Lake Bled to Ljubljana

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Visiting: Slovenia

Hotel & Bike

4 nights from £427 to £504pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Superior i
Code SL006
Good For Short Breaks
Distance 64mi/103km !
Runs May - Oct
Departs Any day
Fly to Ljubljana
Return from Ljubljana

Overview

What to expect

Tour from the romantic village of Bled, gently cycling through Alpine meadows and pastures, passing pretty wooden huts and unique hay racks to the east side of Lake Bohinj with its beautiful clear waters, stone bridge and 14th century church. Continue along a green, flat valley floor beside a fast flowing river before climbing slowly through the forest to the Jelovica high plateau or opt for an uplift.

Swoop down the winding path through a deep forested valley and pretty hamlets with small churches to reach Skofja Loka, Slovenia’s most preserved medieval town. Continue through small forests, along gravel tracks across farmland and on narrow asphalt paths through small villages to Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital city, with its mighty castle and wonderful pavement cafe atmosphere.

  • Glacial lakes, waterfalls and mountain views
  • Spectacular castles and captivating culture in Bled and Ljubljana
  • Alpine villages and idyllic towns show an authentic slice of Slovenia
  • Gentle downhill and flat cycling plus optional uplift for the moderate day

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bled

    Discover the beautiful alpine village of Bled, on the shore of a glacial lake. Visit the castle which dates back to 1111 and the island chapel. Go for a trip in a traditional rowing boat, or relax in a cafe with a delicious Slovenian cream cake.

  • Day 2: Bled - Ribcev Laz (Bohinj) 12 miles (19km) + optional 8 miles (13km) detour to waterfall

    Transfer to the Pokljuka high plateau before descending past spruce trees, alpine villages and hay bales to the beautiful Bohinj Valley and Ribcev Laz on the shores of Lake Bohinj. Relax by the lake or cycle on up to Savica Waterfall, Slovenia's largest, and, if time permits, take a cable car up the Vogel mountain for spectaular mountain views.

  • Day 3: Ribcev Laz (Bohinj) - Škofja Loka 33 miles (53km)

    Set off on flat terrain stopping to swim in the pool complex in Bohinjska Bistrica if there’s time before climbing slowly up to Jelovica Plateau* (or opt for the transfer at €20pp). Ride down into the beautiful open Selška Dolina Valley leading to the Škofja Loka hills. Pass through Železniki village, a former iron smelting centre where the remains of old furnaces can still be seen. Visit the picturesque hillside village of Sorica, birthplace of the impressionist painter Ivan Grohar. Arrive in Škofja Loka, one of Slovenis's oldest towns, and stroll around the charming medieval centre.

     

    * Should you decide to cycle up the Jelovica Plateau, this tour becomes a moderate tour. Anyone not used to climbs are advised to opt for the uplift which can be pre-booked or booked at your welcome meeting in Bled.

  • Day 4: Škofja Loka - Ljubljana 20 miles (31km)

    Enjoy a long downhill ride followed by an easy crossing through the Sora flatlands. Arrive in the capital of Ljubljana and spend the afternoon exploring the stunning hilltop castle, cross it's beautiful bridges and enjoy the numerous riverside cafes and restaurants. 

  • Day 5: Depart from Ljubljana

    Make your way home from Ljubljana or stay a little longer and continue your holiday in Slovenia.

Accommodation

3 & 4* Hotels

We use a pool of 3 and 4* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • A mix of 3* and 4* hotels
  • Breakfast included, half board available on 3 nights
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each way

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance - please contact us for 2020 prices

Price includes

  • 4 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation (one bag per person (max 20kg) & additional bags at extra cost)
  • Maps and route information 
  • GPS tracks available on request
  • Welcome meeting on day 2
  • Transfer to the Pokljuka high plateau on day 2 after welcome meeting
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • Free parking at first hotel on request only - must be confirmed at time of booking
  • Local tourist and other taxes

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets
  • Transfer to top of the Jelovica Pass on day 3 - 20 Euro per person to pay locally

Child reductions

  • Child (0-2yrs) sharing with 2 full paying guests (100%)
  • Child (2-6yrs) sharing with 2 full paying guests (50%)
  • Child (7-12yrs) sharing with 2 full paying guests (30%)
  • 3rd adult sharing with 2 full paying guests (10%)

Extra nights

  • Ljubljana - upgrade to a central 4* hotel - please enquire

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Each bike comes with a pannier. An odometer, small repair kit, inner tube and lock all included (one per pair of bikes) at no extra cost. An additional odometer is possible at £20. 

Hybrid Bike
Bike hire
£54

21 geared hybrid bike

E Bike
E-bike hire
£81
Helmet rental
Helmet hire
£8
Hybrid Bike
Bike hire - extra day
£17

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Transfers

Ljubljana airport to Bled - min 2 people (price per person)
£33pp
Ljubljana city to Ljubljana airport - min 2 people (price per person)
£22pp

Board upgrade (B&B included)

Half Board - 3 course dinners (Not available in Skofja Loka)
£81pp

Extra nights

3* Bled - B&B - 2 share
£60pp
3* Bled - B&B - single
£86pp
4* Bled - B&B - 2 share
£80pp
4* Bled - B&B - single
£137pp
4* Ljubljana - B&B - 2 share
£80pp
4* Ljubljana - B&B - single
£107pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Ljubljana

Buses run from Ljubljana airport to Bled with one change and take approximately 2 hours. Alternatively, we can arrange a private transfer for you.

Getting back

Buses run to Ljubljana airport from Bled with one change and take approximately 2 hours. Alternatively, we can arrange a private transfer for you.

Fly to Ljubljana

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Loved the tour. The local company were great and the scenery was beautiful. GPX files make a drastic difference to the experience compared to last time!

Susan Batten, UK, July 2019
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This was our second tour with Freedom Treks and we loved it. The scenery was really stunning (Alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes and waterfalls, and beautiful riverside cycling...). The bikes were of very good quality, and the instructions clear (though we also asked for GPS files which was helpful). The cycling is on roads, but these were mostly very quiet and the local drivers were very courteous. (The only really busy road is the one approaching Ljubljana - but it actually has an off-road cycle path). Both Freedom Treks and the local organisers were great at answering our questions. We opted for the up-lift in day 3: unless you are very used to climbing, I would recommend doing that (the climb is about 12km long with the last 5km at a 12% gradient - so quite hard to do, especially on heavy bikes!). Our only note is that (especially without the big climb) the mileage on this tour was a little on the low side - but we still got plenty of cycling, and also appreciated having time to explore this beautiful country. All in all - a great tour!

Jill, July 2019

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