SAVINJA VALLEY MOUNTAIN BIKE TOUR - 5 DAYS
Day 1: ARRIVAL TO SLOVENIA, ACCOMMODATION AT BIKE HOTEL GROF AND ČRETA
Arrival to Slovenia (possible transfer from Ljubljana or other airports) to the Hotel GROF, your cycling holiday stay. Accommodation in modern and comfortable rooms.
For the first day we suggest a shorter tour to Čreta. Starting at Grof, the flat part of the route leads through the town of Prekopa where you can visit an interesting Fire Brigade Collection at the local fire station. At the Church of St. Martin in Podvrh we turn left and start ascending towards Čreta. We continue ascending and cycling on the gravel road when the view of Žovnek Castle, Lake Žovnek and the whole Lower Savinja Valley opens up. The route leads us past Partisan monuments, burned homestead from NOB (National Liberation), all the way to the top of Čreta. A forest path leads to the Church of Holy Mother of God at Čreta. On the top the view towards plateau, St. Catherine's Church and Zakrajšek's homestead opens up in front of us. From there we follow the asphalt road back to Vransko and Hotel Grof. Leisure time to relax and overnight stay.
Length: 23 km
Elevation gain: 650 m
Time: 2 h
Surface type: Asphalt, gravel road
Day 2: VELIKA PLANINA - CYCLE ON THE TRAILS OF THE LARGEST SHEPHERDS' SETTLEMENT IN EUROPE
Breakfast at the Hotel. Our comfortable van will take you to the famous Alpine mountain village - Luče or to village Podvolovjek if you prefer less climb. We start the climb along the Lučnica river in the direction of Podveža and Podvolovjek. Asphalt road leads us to the church of the St. Anton Puščavnik in Podvolovjek, which was first mentioned in 1526. We continue towards the Volovjek pass, a natural border between Štajerska and Gorenjska region. We turn right at the pass and continue along the gravel road to Domžalski dom mountain hut, where a beautiful view of the karst high plateau Velika planina opens up in front of us. Cart tracks and single trails lead us towards the chapel of Marija Snežna and the Veternica cave. We complete the circular path at the Volovjek pass, followed by the descent towards Luče. From Luče back to Hotel Grof with our shuttle. Leisure time to relax and overnight stay.
Length: 43 km
Elevation gain: 1300 m (710 m)
Time: 4 h
Surface type: Asphalt, gravel road, cart road, single trails
Day 3: OJSTRICA - CIRCULAR ROUTE THROUGH THE COUNT'S WINE VALLEY
Breakfast at the Hotel. Side asphalt roads lead us through Tabor towards Loke where we start our climb on a gravel road and past the old Ojstrica Castle ruins. We follow white and blue cycling signs and continue cycling around Krvavica. From Vrhe we descend towards Podmeja, but shortly after turn left towards Miklavž nad Taborom. Final descent on the asphalt road with a view of Kamnik-Savinja Alps leads you to Lisjak Pond and all the way back to Tabor. After return, some leisure time to rest and refreshment. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay.
Length: 32 km
Elevation gain: 740 m
Time: 3 h
Surface type: Asphalt, gravel road, forest cart track
Day 4: SOLČAVA PANORAMIC ROAD AND LOGAR VALLEY
Breakfast at the Hotel. Our most scenic tour will take you to the heart of Upper Savinja Valley - Logar Valley, and Solčava Panoramic Road – the route with the most beautiful views of Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Our comfortable van will take you all the way to Solčava - starting and end point of our tour. Solčava Panoramic Road is unique in its beauty, taking you along the pearls of the natural and cultural heritage of the Solčava Region, with breathtaking views of the peaks and valleys and past subsistence highland farms, producing everything nature offers and man creates with love. The route can be selected based on your means of transport and the available time. The route consists of twenty unforgettable stops across a large portion of the region, which also includes the Logar Valley, Robanov kot, Matkov kot, and Podolševa. At the end of the tour our shuttle will take you back to the Hotel. We recommend some leisure time or a massage. Overnight stay.
Length: 38 km
Elevation gain: 950 m
Time: 3 h
Surface type: Asphalt, gravel road, cart road
Day 5: FAREWELL FROM THE VALLEY OF GREEN GOLD AND SLOVENIA
Breakfast at the Hotel Grof. Time to say goodbye to our great hosts. Organized transfers to the airport or individual departures.
GUESTHOUSE GROF 3*
MARCH and NOVEMBER: 174 € per person in double room
APRIL and OCTOBER: 184 € per person in double room
MAJ, JUNE and SEPTEMBER: 204 € per person in double room
JULY and AUGUST: 232 € per person in double room
HOTEL GROF 4*
MARCH and NOVEMBER: 224 € per person in double room
APRIL and OCTOBER: 244 € per person in double room
MAJ, JUNE and SEPTEMBER: 278 € per person in double room
JULY and AUGUST: 304 € per person in double room
The price includes:
- 4 x Bed and buffet breakfast in selected double room
- GPX tracks of all suggested tours for your navigation
- Free use of hotel cycling services: cycling corner, cycling maps, bike storage, bike washing, drying rack, basic bike service, etc.
- Back up vehicle - transport to the hotel in case of bike defect,
- Free washing of cycling clothes during your stay
- 1 x 10 % discount at GROF restaurant during your stay
- Free gym use
- Parking space
- Wi-Fi and VAT
Tourist tax (1,50 € per adult per day) is not included in the price
- Room with balcony: 80 € per room for the package (Hotel 4* only)
- Single room: from 106 € per room per package (different rates for different dates and room types apply)
- GPS Rental: 20 € for the package
- Bike Rental: 40 € per day (gravel bike), 40 € per day (e-bike)
- transfer with bikes to the beginning of the course Solčava and Velika Planina: 20 € per person per package
- Private guide for 5 cycling tours: 1.000 € per group (for up to 8 pax per group)
- Local siteseeing tours and transfers in Slovenia (guided tours): by prior arrangement