Cycling in Slovenia
STB – Standards for Cycling Hotels and Campsites Slovenia, European Cycling Paradise At the junction of the Alps, Dinaric Alps, Pannonian Plain and the Mediterranean, Mother Nature has created a rolling and diverse landscape which boasts countless prominent and hidden natural attractions. With a perfect combination of unspoilt nature and rich cultural heritage, Slovenia is an increasingly popular European destination and a perfect spot for cycling holidays. Thanks to Slovenia’s diverse terrain, there are plenty of possibilities for every cyclist. Families and leisure cyclists will enjoy numerous valleys and flat areas with cycling routes or quiet country roads with little traffic. Advanced road cyclists and mountain bikers can take on Alpine mountain passes and the most spectacular cycling trails in this part of the world, which will delight even the most discerning taste. What is more, you will quickly see that cycling is one of the most popular forms of recreation among the local people and that around the country there are many cycling events taking place, including some world-class competitions. You can never get bored in Slovenia, as the country where four distinct worlds converge boasts a fast and frequently changing landscape. Cycling in Slovenia is possible all year round in most parts thanks to the country’s proximity to the Mediterranean. The only exception is the Alps, where you can stay refreshingly cool and enjoy remarkable vistas on hot summer days. To make your cycling holidays as varied and colourful as possible, the Slovenian Tourist Board (STB) is endeavouring to harmonise and expand the range of specialised cycling products and services. To this end, the STB has introduced the “cycling destination” category and developed standards for cycling hotels, hostels, campsites and tourist farms. Apart from putting the right infrastructure in place, the main guiding principle followed is to provide relevant information to all types of cyclists, to make sure cycling routes and trails are well kept and marked, and to establish a broad network of guides. This way you will always be able to take the most beautiful routes and get to see Slovenia’s greatest jewels, wherever you are.
Areas with well rounded cycling offers are designated as cycling destinations when the following requirements are in place: (topographic) map of cycling tours and routes, marked cycling routes and trails, specialised cycling accommodation (cycling hotel, campsite or tourist farm), qualified cycling guides, bicycle hire, bicycle repair shop and at least one information point.
Slovenia Cycling Information Points
As many as 35 cycling information points are scattered all around the country to provide cycling maps and guidebooks combining detailed information on specific routes, tour guide options, shuttle transfers, accommodation, bicycle shops, repair shops and other services dedicated to cycling. For more information on the range of cycling products and services in Slovenia, visit: www.slovenia.info/cycling
Slovenia cycling hotel
Apart from the conventional star classification, cyclist-friendly accommodation and food providers (hotels, hostels, guesthouses, self-contained units and others) can also be categorised based on labels with “wheels” indicating the range and quality of services for cyclists. The most basic range of services is denoted by one wheel, the widest range and highest quality by five; this label is reserved for tourism providers dedicated to cycling, which is also their core business. Here are the criteria for the classification of tourist providers – please note that each set of criteria below upgrades the preceding one.
A one-wheel hotel provides guests with the following: Information on the cycling offer in the area, a cycling information point, one overnight accommodation at no extra charge, a secure bicycle storage facility, basic repair tools and a bicycle wash, bicycle transport to a nearby bicycle repair shop, laundry and drying rooms for cycling apparel and boots, bicycle rental in the area, a carbohydrate-rich breakfast with fresh fruit, and first aid.
Along with basic cycling information, a two-wheel hotel provides cycling maps of the area, information on cycling in other Slovenian regions, and a tour guide. It also has Internet access, special accommodation packages for cyclists, secure bicycle and equipment storage, five midrange bicycles for rent, shuttle transfers, bicycle and equipment transport, and a packed lunch and energy drinks for cyclists.
A three-wheel hotel has two tour guides and a help desk for planning cycling tours, runs scheduled cycling tours around the area at least 4 days a week, and helps guests find and book accommodation at other destinations. It also has individual bicycle locking facilities, offers bicycle repair services, ten mid-range bicycles for hire, has an emergency call option, alternative programmes in the event of bad weather, and a sauna within the area.
A four-wheel hotel has scheduled tours for every day of the week and several tour guides. It provides free secure parking, sells spare tubes of different dimensions and types, offers free transport to a repair shop and use of a replacement bicycle, has 15 top-class bicycles for hire, runs its own passenger shuttle and bicycle transfer service, offers a special menu for cycling tours extending over several days, energy bars and refreshments, has a sauna in the hotel and massage salon in the vicinity.
Apart from all the features specified earlier, a five-wheel tourist provider must fully accommodate every cycling guest’s wishes, run a weekly guided tour, have special laundry drying racks in the rooms, 20 top-class bicycles for hire, offer a carbohydrate-rich dinner menu with vegetables and fresh fruit, a selection of typical local and regional dishes, have its own massage area on the spot, GPS data for tour navigation and GPS device rental, and cycling events must be held within the area.
A cyclist-friendly campsite provides comprehensive information on cycling trips in the surrounding and wider areas, runs scheduled cycling tours 4 days a week and has one qualified tour guide. On top of that, it must have bicycle repair tools, a bicycle and equipment cleaning facility, secure bicycle storage, laundry and drying rooms for cycling apparel and boots, and it must render bicycle transport services and have five mid-range bicycles for hire. A cycling campsite must also serve energy-rich food and drinks.
SLOVENIA BIKE HOTELS
1. Postojna, HOTEL SPORT, www.sport-hotel.si 2. Jamnica, EKOHOTEL KMETIJA KOROŠ, www.mtbpark.com
3. Bohinjsko Jezero, HOSTEL POD VOGLOM, www.pac-sports.com
4. Bled, HOTEL PARK BLED, www.hotel-park-bled.com 5. Kranjska Gora, APARTHOTEL VIJOLICA, www.hotel-vijolica.si 6. Logatec, TGM ŽAKELJ GRC Zapolje, www.grc-zapolje.si 7. Otočec, HOTEL ŠPORT, www.terme-krka.si 8. Radenci, HOTEL RADIN, www.terme-radenci.si 9. Moravske Toplice, HOTEL TERMAL, www.terme3000.si 10. Lendava, HOTEL LIPA, www.terme-lendava.si
11. Pohorje, HOTEL BELLEVUE, www.termemb.si 12. Zreče, HOTEL SMOGAVC, www.smogavc.com 13. Zreče, HOTEL DOBRAVA, www.terme-zrece.si 14. Zreče, HOTEL ROGLA, www.rogla.si 15. Bohinjska Bistrica, PENZION TRIPIČ, www.penzion-tripic.si 16. Strunjan, HOTEL TALASO STRUNJAN, www.terme-krka.si
17. Bovec, HOTEL KANIN, www.hotel-kanin.com 18. Kobarid, HOTEL HVALA, www.hotel-hvala.si 19. Most na Soči, HOTEL LUCIJA, www.hotel-lucija.com 20. Cerkno, HOTEL CERKNO, www.hotel-cerkno.si 21. Idrija, YH DOM IDRIJA 22. Bled, HOTEL RIBNO, www.hotel-ribno.si 23. Bohinjsko Jezero, PENZION STARE, www.impel-bohinj.si 24. Bohinjsko Jezero, SOBE RESMAN, www.resman.si 25. Bohinjsko Jezero, RESIDENCE TRIGLAV APARTMAJI,
26. Kranj, HOTEL CREINA, www.hotel-creina.si 27. Jezersko, HOTEL PLANINKA, www.hotel-planinka.si 28. Maribor, HOTEL TABOR, www.hoteltabor.podhostnik.si 29. Maribor, GARNI HOTEL MILENA, www.hotelmilena-garni.com 30. Maribor, HOTEL BAU, www.hotel-bau.net 31. Slovenska Bistrica, HOTEL LEONARDO, www.h-leonardo.com 32. Rogaška Slatina, GH DONAT, www.ghdonat.com 33. Dobrna, HOTEL PARK, www.terme-dobrna.si 34. Topolšica, HOTEL VESNA, www.t-topolsica.si 35. Prebold, GARNI SPORT HOTEL PREBOLD,
36. Ptuj, GH PRIMUS, www.terme-ptuj.si 37. Moravske Toplice, HOTEL VIVAT, www.vivat.si 38. Moravske Toplice, VILLA TAMARA, 39. Šmarješke Toplice, TERME ŠMARJEŠKE TOPLICE,
40. Laško, HOTEL VRELEC, www.zdravilisce-lasko.si 41. Novo mesto, APARTMAJI SOBE RAVBAR, www.ravbar.net 42. Čatež ob Savi, HOTEL TOPLICE, www.terme-catez.si
Cycling Information Point
43. Čatež ob Savi, PENZION LES, www.gostilna-les.com 44. Šempeter pri Novi Gorici, HOTEL LIPA, www.hit.si 45. Solkan, HOTEL SABOTIN, www.hit.si 46. Strunjan, HOTEL SALINERA, www.salinera.si 47. Stari Trg pri Ložu, TURIZEM JURE, 48. Ljubljana, CITY HOTEL, www.cityhotel.si
SLOVENIA BIKE CAMPS 49. Kobarid, KAMP KOREN KOBARID, www.kamp-koren.si 50. Bled, CAMPING BLED, www.camping-bled.com
Ladies and gentlemen. Start your engines. LTO Sotočje - TIC Kobarid Gregorčičeva 8, 5222 Kobrid T: +386 (0)5 380 04 90 E: firstname.lastname@example.org LTO Sotočje - TIC Tolmin Petra Skalarja 4, 5220 Tolmin T: +386 (0)5 380 04 80 E: email@example.com www.lto-sotocje.si www.mtb-slowenien.de
Maps and guidebooks Kobarid – The Nadiža Valley – Tolmin tourist and cycling map, plus the 28 Circular Cycling Tours guidebook (Sl, De, It, En, Fr) MTB guide Slowenien: 30 Mountainbiketouren im Soča-Tal (in German) The Soča Valley Mountain Bike Guide (43 tours; Sl, En)
Terrain suitability rating Road cycling: Families: Touring: Freeride: MTB:
Cycling tour profile Total distance: 2,271km No. of tours: 73 Marked routes: 1 Lowest point: 167 m above sea level Highest point: 1,490 m above sea level
Events Road and MTB Uphill Race to Široko, 15 August every year The Three Nations’ International Cycling Marathon (Italy, Austria, Slovenia) – June every year
Cycling packages The Along the Princess package includes 2x half board at Hotel Hvala****, an easy guided cycling tour along the Soča, a visit to the Kobarid Museum, energy snack, and sauna. Price: EUR 209 per person (for groups of 4+). The Around Bučenica package includes 2x half board at Hotel Lucija***, an easy guided cycling tour around Most na Soči, refreshments, sauna and one massage. Price: EUR 125 per person.
Tolmin–Kobarid Land of Living Water
The Soča Valley is the most attractive Slovenian hub for outdoor activities. The protected area of Triglav National Park boasts remarkable landmarks, panoramas and views; cycling tours there include visits to unique World War I heritage sites. The Soča, nestled among the jewels of the Julian Alps, and its tributaries have created countless waterfalls, pools, ravines, springs and canyons, which command admiration and capture the imagination of the sharp-eyed visitor. It is easy and fun to explore these half-hidden places by bicycle. Also, the mountainous terrain holds many challenges for well-trained cyclists. Cycling tours As many as 73 cycling tours are included in the guidebooks covering the areas around Kobarid and Tolmin. The tours run through the Soča Valley, along and above the Nadiža River, through the Bača Gorge, across Trebuša and the Šentvid Plateau, and reach across the former Italian border to Venetian Slovenia. The tours are 20–50 km long and come in three difficulty grades. The first grade denotes routes suitable for families, the second for intermediate cyclists and the third for advanced riders. The easy tours lead through valleys and across plateaus, whereas the more difficult ones, with an elevation gain of up to 2,000 m, run along mountain roads and cart tracks in the rolling foothills of the Julian Alps. Five tours lead to Triglav National Park. All the tours available are circular. Additional offer Outdoor sports (hiking, paragliding, kayaking, rafting, hydrospeed, canyoning, rock climbing), fishing, cultural and natural attractions of Triglav National Park (Tolmin Gorges, Javorca), the Walk of Peace – open-air WWI museums, museum train and Bohinj Railway autotrain.
Holidays with friends
Follow the World War I trails and endless mule tracks, which wind their way through the precipitous Julian Alps, or pedal uphill on a breathtaking panoramic road with many tunnels to reach the Mangart Saddle (2,055m).
Sea of flavour
The Soča Valley
Deep in the Julian Alps, with steep faces, deep valleys and secluded spots, you will find your peace of heaven and everything you have been expecting from your cycling holiday.
Restaurant Topli Val.
Organic, healthy and tasteful cuisine has been their passion since 1976. Topli Val is a Mediterraneanstyle restaurant, which creatively incorporates a broad palette of flavours into the local homemade cuisine.
and the renowned restaurant Topli Val are family-run businesses. The hotel has 31 rooms with 61 beds, a fishing gear storage, drying room, sauna, bicycle storage, bicycle and car hire, information point, and sells artificial flies and fishing permits.
Hotel Hvala, Trg Svobode 1, 5222 Kobarid, Slovenia. Tel.: 00386 5 38 99 300 Fax: 00386 5 38 85 322 E:-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hotelhvala.si
Camping Koren, Kobarid
Package 1 includes a difficult guided cycling tour, bicycle and equipment hire, overnight caravan accommodation and sauna. Price: EUR 70 per person.
The three-day weekend package includes 2x half board, a cycling tour to Most na Soči and sightseeing, refreshments, one sauna pass and one massage. Price: EUR 125 per person.
Package 2 includes bicycle and equipment hire, overnight caravan accommodation, use of the climbing wall and sauna. Price: EUR 45 per person.
The five-day package includes 4x half board, a half-day cycling tour, a cycling tour to Most na Soči and sightseeing, refreshments, one sauna pass and one massage. Price: EUR 225 per person.
Drežniške Ravne 33, 5222 Kobarid T: +386 (0)5 389 13 11 M +386 (0)41 371 229 E: email@example.com www.kamp-koren.si Star and wheel rating: ****/
Most na Soči 57, 5216 Most na Soči T: +386 (0)5 38 13 292 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hotel-lucija.com Star and wheel rating: ***/
Kamp Koren, a campsite situated at the edge of Triglav National Park in the heart of the Soča Valley, is an excellent starting point for easy, difficult and extreme cycling tours. At the campsite you can rent equipment, buy guidebooks and energy drinks, and hire a tour guide. Climb the tower or play a game of beach volleyball to warm up, and when you get back from your cycling trip, relax in the sauna and refresh yourself with a quick bite at the fast-food bar.
Hotel Lucija is in the centre of Most na Soči, where the three valleys of the rivers Soča, Idrijca and Bača meet. This is a great starting point for cycling. The hotel offers its guests the possibility to relax with massages and sauna. Here they can also store, a repair and rent bicycles. The hotel is also a great starting point for mountain biking tours (Krn at 2,058 m), for combined train-bicycle tours (Bohinj-Bled) or in combination with extreme sports.
Bovec and its surroundings The location away from major urban areas, diverse landscape and many natural, cultural and historical attractions to see while cycling make Bovec one of the most beautiful cycling destinations. The numerous cycling routes through this picturesque valley and unspoilt landscape of Triglav National Park, which was carved by the emerald Soča River over centuries, are perfect for families, touring cyclists and mountain bikers, as well as riders looking for very difficult trails. The easy and lively routes, which run through cool forests, along rivers and streams, to World War I monuments and open-air museums, are great for recreational cyclists and families. Advanced cycling enthusiasts, however, will love the breathtaking views that open up on the high-mountain trails and the adrenaline rushes at the Kanin MTB Park. Hire a tour guide to make sure that your cycling trip is safe and that you are left with nothing but fond and long-lasting memories. Cycling tours The Bovec area boasts some of the country’s most popular mountain bike and road cycling tours, ranging from only a few to almost 100 kilometres. Families and leisure cyclists can take one of the many easy routes along the Soča, like the one leading to the village of Čezsoča or Koritnica. Mountain bikers will love the numerous mountain trails over the slopes and peaks of the Julian Alps, which are best experienced on a guided tour. Climbs to Stol, Lepena and Vrsnik are only some of the challenging rides. Attractions such as the source of the Soča and Bavšica can be explored on shorter tours with low elevation gains. For avid riders, there is the MTB Park, which boasts a 4.5km trail with an elevation gain of 600 m.
Bovec Tourist Information Centre Trg golobarskih žrtev 8, 5230 Bovec T: +386 (0)5 389 64 44 M +386 (0) 31 388 700 E: email@example.com www.bovec.si
Maps and guidebooks The Cycling Routes brochure (in Slovene, English, German and Italian) The Bovec Guide (in Slovene, English, German and Italian) MTB guide Slowenien: 30 Mountainbiketouren im Soča-Tal (in German)
Terrain suitability rating Road cycling: Families: Touring: Freeride: MTB:
Cycling tour profile Total distance: 395km No. of tours: 17 Marked routes: 17 Lowest point: 370m above sea level Highest point: 2,040m above sea level
Events Kugy’s Vršič Climb (June 2009) Mangart Climb by Bicycle (August 2009)
Specialised cycling accommodation Hotel Kanin (+386 (0)5 389 68 80, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cycling packages The four-day package includes 3x half board, a guided half-day tour around Bovec (various difficulty grades available), bicycle and safety helmet rental, insurance. Prices start at EUR 217 per person. The six-day package includes 5x halfboard, two guided half-day tours (various difficulty grades available) around Bovec, a moderate full-day cycling tour, bicycle and safety helmet rental, insurance. Prices start at EUR 430 per person.
Road cyclists will love Bovec for its two of the most popular climbs in the country – to Vršič and Mangart. Both are relatively short but with an elevation gain of well over 1,000m. You can also add additional kilometres – of distance or elevation – to your scoreboard by cycling around Kanin. Natural and cultural attractions: Natural: Soča River, the Boka waterfall, the Great Gorge of the Soča, Juliana Alpine Botanical Garden, Kaninski Podi and Prestreljeniško Okno, Mlinarica, the source of the Soča, basins at Kršovec, the Kluže ravine, the Koritnica basins, the Nemčlja basins, Mangart Saddle, lakes Krnsko and Dupeljsko Jezero, lakes Kriška jezera, etc. Fortifications, open-air museums and monuments to the Isonzo Front (Kluže Fortress, fortress and memorial at Predel, open-air museums: Ravelnik and Čelo), the Matija Komac Beehive, Mt Mangart, churches (St Joseph in Soča, the Trenta Valley, St Stephen in Log pod Mangrtom, St Lenart, Virgin Mary in Polje, St Urh), the memorial to Dr. Julius Kugy, Dom Trenta – Triglav National Park information centre, and the Trenta Museum, etc. Additional offer Bicycle and equipment rental, tour guide hire, other sporting activities (hiking, theme trails, kayaking, rafting, canyoning, river sledding, paragliding and aviation, caving, horseback riding, fishing, climbing, golf, skiing, etc.), wellness, etc
HIT Bovec d.o.o. Ledina 6, 5230 Bovec T: +386 (0)5 389 68 80 F: +386 (0)5 389 68 89 E: email@example.com www.hotel-kanin.com Star and wheel rating: ***/
The three-day package includes 3x half board, a guided half-day tour around Bovec (various difficulty grades available), bicycle and safety helmet rental, tour guide and insurance. Prices start at EUR 217 per person. The five-day package includes 5x half-board, two guided half-day tours (various difficulty grades available) around Bovec, a moderate full-day cycling tour, bicycle and safety helmet rental, insurance. Prices start at EUR 430 per person.
Hotel Kanin, with 125 rooms, 75 with a balcony, is set in a peaceful location at the edge of Bovec, only 100m from the town centre. The town of Bovec, situated at the centre of the Soča Region, is a remarkable starting point for cycling trips. The hotel offers a secure bicycle storage, and a rental, repair shop and agency with tour guides for hire is just 100 m away. Hotel guests can enjoy the pool, Finnish, Turkish, bio and infrared saunas, the whirlpool, massages and a number of other sporting activities.
Cycling in Slovenia In Slovenia, cycling is allowed on all types of roads, paved and gravel, but forest dirt roads should be taken at one’s own risk. The exception is forest dirt roads on private property, which are marked accordingly. Riding on forest and mountain trails is prohibited; particularly tight restrictions are in force at Triglav National Park. In this Alpine paradise, cycling is only allowed on a number of dirt roads and cart tracks. According to law, a safety helmet must be worn by children aged 14 and less; however, all cyclists are strongly advised to use a safety helmet and other bicycle safety equipment. While cycling on paved roads you must comply with the traffic regulations. In any case, try to stay away from busy roads and keep to quiet country roads whenever possible. Motorists are generally considerate towards cyclists, but it pays to keep an eye out for any potential hazards. You can take your bicycle on a train, but only when the train has a special bicycle carriage. For more information, visit the Slovenske Železnice website at www.slo-zeleznice.si.
Maps and guidebooks Guide map with descriptions of 15 cycling and 20 walking trails
Terrain suitability rating Road cycling: Families: Touring: Freeride: MTB:
Kranjska Gora Amazing cycling adventures
the Primorska region to the other side. The side valleys, which stretch into the heart of the Julian Alps, are great for leisurely trips to the steep faces of the Julian Alps. The Tamar and Krnica valleys are the two most widely known. For an exhilarating downhill adventure, visit the Vitranc Bike Park. The park boasts many downhill tracks across natural terrain and manmade barriers. Road cyclists can tackle the Vršič mountain pass or take the easier way via Tarvisio to reach Mangart, or head for Austria via Korensko Sedlo (Wurzenpass).
Cycling tour profile
Natural attractions Zelenci Nature Reserve, Lake Jasna, the Špik mountain group, nature’s sculpture Ajdovska Deklica, the Prisank window, Planica and the Tamar Valley, valleys Vrata, Kot and Krma Valleys, the Peričnik waterfall, the Grbinasti Travniki meadows, Gogala’s linden tree.
Juriš na Vršič, race to the Vršič Pass, 5 September 2009 European MTB Downhill Championship, 13–14 June 2008
Cultural attractions Russian chapel, Triglav Mountain Museum, Kajžnik’s house, Liznjek’s farm, Jakob Aljaž Memorial, Pocar’s farm, Psnak’s sawmill
Specialised cycling accommodation
Additional offer Bike park, organised cycling trips, bicycle hire at several locations, other sporting activities, etc. The popularity of Kranjska Gora as a cycling destination grew with the launching of the network of waymarked cycle paths and the bike park situated on the steep slopes of Vitranc. What was once known among cyclists as the starting point for the legendary climb to the Vršič mountain pass is today a recreational and race cycling hotspot. Suitable for families, advanced individual riders and professional cycling teams. The famous winding road to the 1,611 m-high Vršič mountain pass is still a popular topic among road cyclists and mountain bikers. But the valley too holds numerous beautiful cycle paths, many of which are waymarked and suitable for families and recreational riders. The main cycle path, from which other routes branch out to the north and south, connects Kranjska Gora, or Rateče at the far end of the valley, with Jesenice. Following the former railway line and running away from the main road for the most part, it is a peaceful and scenic route enjoyed by cyclists, inline skaters and strollers alike. This family cycle path crosses the Italian border into Tarvisio, where it is known as Ciclovia, and continues to Austria. From Kranjska Gora you can also pedal your way through the Radovna River Valley and reach Bled. TIC Kranjska Gora Tourist Information & Private Accommodation Tičarjeva ulica 2, 4280 Kranjska Gora T: +386 (0)4 580 94 40 F: +386 (0)4 580 94 41 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.kranjska-gora.si
Cycling tours Most of the advanced mountain bike trails lead north from the valley, into the wooded slopes of the Karavanke Alps. You can climb to the very top of the Karavanke ridge, the border between Slovenia and Austria. You will enjoy the spectacular view of the Julian Alps, whose steep and rocky slopes are inaccessible to cyclists, except for the remarkable Vršič Pass, which overlooks
Lengths of individual cycling routes: from 5 km to 30+km No. of marked routes: 15 Lowest point: 571 m above sea level Highest point: 1,618 m above sea level
ApartHotel Vijolica ***/**** Vitranška 11 A, 4280 Kranjska Gora T: +386 (0)4 588 59 35 F: + 386 (0)4 588 59 33 E: email@example.com www.hotel-vijolica.si
Cycling packages The weekend package for two at ApartHotel Vijolica includes 2 nights accommodation, 2 guided cycling tours, a map, sauna and massage pool. Prices start at EUR 268 (at EUR 134 per person).
Hostel pod Voglom
TIC Bohinj – Bohinjska Bistrica Triglavska cesta 30, 4264 Bohinjska Bistrica T: +386 (0)4 574 75 90 F: +385 (0)4 574 75 91 E: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.bohinj.si TIC Bohinj – Ribčev Laz Ribčev Laz 48, 4265 Bohinjsko jezero T: +386 (0)4 574 60 10 F: +386 (0)4 572 33 30 E: email@example.com | www.bohinj.si
Maps and guidebooks Panoramic cycling map of Bohinj Bohinj Mountain Biking Guide (Matjaž Žmitek), in Slovene, German and English
Terrain suitability rating Road cycling:
Bohinj At the heart of the Julian Alps lies Bohinj, a glacial valley known for Lake Bohinj, the unspoilt Alpine landscape and a rich cultural heritage. At the same time, the valley is one of the most prominent attractions of Triglav National Park.
The Pod Voglom Hostel is set in an idyllic setting in the heart of Triglav National Park, close to Lake Bohinj. The hostel, a popular centre for sporting activities, places a special focus on cycling. It has as many as 50 mountain bikes to rent and runs a network of specialised local guides, who will take you to the most beautiful parts of Bohinj. You can also relax on the hostel’s private beach and large garden with sunloungers. Additional offer Pac Sports sporting activities (adrenaline park, rafting, paragliding, canyoning, kayaking, hiking, etc.), bicycle hire, tour guides, bicycle storage.
Ribčev laz 60, 4265 Bohinjsko jezero T: +386 (0)4 572 34 61 M +386 (0)40 864 202 F: +386 (0)4 572 071 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hostel-podvoglom.com www.pac-sports.com Star and wheel rating: **/
Cycling package The five-day cycling package in Bohinj includes 4 nights accommodation, two guided halfday mountain bike tours, 4x full-day mountain bike hire and 1x full-day canoe hire. Price: at EUR 122 per person (five persons minimum).
Families: Touring: Freeride: MTB:
Cycling tour profile Total distance: 370km No. of tours: 15 Marked routes: 5 Lowest point: 512m above sea level Highest point: 1,400m above sea level
Events Mountain bike race to Uskovnica (August)
Cycling packages The Bohinj package is suitable for families and includes 3 nights accommodation, a guided cycling trip around Bohinj and sightseeing, a visit to the Savica waterfall, wild flower sites along the Klodič Cycling Trail, a boat ride on Lake Bohinj. Prices start at EUR 132 per person. The Bohinj Alpine Meadows package is suitable for mountain bikers and includes 3 nights accommodation, a guided cycling tour to mountain pastures Uskovnica and Zajamniki, a cycling tour to Ratitovec and a ride in the Vogel cable car. Prices start at EUR 152 per person.
As there is not enough space for wide roads between the mountains and the lake, this Alpine jewel is best explored by bicycle. On gravel roads you will avoid motorised traffic, and you won’t be in anyone’s way in narrow village streets. Bohinj is a perfect spot for a Sunday cycling trip with your family, as well as for advanced mountain bikers and road cyclists. It is simply too beautiful to be explored by car, so hop on your bicycle and explore the natural splendours and local heritage of this Alpine valley. Cycling tours To the mountain biker’s delight, Lake Bohinj is surrounded by mountains with numerous mountain roads and trails. Road cyclists will also be well catered for in this area where only the strongest riders run out of routes to travel. Apart from roads and trails, there are also many waymarked cycleways. The Klodič Cycling Path runs along the left bank of the Sava Bohinjka to Bohinjska Bistrica, along the foot of Rudnica to Lake Bohinj, and in Stara Fužina curves into the Upper Bohinj Valley and continues to Srednja Vas. The 11 km cycle path is suitable for families and advanced cyclists, who normally incorporate this trail into longer cycling expeditions. You can visit the stunning waterfall at the source of the Bistrica as well as the Mostnica, Grmečica and Peračica falls. You can also ride most of the way to the famous Savica waterfall and towards the Ribnica falls. Cycling trips across the slopes of the southern Bohinj mountains afford beautiful views of the valley and the lake, Bohinjska Bistrica and the Triglav mountain range. The panoramic vantage points will make it easy for you to decide where to go next. Additional offer Guided cycling trips, bicycle rentals and repair shop.
Triglavska cesta 13, 4264 Bohinjska Bistrica T/F: +386 (0)4 572 12 82 E: email@example.com www.bohinj.si/tripic Star and wheel rating: ****/
HotelPension Tripič The family-run Hotel-Pension Tripič, in Bohinjska Bistrica, has a dedicated offer for cyclists and is a good starting point for exploring the beauty of the Bohinj Basin. Their staff will help you pick the right cycling tours for your skill level, point you to the biggest attractions and get you a tour guide. When you are done cycling, relax at the Bohinj Water Park, only 50 metres from the hotel, or enjoy a delicious meal at the hotel restaurant, which serves home-cooked local dishes and assorted delicacies. Additional offer for cyclists Tour guides, bicycle hire and storage, bicycle and equipment transportation, free wireless Internet access in all rooms, 10% off on Bohinj Water Park pool pass.
Cycling package The four-day Bohinj-Podbrdo package includes 3x half board, a rich buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, a self-guided cycling tour from Bohinjska Bistrica to Podbrdo, 1x fullday bicycle and safety helmet hire, one isotonic drink, one three-hour pass to Bohinj Water Park, a visit to the Tomaž Godec Museum in Bohinjska Bistrica (two permanent collections: Small War Museum of the Isonzo and Alpine Fronts, Leather-Tanning Museum). Price: EUR 152 per person. The three-day Bohinj package includes 2x half board, a rich buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, 1x full-day bicycle and safety helmet hire, a self-guided cycling tour around Bohinj, and one full body massage at Bohinj Water Park. Price: EUR 131 per person.
Camping Bled TIC Bled Cesta svobode 10, 4260 Bled T: +386 (0)4 574 11 22 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bled.si
Maps and guidebooks Radovna Cycling Route Information map Municipality of Bled tourist map Mountain biking: www.sloveniabike.com
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Bicycle hire Agencies Helia, Kompas, Lifetrek, Amigo; Bled Tourist Information Centre, etc.
Specialised cycling accommodation Hotel Ribno, Hotel Park, Camping Bled
Lake Bled, the symbol of Slovenian tourism, lies close to Triglav National Park, which makes it an excellent starting point for all types of cycling tours. The cycling routes take in the rich cultural and natural heritage of the town of Bled and the wider area.
Kidričeva 10c, 4260 Bled T: +386 (0)4 575 20 00 E: email@example.com www.camping-bled.com Star and wheel rating: *****/
Cesta svobode 15, 4260 Bled T: +386 (0)4 579 18 00 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hotel-park-bled.com Star and wheel rating: ****/
The campsite, situated on the shore of Lake Bled, offers a wide variety of sporting activities and runs a well-rounded programme of organised activities for children and adults. Then there is the sports and recreation area, children’s playground, shop, tent rental, discount on Hotel Golf pool passes and Bled Golf Course fees. Take this and add it to the magnificence of the Julian and the Karavanke Alps, and you get everything you could wish for on your cycling holiday. Additional offer Free secure bicycle, luggage and equipment storage, first-aid kit rental, bicycle and cycling apparel washing facility, drying room for cycling apparel and boots, qualified mountain bike tour guide, cycling tour help desk, accommodation booking, passenger and bicycle shuttle, luggage transfers. Cycling package The range of cycling packages for short and long stays is posted on the campsite’s website.
Boasting an attractive offer and location, Bled’s Hotel Park is the right spot for cyclists. You will also be well catered for before and after your cycling expedition, as there is a big swimming pool with heated thermal water, a whirlpool, saunas, fitness centre, Thai massage centre, à la carte restaurant and pizzeria, sweetshop and café. You also get free admission to the Hotel Golf pools and you can play golf at the Bled Golf Course for less. Additional offer Free secure bicycle, luggage and equipment storage, first-aid kit rental, bicycle and cycling apparel washing facility, drying room for cycling apparel and boots, qualified mountain bike tour guide, cycling tour help desk, accommodation booking, passenger and bicycle shuttle, luggage transfers. Cycling package The range of cycling packages for short and long stays is posted on the campsite’s website.
Bled and its surroundings are perfect for cycling, suitable for leisurely senior riders, families and keen recreational cyclists. The diverse roads and paths leading to the villages around Bled are great for short cycling trips, and the intricate network of dirt roads on Jelovica, Pokljuka and Mežaklja will satisfy even the most advanced mountain biker. There are several agencies in Bled where you can hire a bicycle or a guide. The cycling routes The cycling routes around Bled run along quiet roads, mostly gravel. Naturally, the most famous is the route around the lake, which is 6 km long, easy and suitable for families with small children. Numerous cycling routes lead away from the lake. Very attractive is the Radovna Cycling Route, which runs through the valley of the Radovna river, in Triglav National Park. It is 16km long, runs on a gravel road and has numerous information points. The Short Tour of Bled takes you around the town; it is 30 km long, but you can turn around at any point and head back to Bled. The route leads towards the Sava Dolinka canyon, to the famous Vintgar Gorge, through traditional villages of the Gorenjska region and along the banks of the Sava Dolinka. Bled is also a great starting point for more demanding road cycling and mountain bike tours. There are cycling routes to Bohinj and the edges of Triglav National Park, or one can cross the Ljubljana Basin, which is quite narrow there, to reach the Karavanke Alps. Additional offer Helia Travel Agency specialising in cycling (www.helia.si)
includes bed and breakfast accommodation, a map of cycling routes in and around Bled, bicycle storage and technical support, one packed lunch, free use of the hotel sauna and jacuzzi. Prices start at EUR 55 per person (offer valid 1 Apr. 2009 through 30 Oct. 2009).
Izletniška 44, 4260 Bled T: +386 (0)4 578 31 00 F: +386 (0)4 578 32 00 E: email@example.com www.hotel-ribno.si Star and wheel rating: ****/
Hotel Ribno sits in a spruce forest, a peaceful setting not more than a stone’s throw from Bled. It is the perfect place for relaxation, rest and recreation. The hotel is a good starting point for family trips around Bled and along the Sava River. And there is plenty for advanced mountain bikers and road cyclists to see and do in the surrounding mountains as well. After your cycling tour, you can relax in a sauna or jacuzzi, perhaps treat yourself to a massage, or just keep moving, as there are many other sporting activities out there.
Additional offer Mountain bike hire, Internet access, for a stay of 2+ nights a free one-hour tennis session (to be used before 3 p.m.), 10% discount at the hotel restaurant.
17 Slovenia’s Cyclist-friendly cycling tourist scene farms
Hotel Creina TIC Idrija Vodnikova 3, 5280 Idrija T: +386 (0)5 374 39 16 M +386 (0)31 743 672 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.idrija-turizem.si TIC Cerkno Močnikova 2, 5282 Cerkno T: +386 (0)5 373 46 45 M +386 (0)51 644 557 E: email@example.com www.cerkno.si/turizem
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Koroška cesta 5, 4000 Kranj T: +386 (0)4 281 75 04 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hotelcreina.si Star and wheel rating: ***/
Idrija and Cerkno
Kranj is an excellent starting point for bicycle challenges. If you are a bold and adventurous mountain biker, you will enjoy the exciting downhill/freeride track from Krvavec, which can be reached by cable car. Families and recreational riders can take quiet back roads to Bled; road cyclists and mountain bikers can explore the Škofja Loka Hills. Detailed tour information is available at the hotel’s front desk, where you can sign up for guided trips or hire a touring bicycle (8 bicycles available).
A diverse region with a pristine landcape, numerous scenic nature trails and remarkable cultural and technical heritage.
Cycling packages Cyclists get 20% off on bed and breakfast accommodation. Pick your preferences from the Relax catalogue and create a personalised activity package at an affordable price.
Idrija and Cerkno Cycling Trails catalogue Idrija and Cerkno map (1 : 50 000)
Terrain suitability rating Road cycling: Families: Touring: Freeride: MTB:
Cycling tour profile Total distance: 326km No. of tours: 6 Marked routes: 6 Lowest point: 227m above sea level Highest point: 1,240m above sea level
Events Cycling along the Bloudek routes in Črni Vrh nad Idrijo (May) Cycling in the Cerkno Hills
Specialised cycling accommodation Hotel Cerkno, www.hotel-cerkno.si
Cycling packages The 2-, 3-, 5- and 7-day cycling packages include bed and breakfast accommodation at Hotel Cerkno, entry to the short-course thermal pool, bicycle storage and tour information kit. Optional shuttle service, tour guide hire and purchase of lunch packs. Price: from EUR 63–200 per person.
The Idrija and Cerkno hills are every cyclist’s dream. Choose a short and easy tour, or a long and difficult one, where a high level of physical fitness is crucial. Climbs to the nearby summits will reward you with unforgettable views. And there are plenty of treats for downhill fans too. You will look back fondly on your adventures in the wonderful setting, the peaceful and unspoilt natural environment,the clean rivers and warm people, and you will be eager to return. Cycling tours The waymarked routes include: the Contraband Trail (45 km), Across the Vojskarska Plateau (35 km), Tracing Bloudek (56 km), Trail to the heart of the Idrija forest (78 km), Across the Cerkno Hills (62 km) and Tracing flutes and taverns (50 km). Circular, the routes start in Idrija or Cerkno. They follow quiet country roads, dirt roads and trails on the Ledine, Vojsko, Šebrelje, Krnica and Črni Vrh plateaus, along the edge of the Trnovo forest and through the Cerkno Hills. Suitable for mountain and touring bikes, the routes take in numerous natural and cultural attractions. There are several MTB downhill trails for thrill-seeking riders, with the Javornik Bike Park as the epicentre of “gravitational” action. Additional offer Javornik Bike Park, freeride and downhill trails (Lome near Črni Vrh nad Idrijo, www.bikeparkjavornik.net, +386 (0)40 370 838)
Mobile adventures biking is a new type of cycling in Slovenia and Europe. Slovenia is a perfect spot to go cycling. It boasts a unique cultural and natural heritage, many natural attractions, a spectacular and diverse landscape and a dense network of quiet roads. Taking a motor caravan and bicycle and hiring a tour guide is a great and fun way to explore all the treasures of the country. Cycling from one jewel to the other will make you feel free and happy. You can stop wherever and whenever you like. Our goal is provide you with the opportunity to cycle through the most scenic parts of Slovenia in just one week. You can pick your favourite regions, or we can choose them for you. All you need is your luggage, cycling equipment and a great passion for cycling. We provide the rest. Cycling tours are suitable for all skill and fitness levels.
Cycling, in all its forms, is one of the most Tourist popular farms activities among the make up a significant local population. Mountain biking won part of accommodation capacities, widespread popularity thanks to the and many of them have been country’s many hills and mountains, designated cyclist-friendly but road cycling isas slowly catching up. tourist farms. Tourist must During weekends you will seefarms families meet certain criteria, is the and day trippers cycling in allas parts of Slovenia. case with hotels and campsites. The influence of the cycling scene Most importantly, they must have is manifested in four freeride parks, bicycles, safety helmets and numerous dedicated bicycle shops qualified tour guides for hire. around the country and many cycling For more information on tourist events, even international competitions, inisSlovenia, visit whosefarms season open from April to the www.slovenia.info. end of September. If you prefer a self-guided tour, we recommend that you find a local rider to show you the best cycling spots.
The price includes: - 7x half-board accommodation, - 6 guided full-day cycling trips, - Internationally licensed professional tour guide, - Campsite and motor caravan overnight charges, - Towels and bedclothes, - Airport shuttle from Ljubljana, Trieste or Klagenfurt. Price: EUR 699 per person Extra charge: First-class SCOTT mountain bike – EUR 35 per day Group size: min. 4 – max. 5 (smaller groups by arrangement) Season: May–October Terrain: gravel roads, forest dirt tracks and mountain trails, Individual tour length: 30–50km Difficulty: 1–5 The price does not include: - Insurance - Trip to Slovenia - Personal expenses, drinks More information: www.mobile-adventures.net
Ekohotel Kmetija Koroš Jamnica 10, 2391 Prevalje T: +386 (0)2 870 30 60 E: email@example.com www.mtbpark.com Star and wheel rating: ***/
Bike Base Jamnica – Ekohotel Kmetija Koroš Jamnica 10, 2391 Prevalje T: +386 (0)2 870 30 60 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.mtbpark.com TIC Dravograd Trg 4. julija 50, 2370 Dravograd T: +386 (0)2 871 02 85 E: email@example.com www.dravograd.si TIC Ravne na Koroškem Trg svobode 21, 2390 Ravne na Koroškem T: +386 (0)2 822 12 19 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ravne.si/tic TIC Slovenj Gradec Glavni trg 24, 2380 Slovenj Gradec T: +386 (0)2 881 21 16 E: email@example.com www.slovenjgradec.si
Koroška Colourful Valleys
The eastern edge of the Karavanke Alps introduces a land of valleys and mountains, which holds many attractions for cyclists. The cycling infrastructure is impressive, with more than 1,000 kilometres of different cycling routes. Keen cyclists will love the spectacular single trail network and unique underground cycling trips. There are numerous cycling events and competitions, which testifies to the local affection for mountain biking. Mountain Bike Park – Many mountain valleys in this part of the Karavanke Alps rise to Alpine peaks. The nearby woodland holds unlimited possibilities for mountain bikers thanks to its intricate network of dirt roads and cart tracks, which is why Slovenia’s first mountain bike park was started there. The network of well-tended mountain biking trails is waymarked with animal footprints, hence its name Traces of Wilderness. Črna na Koroškem, Mežica and Jamnica are the gateways to more than 350 km of cycling routes. www.mtbpark.com Underground Biking – Mountain bikes were built to ride mountains, but Koroška also boasts a unique 6 km waymarked cycling route that runs deep beneath the ground. It runs through the mysterious abandoned mine underneath Peca. www.podzemljepece.com Kundi’s Biking Routes – Starting in Prevalje, the waymarked routes lead to Leše, Šentanel, Dolga Brda and Strojna. Some routes can be combined, so there are many different ways to explore the area with magnificent panoramic views of the mountains and valleys of Koroška. www.kundi.org
Bike Base Jamnica The centre of mountain bike tourism in the Koroška region, Bike Base Jamnica has a unique hotel Koroš and tourist farm Mikel with self-contained accommodation and a holiday home, offers a wide selection of guided tours, has a single trail park and organises tours around Slovenia. Ekohotel Kmetija Koroš This mountain bike centre made its name by opening the first cycling hotel and mountain bike park in the country. With more than ten years of experience, they relocated to a smaller but cosier hotel with a stunning panoramic backdrop – the mountains and forests of Koroška. Today Koroš, where three bicycle networks meet, is a unique hotspot for mountain biking and other mountain adventures. The farm was converted into a charming eco- and cyclist-friendly hotel, which offers comfortable accommodation and a unique selection of organic home-cooked menus. Mountain biking clearly left a huge mark on their lifestyle, which is evident from the hotel’s interiors. To relax, there are dedicated club rooms plus a sauna and a pool. Single Trail Park The tourist farm and its surroundings have a network of single trails ideal for a safe mountain bike adventure. Take an easy route or a technically more difficult one to get ready for the tours ahead. Additional offer The leading centre with information on cycling in Slovenia, SingleTrail camps, mountain bike training courses, cycling tour guide training, massages for cyclists.
Mountain Bike Nomad Want to explore Slovenia by bicycle? We organise and guide cycling tours that take several days, suitable for groups and individuals, fully guided or self-guided and aided by guidebooks, maps and GPS. The tour itineraries can be tailored to you, and we can make all the necessary accommodation, luggage and travel arrangements. More information at www.bikenomad.com.
Cycling package The weekend mountain bike package includes 2x half board, briefing, a cycling map and an Underground Biking tour. Price: from EUR 95 per person. The Seven Green Suns package includes 7x half board, an Underground Biking tour, one guided tour and 2x shuttle service. Price: from EUR 249 per person. The Best Single Trails! package includes 3x half board, 4 guided tours, an Underground Biking tour and shuttle service. Price: from EUR 296 per person (Packages for groups of 3–7 available at all times; individuals can choose from the dates published at: www.bikenomad.com)
Maps and guidebooks Mountain Bike Park map Mountain Bike Guide to the Mežica, Upper Drava and Mislinja valleys The River Drava - Cycling Guide
Terrain suitability rating Road cycling: Families: Touring: Freeride: MTB:
Cycling tours profile Total distance: 580 km No. of tours: 20 Marked routes: 14 Lowest point: 415 m above sea level Highest point: 1,400 m above sea level
Events Divja Jaga Freeride – June Trbonje MTB Marathon – June The Krejan Memorial – September Cycling around Uršlja Gora – September Cycling in Ravne – June
The eastern parts of the Koroška region are characterised by the Drava River, which carved a first-rate terrain for recreational and family cycling. The river flows between the hills of Kobansko and Kozjak on the country’s northern border and Pohorje to the south, which is a true paradise for mountain bikers and tourers. The international Drava Cycle Trail – The route winds its way through diverse scenery along the Drava River, to the old town of Dravograd and along the edge of the vast Pohorje forest. The international Drava Bicycle Trail is part of a European network of cycling routes. In Slovenia, the trail runs from Vič towards Maribor. www.dravograd.si Cycling trail around Uršlja Gora – The 41-km mountain bike trail runs along quiet country roads and dirt roads linking the small communities and farms, which dot the hillside of Uršlja Gora. The trail starts at the lake Ivarčko Jezero, a popular tourist recreation spot in Ravne na Koroškem, and it meets other trails running from the neighbouring Mežica and Mislinja valleys. www.ravne.si/tic Pohorje Biking Transversal – The cycling trail runs along the ridges of Pohorje, connecting the eastern parts with the western. This transversal includes cycling trails from all the major centres around Pohorje. The ideal starting point for this exciting 75-km ride, on a trail which is waymarked in both directions, is the mountain hut Koča pod Kremžarjevim Vrhom near Slovenj Gradec. www.slovenjgradec.si
Zreče – Rogla The Zreče Pohorje area holds many possibilities for cycling on marked routes, accompanied by a state-of-the-art satellite navigation system or local guides. The beneficial atmosphere of the natural climatic health resort will make you jump on your bicycle and explore the wealth of natural and cultural heritage sites. The Zreče Pohorje area, with Rogla and Terme Zreče, is the green heart of the tourist region which boasts plenty of quality hotels and self-contained accommodation units along with exceptional tourist farms. Cycling fans will love the untouched scenery, the mild mid-elevation climate and the numerous marked and unmarked cycling routes, which can be discovered with the help of modern GPS navigation systems. But the riding uphill is not the only thing that will leave you breathless, as the region is known for its picturesque natural and cultural attractions, ethnological hallmarks of the region and friendly, warm people. Zreče and Rogla lie close to the main Ljubljana–Maribor motorway and are a great starting point for cycling trips around the Pohorje massif, from Maribor to Slovenj Gradec Pohorje, which is taken in by the Pohorje Biking Transversal. Cycling tours Cycling tours generally start at two locations: at Zreče, with the Terme Zreče spa, and Rogla. The tours starting at Rogla are circular, with distances ranging from 27 to 40 km, and include many sites of interest and climbs to the Pohorje summits, for instance Osankarica and Jurgovo. You can visit the mighty trees of the Šumik ancient forest, the natural reserve in the Lobnica Valley, several places commemorating the world war and the famed Pohorje Battalion, and many other sites. The tours starting at Zreče either finish where they started or lead to Rogla. The easy 13 km circular tour takes you through Slovenske Konjice to extensive vineyards. A slightly shorter route leads to Golek, a popular local spot for leisurely day trips. The circular route to the Zangger ponds, a
Hotel Dobrava 2000 Cesta na Roglo 15, 3214 Zreče T: +386(0)3 757 60 00 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.terme-zrece.si
23 Unior d.d. Program Turizem, Terme Zreče Cesta na Roglo 15, 3214 Zreče T: +386 (0)3 75 77 100 F: +386 (0)3 57 66 010 E: email@example.com www.rogla.si Star and wheel rating: ***/
Maps and guidebooks Zreče cycling map Rogla tourist and cycling map Cycling map and tour descriptions are available at www.rogla.si
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Hotel Planja, Rogla
Road cycling: Families: Touring: Freeride: MTB:
Cycling tour profile Total distance: 214km No. of tours: 8 Marked routes: 8 Lowest point: 360m above sea level Highest point: 1,533m above sea level
Events Rogla by Bicycle (August) Jurij Vodovnik Cycling Marathon (September) Ljubno Time Trial (September)
Cyclist-friendly food establishments Koča na Pesku, Dom na Osankarici, tourist farms: Arbajter, Ločnikar, Kovše, KočnikKovše, Pačnik, Arzenšek, Ramšak, Gričnik, Urška, Zimrajh Inn, Smogavc Inn, Mlin Cafe, Čebelica Cafe, Hlastec Inn, Jana Inn, Zlati Grič wineshop, Zangger ponds.
Specialised cycling accommodation providers
great place to stop and cool down, is a little more than 25 km long. Rogla can be reached from Terme Zreče along two routes; the difficult, 35 km-long route leads across Bukova Gora, through lush beech forests and the village of Skomarje, the cradle of Slovenian clogmaking. The easier one, leading across Brinjeva Gora and through Gorenje above Zreče, is 25 km long and takes in a Roman cemetery and the Church of St Kunigunda, which dates from 1391. Natural and cultural attractions The archeological collection titled “Vestiges of the Past” at Hotel Planja, the Šumik ancient forest, waterfalls Mali and Veliki Šumik, the last battlefield of the Pohorje Batallion (NOB memorial), the lake Črno Jezero, the Skomarje house, the Church of St Lambert, Church of St Jacob, Church of St Martin, Mother of God Church at Brinjeva Gora, Church of St Agnes at Golika and Church of St Kunigunda, the birth house of Janez Koprivnik, Luschberg Castle ruins, Ošlak’s smithy, the Church of St Vid, Beškovnik’s granary, the Church of St Lawrence, museum of “100 Frankolovo Victims”, Šrekl’s smithy, Podpohorje Wine Road No. 17, the old town of Slovenske Konjice, the Church of St George, Riemer Gallery.
Rogla is a place where the grass is still green, streams clean and the air fresh. A wonderful landscape, pleasant climate and home-cooked meals are what every cyclist will appreciate. Accommodation available at Hotel Rogla or in the bungalows next to the hotel. Additional offer for cyclists Cycling equipment purchase and rental. Apart from the pool and sauna, the Land of Well-Being also offers a wide range of wellness services, such as massages and baths.
The four-day cycling package at Hotel Smogavc*** includes 3x half board, guided cycling tours, a cycling map and a schedule of organised activities. Price: EUR 180 per person. The three-day Cycling for Health package at Bungalow Rogla*** includes 2x half board, selected cycling tours, organised activity and relaxation programmes. Price: EUR 141 per person.
The three-day Cycling for Health package includes 2x half board at Bungalow Rogla, guided cycling tours to the village of Skomarje and to Osankarica, pampering at the Land of Well-Being (hotel pool, one sauna pass), one adrenaline toboggan ride at Zlodejevo, a 30minute foot massage, introduction to Nordic walking, two energy packs and a crash course in climbing. Prices start from EUR 152 per person (children: from EUR 92 per person). The five-day Cycling for Health package includes 4x half board at Bungalow Rogla, guided cycling tours to Jurgovo (snack included), the village of Skomarje, to Osankarica and a panoramic tour to Jezerca, pampering at the Land of Well-Being (hotel pool, two sauna passes), one adrenaline toboggan ride at Zlodejevo, a 30-minute foot massage, introduction to Nordic walking, three energy packs and a three-day climbing course. Prices start from EUR 293 per person
(children: from EUR 192 per person).
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Additional offer Bicycle hire at Hotel Dobrava 2000 and Hotel Planja, Jesix bicycle repair shop in Slovenske Konjice, tour guide hire, numerous other sporting activities.
Hotel Dobrava 2000**** (Zreče, +386(0)3 757 60 00, email@example.com, www.terme-zrece.si) Hotel Planja**** (Zreče, +386 (0)3 757 71 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rogla.si) Hotel Smogavc**** (Zreče, +386 (0)3 757 66 00, email@example.com, www.smogavc.com)
Terme Zreče At the foot of the Zreče Pohorje Hills lies Terme Zreče, the health resort where body and soul are pampered. Terme Zreče Villas are situated in a pleasant park very close to the health resort. Accommodation available in self-contained units and double/twin rooms. Additional offer for cyclists Cycling equipment purchase and rental, thermal pools and various baths, various massages, rich culinary offer.
The three-day Cycling for Health package includes 2x half board at Vile Terme Zreče, guided cycling tours to the village of Skomarje and the Žiče Carthusian Monastery, swimming in thermal pools, one pass to Sauna Village, a 30-minute foot massage, introduction to Nordic walking, two energy packs and a crash course in climbing. Prices start from EUR 165 per person (children: from EUR 93 per person). The five-day Cycling for Health package includes 4x half board at Vile Terme Zreče, guided cycling tours to the village of Skomarje, the Žiče Carthusian Monastery and Ribniki na Stranicah (barbecue included), the Zlati Grič cycling tour, swimming in thermal pools, two passes to Sauna Village, a 30-minute foot massage, introduction to Nordic walking, three energy packs and a crash course in climbing. Prices start at EUR 302 per person (children: from EUR 183 per person).
Slomškova ulica 4, 3214 Zreče T: +386 (0)3 757 66 00 F: +386 (0)3 757 66 10 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.smogavc.com Star and wheel rating: *** and ****/
Cycling packages The four-day basic package includes 3x half board at Hotel Smogavc***, a brochure with descriptions of 15 cycling routes, a cycling map and list of attractions, a welcome reception and video presentation of the destination, one free entry to the Terme Zreče pools, a torch-lit night walk, tea party with multivision screenings and a candle-lit dinner. Price: EUR 180 per person. The four-day premium package includes the basic package plus a brochure with descriptions of adventure spots, free entry vouchers for adventure spots: a deer farm with game cold cuts, a strawberry farm (all-you-can-eat), archery, golf, adrenaline-rushing toboggan ride in Rogla and clay pigeon shooting, as well as free admission to museums, the herbal gallery, the Žiče Carthusian Monastery, the Zlati Grič wine cellar (wine tasting included), various churches and other attractions. Price: EUR 280 per person.
Hotel Smogavc Pohorje is a cycling paradise, and the specialised cycling hotel Smogavc the gateway to it. Fifteen cycling routes of various difficulty grades were selected; detailed descriptions and directions were published in a pocket-size brochure. These cycling routes are all unique for their points of interest, where you can stop for a while and explore the natural, cultural and historical wealth of the region. Additional offer for cyclists Light and hearty dinners, energy drinks and fresh fruit to go, laundry for cycling apparel, bicycle storage and bicycle repair tools.
Cyclist-friendly tourist farms
Hotel Park, Terme Dobrna Dobrna 52, 3204 Dobrna T: +386 (0)3 780 81 10 E: email@example.com www.terme-dobrna.si Star and wheel rating: ***/
For all who love to cycle through hills and valleys, verdant meadows, Terme Dobrna is an ideal starting point for discovering the beauty of the adjacent Savinja Valley, with the Mozirski Gaj flower park, the Logarska Valley, lake Šmartinsko jezero and Celje Castle. Additional offer Bicycle rental (for children and adults), saunas, pools, beauty and massage centre, culinary delicacies and healing hot baths. Cycling package Price of half-board accommodation: from EUR 45 per person.
Tourist farms make up a significant part of accommodation capacities, and many of them have been designated as cyclist-friendly tourist farms. Tourist farms must meet certain criteria, as is the case with hotels and campsites. Most importantly, they must have bicycles, safety helmets and qualified tour guides for hire. For more information on tourist farms in Slovenia, visit www.slovenia.info.
Maps and guidebooks Pohorje Cycling Map and With a bike through the city (both available in Slovene, English and German) Veliki kolesarski vodnik po Sloveniji, the definitive guide for every fan of cycling and nature, Igor Maher, Ljubljana, Sidarta 2004 (routes 71, 72) (in Slovene) Štajerska and Koroška, mountain bike guide, Peter Krajnc, Ljubljana, Sidarta, 2002 (in Slovenian) Drava Cycling Route – from Vič to Ormož, MRA, 2008 (in Slovene and English)
The Pohorje foothills are laced with vineyards, where you can enjoy wine tasting and culinary delights, and can admire magnificent views. Or you can take the international Drava Bicycle Trail along the river Drava, whose 129 km leg in Slovenia runs through Maribor. There are also two more trails that include Maribor: the Bicycle Trail Over the Hills of Slovenske Gorice and the Amber Cycling Trail from the Baltic to the Adriatic.
Terrain suitability rating Road cycling: Families: Touring:
Maribor - Pohorje
Additional offers Bicycle rental available at TIC Maribor, Maribor railway station, the lower and upper stations of the Pohorje cable car (ŠC Pohorje), and the cycling hotels. Pohorje Bike Park, Pohorje Adrenaline Park, Betnava Adventure Park.
Cycling tour profile Total distance: 1000+ km Individual route length: 5–75 km No. of tours: 20+ Number of marked routes: 10 Lowest point: 275 m above sea level Highest point: 1,400 m above sea level
Events MTB World Cup, 20–21 June 2009 Fruit and Wine Road Marathon, June 2009 Pohorje Cycling Marathon, June 2009 Climb to Trije Kralji, August 2009
The city of Maribor, famed for its culture and remarkable wine tradition, is known in the mountain biking world as an MTB World Cup venue. Marked by the green Pohorje Hills, scenic vineyards on the slopes and the Drava River, it offers amazing cycling experiences. Suitable for families, mountain bikers and road cyclists. Slovenia’s most famous cycling hub, Maribor is a world-class cycling competition venue whose name enjoys worldwide recognition. But with its rich wine, culinary and cultural heritage Maribor is more than just a good starting point for various trips. Three wine roads, which are also perfect for cycling adventures begin at the Old Vine, the oldest grape vine in the world, in the old town core. The diversity of the city and the surroundings draws visitors all year round, and the best time to visit Pohorje is from early spring to late autumn.
TIC Maribor Partizanska cesta 6a, 2000 Maribor T: +386 (0)2 23 46 611 F: +386 (0)2 23 46 613 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.maribor-pohorje.si www.maribor.travel
Cycling tours In the embrace of green Pohorje, winegrowing hills, and the gravel terraces of the river Drava you can do road cycling or mountain biking or take a cycling trip with your family. There is something for every cycling fan, no matter what. Mountain bikers can discover and explore Pohorje and do the waymarked 75 km Pohorje Biking Transversal. Adrenaline seekers can cycle through Bike Park Pohorje, a downhill world cup race venue. Of course the cable car is not the only way to reach the summit of Pohorje, as there are numerous roads leading up there from several directions; you can climb the roads individually, to beat a personal best or you can include them in your traverse across Pohorje (the climbs start in Oplotnica, Slovenska Bistrica, Zgornja Polskava, Fram, Hoče, Maribor, Pekre and Ruše).
Specialized cycling accommodation: Hotel Bellevue, Pohorje Garni Hotel Tabor, Maribor Garni Hotel Milena, Maribor Hotel Bau, Maribor Hotel Leonardo, Slovenska Bistrica
Cycling packages The Wine Road City Adventure package includes 2x bed and breakfast at a three-star hotel, bicycle rental and tourist tax. Enjoy the exciting city and explore the vineyards and orchards of this green region. Price: from EUR 70 per person (for 2+ participants).
Na Slemenu 35, SI – 2208 Pohorje (At the upper station of the Pohorje cable car) T: +386 (0)2 607 51 00 E: email@example.com www.termemb.si Star and wheel rating: ****/
Grand Hotel Primus, Terme Ptuj
Cycling packages The 3-, 6- and 8-day Cycling around Pohorje packages include 2x, 5x or 7x half-board accommodation at Hotel Bellevue, buffet breakfast, Pohorje-style dinners, 3-hour bicycle rental, unlimited entry to the saunas in the hotel wellness centre, one ticket to the Hotel Habakuk pool complex, unlimited entry to the fitness centre, one leg massage (3-day package), one sport massage (6- or 8-day package), possibility of packed lunch, and cycling map of the local area. Prices per person start at EUR 124 (three days), EUR 246 (six days) and EUR 312 (eight days).
Hotel Bellevue is situated next to the upper station of the Pohorje cable car, 1050 m above sea level, and offers soothing climatic effects of fresh mountain air in the lush forests of the Maribor Pohorje. It is a perfect starting point for cycling trips across different cycling trails and forest paths, which are suitable for families with children and experienced cyclists alike. The routes come in three difficulty grades, and this is where the 75 km Pohorje Biking Transversal begins. Also available are active holiday packages and body and soul Wellness programmes. Additional offer Cycling equipment hire, tour guides, bicycle storage, bicycle wash and clean facility, repair tools hire, repair shop in the area, and laundry and drying rooms. The hotel also has a cycling information area and Internet access.
The two-day Tabor cycling package includes 2x half board in double room, a cycling map of the area, a Cycling in the City guidebook and tourist tax. Price: EUR 88 per person.
The two-day package includes 2x bed and breakfast, tourist tax and a cycling map of the area. Price: EUR 60 per person.
Hotel Tabor Maribor
Ulica Heroja Zidanška 18, 2000 Maribor T: +386 (0)2 421 64 10 F: +386 (0)2 421 64 40 M +386 (0)41 311 457 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hoteltabor.podhostnik.si Star and wheel rating: ***/
Limbuška cesta 85, 2000 Maribor T: +386 (0)2 421 63 10 F: +386 (0)2 421 63 29 E: email@example.com www.hotel-bau.net Star and wheel rating: ***/
Hotel Tabor has been providing cyclist-friendly accommodation for a number of years, offering discounts, packages and a wide selection of additional services: bicycle storage and servicing area, luggage and passenger transfers, laundry, repair tools, cycling maps, well-balanced menus, free Internet access and detailed information.
The family-run Hotel Bau is ideally located between the Pohorje and the town centre, which makes it a perfect starting point for all kinds of cycling tours and adventures. Cyclists always enjoy a warm welcome at the hotel, which has its own bicycle storage, cleaning and servicing facility and laundry room. It also has cycling maps and free Internet access.
Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest town, and its rolling surrounding areas hold a wealth of cycling routes. Experienced cyclists will love tours to Haloze and Slovenske Gorice, and for families and more leisurely cyclists we run tours to the town centre to explore the town’s colourful historical background with Roman roots. After a good day’s cycling you can relax in the modern wellness centre or the spa with the highest water slide in the country. Additional offer Bicycle and equipment rental, bicycle storage, bicycle wash, laundry and drying rooms for cycling apparel, tour guides.
Hotel Radin Terme Radenci Set in the heart of the beautiful and untouched Pomurje area and boasting a broad selection of sporting activities and wellness services, Terme Radenci is a great starting point for cycling tours. It is popular among families, recreational cyclists and professionals training for the season ahead. The cycling routes run through magnificent natural areas and the idyllic towns and villages of Pomurje, where you can relax and recharge your batteries. Alternatively, you can take part in the traditional Radenci cycling marathon, where many cyclists from near and far meet and compete. Additional offer Unlimited swimming, sauna, wellness services (massages, baths), drinking session in the drinking hall, morning exercise, water exercise, Nordic walking, tennis, fitness studio, buffet breakfast with fruit and salad bar, diet and vegetarian menus.
Pot v toplice 9, 2251 Ptuj T: +386 (0)2 749 45 00 F: +386 (0)2 749 45 23 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.grandhotelprimus.si, www.terme-ptuj.si Star and wheel rating: ****/
Cycling packages The four-day cycling package includes 3x half board, a map of the leisure and recreation cycling network of the Lower Drava area, unlimited entry to the hotel pool, one visit to sauna and fitness studio, and one sport massage. Price: EUR 259 per person (offer valid 1 Apr.–31 Nov. 2009)
Zdraviliško naselje 12, 9252 Radenci T: +386 (0)2 520 10 00 E: email@example.com www.terme-radenci.si Star and wheel rating: ****/
Cycling packages The four-day Keen Cyclist programme programme includes 3x half board, unlimited entry to the thermal complex, one entry daily to the World of Saunas, natural mineral water drinking session in the drinking hall, one mineral water bath, a 20-minute massage and an ergometric test (to see how your body reacts to physical stress and to determine your fitness level). Prices start at EUR 313 per person. The four-day Healthy Cyclist programme includes the Keen Cyclist package plus an appointment with the doctor (internal medicine specialist – cardiologist) and a sport massage. Prices start at EUR 362 per person.
The Weekend Cycling package at Terme Lendava includes 2x half board at Hotel Lipa or the Lipov Gaj appartement unit complex, a guided cycling tour with bicycle hire, unlimited use of the swimming facilities, night swimming on Friday and Saturday, use of the fitness studio once a day and one sauna pass during the stay. Prices range from EUR 96 to EUR 116 per person (subject to time of year and selected accommodation). TIC Moravske Toplice Kranjčeva 3, 9226 Moravske Toplice T: +386 (0)2 538 15 20 F: +386 (0)2 538 15 22 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.moravske-toplice.com
Terrain suitability rating Road cycling: Families: Touring: Freeride: MTB:
Cycling tour profile Total distance: 235 km No. of tours: 10 Marked routes: 10 Lowest point: 5m above sea level Highest point: 435 m above sea level
Events The recreational Ajda cycling marathon, scheduled for 7 June 2009, which takes place in the municipality of Moravske Toplice and Goričko Landscape Park, is held on three circuits of different lengths and difficulty levels.
Cycling packages The seven-day Cycling to Pannonian Spas package includes 5 days of cycling through northeastern Slovenia, with short trips to Austria and Hungary, 6x half board accommodation, swimming at Terme 3000, Terme Radenci and Terme Ptuj, luggage transfers and information kit. Price: EUR 481 per person. The three-day Tamara package includes 2x bed and breakfast at Garni Hotel Tamara in Moravske Toplice, two snacks, a visit to the Romanic chapel in Selo, a visit to the pottery village in Filovci and a Cycling Paradise map. Price: EUR 79 per person. The five-day package at Terme Vivat includes 5 half-board accommodation at Hotel Vivat, unlimited swimming at Terme Vivat Sun Park, 2x four-hour bicycle rental, leg massage, organised group activities and working out in the fitness studio. Price: EUR 260 per person.
Fibras Tourist Farm
Moravske Toplice and its surroundings
Cycling in a pristine landcape, quiet areas with little traffic, along designated and waymarked cycleways. This tourist region has a well-rounded offer and numerous specialised cycling hotels. Moravske Toplice owes a great deal of its charm to the location on the border between the flat and hilly stretches of Goričko Landscape Park. The unspoilt scenery, preserved traditional architecture, storks and friendly locals have much to offer to cycling enthusiasts. You can choose between cycling routes of various difficulty grades, most of which are waymarked and shown on cycling maps. Cycling tours Moravske Toplice has 10 theme cycling routes with distances ranging from 5 to 50km, which run over largely flat terrain. All cycling tours start and finish at Moravske Toplice. Particularly noteworthy are the following cycling tours: The easy tour called “To Plečnik’s White Dove,” which leads to the village of Bogojina and the architect Plečnik’s famous church known as the “White Dove.” The “Enchanted By You” tour, at 29km, is a little more difficult. It takes you to Lake Bukovnica, once a resting spot for Knights Templar, now a site with numerous bioenergy hotspots. The name of the “Visit Hungary” road cycling tour says it all; the 50km tour takes you across the border to Hungary, where villages are markedly different from ours but no less interesting. Additional offer Bicycle hire at several locations, sales of general and special cycling maps.
The Cycling Week package at Terme Lendava includes 5x half board at Hotel Lipa or the Lipov Gaj self-contained unit complex, four guided cycling tours with bicycle hire, consultation with a doctor, weight and blood pressure monitoring, extensive use of the swimming facility, organised group activities, use of the fitness studio, one sauna pass and one wellness service. Prices range from EUR 223 to EUR 270 per person (subject to time of year and selected accommodation).
Marjana, Alojz Fibras Cogetinci 60 2236 Cerkvenjak T: +386 (0)2 703 50 90 M +386 (0)41 746 174 F: +386 (0)2 703 50 90 E: email@example.com www.firbas.com www.slovenia.info/firbas
Terme Lendava, Hotel Lipa
Tomšičeva 2a, 9220 Lendava T: +386 (0)2577 41 00 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.terme-lendava.si Star and wheel rating: ***/
The spa located at the foot of the scenic Lendavske Gorice, close to the three-way border between Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia, offers a rich array of possibilities for active holidays. It boasts indoor and outdoor pools with unique paraffin-rich thermal water and a varied range of wellness, medical, sports and relaxation programmes. Their impressive cuisine also includes local specialities and you can stay at the hotel, appartement units or campsite.
Altitude: 330 m Size of farm: 12 hectars
A tourist farm that has evolved through time and possesses a quaint charm, Domačija Firbas is situated in the small village of Cogetinci, in Slovenske Gorice. Around the farmhouse spreads an urban environment that features a rich variety of enjoyable cycleways and wine roads. There you can establish genuine contact with nature, have immense fun riding a bicycle and smell the fragrant grasses, then spend the night in the hayloft or a comfortable room. The range of home-cooked meals served there will tempt your senses with distinctive, unforgettable flavours.
www.mtb.si – central web portal for mountain bikers, with news and updates from the local MTB scene and an English version giving detailed tour information and useful tips for foreign riders www.kolesarska-zveza.si – website of the Cycling Federation of Slovenia, mostly containing information on competitions www.bicikel.com – website dedicated to recreational and road cycling, with a short section for mountain biking www.tabla.mtb.si – the biggest forum for mountain bikers, with a separate English section www.geopedia.si – an interactive theme atlas which allows users to add and manage material on Slovenia www.slovenia.info – Slovenia’s national travel and tourism portal
Maps and guidebooks Cycling information folder Tourist cycling map Brežice tourist map
Terrain suitability rating Road cycling: Families: Touring:
The Posavje region Municipality of Brežice
Cycling tour profile Lengths of individual cycling routes: 15–60 km No. of marked routes: 30 main routes and 50 shorter sections Lowest point: 135 m above sea level Highest point: 1,178 m above sea level
Events Cycling marathon – Brežice sports weekend in June
Cycling packages The five-day package includes 4x half board at Gostilna Pension Les, a guided “Sand Adventure” cycling tour, a guided tour of Brežice and a wine cellar, a visit to Kostanjevica Cave, kayaking or canoeing down the Krka River, entry to Terme Čatež every day of your stay, and basic tourist insurance. Price: EUR 340 per person (for 5–8 participants). The seven-day package includes 6x half board at Gostilna Pension Les, two guided cycling tours: “Around Posavje” and “Sand Adventure,” a guided tour of Brežice and a visit to the Posavje Museum and a wine cellar, a visit to Kostanjevica Cave, kayaking or canoeing down the Krka River, a visit to the Minorite monastery near Podčetrtek, swimming at Terme Olimje and a four-day pool pass for Terme Čatež. Price: EUR 510 per person (for 5–8 participants).
Topliška cesta 35, 8251 Čatež ob Savi T: +386 (0)7 493 50 23, +386 (0)7 493 50 00 E: email@example.com www.terme-catez.si Star and wheel rating: ****/
Hotel Toplice, Terme Čatež
TIC Čatež ob Savi Topliška cesta 35, 8251 Čatež ob Savi T: +386 (0)7 493 67 57 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitbrezice.com
A mountain biking and road cycling destination. For families, occasional and advanced recreational riders.
Situated at the heart of Terme Čatež, Slovenia’s leading natural health resort, Hotel Toplice runs an extensive network of leisure activities. The hotel is an excellent starting point for cycling tours, both for keen cyclists and families. On top of that, you can fuel your sporting spirit at the hotel’s sports centre, the popular Thermal Riviera and the nearby Mokrice Castle golf course, one of the most superb golf locations in Slovenia. And to satisfy your appetite, there are many renowned restaurants that will cater to your needs. Additional offer Bicycle hire, bicycle and cycling equipment storage, laundry and drying room for cycling apparel, sports park (fitness studio, squash, tennis, table tennis, badminton, bowling, etc.), winter and summer Thermal Riviera (pools, waterslides, water attractions, etc.), wellness centres, sauna park, Mokrice Golf Course and more.
The Krško-Brežice plain, the heart of the Posavje area, is surrounded by hills covered with forests, vineyards and orchards. Visitors to the area where the sub-Pannonian, sub-Alpine and Dinaric worlds meet flock to Terme Čatež, whose prime location and offer make it an ideal starting point for bicycle tours and family cycling tours. The region’s natural diversity is enhanced by the rich historical heritage, churches and museum collections. It is the quintessential traditional Slovenian region. Cycling tours The cycling trails of Posavje run for a total of 1,500 km over an area of 100,000 hectares, with Trdinov Vrh in the Gorjanci Hills, at 1,178 m the highest point. Local guides will help you choose the right cycling path for your skill and fitness level. All cycleways are waymarked and run along quiet roads and cart tracks, which makes them suitable for all bicycle types and skill levels. But there is more to the cycling tours than just sports and recreation; the cycling network takes in 200 sites of natural and cultural significance. The wine roads of the Posavje wine region are also included in the network of cycleways. The “Cultural Track” circular trail combines recreation with culture, as it visits as many as six Posavje museums in a total distance of 100 kilometres. Advanced cyclists will relish the challenging 243km-long “Mountain Track” circular trail with a total elevation gain of 5,800 m, which passes three castles of the Kozjansko area and Sveta Gora, a place of pilgrimage. By bicycle you can also discover and explore the sand storage caves that used to hold turnips, or repa as we call it in Slovene, and now wine, and are commonly referred to as repnice, a unique tourist attraction of the sandy Bizeljsko Hills.
The five-day package includes 4x half board, a guided cycling tour, a guided boat trip and four full-day tickets to the summer or winter Thermal Riviera at Terme Čatež. Price: EUR 185 per person (four-person minimum).
Cycling package The five-day Mini Holiday package at Hotel Toplice includes 4x half board, a five-day pool pass and an information kit. Price: from EUR 178 per person.
Boris Papac s.p. Gregorčičeva 4a 8250 Brežice tel.: + 386 7 49 59 188 mob.: + 386 41 657 552 e-mail: email@example.com www.posavjeonbike.com
Gostilna Pension Les Rimska cesta 31, Čatež ob Savi, 8250 Brežice T: +386 (7) 49 61 100 M: +386 (0)31 569 303 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.pension.si Star and wheel rating: ***/
Gostilna Pension Les is situated in the heart of Čatež ob Savi, a village sitting at the confluence of two rivers, the Krka and the Sava, at the foot of the Gorjanci Hills, right next to the main road connecting the east with the west and only five minutes by bicycle to the popular Terme Čatež resort. What started as a small country inn evolved into a renowned guesthouse with more than 75 years of tradition. On its 75th anniversary, the guesthouse revamped its image, modernised its range of food and accommodation services, and embraced cycling tourism with arms wide open.
EXPLORE POSAVJE BY BICYCLE GUIDED CYCLING TOURS Accreditation system: Trail Leader Award Organised cycling tours for individuals and groups. Guided cycling tours on racing bicycles and mountain bikes.
Terme Šmarješke Toplice
Cycling information points Terme Šmarješke Toplice, Šmarješke Toplice
Šmarješke Toplice 100, 8220 Šmarješke Toplice T: +386 (0)7 384 34 00 F: +386 (0)7 307 31 07 E: email@example.com www.terme-krka.si Star and wheel rating: ****/
Hoteli Otočec – Hotel Šport, Otočec TIC Novo mesto Glavni trg 6, Novo mesto T: +386 (0)7 393 92 63
Terrain suitability rating Road cycling: Families:
Additional offer Guided cycling tours, bicycle hire, bicycle storage and repair facility (tools provided), cycling map, bicycle washing facility.
Touring: Freeride: MTB:
Cycling tour profile Total distance: 400 km No. of tours: 14 Marked routes: Some Lowest point: 150 m above sea level Highest point: 928 m above sea level Gently rolling verdant slopes laced with neat vineyards bathing in the sun are home to warm and friendly people who always see that your body and soul get recharged.
Events Tour of Slovenia, the international road cycling race around the country Through the Krka Valley, cycling marathon Across the Land of Cviček, cycling marathon
Set in an idyllic, pristine location among the gently rolling hills of the Dolenjska winegrowing region, with vantage points, tourist and natural attractions, Šmarješke Toplice is a perfect place to go cycling. It is suitable for beginners, recreational and advanced cyclists alike. The cycling experience in the Dolenjska region can be further enhanced by a broad variety of other sporting and relaxation activities, as well as sports diagnostics services.
The 3 or 5-day package includes half-board accommodation at a fourstar hotel, fully guided and self-guided cycling tours, entry to thermal pools, saunas and baths, cardiac stress testing, bicycle and guide map rental. Prices: three-day package from EUR 228 per person; five-day package from EUR 391 per person. Accommodation at Hotel Šmarjeta**** or Hotel Toplice****.
The pleasant trails in the scenic landscape of Dolenjska take in numerous natural attractions and vantage points with breathtaking views. Your eyes will feast on the wine slopes, the lush Krka Valley and the mythical Gorjanci Hills as a backdrop, whose crystalline waters are said to help one gain eternal youth. And the water from the Terme Šmarješke Toplice hot spring, whose healing qualities have been known for centuries, will revitalise your body and boost your stamina. Cycling tours There are many cycling routes along either side of the Krka River, running through beautiful landscapes and embracing numerous natural, cultural and historical sites. The routes kick off at the Šmarješke Toplice or Otočec Hotels and are all circular, with distances ranging from a few to more than 65 km. The “Šmarješka Kolesnica” route is suitable for children. And so are other marked routes between Otočec Castle and the spa. The route over the seven hills of Novo mesto is suitable for everyone. The length of the circular tour through Kostanjevica na Krki, the veritable Venice of Dolenjska, is a little under 50 km, and from there you can push forward up to Kočarija and Veliki Ban. If you really want to get to know the true gentle hills, then you must do the 65-km Wetland Trail and the 55-km Winegrowing Hills and Wetlands Trail, both of which feature numerous steep but short ascents and descents. A slightly longer climb awaits you on the way to the 928-m-high Krvavi Kamen. There you can stop for a short break at the mountain hut on Gospodična and then head for the youth spring. There are numerous other cycling routes and trails in Dolenjska, where the season never really ends. Additional offer Guided cycling tours, bicycle and equipment rental, regional cycling map, wide range of sporting activities (swimming, Nordic walking, hiking, tennis, golf, altitude simulation room, etc.), sports diagnostics at the Šmarješke Toplice Prevention and Rehabilitation Sports Centre, thermal health resorts, rich gastronomy, natural, cultural and historical sites of interest (the Krka River Valley, Novo Mesto, Otočec Castle, Kostanjevica, Pleterje, Gorjanci Hills, etc.).
Hoteli Otočec – Hotel Šport Grajska cesta 2, 8222 Otočec T: +386 (0)7 384 86 00 F: +386 (0)7 384 87 05 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.terme-krka.si Star and wheel rating: ****/
Otočec Hotels, Sport Hotel Mosaic of Unforgettable Experiences
The stunning scenery along the green Krka River and the rich collection of natural, cultural and historical sites of interest hold plenty of possibilities for keen cyclists. The cycleways around Otočec come in a variety of difficulty grades and lengths: from short family tours through the Krka Valley to longer tours taking up to several hours, which take you to the wine hills, past castles and on to the seven hills of the Dolenjska capital, maybe even as far as the Gorjanci Hills on the Croatian border. Additional offer Guided cycling tours, cycling map, secure bicycle storage, bicycle and equipment hire (for your children, too), well-balanced sports diet, packed lunch, cycling equipment cleaning and storage services, shuttle transfers and emergency call, variety of sport activities (tennis, badminton, skike, hiking, golf).
Cycling package The two, three or four-day packages includes a chosen number of nights of half-board accommodation at a four star hotel, a guided cycling tour, guide map for self guided tours, swimming at the nearby spas, a pass to the Otočec Sports & Recreation Centre fitness, sauna and whirlpool, and a wellbalanced sports diet. Prices: two days from EUR 113 per person; three days from EUR 112 per person; three days from EUR 153 per person; four days from EUR 187 per person.
Kolodvorska cesta 1, 6230 Postojna T: +386 (0) 5 720 22 44 E: email@example.com www.sport-hotel.si Star and wheel rating: ***/
Kolodvorska cesta 1, 6230 Postojna T: +386 (0) 5 720 22 44 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.sport-hotel.si
Maps and guidebooks MTB Park Notranjska cycling map and guidebook
Terrain suitability rating Road cycling: Families: Touring: Freeride: MTB:
Cycling tour profile Total distance: 500 km No. of tours: 13 Marked routes: 3 Lowest point: 570 m above sea level Highest point: 1,268 m above sea level
Events Race Around Slovenia – RAS Extreme, ultramarathon bicycle race, 7–10 May 2009, www.dos-extreme.si
Cycling package The three-day Explore Notranjska package includes 2x half board, two guided cycling tours, a visit to Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle, bicycle hire and tour energy pack. Price: EUR 170 per person.
Postojna and Notranjska Bike Park
This specialised cycling hotel is the centrepiece of Notranjska Bike Park, the main cycling information point in the region and a great starting point for cycling trips. With friends or family, you can visit the nearby Postojna Cave or Predjama Castle, or take an adventure tour to Lake Cerknica or Rakov Škocjan. Essentially a family cycling centre, Hotel Sport also welcomes advanced on- and off-road cyclists. Apart from quiet roads, you will also get a chance to conquer the many exciting single tracks in the Javornik Hills. Additional offer A 10% discount for cyclists on bed and breakfast, bicycle hire (a total of 20 bicycles), cycling guides, GPS navigation and free Internet access.
Cycling package The seven-day Holiday Biker package includes 6x half board, 3 guided cycling tours, one tour to the coast, a visit to Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle, bicycle hire, tour energy pack, one sauna pass, afternoon pastry and coffee and an optional GPS navigation tour. Price: EUR 395 per person (for a group of 6).
Naturally diverse and colourful, the distinctive karst landscape and the Nature 2000 conservation area, which occupies a large part of Notranjska Bike Park, feature spectacular byways that make cycling in the Notranjska region unforgettable. Apart from the Karst, Notranjska is known for its vast forests and is the largest unpopulated woodland in Central Europe. The intricate network of trails in the Javornik-Snežnik forests offers refreshing summer trips in the shade of trees. The terrain is most suitable for mountain bikers who like to visit natural and cultural sites and taste culinary delicacies along the way. The area also offers families and day trippers easy access to some of the most widely-known attractions in the country. Cycling tours Notranjska Bike Park has more than 500 kilometres of cycleways over an area of 1,381 square kilometres. Three of the trails are waymarked – the rest are described in detail in a guidebook. You can, however, also use a GPS system to navigate or hire a qualified tour guide. Footpaths or single trails can only be taken when accompanied by local guides, since only a handful of footpaths are suitable for mountain biking. Though scarce, these trails are greatly appreciated among cyclists. The average length of the cycling trails in Notranjska is 45 km, so make sure you have enough time to fully explore the region. There are 10 theme trails to choose from, so you can pick the one(s) most suitable for your level of fitness. All the trails are circular and share the same starting point: Hotel Sport, Postojna. With an elevation gain ranging from 100 m to 2,100 m, the cycling trails mostly run on byways such as gravel roads, cart tracks, wood and meadow trails. Additional offer Bicycle hire, local guides, satellite navigation, stationary exercise bicycle.
Sabotin Peace Park The Sabotin Peace Park, with Sveta Gora and Škabrijel, was created to commemorate the battles of World War I that took place there. Today, Sabotin is a popular place for day trips and cycling.
Nova Gorica Tourist Information Centre Bevkov trg 4, 5000 Nova Gorica T: +386 (0)5 330 46 00 F: +386 (0)5 330 46 06 E: email@example.com www.novagorica-turizem.com
Above Nova Gorica rises the 609-m-high Sabotin, dotted with natural, historical and cultural sites. Between Sabotin and the neighbouring Škabrijel and Sveta Gora hills flows the emerald Soča River. The area offers five interesting cycling trails ranging from 11 to 25 km, three of which are circular. The trails are accessible year-round and suitable for experienced mountain bikers. Affording magnificent views, the trails lead to memorials and reminders of World War I.
Nova Gorica Tourist Association Ulica tolminskih puntarjev 4, 5000 Nova Gorica T: +386 (0)5 330 46 02 F: +386 (0)5 330 46 05
Cesta IX korpusa 35, 5250 Solkan T: +386 (0)5 336 50 00 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.hit.si Star and wheel rating: ***/
Cycling packages The three-day Cycling Holiday 1 package includes 2x half board, one packed lunch and bicycle hire. Prices start at EUR 84 per person. The four-day Cycling Holiday 2 package includes 3x half board, one packed lunch and bicycle hire. Prices start at EUR 117.60 per person.
Hotel Sabotin Above the Soča River, a stone’s throw from the Italian border, rises the rocky slope of Sabotin, after which a small hotel at its foot was named. The hotel, based in a renovated and charming 18th century country villa, sits in the 1,000-year-old town of Solkan, at the junction of roads from Nova Gorica to the Soča region. This cycling hotel, also suitable for families, is a great starting point for road cycling and mountain bike tours through the Soča Valley and the surrounding hills. Additional offer Bicycle storage, 10% off on massages, 20% off on Spa Perla wellness centre services, free entry and shuttle to the gaming and Perla and Park entertainment centres and the Casinò Drive-In gaming salon.
Thanks to its mild Mediterranean climate, Slovenian Istria can be explored by bicycle year-round. Visit the old town centres, get to know the natural splendours of the region and choose from the wide range of accommodation, events and sports. The old town centres of Koper, Izola and Piran, with their historical feel, the natural phenomena of the Istrian coast, landscape parks and the scenic Šavrini Hills, make Slovenian Istria a unique tourist destination for cycling enthusiasts. In a bora, or gentle maestral breeze, the Parenzana is simply a must-do.
The five-day Cycling Holiday 3 package includes 4x half board, one packed lunch, one traditional full body massage and bicycle hire. Prices start at EUR 165.70 per person.
Hotel Lipa Trg Ivana Roba 7, 5290 Šempeter pri Gorici T: +386 (0)5 336 60 00 E: email@example.com www.hit.si Star and wheel rating: ***/
Šempeter is a warm and picturesque town on the Italian border near Nova Gorica. The town square is characterised by the friendly Hotel Lipa, which is famed for its diverse service range and cosiness. The hotel takes its name from the linden trees that surround it, which are said to be the first lindens in the Gorica area to bloom and cast their fragrance. It is a good starting point for trips along Sabotin’s marked trails as well as for exploring the Vipava Valley and the Karst. Additional offer Bicycle storage, 10% off on massages, 20% off on Spa Perla wellness centre services, free entry and shuttle to the gaming and Perla and Park entertainment centres and the Casinò Drive-In gaming salon.
Cycling tours Running for 30 km from Škofije to Sečovlje, the famous Porečanka-Parenzana route takes you across the short but excitingly diverse Slovenian coast. The route, commonly known as the Route of Health and Friendship, follows the former narrow-gauge railway line between Trieste (Italy) and Poreč (Croatia), in operation from 1902 to 1935. Suitable for both cycling and hiking, the route is ideal for a family tour or active holidays. The Parenzana runs through the old towns by the sea and amid vineyards and olive groves, through short tunnels, across valleys with majestic viaducts, over rolling hills. Start at the former Sečovlje border crossing, follow the D-8 signposts to Portorož, Izola, Koper, all the way to the well-known Sečovlje saltpans, where you will learn – without getting off your bicycle – how salt is made. Additional offer Bicycle hire is available at RR & CO (Koper, +486 (0)5 637 93 80, firstname.lastname@example.org), KC Ritoša (Izola, +386 (0)5 640 12 40, email@example.com) and Adriarent (Koper, +386 (0)41 300 050, firstname.lastname@example.org), The Parenzana Train Museum (Izola, +386 41 613 299)
TIC Koper Titov trg 3, 6000 Koper T: +386 (0)5 664 64 03 F: +386 (0)5 664 64 06 E: email@example.com www.koper.si TIC Ankaran Jadranska cesta 25 6280 Ankaran T: +386 (0)5 652 04 44 F: +386 (0)5 652 04 45 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.koper.si
Maps and guidebooks Parenzana – The Route of Health and Friendship (folder), 1 : 50 000 Map of Slovenian Istria – Roads around Slovenian Istria, 1 : 50 000 Free tourist map Slovenian Istria, The Green Mediterranean (Koper, Izola, Piran), 1 : 50 000 Koper-Capodistria (folder), 1 : 50 000
Terrain suitability rating (e.g. the Porečanka-Parenzana route) Road cycling: Touring: MTB: Freeride: Families:
Events Tour of Slovenia (one stage)
Cycling package A special offer for cyclists is available at Terme Krka in Strunjan (+386 (0)5 676 41 00, email@example.com) and the tourist accommodation complex Salinera in Strunjan (+386 (0)5 676 25 02, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.salinera.si).
Strunjan 148, 6323 Strunjan T: +386 (0)5 676 41 00 F: +386 (0)5 678 20 36 E: email@example.com http://www.terme-krka.si/si/strunjan/ Star and wheel rating: ***/****
Cycling package The five-day Panoramic Cycling package comprises three guided coastal cycling tours starting at Strunjan (individual tour length around 25 km, elevation gain 200 m) and includes bicycle and safety helmet rental.
Cycling information points
Talaso Strunjan The Talaso Strunjan hotel complex boasts a prime location by the sea, in the heart of the unspoilt landscape park with remarkably clean and fresh air. Cycling is possible all year round, as the cycleways leading to secluded and charming Istrian villages are never covered in snow. Families, groups or singles on touring or racing bicycles can visit numerous natural and cultural attractions, with the Strunjan saltpans and the coastal town of Piran as highlights. Additional offer Thalassotherapy (seawater, sea mud and sea salt used for medicinal purposes and beauty treatments), relaxation and medical centre, heated seawater pools and other sporting activities (Nordic walking, hiking, etc.).
STIC Ljubljana, Krekov trg 10, 1000, Ljubljana, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC KRANJSKA GORA, Tičarjeva 2, 4280, Kranjska Gora, email@example.com TIC RADOVLJICA, Gorenjska cesta 1, 4240, Radovljica, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC BLED, Cesta svobode 10, 4260, Bled, email@example.com TIC BOHINJ - BOHINJSKA BISTRICA, Trg svobode 3a, 4264, Bohinjska Bistrica, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC BOHINJ - RIBČEV LAZ, Ribčev Laz 48, 4265, Ribčev Laz, email@example.com TIC KRANJ, Glavni trg 2, 4000, Kranj, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC ŠKOFJELOŠKO OBMOČJE, Kidričeva cesta 1a, 4220, Škofja Loka, email@example.com TIC KAMNIK, Glavni trg 2, 1241, Kamnik, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC LUČE, Luče 106, 3334, Luče, email@example.com TIC VELENJE, Titov trg 1, 3320, Velenje, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC DRAVOGRAD, Trg 4. julija 50, 2370, Dravograd, email@example.com TIC RAVNE NA KOROŠKEM, Trg svobode 21, 2345, Ravne na Koroškem, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC SLOVENJ GRADEC, Glavni trg 24, 2380, Slovenj Gradec, email@example.com TIC MARIBOR, Partizanska cesta 6a, 2000, Maribor, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC ROGATEC, Trg 22, 3252, Rogatec, email@example.com TIC PODČETRTEK, Škofja gora 1, 3254, Podčetrtek, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC ŠENTJUR, Drofenikova 16, 3230, Šentjur, email@example.com TIC BOVEC, Trg golobarskih žrtev 8, 5230, Bovec, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC KOBARID, Gregorčičeva 8, 5222, Kobarid, email@example.com TIC CERKNO, Močnikova 2, 5282, Cerkno, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC IDRIJA, Vodnikova 3, 5280, Idrija, email@example.com TIC NOVA GORICA, Bevkov trg 4, 5000, Nova Gorica, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC VIPAVA, Glavni trg 1, 5271, Vipava, email@example.com TIC POSTOJNA , Jamska cesta 9, 6230, Postojna, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC ILIRSKA BISTRICA, Bazoviška 12, 6250, Ilirska Bistrica, email@example.com TIC KOPER, Titov trg 3, 6000, Koper, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC ANKARAN, Jadranska cesta 25, 6280, Ankaran, email@example.com TIC NOVO MESTO, Glavni trg 6, 8000, Novo mesto, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC ŠMARJEŠKE TOPLICE, Šmarješke Toplice 115, 8220, Šmarješke Toplice, email@example.com TIC TREBNJE, Baragov trg 1, 8210, Trebnje, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC ČATEŽ OB SAVI, Topliška cesta 35, 8251, Čatež ob Savi, email@example.com TIC MORAVSKE TOPLICE, Kranjčeva 3, 9226, Moravske Toplice, firstname.lastname@example.org TIC JERUZALEM, Jeruzalem 8, 2259, Ivajnkovci, email@example.com
Publisher: Slovenian Tourist Board; Editors: Dušan Štrucl, Lučka Letič; Design and DTP: Nuit d.o.o., Mateja Jenič; Text: Grega Stopar; Translation: Plitta; Proofreading: Amidas; Photography: archives, Tomo Jeseničnik, archive of the STB; Print: Gorenjski tisk; Print run: 100.000, December 2008
Slovenian Tourist Board Dunajska 156, SI-1000 Ljubljana T: +386 1 589 18 40, F: +386 1 589 18 41 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.slovenia.info/board