There’s a timeless beauty about alpine houses built in the old style, with hand carved cedar tiles instead of roof slates, a giant lime tree in the garden to protect from lightning, and meadows all around without a holiday cottage or ski hotel in sight. This is what our secret corner of Slovenia offers – and with beautiful rolling tracks and backroads linking villages, lakes and countryside, it’s a haven for cycle exploration.
Farmhouse accommodation with panoramic views
Discover hidden alpine villages and unspoilt countryside
Delicious local produce at mountain restaurant lunch stops
Expert local guides with in-depth local knowledge
This holiday takes you out into the hidden landscapes to the north, east south and west of our lovely farmhouse on the Slovenian / Austrian border. You’ll explore at a relaxed pace in the company of expert guides and often with vehicle support too. Our two guides will not only show you the routes and keep things running smoothly, they also know this area intimately and can really bring it to life for you.
The routes we have chosen show the true variety and beauty of this region. There are riverside cycle paths that wind through huge sunflower meadows, valley routes that take you into the shadow of impressive, craggy peaks and ridge rides that open up new panoramas at every turn.
To fuel the cycling you’ll be superbly well catered for, with fresh, often organic local produce being used at our farmhouse and in many other cafes, restaurants and farms that we stop at for lunch. Locally made cheeses, cured meats, fresh produce and even Pieter’s famous “honey firewater” (only for the spirit lovers!) will give you a fabulous flavour of a region proud of its cultural, and culinary, heritage.
One part of this heritage is mining, and an option on this holiday is to experience an underground bike ride. Issued with mining lamps, riding on a level track, you’ll pedal straight under Little-Petza mountain from one side to the other. Along the way we stop to explore some of the caves, and get an explanation of how this region lived and worked by a former miner.
The accommodation for this holiday is a beautiful, traditional Slovenian farmhouse. As well as great rooms and locally produced, organic food there’s a pool, large open lawns, spacious deck and stunning views across the rolling green valleys. It’s the perfect place to come back to after a day out exploring, or a lovely place to relax if you decide to skip a ride and just enjoy the surroundings.
On the last full day of the holiday (Friday) we will transfer you to Ljubljana, so you can enjoy a day in this historic river city. Your final night will be in a comfortable city hotel, letting you sample the restaurants, nightlife and culture before we take you to the airport the next day.
The biking: Up to 5 days of fully guided cycling Two professional guides (only 1 guide with groups smaller than 8) Vehicle support for most rides Fitness grade 1 or 2 Skill grade A Tour group size 6 - 14
What’s included: 6 nights hill top farmhouse accommodation 1 night hotel in Ljubljana Expert-led guided rides on 5 days 7 breakfasts 6 farmhouse suppers 4 lunches in farms and mountain restaurants Airport transfers Vehicle support for most rides Afternoon tea and cakes after cycling
5 - 12 July
9 - 16 August
13 - 20 September
Optional Extras: Single room guarantee £70 Bike rental. £90 (standard) Bike rental. £130 (premium)
Extra airport transfer 150 Euros one way to farmhouse, 40 Euros one way to Ljubljana hotel ( can carry up to 4 people)
Incredibly enjoyable, the guide clearly an expert on the area who tailored the tour to work for everyone in our mixed ability group, and his family could not do enough to make the stay everything we wanted. Absolutely recommend it and cannot wait to get back there!
Secret Slovenia & Austria
Miles of amazing riding, great guides and local food, with great backdrop and lovely weather. What more could you ask!
Secret Slovenia & Austria
All the effort Cycleactive have put in with their experience made it a more enjoyable one for me. Will recommend to all my friends whether they cycle or not (like me).Keep it up !