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  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2-3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily 23rd March to 12th October
  • Location: Lake Bled
Tour Details

Welcome to Hooked on Cycling holidays and our cycling holiday in Slovenia. This cycling holiday in Slovenia has been graded as a level 2-3 self-guided cycle tour. This cycle tour in Slovenia will allow you to explore the world-famous Triglav National Park and its surrounding region. The most famous landmarks of this tour are Lake Bled with its church on the Island with the Triglav peaks just behind it and its famous castle on the hillside overlooking the lake and town. Another little-known region but just as beautiful if not more so is Lake Bohinj where mountain scenes and tranquillity meet together. If you like mountain scenes but do not want the extreme sport to reach it then this could well be a tour for you.

Starting Location

Lake Bled

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights Bed & Breakfast
  • 3 and 4 star Hotels and Country Inns
  • Information Pack
  • Luggage transfers
  • Navigation by Smart Phone App
  • GPS Files on request

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Flights
  • Hybrid Rental Bike
  • E-Bike Rental Bike
  • Extra Nights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport Transfers
Trip Info

Route Characteristics

This is not a mountain bike tour. It is suitable for people with average fitness levels. There is one pass of 750m/2500ft. However, you have all day along a quiet road.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival to Lake Bled

Arrival to Lake Bled the world-famous town on the shore of a glacial lake. This is probably the most photographed lake in Slovenia if not Europe! Admire the lovely scenery, the mighty castle on the rock above the town and the little island with a chapel in the centre of the lake. Why not try the famous speciality cake at the Park Hotel, several thousand slices are served each day!

Day 2Bled to Bohinjska Bistrica 18 miles 28km.(+ optional extension to waterfalls 10 miles 16km)

First today you have a bus transfer to the Pokljuka high plateau. From here you will cycle down the Bohinj valley. This truly is a place of the unique beauty of nature with tiny villages in the alpine valley. Stop on your way in these tiny villages and take lunch in a Slovenia pub. You continue to cycle through many small alpine villages before reaching the small settlement of Ribčev Laz (Fisherman’s Pass) lying next to stunning Lake Bohinj. As an extension, you can cycle around the lake to the Savica Waterfall, the 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.

Day 3Bohinjska Bistrica to Skofja Loka 31 miles 50km

This is about the only day which results in the grade 3 listing. After a first flat section, you then cycle the slow climb up to the Jelovica high plateau, a pass of 750 m/2400 ft. You will be passing through Sorica a tiny village set in the heart of the hills. It is the birthplace of a famous Slovenian painter. You can visit his art gallery. If time allows, take a swim in the new pool complex in Bohinjska Bistrica. If this ride is too hard then at the welcome meeting you can book a transfer for 30€ per person to be paid locally.

Day 4Škofja Loka - Preddvor – Predoslje 26 miles 42 km

Today a long downhill biking trip, then flat crossing Sora field. Before setting out do not forget to visit the old centre of Škofja Loka. You will pass through several nice villages today, Železniki village with remains of old high furnaces, churches with mysterious relics and Kranj the capital of Carniola. You then continue to the Brdo estate which was the former royal and presidential residence.

Day 5Predoslje to Rdovljica 19 miles 30km

Today it is mostly flat with a few small hills. Today is like taking a  cycle through history. This route will take you along the edge of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps to Radovljica with its beautifully preserved old town and an interesting beekeeping museum. Your route will also take you 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, and ether adds it to the current collection of over 100 types, or take it home with you. We suggest lunch in a small restaurant near the castle in Radovljica.

Day 6 Rdovljica to Kranjska Gora 31 miles 50km.

This route will take you along the edge of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps to the historic village of Begunje. It was in this small settlement where one of Slovenia’s darkest moments took place. Visit the Museum of Hostages and learn how thousands of men, women and children were beaten and executed during the German occupation in WW2. On a lighter note, Begunje is also the hometown of the famous Slavko Avsenik/Oberkrainer band. 2kms down the road are the ruins of Kamen Castle.

As the sun illuminates the mountains your route will take you on 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. Along the way, you can take a short side trip to the lookout point for Spik Mountain, regarded as one of Slovenia’s toughest peaks to climb. If you arrive in plenty of time you can take a ride up to the Planica Valley, location for the world-famous ski jumping championships.

Day 7Kranjska Gora to Bled 25 miles 40 km (5 miles 8 km optional side trip to Vintgar gorge).

Today you cycle again into the Triglav National Park. The cycle route takes you alongside the

Sava Dolinka River as it cuts its way south to join the Sava Bohinjka, where it becomes the Sava River which is the longest in Slovenia. Now in Mojstrana, you cycle into the Krma Valley which is beautiful with its lush green landscapes. Here you shall come across several World War Two monuments and traditional farmhouses, one of which has been adapted into a museum. Why not have lunch in the mountain hut at the foot of Triglav Mountain, the highest mountain in the Julian Alps. Now you cycle through the Radovna Valley between the Pokljuka and Mežakla plateaus. As you exit the valley, take a short detour to the stunning Vintgar Gorge, carved 150m deep into the mountains by the Radovna River. The gorge was discovered by chance by the town mayor in 1891, who then set to work building walkways to open the gorge up to the public.

 

 

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.

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How to get there

Plane to Ljubljana airports where you transfer to tour start by train (approx. 1 hour) or request a private transfer

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