Self-Guided Cycling Tour
Pearls of Slovenia in the Julian Alps, 8 days
Departure: any day between 16th March and 12th October
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, Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist attractions. One of our Helia 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. Accommodation in a 4* hotel.
Day 2: BLED – RIBČEV LAZ (19 km + possible detour of 16 km to Savica waterfall).
Accommodation in a 4* hotel. You will be transferred to the high plateau of Pokljuka (12 km). You will cycle through the many small alpine villages scattered across the valley until you reach the small settlement of Ribčev Laz (Fisherman’s Pass) lying next to the stunning Lake Bohinj. 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.
Day 3: RIBČEV LAZ – ŠKOFJA LOKA (57 km).
Mostly flat with a slow climb up to the Jelovica High plateau, pass of 750 m / 2400 ft. Accommodation in a 3* hotel.
Leaving Bohinj you will cycle to the lovely village of Bohinjska Bistrica. Then you will climb up 750 m/2400 ft to the Jelovica high plateau (a “help out” lift to the top of the mountain pass is available for this part of the trip at an extra cost of 20 EUR per person), where the route takes you through a deep forest into the Selška Dolina Valley leading to the Škofja Loka hills. Your first stop is at the little alpine village of Sorica, set among low green hills. You continue towards the historic iron-smelting town of Železniki. Finally you arrive in the wonderful town of Škofja Loka, one of the oldest towns in Slovenia.
Day 4: ŠKOFJA LOKA – PREDDVOR (33 km).
Cycling across flatlands. Accommodation in a 3* pension.
Leaving Škofja Loka 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, you continue northeast by 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.
Day 5: PREDDVOR – BEGUNJE (43 km + 11 km of two side trips).
Mostly flat with a few small hills. Accommodation in 4* hotel.
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. You will pass the little village of Kropa where you find the iron forging museum dedicated to the history of the town’s blacksmith trade.
Day 6: BEGUNJE – KRANJSKA GORA (44 km + 15 km side trip to ski jumping centre in Planica).
An easy, very slow climb (300m/1000ft) over 40 km. Accommodation in a 3* hotel.
This route will take you along the edge of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps to the historic village of Begunje where you continue on a cycling path between the ranges of the Julian Alps and the Karawanke Mountains towards Kranjska Gora, a popular alpine town famous for its ski resort, but also a great base for many summer activities. If you arrive in plenty of time you can take a ride up to the Planica Valley, location of the world famous ski jumping championships.
Day 7: KRANJSKA GORA – BLED (40 km + 8 km side trip to Vintgar gorge).
A nice downhill ride with one pass of 150m/500ft. Accommodation in 4* hotel.
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. From Mojstrana you will head into the Krma Valley, a lush green valley leads through a peaceful forest littered with WW2 monuments and traditional farmhouses. You will continue your tour through the Radovna Valley between the Pokljuka and Mežakla plateaus. As you exit the valley, take a short detour to the stunning 1.6km Vintgar Gorge, carved 150m deep into the mountains by the Radovna River.
Day 8: End of the tour.
SUMMARY: This is NOT a mountain bike tour. It is suitable for cyclists of average fitness, it includes one pass of 750m / 2500ft. A definitive must for photographers and those who like mountain scenery but don’t want to take too much effort to get it.
Price: 610 € per person, suplement of 45 € for high season (17.8. to 20.9.)
Included in the price: Hotel accommodation in 3* or 4*, twin bedded room with WC and shower, based on bed & breakfast, luggage transport between hotels (one piece per person), information package in English (one per room), GPS files available after full payment of the trip is received. backup service (hotline) during the trip, personal welcome meeting and bike fitting upon arrival.
Free parking at first hotel at prior request only and at hotel approval.
Supplements: Single room 130 EUR, half-board 110 EUR (no dinner possible in Škofja Loka), bike rental 80 EUR per week, helmet rental 12 EUR per week, electric bike 200 €, entrance fees.
Extra nights and transfers on request.