What to expect
Cycle southwards from the lakes and mountains of Slovenia to Italy’s beaches and lagoons. Your start point is the lakeside town of Bled, with its island church and cliff-top castle. From here, you’ll ride beneath the rocky peaks of the Triglav National Park, passing waterfalls, lakes, rivers and ravines. Continuing through the Brda wine region, expect a warm welcome in the ancient villages and historic inns.
Pedalling into Italy, you’ll ride to peaceful lagoons, historic fishing huts and the palaces of Portogruaro before finishing on the sandy shores at Lido di Jesolo at the end of the week. Cycling mostly on quiet roads, you can choose shorter or longer routes on several days with the option of train and vehicle transfers to avoid the harder hills.
At a glance
- Lake Bled and the natural beauty of Triglav National Park
- Medieval villages, authentic inns and historic fishing huts
- Italian lagoons and the sandy beaches of Lido di Jesolo
- Cycling on quiet roads, with some hills, optional vehicle transfers, and shorter or longer routes
Arrive in Bled
Check in to your four-star hotel in Bled, then explore the town and dip your toes in the lake. Stroll around the western shore for the best views of the Karavanke Mountains and head to the eastern shore for a ‘Kremšnita’ cream cake and sunset views.
Bled – Bohinjska Bistrica
17 or 27 miles (27 or 43 km)
Transfer up to the Pokljuka Plateau before descending by bike through tiny alpine villages to reach the Triglav National Park and beautiful Lake Bohinj. If you wish, continue around the lake to the stunning Savica Waterfall and take the cable car up Vogel Mountain for views of the Bohinj Valley and Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps.
Bohinjska Bistrica – Tolmin
22 miles (35km) + train or 35 miles (56 km)
Today’s route takes you over the Julian Alps via the Sorica Pass or if you wish to save some climbing, opt for the shorter route and take the train through the Bohinj tunnel to Podbrdo. Continue through a narrow valley and ride beside the emerald green Soča River. Make an optional stop at the only monument in the world dedicated to military cooks.
Tolmin – Šmartno/Dobrovo
21 miles (34km) + uplift or 29 miles (46 km)
Take a transfer up to the Kolovrat ridge, or cover the ascent by bike, for panoramic views over the Soča Valley. Visit a WWI battle-site and open-air museum, then continue to a village inn where you’ll be welcomed by the friendly lady owner. Ride above the two valleys to pretty vineyards and the medieval picturesque village of Šmartno v Goriških Brdih. This entire village is a cultural heritage monument and you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy its narrow streets Mediterranean houses, and sip local white wine at a local inn. Sleep in Šmartno or neighbouring Dobrovo.
Šmartno/Dobrovo - Grado/Aquileia
42 miles (67 km)
Ride out of the Brda wine region to the town of Gorizia in Italy. Make optional stops at the smallest military museum in the world, a former Yugoslav border outpost, and the Kostanjevica Monastery (burial site of the last French King). Pedal south through Italy to the Adriatic Sea, riding past rivers, canals and Roman towns in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. Arrive in Aquileia, with its Roman excavations, or at the historic town of Grado, which sits on a lagoon island.
Aquileia/Grado - Portogruaro
54 miles (87 km) or 37 miles (59 km) + train
Pedal inland, passing the ‘Valli da pesca’ fishing lagoons and their traditional ‘casoni’ fishing huts. Arrive in the historic town of Portogruaro, with its palaces, churches and cathedral.
Portogruaro – Lido di Jesolo
42 miles (67 km)
Enjoy a beautiful and easy cycle beside miles of sandy beaches on the Adriatic Coast. Stop for refreshing swims en route to your final hotel of the tour. Stay overnight in one of two towns in the famous Lido di Jesolo beach area. Gateway to Venice, popular Jesolo town makes a great beachside base and it’s easy to reach Venice’s international airport from here.
Depart from Lido di Jesolo
Check out after breakfast.
To continue to Venice, take the regular bus to Punta Sabbione (approx. 40 minutes) and take the vaporetto (water bus) across the lagoon straight into St. Mark's Square (approx. 40 minutes).
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.
- 7 nights in 3 & 4* hotels
- Breakfast included
- Luggage transferred each day
- Secure bike storage
Dates & Prices
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- 7 nights in 3 and 4* 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
- Transfer to the Pokljuka high plateau on day 2 after welcome meeting
- Local contact number for assistance
- Local tourist and other taxes
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
Bike Hire & Extras
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.
E-bike hire is not possible.
21 geared hybrid bike
You can add these when you price your trip
How to Get 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.
Take a bus or taxi to Venice airport.
Fly from Venice
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A wonderfully varied journey, from the fabulous views in the Julian Alps to the Italian coastal plain. Adding a day on at each end, as we did, to explore Bled and Venice is well worthwhile.Keith Newman, UK, September 2018