- Experiencing the restorative powers of Lake Bled
- Discovering the medieval Bled Castle
- Taking a boat ride over to Bled Island
- Marvelling at the Triglav National Park
- Exploring the Vintgar and Pokljuka Gorges
- Riding a cable car up the awe-inspiring Mount Vogel, offering breath-taking views
On arriving at your hotel you’ll be able to unpack and make yourself at home. You’ll be met by a member of our local team, who will provide your hire bikes (if hiring), as well as your route notes and maps for your upcoming trip.
The rest of the day is yours to discover the enchanting Lake Bled. Why not head over to the Park Hotel to take in the astonishing views of the Lake from its relaxing terrace, accompanied by a sweet Bled Cream Cake from the hotel’s famous patisserie? It’d be rude not to!
- Meals: Breakfast
On your first day, a leisurely cycle allows plenty of time to discover Bled Castle, an awe-inspiring, medieval fortress, and the Bled Island Church. Leaving your hotel, a gentle cycle takes you around the lake and up to the iconic castle, perched on a cliff. From the castle you’ll take in unrivalled views of the island and the lake, as well as enjoying its fun-filled offerings, from a printing shop to bottling and sealing your own wine! The castle has its own coffee shop and restaurant (booking recommended), where you can sample some tasty local fayre. (Entry into the castle around €10 per person).
Next you’ll head to the lake where there are an array of boats available to hire to get you across to Bled Island. Take your time on the island, exploring the charming church, and don’t forget to ring the famous wishing bell!
For mind-blowing views of the lake and castle, head up to Osojnica – don’t forget your camera!
- Meals: Breakfast
You’ll begin your second day cycling at the foot of the Jelovica Plateau, where you’ll be surrounded by wildlife, including some endangered species, and the glorious sounds of the forest. Your cycling will be rewarded with astounding views of the Triglav National Park, home to the Julian Alps and the highest mountain in Slovenia, Mount Triglav.
Next you’ll cycle to Kropa, formerly a major blacksmith town, where you can learn how to make your own nails at the iron-forging museum and visit the old town. Kropa is a great place to refuel with some lunch. You’ll continue on to the charming town of Radovljica, an old town offering museums and galleries, including the fascinating beekeeping museum. The town has plenty of cafes where you can rest and soak up the chilled atmosphere and the ice cream is delicious!
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you’ll pedal to Begunje, the birth place of the legend of Slovenian folk music, Slavko Avsenik. Enjoy a tasty lunch at the Avsenik Gostilna restaurant and then take your time exploring this characterful village.
Don’t miss the Hostage Museum – said to hide the dark story of World War II, it housed the Gestapo prisons and is now a memorial museum. Hopping back on your bike, you’ll cycle to the ruins of the Kamen Castle, at the entrance to the Draga Valley. You’ll encounter some ups and downs along the way, but the views you‘re rewarded with at the top of the climbs will be well worth the effort!
On your route back to Bled, you’ll pass through the village of Brezje, where you can explore the Basilica, a renowned pilgrimage destination for many Slovenes.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today’s cycle will take you first to the beautiful Pokljuka Gorge, a 2km ravine carved at the end of the last Ice Age, creating the largest fossil in Slovenia. Take your time exploring the tranquil Gorge and its surrounding woods.
Jumping back on your bikes you’ll make your way to the famous Vintgar Gorge, carved 150 metres deep into the mountains by the Radovna River. Leaving your bike, you’ll discover the Gorge on foot, via paths, wooden walkways and observation bridges, as you follow the river from rapids to pools, until you reach the mighty Sum Waterfall. There are snack bars at the beginning and the end of the walkway, so you can grab some refreshments, before hopping back on your bikes and making your return journey to Bled.
(Entrance to the Vintgar Gorge around €4 per person).
- Meals: Breakfast
You’ll be transferred to the top of the Pokljuka plateau and from here you’ll cycle back down into the Bohinj Valley through idyllic alpine villages and past the unique Slovene hayracks until you reach the enchanting Lake Bohinj. Cycling around the lake, you’ll reach the impressive Savica Waterfall. From here you can take a cable car up to Vogel Mountain where you’ll be rewarded with astonishing views.
(Cable car return ticket around €20 per person).
- Meals: Breakfast
Today you’ll cycle through the Radovna Valley, nestled at the foot of the Julian Alps, between two great plateaus until you reach the foot of Mount Triglav. Resting in the shade of the mountain it’s the perfect spot for a picnic lunch, while you enjoy the breath-taking mountain views.
You’ll continue on through a valley of peaceful forest, while taking in World War II monuments and rustic farmhouses, one of which has been converted into a museum so popular that even Prince Charles has visited!
The tour will see you cycling in the Julian Alps area, so there will be some ups and downs and climbs to conquer! The majority of this route is a Grade 2, however due to some steeper sections we have raised the grading up to a Grade 3. You will have the flexibility to ride on whichever days you so choose. When you are on the bikes however, expect both flat, and undulating / rolling terrain. Some sections are along cycle paths, and some short sections on gravel tracks, but the majority of the route is paved. The route takes you mostly along quiet side roads with little traffic, but some sections will be along busier / main roads. We recommend a hybrid bike for this tour (not suitable for road bikes).
Leisure Cycling Grade
Distances generally between 20-45 miles / 32-72 kms per day
For the leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness
May include some steeper, cheeky climbs and possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc)
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Although you may not cycle everyday, you do keep yourself relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on your bike at the weekend. Your preference is perhaps for flatter terrain but you don’t mind tackling some hills, and the occasional steep climb if you can take it at your own pace. For those happy to tackle some ups and downs, and possibly some sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc) we’d recommend our grade 3 trips. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 3 holiday to have a decent level of physical fitness and be comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.
Dates & Prices
Daily departures available. The season prices below are per person, and are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.
2022 26 Mar – 15 Oct.
Season 1 – £735 – 26 Mar – 06 May and 17 Sep – 15 Oct.
Season 2 – £815 – 07 May – 16 Sep.
2023 26 Mar – 15 Oct.
Season 1 – £775 – 26 Mar – 06 May and 17 Sep – 15 Oct.
Season 2 – £860 – 07 May – 16 Sep.
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in hotel
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)
D) Detailed route notes and maps (1 per room)
E) Transfer on Day 6 (to Pokljuka high plateau)
F) GPX tracks (available on request)
G) City or visitor‘s tax where applicable
What's not Included
A) Bike rental (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
C) Meals not stated in the itinerary
D) Single room (available if required)
E) Travel insurance
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route
I) Travel to first hotel on arrival day
J) Travel from final hotel on departure day
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