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With this tour our intention was to bring you at same time two opposite types of landscapes: Alp's and Adriatic's. And it works. Combining unlimited sources by visiting three different countries, Slovenia, Italy and Croatia. We bring to you the best of Slovenian touristic sources, the best of Italian Dolomites, exclusivity of Venice lagoon and untouched magical Croatia lands in Istria and Adriatic islands and at the end one true World Natural wonder, Plitvice Lakes. All that in 11 days of riding.
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Welcome to Zagreb, capital of Croatia. Depending on your arrival time we will organize further activities. First, we will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation site. Next, we would like you to get acquainted with your bike and therefore a short test ride will be optimal and can include some of sightseeing or if enough time sightseeing will be done separately. Traditional dinner in the evening apart from new taste will be fine opportunity to discuss about the tour details.
2.Zagreb - Logarska Valley
After breakfast we will star off on our journey and head towards the neighboring Slovenia, soon taking a break to visit the Medieval castle Mokrice, a place where legends and tales speak of turbulent historical events and important routes crossing this area from West towards East as early as in Ancient Rome. Another castle on our route will be Otočec ob Krki, just 20 min ride away from Morkice, a true jewel rising from the mists of the Krka River, the only waterfront castle in Slovenia and the surrounding area. Its earliest foundations were built in the Middle Ages, while it owes its present appearance to the Renaissance.
Riding the curvy roads through central Slovenia for a couple of hours, we will reach Logarska dolina (Logar Valley), one of Europe’s most beautiful glacial Alpine valleys. A tranquil walk in the valley and the surrounding area quietly remind us of the centuries-old harmony existing between man and nature. The Logar Valley is nested deep in the heart of the Kamnik - Savinja Alps and, due to its location, is an ideal starting point for numerous excursions and hiking expeditions to the peaks of the Kamnik - Savinja Alps or the interesting surrounding area.
3.Logarska Valley - Bled - Bohinjska Bistrica
From Logar Valley our route takes us to other Slovenian jewels: Bled and Bohinj. But first we will cross the border and enter Austria over the County of Jezersko, a picturesque valley surrounded by high summits of sixty million years old Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the east and more than three hundred million years old coral reef in the west. This is the place where the new Europe deleted borders between Slovenia and Austria. It is a valley stretching through the longest Slovenian village of Kokra into the very heart of Slovenia – the green pearl of Europe, rich and diverse in its nature and its culture.
Our next stop will be Bled, the top Slovenian tourist resort. There are so many things to see and visit: the lake itself, castle, hills surrounding the lake, Vintgar gorge, Triglav National Park, and everything is so stunning you simply must see it, including another lake nearby, Bohinj. Lake Bohinj is the largest natural lake in Slovenia, nested in the heart of the Julian Alps. This jewel is a precious natural resource and at the same time offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities. The Alps are bringing their best in this place. All the roads are ideal for riding and enjoying the scenery. We will stay overnight in this heaven on Earth.
4.Bohinjska Bistrica - Corvara Dolomites
Our route will take us from the Slovenian Alpine paradise via Vršič Pass (a spectacular one) over the Italian border where we will be entering the Dolomites. The Dolomites are a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, with 18 peaks rising over 3,000 meters and covering 141,903 ha. They feature some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes with vertical walls, cliffs and dense narrow, deep and long valleys, representing a diversity of spectacular landscapes of international significance for geomorphology marked by steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, glacial landforms and karst systems. The Dolomites are a part of UNESCO World Heritage List and widely regarded as being among the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world. It is a place filled with roads for ultimate joy of riding and, as such, an ideal place on our route. We will settle in Corvara Badia. Corvara, situated at 1568 meters above the sea level on a sunny plain at the foot of the Mt. Sassongher, is, in many ways, the cradle of tourism in Alta Badia.
5.Corvara - Passo di Stelvio - Lago di Garda
From Corvara we will head on an outstanding ride through the Dolomites, visiting Passo di Stelvio. The Stelvio Pass is a high mountain pass at 2757 m (9045 feet) above the sea level, located in the Ortler Alps in Italy. The road over the pass, Strada Statale 38, is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps and the second highest in the Alps, after the Col de l'Iseran (2770 m asl). The road itself is a marvel of engineering skill; the exhilarating serpentine sections simply lure experienced drivers. All in all, this could be the most magnificent road pass in Europe. After this adventure we will turn south towards Lago di Garda to relax a bit after the Stelvio excitement. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and a popular holiday location in Northern Italy.
6.Lago di Garda - Venice
Lake Garda, an endless source of ideas for your holidays… the expanse of water and variety of countryside make the area a real outdoor recreation ground. After cruising around we will head more south, to meet the Adriatic and visit Venice.
7.Rest day: Venice
Venice is one of the most interesting and beautiful places in the world. Who hasn’t heard of Venice, right?
This sanctuary in a lagoon is virtually the same as it was six hundred years ago, which adds to its fascinating character. Venice has decayed since its peak and is heavily commercialized in the tourism sector (there are more tourists than residents in the town), but the romantic charm remains, packed with history. The Most Serene Republic of Venice dates back to 827, when a Byzantine Duke moved its seat to what is now known as the Rialto, and for the following 970 years the city prospered on trade under the rule of a Roman-style Senate headed by the Doge. In 1797, the city was conquered by Napoleon, a heavy blow it never recovered from. It was consequently merged into the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, then ping-ponged back and forth between Austria and an emerging Italy. Venice is still a monument to the glory days of the Renaissance and historical culture still throbs powerfully in the old Venetians' veins.
The city covers the area of 118 islands organized in main districts called "Sestieri": Cannaregio, Castello, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Santa Croce and San Marco, where the main monuments and sights are located. Other main districts are Isola della Giudecca and Lido di Venezia. Other important islands include Murano, Torcello, San Francesco del Deserto, Burano and several others. Our day will be filled with various possibilities and acitivities, the world’s artistic masterpieces being at a hand’s grasp.
8.Venice - Dolomites - Bovec
We will leave Venice and the Adriatic, riding north to meet the south part of the Dolomites yet again before re-entering the Slovenian Alps and visiting Bovec, a small mountain pearl. This pleasant little town, surrounded by high peaks of the Julian Alps, is a paradise for all those wishing to get away from the hectic cities.
Bovec is a destination of Slovenian superlatives and natural sights: Boka waterfall, Slovenia's most majestic waterfall, Triglav (2864 m), Slovenia's highest mountain, the Soča River, Europe's most emerald river, Krnsko jezero, Slovenia's largest mountain lake, Kanin-Sella Nevea (2300 m), Slovenia's highest ski resort, Vršič mountain pass (1611 m), Slovenia's highest mountain pass, mountain road to Mangartsko sedlo, Slovenia's highest mountain road. And all these superlatives are at our disposal for the day.
9.Bovec - Rovinj
Following the Soča River we will continue across the Brda County filled with vineyards and karst landscapes and soon enter Croatia and find ourselves on the Adriatic again. We will settle in Rovinj and take a look at one of the best Istrian tourist destinations. Reporting on the Best World Romantic Summer Getaways in July 2014, the CNN ranked Rovinj as number one place: “Dubrovnik gets lots of love, but we're smitten with the lesser-known city of Rovinj to the north. The terracotta rooftops, church steeples and winding cobblestoned streets of the medieval old city are set on a peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea, which provides the focus for the many alfresco cafés lining the waterfront.”
10.Rovinj - exploring Istria - Island Cres
After the morning in Rovinj, something new will occupy all your senses in the northern part of Istria, overlooking the Mirna River valley: the most famous and attractive Istrian medieval town of Motovun-Montona. This captivating hilltop town is one of the characteristic symbols of the Istrian hinterland.
The Romanesque-Gothic bell tower with a crenulated crown from the 13th century, standing next to the Parish Church of St. Stephen from the 17th century, dominate the town's historic core. The Romanesque Municipal Palace in the central square is the largest secular building in Istria of that period surrounded by many other historic buildings.
Motovun Forest stretching along the Mirna River valley is especially rich in truffles, the underground malodorous fungus believed to be an aphrodisiac. Istrian white truffles, whose season lasts from September to December, are said to be as good as the finest Italian and French truffles. So we’ll have to check if that’s true!
Opposite Motovun-Montona stands the charming picturesque town of Oprtalj-Portole, as well as Livade, the charming village of Grožnjan, the town of Buzet and many other locations ready to be discovered. They will all prove that Istria is far better than Tuscany.
But, there is yet another gem attracting our attention: a short ferry ride will bring us to the island of Cres.
11.Rest Day: Island of Cres
The island of Cres is a true gem of the Adriatic sea: still a bit wild and not enough explored and, to a large extent, still an enigma, famous as the nesting place for the golden eagle, European honey buzzard (Pernis apivorus) and the nightingale. It will surprise you with the breathtaking beauty of its nature and you will have the chance to experience it first-hand since we’ll be riding over the island. We will have a traditional lunch in Valun, a small fishing village situated in a deep, quiet lagoon and later visit Lubenice, an astonishing small stone town existing for 4000 years on the top of a cliff 378 meters above the sea level with the most stunning sunsets in the world.
We will also explore the island of Lošinj connected to the island of Cres by a small ridge in the old town of Osor. Lošinj is rich in Mediterranean vegetation and a perfect wellness oasis. The island’s beautiful woodland area, untouched nature and mild climate allowed Mali and Veli Lošinj to be proclaimed health resorts and rehabilitation centres back in 1892.
Both islands offer a lot and we will try to take in as much as possible in a single day.
12.Island Cres - Plitvice Lakes - Zagreb
Filled with good energy accumulated on Cres, we will take a ferry and head towards the next beauty on our route: Plitvice Lakes. The old saying “sugar comes at the end” is certainly valid in this case.
We could use numerous words to describe the site, but the view will leave you absolutely speechless. Plitvice is the most prominent and visited of the eight national parks in Croatia, representing a special and breathtaking hydro-geological phenomenon. Plitvice is a forested mountain region with 16 smaller and bigger lakes of crystal teal colour. The lakes collect water from numerous rivers and streams and are interconnected by cascades and waterfalls. Tuff barriers created 10 000 years ago are a distinctive feature of the Park. Its 12,000 acres of rich greens with 16 turquoise lakes, crystalline streams and dozens of waterfalls, provide an ethereal backdrop as you walk along miles of wood-plank paths and gaze at the liquid beauty.
It comes as no surprise that Plitvice was one of the first sites to be included in the UNESCO’s list of world heritage in 1979.
In the late afternoon we will be reaching Zagreb again, back to the starting point, where we will enjoy a delicious goodbye dinner and have an opportunity to reminiscent, discuss and share our impressions.
The farewell day: your departure time will determine the way we organize the day. There are several possibilities, Zagreb sightseeing being only one of them.
To round up your stay, we will transfer you to the airport and wish you a nice and pleasant flight home with one final hope: that you had the time of your life with us and that you'll be coming back!
Difficulty - Medium
12 nights 3/4*
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