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Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Slovenia

Essence of Slovenia | Self Guided

This small, yet incredibly diverse country in the heart of Europe is truly an undiscovered gem. Explore the spectacular Alpine scenery of the northwest, meandering through quiet country lanes and charming villages. Travel through breath taking pine forests, vineyards and sunflower fields, with the snow-capped Julian Alps as a stunning backdrop. Sample excellent Slovenian wines, feast on delicious local dishes and mingle with friendly and welcoming locals.

What not to miss

  • Discovering the beautiful Alpine town of Bled, set on the banks of a tranquil, emerald-green lake
  • Relaxing in the lakeside town of Ribcev Laz, set in the shadow of Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain
  • Cycling through awe-inspiring Alpine scenery in one of Europe’s most unspoilt countries
  • Trying top-quality Slovenian wines and sampling the two fantastic national beers, Laško Zlatorog and Union
  • Indulging in some delicious Slovenian desserts such as potica (a rolled cake filled with nuts) and sour apple pies.

What's included

  • 3 and 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Flights and transfers
  • Luggage transfers
  • Bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits
  • Route maps and instructions
  • GPS available on request
  • Assistance from a local rep whenever needed
  • Electric bikes available on request
  • This tour is operated by our preferred local partner
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Slovenia

Essence of Slovenia | Self Guided

Day 1

Arrive at Ljubljana Airport. Transfer to our base hotel in Bled.

Bled is set around an emerald-green lake and framed by soaring, snow-capped mountains, boasting some of the most amazing Alpine scenery in Slovenia. If you have time visit the majestic 16th century castle, perched high on a cliff, or hire a rowing boat and cross the lake to explore tiny Bled island. You will also be met by your tour representative who will discuss your trip itinerary over a welcome drink.

Day 2

Bled to Ribcev Laz | Distance 12 miles (19km) - with an extra 10 miles (16km) optional trip to Savica Waterfall.

You will be transferred up to the high plateau at Pokljuka (12km). From here, you can marvel at the stunning views before gliding down into the neighbouring Bohinj Valley, the jewel in the heart of the Triglav National Park. You will cycle through Alpine villages scattered across the valley until reaching the small settlement of Ribčev Laz (Fisherman’s Pass) lying next to the stunning Lake Bohinj. Cycle around the lake to Savica Waterfall, source of the Sava Bohinjka River, and then take the cable car up to Vogel Mountain for a spectacular view into the Bohinj Valley and of Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps. Explore the forests surrounding the lake before spending the evening in one of the cosy village pubs and trying the local home-made honey brandy. 

Day 3

Ribcev Laz to Skofja Loka | Distance 36 miles (57km) 

Leaving Bohinj you cycle to the lovely village of Bohinjska Bistrica, where you can admire the picture-perfect backdrop. Then it’s up to the Jelovica high plateau (a “help out” lift to top of mountain pass is available for this part of the trip for a small extra charge). From the top, the route takes you through a deep forest which soon drops off into the Selška Dolina Valley leading to the Škofja Loka hills. The first stop is at the little alpine village of Sorica, set among low green hills. This is the birthplace of the famous Slovene painter, Ivan Grohar. Visit his gallery and you’ll find a small collection of his work. The next stop is at the historic iron-smelting town of Železniki, where you will find the remains of an old blast furnace dating from 1826. Stop in one of the village inns along the way and try the delicious trout. Finally you arrive in the wonderful town of Škofja Loka, one of the oldest towns in Slovenia. You can cycle up to the castle on the hill overlooking the town. Spend the rest of the evening wandering through the old streets of this historic medieval town.

Day 4

Skofja Loka to Preddvor | Distance 21 miles (33km) 

Leaving Škofja Loka you will head across the great Sora plain with the majestic peaks of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps as your backdrop. The route will take you past Kranj, Slovenia’s fourth largest city. Stop for lunch in Glavni Trg, the main square framed by its interesting gothic architecture. As you continue northeast you’ll come across Brdo Castle, renowned as Slovenia’s most elegant presidential palace. The day ends in Preddvor where your hotel is set close to a small lake sitting in the shadow of the beautiful Kamnik-Savinja Alps. You can take a swim here in the pure, refreshing Alpine water before having dinner.
 

Day 5

Preddvor to Begunje | Distance 27 miles (43km) - with an extra 7 miles (11km) for two optional side trips.

A ride through history. This route will take you along the edge of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps to Radovljica with its beautifully preserved old town and an interesting beekeeping museum. Your route will also take you through the fascinating little village of Kropa where you will find the iron forging museum dedicated to the history of the town’s blacksmith trade. We suggest lunch in small restaurant near the castle in Radovljica.

Day 6 

Begunje to Kranjska Gora | Distance 27 miles (42km) - with an extra 9 miles (15km) optional trip to the ski jumps at Planica. 

This route will take you along the edge of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps to the historic village of Begunje. 2kms down the road are the ruins of Kamen Castle. As the sun illuminates the mountains your route will take you on cycling path that goes between the ranges of the Julian Alps and the Karawanke Mountains to Kranjska Gora, a popular alpine town famous for its ski resorts but also a great base for many summer activities. Along the way you can take a short side trip to the lookout point for Spik Mountain, one of Slovenia’s toughest peaks to climb. If you arrive in plenty of time you can take a ride up to the Planica Valley, location for the world famous ski jumping championships. It’s here that many of the longest jumps have been achieved, including the current world record.

Day 7

Kranjska Gora to Bled | Distance 25 miles (40km) - with an extra 5 miles (8km) optional side trip to Vintgar Gorge.

For your final day you will head back into the heart of the Triglav National Park. The route takes you alongside the Sava Dolinka River as it cuts its way south to join the Sava Bohinjka, where it becomes the Sava River, the longest in Slovenia. From Mojstrana you will head into the Krma Valley. This lush green valley leads through a peaceful forest littered with WW2 monuments and traditional farmhouses, one of which has been adapted into a museum. You can have lunch in the mountain hut at the foot of Triglav, the mightiest mountain in the Julian Alps, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery deep in the heart of this beautiful alpine landscape. From here you will head through the Radovna Valley between the Pokljuka and Mežakla plateaus. As you exit the valley, take a short detour to the stunning 1.6km Vintgar Gorge, carved 150m deep into the mountains by the Radovna River. The gorge was discovered by chance by the town mayor in 1891, who then set to work building walkways to open the gorge up to the public.

Day 8

We say “Nasvidenje” before transferring you to Ljubljana airport.
 

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Slovenia

Essence of Slovenia | Self Guided

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Slovenia

Essence of Slovenia | Self Guided

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Hotel Kristal

4-star

Information coming soon.

Hotel Lambergh

4-star

Information coming soon.

Hotel Miklič

3-star

Information coming soon.

Hotel Triglav

4-star

Information coming soon.

Hotel Zaplata

3-star

Information coming soon.

Minihotel

3-star

Information coming soon.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Slovenia

Essence of Slovenia | Self Guided

Flights and Transfers included

2019 Departure Dates 2019 Prices

16th March - 16th August

£1045

17th August - 20th September

£1095

21st September - 12th October

£1045

Tour Only

2019 Departure Dates 2019 Prices

16th March - 16th August

£765

17th August - 20th September

£815

21st September - 12th October

£765

Please contact one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7750 for child prices.

Supplements

  • Single Room Supplement: £140
  • Electric Bike: £110

Extend your stay

If you wish to add extra nights to your holiday, please call our experts for help and advice.

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