“Soča, you are the beautiful daughter of the mountains”. That is how the famous Slovenian poet Simon Gregorčič described the Slovenian river Soča, which impresses everyone with its emerald colour and picturesque surroundings.
Its water flows across waterfalls, small waterfalls, and cascades as well as through narrow rocky gorges, and along the way, it has carved surprising canyons and pools. For a lot of visitors, Soča is one of the most amazing rivers in Europe. It is especially popular amongst people who enjoy fishing, rafting, canoeing, and other outdoor activities.
This tour allows you to explore the Soča Valley on the bike in its middle part from Bovec to Nova Gorica. You’ll be cycling to some of the most beautiful natural attractions enjoying the view of the emerald river. Among other things, you can try the local culinary specialties and see the heritage of WW1.
In order to ensure that you will have the best time of your life and an easier time cycling, we have organized transfers with a van or train. The tour is also suitable for children from the age of 14.
Points of interest:
During our 6-day cycling trip through Soča Valley you will visit:
- Tolmin and Tolmin gorges
- Bovec – the main centre for outdoor activities in upper Soča Valley
- Kobarid with its famous WW1. museum and the centre of local cuisine in the valley
- Most na Soči with its lake and the famous steam boat Lucija
- Nova Gorica, Slovenian Las Vegas and the city of roses
- River Nadiža, a paradise for bathing in nature
- Waterfalls Boka and Kozjak
- Kolovrat mountain, which offer beautiful panoramic views
- Goriška Brda, amazing landscape, a paradise for wine and food lovers
Total length: 199km / 214km
Total ascent: + 2100m / 2700m
Total descent: -3200m / 3800m
Difficulty: Light Moderate
Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
|PRICE||From 679 EUR per person (with a min. of 2 persons). For details please see bellow.|
|DEPARTURE / RETURN LOCATION||Tolmin|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Daily arrivals are possible from March 15 to December 31 2020|
|RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT / WEAR||More info in FAQ.|
Prices in 2020
In EUR per person with a min. of 2 persons.
Hotel Dvorec Tolmin 3*
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- Additional charge for single room use: 140 EUR.
- Additional charge if only one person is travelling: 190 EUR (payable in addition to the single room surcharge).
- Additional night in hotel Dvorec Tolmin 3*, per person per night, in a double room, HB 69 EUR. Single room 99 EUR.
- Transfer cost according to the price list – please see section Arrival at your destination bellow.
- Rental touring bike: 79 EUR, hybrid bike: 130 EUR, electric bike: 180 EUR
Third adult person in the room – 10%; both on basic price.
Arrival at your destination:
Slovenia is easily accessible as it is well-connected with the European network of motorways, railway lines and airports. More info on Getting To and Around Slovenia
- By car:
Slovenia is easily accessible and offers a good network of roads. Across the Tauern-motorway (A10) to Villach, than forward on the motorway (A2) direction Tarvisio-Italy. From there you enter to Slovenia on the road SS54 overpassing the Predil pass. In Slovenia you follow road 203 through Soča valley til you reach Tolmin.
- By bus & train:
Bus: Slovenia is connected with the following bus companies Euro, Touring and Flixbus. The majority have a stopover in Jesenice or Bled. From there you can take a train to Most na Soči, takes ca.1,5Hour.
Train: several international trains arrive in Slovenia on a daily basis. The closest station is in Most na Soči. Train Station Most na Soči (ca. 4 km away from Tolmin) is directly on the railway conection München – Jesenice – Nova Gorica. Time table on www.slo-zeleznice / www.oebb./ www.deutschebahn / www.trenitalia.com.
From the train station you can take a taxi, the local bus (pay directly to the driver) or contact us to organise private transportation (see table for prices).
- By aeroplane:
Several airlines offer flights to Slovenia. Airport Ljubljana-Brnik (ca. 90 km away from Tolmin) , Airport Venice Marco Polo (ca. 170 km) or Airport Ronchi dei Legionari Trieste (ca. 70 km). Upon request we can organize a transfer. More on To Slovenia by air.
Prices for transfer in one direction per person, with a min. of 2 persons
Arrival by bus/train/aeroplane
|Ljubljana/airport – Tolmin||€80|
|Ljubljana – Tolmin||€95|
|Train station Most na Soči – Tolmin||€10|
|Trieste Airport – Tolmin||€65|
|Venice Marco Polo Airport – Tolmin||€110|
The tour is light moderate. Some of the stages have transfer included. The tour is suitable for children from the age of 14.
Private transfer or electric bicycles are available for less-experienced cyclists. More info on Difficulty levels in FAQ.
Day 1: Arrival in Tolmin
Day 2: Round tour Tolmin
Today you will visit the most beautifull places near Tolmin, like confluence of river Soča and Tolminka and the famous Tolmin Gorges with the Devil’s bridge and Dante’s cave. The Tolmin gorges are also the lowest and for many the beautiest entry point into the picturesque Triglav National Park. More demanding cyclists will be able to climb to the Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca plateu, bearing the stamp of European Cultural Heritage – additional 15km of cycling.
Route detail: ca. 13 km, + 120 m / – 120m; with Javorca ca. 28 km, + 725m / – 725m
Day 3: Nova Gorica-Kanal-Tolmin
The first part of the journey will lead you from Tolmin to the town Most na Soči. There you’ll take a train to Nova Gorica, known as slovenian Las Vegas. We highly recommend a visit the tombs of the last bourbons and a garden with bourbon roses in Kostanjevica manastery. After a short stroll and a coffee in the city of roses you will cycle past the Solkan Bridge, which is known for the longest stone arch in the world. Cycling on the new cycle lane along the Soča River you will arrive to the small town Kanal ob Soči. There you will be able to enjoy the stunning view of the surrounding nature and the famous bridge from which every year a diving competition takes place.
Route detail: ca. 42 km, + 684m / – 578m
Day 4: Bovec-Tolmin
Morning transfer to Bovec. A small town in upper Soča Valley is a great starting point for outdoor activities. Especially popular are rafting, kayak and canoe, canyoning, etc. Our tour goes along the Soča River to Kobarid. This is the most beautiful part of Soča’s path to the Sea, because it offers a lot of rapids and pools. It truly is a beautiful sight to behold. Along the way you can also admire the waterfall Boka with the biggest flow rate in Slovenia and the idyllic waterfall Kozjak.
Route detail: ca. 37 km, + 206m / – 474m
Day 5: Kolovrat-Goriška Brda-Gorica-Tolmin
Morning transfer to Kolovrat mountain, where you can visit Outdoor museum of I. ww. You will slowly descend towards Goriška brda. Behind your back Julian Alps salute you and in front enjoy the panoramic view of the picturesque hills and the Friuli region. You are greeted by the Julian Alps behind you and magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding hills and the Friuli plain. In Brda, you can enjoy a glass of wine and some of the typical Brda dishes with stunning views of vinehills. The plain follows through vineyards to Gorizia, a border town with a rich history and architecture. A wander around the city is followed by a train ride from Nova Gorica to Most na Soči and short cycling back to Tolmin.
Route detail: ca. 53 km, + 639m / – 1615m
Day 6: A bike tour around Senica
An unpretentious and scenic circular path takes us around a 650 m high Senica hill, which offers a magnificent view of the emerald Soča and the Krn and Kanin mountains. In the village of Ljubinj we can decide on a more demanding ascent along the macadam path to the top of Senica, from which a magnificent view of the valley and mountains opens. Continue along the regional road to Most na Soci, a small town sunbathing on the pier above the confluence of Soca and Idrijca. The place is one of the most important archeological sites in the Southeastern Alps. Five kilometers ahead we finish our tour in Tolmin.
Route detail: ca. 24 km, + 381m / – 381m
Day 7: Tolmin-Robič with Nadiža River-Kobarid
You will ride from Tolmin towards Kobarid and forward to the Nadiža River. Nadiža is one of the warmest rivers in this part of the Alps, therefore it is perfect for those who want to have a swim in the most beautiful pools that nature has to offer. By the river you can observe the Napoleon bridge. The afternoon is reserved for sightseeing in Kobarid, the culinary centre of the valley. We can visit the WW1 museum and enjoy in lokal food and wine in any of the restaurants. At the end it follows the last transfer to Tolmin, where the cycling tour in Soča Valley ends.
Route detail: ca. 45 km, + 368m / – 320m
Day 8: Departure
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