Start and end at the famous lake Bled, one of Europe’s most beautiful Alpine resorts.
Discover glorious alpine valleys beneath towering mountain peaks.
Cycle across lovely mountain meadows and visit beautiful medieval castles.
Take a stroll among the thundering rapids of the Vintgar Gorge.
Explore the paradise valley of Bohinj and swim in its crystal clear glacial lake.
Self-guided cycling holiday in the Slovenian Alps
A circular cycling trip through Slovenia’s most spectacular alpine scenery
This is an ideal cycling tour for those who like stunning mountain scenery, but without the extreme physical exertion usually needed to enjoy such vistas. This is not a “mountain bike tour”, but rather a relaxed bike tour that is suitable for cyclists of average fitness. There is one mountain pass of 750 m to negotiate (but you have the whole day to do it on a quiet road, or you can take an optional lift).
This is a circular route starting and ending at the beautiful Lake Bled, which takes in some of the best that northern Slovenia has to offer. Alpine Slovenia is a world of friendly and accessible mountains and hills. Excellent cycling trails take you across the Julian Alps, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanke Mountains to green valleys, gushing waterfalls, and Slovenia’s most beautiful lakes.
As with all of our self-guided cycling tours, this trip includes luggage transportation and very comfortable accommodation.
|8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS||From €685 per person sharing*
*A single supplement charge will apply for solo travellers.
|BIKE RENTAL||If you don’t bring your own, you can rent a bicycle from us.
Classic touring / trekking bikes are equipped with 21 gears, one back, side pannier per bike, one cycling odometer, one lock, one spare inner tube, one set of Allen keys and a basic puncture repair kit per couple / pair of bikes.
Bike rental period starts at 9:00 of day two of the tour (the day you leave Ljubljana) and ends at 18:00 on day seven, when you arrive in Piran.
Bike hire prices (weekly rates)
|ACCOMMODATION||In 3*/4* hotels and country guesthouse in a two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis.|
|AVAILABILITY||You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March 26th and October 15th.|
|DIFFICULTY||The difficulty level of this trip is rated as moderate overall. It is suitable for any regular cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness.|
Day 1: Arrival to Lake Bled
You will arrive in Bled, a world-famous town on the shore of a beautiful glacial lake. Defined by its unique island church sitting proudly in the middle of this immense body of water, surrounded by towering alpine mountains, and the castle perched high on a cliff standing guard over the town. One of our local representatives will meet you and take you for a welcome drink, deliver your information pack and ensure you have everything you need for your trip.
For the rest of the day, you can choose between a number of leisure activities in Bled. Visit the island church or hike up to the castle for a spectacular view of this glacial valley. In the evening you can try the local specialty – the cream cake – in one of the great little tea shops beside the lake.
Overnight: Lake Bled in a 4* hotel.
Day 2: Lake Bled to Lake Bohinj
Distance: 19 km (+ 16 km optional side trip to Savica Waterfall).
You will be transferred up to the high plateau at Pokljuka (12 km). From here you can marvel at the views before gliding down to the shores of stunning Lake Bohinj, the jewel in the heart of the Triglav National Park. You will cycle through the many small alpine villages scattered across the valley until reaching the small lakeside settlement of Ribčev Laz (Fisherman’s Pass). Cycle around the lake to Savica Waterfall, source of the Sava Bohinjka River, and then take the cable car up to Vogel Mountain for a spectacular view into the Bohinj Valley and of Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps. Explore the forests surrounding the lake before spending the evening in one of the cosy village pubs and trying the local home-made honey brandy.
Overnight: Ribčev Laz, Lake Bohinj in a 4* hotel.
Day 3: Ribčev Laz – Škofja Loka
Distance: 57 km. Mostly flat with a slow climb up to Jelovica High plateau, pass of 750 m / 2400 ft.
Leaving Bohinj you cycle to the lovely village of Bohinjska Bistrica, where you can admire the picture-perfect backdrop. Then it’s up 750 m to the Jelovica high plateau (a “help out” lift to top of mountain pass is available for this part of the trip at extra cost of 20 EUR per person).
From the plateau, the route takes you through a deep forest which soon drops off into the Selška Dolina Valley leading to the green Škofja Loka hills. You then pass through a number of historic little villages until you finally arrive in one of Slovenia’s oldest and most charming towns, Škofja Loka. If you are not too tired you can cycle up to the hilltop castle overlooking town.
Overnight: Škofja Loka in a 3* hotel.
Day 4: Škofja Loka - Preddvor
Distance: 33 km. Cycling across flatland.
Leaving Škofja Loka behind, you will head across the great Sora plain with the majestic peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps as your backdrop. The route will take you past Kranj, Slovenia’s fourth largest city. As you continue northeast, you’ll come across Brdo Castle, renowned as Slovenia’s most elegant presidential palace. The day ends in Preddvor where your hotel is set close to a small lake in the shadow of the beautiful Kamnik-Savinja Alps.
Overnight: Preddvor in a 3* hotel.
Day 5: Preddvor – Radovljica / Begunje
Distance: 38 km / 43 km (+11 km for two optional side trips). Mostly flat with a few small hills.
A ride through history, taking you along the edge of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps to Radovljica, with its beautifully preserved old town and an interesting beekeeping museum. You will also pass through the fascinating little village of Kropa, where you will find the iron forging museum dedicated to the history of the town’s blacksmith trade. You can even learn how to make your own nail! You then cycle up to the little hilltop village of Jamnik for the classic picture-postcard Slovenian vista of a countryside church against a mountain backdrop.
Overnight: Radovljica / Bejunge in a 4* hotel.
Day 6: Radovljica / Begunje – Kranjska Gora
Distance: 48 km / 42 km (+15 km optional trip to ski jumps at Planica). An easy, very slow climb (300m) over 40 km.
This route will take you along the edge of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps to the historic village of Begunje and the ruins of Kamen Castle. You will follow a cycling path that goes between the ranges of the Julian Alps and the Karawanke Mountains to Kranjska Gora, a popular alpine town famous for its ski resorts, but also a great base for many summer activities. Arrive early enough and you can head out to Lake Jasna, on the outskirts of town, for a beautiful sunset over the jagged peaks of the Julian Alps.
Overnight: Kranjska Gora in a 3* hotel.
Day 7: Kranjska Gora – Bled
Distance: 40 km (+8 km optional side trip to Vintgar gorge). A nice downhill ride with one pass of 150m.
For your final day you will head back into the heart of the Triglav National Park. The route takes you alongside the Sava Dolinka River and into the Krma Valley. This lush green valley leads through a peaceful forest littered with WW2 monuments and traditional farmhouses. You can have lunch in the mountain hut at the foot of Triglav, the mightiest mountain in the Julian Alps, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery deep in the heart of this alpine landscape. From here you will head through the Radovna Valley to the thundering rapids of the Vintgar Gorge, before riding back to the magical Lake Bled.
Overnight: Lake Bled in a 4* hotel.
Day 8: Departure from Lake Bled
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning, unless you have booked any additional services with us.