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Best of Slovenia: Highlights Across the Country From Bled to Piran

“Slovenia really is a hidden gem. An experience not to miss.” — Chris

“Slovenia really is a hidden gem. An experience not to miss.” — Chris

“Slovenia really is a hidden gem. An experience not to miss.” — Chris

“Slovenia really is a hidden gem. An experience not to miss.” — Chris

“Slovenia really is a hidden gem. An experience not to miss.” — Chris
  • 10 nights | 28 miles/day
  • Self-guided from: €895
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  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This cross country tour, focuses on visiting Slovenia's main attractions and countless natural points of interest.

Beginning in Bled, known for its beautiful setting and island church, you cycle towards the Bohinj valley high in the Juliun Alps. From there you will cycle to such sites as the Triglav National Park, the Pokljuka high plateau, the capital city of Ljubljana, vineyards in the Karst region and Lipizzaner horses.

Along the way you will pass through vineyards, beautiful countryside and small villages as you make your way to the coast. Such a combination reveals the best that Slovenia has to offer!

Daily Program

Day 1: Arrival to Bled
You will arrive in Bled, a world famous town on the shore of a beautiful glacial lake. Defined by its unique island church sitting proudly in the middle of this immense body of water, surrounded by towering alpine mountains, and the castle perched high on a cliff standing guard over the town, Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist attractions.
Overnight in Bled.

Day 2: Bled – Bohinjska Bistrica (Bohinj Valley) (17 miles/27 km or 26 miles/43 km with side trip to waterfall Savica)
You will be taken by bus up to the high plateau at Pokljuka. From here you can marvel at the stunning views before gliding down into the neighboring Bohinj Valley, the jewel in the heart of the Triglav National Park. You will cycle through the many small alpine villages scattered across the valley until reaching the small settlement of Ribčev Laz (Fisherman’s Pass) lying next to the stunning Lake Bohinj. Wedged into the corner of this dead-end valley, Bohinj is the largest and deepest lake in the national park and is surrounded by shimmering mountain peaks. The view across this lake from the bridge at Ribčev Laz is unrivaled.

Cycle around the lake to Savica Waterfall, source of the Sava Bohinjka River, and then take the cable car up to Vogel Mountain for a spectacular view into the Bohinj Valley and of Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps. Explore the forests surrounding the lake before spending the evening in one of the cozy village pubs and trying the local homemade honey brandy. Cycling downhill, at the foot of Mount Triglav. Triglav National Park, very peaceful area.
Overnight in Ribcev Laz (Bohinj).

Day 3: Bohinjska Bistrica (Bohinj) – Skofja Loka (31 miles/49 km)
Leaving Bohinj you cycle to the lovely village of Bohinjska Bistrica, where you can admire the picture-perfect backdrop. Then it’s up 750 m/2400 ft to the Jelovica high plateau (a “help out” lift to top of mountain pass is available for this part of the trip at an extra cost of €20 per person; payable upon arrival and needs to be reserved at least 2 days ahead). From the top, the route takes you through a deep forest which soon drops off into the Selška Dolina Valley leading to the Škofja Loka hills.

The first stop is at the little alpine village of Sorica, set among low green hills. This is the birthplace of the famous Slovene painter, Ivan Grohar. As you ride into the village his statue will greet you. Visit his gallery where you’ll find a limited collection of his work. The next stop is at the historic iron-smelting town of Železniki, where you will find the remains of an old blast furnace dating from 1826. Stop in one of the village inns along the way and try the delicious trout. Finally you arrive in the wonderful town of Škofja Loka, one of the oldest towns in Slovenia. If you are not too tired you can cycle up to the castle on the hill overlooking town. Spend the rest of the evening wandering through the old streets of this historic medieval town.
Overnight in Skofja Loka.

Day 4: Skofja Loka – Ljubljana (19 miles/31 km)
Once settled into your hotel, you will visit the historic old town and marvel at the ornate, old-world architecture and lovely “fin de siecle” mansions. Then it’s a short walk or ride up to the mighty Ljubljana Castle, perched high on a hill and standing guard over the old town and city center. From its tower, you get a commanding view of Ljubljana’s heart and soul.

As the sun goes down you can choose between relaxing with a drink in the many outdoor bars/cafes beside the Ljubljanica River, or take an evening stroll, enjoying the lights and vibrant sounds of the city and its charismatic people. Or perhaps do both!
Overnight in Ljubljana.

Day 5: Ljubljana – Vrhnika (24 miles/39 km or 36 miles/57 km with side trip to Iski Vintgar Valley)
As the morning sun begins to rise high in the sky, you will be cycling across an immense 160-square kilometer marshy plain. The Ljubljansko Barje was once a great lake until it dried up 6000 years ago, leaving behind an incredibly diverse landscape that is now home to some of Europe’s rarest forms of bird, plant and insect life.

Along the way you can take a short walk into the picturesque Iški Vintgar gorge nature reserve, carved deep into a stunning limestone dolomite plateau, and visit the remnants of the world’s highest railway viaduct in Borovnica. 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 interesting exhibition of Tito’s cars.
Overnight in Vrhnika.

Day 6: Vrhnika – Postojna (20 miles/32 km or 27 miles/44 km with side trip to nature reserve Rakov Skocjan)
A slightly more demanding day over gentle hills, forest roads and a typical Carst polje (field). On this day the roads will take you away from the main tourist routes and off the beaten track. You will experience the real Slovenian countryside as you cycle past the beautiful Slivnica Mountain and the magical disappearing lake of Planina, and marvel at the wonders of this vast world of limestone. You can stop for a picnic lunch in the Rakov Škocjan nature reserve, where the Rak River has carved out a stunning gorge containing some of nature’s most incredible landscape formations, including two natural bridges.
Overnight in Postojna.

Day 7: Postojna – Stanjel (26 miles/42 km or 30 miles/48 km with side trip to Predjama Castle)
So far nearly 30 million tourists have visited this stunningly beautiful underground Postojna cave formation, carved deep into the heart of the limestone hills. This is the most extensive cave system in Slovenia, covering a total of 21 kilometers. The 1.5-hour tour will take you through a fairytale world full of large and colorful stalactites and stalagmites, not forgetting the unique "human fish," a mysterious creature that lives in dark pools inside the caves.

You can also take a short detour to the impenetrable fortress of Predjama castle, wedged tight into a crevasse halfway up a 123-meter cliff-face protruding dramatically into the surrounding basin. Here lived a vivacious and daring knight. Erasmus kept a whole army at bay by utilizing the secret of the Predjama Caves to sneak out for supplies, which included freshly picked cherries which he used to throw at his adversaries to taunt them. Take the tour and learn how Erasmus met his untimely demise in less than poetic circumstances, as he was literally caught with his pants down.
Overnight in Stanjel.

Day 8: Stanjel – Lipica – Divača (30 miles/48 km)
First stop is at the lovely botanical garden in Sežana, then it’s on to the stud farm of Lipica, where you can visit these beautiful thoroughbred Lipizaner horses whose glistening white coats and gentle, graceful dancing have earned them a worldwide reputation. The history of the Lipica horses is closely linked to the Vienna riding school. Take a tour in a traditional carriage, watch them perform and visit them close up in their stables. This will be a day to remember. If you have the time for a couple of side-trips, you can also visit the unusual but very interesting War Museum set in the village tower of Lokev.
Overnight in Divača.

Day 9: Divača – Muggia (24 miles/38 km)
If you skipped Postojna caves – this morning you can visit Škocjan Caves – no less interesting but way less frequented Karst Caves – even listed as UNESCO natural monument! You can take a slight diversion into the Italian town of Trieste - once an important port with its worldly flair and wonderful atmosphere.

Visit the castle, cathedral and Piazza Unita central square. Trieste was once part of Slovenia whilst under the rule of the Austrian monarchy. Relax with a cappuccino in the many old-fashioned cafes. The day trip ends in the town of Muggia. After a days cycling it's time to enjoy gelato in the old town center or relax on the beach.
Overnight in Muggia.

Day 10: Muggia – Piran (23 miles/37 km or 30 miles/48 km with side trip to salt pans Seca)
Cycling along the coastal path on new cycling path following former railway line. Enjoy great vistas of Slovene coast and Trieste Bay. A coffee stop in the fashionable resort of Portorož is a must. The trip ends in the gorgeous Venetian little harbor village of Piran.
Overnight in Piran.

Day 11: Departure from Pirana

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.


Daily: Mar 14-Oct 10, 2020
Low season: Mar 14, 2020 - May 08, 2020 , Sep 19, 2020 - Oct 10, 2020
High season: May 09, 2020 - Sep 18, 2020


Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€ 895
High season surcharge
€ 30
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€ 220
Optional evening dinner plan (8 dinners; not available in Skofja Loka and Muggia)
€ 160
Bike Rentals
Touring/trekking bike, 21-speed
€ 130
Electrically assisted bike
€ 260
€ 18
Extra Nights, Bled
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€ 135
Per person, double occupancy
€ 79
Extra Nights, Ljubljana
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€ 105
Per person, double occupancy
€ 79
Extra Nights, Piran
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€ 105
Per person, double occupancy
€ 75
Klagenfurt Airport to Bled (per person/per way, minimum of 2)
€ 70
Ljubljana Airport to Bled (per person/per way, minimum of 2)
€ 30
Piran to Ljubljana Airport (per person/per way, minimum of 2)
€ 75
Piran to Ljubljana Downtown (per person/per way, minimum of 2)
€ 65
Piran to Bled (per person/per way, minimum of 2)
€ 90
Piran to Trieste Downtown (per person/per way, minimum of 2)
€ 40
Piran to Trieste Airport (per person/per way, minimum of 2)
€ 60
Child, ages 0-1 sharing room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
Child, ages 2-5 sharing room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
Child, ages 6-12 sharing room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
Third person, ages 13 and over sharing room with 2 full paying adults (on base package price)
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through The primary benefits of booking your tour through include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through We look forward to serving you!

Helia Tours Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Conditions

Cancellations must always be made in writing and are applicable only on the day received by the tour operator.

The following cancellation terms apply:

  • Up to 56 days prior to holiday start date = 20% of total holiday cost
  • 35-55 days prior to holiday start date = 40% of total holiday cost
  • 28-35 days prior to holiday start date = 70% of total holiday cost
  • 1-27 days prior to holiday start date = 90% of total holiday cost

Cancellation costs are calculated in percentage of final payment amount on invoice issued.

Booking changes fees

Booking changes fees apply to all changes that get reflected on an already issues invoice and an new invoice needs to be issued.
1st change – free of charge
2nd and any further changes – 25 EUR

Additional info

The tour operator covers damage on rented bikes (normal wear and tear) up to value of 10 EUR per bike. Bikes are not insured against theft. Clients are invited to take out travel insurance covering such events.

As of 1.1.2011 in Slovenia helmets are obliged for cyclist. From Januray 1, 2012 this law will strictly be enforced by Slovene police. Clients may hire helmets from the tour operator or bring their own.

General terms and conditions

Conclusion of the Travel Agreement
By registering, the customer undertakes to enter into a travel agreement with the tour operator. Registration shall take place in writing on the form designated for this purpose. A telephonic, oral or other form of registration with us or one of our partner agencies shall be equally binding. Registration shall be carried out by the registering party for all co-named participants. The registering party firmly agrees to these conditions of travel, including on behalf of and for the co-named participants. The agreement shall come into being upon acceptance by the tour operator or its partner agencies upon sending the booking confirmation. Subsidiary agreements and amendments to the concluded travel agreement shall require our written confirmation.

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Each tour price is per person, generally based on double bedroom occupancy (two persons sharing). In some locations participants may occupy larger rooms/suites/apartments for more than two persons. Participants signing up individually, if they wish so, will be assigned roommates of the same sex. In most tours there are a limited number of single-occupancy rooms available for those paying the extra supplement. Singles supplement will only be charged for those requiring single-occupancy rooms. Daily breakfast will be provided at the hotels. If booked extra, dinner will be provided at a standard restaurant, beverages will be provided by the clients.

Prices are presented in Euros (€). Prices are guaranteed independently of exchange rate variations. Our prices include only what is listed in programs and do not include airfares or other transportation costs to and from Slovenia.

The tour operator reserves the right to refuse participation prior to or during a trip to any individual whose behavior and/or attitude interferes with the general enjoyment and well-being of other tour members and if anyone, participant or the tour operator staff, is endangered by this individual. In case any of the above mentioned happens the tour operator will not be liable to refund or pay any compensations as such. In no case is the tour operator liable to refund for unused services.

Rights of the Travel agent
The tour operator reserves the right to change itineraries or tour arrangements if necessary or by what is known as "force majeure". In the case of a tour cancellation by the tour operator, registered participants will be refunded in total amounts paid to the tour operator which is not liable for any payments or compensation due to additional expenses such as non-refundable advance purchase airline tickets.

One piece of baggage not exceeding 20 kgs (44 lbs) per person is allowed. The company is not responsible for any loss or damage to baggage (or) belonging. However, the company will assist with any claims made.

The tour operator is fully insured according to the law for its activity, third part liability, work accidents for staff, and car passengers in our vehicles. We recommend all participants ensure your Travel Insurance has adequate coverage for cancellation and refund, luggage, medical expenses and repatriation, death and permanent disability.

Image Use
The tour operator reserves the right to use without charge any photographs or images of any kind of participants for bona fide promoting and marketing purposes.

These terms and conditions may only be waived by a manager of the tour operator in writing. When you sign the registration form you agree to accept all these conditions, and when we accept your reservation we agree to carry out our obligations to you as defined in this document and other information provided to you.

Unforeseeable circumstances and responsibility
You must accept, for participation in a tour, that the normal flexibility of an adventure outdoor activity is necessary, and acknowledge that delays and alterations and their results are possible. Neither the tour operator nor any person assisting is responsible for any loss, injury, damage, accident, delay or irregularities sustained by the clients including those occurred outside the tour programs. The company does not accept responsibility for losses or expenses due to delay or changes in other services, accident, sickness, weather, strikes, war and other unforeseen circumstances.

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