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Slovenia - Emerald Route

Slovenia - Emerald Route

Degree of difficulty - A/B

In a week you can explore the beauty and diversity of Slovenia.

From Ljubljana you cycle across an immense marshy plain that formed about 6000 years ago from a former lake that dried up and left an incredibly diverse landscape with a unique wildlife behind. You continue cycling past Slivnica Mountains and the magical disappearing lakes of Cerknica and Planina, and marvel at the wonders of this vast world of limestone. In the town of Postojna you can visit the beautiful underground Postojna caves with limestone caverns and giant stalactites and stalagmites. You can spend your rest day in a typical Karst village in the heart of vineyard country, where you will see a museum of well-kept traditional houses built entirely from the surrounding limestone. You can't miss a visit to Lipica Stud Farm - one of the most beautiful cultural and historical monuments of Slovenia and the home to Lipizzaner horses. On your last day you can visit the lively port of Italian Trieste en route to the last overnight stay in a port town of Koper.

We also offer a 3 day extension on this tour "Best of Slovenia"

Day 1 ARRIVAL TO LJUBLJANA
Once settled in to your hotel, you can 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!

Day 2 LJUBLJANA - VRHNIKA 39 km / 57 km with a detour
A nice easy first day across the historic and richly diverse plains surrounding the capital. 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 an incredibly diverse landscape behind, 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.

Day 3 VRHNIKA – POSTOJNA 32 km / 43 with a detour
Hilly day, side roads. 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.

Day 4 POSTOJNA – ŠTANJEL 42 km /48 km optional side trip to Predjama Castle
Hilly, one long descend some hills afterward. 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 1½ 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.

Day 5 ŠTANJEL – LIPICA – DIVAČA 48 km
Rolling terrain with flat sections. 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, and the breathtaking Škocjan Caves; not as large as Postojna but equally, if not more fascinating.

Day 6 DIVAČA - ANKARAN 46 km / 65 km with a detour
Initially rolling terrain, then a long downhill. Postojna Caves, you can visit Karst Škocjan Caves this morning – listed as UNESCO natural monument. You can take a slight diversion into the Italian town of Trieste – once an important port of Slovenia (whilst under the rule of Austrian monarchy) with its worldly flair and wonderful atmosphere. Visit the castle, cathedral, Piazza Unita central square and relax with a cappuccino in one of many old-fashioned cafes. While cycling along the coast tak time to enjoy a gelato in old town of Muggia or relax on one of the beaches. This trip ends in a climatic resort of Ankaran.

Day 7 ANKARAN - PIRAN 29 km /40 km with a detour
You will cycle on a new cycling path following a former railway line. Enjoy great vistas of Slovene coast and Trieste Bay. A coffee shop in the fashionable resort of Portorož is a must. The trip ends in the gorgeous Venetian little harbouir villageof Piran.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

EMERALD TOUR GUIDED 2017
€870 per person sharing
€980 single room occupancy

EMERALD TOUR SELF GUIDED 2017
€670 per person sharing ( Low season 25.03 – 13.05 & 16.09 – 14.10 )
€690 per person sharing ( High season 14.05 - 15.09 )
€780 Single room ( Low season )
€800 Single room ( High Season )
Half board supplement €125 (incl. 7 dinners)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
- 21 speed touring bike / pannier bag
- Luggage transfers
- Information package (one per room)
- Wine tasting
- Hotline service
- Guide cycling with group (guided tour)
€100 supplement for e-bike ( subject to availablity )

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

6-May,
3-June,
1-July,
5-August,
2-September,
7-October,

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tour can start any day from 25 March until 14 October.

Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.


Slovenia - Emerald Route

Ljubljana

Lubljana Hotel M1 Lubljana Hotel M2 Lubljana Hotel M3

Day 1: Ljubljana hotel M 3*

Lubljana Hotel Pri Mraku Lubljana Hotel Pri Mraku1 Lubljana Hotel Pri Mraku2

Day 1: Hotel Pri Mraku 3*

Lubljana Hotel Slon Lubljana Hotel Slon1 Lubljana Hotel Slon3

Day 1: Hotel Slon 4*


VRHNIKA

Vrhnika Hotel Mantova Vrhnika Hotel Mantova1 Vrhnika Hotel Mantova3

Day 2: Vrhnika hotel Mantova 3*


POSTOJNA

Postojna Hotel Kras1 Postojna Hotel Kras2 Postojna Hotel Kras3

Day 3: Hotel Kras 4*


KODRETI

Štanjel Hotel Sorta1 Štanjel Hotel Sorta2 Štanjel Hotel Sorta4

Day 4: Štanjel hiša posebne sorte(tourist farm)


DIVACA

Divača Hotel Malovec Divača Hotel Malovec1 Divača Hotel Malovec2

Day 5:Hotel Malovec 3*


ANKARAN

Ankaran Hotel Andor Ankaran Hotel Andor2 Ankaran Hotel Andor3

Day 6:Hotel Villa Andor 3*


PIRAN

Piran Hotel Tartini Piran Hotel Tartini1 Piran Hotel Tartini2

Day 7: Hotel Tartini 3*

How to get to the start point in Ljubljana:

The main access point is to fly into Ljubjlana (the capital).
The national airline is Adria Airways with a number of direct flights to major European cities
including London (Gatwick), Manchester and Dublin (depart Dublin Friday Nights/returning
Saturdays only). For more information check AdriaAirways.com
Easyjet fly daily into Ljubljana from Stansted 
There are also many alternatives connections through other European hubs such as Frankfurt,
Paris, Prague and Budapest with most of the major European Flag Carriers.
Ryanair fly to Ronchi, Trieste on the Italian side of the border where again you can take a train to and from Ljubljana. Airport is closer to Gorizia (which is one of the trains stopping points).
All the details for the above train journeys are on the website Train info site

We can pre-order taxis for you from various locations on request, so please contact us well in advance of the tour if you would like help. For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

We had a great time and loved Slovenia, warm and friendly people! Our guide Blosh, was great and very helpful. We recommend this tour whole heartedly! 

Doug Munday (Slovenia Emerald Group Tour June 2016)

This is my 5th Cycling Safaris tour, and I am thoroughly pleased. Having done tours with and without a guide; I really recommend having a guide as you always learn so much more about the places you visit. Our tour guide Blaz was first rate!
The accommodations were good. My bicycle was first class, trouble free; and the Euro goes so much further in Slovenia! 

Andres Ruetman (Slovenia Emerald tour June 2016)

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