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4 Day Brda and Vipava Valley Bike Tour in Slovenia

Trieste, Italy; Goriška Brda, Slovenia

Extraordinary Slovenia Cycling Holiday

The small Slovenian region of Goriška Brda and Vipava Valley lies on the Slovene-Italian border. It is well known for its warm micro-climate, hilly landscape, hilltop villages, cypress trees, and hillsides covered with vines. That is why it is often compared to Italian Tuscany or French Provence. All these characteristics are making it a true cycling and gourmet paradise all year long! You will be amazed!

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist does not need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally, they will ride in unpaved roads or hills, 10-30 miles per day), moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on a flat terrain sometime, 31-45 miles per day), and challenging (cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 227 kilometers / 141 miles
  • Type of bike: Road bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 75 USD per day

Highlights

  • Fully supported riding
  • Ride to the stunning Vipava Valley
  • Climb up to the Korada mountain range
  • Visit to the wine town of Ajdovščina
  • Stay in a bike-friendly hotel
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 14
Airport transfer included: Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport
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Accommodation

On your holiday, you will spend three nights in a bike-friendly hotel with good location as well as great wine and food. Bike Hike Tours charges a single supplement fee to solo travelers for single room use. But do not worry, they can pair you with another traveler of the same gender if you like.

Program

Day 1: Arrive and get set

  • Arrive at Trieste-Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS) and enjoy a quick transfer to the hotel.
  • Set up your bikes.
  • Head out for a 25-kilometer spin to get acclimatized.
  • Enjoy your first dinner before turning in for a good night’s sleep ahead of an active day.

Day 2: Warm-up ride

  • Go on a 72-kilometer spin with 1,350 meters of climbing over Korada mountain range, descending in the 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.

Day 3: Into the Vipava Valley

  • Ride for 100 kilometers and do 1,800 meters of climbing. This stage will take you through the Slovenian Karst region into the great Vipava Valley.
  • Go on a big climb over “Col” and a steep descent into the 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.

Day 4: Last easy ride and return home

  • Ride for 30 kilometers and do 360 meters of climbing.
  • After a final breakfast, you will head to the picturesque medieval town of Smartno. When you have finished this last ride, you will pack up and make your way to the airport for your flight home.

Please note that routes may vary slightly on the day depending on the weather and ability of the group.

Skill level

Beginner

  • can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • can cycle for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of bicycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

This bike tour will take place in in Slovenia through Vipava Valley and Goriška Brda. The cycling routes will run through unique and varied landscapes of the Mediterranean region. There is no fear of traffic or busy cities around there. You will be staying in a small village of Šmartno. Located in the center of Goriška Brda, the village is a cultural monument because of its exceptional architectural heritage. To top it up, Šmartno is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in the area.

Food

You will be served cyclist-friendly breakfast every morning and dinner with regional specialty dishes every night.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Bike hire for four days
  • 3 and a half days of fully bike coach supported riding
  • Services of a top-level UCI-certified cycling coach and tour guide
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Transfers from and to Trieste-Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • 2 guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Complete van support along the way
  • Other food and drinks
  • Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes
  • Pickup and drop-off before and after the tour
  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Tips

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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