FLATLAND GRAVEL RIDING IN STYRIA SLOVENIA“GRAVEL” STYRIA - playground in the flats of river Drava and surrounding vineyard hills.
If you are looking for a beautiful, flat macadam path, then come to our part of Slovenia called Styria. Here we are lucky to have a large gravel grinding field. The area of the oldest Slovenian town, Ptuj, is a huge flat area lying between the wine-growing hills of Slovenske Gorice in the north and the Haloze hills in the south. There are many small rivers, there is a waste area on farmland, and all of this is connected by miles of the most beautiful gravel roads. Enjoy Styrian cuisine, wine cellars, friendly people, good mood and the best gravel.
Extended weekend gravel tour in Slovenian Styria. It is an entry level tour, for those looking for flat terrain and lots of tiny gravel trails. Suitable for all driving levels.
Cycling: Guided bike tour with from 1 accommodation 4 stages, 5 days (gravel bike)
BEST DATES: Wednesday– Sunday / Monday – Thursday from April to November
BICYCLE TYPE: Gravel, E-Bike, MTB
DIFFICULTY: Easy – Medium (depending on gravel conditions – weather)
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL AND AFTERNOON VISIT TO THE OLDEST CITY OF SLOVENIA – PTUJ
Arrival in Slovenia and accommodation in a pleasant hotel in Ptuj, which is the oldest town in Slovenia, from the times of the Roman Empire. The name Poetovio was then in the Roman Empire. We will go on a short city bike ride and climb to the large medieval castle of Ptuj, where we will see a beautiful panorama and the gravel playground for the next few days. Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight stay.
DAY 2 – PTUJ LAKE- ARROUND THE SOUTH PTUJ FLATLAND – CLIMB TO PTUSKA GORA CHURCH – RIVER BANKS AND FLATLANDS
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we will walk through the medieval streets of Ptuj and come to the artificial lake Ptuj. Along the coast you will have a beautiful view and a great ride. We continue to the city of Videm and from there to the bank of a small river. Nice gravel climb to the church on Ptujska gora with the church of the sanctuary. Some more gravel grinding along the river banks and through the forest before returning to the artificial water channel of the Drava hydroelectric power plants and back to Ptuj.
TOUR DATA: ap. 70 – 75 km km, 150 m in vertical ascent, forest roads, gravel, path.
DAY 3 – ALONG RIVER DRAVA TO JERUSALEM VINEHILL AND BACK
Breakfast. Hotel, free time to relax and enjoy the silence of nature. Later we set off on a new tour. Today we pass Lake Ptuj and continue along some tarmac roads and gravel to the east into the land of wines. Climb the famous Jerusalem Wine Road. Stop for a wine tasting and refreshment, in the afternoon we will drive back, partly along the same path and partly across the southern shore of Lake Ptuj. Individual dinner, overnight.
TOUR DATA: 85 – 90 km, 240 m in vertical ascent, forest roads, gravel, path.
DAY 4 – TOUR OF GRAVEL LAND FLATS AND MARIBOR TOWN – DRAVA RIVER CYCLING GRAVEL PATH
Breakfast. Morning drive on the plains of the river Drava, on macadam paths past fields and some smaller rivers, right next to the highway, past Maribor airport, fields and towing before arriving in the Styrian capital – Maribor. The second largest city in Slovenia is also called the city of sports. Here we host professional racers in winter, in summer there are many sporting events. We will visit the oldest vine plant in the world, which still produces grapes, located in the city center, on the banks of the Drava River. Some wine tastings, some free time to relax, some city rides before heading to the Drava bike path, a special gravel and tarmac road that connects Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia, along the entire course of the Drava River. The most beautiful area, a very beautiful path that winds near the river. Arrival in Ptuj, free time, dinner in a restaurant. Over the night staying.
TOUR DATA: 70 – 76 km,100 m in vertical ascent, forest road, gravel, paved, path.
DAY 5 – FAREWELL FROM THE CITY PTUJ AND “GRAVEL LAND” STYRIA
Breakfast and end of the tour or some free time before your departure (or organized transfer to the departing airport).
PRICE AND SERVICES
- accommodation in a hotel *** in Ptuj on the basis of 4 x bed and breakfast in a double room
- wine tasting in the Ptuj wine cellar
- a visit to the Maribor “House of the Old Vine” – the oldest vine plant in the world
- escort and guided tour
- a small gift for cyclists
- organization costs
- tourist taxes
- accident insurance for the tour
- surcharge for single room
- drinks and personal expenses
- bicycle spare parts and servicing
Organization of transportation of guests to the airport: For foreign participants – cyclists we can arrange transportation of passengers and bicycles to the airports of Graz, Zagreb, Trieste, Klagenfurt and Ljubljana. The cost of transportation is on demand.
- upon request
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
- min. 6
- max.: 12
Hereby we would like to give you an idea about your accommodation. We are looking for a high standard, but also for a perfect host and cyclists’ friendly accommodation. Private own smaller hotels or guesthouses are typical for this area. And you can expect a delicious food and perfect wines too.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN US?
Send us your wishes, desired date of travel, number of participants, difficulty, preferences … and we will prepare a tour tailored to your wishes and needs.
You will spend some exceptional days with us, expirience beautiful parts of our country.
We will make your vacation unforgettable 🙂