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Slovenia & Croatia Family Bike Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Alps, Vineyards & the Sea

From $4,198 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,110 for sgl. occ.)

Slow down with your family 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.        

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Slovenia & Croatia

Start Ljubljana, Slovenia / End Trieste, Italy

Slovenia and Croatia Bike Tour Map

Highlights

  • Discover Ljubljana in Slovenia, recently named Green Capital of Europe by the European Commission
  • Bike peaceful roads through lush vineyards, verdant forests, terraced hills and charming towns
  • Visit an ancient amphitheater in Croatia that once hosted gladiators and medieval tournaments
  • Glide by boat across the dazzling waters of Slovenia's glacial Lake Bled and off Croatia's Adriatic coastline
Slovenia & Croatia

Start Ljubljana, Slovenia / End Trieste, Italy

Slovenia and Croatia Bike Tour Map

Itinerary

Days 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.

Days 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.

Days 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.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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2018 June
2018 August

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Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $4,198 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,698 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,698 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $7,598 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $8,798 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $4,198 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,110 for sgl. occ.)

Traveling with Kids

Premiere Hotels

Hotel Vila Bled
Hotel Vila Bled

Bled (2 nights)

Kempinski Palace Portoroz
Kempinski Palace

Istria (1 night)

Wine Hotel & Restaurant Meneghetti
Wine Hotel & Restaurant Meneghetti

Bale (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Slovenia and Croatia

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Hotel Vila Bled

Hotel Vila Bled

Bled (2 nights)

Once Tito's summer villa, this hotel boasts a spectacular location on the shore of Lake Bled and offers a private lido with row boats. (spa)

Kempinski Palace Portoroz

Kempinski Palace

Istria (1 night)

Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, this luxurious hotel offers stellar service and blends contemporary design with classic elegance. (pool, spa)

Wine Hotel & Restaurant Meneghetti

Wine Hotel & Restaurant Meneghetti

Bale (2 nights)

This tranquil country retreat is surrounded by lush olive groves and Mediterranean flora and features spacious rooms with rustic yet luxurious styling. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 18* 900 36 2300
2 17* 700 31* 2500 40 6000
Boat Ride & Tour of Bled Island (1.5 Hours)
3 21* 1900 47 4000 49 4300
Piran Walking Tour & Wine Tasting (1 Hour)
4 32* 2900 50 4500
Truffle Hunting (1 Hour)
5 20* 1100 49 2300
Walking Tour of Pula (1 Hour)
6 14 900
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 dinners, 4 lunches

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Slovenia and Croatia

The Best Leaders in Slovenia and Croatia

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Slovenia and Croatia, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Slovenia and Croatia—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Slovenia and Croatia you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Slovenia and Croatia trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn more about our bike fleet.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Slovenia and Croatia trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Navigate Your Way in Slovenia and Croatia

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Slovenia and Croatia. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

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