Slovenia - Istria – For connoisseurs: breathtaking peaks, picturesque valleys and deep blue sea
For experienced riders: narrow turns and hairpin bends
Already the journey getting to Slovenia through Austria from the Millstätter Lake into the lower Drava Valley, via the Villach Alps to the Wurzen Pass crossing into Slovenia is breathtaking. Our journey takes us via Kranjska Gora, the Vrsic Saddle, a part of the Julian Alps into the Triglav National Park with a view onto Triglav Mountain. With 2864 m it is the highest mountain in Slovenia. According to old legends its three heads guard the heaven, earth and underworld.
Triglav Mountain is the symbol of Slovenia's diversity and is therefore featured on the national flag. The route through this jagged mountain landscape is one of the highlights of this tour. Through the Soca Valley we continue to Bovec, Kobarid and further through the valley until Tolmin, where we cross over into the Idrijca Valley and ride via Idrija to Postojna. On the next day we visit Postojnska Jama, the biggest known stalactite cave in the world. More than 6000 stalactite caves and cave entrances have been discovered in this typical karst landscape, a virtually endless maze adding up to hundreds of kilometres of caves. Then we leave this diverse mountain area and continue towards the Adriatic Sea and Croatia: Riding along the Pivka Valley, we cross the Jadvornik and Brkini Mountains southwards, crossing the Croatian border into Istria. Our route takes us over the Cicarja Mountains and along the Ucka National Park; here the landscape is much more idyllic, you could almost think that you are in Tuscany. Our destination for the day is the small medieval town of Labin. From here we set out on two day trips. The first takes us through Istria via Pula and Rovinj along the Adriatic coastline to Porec. We continue to the little towns of Motorun and Buzet that can be seen already from far away towering on the hilltops, on to Hum, the smallest city in the world.
For our island tour we ride from Labin to Brestora. There we take a ferry boat to the island of Cres. Having arrived on the island we continue to Ostroj, ride around Lake Vransko and visit the town of Cres from which the island derives its name. Then we take the ferry to Krk. We tour around the island along the coast before taking the bridge back to the mainland. Avoiding the busy city of Rijeka, we ride inland to Opatija. Taking the coastal road along the Kvarner Bay we arrive at our hotel near Labin. Here, in the evening we are treated to Istria's most delicious specialities. Taking only the best impressions with us, in the morning we start our ride back to the north. Riding along small back roads and paths we arrive at Postojna. Taking the route east of the Triglav National Park via Bled, we ride past Lake Bled via Kransja Gora and the Wurzen Pass back to Matzelsdorf where we had started the tour.
Level of difficulty
Approx. 1,700 km
Rural roads, in some parts very tight turns and hairpin bends.
EUR 1490 for driver
EUR 1390 for passenger
EUR 150 single room surcharge
- 7 nights at excellent two, three and four star hotels (changing hotels 4 times)
- 4x Multicourse dinners, typical local cuisine
- English-speaking tour guide
Fuel, meals/snacks during the day, drinks, toll for using the Austrian highways (Vignette), entrance fees and toll, ferry boat costs