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Highlights

Cycling tour highlights:

  • Bled's Majestic Beauty: Start your journey in the enchanting town of Bled, known for its stunning glacial lake and the iconic Bled Castle perched atop a cliff.
  • Cycling through Alpine Wonders: Embark on an epic road cycling adventure through the Julian Alps, with breathtaking mountain vistas and challenging climbs that will test your mettle.
  • Triglav National Park: Venture into Triglav National Park, Slovenia's only national park, and pedal through lush forests and alongside crystal-clear rivers in a truly unspoiled natural environment.
  • Champion Routes: Follow in the tracks of cycling legends as you conquer routes made famous by the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia, and other prestigious races.
  • Adrenaline-Fueled Descents: Experience exhilarating downhill descents that reward your uphill efforts, offering a thrilling ride through the stunning alpine scenery.
  • Lake Bohinj Excursion: Take a detour to Lake Bohinj, another jewel of the Julian Alps, where you can relax by the serene lake and soak in the natural beauty.

Slovenia Champions Ride

from 1.035 EUR
Departure
daily from April 27 to October 12, 2024
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Starting Point
Ljubljana
Total Distance
553 km
Activity Level
4

Are you ready for the ultimate cycling challenge?

The Slovenia Champions Ride offers just that. Rise to the challenge of the country’s seven highest mountain passes as you ride 90-100kms per day through a landscape of sweeping vistas, gushing rivers and waterfalls, lush meadows, shimmering alpine lakes and mountain peaks whose majestic beauty will spur you onward even at the toughest of moments. Along with the natural beauty, you can also take time out to visit some fascinating castles, eat great food, drink sumptuous wine, and much more in this small but wonderfully diverse country.

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN LJUBLJANA 

Arrival in Ljubljana. Once settled in go to the city center, where you can spend the rest of the day strolling around the lovely historic old town, and take a short walk or ride up to the Ljubljana Castle. Perched on a hill and standing guard over the old town, this is Ljubljana's most distinctive feature. From its tower you get a commanding view of the capital’s heart and soul. As the sun goes down you can relax with a drink in the many outdoor bars/cafes beside the Ljubljanica River, or take an evening stroll, enjoying the lights and vibrant sounds of the city.

Day 2: LJUBLJANA -  LOGARSKA DOLINA (↔ 74 km, ↑ 1.300 m, ↓ 2.200 m, max gradient 19%)

Today marks the departure from the urban landscape as you venture northward towards the breathtaking Kamnik Alps, a mountain range that extends from Slovenia to Austria. The majestic summits of Grintovec (2558 m) and Storzic (2132 m) will command your attention as you pedal toward the picturesque town of Kamnik. Explore the remnants of two ancient castles and savor a leisurely coffee in the charming old town. Continuing your cycling journey, you'll delve deeper into the heart of the Kamnik Alps, ultimately arriving at the enchanting Logar Valley (Logarska Dolina). This tranquil alpine glacial valley will be your haven for the night, offering a serene retreat in the embrace of nature's grandeur.

Day 3: LOGARSKA DOLINA - BLED (↔ 92 km, ↑↓ 2.050 m, max gradient 20%)

Embarking from the serene Logar Valley, your cycling adventure continues towards a realm of enchantment, guided by the Pavlic Pass. Along this picturesque journey, you'll encounter the idyllic alpine lake of Jezersko and the equally captivating artificial lake at Preddvor. Both are graced with stunning natural scenery. As you revel in the beauty that surrounds you, each lake will offer a moment of respite and appreciation for nature's artistry. The day will end at the pearl of Slovenia’s northern region, Lake Bled.

Day 4: BLED - BOHINJ - BLED (↔ 87 km, ↑ 1.900 m, ↓ 840 m, max gradient 17%)

Lake Bled, with its picturesque church perched on an island and a medieval castle overlooking from a hilltop, is straight out of a fairy tale. To start or end your day here, embark on a boat ride to the island, and ascend to the castle for a sweeping view of the lake and its glacial valley. Your cycling adventure leads you to the ancient village of Kropa, where a visit to the iron forging museum offers insights into the town's historic blacksmithing tradition. Pass through the iron-smelting town of Železniki, and wind your way back to Bled, traversing through woodlands and along rivers. If time allows, you can also explore the stunning Vintgar Gorge.

Day 5: BLED - AUSTRIA - KRANJSKA GORA (↔ 101 km, ↑ 1.405 m, ↓ 2.010 m, max gradient 39%)

Leaving Bled, you will first ride your bike to the little village of Begunje, famous for being the birthplace of Slovenia’s folk music legend: Slavko Avsenik. As well as the Avsenik restaurant and museum, you can also visit Kamen Castle and the well preserved Robacnek Mill. Here you will leave Slovenia temporarily and head into Austria via the centuries-old Ljubel Pass, running close to Mount Stol (the highest peak in the Karavanke Alps), and then loop around back into Slovenia via the Koren Pass. Final destination for the day is charming town of Kranjska Gora.

Day 6 : KRANJSKA GORA - TOLMIN (↔ 96 km, ↑ 1.950 m, ↓ 2,610 m, max gradient 21%)

Today's journey takes you from the Slovenian Alps to the Italian Alps. You'll cross the border and make your way to Tarvisio. Nestled between the Julian, Karavanke, and Canal Alps, Tarvisio offers a picturesque spot to take a break, savor a cappuccino, and bask in the sunny vistas before tackling the incredible Predel Pass, nestled between Mt. Mangart and Mt. Kanin. On the descent, you'll re-enter Slovenia, journeying through the radiant emerald Soča Valley, passing through the villages of Kobarid and Tolmin.

Day 7: TOLMIN - LJUBLJANA (↔ 103 km, ↑ 1.950 m, ↓ 1.850 m, max gradient 22%)

Your route today will eventually take you back to the Slovene capital. Get up early enough and you can visit the Tolmin Gorge, the lowest and southernmost entry point into Triglav National Park. Visit the thermal springs under Devil’s Bridge. Your cycling route to Ljubljana will take you through the Cerkno Hills, where you'll ride from the alpine region to the Dinaric Karst region of the southwest.

Day 8: DEPARTURE

After breakfast your tour ends. However, you can prolong your stay in Slovenia.

Price

Price per person based on two people sharing:

Low season: April 27 to May 18 and September 21 to October 12, 2024: 1.035 EUR
High season: May 19 to September 20, 2024: 1.290 EUR

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Price includes:
•    seven nights accommodation in hotels 3*/4* and guesthouse in a two bedded en-suite facilities room, on basis of bed & breakfast
•    luggage transfer – one piece, max 23 kg / 50 lb. Lufthansa dimensions. Every additional piece 60 EUR per trip, payable on the spot
•    tour description and maps in GUIBO application electronic form
•    welcome meeting and bike handover
•    local tourist and other taxes
•    backup service (hotline) during the trip

Optional extras:
•    single traveler 460 EUR - applies when a person travels alone
•    single room 265 EUR low season, 290 EUR high season - applies when a person travels with a group
•    upgrade to Ljubljana city historic center 4* hotel 90 EUR per person per night in a double room, 120 EUR in a single room
•    road bike rental 240 EUR. Road bikes are equipped with 20 gears, lock, one spare tube, set of Allen keys and basic puncture repair kit. Price includes delivery and pick up. Every additional day 50 EUR per bike. Other bike types are also available. Bike rental period starts at 9:00 on day 2 of the tour and ends on the evening of day 7 in Ljubljana at 18:00. Helmet included.
•    printed information pack with route detail and corresponding maps 30 EUR at arrival per set

Additional nights:
•   4* Hotel in Bled 130 EUR per person per night in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 170 EUR
•   4* Hotel in Kranjska Gora 85 EUR per night in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 155 EUR
•   4* Hotel in Ljubljana mid-ring 95 EUR per person per night in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 150 EUR
•   4* Hotel in Ljubljana historic center 110 EUR per person per night in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 190 EUR

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

Transfers:

Ljubljana Airport to Ljubljana
1–3 persons: 60 EUR
4–8 persons: 75 EUR

Trieste Airport to Ljubljana
1–3 persons: 180 EUR
4–8 persons: 220 EUR

All prices per transfer, one way. No pooling permitted. Price includes transport of bikes.

Route profile

Total Length: 553 km

Waytype: 75% regional country roads, 5% cycleways, 20% main road (town approach sections).

Surface: 100% asphalt and paved

Difficulty: sportive - for riders who go on longer day tours at home, cycle to the neighboring town and have a solid physical condition. The terrain can be hilly and even if there are several ascents between the stage towns. Average daily elevation gains exceed 1.000 meters.

Accommodation

Helia supports responsible travel. On our trips we therefore use small, authentic hotels and guesthouses with character operated by locals or their families. Here you can find the list of standard accommodation we primarily use on the trip. The actual hotels may differ from this list, depending on time of booking and rooms availability.

Day 1: 4* M-Hotel in Ljubljana

Day 2: 4* Hotel Plaesnik in Logarska Dolina

Day 3-4: 4* Hotels Triglav, Park, Kompas, Savica, Lovec in Bled

Day 5: 3* Hotel Miklič in Kransjka Gora

Day 6: 3* Hotel Dvorec in Tolmin

Day 7: 4* M-Hotel in Ljubljana

Travel options

Starting point of this trip is Ljubljana in NW Slovenia.

Getting there...

By plane: closest airport is Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve it. From the airport you can travel to Ljubljana by minivan shuttles, by bus or book our transfer - Ljubljana Airport to Ljubljana Downtown.

By bus: several Flixbus lines stop in Ljubljana

By train: Ljubljana is the main railway hub of Slovenia, well served from all directions. Our standard first hotel is two km away, so you'd best take a taxi.

By car: the city of Ljubljana is centrally located in Slovenia and all motorways go there.

.... and away

Simply use one of the above options.

Your bike

Helia road bikes are available in different sizes and models

All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

  • combination bike lock

Only for self-guided tours: one repair kit per two bikes: one spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, two allen keys and tyre levers

Other available rental bikes


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