National Park Ring MTB

National Park Ring MTB

National Park Triglav MTB biking
mountain biking in Slovenia
Price
from 610 EUR
Departure
daily from 11th May to 5th October
Duration
8 days (7 nights)
Total Distance
233 km
Starting point
Lake Bled
Activity Level
  • 4

For lovers of fresh alpine air, picturesque scenery and sweeping vistas. This is a mountain bike tour in the sense of landscape rather than cycling terrain. Most roads are asphalt, however quite a few of the side trips are on unpaved surfaces and forest tracks. It takes you through Slovenia's alpine northwest, packed with soaring peaks and glistening lakes and valleys. Suitable for MTB bikers with a good level of fitness.

Cycling tour highlights: 

•    swim in crystal clear lakes & canyon streams
•    rafting, paragliding & more in Bovec
•    ride through summery alpine meadows
•    cycle 1611m up over the Vrsic mountain pass
•    ride through gorgeous alpine valleys
•    stay in small independent hotels, great food

As a pre trip, check our Salzburg to Lake Bled.

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL at Lake Bled. 4* hotel
First stop Bled, a world famous town on the shore of a beautiful glacial lake, with its distinctive island church surrounded by towering alpine mountains and the clifftop castle standing guard over the town, Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist attractions.

Day 2: BLED – BOHINJSKA BISTRICA
42km, 950m ascent, 4* hotel
From the high plateau at Pokljuka, you can marvel at the alpine views as you glide down into the neighboring Bohinj Valley with the Julian Alps as your backdrop. Upon reaching Lake Bohinj, the largest and deepest in the Triglav National Park, you can spend the rest of the day seeing sights such as Savica Waterfall and the best view of Mount Triglav from Vogel mountain.

Day 3: BOHINJ – TOLMIN
56 km, 1300 m ascent; or 35 km if taking train to Podbrdo
3* guesthouse
Today you peddle off into the heart of the Julian Alps through a narrow, almost canyon-like, valley and join the beautiful emerald-green Soča River as it rushes out of the mountains and into the western valley. Weather permitting, you can take a swim at the confluence of the Soča and Idrijca Rivers.

Day 4: TOLMIN – BOVEC
46 km, 980 m ascent, 3* hotel
Today you continue along the mighty Soča River as it roars its way down from the Julian Alps. As you cycle along this crystal clear alpine river, you will pass through the area that saw some of the fiercest fighting during WW1, immortalised in Hemmingway's novel: A Farewell to Arms. Visit Boka Waterfall: at 106 m high and 30 m wide, this is a spectacle not to be missed.

Day 5: BOVEC, a rest day, 3* hotel
Enjoy a free day in Bovec – the adrenaline capital of Slovenia. So many opportunities - hard to make a choice! Alternatively you can take a white water rafting trip down the Soča river or a circular cycling trip to a viewpoint above the river. If you like to fly, try one of the tandem paragliding trips.

Day 6: BOVEC – KRANJSKA GORA
45 km, 1460 m ascent, 3* hotel
As the sun illuminates the eastern sky, you will be heading towards it into the tranquility of the Upper Soča Valley of Trenta, and then twisting your way around 50 hairpin bends as you cross over the high mountain pass of Vršic (1611 m above sea level - height difference 1100 m / 3600 ft) 

Day 7: KRANJSKA GORA – BLED
38 km, 400 m ascent, 4* hotel
After your exhausting climb of the mountain pass on day six, day seven takes you across more relaxing terrain along the Radovna River as it meanders its way through a wilderness valley between two plateaus. As you exit the valley and head back to Bled, stop at the 1.6km Vintgar gorge and take a stroll alongside the rapids as they cut their way through the hills.

Day 8: DEPARTURE FROM BLED or extension of the trip with our tours Best Of SloveniaLakes & Cities Short TourPearls Of Slovenia.

Cyclists resting at an Alpine lake

Price

Price per person: 610 EUR per person based on two people sharing
(Currency converter here)

No departures between 19.7 -  25.7 and 2.8 - 8.8.2019 due to local events

Price includes:

  • accommodation in the aforementioned hotels in two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis
  • luggage transfer – one piece, max 20 kgs / 45 lb. Every additional item 10 EUR, payable on the spot
  • information pack including text road notes (in plain English) and corresponding maps. One per booking, every additional set 20 EUR
  • welcome meeting and bike fitting on arrival evening and backup service (hotline) during the trip
  • GPS data
  • local tourist and other taxes
  • backup service (hotline) during the trip

Optional extras:

  • seven three-course dinners 125 EUR
  • bike rental 130 EUR. Mountain 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 kit per couple / pair of bikes. Every additional day: 15 EUR per bike. Additional odometer 20 EUR, payable on the spot. Bike rental period starts at 9:00 on day two of the tour and ends at 18:00 on day seven.
  • helmet rental 12 EUR per week
  • 4* Hotel in Bled 79 EUR per person in a double room. Single room 135 EUR. Four-course dinner 25 EUR
  • transfers: Ljubljana City to Bled 35 EUR. Ljubljana Airport to Bled 30 EUR. Klagenfurt Airport to Bled 65 EUR.

Single supplement:

  • 120 EUR.

Discounts:

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

Price excludes: train ticket Bohinjska Bistrica – Podbrdo approx. 5 EUR. Entrance fees.

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: Ljubljana Airport to Bled or vice versa 15 EUR per person; one way, two-person minimum.
By train: Bled has two railway stations: Lesce Bled on the Villach - Ljubljana mainline, 4 km away from town centre, need to take a bus or call us, we'll give you a lift for free. The other is Bled Jezero on Jesenice - Nova Gorica sideline, only a few trains a day. Two km away from town centre, call us for a lift.
By car: take exit Lesce from A1 motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice, Karavanke.

.... and away
Simple, use one of the above options or - cycle away: consider our cycling trip Best Of Slovenia!

Your bike

Mountain bikes

A mountain model Trek bike, equipped with 21 gears, cyclometer, lock, one pannier, one spare tube, set of Allen keys and basic puncture repair kit.

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