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From alpine lakes to a sun-drenched coast packed with mountain views, immense bodies of water and flowing wine. Starting at the fairytale world of Lake Bled, a glacial lake famed for its beautiful island church and clifftop castle, your ride will take you first through alpine Slovenia's most beautiful mountain vistas, over a high pass, along thundering rivers and out into a valley laden with vineyards. Castles and hilltop churches will be in abundance, along with great local wine and food in the Karst region (a beautiful limestone plateau). Finally, the sunny coast awaits you with lazy promenades and beautiful Venetian architecture. This is the perfect cycling holiday for lovers of diverse landscape, good food and great local wine, and people who would like nothing more than to soak their feet in the warm sea after a long journey by bike.

Cycling tour highlights:

• visit a stunning alpine national park

• swim in fresh, cool alpine lakes

• follow the emerald-coloured Soča river

• sip typical Teran wine in a world of limestone

• sample great local food in Karst villages

Day 1: ARRIVAL at Lake Bled. 4* hotel

To begin with, you can dip your feet in the beautiful glacial Lake Bled. This shimmering body of water is famous for its distinctive island church and the clifftop castle all backed by the beautiful Karavanke Mountains. Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist attractions. You can take a stroll around the western side of the lake for some of the best views and photographs, and then have lunch and the locally famous cream cake (Kremšnita) on the eastern lakeside while watching the sunset over the mountains.

Day 2: BLED – BOHINJSKA BISTRICA 27 km / 43 km with side trip, 4* hotel

A short car transfer drops you off on the high plateau at Pokljuka. From here you'll cycle through alpine villages to Lake Bohinj, the jewel of the Triglav National Park. Encircled by tall mountain peaks, Bohinj is the largest and deepest lake in the national park. Savica Waterfall is the source of the lake and the Sava Bohinjka River. A cable car runs up to Vogel Mountain, where you can get a spectacular view into the Bohinj Valley and of Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps.

Day 3: BOHINJ – TOLMIN 56 km; or 35 km if taking train to Podbrdo, 3* guesthouse

In the morning you'll have two options. Your route will take you via the Sorica Pass over the Julian Alps, but if you want to save some climbing you can take a short train ride through the Bohinj tunnel to Podbrdo. Then you peddle off through a narrow valley and follow the beautiful emerald-green Soča River as it rushes out of the mountains and into the western side of the Julian Alps. Just before reaching your destination you'll have a chance to dive into its supernatural waters or visit the only monument in the world dedicated to military cooks.

Day 4: TOLMIN – ŠMARTNO / DOBROVO 34 km / 46 km without lift up, 3* small hotel with a view

You will be car transferred to Kolovrat Saddle - a million dollar viewpoint high above the Soča Valley. Once the site of heavy fighting during WW1, it's now a very interesting open-air museum. Reaching the first village, Mrs. Josephine, who lives all alone in an intact old-fashioned pub, will be overjoyed to welcome you in her shaded garden. Cycling the ridges above two valleys, you'll reach your day's destination - Šmartno v Goriških Brdih, amid an abundance of lush vineyards. A recent and beautifully restored medieval village of narrow streets with Mediterranean houses, you can stretch your legs here, sip cool white wine and chat with locals in an authentic village pub.

Day 5: ŠMARTNO / DOBROVO - KODRETI / ŠTANJEL 53 km, 3* hotel

After leaving the Brda wine region you'll reach "Southern Berlin". The Iron Curtain once split the town of Gorizia between Italy and Yugoslavia. At the railway station that stands right on the border, one can visit the very interesting Curtain museum. Cycling further along the border you'll come to the smallest military museum in the world - a historic Yugoslav border outpost. Overlooking the border is the ancient Kostanjevica Monastery, where the last French King is buried. Turning inland, you'll soon reach the vineyards of the Vipava region. Your host Vid will be happy to provide you with samples of the best wines in the beautiful rural setting of his small karst village.

Day 6: KODRETI / ŠTANJEL - DIVAČA 48 km, 3* hotel

Today you'll cycle to the stud farm of Lipica, where you can visit beautiful thoroughbred Lipizzaner horses, whose gentle, graceful dancing have wowed many a visitor. Take a tour in a traditional carriage, and visit them close up in their stables. You can also visit the unusual but nonetheless interesting “War Museum” set inside a lovely Venetian tower - see what a collector's passion can really mean. Your small town hotel belongs to a butcher's family, but the young master is a wine expert too and he'll present you the best red wines of the karst region.

Day 7: DIVAČA – TRIESTE / MUGGIA 46 km, 4* marina resort hotel

In the morning you can visit the fascinating UNESCO Škocjan Caves. Then it's one final descent with magnificent views of the Adriatic Sea before reaching the southern outskirts of Trieste - the old seaside village of Muggia, where your cycling day and tour end. Park your bike and take the city shuttle boat to the worldly port city of Trieste and visit Miramare Castle, the cathedral or Piazza Unita central square, where you can relax with a cappuccino or a gelato with Trieste Bay in full view.

Day 8: DEPARTURE FROM TRIESTE / MUGGIA.

After breakfast, your tour ends. However, you can prolong your stay and continue cycling by taking our Croatia Istrian Coastal Tour down to Pula.

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Duration
8 Days
Available until
October 12, 2020

Price includes:

•    accommodation in hotels 3*/4* and country guesthouse in 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

•    transfers on days two and four

•    information pack including text road notes (in plain English) and corresponding maps. One per booking, every additional set 20 EUR

•    GPS data•    local tourist and other taxes

•    personal welcome meeting, detailed briefing and bike fitting upon arrival

•    telephone assistance during the trip

Not included:

optional train ticket on day three if you would like to shorten the day trip.

Optional extras

:•    single room

•    two wine tastings: in Brda and Divača. Each time three samples of best local wines with cheese

•    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 the 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 downtown 30 EUR. Trieste to Bled 80 EUR; all prices per person, two-person minimum

•    additional nights at hotels

Public transport

.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 20 EUR per person; one way, two-person minimum.

By bus: several Flixbus lines stop at Lake Bled.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. The other is station Bled Jezero on the Jesenice - Nova Gorica sideline only a few trains a day. Two km away from town centre.

..... and away

By plane: Trieste airport (TST) or Ljubljana (LJU). Several airlines serve them. You can book our transfer: Trieste to Ljubljana Airport, 65 EUR per person; one way, two-person minimum.

By train: several trains go daily from Trieste to Venice, one per day to Ljubljana.

By boat: there are boats operating from Trieste along the Adriatic Coast and ferries from Piran in Slovenia to Venice.By car: if your car is in Bled we can transfer you. The price per person is 80 EUR, two-person minimum. Door to door, including bikes.

Getting there

Starting point of this trip is Bled in NW Slovenia.

By car: take exit Lesce on the A1 motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice, Karavanke.

 

Parking

Please consult us about parking possibilities

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Helia Travel Agency

Trubarjeva cesta 8
4260 Bled
Phone 00386 4 57 65 600 Fax 04 57 65 601
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Author
Peter Lenarcic
Updated: August 29, 2019

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