Mountain biking in Slovenia

Mountain biking tours are similar to self guided, also including pre-arranged accommodation, luggage transfer and full itinerary descriptions. However, they are more physically demanding and include tarmac roads, crossing rough terrain and challenging climbs. For the more adventurous cyclists.

MTB Around Lake Bled

Around Lake Bled MTB

mtb tours at Lake Bled Slovenia
map mtb tours from Lake Bled
Price
from 590 EUR
Departure
daily from March 20 to October 10, 2021
Duration
7 days / 6 nights
Total Distance
264 km / avg.; el. gain 1.200 m
Starting point
Lake Bled
Activity Level
  • 3

Situated around the fairytale landscape of Lake Bled, this is a superb collection of mountain bike day trips suitable for all cyclists of medium fitness level. It's perfect for those who prefer to be based in one place rather than move accommodation each night. Each day takes you on a stunning ride packed with amazing views and places to see. Distances are long, but the routes are all along gravel roads.

Tour highlights:
• ring the "Bell of wishes" on the island church
• cycle through stunning alpine valleys
• visit the thundering rapids at Vintgar Gorge
• cycle across lovely mountain meadows
• swim in crystal clear glacial lakes

As a pre-trip, we recommend our Salzburg to Lake Bled tour.

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL AT LAKE BLED 4* hotel.
Bled, situated on the shore of a beautiful glacial lake with its distinctive church on an island set against a backdrop of towering alpine mountains, all guarded by the imposing clifftop castle, is one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist attractions. Spend your first day visiting the island church and its ornate golden altar, ring the legendary church bell and make a wish; it might come true. Then head over to the western side and hike up to Mala Osojnica for the best view of all.

TOUR A: BLED - ST KATARINA - RADOVLJICA - BLED
(42 km +/- 550 metres altitude gain).
Today's trip will take you through the beautiful Vintgar Gorge, along the Radovna River as it rushes its way through the mountains and forms the Šum Waterfall at the end of the gorge. Continue to the highest point of this day: Saint Katarina Church (630m altitude) and enjoy an alternative view of Bled Castle from the car park. You can have lunch in the beautifully preserved old town of Radovljica with its interesting beekeeping museum, ornate frescoes on the vaulted ceiling of Saint Peter's Church and even better - delicious gelato ice cream shop... 

TOUR B: BLED - POKLJUKA - BOHINJ
(69 km +/- 1500 metres altitude gain).
The day begins with a climb up to Pokljuka high plateau. Alternatively, you can book a transfer to the top. Then cycle back down into the Bohinj Valley through alpine villages and past the unique Slovene hayracks until reaching Lake Bohinj, a beautiful lake hemmed into this alpine valley by the mighty Julian Alps. For the best view you can either take a short hike up to Mt Peč or take the cable car up to Vogel Ski Resort.

TOUR C: BLED – ST PETER - KAMNA GORICA – BLED
(50 km, 1100 metres altitude gain).
Today you'll head out to the home of Slavko Avsenik, a legendary Slovenian Folk musician, in the sunny village of Begunje. Have lunch at his restaurant, Avsenik Gostilna, with the beautiful Karavanke Mountains as your backdrop. After lunch, you can visit the museum of hostages and the ruins of Kamen Castle. Your return to Bled will be via the old village of Kamna Gorica.

TOUR D: BLED - JELOVICA HIGH PLATEAU
(44 km, 970 metres altitude gain).
Today you head up to the beautiful dense pine forest of Jelovica Plateau, situated on the south side of Bled. The route takes you upwards alongside the Sava River. We recommend you have lunch at Talež mountain hut, where you'll be guaranteed a fantastic view across to the Karavanke mountain range. In the afternoon a leisurely ride over a quiet, peaceful forest road, will bring you back to Bled.

TOUR E: BLED – SLAMNIKI
(40 km, 1250 metres altitude gain).
Today you will head to the less-visited Pokljuka Gorge, carved 10,000 years ago at the eastern edge of the plateau. Here you can leave your bike and take a stroll through ancient woods and a fossilized ravine left behind by the retreating glacier.

Day 7: DEPARTURE FROM LAKE BLED or continue cycling. There are two tours starting from Bled: Lakes & Cities and Best Of Slovenia.

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.

Price

Price per person based on two people sharing

Accommodation level     Hotel 3*        Hotel 4*
Low season: March 20 to May 8 and September 18 to October 10, 2021:   570 EUR        640 EUR
High season: May 9 to September 17, 2021:   635 EUR        710 EUR

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Price includes:
•    accommodation in hotel of choice in a two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis
•    information pack including text road book and maps, one per booking
•    free entrance to swimming pools in hotels
•    personal welcome meeting and briefing upon arrival
•    GPS data
•    local tourist and other taxes
•    backup service (hotline) during the trip

Optional extras:
•    single supplement 120 EUR in 3* hotel, 150 EUR in 4* hotel
•    bike rental 75 EUR for five days (MTB bikes are equipped with lock, pannier, spare tube, set of Allen keys and basic puncture repair kit. Price includes delivery and pick up). Every additional day 15 EUR per bike. Bike rental period starts at 9:00 on day two of the tour and ends at 18:00 on day seven. Other bike types are available upon request
•    electric MTB bike 210 EUR
•    helmet rental 10 EUR per week
•    transfers: Ljubljana Airport or City to Bled 30 EUR - please ask us for a favorable quote!

Discounts:
•   children up to 12 years when sharing room with parents 30% discount on basic price
•   third adult in the room 10% discount on basic price

Not included: entrance fees, lunches, drinks with meals, saunas and massages in hotels.

Travel options

Starting point of this trip is Bled in NW Slovenia.
Getting there...
By plane: closest airport is Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve it. From the airport you can travel to Bled by bus (change once, takes about 2 hrs) or book our transfer (faster - 20 min) - please ask us for a favorable quote!
By train: Bled has two railway stations: Lesce Bled station on the Villach - Ljubljana mainline, 4 km away from town centre. You'll need to take a bus, or call us; we'll give you a lift for free. The other station is Bled Jezero on the Jesenice - Nova Gorica sideline, only a few trains a day. 2 km away from town centre, - please ask us for a favorable quote!
By car: take exit Lesce from A1 motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice, Karavanke. Please contact us about parking possibilities.
... and away
Simple, use one of the above options or - cycle away: consider our cycling trip Best Of Slovenia!

Helia

Travel Agency L.T.D

Trubarjeva cesta 8
SI-4260 Bled  Slovenia
Tel.: +386 4 57 65 600
Fax.: +386 4 57 65 601
Cell Phone: +386 31 544 544

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