Friuli & Slovenia
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Wheels and Wines in a Little-Seen Corner of Europe
- Be among the first of your friends to ride this beautiful region
- Pedal through lands that inspired Joyce, Hemingway, Freud, and Rilke
- Enjoy a striking variety of cultures: Italian, Austrian, and Slovenian
- Bike through the lush vineyards of Friuli’s burgeoning wine country (and sample the local vintages, of course)
- Spin along “roads less traveled” in Italy and Slovenia
- Discover the towns of Gorizia and Cividale in Italy and Bled in Slovenia
- End in the romantic and charming Ljubljana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and capital of Slovenia
Welcome to Italy’s wine-rich Friuli region! In this little-visited locale, tucked between Slovenia and Austria, you’ll find the cultural imprints of both countries —not to mention some of the most rewarding roads you’ll ever pedal. Over the years, this region was occupied by various European powers and it developed a unique language and culture. While it is unlikely that the Friulano language will survive the next century, the customs and traditions of the land live on.
$4,395 - $4,595
198 miles - average daily 28 mi
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Day 1–2: Gorizia and the Carso area
Day 1: We meet at 12:30 pm in the lobby of our hotel for lunch and greetings, followed by a bike fitting and a spin near Gorizia. This town has a central European flavor and is split into two sides, with the Slovenian side called Nova Gorica.
Day 2: Pedal towards east and cross the border, discovering a unique and natural environment called “Carso," a vast limestone outcrops, grottoes, and underground rivers as the results of slow water erosion.
Day 3: Collio, Colli Orientali and Cividale del Friuli
Today we ride to Colli and explore it in greater depth, wheeling between gentle slopes awash in grapevines. Thanks to the region’s succession of hills and plentiful southward-facing slopes, the area named Collio provides the perfect environment for premium quality winemaking.
Day 4–5: Slovenia: Bovec & The Soca (Isonzo) Valley
Day 4: Today we’ll cross the border into Slovenia and explore the Soca Valley (Isonzo Valley in Italian). We spin along the valley visiting the Slavic town of Kobarid and its famous WWI
museum, nestled between the Alps and the Adriatic before arriving in Bovec for the
Day 5: This is a day dedicated to enjoying the region. On the Isonzo river you can choose to
experience a easy rafting descent, one of the several water sports that Bovec is known
Day 6: Bled, Slovenia
The morning begins with a 1-hour shuttle to avoid the climb to the Predil Pass. Our bike
ride begins from Kranjska Gora, initially on a beautiful bike paths and then, at times,
riding through the countryside en route to Bled.
Day 7: Ljubljana
On our last ride today we reach the enchanting Ljubljana, ancient capital of the
historical region of Carniola, and currently UNESCO World Heritage Site and capital of
Day 8: Arrivederci and Nasvidenje!
Today we say goodbye. After breakfast, around 9:00 am, there will be one group shuttle to Ljubljana Brnik airport (30 min shuttle ride) station to make your next connection. Perhaps you’ll consider stay another day in this fantastic city or catch a train (5 min taxi ride) to reach other destinations in Slovenia or Italy.
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