Ljubljana to Piran - Self-Guided

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Visiting: Slovenia, Italy

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £566 to £717pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Moderate i
Standard Superior i
Code SL002
Good For Multi-Country, Solo
Distance 147mi/236km
Runs Apr - Oct
Departs Any day
Fly to Ljubljana
Return from Trieste !

Overview

What to expect

Follow a medieval merchants' route from the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, through flat marshlands and karst mountain scenery, to the west-coast town of Piran. The cycling is easy-going and gives you time to appreciate authentic Slovenian life. As you cycle beneath forested slopes and along green valley floors, you’ll see stunning castles and beautiful horses.

The scenery of rocky limestone peaks, waterfalls and river rapids is astounding – Iski Vintgar gorge is a highlight plus you’ll step inside one of the world's most visited cave systems. This is real Slovenia, away from the tourist routes but with welcoming villages to stop at en route. The cobbled streets and lively cafes of Slovenia’s compact capital get this tour off to a great start and the Mediterranean waters at Piran are an alluring place to finish.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to see Slovenia with a guide, please see our guided tour.

(Please note: This tour was formerly known as 'Emerald Route').

  • Leisurely cycling from central Slovenia to the sea
  • Green gorges, karst scenery, sink holes and caves
  • Enchanting streets of Slovenia’s compact capital
  • Authentic villages and towns which show a slice of real Slovenia

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Ljubljana

    Arrive in Slovenia’s capital of Ljubljana and visit the daily market (not Sundays), hilltop castle or relax with a drink by the riverside.

  • Day 2: Ljubljana - Vrhnika 24 miles (39 km) + optional 11 mile (18km) detour to Vintgar gorge

    Cycle across Ljubljansko Barje and ride through a flat, former marshland area to reach the town of Vrhnika. Stroll to the Iski Vintgar Gorge to see the rapids, sandbanks and steep rock walls. Continue behind the village of Borovnica to a karst landscape with sinkholes, underground caves and waterfalls. In hot summer months  you can even freshen up ina typical Carst lake of Podpec. Just before arriving in Vrhnika, you can visit the technical museum of the Republic of Slovenia housed in Bistra Castle, where you'll find a great hunting collection and an exhibition of Tito's cars.

  • Day 3: Vrhnika - Postojna 20 miles (32km - +12 km optional side trip to nature reserve Rakov Skocjan)

    Ride across hillier landscapes with some flat sections over typical Karst fields. This is real Slovenia, away from the tourist routes and off the beaten track. Make an optional stop for a picnic in the Rakov Škocjan nature reserve, where the Rak River has carved out a stunning gorge containing some of naturer's most incredible landscape formations, including two natural bridges.

  • Day 4: Postojna - Štanjel /Kodreti 26 miles (42 km) + optional 4 miles (6km) to Predjama Castle

    Discover the Postojna Caves – the most famous and visited cave system in the world. Take an optional detour tothe impenetrable  Predjama Castle – a beautiful Renaissance building in the mouth of a cave.

  • Day 5: Štanjel - Lipica - Divaca 30 miles (48 km)

    Cycle along mostly flat terrain with some rolling sections. Stop off at the botanical garden in Sežana and the unusual war museum in the village tower at Lokev. Arrive in Lipica village and discover the area’s famous horses, taking a tour in a traditional carriage or watching them perform.

  • Day 6: Divaca - Ankaran 29 miles (46 km) + optional 12 miles (19km) to Trieste

    If you missed the Postojna caves, stop off at the less frequented Skocjan Caves (listed as a UNESCO natural monument). Otherwise continue on the rolling terrain before enjoying a long downhill from the Karst Plateau to either reach the former port of Trieste in Italy to visit the castle, cathedral and Piazza Unita central square, or to ride directly to Ankaran in Slovenia for an afternoon on the beach.

  • Day 7: Ankaran - Piran 19 miles (30 km + 11km optional side trip to the saltpans sea)

    Cycle along the coast on a former railway line enjoying wonderful views of the Slovenian coast and the bay of Trieste. Stop off at the fashionable resort of Portoroz before reaching the small and pretty Venetian harbour of Piran.

  • Day 8: Depart from Piran

    Make your way home from Piran, taking either a transfer or train, or extend your stay with extra nights in Piran or Ljubljana.

    Alternatively, take the ferry from Piran to Venice. A regular service operates between May and September and one-way or return tickets can be booked in advance. Please contact us for details.

Accommodation

3 & 4* Hotels and Guesthouses

We use a pool of 3 and 4* hotels and guesthouses to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • A mix of 3* & 4* hotels and guesthouses
  • Breakfast included, half board available
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance 

Price includes

  • 7 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels and guesthouses
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps and route information
  • Welcome meeting
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • Free parking at first hotel on request only - must be confirmed at time of booking

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets

Child reductions

  • Child (up to 2 years) sharing with 2 full paying guests (100%)
  • Child (2-6yrs) sharing with 2 full paying guests (50%)
  • Child (7-12yrs) sharing with 2 full paying guests (30%)
  • 3rd adult sharing with 2 full paying guests (10%)

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Bikes come with a pannier, a small repair kit and lock all included at no extra cost.

Hybrid Bike
Bike hire
£83

21 geared hybrid bike

E-bike hire
£187
Hybrid Bike
Bike hire - extra day
£15
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Helmet hire
£13

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Transfers

Transfer Ljubljana Airport to Ljubljana City - (min 2 people - price per person)
£21pp
Transfer Piran to Ljubljana City - (min 2 people - price per person)
£68pp
Transfer Piran to Ljubljana Airport - (min 2 people - price per person)
£78pp
Tranfer Piran to Trieste City - (min 2 people - price per person)
£42pp
Transfer Piran to Trieste Airport - (min 2 people - price per person)
£63pp
Transfer Trieste Airport to Ljubljana
£63pp

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half Board for 7 nights (3 courses - dinner in Postojna served at neighbouring restaurant)
£130pp

Extra nights

3* Ljubljana - B&B - (2 share)
£55pp
3* Ljubljana - B&B - single
£77pp
4* Ljubljana - B&B - (2 share)
£78pp
4* Ljubljana - B&B - single
£104pp
3* Piran - B&B - (2 share)
£64pp
3* Piran - B&B - single
£94pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Ljubljana

Taxis are available at the airport to the first hotel in Ljubljana.

Transfers can be booked from Ljubljana aiport to Ljubljana on arrival day.

Getting back

Transfers can be booked from Piran to Ljubljana or Trieste on departure day.

Fly from Ljubljana or Trieste

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

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I am overall very pleased with my first cycling holiday. I had the right mix of hard work and leisure. Having accommodation sorted and routes handed to us made it as hassle-free for us as possible. I would definitely recommend to others. I was really impressed by Slovenia as a country.

Cheryl Turkington, May 2016

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