Ljubljana to Piran - Self-Guided

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Visiting: Slovenia, Italy

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £659 to £847pp
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 !


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 and undulating 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.

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

The Trip



  • 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 in a 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) + optional 7 miles (12 km) 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 to the impenetrable Predjama Castle – a beautiful Renaissance castle built 123m high into 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 – Muggia 24 miles (38 km)

    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 Muggia in Italy for an ice-cream in the pretty town or an afternoon on one of the beaches.

  • Day 7: Muggia – Piran 23 miles (37 km) + optional 7 miles (11km) side trip to the saltpans sea

    Cycle along the coast on a new cycling path following 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.


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 - please contact us for 2020 prices

Price includes

  • 7 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels and guesthouses
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation (one bag per person (max 20kg) & additional bags at extra cost)
  • Maps and route information 
  • GPS tracks available on request
  • Welcome meeting
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • Free parking at first hotel on request only - must be confirmed at time of booking
  • Local tourist and other taxes

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%)

Extra nights

  • Ljubljana - upgrade to a central 4* hotel - please enquire

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Each bike comes with a pannier. An odometer, small repair kit, inner tube and lock all included (one per pair of bikes) at no extra cost. An additional odometer is possible at £20. 

Hybrid Bike
Bike hire

21 geared hybrid bike

E-bike hire
Hybrid Bike
Bike hire - extra day
Helmet rental
Helmet hire


You can add these when you price your trip


Transfer Ljubljana Airport to Ljubljana City - (min 2 people - price per person)
Transfer Piran to Ljubljana City - (min 2 people - price per person)
Transfer Piran to Ljubljana Airport - (min 2 people - price per person)
Tranfer Piran to Trieste City - (min 2 people - price per person)
Transfer Piran to Trieste Airport - (min 2 people - price per person)
Transfer Trieste Airport to Ljubljana

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half Board for 6 nights (3 courses - no dinner option in Muggia & dinner in Postojna served at neighbouring restaurant)

Extra nights

4* Ljubljana - Double room (B&B)
4* Ljubljana - Single room (B&B)
4* Piran - Double room (B&B)
4* Piran - Single room (B&B)

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


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out of 5

Everyone at Freedom Treks had a friendly and can-do attitude. Route was good and bikes a reasonable standard. A couple of the hotels could have been better. We had a great time.

Gill Aldridge, UK, October 2018
out of 5

A well organised tour with room for exploration and travelling at one’s own pace. The bike was good and comfortable to ride. It was hot on the road at times but the distances and routes allowed plenty of rest stops.

James Singler, UK, August 2018

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