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Fruili and Slovenia Magnifica Cycling Tour
Tour Location
Country:
Italy (Veneto, South Tyrol-Trentino, Fruili), Slovenia
From:
Venice
To:
Ljubljana
Tour Information
Guiding:
Guided
Support:
Vehicle Support, Luggage Transfer, Maps / GPS
Duration:
7 days
Terrain:
On Road only
Bike Options:
Electric Bike available, Bike included
Tour Language:
English
Tour Type:
Cost From:
USD 4695
Tour Distance & Dates
Month(s):
Aug
Tour Operator:
Tourissimo
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Fruili and Slovenia Magnifica Cycling Tour

Scenic riding among vineyards, hamlets, and lakes

7 Days

Crossing the border from Friuli to Slovenia you'll notice both the continuity and the diversity of this area that has been occupied by various European powers over the years. There’s a lot of history involved in this cycling and multi-sport tour, with a focus on the years during and between the two World Wars. Our visit to the WWI Museum in Caporetto-Kobarid is the best way to get to know the history and the geography of these two regions.

Both Friuli and Slovenia are big wine producers, especially of white wines, and it’s interesting to taste the same grape varietal cultivated in different soils and climates. Friuli’s wine regions of Collio and Colli Orientali del Friuli will be the backdrop of our cycling ride towards Slovenia, and in Slovenia we pass through the wine areas of Goriska Brda, Kras and Vipavska Dolina. You could witness the beginning of the grape harvest and the start of the winemaking process, with the help of some local wine producers. This Magnifica edition runs in August, and it is a great option for families with teen age kids.

Rolling vineyards, lush, green forests and snowcapped mountains form the backdrop for much of our riding along smooth, uncrowded roads and bike paths. The views are just as spectacular when we are off the bikes enjoying a variety of multi-sport activities, including kayaking, hiking, and much more.

The Slovenian Identity and the WWI and WWII Legacy

Slovenia’s identity, and its formal and informal divisions with the bordering region of Friuli were shaped in part by the conflicts of both World Wars. During World War I, after the Italian attack on Austria-Hungary in 1915, the Italian front opened, and some of the most important battles (the Battles of the Isonzo) were fought along the Soca River and on the Kras Plateau in the Slovene Littoral. With the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in 1918, the Slovenians initially joined the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs (later Kingdom of Yugoslavia). The western part of the Slovenian Lands was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy and became known under the name of Julian March. In April 1941, Yugoslavia was invaded by the Axis Powers. Slovenia was divided between Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and Horthy's Hungary. Soon, a liberation movement under Communist leadership emerged. Due to political assassinations carried out by the Communist guerrillas as well as the pre-existing radical anti-Communism of the conservative circles of Slovenian society, a civil war between Slovenes broke out in the Italian-occupied southeastern Slovenia (Ljubljana, Lower Carniola and Inner Carniola) between the Liberation Front of the Slovenian People and the Axis-sponsored anti-communist militia. Nevertheless, the Slovenian partisan guerrillas managed to liberate large portions of the Slovene Lands, making an important contribution to the defeat of Nazism.
Accommodation
Double Occupancy / Twin Share
Single Supplement: Available
Inclusions
• Bikes equipped with Garmin GPS (choice Bianchi road carbon or hybrid; Ebike for an extra charge)
• Two professional tour guides throughout the program
• All accommodation
• All breakfasts, all lunches and all dinners
• Wine and beer with meals, coffee, cappuccino, and gelato stops
• Support vehicle during the tour and luggage transfer
• Shuttle at the beginning and at the end of the tour
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