The Trans Dinarica Cycle Route, which starts in Slovenia, is named Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel” for 2024

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The Trans Dinarica Cycle Route, which starts in Slovenia, is named Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel” for 2024

The Trans Dinarica Cycle Route, which is the first and only cycle route linking all eight countries of the Western Balkans, including Slovenia, has been named one of Lonely Planet's Best in Travel experiences for 2024. In 2022, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel recognised Slovenia as one of the top countries to visit.

The Trans Dinarica Cycle Route, which starts in Slovenia, is named Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel” for 2024

The Trans Dinarica has been named as one of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel experiences for 2024. The renowned travel media company, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, released the 2024 edition of their much-anticipated annual book spotlighting the planet’s most exciting destinations on October 24, 2023.

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On this special occasion, MSc. Maja Pak, Director of the Slovenian Tourist Board, shares her enthusiasm: "We are absolutely thrilled about Lonely Planet's acknowledgment of the Trans Dinaric Cycle Route, which begins in Slovenia, as one of the things to experience in 2024. Lonely Planet holds worldwide recognition and is among the most influential travel media platforms, with the potential to reach millions of readers across the globe. Featuring an international cycling route that combines active holidays in pristine nature, rich culture, and superb gastronomy is a fantastic opportunity to further enhance Slovenia's visibility and reputation as a green and sustainable destination offering unique and unforgettable experiences."

Tom Hall, Vice President of Lonely Planet, explains: "Lonely Planet's Best in Travel is a celebration of the finest destinations, journeys, and experiences for the upcoming year. We are absolutely thrilled to showcase the Trans Dinarica bicycle route , scheduled for launch in 2024, as our top choice for the world's number one region to explore in the next twelve months. This route offers an extraordinary two-wheeled adventure, commencing in Slovenia and winding through 3364 kilometers of truly unforgettable landscapes. As one of the route designers emphasizes in the book, the Trans Dinarica is 'ideal for adventurers looking to blend adventure, culture, and a glass of wine at the end of the day."

Jan Klavora, one of the route’s designers and a co-director at GoodPlace, comments: “From the beginning of the Trans Dinarica’s development until today, the idea is to give travelers a way to enjoy the region while moving safely and at their own speed. This region is perfect to discover by bicycle because of its hospitality and richness of heritage. We are proud and honored that Lonely Planet acknowledges this and has also made a priority of responsible travel.”

The Trans Dinarica, launching in 2024, is the first bicycle route connecting the Western Balkans. The moderately difficult, 3364km (2090-mile) trail weaves through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia, and spotlights mountain ranges, the Adriatic Sea, numerous lakes and rivers while prioritizing sustainable exploration of Unesco sites, national parks and villages.

For more information about the route, please visit the Trans Dinarica website.


Slovenia's remarkable history of awards and recognitions on Lonely Planet's prestigious Best in Travel lists

Slovenia is far from a newcomer on this list. In 2021, Slovenia secured the 5th spot in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2022 top 10 countries to visit list, with the picturesque Slovenian coastal town of Piran gracing the cover of the printed edition. Prior to this, Slovenia had made its appearance in the first edition of this publication, back then known as Bluelist. Furthermore, Slovenia has found its place in other noteworthy Best in Travel lists. In 2006, it was recognized as one of the Best Countries, although rankings were not provided in that edition. In 2018, the Julian Alps region received acclaim as one of the Best Regions and in 2019, it earned recognition as a Best Value destination.

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