful 1.027 m high mountain) and Brkini region where the river Reka floods fertile soil before it sinks into the underground world of the Škocjan Caves. It is the largest Slovene blind valley. In the past, Vremska dolina was also known as the valley of mills and sawmills.. The last active one was the Dujc mill at Skoflje, which operated until 1986. Today, the existence of mills and sawmills reminds us of it ruins only. It's all about enjoying on your bike, exploring and discovering typical and small villages, sleepy countryside and scenic valley. (meals included: breakfast).
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