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Highlights

Cycling tour highlights:

  • swim in crystal clear alpine lakes Bled and Bohinj
  • take a break in one of Europe's loveliest capitals
  • visit fascinating Postojna caves carved deep into limestone hills
  • pop into Italy and chill out with a cappuccino on piazza grande
  • sip the sumptuous red wine of the Karst region
  • stay in small independent hotels, great food

Road Cycling Slovenian Highlights

from 1.120 EUR
Departure
daily from April 27 to October 12, 2024
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Starting Point
Lake Bled
Total Distance
368 - 408 km
Activity Level
3

Biking from Alps to Adriatic on a fast track!

For lovers of the fast lane, this "Cross Country Tour" whisks you through the majority of Slovenia's greatest historical places, along with the many natural wonders this diverse little country has to offer from the majestic peaks of the Julian Alps to the hot, sunny seaside towns of the Adriatic coast. It is suitable for cyclists with plenty of time and a good fitness level.

Considering a pre-trip? Have a look at our Salzburg to Lake Bled.

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN LAKE BLED 

Arrival in Bled. Bled is renowned for its beautiful setting: glacial lake, clifftop castle and a pilgrimage church on an island. Arrive early enough and you can take a boat out to the church and ring the bell of wishes, head up to the castle for a great view across the valley, or take a circular walk around the lake and hike up to Mala Osojnica for the best view of all.

Day 2: BLED – BOHINJSKA BISTRICA (↔ 54 km, ↑ 1.010 m, ↓ 1.000 m)

Today's cycling adventure commences with a climb up to the elevated plateau of Pokljuka, ascending 700 meters over a distance of 12 kilometers. From these serene mountain meadows, you'll then embark on a descent towards the breathtaking Lake Bohinj. Nestled in the corner of this secluded valley, Bohinj stands as the largest and deepest lake within the Triglav National Park, encircled by majestic alpine peaks. Cycle along the lake's perimeter to reach Savica Waterfall, the wellspring of the Sava Bohinjka River.

Day 3: BOHINJSKA BISTRICA – ŠKOFJA LOKA – LJUBLJANA (↔ 78 km, ↑ 1.180 m, ↓ 1.390 m)

Leaving Bohinj you cycle up 750 m / 2400 ft to the Sorica Pass, from which you then drop off into a lush wilderness valley leading to the Škofja Loka hills. Stop in the historic iron-smelting town of Železniki and one of Slovenia's oldest and most charming towns, Škofja Loka, before finally arriving in Ljubljana, the Slovene capital. Visit the Ljubljana Castle, perched high on a hill overlooking the old town and city center. From its tower, you get a breathtaking view of Ljubljana’s heart and soul and of the mountains you have just cycled from.

Day 4: LJUBLJANA – VRHNIKA – POSTOJNA (↔ 65 km, ↑ 730 m, ↓ 480 m)

To start the day, a gentle ride across the beautiful 160-sq km Ljubljana Moors (Ljubljansko Barje), home to some of Europe’s rarest forms of bird, plant and insect life. Head up to the hilltop church of Saint Ana for the best views. Then cycle past the beautiful Slivnica Mountain and the magical disappearing lake of Cerknica. Final destination for the day is Postojna. 

Day 5: POSTOJNA – ŠTANJEL (↔ 47 km; ↑ 540 m, ↓ 920 m)

Your day will commence with a visit to the magnificent Postojna Caves, an expansive and colorful cave system, renowned as the most extensive in Slovenia. Explore the otherworldly realm adorned with large and vibrant stalactites and stalagmites, and encounter the unique "human fish." Following this subterranean adventure, proceed to the formidable Predjama Castle, strategically perched in a crevasse halfway up a 123-meter cliff. This fortress was once the residence of the audacious and adventurous knight Erasmus, who ingeniously utilized the nearby Predjama Caves to stealthily obtain supplies while under siege. Join the guided tour to delve into the intriguing history, including Erasmus's unconventional demise. This captivating day promises a blend of natural wonders and fascinating tales from the past

Day 6 : ŠTANJEL – LIPICA – DIVAČA (↔ 47 km, ↑ 610 m, ↓ 340 m)

First stop is at the lovely botanical garden in Sežana, then it’s on to the stud farm of Lipica, where you can visit these beautiful thoroughbred Lipizzaner horses, whose glistening white coats and gentle, graceful dancing have earned them a worldwide reputation. Take a tour in a traditional carriage, and see them close up in their stables. You can also visit the unusual but very interesting “War Museum” set in a lovely Venetian tower.

Day 7: DIVAČA – MUGGIA – PIRAN (↔ 77 km; 94 with a side trip to Salt Pans Sečovlje, ↑ 630 m, ↓ 1.070 m)

If you skipped Postojna caves, don't worry, because this morning you can visit Škocjan Caves – just as interesting but far less crowded. Then, if you like, head into the Italian town of Trieste. Visit the castle, cathedral and Piazza Unita. Stop for a cappuccino or a gelato in the old harbor town of Muggia. There is a new cycling path following the old railway line that runs along the coast. Enjoy great vistas of Slovenia's modest, yet lovely coastline. A stop in the Slovenian Riviera of Portorož is a must. The trip ends in the gorgeous little Venetian harbor town of Piran.

Day 8: DEPARTURE

After breakfast your tour ends.

Price

Price per person based on two people sharing:

Low season: April 27 to May 18 and September 21 to October 12, 2024: 1.120 EUR
High season: May 19 to September 20, 2024: 1.180 EUR

(Currency converter here)

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 traveller 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 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 Piran at 18:00. Helmet included.
•    printed information pack with route description and corresponding maps on arrival - 30 EUR 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 Bohinj 115 EUR per person per night in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 165 EUR
•   4* Hotel in Ljubljana (mid-range) 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
•   3* Hotel in Štanjel area 65 EUR per person per night in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 90 EUR
•   4* Hotel in Piran (old town) 95 EUR per person per night in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 170 EUR

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

Transfers:

Ljubljana Airport to Bled
1–3 persons: 80 EUR
4–8 persons: 110 EUR

Ljubljana City to Bled
1–3 persons: 110 EUR
4–8 persons: 150 EUR

Villach to Bled
1–3 persons: 160 EUR
4–8 persons: 180 EUR

Klagenfurt AP to Bled
1–3 persons: 200 EUR
4–8 persons: 230 EUR

Piran to Bled
1–3 persons: 240 EUR
4–8 persons: 270 EUR

Piran to Ljubljana Airport
1–3 persons: 240 EUR
4–8 persons: 290 EUR

Piran to Ljubljana City
1–3 persons: 190 EUR
4–8 persons: 230 EUR

Piran to Trieste Airport
1–3 persons: 145 EUR
4–8 persons: 180 EUR

Piran to Trieste City
1–3 persons: 140 EUR
4–8 persons: 180 EUR

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

Route profile

Total Length: 315 km, 335 km with sidetrips

Waytype: 75% regional country roads, 10% cycleways, 15% main road (town approach sections).

Surface: 100% asphalt and paved

Difficulty: challenging - One cycling trip yearly is a must! For cyclists who like to go on cycling trips in the surrounding area at the weekends and are not afraid of a climb or a day's stage with a demanding profile. Average daily elevation gains does between 500 and 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* Hotels Triglav, Park, Kompas, Savica, Lovec in Bled

Day 2: 4* Eco Hotel in Bohinjska Bistrica

Day 3: 4* M-Hotel in Ljubljana

Day 4: 4* Hotel Kras in Postojna

Day 5: 3* Hisa posebne sorte in Stanjel area

Day 6: 3* Hotel Malovec in Divaca

Day 7: 4* Hotel Marina San Rocco in Muggia

Day 8: 4* Hotel Piran in Piran

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 two hrs) or book our transfer: Ljubljana Airport to Bled (faster - 20 min).

By train: Bled has two railway stations: Lesce-Bled on the Villach - Ljubljana mainline, four km away from town center, you'll need to take a bus or call us, we'll give you a lift for free. The other is Bled-Jezero on the Jesenice - Nova Gorica sideline only a few trains a day. Two km away from town center, call us and we'll give you a lift.

By car: take exit Lesce from A1 motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice, Karavanke. Please consult us about parking options.

.... and away

By plane: closest airport is Trieste, 50 km NW. We can best arrange you a transfer. Next is Ljubljana (LJU). You can return to Ljubljana by bus, train or our transfer.

By train: Koper railway station is 15 km away from Piran. Trains leave from here to Ljubljana. If you wish to travel onward to Rijeka (Croatia) you need to change in Pivka, however, only a few trains cross the border! There are no train connections to Italy, you'll need to travel first to Trieste.

By boat: there are ferries operating to Greece from Koper and seasonal sailings along the Slovene coast to Croatia. Also - the daily catamaran service can shorten your trip to Venice, please check the timetables and prices with us!

By car: if your car is in Ljubljana, you can return there by bus or train. Our transfer is available.

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 tire levers

Other available rental bikes


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