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 11th May to 5th October
Duration
7 days / 6 nights
Total Distance
264km / avg. el. gain 1.200m
Starting point
Lake Bled
Activity Level
  • 3

Situated around the fairytale landscape of Lake Bled, this is a collection of mountain bike day trips suitable for all cyclists of medium fitness level and ideal for those who prefer to stay 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 island church and towering alpine mountain backdrop, 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 the ornate golden altar, ring the 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.

Day 2: 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 thunders its way through the mountains and ends with the Šum Waterfall. 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... 

Day 3: BLED - POKLJUKA - BOHINJ
(69 km +/- 1500 metres altitude gain).
The day begins with a climb up to Pokljuka high plateau, if you want, 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.

Day 4: 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. In the afternoon you will cycle through the old village of Kamna Gorica.

Day 5: BLED - PLANINA POD GOLICO - RADOVNA
(63 km, 1500 metres altitude gain).
Today you head back into the heart of the Triglav National Park. The route takes you alongside the Sava Dolinka River and into the Krma Valley. You can have lunch in the mountain hut at the foot of Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps. From here you will head back to Bled through the Radovna Valley between the Pokljuka and Mežakla plateaus.

Day 6: 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 in 3* hotel: 590 EUR
Accommodation in 4* hotel: 670 EUR
(Currency converter here)

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). GPS data is available after full payment is received
•    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:
•    six dinners (supplement 105 EUR in 3* hotel, 125 EUR in 4* hotel)
•    single supplement 95 EUR in 3* hotel, 125 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 180 EUR
•    helmet rental 10 EUR per week
•    transfers: Ljubljana Airport to Bled 30 EUR. Ljubljana City to Bled 35 EUR. Klagenfurt Airport to Bled 65 EUR. All prices per person, two-person minimum, one way
•    additional nights: 4* Hotel in Bled 79 EUR per person in a double room, single room 135 EUR. Four-course dinner 25 EUR

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

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.

Other available rental bikes

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 from Ljubljana Airport to Bled 20 EUR per person; one way, two-person minimum.
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, we'll give you a lift.
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

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SI-4260 Bled  Slovenia
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