Route: sLOVEnia motorcycle our
Duration:9 days / 7 Riding Days
Countries Visited: Slovenia, Croatia, Austria
Accommodation: Comfortable, very nice hotels, often the best in the area.
Mileage: 1.500 km (950 miles)
Daily rides: 120 -270 km (72 - 170 miles). The whole tour runs on asphalt.
Introduce: Small in size, but large in talent, is how Slovenia could be qualified. The Julian Alps and eastern Slovenia have roads and scenery from your motorcycle wish list. Enjoy winding through rolling back country hills that make riding exciting and a real adventure, taste delicious food and find out all about the friendliness of the local people Rich in resources, naturally good-looking and persis-tently peaceful, Slovenia still remains a wonderful an-tidote to much of Europe’s crowds and high prices. The friendly, mostly English-speaking Slovenians, beautiful sights everywhere, little traffic and stunning scenery help to make this an unforgettable week
NOTE:this route is provided by Adriatic moto tours
Route: sLOVEnia motorcycle our
Welcome to Slovenia!
We will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. After we get you settled in the hotel and you become acquainted with your bike, just take it easy - rest in the hotel, see the town or take a short introductory ride to get accustomed to the bike. Be-fore dinner we’ll go through the itinerary and discuss the format of the tour
Today you leave Ljubljana to travel the scenic route north, covering some beautiful Alpine country. You ride up the val-ley of the river Kokra to arrive at Jezersko from where you cross to Austria for a couple of kilometers. After crossing back to Slovenia you descend to the Logarska valley, one of the most beautiful glacially formed Alpine valleys in Eu-rope, surrounded by peaks over 2.200m high. After lunch, you follow the Savinja river on a twisty road heading east to reach our small hotel in Jeruzalem, surrounded by sce-nic vineyards. Jeruzalem was named by the Crusades when the beauty of the hilly landscape and its wines enthralled them on their way to the Holy Land.
From Jeruzalem, we head south through the wine growing region of Haloze and into Kozjansko, one of the remotest areas in Slovenia. It is a region of forests, vineyards, rolling hills, scattered farms and a large number of castles. Riding over these hills is an absolute delight and a real feast for your eyes. We stop at the Podsreda Castle and have a picnic lunch with a view of this remarkable fortification. In the afternoon we do some more riding before arriving at Otocec castle, which is one of Slovenia’s loveliest and most complete fortresses. Today the castle, which dates from the 16th century, houses a five-star hotel.
Today we’ll visit Predjama Castle. Situated in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a 130 meter cliff, this medi-eval castle has one of the most dramatic settings anywhere and was once home of Erazem Lueger, the Slovenian equiv-alent of Robin Hood. Next you explore Skocjan caves which with their 100 meter deep underground canyon and vast chambers have no comparison in the world and are includ-ed in Unesco’s World Heritage Sites list. You might want to visit famous Postojna cave instead, into which you take a train. In the afternoon we ride to Portoroz, Slovenia’s most coastal resort.
Spend the rest day relaxing on Slovenian coast or hop on the bike and explore the quiet back country roads of Slove-nian and Croatian Istria, the biggest peninsula in the Adri-atic. You can stroll around Piran, Portoroz’s neighbor, and everyone’s favorite town on the Slovenian coast. Piran’s Old Town is a gem of Venetian Gothic architecture and if full of narrow streets. Other excellent options include a visit to Secovlje salt fields or a ride to Istria peninsula, where truf-fles, Roman ruins, striking hill towns, quaint coastal villag-es, and breezy Italian culture all compete for your attention.
Today you will enter the valley of the Soca river, famous for its deep, almost unreal, turquoise color. During WWI, this area of peace and tranquility was the site of the infamous Isonzo Front. You’ll ride past Kobarid, Tolmin and many little villages. This scenic route is nice and twisty through beauti-ful forests, excellent for motorcyclists. We end the day in Bovec, an exhilarating alpine resort, perfect for both adven-turers and leisure seekers. In the afternoon you can take a cable car to the Kanin ski station, play golf, go fishing, horse riding, mountain biking, swimming or visit the WWI Kobarid museum, the best European museum in 1993. Or go whitewater rafting on the untamed Soca river or if you feel really adventurous.
In the morning you navigate one of the nicest roads in Slo-venia through the Trenta valley, climb up Vrsic Pass (1.611m) with its spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and then descend to Kranjska Gora and Planica where the World Cup Slalom and Ski Jumping World Championships are held every year. You then ride to Bled, indisputably one of Europe’s most beautiful lakes and mountain resorts. With its emerald-green water, picture-postcard church on an is-let, medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff more than 100m above the lake, and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps, Bled is Slovenia’s most popular resort.
You’ll ride to the peaceful Bohinj Lake in the morning. Hike to Savica, a magnificent 60m waterfall cutting deep into a gorge and one of the most impressive sights in the Julian Alps. Dive into the clear green lake or take a cable car to Vogel ski station some 1.000m above the lake. You continue the ride on twisty roads passing the attractive historical towns of Radovljica and Kropa to arrive at the hotel in Lju-bljana.
In the morning, you can stroll the old part of the city, includ-ing the colourful antique market. The quaint, narrow streets along the right bank of the Ljubljanica River, with its medi-eval bridges, are reminiscent of Prague without the crowds.
Depending on the time of your flight back home, you may have time to climb the staircase to the 16th century fortifi-cation of Ljubljana Castle that dominates the town before heading out to the airport.
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