from 110 €
Discover the two Goricas by bike
The program is a combination of challenges for overcoming obstacles at the adventure park Soča Fun Park and a tour to discover the history and culture of the border area and the two neighbouring towns: the young, only 70 years old Nova Gorica on the Slovenian side, and its over-1000-year-old Italian counterpart Gorizia. The red thread of the space is the Soča River, which historically connects this unique area. The two towns were awarded the title of the European Capital of Culture 2025.
TO BEGIN, AN ADVENTURE AT THE SOČA FUN PARK
We meet in Solkan, in the courtyard of the Kayak Canoe Centre Solkan, where experienced and qualified instructors of the adventure park greet you. After the presentation of the programme, you cross the emerald Soča River by the cycle & pedestrian bridge. On the right bank of the river, you enter the Soča Fun Park and under the auspices of the instructors, you face a two-hour adventure among the treetops, overcoming the obstacles in the adventure park at a height of 2 to 10 meters above the ground. At last, you face the unforgettable »descent of courage« - you return to the left bank along a 300 meters long zip-line, 40 meters above the ground.
After the adventure, you pick-up the bike and after a short ride you arrive to one of the nice local restaurants nearby, where lunch is served.
DISCOVERING THE LOCAL HISTORY DATING BACK MORE THAN 1,000 YEARS
After lunch, you take a tour of the youngest Slovenian town, Nova Gorica. You visit Kostanjevica with its monastery, monastic library Stanislav Škrabec, the tombs of the last members of the French royal dynasty, the Bourbons, and the monastery garden, where every spring the Bourbon roses flourish. From Kostanjevica there is a wonderful view of both Nova Gorica and Gorizia.
You than descend to the train station and visit the museum collection »National borders in the Goriška region from 1945 to 2004«. You step on the Europe Square, where the celebration at the entry of Slovenia into the European Union was held. The common square has become a new symbol of conurbation of the two towns, as well as a symbol of demarcation elimination and symbol of European integration.
At this point you cross the border to arrive to the Italian Gorizia and to continue to the main square, Piazza della Vittoria. From here you pass the Via Rastello, one of the most typical Gorizia streets, and then ascent to the medieval Castle of Gorizia, from where a nice view over Gorizia opens.
The tour ends in the afternoon hours, after the visit to Gorizia castle.
- welcome drink
- activities in adventure park
- lunch in a nearby restaurant
- bike and helmet rental
- entrance fees
- sportswear & sports shoes
- cycling equipment (gloves)