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.
The fairytale world of Lake Bled, its island church and clifftop castle will be your starting point, after which you'll cycle onwards through the majestic Julian Alps, over a high pass and down into the western valleys. The alpine meadows soon give way to terraced hills dotted with vineyards that lead you all the way into Italy and on towards the coast, where lazy promenades and beautiful Venetian architecture await you. This is a cycling holiday for people who want the perfect mix of amazing landscapes, great food and wine, and historic sights.
Cycling tour highlights: • Lake Bled's beautiful island church • Cool alpine lakes and stunning mountains • Great food & wine in historic villages • Sun-soaked beaches and promenades • Venice, enough said......
Day 1: ARRIVAL at Lake Bled. (**** hotel). As a pre trip, check our Salzburg to Lake Bled tour. Its distinctive island church and clifftop castle, all backed by the beautiful Karavanke Mountains, has made Bled one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist attractions. Spend your first day strolling around the western side of the lake for some of the best views and photographs, and take a short 20 minute hike up to Mala Osojnica for the perfect view down onto the lake. Round off your evening with Bled's culinary delight, Kremšnita (cream slice).
Day 2: BLED – BOHINJSKA BISTRICA (27km / 43km with side trip). (**** hotel). A short car transfer takes you to Pokljuka, a forested high plateau from which you'll cycle through lovely alpine villages to Lake Bohinj, the pride of the Triglav National Park. Framed by the Julian Alps, Bohinj is the largest and deepest lake in the national park. Get there early enough and you can take a 20 minute hike up to Savica Waterfall, the source of the lake and the Sava Bohinjka River.
Day 3: BOHINJ – TOLMIN (*** guesthouse). (56km; or 35km if taking train to Podbrdo). Today you'll cycle the Sorica Pass over the Julian Alps, or you can take a short train ride through the Bohinj tunnel to Podbrdo. Then you peddle off through a narrow valley and join the beautiful emerald-green Soča River as it rushes out of the mountains and into the western side of the Julian Alps. Arrive early enough and you can head out to the stunning Tolmin Gorge, with breathtaking scenes such as Bear's Head; a natural bridge created by a giant boulder that fell and got wedged in a narrow part of the gorge.
Day 4: TOLMIN – ŠMARTNO / DOBROVO (34km / 46km without lift up). *** small family hotel with a view. You'll begin on the Kolovrat Ridge - the best viewpoint high above the Soča Valley and forming the border between alpine Slovenia and Italy. Be sure to visit Mrs. Josephine, who runs an old-fashioned pub in the first village you come to. The ridge is about 7 km long and lies at an elevation between 800 and 1150 m. After you descend you'll reach your day's destination - Šmartno v Goriških Brdih, a recent and beautifully restored medieval village of narrow streets with Mediterranean houses. Rest your legs here and sip cool white wine in another authentic village pub.
Day 5: ŠMARTNO - GRADO (67km). *** family hotel. After leaving the Brda wine region you'll reach "Southern Berlin". The town of Gorizia was once the dividing point between Italy and Yugoslavia. While here, visit the very interesting Curtain museum. Further along the border you'll come to the smallest military museum in the world, a historic Yugoslav border outpost, and the ancient Kostanjevica Monastery, burial place of the last French King. Turning south and entering Italy, you'll soon reach the Adriatic sea. You will spend the afternoon in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, passing by rivers, canals and ancient Roman towns. Your destination will be Aquileia, with its Roman excavations, or Grado, a lively historic resort town on a lagoon island.
Day 6: GRADO - PORTOGRUARO (87km or 59km if shortened by train ride). *** family hotel. This morning you will head back inland a bit, leaving the sea behind you. You will pass through a multitude of “Valli da pesca” (stretches of lagoon enclosed by earthen dikes where extensive fish farming is practised) and “casoni” (constructions used by fishermen in the past during the fishing season). Your destination is the town of Portogruaro, one of the main centres in the period of the “Serenissima Republic of Venice”, which is still impressive even today with its glorious “Palazzi” or “palaces”.
Day 7: PORTOGRUARO – LIDO DI JESOLO / JESOLO (67km). *** marina resort hotel. From Portogruaro you can look forward to a wonderful easy cycle westwards along the beautiful beaches of the Adriatic Coast. There are numerous opportunities to relax and swim so be sure to pack your swim gear. You will stay overnight in one of the two towns along this famous coastline, depending on availability. Jesolo is a gateway to Venice, from here you can easily travel to the airport or old town on the lagoon.
Day 8: DEPARTURE FROM LIDO DI JESOLO / JESOLO. After breakfast, your tour ends. However, you can prolong your stay or continue your trip by visiting ancient Serrenissima - Venice.
Price per person in a double room sharing:
low season 17.3. - 27.4. and 22.9. - 13.10.2018: 750 EUR per person based on two persons sharing high season: 28.4. - 21.9.2018: 795 EUR per person based on two persons sharing
Price includes: • Accommodation in hotels ***/****/***** and country guesthouse in two-bedded room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis. • Luggage transfer. • Transfers on days two and four. • Luggage transfer – one piece, max 20 kgs / 45 lb. Every additional item 10 EUR, payable on spot. • Information package including text road notes (in simple English) and corresponding maps. One per booking, every additional set 20 EUR. • Personal welcome meeting, detailed briefing and bike fitting upon arrival. • Telephone assistance during the trip.
Optional extras: • Single room 155 EUR. • Bike rental 90 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 set 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 not available. • 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. Please enquire about transfer from Jesolo to Venice City, Venice Mestre and Venice Airport. All prices per person, 2 persons minimum, one way. • Additional nights: **** Hotel in Bled: 79 EUR per person in lake view double room, single room: 135 EUR.**** Hotel in Jesolo 65 EUR per person in standard double room, B&B. Single room 78 EUR.*** Hotel in Lido di Jesolo 75 EUR per person in standard double room, B&B. Single room 95 EUR.
Not included: optional train ticket to Podbrdo on day three if you would like to shorten the trip).
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 hours) or book our transfer: Ljubljana Airport to Bled 30 EUR per person; one way, two persons minimum. By train: Bled has two railway stations: Lesce Bled station 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 station 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 the A1 motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice, Karavanke. You can safely park the car for free at first hotel.
.... and away By plane: Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE) or Treviso (TSF). Several airlines serve them. Please ask about our transfer services from your last hotel to the airports! By train: Venice has two railway stations: Santa Lucia on the lagoon and Venice Mestre on the mainland. Please note not all internationl trains go to the staion on the lagoon!
Classic Trekking Bikes
A comfortable bike for cycling tourists. Classic trekking bikes are equipped with 21 gears, cyclometer, lock, one pannier, one spare tube, set of Allen keys and basic puncture repair kit.