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8 Days Mighty Caves and Cycling Holiday in Karst, Slovenia
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Cycling Holiday Slovenia

From one jewel to another, for all the photo-hungry cyclers and nature lovers. Surrender yourself to this self-guided cycling tour, blessed with true beauty, pristine nature, Karst landscape, and its phenomena. You will be accommodated in two hotels, in two beautiful Karst towns, from where interesting cycle day tours are designed for you. Do not miss out on this unique and fun opportunity to explore Slovenia!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to point
  • Terrain: Cycling on 70% paved, 30% unpaved roads, some climbs
  • Starts in: Postojna
  • Ends in: Divača
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 142 miles / 229 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 225 EUR per week
  • Private tour

Highlights

  • Detailed route notes, maps, and GPS files
  • A winding cycling holiday through unique Karst
  • Take a tour through the Queen of Caves, Postojna
  • Explore the UNESCO listed, beautiful Škocjan Caves
  • Visit to the interesting Predjama Castle
  • Luggage transfers between the hotels
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts

Styles


6 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (Brnik Airport) (US$45 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Klagenfurt Airport (US$71 per person)
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in good hotels with en suite facilities. You will stay for three nights in a four-star hotel in Postojna and four nights in a three-star hotel in Divača.

Program

Day 1 - Individual arrival to 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 center of the Inner Carniola (Notranjska) region of Slovenia. Overnight in four-star hotel.

Day 2 - Predjama and Postojna Cave (approx. 30 kilometers and 500 elevation meters)

Today you'll have the opportunity to marvel at 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 the 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. Overnight in four-star hotel. Meals included: breakfast.

Day 3 - The Rakov Škocjan Valley - Cerknica Lake and Planinsko Polje (approx. 46 kilometers and 700 elevation meters)

It's just a breathtaking 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, the 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). On your way back to Postojna, you will experience cycling through charming Planinsko Polje - a classic example of a karst polje (plain), the last of its kind in the Ljubljanica River basin.

It is part of a wider system of protected areas and is included in the Natura 2000 network as a unique habitat of European importance for numerous plant and animal species. Overnight in four-star hotel. Meals included: breakfast.

Day 4 - Postojna - Divača (approx. 40 kilometers and 470 elevation meters)

Today you will change the hotel and location. After a winding cycling day through fascinating karst landscape, mingled with settlements and vineyards, which give you the glorious Teran wine and the well-known Karst prosciutto, you will arrive at Divača where your home will be for the next four nights. Overnight in a three-star hotel. Meals included: breakfast.

Day 5 - Divača - Škocjan Caves - Surrounding Karst villages - Divača (approx. 32 kilometers and 460 elevation meters)

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. Overnight in a three-star hotel. Meals included: breakfast.

Day 6 - Divača - Lipica - Surrounding Karst villages - Divača (approx. 40 kilometers and 340 elevation meters)

Today's cycle route leads you through Lokev village, famous for its prosciutto, before arriving at the famous Lipica Stud Farm. Lipica is the oldest European stud farm for breeding one of the oldest cultural horse breeds. It's kind of magical, pedaling through avenues of trees and parks, and being surrounded with noble white Lipizzaner horses on their green pastures.

Soon afterwards, you'll arrive at the outskirts of Trieste and the Italian village of Bazzovica. Do not forget to take some time to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in this historic and, for Slovenians, very important place. Cycling continues on through the old Karst villages, through the town of Sežana, the administrative and political center of the Karst region.

The botanical garden at Villa Mirasasso and wine tasting at the largest winemaker, Teran PTP at the Vinakras winery, are just unforgettable. The last part of today's cycle route is also beautiful and diverse as it takes you through small Karst settlements and several other charming villages. Overnight in a three-star hotel. Meals included: breakfast.

Day 7 - Divača - Surrounding villages - Vremska Valley - Divača (approx. 41 kilometers and 710 elevation meters)

Vremska Valley is the land between the Vremščica (beautiful 1,027 meters 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 you of its ruins only. It's all about enjoying on your bike, exploring and discovering typical and small villages, sleepy countryside, and scenic valley. Overnight in a three-star hotel. Meals included: breakfast.

Day 8

Departure or extension. Meals included: breakfast.

Bike rentals

  • Bike rent (classic trekking bike Scott Sub 30 plus one bike (back) pannier). Bike rent includes bicycle repair tool (puncture kit, spare inner tube, one set of Allen keys, one odometer, pump, and one simple lock) - one set for two bikes. Bike rental starts on the first cycling day (day 2) at 8:30 a.m. and ends on day 7 at 6 p.m.
  • E-bike (Scott E Sub Active Unisex plus one bike (back) pannier).

Location

You will be accommodated in two hotels, in two beautiful Karst towns, from where interesting cycle day tours are designed for you. The 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, it is visited by many tourists every year. Biking through Karst area and discovering its 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?

Food

Seven breakfasts are included in the price. You can also purchase half-board for 80 EUR (4 dinners in Divača), hotel dinner is not possible in Postojna as the hotel does not have a restaurant. However, there are plenty of restaurants in town.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Detailed route notes, maps, and GPS files (one set per booking, not per person)
  • Luggage transfers between the hotels
  • Personal welcome meeting and bike fitting (if you rented a bike with SloActive)
  • Telephone assistance during the trip
  • Organization and VAT

What's not included

  • Arrival / departure to / from first / last hotel
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks, and all other expenses that are not mentioned in What’s included
  • Every additional set of route notes (35 EUR)
  • Helmet (12 EUR)
  • Half board (80 EUR, 4 dinners in Divača)
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU) or Klagenfurt Airport (KLU). Transfer from and to these airports is available upon request. The following prices are per person, minimum number of two people sharing a transfer:

  • Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU) - Postojna 38 EUR
  • Klagenfurt Airport (KLU), Austria - Postojna 60 EUR
  • Divača - Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU) 48 EUR
  • Divača - Klagenfurt Airport (KLU), Austria 70 EUR
Airport: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (Brnik Airport) Airport transfer available: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (Brnik Airport) (US$45 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Klagenfurt Airport Airport transfer available: Klagenfurt Airport (US$71 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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