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Picturesque countryside tour with emphasis on wine, good food and relaxation in hot thermal springs. Suitable for cyclists of basic fitness, modest daily distances. Our easiest tour is a trip for hedonists! The trip is taking you through north-east of Slovenia and has it all – accommodation in hotels with thermal wáter springs where you can relax after days’ cycling. Cycling through vineyards, passing wine cellars with great white wine or taking a snack in a Little roadside inn! Those who have only passing interest in wine may be more interested in old towns, mighty castles, stork nests on chimneys.
• Visit Maribor – European capital of Culture 2012 stay in Ptuj, oldest Slovene city with 2000 years of vivid history
• Enjoy the sun setting down behind vineyards of Jeruzalem
• Soak in hotsprings of Moravske Toplice
• Overnight on a typical farm and taste local wines.
Your starting point is Maribor, Slovenia’s second largest city. The town is located on the bank of the Drava River and is home to one of the country’s few town castles. The castle houses the only Slovene fashion museum, which has an excellent collection of costumes and uniforms, the most prestigious being a military uniform worn by Yugoslav president Tito. Accommodation in 4* city hotel.
Cycling tour goes across Ptuj fields, along the bank of Drava. Flat only. ccommodation in 4* spa wellness hotel. Your route will follow the Drava River as it meanders its way south-east across the vineyards and orchards of the Drava Plain and passes through Ptuj, the oldest continually inhabited settlement in Slovenia. Stroll through the streets and soak up the 2000 years of history as you marvel at the rich, elaborate architecture watched over by the incredibly well preserved castle that dates as far back as 69 AD. Visit the Ptuj Wine Cellar, which has its own shop and tasting room. We recommend you try the Traminec white wine. A visit to the Monday morning market is a must. The nearby Haloze Hills also offers you the opportunity to sample more of the wonderful wines of this region.
Across flat plains with a short hilly section at the end and one shallow 100m/330ft climb. Accommodation in 3* guesthouse, set among the vineyards – you’ll love the room with a view and selection of wine in house cellar. Leaving the stony streets of Ptuj, your route takes across the immense eastern plains that lead you through tiny villages and picturesque scenery. In the village of Ormož you can visit the wine cellars for lunch and taste the white wines that are predominant in the region. Ormož is the border town with Croatia, so you can pop across the Drava Bridge and pay it a quick visit. From Ormož you will cycle northwards along the famous Ormož to Ljutomer wine road. Although this is the smallest of Podravje’s wine growing districts, it’s also one of the most famous. You will cycle through a landscape of terraced vineyards where the sound of the Klopotec, a wooden wind powered rattle designed to scare off birds, will fill the air. Your day will end at the hilltop village of Jeruzalem, named by the crusaders who passed through the region and loved the wine so much they named the settlement after the holy city.
Some hilly sections in the morning followed by an afternoon across the plain. Accommodation in a 5* hotel – part of the thermal spas in Moravske Toplice. In the morning you will continue along the wine road; on a clear day you can see as far as Hungary. There is a neverending choice of wine cellars between here and Ljutomer offering some of the best white wines in the region; although you might not want to stop at too many in case you start cycling around in circles bleary-eyed. Visit the floating mill of Veržej before crossing the Mura River into the most eastern region of Slovenia, Prekmurje. The black pottery workshop in Filovci and the modern church in Bogojina are just two of the places you visit before arriving in oravske Toplice.
Relax at the hotel swimming pool or take an easy cycling trip towards the Hungarian border. You can take the day off and immerse yourself in the healing powers of the thermal spa that Moravske Toplice is most famous for. Or you can take a short cycling trip out to the border of Hungary. Visit Bukovnica Lake, said to have bioenergetic healing effects! Along the way you’ll see the many L-shaped farmhouses and the beautiful white storks nesting on the rooftops. Cycle a couple of kilometers and cross into Hungary. Enjoy a coffee in Lendava and try the local specialty, gibanica; a sweet pie containing apple, walnut, poppy seeds and cottage cheese. Lendava is Slovenia’s most easterly town and has a sizable Hungarian population. Once refueled you can then take a leisurely ride through the vineyards of the Lendava Hills back to your hotel.
First part flat followed by gentle rolling hills. Accommodation in 2* family farmhouse. As you head back westward you can stop at the lovely Renaissance castle in Murska Sobota, which houses a regional museum with an interesting exhibition devoted to the culture and traditions of the Prekmurje region. Then cross the River Mura on an old-fashioned float before cycling across low green hills to a little village nestled amid the lovely Slovenske Gorice Hills.
A slightly hilly day. Accommodation in 4* hotel. For your final day you can take a leisurely ride through quaint rural villages and farms. Soon you will join the Malečnik wine road that leads back into Maribor. Although this is predominantly white wine territory, there are a couple of very good reds. Stop in the quiet little village of Vodole, where you can have lunch in one of the tourist farms serving up grilled blood sausages with “Sauerkraut”.
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