A multi-sport holiday packed with a variety of mixed outdoor pursuits among breathtaking alpine scenery and unique natural attractions. The glacial Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj, as well as Mt. Triglav National Park, are just some of the outstanding locations for these activities. Suitable for hikers and cyclists of very average fitness.
Tour highlights: • Hike to where Slovenia, Italy and Austria meet • Cycle the pristine Triglav National Park • An exquisite view of Lake Bled from your hotel • Ring the bell of wishes at the island church • Visit Lake Bohinj framed by alpine mountains • Rafting and kayaking on rivers and lakes
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN KRANJSKA GORA (*** family hotel). For the first couple of days you'll be based in the alpine village of Kranjska Gora, with beautiful views of Western Julian Alps. Famous for its winter sports - World Cup slaloms are held here every January.
Day 2: HIKING KRANJSKA GORA - PODKOREN 13km circular walk / ascent 640m. (*** hotel). Forest and mountain meadows trail This warm-up walk takes you to the summit of Mt. Peč (1508m) to the triple border point where Slovenia, Italy and Austria meet. At the top you can soak up the dramatic views across the Julian and Carnian Alps, with Hohe Tauern, the highest alpine range in Austria, forming a picturesque backdrop. The trail then descends through the valley to the source of the mighty Sava River, the longest in Slovenia, and back to Kranjska Gora.
Day 3: CYCLING KRANJSKA GORA – BLED (40km) (**** hotel). A nice downhill ride with one pass of 200m/700ft. Today's activity takes you cycling alongside flowing rivers as they slice their way through lush valleys framed by towering mountains. At the alpine gateway village of Mojstrana, you will head into the Krma Valley and through the Radovna Valley. At the exit, take a short detour along the thundering rapids of Vintgar Gorge, before heading into the fairytale world of Lake Bled.
While you are soaking up the stunning views of Lake Bled, why not take the opportunity to improve your photography skills on a one-day workshop with British professional photographer Ian Middleton? A practical hands-on workshop starting in the afternoon and ending after dusk. More info here: http://www.ianmiddletonphotography.com/tours/workshops/bled.html
Day 4: CYCLING BLED - RADOVLJICA (35km) (**** hotel). Today you peddle to Slovenia's foremost blacksmith town, Kropa, and visit the iron forging museum. You can even learn how to make your own nail. Then cycle up the hill to the lovely hilltop church of Jamnik for a classic postcard view of Slovenia: church and mountains. On the way back, stop in the beautifully preserved old town of Radovljica and its interesting beekeeping museum.
Day 5: RAFTING LAKE BLED (8km) (**** hotel). A 3-hour rafting trip on the Sava Dolinka river (grade 2-3). This trip is suitable for all, no extra experience or equipment needed. With a free afternoon in Bled you'll have time to explore its lake, row yourself over to the island church, and hike up to the clifftop castle for a splendid view across the lake and valley. Then end the day by treating yourself to Bled's famous cream cake.
Day 6: HIKING POKLJUKA – LAKE BOHINJ 12km / ascent 200m. (**** hotel). Mountain meadows & tree line walk Today you will be driven by car up to the pristine forest of the limestone Pokljuka Plateau, from where you will begin your hike across mountain pastures and old farmhouses to a viewing point providing outstanding views into the Bohinj Valley. As you descend, you can stop at the little historic village of Studor for a glimpse into life as it was 150 years ago.
Day 7: KAYAKING OR CANOEING AT BOHINJ LAKE A day for rest or a gentle kayak trip on Lake Bohinj (**** hotel). Lake Bohinj, the jewel of the Triglav National Park. Spend a lazy, tranquil afternoon on one of the hidden beaches, take a circuitous walk around the lake, and then head up via the gondola lift to Vogel ski resort (1532m high), for a great view across the lake and Julian Alps. Alternatively, you can hike up to the source of the lake, Savica waterfall. The choice is yours.
Day 8: BOHINJ LAKE End of tour after breakfast.
Price: 690 EUR per person based on 2 people sharing (Currency converter here)
price includes: • Accommodation in hotels ***/****, double rooms with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis. • Two full days bike hire. • Half day white water rafting tour in Bled. • Half day kayak or canoe rental in Bohinj. • Luggage transfer (one piece per person). • Information pack including detailed route description. • Personal welcome meeting and briefing upon arrival.
optional extras: • Half board 125 EUR. Includes seven dinners. • Transfer: Jesenice railway station to Kranjska Gora or Bled: 20 EUR per person (minimum 2 persons). Ljubljana Airport to Podkoren – 60 EUR. Bohinj to Ljubljana Airport – 55 EUR. Bohinj to Podkoren 55 EUR. All prices per person, 2 persons minimum, one way.
single supplement: • Single room 130 EUR.
additional nights: • *** Hotel in Bled 59 EUR per person in standard double room, B&B. Single room 85 EUR. Half board 15 EUR (three course dinner). • **** Hotel in Bled: 79 EUR per person in double room, Single room: 135 EUR Half board: 25 EUR (four course dinner).
price excludes: flights, entrance fees, meals not mentioned in itinerary, drinks with meals.
Starting point of this trip is Kranjska Gora in NW Slovenia, on the Slovene / Austrian / Italian border.
Getting there... By plane: closest airport is Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve it (check connections here). From the airport you can travel to Kranjska Gora by bus (change once in Kranj, takes about 3 hrs) or book our transfer (faster): 50 EUR per person, two persons minimum. Transfers need to be ordered when booking the trip. By train: nearest railway station is in Jesenice, take a local bus (some 45 minutes) or order our transfer 20 EUR per person, two persons minimum. By car: take exit Karavanke on A1 motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice, Karavanke and then follow signposts to Kranjska Gora. On motorway Villach - Venice, take exit Tarvisio in Italy or exit Villach West in Austria.
... and away By plane: need to get to the airport? Our transfer to Ljubljana airport: return to the airport from Bled - 45 EUR per person, two persons minimum. By train: Bohinj has a railway station in Bohinjska Bistrica 5 km from your last hotel. It is on the Jesenice - Nova Gorica sideline, only a few trains a day. By car: if your car is in Kranjska Gora, you can get there by local bus (change once in Lesce, travel time is about 2 hrs) or we can transfer you for 45 € per person, two persons minimum.
Classic Trekking Bikes
A comfortable bike for cycling tourist. Classic trekking bikes are equipped with 21 gears, cyclometer, lock, one pannier, one spare tube, set of Allen keys and basic puncture repair kit.