Do you prefer cycling on your own? Our self guided tours give you the total freedom and flexibility to decide when to go, where to go, how far to ride, what to see and, most importantly, how long to stay there!
There is no minimum number of participants, even solo travellers can book.
Trips include luggage transfer between accommodation.
The roadbooks (available in several languages) have a map of the whole area where you will be riding, and itinerary details for each day. Along with precise track indications, they contain valuable information for the options we think are worth considering between your daily departure / arrival locations.
A definitive must for photographers and those who like extreme mountain scenery, but without the extreme physical exertion usually needed for such views. Not a "mountain bike tour" but suitable for cyclists of very average fitness, has one pass of 750m / 2500ft (but one has the whole day to do it on a quiet road, or take an optional lift).
Tour highlights: • Enjoy an exquisite view of the famous lake Bled. • Ring the "Bell of wishes" on the island church. • Treat yourself to a delicious cream cake. • Stroll along thundering rapids at Vintgar Gorge. • Cycle across lovely mountain meadows. • Swim in the crystal clear glacial Lake Bohinj.
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.
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN LAKE BLED 4* family hotel (voted overall best hotel in 2014 by our guests). As a pre-trip you may consider our Salzburg to Lake Bled. Lake Bled is a beautiful glacial lake made famous by its distinctive island church, towering alpine mountain backdrop and clifftop castle. It's no coincidence that it's one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist attractions. You can take a boat out to the island church and ring the church bell and make a wish, it might come true. Head over the western side and hike up to Mala Osojnica for the best view of the lake, castle and Karavanke Mountains.
Day 2: BLED – RIBČEV LAZ (20km + possible side trip 16km). 4* family hotel. From the high plateau at Pokljuka (12km) you can marvel at the views as you glide down into the neighbouring Bohinj Valley until reaching the stunning Lake Bohinj, a glistening jewel in the heart of the Triglav National Park. Cycle around the lake to Savica Waterfall, and then take the cable car up to Vogel Mountain for a spectacular view of the Julian Alps that surround the lake.
Day 3: RIBČEV LAZ – ŠKOFJA LOKA (57km). 3* family hotel. Leaving Bohinj you cycle up 750 m/2400 ft to the Jelovica high plateau (a “help out” lift to the top of the mountain pass is available for this part of the trip at an extra cost of 20 EUR per person). From the top the trail drops off into a beautiful wilderness valley leading to the lush green Škofja Loka hills. The route takes you through a number of historic little villages until you finally arrive in one of Slovenia's oldest and most charming towns, Škofja Loka, where you can visit the hilltop castle.
Day 4: ŠKOFJA LOKA - PREDDVOR (33km). 3* guesthouse. Today you head across the great Sora plain, taking you past Kranj, Slovenia’s fourth largest city and host to some interesting gothic architecture. As you continue northeast you’ll come across Brdo Castle, renowned as Slovenia’s most elegant presidential palace. End the day with your feet up, sipping a drink and admiring the view across Preddvor lake to the majestic peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps.
Day 5: PREDDVOR - BEGUNJE (42km). 3* antique & modern hotel. A ride through history, taking you along the edge of the Kamnik Alps to the beautifully preserved old town of Radovljica and its interesting beekeeping museum. You'll visit Slovenia's foremost blacksmith town, Kropa where you can tour the iron forging museum and learn how to make your own nail. Then cycle up to the little hilltop village of Jamnik for a classic postcard view of Slovenia: church and mountains.
Day 6: BEGUNJE – KRANJSKA GORA (44km). 3* hotel. Today your route will take you on a cycling path that goes between the ranges of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke Mountains to Kranjska Gora, a popular alpine town famous for its ski resorts, but also a great base for many summer activities.
Day 7: KRANJSKA GORA – BLED (40km). 4* family hotel. For your final day 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 mightiest mountain in the Julian Alps. From here you will head through the Radovna Valley between the Pokljuka and Mežakla plateaus to the thundering rapids of the 1.6 km Vintgar Gorge.
Day 8: End of the tour.
Price: 630 EUR per person based on two people sharing
High season supplement (18.8. to 21.9.2018): 35 EUR (Currency converter here)
Price includes: • Accommodation in hotels 3*/4* in a two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis. • Luggage transport between hotels (one piece per person, max 20 kgs / 45 lb). Every additional piece 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. • Personal welcome meeting, detailed briefing upon arrival and bike handover. • Backup service (hotline) during the trip.
Optional extras: • Single room 120 EUR. • Six dinners 110 EUR. No dinner is included in Skofja Loka but there are several available options. • Bike rental 80 EUR classic touring / trekking 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 spot. Bike rental period starts at 9:00 day two of the tour and ends at 18:00 of day seven. • Electric bike 200 EUR. • Helmet rental 12 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 persons minimum, one way. • Additional nights: 4* Hotel in Bled 79 EUR per person in a double room, single room 135 EUR. 4 - course dinner 25 EUR.
Not included: entrance fees, lunches, drinks with meals, saunas and massages in hotels.
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, 15 EUR per person; one way, two persons minimum. By train: Bled has two railway stations: Lesce Bled on the Villach-Ljubljana mainline, four km away from the town centre, 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. Two km away from town centre, we'll give you a lift. By car: take exit Lesce on A1 motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice, Karavanke. Please consult us about parking possibilities.
... and away Simple, use one of the above options or - cycle away: consider our cycling trip Best Of Slovenia!
A little weird and wonderful...
So you enter and there are a lot of animal trophies but that's from the former owner who was, apparently a Renault (the car). I was shown to my room and, disappointed, went down to ask if I could have a balcony. No problem and no extra cost. I had come from a four hour bike ride (Helia Bike Tours) in the pouring rain. The woman at the desk (shame on me for needing it, spoke perfect English). She told me to get warm and dry and go to the bar for my welcome drink.. Eventually I did. I also picked out a wine from their wonderful local selection to bring to my room. The welcome drink was a gorgeous, warming sherry. Eventually, I made it down to dinner and the guy who chatted with me over my sherry, served me dinner. He was just an adorable human. I loved this place. Like I said, it was kind of weird and wonderfully so!