Slow down in Slovenia. Take time to marvel at snowcapped peaks and expansive river valleys. Pause to notice the brilliant blues of Balkan lakes. Resist the urge to rush toward Croatia's coastline. Let its beauty unfold as you ride to the Adriatic Sea. Then linger to watch the sunset light it all up. Ride as fast as you'd like, but know that there's no need to hurry here.
1-2 Begin your journey in Ljubljana, Slovenia, one of Europe's hidden gems | Bike to Bled, a picturesque resort town nestled in the foothills of the Julian Alps | Gaze over the mountains and Lake Bled from an 11th-century hilltop castle | Climb a beautifully forested route to Slovenia's Triglav National Park and enjoy lunch at a local cheese farm | End the day with a pletna (traditional wooden boat) ride across Lake Bled as alpenglow lights up the surrounding peaks.
3-4 Discover Slovenia's Littoral region and the charming town of Lipica, famous for raising graceful Lipizzaner horses | Ride through pastoral countryside and traditional villages as you make your way toward the coast | Visit Grad Socerb, a 14th-century castle built into a rocky cliffside overlooking the sea | Rejuvenate your cycling muscles at one of historic Piran's famed thalassotherapy spas | Dine on fresh-caught seafood and sample fine regional wines.
5-6 Cross the border into Croatia | Bike peaceful roads to Croatia's truffle capital, Livade, and learn to spot these fragrant culinary delights | Imagine the roar of ancient crowds at a 1st-century arena in Pula, one of just a few remaining intact Roman amphitheaters in the world | Admire the islands that make up Brijuni National Park as you return by boat to our coastal retreat on the Adriatic | Take a final spin to the sparkling turquoise waters of Limski Kanal.