Trip duration: 4,5 h Distance: 40 km Elevation: 624 m Highest point: 1026 m Size of the group: Max 5 people
Difficulty: The tour is fully adjustable to your skills and fitness level.
Meeting point: Tavčar Manor in Ljubljana or pick up at your location upon agreement.
ABOUT THE TOUR
Have you ever heard of Poljanska dolina? Most likely not, because “the valley of fields” still remains undiscovered among the tourists. It is located just 30km from our capital city Ljubljana on the north side of Polhograjski Dolomiti and south side of Škofja Loka hills. With its endless farming fields, you will truly understand why we call Slovenia the GREEN country.
Our starting point is going to be Tavčar Manor (from 17th century) in Visoko, named after the Slovenian writer and politician Ivan Tavčar – most known by his historical novel “Visoška kronika” (The Visoko chronicles). From an imposing bronze statue of the writer, which faces towards his birthplace – Poljane, we will ride our bikes on an easy gravel road by the river of Poljanska Sora towards the Municipality of Gorenja Vas. After the flat part of our bike tour, we will reach the village Hotavlje and now the terrain is going to get steep, but with the use of e-bikes, we are going to reach the top of the hills (Slajka) quite easy. Now the real fun begins. We will cycle on many different types of terrain, some less and some more challenging, with an astonishing panoramic view over the whole valley. Arriving at Ermanovec, where we will stop for some small snack and a real Turkish coffee, we will continue biking along the historical Rapallo border and discussing things of the last century. Finally, a very long asphalt descent is going to lead us through the valley of Kopačnica, where we will stop for a deserved refreshment in the natural spring.
With the biking part almost finished we will stop at the local Cheese farm Pustotnik, where a long tradition of Slovenian cheese is made. Friendly locals are going to guide us through the process of making cheese and prepare the degustation of their finest products. After degustation, we will go back to our starting point, where we will also finish our Poljanska Dolina mountain biking tour.
WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE?
- The Rapallo border (1st world war, 244km length, divided into 70 sections),
- Javorč (Rupnik line from 2nd world war), Goli vrh, Mrzli vrh,
- Valley of Kopačnica – The natural thermal springs (23,4 degrees C),
- Viewpoints Ermanovec and Slajka (offers endless views over green farming fields in the pre-Alp region in Slovenia towards the Julian Alps and the Sea),
- Guided tour of local Pustotnik cheese factory, followed by a lovely degustation of its products, OR,
- Guided tour of local microbrewery Crazy Duck and degustation of finest beer selection.
- Rent of high-performance eMTB
- Professional local guide
REVIEWS FROM TRIPADVISOR
This was an amazing trip for four of us: mountain biking in Slovenia. Nejc was an outstanding guide for two weeks of custom rides and local tours. He... read more
27. October, 2022
Our guided tour with Nejc of Hour Away bike tours and cycling holidays was outstanding. Nejc ensured our safety on a 14-day tour of his “backyard” in beautiful Slovenia. As... read more
25. October, 2022
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many people will be in a group on a cycling tour?
We believe smaller groups leads to better experience and we want to make sure that everybody gets the most out of cycling tour, so on every tour is maximum 5 people/cycling guide. If you are a larger group, please let us know in advance, so we can arrange cycling tour regarding your wishes, ambitions and skills.
What is the best month for cycling in Slovenia?
May/June and September/October. Why? Good weather conditions (perfect temperature), colours, clear sky, good views, very quiet and best of all – this is the off season time for the tourists.
Who will be guiding us?
Every cycling tour is planed and organised by our professional mountain biking guide, who will make sure that you will have the best possible experience.
What about food and drinks?
On every cycling tour we make a stop at a local restaurant where you can try different Slovenian cousine or just stop for a quick break and a coffee. But It is recommended for you to have some power bars and water bottle with you (you can refill it with fresh tap drinking water everywhere in Slovenia).
What should I bring with me on a cycling tour?
Since cycling is an outdoor activity, we suggest you to take comfortable outdoor sport clothes (sport shoes, short or long hiking/cycling pants, t-shirt, wind jacket, sunglasses and sun cream). If you have a small hiking/cycling backpack, take It with you so you can take all the necessary equipment with you.
What about the bad weather? Is it possible to do a different cycling tour? Can we cancel it?
First, we will let you know if there is a bad weather forecast for this exact day. If yes, then we will try to go to a different part of Slovenia (the coast, the east or the south of Slovenia) and do the cycling tour there. Every place is not more than an hour away from the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana and usually (especially summer) has more stable weather conditions. And last, YES you can cancel your cycling tour and get a full refund if you do not want the second option or the weather conditions are to bad for cycling.
How can I pay?
You can either pay with cash or card (Mastercard, Visa, Apple pay etc.). Also there is an option for a bank transfer, but you should let us know in advance.