Stories of Spas, Beer and the Counts of Celje

on demand

CYCLING

UNSPOILED NATURE

LOCAL CUISINE

Several stories will intertwine on the circular cycling trip, which will start and end at the Celje railway station.

The first one is about the history, marked by the exciting story of the Counts of Celje – nobles who rose quickly from anonymity and became involved in the highest peaks of European ruling houses, but even faster, caught in their own intrigues, also perished. It is a story of incredible successes, difficulties, but also violence, great love with a tragic end, etc. 

The second one is the story of hops, a magnificent, up to 7 meters tall spice plant for the production of beer, which grows there and give the valley the name “Valley of Green Gold”. In addition, where there is the spice for beer, there are beer producers – brewers. Along with mass production increases rapidly the number of private breweries that are developing a new culture – the culture of drinking beer. Not “pir”, as it is the popular Slovenian expression for the drink, but Beer with a capital letter! 

The third story will be the story of the thermal baths, of which there are quite a few in the area. They offer a wide range of healing waters that treat and alleviate various health problems, but also offer relaxation – wellness. 

More than enough to fill our days and make the holiday unforgettable!

Lenght:8 dni
Total distance:252 km
Avg. distance:31,5 km
Total height:5841 m
Bicycle type:treking ali MTB, priporočena e-podpora
Countries:Slovenia
Begin/End:Celje train station
Price (guided / self-guided):1.340 € / 935 €

Highlights:

  • Stories of five health resorts: Topolšica, Zreče, Dobrna, Rimske toplice and Laško
  • The story of hops and beer, from a multinational to a number of private producers
  • The story of the rise and fall of the Counts of Celje
  • Unique local gastronomy
  • Mozirski gaj – flower park and open-air museum
  • Herman Potočnik Noordung Space Technology Center
  • Beautiful karst cave Pekel
  • Fountain of beer Green Gold
  • The towns of Celje, Braslovče, Mozirje, Velenje, Vitovlje, Zreče, Dobrna, Žalec. Gotovlje, Rimske toplice, Laško…

Guided tour includes:

  • 8 days
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • transport of luggage between accommodation
  • accompanying support vehicle
  • breakfasts, lunchtime snacks and dinners
  • entrance fees to attractions during the programe

The trip will be conducted in English.

Overall Tour Level

Day
Distance / Gain
Terrain
Surface
Day Level
15,6 km (peš)
243,8 km / 773 masphalt / gravel
325,3 km / 847 masphalt / gravel
440,8 km / 698 masphalt / gravel
531,3 km / 1030 masphalt / gravel
621,2 km / 427 masphalt / gravel
769,6 km / 1205 masphalt / gravel
820 km / 674 masphalt / gravel

 

Potovanja so načrtovana zelo podrobno, a ne moremo predvideti nepredvidenih dogodkov ali cestnih del, zato so možna tudi manjša odstopanja ali prilagoditve tras.

DAY 1:

By the Footsteps of the Romans and the Counts of Celje

Highlights:

  • Celje Old Castle, Celje Provincial Museum (exhibition on the Counts of Celje, City under the City – Roman Remains, exhibition on the travels of Alma M. Karlin), statue of Alma M. Karlin, Celje Museum of Recent History, City Park…

On the first day, we will warm our feet and let the bikes rest. Celje is not a big city, but it boast of a rich and varied history. This begins as early as in the time of the Romans, when the castrum Celeia was alive here. The remains of its buildings and streets, which were covered for many centuries with soil, were during the renovation of the Rector’s Palace restored into an attractive underground “place under place” as a part of the Celje Provincial Museum. The museum premises on the upper floors house exhibitions on the rapid rise and fall of the Counts of Celje, one of the most penetrating and influential noble families in this part of Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries, and a permanent exhibition on the great Celje traveler Alma Karlin. She has traveled the world on her own at the end of 19th century. We will also visit the Old County, where visitors are impressed by the illusory-painted Celje ceiling, one of the largest in this part of Europe. In the evening, we will take a walk to Celje Castle, which reigns over the city from a nearby hill. The castle is most beautiful in the evening, when you can see illuminated settlements in the entire Savinja Valley and beyond.

Distance:app. 6 km (on foot)
Gain:187 m
Terrain: 
Surface:
Day Level:
Meals:lunchtime snacks, dinner
Accommodation:hotel, Celje


DAY 2:

To the Roots of the Counts of Celje

Highlights:

  • Vrbje pond, Žovnek castle, lake and manor, Legant manor, Braslovče

We will leave Celje along the Savinja riverbed. Rich greenery will accompany us all the time, but the most picturesque will be around the Vrbje pond, where the locals have a shelter for leisure activities, and many birds nest, too. Through gently undulating hills, we will cycle to Žovnek Castle, the Counts of Celje home. Today, the castle is in restauration process and worth a visit. We will continue past Braslovče, a town that despite his small size has played important roles throughout history. We will end the day in a pleasant campsite in a grove not far from Mozirje.

Distance:44 km
Gain:773 m
Terrain: 
Surface:asphalt / gravel
Day Level:
Meals:breakfast, lunchtime snacks, dinner
Accommodation:camping, Mozirje


DAY 3:

Across the Hill to the First Spa

Highlights:

  • Mozirski gaj – flower park and open-air museum, Mornova Zijalka, clustered homestead near Bačovnik, parish church of St. Andrej in Bele vode, terme Topolšica

In Mozirje we will say goodbye to the clear, bubbling Savinja and head to the nearby hills. Before that, we will visit the luxurious Mozirski gaj, where lovers of nature and tradition have gathered everything that is most valuable in this environment (and beyond). The story of Mozirski gaj is a story of nature and the people who breathe with it, and a walk through it is a symphony for the eyes and other senses. We will continue cycling in hilly landscape, passing by an energetically overflowing village of Bele vode and to the first thermal bath on our way – Topolšica. We will arrive there early enough to be able to take a bath and enjoy the healing effects of the warm water. By evening, we will head towards our accommodation in Velenje.

Distance:25 km
Gain:847 m
Terrain: 
Surface:asphalt / gravel
Day Level:
Meals:breakfast, lunchtime snacks, dinner
Accommodation:hotel, Velenje


DAY 4:

Miner’s Velenje

Highlights:

  • Velenje (Coal Museum, architecture), Štrekna cycle path along the route of the abandoned railway, Vitanje (Herman Potočnik Noordung Space Technology Center, Vitanje sausages)

After breakfast, we will visit the city center of Velenje, the Mining Museum and lakes, resulted from the land settlement associated with mining. To the next destination we will be cycling from Velenje to Mislinja by Štrekna, the picturesque cycle path built on the route of the former railway. Our finish line will be Vitanje – a slightly larger village, hosting in nest the futuristic Center of Space Technologies Herman Potočnik. Of course, we will not give up the pleasure of visiting its exceptional collections. In addition to the permanent installation, the museum regularly hosts occasional exhibitions, offering often-excellent exhibits. In addition to the Noordung Center, Vitanje has another attraction – excellent indigenous Vitanje sausages, which will taste at a nearby inn. We will cycle to our accommodation in the nearby health resort Zreče over a mild hill. Our hotel has one specialty – a brewery, whose beer we will not give up.

Distance:41 km
Gain:698 m 
Terrain: 
Surface:asphalt / gravel
Day Level:
Meals:breakfast, lunchtime snacks, dinner
Accommodation:hotel, Zreče


DAY 5:

A Day for Spas

Highlights:

  • Zreče and Dobrna spas, 200-year-old spa park with energy points in Dobrna

After breakfast, we will get on our bikes and cycle to the nearby Terme Zreče, where we will taste their thermal water. In the pools, of course. Shortly after noon, we will leave the pleasant comfort of the water and drive to the nearby hill for lunch in rural tourism, which is famous as one of the best in Slovenia. In the afternoon, we will have to do another not very demanding part of the route to the next spa – Dobrna. Dobrna is one of the oldest health resorts in Slovenia (and beyond) which during its existence hosted many important and even crowned heads. The lungs of the spa complex is a 200-year-old park with many rare trees as well as with healing energy points.

Distance:31 km
Gain:1030 m 
Terrain:
Surface:asphalt / gravel
Day Level:
Meals:breakfast, lunchtime snacks, dinner
Accommodation:hotel, Dobrna


DAY 6:

Past Hell to Culinary Heavens

Highlights:

  • Collection of old bicycles in the Blažiš homestead, Pekel cave, Green Gold beer fountain, Ecomuseum of hop growing and brewing, private brewery Green Gold Brewing

After breakfast, we will not have a tiring tour – just about two kilometers to an extremely interesting collection of old bicycles at a private collector and enthusiast. Today it is hard to imagine how much imagination our ancestors had to turn bicycles into traveling “craft workshops” – really worth to see! The journey to the next attraction – caves with a somewhat frightening name Hell (Pekel), will be slightly longer. The Karst cave of threatening name offers in addition to many imaginative stalactites, the highest cave waterfall in Slovenia. From the cave, we will descend to the town of Žalec, which is the center of hop production. The town is surrounded by imposing plantations of spices used in the production of beer – hops. Seedlings grow up to 7 m in height, and we will have a unique experience to pass through the plantations. The afternoon we will spend for beer tasting in the Fountain of Beer “Green Gold” and visit of the Ecomuseum of Hop Growing and Brewing. We will spend the evening for food and beer treats.

Distance:21 km
Gain:427 m
Terrain:
Surface:asphalt / gravel
Day Level:
Meals:breakfast, lunchtime snacks, dinner
Accommodation:hotel, Novo Celje


DAY 7:

Jurklošter Carthusian Monastery and the Mysterious Gračnica Valley

Highlights:

  • Ceramic workshops in Liboje, Carthusian monastery Jurklošter (tomb of Veronika Deseniška), valley of the stream Gračnica, health resort Rimske toplice (health park with 23 energy points and trees from all over the world)

After breakfast, we will set off to gentle hills above the Savinjska Valley, this time to the town of Liboje, which has been, due to its rich clay deposits, a center for the production of ceramics since the middle of the 19th century. A short tour will tell us a lot about the craft skills and the lifestyle of the locals. We will return to Savinja River and approach Celje along its embankment, but just before the city, we will turn around the “suburbs” in the direction of Grobelno. After lunch, we cycle to hills leading us to the Carthusian monastery Jurklošter, which was very influential during the era of greatest successes of the Counts of Celje. Today, the abandoned monastery is famous for the burial of the remains of Veronika Deseniška, the second wife of the penultimate Count of Celje, Frederick II. With the assassination of Frederick’s son Ulrik in Belgrade, the Celje dynasty became extinct. From Jurklošter to our accommodation in the health resort Rimske Toplice will be a good hour of descent through the shady and mystical valley of the stream Gračnica.

Distance:70 km
Gain:1.205 m 
Terrain:
Surface:asphalt / gravel
Day Level:
Meals:breakfast, lunchtime snacks, dinner
Accommodation:hotel, Rimske Toplice


DAY 8:

Between spa and beer

Highlights:

  • Laško (Laško spa, Church of St. Martin, municipal building – Lilijski manor, Black Bridge)

On the last day of our journey, we will act more “holiday-style”. There will not be many kilometers that day, nor will they be strenuous, as we will be near the Savinja River. In the town of Laško we will find another spa. We will take some time to visit a town with its rich history and take a bath in the healing water as well. After lunch, which will be crowned with excellent beers from local private breweries in the local pub, we will go on the last joint journey to our starting point – the Celje railway station.

Distance:20 km
Gain:674 m 
Terrain:
Surface:asphalt / gravel
Day Level:
Meals:breakfast, lunchtime snacks

DO NOT FORGET BEFORE YOU LEAVE TO TRAVEL:


Upon registration:

  • pay the mandatory 30% of advance payment at the time of booking
  • Check the contents of the confirmation email
  • Meet any requirements from the confirmation email

At least one month before the trip:

  • Arrange insurance (Coris or similar)
  • Carefully read the travel confirmation email, as it may contain very important information
  • Pay the last installment

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PRICE IN DETAILS

Guided travel is suitable for those who want their trip to be as carefree and relaxing as possible: we take care of your accommodation, arrange for you in advance cyclists tailored, indigenous and healthy meals, book tours (even in attractions that are open only on request or occasionally), we transport your luggage and come to the rescue in case of technical problems with the bike or other equipment.

An experienced cycling guide take care of you not to lose your way and helps you communicate with the locals. Above all, the advantage of traveling within a guided group is to meet new, similar cycling enthusiasts and make contacts for possible later gatherings.


The price of a guided trip  "Stories of Spas, Beer and the Counts of Celje" is:  1.340 €


The price INCLUDES;

  • 8 days of cycling
  • 7 nights in 3/4 star hotels or accommodation of same quality
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 8 lunchtime snacks
  • 7 dinners
  • A professional and experienced tourist and cycling guide throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees for tours in Celje, Mozirje, Velenje, Vitanje, Dobrna, Jama Pekel, Žalec and Jurklošter
  • Entrance fees for spas in Topolšica, Zreče, Dobrna, Rimske toplice and Laško
  • seer degustatios in beer fountain in Žalec and in Zreče, Laško and Petrovče
  • unique culinary experiences
  • transport of luggage between accommodation
  • accompanying support vehicle
  • a comprehensive guide to the path in digital form

The price of the trip is valid for 1 person in a double room and for a pre-determined departure date in period of season from June to September. . If you would like to travel at another time, contact us for a customized offer.


Surcharges:

  • Surcharge for single room 210 €
  • rental of bicycles or other equipment (on request)


NOT INCLUDED in the price

  • accident insurance and travel cancellation insurance
  • personal safety and cycling equipment
  • drinks with meals included in the package
  • anything else that is not stated to be included

We recommend self-guided tours for travelers who know how to navigate a route based on a map or GPS track and already have experience with self-guided travel. If the above description does not apply to you, a guided tour is likely to be more enjoyable and relaxing. 

The prices of self-guided tours depend on the number of travelers traveling together in the same period and destinations. The price below is based on the calculation of prices for two people sleeping in double room in high season (June – September). In case of other wishes, contact us for a customized offer.


The price of a self-guided trip  "Stories of Spas, Beer and the Counts of Celje" is:  935 €


The price INCLUDES

  • 8 days of cycling
  • 6 nights in 3/4 star hotels or accommodation of same quality
  • 7 breakfasts
  • transport of luggage between accommodation
  • a navigation package containing GPS tracks, maps and a guide with a description of the route and attractions


Surcharges:

  • Surcharge for single room 210 €
  • rental of bicycles or other equipment (on request)


NOT INCLUDED in the price:

  • accident insurance and travel cancellation insurance
  • personal safety and cycling equipment
  • drinks with meals included in the package
  • anything else that is not stated to be included

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Would you like to choose another starting point or the end of the route; are you worried that your fitness routine is not sufficient?

Send us an inquiry to our e-mail address or via the website and we will do our best to meet your wishes and expectations. 


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    Mostly flat terrain, only shorter lower hills are possible
    Slightly hilly terrain, ascents and descents are shorter and technically and fitness-wise undemanding
    Hilly terrain, ascents and descents can be longer and steeper
    Hilly terrain, ascents and descents can be longer and steeper
    Mountainous terrain, very demanding ascents and descents on single tracks, tows or otherwise demanding trails that require a high level of fitness and technical skills

    EASY: Relaxed cycling, suitable for beginners and families who want cycling experiences. There is a lot of time and opportunities on the way to stop and relax, and the terrain is undemanding in terms of altitude – mostly flat or with gentle slopes. The road surfaces are also undemanding – asphalt or well-paved and smooth gravel. As a rule, the lengths of daily sections do not exceed 35 kilometers.
    MEDIUM EASY: Suitable for occasional cyclists – mostly undemanding cycling, but some days can also contain longer easy ascents or descents or shorter more demanding ascents or descents. The lengths of the daily sections are on average between 25 and 55 kilometers per day.
    MEDIUM DEMANDING: Suitable for cyclists with an active lifestyle who cycle regularly. The cycling sections are longer and more demanding in terms of fitness. Medium-demanding terrain can also contain longer and steeper ascents and descents. The lengths of daily sections of mostly road-cycling tours are on average between 45 and 75 kilometers, and touring-cycling tours more than 30 kilometers.
    DEMANDING: Suitable for very active and well-prepared cyclists who want more demanding cycling challenges. Medium to very demanding terrains can also contain longer and steeper ascents and descents. The lengths of daily road and cycling sections are on average between 65 and 85 kilometers, while touring cycling sections are correspondingly shorter, but at least more than 40 km.
    VERY DIFFICULT: The most demanding cycling challenges. Suitable for excellent cyclists with high fitness level for longer cycling tours. These can be either typical road-cycling tours with daily sections longer than 85 kilometers or cycling tours on demanding terrains where the daily sections are shorter, but in any case longer than 50 kilometers and demanding both in height gain and surfaces.

    DATE

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