The castles and spas from Ljubljana to Zagreb with Ekorna travel
Devinska ulica 1 1000 Ljubljana
This trip “The Castles and Spas From Ljubljana to Zagreb” is perfect for fans of history and historical sites. While cycling along the border between Slovenia and Croatia you will visit many castles, ancient monasteries and the oldest pharmacy in Europe. The trip is suitable for people with average physical condition.
Min. number of participants : 6
Day 1: Arrival in LJUBLJANA
The trip starts in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, with a visit of the city bridges. The old town of Ljubljana is nestled between the Castle Hill and Ljubljanica River. While exploring Ljubljana you can cross the river several times by the famous bridges, such as Tromostovje, Dragon Bridge and Cobblers Bridge. With the funicular you can climb up to Ljubljana Castle, which is situated on the hill and enjoy the beautiful view of the city. Accommodation in Ljubljana.
Day 2: LJUBLJANA - STIČNA
Ljubljana is located in a basin surrounded by the hills. The route runs through the hills. Going up and down you can enjoy lovely views of the city and the whole basin. On your way down the hill toward Litija you will pass the beautiful Bogenšperk Castle. From there is only a descent to Stična where the oldest monastery is.
Day 3: STIČNA – ŠMARJEŠKE TOPLICA/NOVO MESTO
Leaving the old monastery in Stična you will reach the Dolenjska region and the spas Šmarješke Toplice. There you can enjoy the afternoon in the spa or visit the beautiful city Novo mesto. Accommodation in Šmarješke Toplice/Novo mesto.
Day 4: ŠMARJEŠKE TOPLICA/NOVO MESTO – OTOČEC – KOSTANJEVICA - ČATEŽ
From Novo mesto you will bike along Krka River. The day will be filled with the beauty of Gorjanci (hills that divide Slovenia and Croatia), Otočec (island in the middle of a river), the city Kostanjevica na Krki (city on a peninsula formed by the river; also called the Venice of Dolenjska). Continuing the route towards the east you will find the Pleterje monastery. Continue to Čatež. Accommodation in Terme Čatež.
Day 5: ČATEŽ (day of rest)
The day of rest is reserved for different activities that are offered in Terme Čatež spas. If you are not tired you can explore the surrounding area, as for example visit Podčetrtek Castle on the hill above the village. Next to the castle is a forest reserve of lime trees and oysters. Under the castle, next to the picturesque gorge, you can visit the church of San Lorenzo. Near the village Podčetrtek is the monastery of the friars minor of Olimje. The monastery has one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe. Behind the monastery is a chocolate factory where you can enjoy the rich dessert. Accommodation in Čatež.
Day 6: ČATEŽ – ZAGREB – (LJUBLJANA)
After breakfast you will bike along Mokrice Castle to the border and to the capital of Croatia, Zagreb. There we suggest you to leave the bike in the hotel and explore the city by foot. In the afternoon you can take the train to Ljubljana or overnight in Zagreb and take the morning train.
Day 7: END OF THE TRIP
Possible to extend the stay in Slovenia or Croatia.
Devinska ulica 1
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