When we are planning our cycling tour in Slovenia we realized most people travelling by bicycle barely scratch the surface of Slovenia and are usually just passing through which is doable in just one day. Although Slovenia is quite small it is possible to have a whole cycling vacation without ever crossing the border. That is why we have prepared a cycling tour suggestion which will take you around the whole country. The whole marked route is over 800 km long and will take you over mountain passes, valleys, castles, national parks, …
Duration: A strong and light cyclist should be able to do it in 8 days. Of course, it all depends how much sightseeing and detours you want to do, but you can easily stretch this to 15 days and you will have something to do on rest days almost everywhere, from hiking, wine tasting, museums, … Also, keep in mind this cycling tour is only a suggestion and it is possible to shorten or lengthen every part.
Accommodation: For all the true tourers it is possible to sleep outside all the time. Still be aware that in Slovenia camping outside designated camping areas is forbidden, but quite possible since people in Slovenia are very friendly and nice meadows for your tent can be found almost everywhere. The main problem would occur in the main tourist season in regions most visited by tourists like Trenta valley, … If you are more into cycling light and sleeping indoor, there are plenty of options along the way and most of the time reservation in advance is not necessary, except in the main tourist season (July-August).
When to go: Cycling in Slovenia is possible throughout the whole year, but the best time would be late spring (May, a start of June) and early autumn (end of September, October). Also, a great time is during the summer although it can get quite hot and the problem with sleeping can occur in certain tourist regions.
Description of the cycling tour: Our recommendation is that you take your time and adjust the path to your own rhythm and fitness. There are a few suggestions about where to sleep and what to see in between. Start and end are in the capital city Ljubljana and you could do the tour in any direction, although in our opinion the cycling is better like we described. Please keep in mind that some of the marked roads are gravel but it is possible to do the whole tour on asphalt. If you need some help or more information, you can also send us an email.
DAY 1, Ljubljana – Vrsic, mountain pass:Starting point is in Ljubljana and the cycling will immediately take you to Polhograjski dolomiti park, which will offer you some astounding views. Next stop is historic town Škofja Loka. Then the path leads you towards Železniki where it goes uphill passing the village Dražgoše (2nd world war memorial) and towards historic town Kropa. Along the way you will pass one of the most idyllic little churches Jamnik. From there you will avoid the main busy road and by gravel road you will reach a very touristic beautiful town of Bled. Again, avoiding main road trough mountain valley Radovna you will reach the mountain region. At the end of the valley you can see Slovenian highest mountain Triglav, if needed you can make a little hike or even get a mountain guide to get you to the top. From here you will have a marked cycling route towards popular Kranjska Gora and then on our highest mountain pass 800 meters higher Vršič, aslo very popular for cycling. Around here you can do some easy or hard hiking and sleeping is also possible in many mountain huts along the way and on top. We suggest you check availability in Kranjska Gora.
DAY 2, Vrsic, mountain pass – Ajdovscina:Second day in Slovenia will take you through very idyllic Trenta valley and almost all the time you will be cycling next to the beautiful river Soča. First of all, you have a nice downhill ride towards Trenta valley and this is where you will first see Soča river which will be your companion almost the whole day. There is much to do here from hiking, sightseeing, waters sports, … But keep in mind that during the busy summer season it can get quite crowded and sleeping and eating can get complicated. Even though there are rooms, hotels, camps all the time along the way. After Trenta, the valley will get a little wider and you will reach the town of Bovec. From here you basically follow the river Soča all the time through towns of Kobarid (1st world war museum), Tolmin, Kanal ob Soči until you depart the river a little before the town of Solkan. From here you will cycle towards the town of Lokve and over the hills in to wine town of Ajdovščina.