Cycle Slovenia and the Parenzana

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4.5 Based on 2 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-20403
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Ends Ljubljana, Slovenia
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Discovering the lakes, mountains, rivers and caves of Slovenia by bike, raft and on foot
  • Cycling the length of the Parenzana historic rail route from Trieste to Porec
  • Exploring interesting towns brimming with character and history
  • Delighting in the fine cuisine and hospitality of your accommodation providers
Start and end in Ljubljana, the tour "Cycle Slovenia And The Parenzana" is a self-guided bicycle trip that takes 8 days. You will be touring through Porec, Bovec, Trieste and 5 other destinations in Croatia, Slovenia and Slovakia. "Cycle Slovenia And The Parenzana" is a private tour which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please check the package includes section for more details.

Uncover the natural highlights of Slovenia before cycling the historic Parenzana Rail Trail from Italy to Croatia. Slovenia encompasses a wealth of stunning natural features from the high peaks of the Julian Alps to the incredible limestone caves, mountain lakes and traditional countryside. This cycle journey has been carefully designed to take in all of these highlights and then continue along an old disused railway line now catering to cyclists and walkers, the Parenza Rail Trail, from Trieste in Italy to Porec in Croatia. From the delightful lakeside town of Bled, the cycle route takes you around the Julian Alps before swapping pedals for paddles with a white water rafting experience on the vivid blue waters of the Soca River. In the Karst region visit the massive Skocjan Caves with its impressive underground gorge and fascinating landscapes before cycling to Trieste and the start of the Parenzana (derived from Parenzo, the Italian name for Porec) which will take you past olive groves and vineyards on your way to the ancient Roman town of Porec on the stunning Croatian coast. Along the way there is time to appreciate the unique culture and culinary delights in every country you visit.
  • Day 1 : Arrive Ljubljana, transfer to Lake Bled, cycle around lake (15km/9.5mi)
  • Day 2 : Cycle to Kranjska Gora (37km/23mi), transfer to Bovec
  • Day 3 : Rafting on the Soca River then cycle to Kobarid (20km/12.5mi), taxi to Brda Wine region
  • Day 4 : Transfer to Škocjan Caves, visit caves then cycle to Trieste (51km/31.5mi)
  • Day 5 : Cycle Parenzana trail to Portoroz, optional cycle to the beach (36-40km/22.5-25mi)
  • Day 6 : Cross the Croatian border and visit historic towns en route to Motovun (53km/33mi)
  • Day 7 : Cycle past olive groves and vineyards to Porec (33km/10.5mi)
  • Day 8 : Trip concludes
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels and B&Bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Transfer from Ljubljana airport or a Ljubljana hotel to Bled on day 1, Tolmin or Kobarid to Brda on day 3 and from Brda to Skocjan Caves on day 4
  • 7 breakfasts - continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee and tea
  • 1 dinner with wine tasting in the Brda wine region
  • Bus from Kranjska Gora to Bovec
  • Welcome briefing
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked
  • Good quality rental bike with panniers & helmet -a hybrid bike for the first section and mountain bike for the Parenzana Trail
  • Emergency hotline (we recommend you carry a mobile phone with you on this trip)
  • White water rafting on Soca River
  • Škocjan cave entrance fee
  • Tourist tax and vat
  • Return transfer to Ljubljana - alternatively we can arrange for your main luggage to be waiting for you in Porec.
  • Transport to arrive and depart from Ljubljana
  • Daily luggage transfer (daily needs are carried by cyclists in panniers provided)
  • Lunch and dinner daily (except dinner on day 3) and all beverages (allow 10-25 EUR per meal)
  • Items of a personal nature including beverages, laundry, phone calls etc
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Guide - this is a self guided trip
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 2 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 19 2019
4 - Very Good
Very Good
Good trip but ours was sadly dampened by the weather. Organisation and helpfulness of staff was fantastic. Our own fitness is pretty good but I highly recommend opting for the electric bikes in order to have the chance of... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 10 2018
5 - Excellent
The variety of scenery, activities and nature of the trail made this our best cycle tour to date.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycle Slovenia and the Parenzana tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 08 April 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 08 April 2023, a deposit of 186 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Cycle Slovenia and the Parenzana tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Cycle Slovenia and the Parenzana tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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