Slovenia's Castles, Lakes & Mountains

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Visiting: Slovenia

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £600 to £803pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Moderate i
Standard Superior i
Code SL001
Distance 145mi/234km !
Runs Mar - Oct
Departs Any day
Fly to Ljubljana
Return from Ljubljana

Overview

What to expect

Cycle through some of the most scenic parts of north-west Slovenia, enjoying a full week of magnificent scenery – expect a few inclines but there is an optional uplift if you want an easier ride. You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic spots for a rest stops or picnic lunches, with the beautiful blue waters of Lake Bohinj and the ski resort of Kranjska Gora as just two of the highlights. Riding through deep forest and making gentle ascents, expect a permanent backdrop of Alpine mountains with the highest peaks dusted in snow.

You’ll ride from the pine forests and pastures of the Pokljuka high plateau to tiny villages nestling in the hills of the Bohinj Valley. Each authentic village you’ll visit gives a different insight to the region, from famous residents and a history of iron smelting, to stirring World War II stories. The lakeside village of Bled is a beautiful place to start and finish, and staying a bit longer here would be well worth it.

  • Clear blue lakes, magnificent mountains and snow dusted peaks
  • Deep forests, green pastures and summer mountain resorts
  • Fascinating villages and historic Bled
  • Cycling with mountain backdrops & castles and palaces

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bled

    Make your way to the pretty alpine village of Bled, which sits beside a glacial lake. Visit the castle and island chapel, see the iconic 'pletna' rowing boats and start your holiday with one of Slovenia’s famous cream cakes.

  • Day 2: Bled - Ribcev Laz (Bohinj) 12 miles (19km) + optional 10 miles (16km) detour to waterfall

    Transfer to the Pokljuka high plateau and descend through beautiful alpine scenery and tiny villages of the Bohinj Valley. For those who want to explore further, cycle around the lake and up to the Slovenia's highest waterfall. Otherwise, stay in the village of Ribcev Laz and take a wander through the pretty streets or relax by the lake.

  • Day 3: Ribcev Laz - Škofja Loka 36 miles (57 km)

    Start with a flat ride stopping off at the Bohinjska Bistrica pool complex if there is time before climbing through a forest to the Jelovica high plateau (or opt for a 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 Slovenias's oldest towns, and stroll around the charming medieval centre.

  • Day 4: Škofja Loka - Preddvor 21 miles (33 km)

    Ride across the flatlands of the Sora Plain with Alpine peaks as a backdrop. Cycle past Slovenia’s fourth largest city of Kranj. Continue north-east to Brdo Castle, Slovenia’s most elegant presidential palace, before reaching the town of Preddvor, where your hotel sits close to a small lake beneath the beautiful Kamnik-Savinja Alps.

  • Day 5: Preddvor - Begunje/Radovljica 27 miles (43 km) + 7 miles (11km) for two optional side trips

    Skirt the Kamnik-Savinja Alps to reach the preserved old town and beekeeping museum at Radovljica. Continue through the fascinating village of Kropa where an iron forging museum is dedicated to the town’s historic blacksmith trade.

  • Day 6: Radovljica/Begunje - Kranjska Gora 26 miles (42 km) + optional 9 miles (15km) trip to the lookout point

    Start with an easy, slow climb to the ancient village of Begunje, and learn about the area’s WWII history at the Museum of Hostages. Continue between the Julian Alps and the Karawanke Mountains to the popular town of Kranjska Gora. Make an optional short detour to the lookout point for Spik Mountain, one of Slovenia’s toughest peaks.

  • Day 7: Kranjska Gora - Bled 25 miles (40 km) + optional 5 miles (8km) side trip to Vintgar Gorge

    Cycle downhill through the Radovna Valley to the foot of Mount Triglav, passing stunning mountain scenery and stopping for lunch in a mountain hut. The valley is a peaceful area of deep woods, touching WWII monuments and old farmhouses. Leaving the valley, take an optional stroll to the Iski Vintgar Gorge to see the rapids, sandbanks and steep rock walls before cycling back to Bled.

  • Day 8: Depart from Bled

    Start making your way home after breakfast or extend your holiday in Bled.

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
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance 

Price includes

  • 7 nights in 3 star 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 
  • Transfer to the Pokljuka high plateau on day 2
  • 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 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%)

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

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

Hybrid Bike
Bike hire
£83

21 geared hybrid bike

Helmet rental
Helmet rental
£14
E-bike hire
£205
Hybrid Bike
Bike hire - extra day
£17

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Transfers

Ljubljana airport to Bled (min of 2 people - price per person)
£31pp
Klagenfurt airport to Bled (min of 2 people - price per person)
£66pp

Board upgrade

Half board for 6 nights - 3 courses (not including Skofja Loka)
£112pp

Extra nights

3* Bled - B&B - 2 share
£58pp
3* Bled - B&B - single
£82pp
4* Bled - B&B - 2 share
£77pp
4* Bled - B&B - single
£131pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Ljubljana

Take the train (Slovenske železnice) from Ljubljana airport to Bled.

Getting back

Take the train (Slovenske železnice) to Ljubljana airport from Bled.

Fly from Ljubljana

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

Customer reviews

What other customers have said

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5
out of 5

Customer service in England and transfer of luggage, choice of hotels etc. and food were all brilliant. Pleasantly surprised that we almost always had rooms with the best views - thank you :)

Virginia Leaton, UK, July 2018
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out of 5

Beautiful scenery and country side. A real mix of up and downhill riding. Good hotels. Friendly people. For older /less fit riders an electric bike ensures a happy day and enables you to enjoy the side trips easily

Niki Worth, NZ, August 2017

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