Self guided cycling tours

 

Lakes and Cities, from Bled to Ljubljana

 

Program details

Day 1: Bled: Accommodation in 4* hotel.
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, Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist attractions.

Day 2: BLED – RIBČEV LAZ (BOHINJ) (19 km / 32 km with a side trip).
An easy descent into the valley. Accommodation in 4* hotel.
You will be taken by bus up to the high plateau at Pokljuka. From here you can marvel at
the stunning views before gliding down into the neighboring Bohinj Valley, 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 settlement of Ribčev Laz (Fisherman’s
Pass) lying next to the stunning Lake Bohinj. Wedged into the corner of this dead end
valley, Bohinj is the largest and deepest lake in the national park, and is surrounded by
shimmering mountain peaks. The view across this lake from the bridge at Ribčev Laz is
unrivaled. 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. Cycling downhill, at the foot of Mount Triglav, Triglav National Park, very peaceful area.

Day 3: RIBČEV LAZ (BOHINJ) – ŠKOFJA LOKA (53 km).
Accommodation 3* hotel.
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/2400 ft 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 15 EUR per person). From the top the route takes you through a deep
forest which soon drops off into the Selška Dolina Valley leading to the Škofja Loka
hills. The first stop is at the little alpine village of Sorica, set among low green hills.
This is the birthplace of the famous Slovene painter, Ivan Grohar. As you ride into the
village his statue will greet you. Visit his gallery where you’ll find a limited collection of his work. The next stop is at the historic iron-smelting town of Železniki, where you will find the remains of an old blast furnace dating from 1826.
Stop in one of the village inns along the way and try the delicious trout. Finally you arrive in the wonderful town of Škofja Loka, one of the oldest towns in Slovenia. If you are not too tired you can cycle up to the castle on the hill overlooking town. Spend the rest of the evening wandering through the old streets of this historic medieval town.

Day 4: ŠKOFJA LOKA – LJUBLJANA (31 km).
Flat lands, easy biking trip. Accommodation in 3* hotel.
Once settled in to your hotel, you will visit the historic old town and marvel at the ornate, old-world architecture and lovely “fin de siecle” mansions. Then it’s a short walk or ride up to the mighty Ljubljana Castle, perched high on a hill and standing guard over the old town and city center. From its tower you get a commanding view of Ljubljana’s heart
and soul. As the sun goes down you can choose between relaxing with a drink in the many outdoor bars/cafes beside the Ljubljanica River, or take an evening stroll, enjoying the lights and vibrant sounds of the city and its charismatic
people. Or perhaps do both!

Day 5: Departure

Price: 415 € per person in a shared room

Included in price:
Accommodation in hotels ***/**** in two bedded room with WC and shower, on basis bed & breakfast.
Luggage transfer – one piece, max 20 kgs / 45 lb. Every additional item 10 EUR, payable on spot.
Information package including text road notes (in simple English) and corresponding maps. One per booking, Every additional set 20 EUR.
GPS data.
Local tourist and other taxes.
Personal welcome meeting and bike fitting upon arrival.
Backup service (hotline) during the trip.

Supplements:
Single room 60 EUR.
Half board – three 3-course dinners in hotels or nearby restaurant 75 EUR. No pre-booked dinner is available in Skofja Loka.
Bike rental 50 EUR 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 set per couple / pair of bikes. Every additional day: 15 EUR per bike. Additional odometer 20 EUR, payable on spot. Bike rental period starts 9:00 day 2 of the tour and ends at 18:00 of day 4.
Electric bike 75 EUR
“Help out lift” to top of the pass on day 3: 20 EUR (payable on spot, needs to be reserved latest on welcome meeting).
Helmet rental 6 EUR