A true cycling and gourmet paradise all year long!
This small Slovenian region of Goriška Brda & Vipava Valley lies right on the Slovene-Italian border. It is often compared to Italian Tuscany or French Provence. The region is best known for the production of wine and olives, but also well known for its warm temperatures. Its microclimate with lots of sunny days makes it a true cycling paradise all year long! The other characteristic is its hilly landscape. Hillsides covered with vines, traditional rocky villages, cypress trees, and of course, local gourmet delicacies. In our opinion, all these attributes are making this region an absolute winner for the best cycling destination here around! We promise our Cycling on wine routes tour will amaze you as well!
Let the tiny “Slovene Provence” enchant you!
During this tour, we deliver business and pleasure combined: extraordinary daily cycling and local gourmet delicacies! Pleasant cycling routes will run through unique and varied landscapes of the Mediterranean region of Slovenia. What is even better, there is no fear of traffic or busy cities to be found! During the nights, we will be staying in a traditional village of Šmartno in the center of Goriška Brda. This village is a cultural monument because of its exceptional architectural heritage. To top it up, Šmartno is also considered to be one of the most beautiful villages in the whole area!
|TOUR DATES 2020||Aug 29- Sep 1 2020 / Sep 26-Sep 29 2020 / Oct 10-13 2020 / Oct 23-26 2020|
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Trieste airport (Italy)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||As per request|
|RETURN TIME||As per request|
|WEAR||Comfortable bike and athletic clothing, sports shoes (biking shoes), jacket and sunscreen|
Day 1 – Friday: Arrive and get set
- Arrive at Trieste airport and enjoy a quick transfer to the hotel.
- Set up your bikes.
- Head out for a 25km spin to get acclimatized.
- Enjoy your first dinner before turning in for a good night’s sleep ahead of an active day.
Day 2 – Saturday: Warm up ride
Riding: 72km spin with 1350m of climbing over Korada mountain range, descending in 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 - Sunday: Into the Vipava Valley
Riding: 100km and 1800m of climbing third day`s stage take us through Slovenian Karst region into great Vipava Valley. Big climb over “Col” and steep descent into a 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 - Monday: Last easy ride and return home
Riding: 30km and 360m of climbing.After a final breakfast, we will head to the picturesque medieval town of Smartno. When you have finished this last ride you’ll pack up and make your way to the airport for your flight home.
- Routes may vary slightly on the day depending on the weather and ability of the group.
- Trip extension optional.