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Highlights

Cycling tour highlights:

  • swim in crystal clear alpine mountain lakes
  • marvel at the beauty of the Julian Alps
  • discover the medieval city of Škofja Loka
  • visit the capital of Slovenia - Ljubljana
  • breathtaking views, quiet roads and local attractions
  • stay in small independent hotels, great food

Lakes & Cities Cycling Tour

from 630 EUR
Departure
daily from March 23 to October 12, 2024
Duration
5 days / 4 nights
Starting Point
Lake Bled
Total Distance
107 km / 123 km with sidetrip
Activity Level
3

National park, alpine lakes and baroque capital in a short cycling tour

This "Lakes And Cities Tour" takes you on a bicycle from the Julian Alps to the Baroque capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Begin your cycling adventure at the enchanting Lake Bled, then proceed to the serene beauty of Lake Bohinj, cradled by the majestic Alpine peaks. Your ride continues through the medieval charm of Škofja Loka, culminating in the vibrant city of Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital. Suitable for cyclists with an average fitness level, and ideal for lovers of nature and culture with not much time to spare.

Considering a pre-trip? We recommend our Salzburg to Lake Bled!

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL TO BLED. 

You will begin in Bled, a lovely little town on the shore of a picturesque glacial lake. A beautiful island church sits peacefully in the middle of this large body of water with the Karavanke Alps providing the backdrop. The castle perched high on a cliff standing guard over the town completes the picture. After you check in to your hotel, take an evening hike up to Ojstrica viewpoint for a beautiful sunset view.

Day 2: BLED – BOHINJSKA BISTRICA (↔ 27 km; 43 km with a side trip, ↑ 110 m, ↓ 810 m). 

Car transfer to starting point on the high plateau at Pokljuka. Begin your descent through charming alpine villages, ultimately arriving at Lake Bohinj, a true gem within the Triglav National Park. As the largest and deepest lake in the park, it's enveloped by the awe-inspiring Julian Alps. Don't miss the chance to visit Savica Waterfall, the source of the Sava Bohinjka River.

Day 3: BOHINJSKA BISTRICA – ŠKOFJA LOKA (↔ 49 km, ↑ 980 m, ↓ 1.130 m). 

Leaving Bohinj you cycle to the largest town in the valley: Bohinjska Bistrica. From there, you'll ascend 750 meters (2400 feet) to the Jelovica high plateau. For added convenience, there's an optional lift service to the mountain pass available at an extra cost of 30 EUR per person. Once atop, you'll journey through a dense forest that eventually leads to a secluded wilderness valley. This route will then guide you to the verdant Škofja Loka hills. Be sure to pause in the historic iron-smelting town of Železniki before arriving in Škofja Loka, one of Slovenia's oldest and most enchanting towns.

Day 4: ŠKOFJA LOKA – LJUBLJANA (↔ 31 km, ↑ 170 m, ↓ 240 m). 

Embark on your journey to the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, today. Upon arrival, consider a brief ride up to the impressive Ljubljana Castle, majestically perched on a hill that oversees the old town. From the castle's tower, you'll be treated to a panoramic view of Ljubljana's vibrant heart, and on clear days, the very mountains you've recently traversed. As the day winds down, you have the delightful choice between unwinding with a refreshing drink at one of the many open-air bars or cafés along the picturesque Ljubljanica River, or perhaps even opting for a leisurely boat ride.

Day 5: DEPARTURE. 

After breakfast your tour ends or you can prolong your stay.

Price

Price per person based on two people sharing:

Low season: March 23 to May 3 and September 21 to October 12, 2024: 630 EUR
High season: May 4 to September 20, 2024: 655 EUR
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Price includes:
•    four nights accommodation in hotels 3*/4* in a two bedded ensuite facilities room, on basis of bed & breakfast
•    luggage transport between hotels, one piece per person, max 23 kg / 50 lb. Lufthansa dimensions. Every additional piece 60 EUR, 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 410 EUR, apllies when a person travels alone
•    single room 175 EUR in low season, 190 EUR in high season, applies when a person in traveling together with other persons in party
•    upgrade to 4* hotel in Ljubljana city center 80 EUR per person per night in a double room, 120 EUR in a single room
•    bike rental 60 EUR, classic touring bikes are equipped with 24 gears, one pannier per bike, one lock, one repair set per couple /pair of bikes - one long lock, one spare inner tube, one set of Allen keys, tyre levers and a basic puncture patch set. Every additional rental day: 25 EUR per bike. Bike rental period starts at 9:00 on day 2 of the tour and ends at 18:00 on day 4. Helmet included.
•    electric bike rental 120 EUR
•    additional transfer to top of the pass on day 3 - 30 EUR per person
•    printed information package including route notes and corresponding maps delivered upon arrival - 30 EUR

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 Bohinjska Bistrica 115 EUR per person per night in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 165 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

Discounts:
•   children up to 12 years when sharing room with parents up to 40% discount on basic price
•   third adult in the room 10% discount on basic price

Not included: entrance fees, lunches, 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 Airport to Bled
1–3 persons: 200 EUR
4–8 persons: 230 EUR

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

Route profile

Total Length: 107 km / 123 km with sidetrips
Waytype: 80 % regional country roads, cycleways, 20 % main roads (town and city approach sections).
Terrain: all paved.

Days 2 and 4: Medium - For those who, for example complete daily trip to the market by bike in nice weather and consider cycling should be fun but not training. Gentle hills or stretches on gravel paths do not cause you any difficulties.
Day 3: 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. 

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: 3* Mini Hotel in Škofja Loka

Day 4: 4* M-Hotel in Ljubljana

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

By train: Bled has two railway stations: Lesce-Bled station on the Villach - Ljubljana mainline, 4 km away from town center, you'll need to take a bus to Bled center. The other station is Bled-Jezero on the Jesenice - Nova Gorica sideline only a few trains a day. 2 km away from town centre, call us and we'll give you a lift.

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

.... and away

Simply use one of the above options.

Your bike

Helia bikes are available in different sizes in unisex model:

Touring bike 24-gear Shimano Deore
E-bike 4 electronic gears / 9 mechanical gears Shimano

Features:

  • aluminium frame
  • mudguard
  • rear rack
  • comfort gel saddle
  • anti-puncture Continental tyres
  • ergonomic bicycle grips

All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

  • Vaude one-sided saddlebag
  • 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

Important notes if you want to cycle independently - in order to cycle smoothly following an app, we suggest that you bring with you a holder for your mobile phone to be fixed on the handlebar, as well as a power bank (even if the app can be used offline, too).

Important note: For a seamless experience using an app while cycling, we recommend bringing a mobile phone mount (to attach to the handlebar) and a power bank.

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