Start the day overlooking Italian vineyards. By afternoon, be awed by majestic mountains. Feel like you have an alpine pass all to yourself. Take in the view before taking on the next corner. Practice good morning in Slovenian. Admire the beauty of Bled. And, yes, the local pinot grigio will be incredible too.
1 Bike tranquil lanes with light traffic and unparalleled scenery Visit Aquileia, a World Heritage site with exquisitely restored Roman ruins Worked up an appetite? Feast on delicious polenta, prosciutto San Daniele and other Friulian specialties at Michelin-starred La Subida.
2 Savor superlative white wines from the Collio region of Friuli, one of Italy's best-kept secrets, where low hills lie blanketed in chestnut forests, cherry orchards and tidy vineyards On rolling hills, venture into neighboring Slovenia and the Gorika Brda wine region for incredible riding and your first taste of Eastern European culture Enjoy traditional alpine cuisine with a gastronomic twist at a restaurant housed in a historic hilltop castle.
3-4 Challenge yourself on a world-class alpine pass reminiscent of epic climbs in that famous French bike race After a thrilling descent, enter the Soča River Valley for a spin to the sleepy village of Bovec Take in the turquoise Soča River and remarkable limestone peaks of Triglav National Park.
5-6 Explore lakeside Bled, Slovenia's most breathtaking alpine destination, whose island harbors a magnificent 17th-century church—you'll arrive by pletna (traditional wooden boat) Beloved for its thermal spas and glamorous resort ambience, Bled inspires rejuvenation Discover villages steeped in tradition en route to gorgeous high-altitude Lake Bohinj Fall in love with the unique Austrian flavor and vibrant cultural scene of Ljubljana.