Slovenian Alps self-guided motorcycle tour is one of our most popular holidays.
The Julian Alps are often referred to as the hidden jewels and its shimmering lakes as the pearls of Europe. Together with the scenic roads and breathtaking mountain passes, Slovenia is a biker’s treasure chest straight from the pirate stories.
As a motorcycle holiday destination, this beautiful bite-size country is frequently overshadowed by its bigger neighbours. It’s commonly used only as a transit country by those journeying to Italy and Austria as well as Croatia. However, when it comes to finding the perfect blend of pristine landscapes and preserved culture Slovenia firmly holds its own. Spiced with traditional cuisine and fine local wines, Slovenia might be small in stature, but it’s certainly big on pleasures.
Set in a tranquil green valley with a mountain scenery backdrop, Lake Bohinj is can’t-believe-my-eyes-pretty. This idyllic location is also where your chalet-style biker friendly hotel is situated. Your stay here includes three fantastic day rides and visits to some of the most famous tourist attractions and sights.
You can start exploring as soon as you arrive with a leisurely walk along the lake to the Savica waterfalls. Furthermore, a cable car ride to Vogel affords the best views of the lake as well as the valley below.
From Lake Bohinj, you are only a short ride away from the atmospheric Lake Bled and Slovenia’s only island. To get the iconic isle church’s best view, you can also visit the impressive Bled castle. Just outside the town lies the spectacular Vintgar Gorge. It is a deep, narrow and steep canyon that includes a two-mile-long wooden walkway built on stilts.
For the culture vultures, a shorter ride to Ljubljana might be a more alluring option. Slovenian capital city is one of the cleanest and most beautiful cities in Europe with plenty to see and experience.
Tarry further into the splendour of Slovenian countryside towards Croatia, and you’ll arrive in Postojna. The Postojna Caves is the only tourist attraction in the world that operates a mining train to carry the visitors. Only five miles down the road from the caves is Predjama Castle. This impressive cliff-top structure is one of Europe’s most dramatic medieval castles and was immortalized by the Templars.
With its fifty cobbled hairpins and majestic vistas, Vrsic pass is literally and figuratively the highest point of this tour. According to many of our clients, this road also truly justifies its reputation as one of the most challenging Alpine rides.
As impressive as it is, Vrsic is undoubtedly not the only ‘A-lister’ mountain pass on this fantastic motorcycle tour.
The outward journey includes the touring heavyweights such as the B500, Bregenzerwaldstraße, Arlberg and Gerlos, as well as the Großglockner pass. The return leg gets even better. It will elevate you straight up to the motorcycle touring royalty. The ‘Rat Pack’ of mountain passes include Mauria, Falzarego, Campolongo and Pordoi as well as Tonale and Bernina.
When to go:
Day by day tour itinerary
This day is the start of your Slovenian Alps self-guided motorcycle tour. After an early morning channel-tunnel crossing, you’ll make your way to the bubbly Champagne Region of France. At Reims, you’ll come off the motorway and continue your journey riding the country back roads.
As you arrive in this area, it will be the right time to start looking for a place to have lunch. Both Épernay and Sézanne are convenient places to stop. Épernay is one of the World’s most famous wine and champagne producing towns. Therefore if you fancy yourself as a bit of a sommelier, you can stop by at Champagne Avenue to visit some of the wine houses. As this is the only first day of your tour, go easy on the ‘sampling the produce’ part of the visit.
Located in the middle of woodlands, your hotel will welcome you with a comfortable room, gourmet meal, terrace and outdoor swimming pool. The hotel is also attached to a golf course, so if you fancy a bit of exercise before your evening meal, you can ‘kick a bucket or two’ on a driving range.
What our customers say
“This was the most beautiful biking holiday we have ever had. Thank you first for suggesting it and second for organising this tour for us.”
J & R Rush and D & G Collins
Kendal, UK, 2019