Ride and Seek Bike Tours
This tour perfectly fits our remit of searching out the road less travelled and takes pride and place as our first Ride and Seek Plus initiative in collaboration with Tourissimo. The bike is the central component of this tour but we also incorporate hiking and whitewater rafting to keep you on your toes! Split into two halves we start by exploring the beguiling region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in northern Italy, before crossing into the amazing country of Slovenia for the second half of the tour.
We’re delighted that this tour has been awarded as the ‘Best Hidden Europe’ bike tour in the 2020 Bicycling Travel Awards and consider this validation of our efforts to pioneer new itineraries.
Rolling vineyards, lush green forests and snow-capped 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 river rafting, hiking, and much more.
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 wine-making process, with the help of some local wine producers.
Accommodation and breakfast
Two or more first class guides, van support, all shuttles, private tours and tastings, 2 picnic lunches, original itineraries, trip literature, super snacks during the day and luggage transfers
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