In only eight days, you will visit and discover four European countries – Italy, Croatia, Austria and, of course, Slovenia. And with a little help from our e-bikes you will be able to explore even more, with less effort. Sounds inviting?;) Join us for our Undiscovered Europe on e-bike tour!
Ride with the current trend and join us on e-bikes!
In our words: It is a workout, with a little less work.;) We use eco-friendly, modern electric bikes that will certainly suit everyone and fill out all your expectations. Riding eco-friendly electric bikes entail numerous advantages:
- E-bikes are used to assist you to enjoy the beauty of the same routes that might be otherwise unreachable to you.
- The small, almost hidden engines also make longer distances feel achievable.
- E-bikes are a good asset that keeps the group homogenous. Meaning, e-bikes are perfect for couples or groups of friends with different fitness levels and biking capabilities, who can therefore still ride together.
- In short, an electric bike can make your dream vacation a reality!
E-bikes are included in the price of the package and therefore available at no additional cost. If you have your own e-bike, let us know at the time of reservation and we will adjust the package price for you.
Some facts about Slovenia
Due to its very small size, Slovenia might not be among the most well-known countries in Europe. Nevertheless, it is rapidly gaining recognition for its amazing landscape, rich culture, and quality food. It is located at the crossroads of colorful landscapes as a neighbor to Italy, Austria, Croatia, and Hungary. As it is also a very safe destination to travel to, it presents a perfect getaway for outdoor sports lovers. Covered in secret trails, Slovenia will bring you a constant satisfaction in the incredible natural setting! Easy to say, there is no other destination where you can see and do as much, in such a short period of time, as in Slovenia!
Highlights of the e-bike tour
Start the journey in the beautiful Italian city of Trieste with a delicious dinner. Next days, ride your e-bike on the flowy trails in the coastal region, but also more technical ones in the Julian Alps due to electric support. Cool down after a ride in the incredible Soča river or jump into Lake Bled. Also, enjoy the views of the vineyards reminiscent of the Italian Tuscany one day and hang by the beautiful mountain lakes the other. A tasty meal and a cozy room await you at the end of every day. Simply, fall in love with two wheels <3
|TOUR DATES 2019||Sep 21-28 2019 / Oct 5-12 2019 / Oct 26-Nov 2 2019 / May 2-9 2020 / May 23-30 2020 / Jun 20-27 2020 / Jul 4-11 2020 / Aug 15-22 2020 / Aug 29-Sep 5 2020|
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Venice 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|
|Location||Italy, Croatia, Austria, Slovenia|
Day 1: Arrival to Venice airport
Upon arrival at the Venice airport, you will meet the Bike Hike Tours representative and drive to Trieste, an Italian coastal town on the border with Slovenia. Your accommodation here will be a comfortable boutique hotel. After checking in, our guides will run a short briefing, so you will know exactly what to expect in the following days. Then, we will go for a short stroll around the old city center and have dinner in a local Italian restaurant with traditional Mediterranean dishes. Our first day will be a relaxing one to help you adjust to the time zone.
Day 2: Riding in Italy
After breakfast, a short transfer will take us just outside of Trieste. Our guides will present you with our e-bikes – the modern way of cycling 🙂 Electric bikes will give you a helping hand to the starting point of the 3 Camini enduro trail. We know how tiresome a day of traveling can be, so we planned the first day of riding on the flowy natural trails that will be perfect to get you ready for the days to come. Later in the evening, we will move towards Goriška Brda. This is one of the most famous wine regions in Slovenia, known for its exquisite wine and food. We will be staying in one of the many scattered hotels in the region, overlooking the beautiful countryside, often compared to Tuscany.
Day 3: An overnighter in Croatia
While the wine region alone could keep us occupied for a few days, there is a lot more to see on this trip. We will set our compasses south again. About an hour and a half long transfer will get us to the small picturesque town in the center of Croatian Istria. Grožnjan is famous for its network of awesome cycling trails. The trails are surrounded by olive and pine trees and will keep you smiling throughout the whole day.
Day 4: Escape the city life
After a delicious breakfast, it will be time to head back to Slovenia and visit the world-famous Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. A short transfer and an easy start of the day will be just perfect for regenerating after the first two days in the saddle. We will get to Ljubljana by the early afternoon and have plenty of time to explore the local trails of Golovec, located just outside the city center. The trails are extremely well maintained by the volunteers and you will see people of all ages and styles riding them. After riding, we will have some time to explore the enchanting city center and visit the best cafeteria in the town. Today’s ride will be rewarded with a tasty dinner in a small restaurant with a great selection of local wines.
Day 5: Magic day on Pokljuka
It is time to head for the mountains! We will leave Ljubljana after breakfast and drive towards the Pokljuka plateau. Pokljuka is a cycling pearl located in the middle of the Triglav National Park. It offers one of the most breathtaking views of the Julian Alps on one side and of the Lake Bled and the Lake Bohinj on the other. Covered in the forest, it is a true cycling paradise high in the mountains. After a couple of hours exploring the area on bikes and tasting the authentic shepherd’s delicacies while listening to their stories, we will head back down to the valley. We will have just enough time to squeeze in a short trip to the Lake Bled; a “must see” when visiting Slovenia. There, you can taste the famous Bled cake or take a refreshing dip in the lake before we proceed to the Alpine village of Kranjska Gora, where we will be accommodated for the next two days.
Day 6: Across the border, again and again
This is the only time on this trip that we will be staying at the same accommodation for two nights in a row. You will be able to get a better rest and only think about biking. Our hotel is perfectly stationed at the base of Tromeja (“Triple-border”), a 5000 ft high mountain with its top based in three countries: Slovenia, Italy, and Austria. We will ride in all three of them and enjoy the awesome trails. Prepare yourself for some spectacular views!
Day 7: The longest single trail and an evening to remember
We saved the very best for our final day in the saddle. Vršič pass is the highest mountain pass in Slovenia and its top lays at the elevation of 5300 ft. Luckily for us, e-bikes are here to facilitate our ascend! With a little help of a hidden engine, these high and difficult-to-reach roads will be much more achievable. After a short stop at the top of the pass, we continue our way towards Bovec. The road follows the trail of the emerald Soča river, a white-water enthusiasts’ paradise. We will unload our e-bikes at the base of Kobariški Stol. The boost of power when taking on hills is always appreciated! Especially after a long day’s ride behind us. You will then happily enjoy one of the most beautiful mountain views on the top. The nicest single track in the area will take us back down to the valley. The WWI has heavily affected this area and our guides will gladly tell you more about it. Just a quick fact; the single track that we are going to ride was built by the soldiers in the WWI. After we get back to the valley, you can spend a couple of hours exploring the area or even do some white-water activities like rafting or canyoning. If you feel energetic enough, ask our guides and they will help accommodate all of your wishes. We will finish with a spectacular dinner to end this amazing trip in style.
Day 8: Return home or additional three days in Austria or Italy (Venice)
If you wish to visit the famous Italian town of Venice, known for its labyrinth of canals, bridges and spectacular architecture or stroll around Vienna (Austria) let us know at the time of the booking and we will help you organize it.