The Slovenia Green Wellness Route (SGWR) is a cycling itinerary that combines Slovenia’s most sought-after strengths: fantastic cycling; responsible travel; incredible culture; wonderful food and wine; and, at the end each day, a session in one of the country’s world-class spas to rejuvenate the body, mind, and soul. The route averages about 40 kilometers of moderate cycling per day on mixed surfaces with more than two-thirds of the trail paved.
The Association of Slovenian Natural Spas is one of the country’s most active and engaged associations and it works tirelessly to keep their 13 members — the top spas in Slovenia — focused on best practices with Slovenia Green tourism and making guests feel at home.
The route weaves around the peaceful, beautiful, thermal-water-filled eastern half of the country. Along the way, the trail’s stages pass through Slovenia Green-certified destinations, where travelers will experience jaw-dropping landscapes and safe cycling for all skill levels, from veterans looking for new challenges to beginners, who are rediscovering the joy of using their own power to fuel an incredible holiday.
Here, in “the world’s most sustainable country,” the SGWR has something for every adventurer, but this cycling loop always keeps in mind that it is the power of its communities and their unique cultures across this magnificent Central European nation. The itinerary was created to give travelers all the information necessary to cycle and visit the therapeutic spas that are scattered across Slovenia.
The Slovenia Green Wellness Route, which is actually a loop, begins in Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. The path then pedals north toward Kamnik before heading east to Maribor and then the country’s Pannonian Region corner before heading south across the Drava and Sava Rivers. Some 16 days later — if one decides to cycle its entirety, the loop eventually curls back to the Slovenian capital. Riders can choose to do all or portions of the route while also utilizing the nation’s convenient train system.
The SGWR is a route that makes nature, food, wine, green-certified destinations, and Slovenia’s incredible thermal waters the focus of an unforgettable holiday experience. But, as always, the real star of this tour of Slovenia is the Slovenian people, who share their lives and country with travelers of all kinds.