Put simply, cycling Slovenia is one of the best ways to really get to know the tiny country that was once part of former Yugoslavia. To experience the authentic essence of romantic Slovenia, bike tours like this one put you right in the nation’s heart, among its friendly people and immersed in its wonderful scenery, culture and cuisine. Look forward to pedalling the sleepiest country lanes between villages that demand exploration. Then through expansive forests, and past sun-kissed vineyards and bright yellow sunflower fields. And always, backdropped by the eternal snows of the surrounding alps.
Your nine-day adventure begins in Slovenia’s most picturesque heartland of aquamarine lakes and fairy-tale castles. Picture yourself gazing up at towering alpine mountains and pausing in sun-stippled forest glades for another unrushed picnic. Can you taste the Krompirjev Kruh bread, Bovski sir cheese, Teran wine and other local delicacies? You will…
Now imagine the cobbled steps underfoot as you explore medieval castles, marvel at mysterious caves, discover Slovenian folklore and complete your tour in cosmopolitan Ljubliana – Slovenia’s historic capital city with its stylish cafes and restaurants, and romantic Old Town.
Your magical nine days of cycling through Slovenia begins as your flight lands at Ljubljana’s Joze Pucnik airport and you transfer by minibus, taxi or train to your base hotel in Bled, just 25 minutes away.
All the best cycling holidays in Slovenia feature a delicious breakfast every day. As you enjoy your first of the trip, excitement rises as the time to get going on two wheels nears. After breakfast, we’ll match you carefully to your preferred bicycle for the adventure ahead; then you’re off to cycle in Bled and its scenic hinterland and begin your total immersion in Slovenian life.
With your own fitted bicycle, there’s no need to worry about the hassle of bike hire at Lake Bled. Picture yourself exploring the shores of aquamarine lake Blejsko jezero, climbing to majestic sixteenth-century Bled castle on its rocky outcrop, or hiring a rowing boat to visit the tiny wooded isle of Blejski Otok.
Bled Lake is one of those rare places where magical vistas await every few steps – always framed by the soaring, snow-capped Julian Alps. And when you’ve worked up an appetite, make sure to try a thick slice of traditional kremsnita – Slovenia’s now-ubiquitous dessert that originated in 1950s Bled.
Your first day’s cycling has begun amidst Slovenia’s most amazing alpine scenery. Whether on two wheels, two-legs or afloat, make the most of the day before heading to another gorgeous lakeside town tomorrow…
In Slovenia, mountains are steep and truly awesome! Therefore, after breakfast, you’ll be offered a leg-saving minibus ride onto the plateau at Pokljuka. Then it’s a relaxing descent into the Bohinj Valley – gliding across a bright-coloured picture postcard landscape as your wheels carry you through a world of steep forested slopes and verdant alpine meadows.
En route, we recommend enjoying a traditional Slovenian lunch at a pub. How about local Bohinj trout and crescent-shaped ajdovi krapi dumplings of buckwheat and cheese? Or delicious homemade pasulj (bean soup) with rustic bread?
Later, you complete the descent to Ribcev Laz, your next hotel and more delicious culinary delights…
You’re in the renowned Triglav National Park now, where the river Sava Bohinjka enters the eastern end of the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Bohinj. All around, it’s the same old story of towering peaks, their slopes swathed with dense coniferous forests and mountain meadows. And always in the background, the towering Triglav itself – the iconic symbol of Slovenia. This is unspoilt Slovenia at its most sublime, with perfect terrain for hiking, biking, picnicking or just lazing in the alpine sunshine. Maybe you’ll hike around the lake; it’s a manageable 7.5 miles (12 Km) with approximately 280 m height gain that should take around four hours. Alternatively, explore Ribcev Laz itself, watch trout under the river bridge, marvel at the frescoes in St John the Baptist Church, then savour some subtly bouqueted Bell pinot or a couple of Lasko beers before supper…
Today’s bicycle trip begins with a short valley ride to the village of Bohinjska Bistrica where we offer you a help-out lift back onto the Jelovica high plateau. After that, it’s just you, your bicycle and the quiet country lanes leading to Kranj. You did bring a picnic didn’t you? Great; the shady pine forests, sleepy villages and gently rolling landscape with its ever-present alpine backdrop offer amazing locations for a lazy lunchtime break. Just imagine the memories you’ll take away…
Picture a beautifully preserved medieval old town packed with Gothic and renaissance architecture and imbued with thousands of years of history. This is Kranj, standing at the confluence of two alpine rivers (the Kokra and Sava). Interestingly, it's the hometown of former professional Slovenian cyclist Tadej Valjavec who performed consistently on The Tour de France and other cycle races
You are here to ride Slovenia your way, so there’s no need to try to emulate Valjavec’s pace if you make the leisurely 6-mile (10 km) ride along the Poljanska Valley. Your destination, nestling between rolling green hills, is the character-packed little town of Skofja Loka – proclaimed a cultural monument in 1987.
Be sure to visit the Capuchin Bridge – Slovenia’s oldest preserved bridge – and imposing 16th century Loka Castle presiding over the town’s rooftops. Make sure to enjoy lunch at an authentic gostilna (tavern); sample delicious local dishes ranging from deer carpaccio, terrines, homemade pasta, rustic soups and irresistible strudel. Is your mouth watering yet? We thought so!
Today is about meandering through more verdant forests and following gently flowing rivers along the Sava Valley toward the cobbled streets, historic buildings and romantic corners of Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana. En route, you pass through the beautiful Zarica Canyon, an area of truly spectacular natural beauty.
Today, we urge you to follow the example of Ljubliana’s residents and bike around this buzzing, cycle-friendly capital. Discover the cobbled streets, Baroque buildings, centuries of rich culture and the Old Town’s quirky boutiques. Then cross the beautiful Triple Bridge (formerly the ‘Hospital Bridge’) and climb to magnificent Ljubliana Castle for views over the city’s terracotta rooftops and north to the mountains that you’ve been exploring.
Later, stroll the Ljubljanica’s banks and share the public spaces – designed by city father Joze Plecnik – with wandering grey herons. Then, as night falls, join the city’s alfresco café society to celebrate discovering Slovenia’s magical essence and delight again in its suppertime gastronomy.
If you’re like so many visitors to Ljubliana, you may decide to extend your adventure in Slovenia, explore the city further or visit Slovenia’s renowned Karst limestone area. Imagine the traveller’s tales you’ll be able to share after visiting the fascinating labyrinthine Postojna Cave network of tunnels and grottoes. Or the dramatic, sixteenth-century Predjama grad castle built spectacularly into the mouth of a huge cave…
Even the best cycling holidays in Slovenia have to end, but rest assured that myriad unforgettable memories will accompany you home. As we say Nasvidenje and wave you off to the airport by minibus or train, you’ll be savouring your cycling experience and reliving your adventures with Slovenia and its people. And, we hope, already contemplating another cycling holiday with us – after all, one week in Slovenia is never enough….
Imagine arriving at Bled’s distinctive red-clad Hotel Park on Cesta Svobode after a long day’s travel, checking in and relaxing under the attentive care of the hotel’s experienced team…
The Hotel Park’s comfortable rooms have private bathrooms as well as their own balconies with views over Lake Bled or the neighbouring park. You’ll have a safe too, a minibar, satellite TV, access to free Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby, and other appointments that ensure a comfortable, relaxing home from home in the majestic Julian Alps.
Make sure to sample the hotel’s Ziva wellness centre too, with its large, recently refurbished indoor pool and a gym. And a welcoming terrace is always at your disposal if you just want to switch off, look up at the blue Slovenian sky and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains.
Once settled in, you could enjoy an indulgent slice of kremna rezina and coffee in the hotel patisserie before exploring Bled. There are lots of cafes and restaurants in town. But if you prefer eating in, the hotel’s Rikli Pizzeria offers a tempting selection of pastas, salads and pizzas. And after supper? How about reliving the day’s adventures, or looking forward to the rest of your Slovenian cycling holiday over a nightcap in the Aperitif Bar?
Sleep well! Tomorrow, after a delicious buffet breakfast, more two-wheeled adventure awaits you – Slovenian style.
Hotel Jezero is a chocolate-box-perfect gem that’s centrally located a pebble’s throw from Bohinj Lake in Ribcev Laz. For your added delight, it’s in the perfect position for enjoying the stunning sunsets over the lake and Julian Alps for which Ribcev Laz is known.
From the moment you dismount and check in, you’ll know you’ve found your home from home in the heart of beautiful Bohinj. The elegantly furnished rooms, overlooking the lake and/or surrounding mountains, have balconies, garden furniture and all modern amenities. There’s comfortable seating, a minibar and TV in each room. And of course, your private en-suite bathroom with the shower and hairdryer that’s essential after a day’s cycling.
As well as those alpine sunsets over the lake, and all that fresh mountain air, Hotel Jezero also has a well-equipped wellness centre and free Wi-Fi in public areas.
It’s easy to build a healthy appetite with a day’s riding, so you’ll enjoy sampling delicious Slovenian cuisine in the Vrtovin restaurant with its covered summer terrace. Alternatively, for the added indulgence of à la carte dining (you’re on holiday, so treat yourself), try the Zlatovčica restaurant, also with a spacious covered terrace.
Then sleep well before, come morning, enjoying a sumptuous Slovenian breakfast and setting out to explore the beautiful Julian Alps…
The Boutique Hotel Actum is one of Kranj’s newest hotels and is located close to the town’s monuments, shops, restaurants and museums.
Located in the pedestrian area of Kranj’s historic centre, this four-star hotel is decorated in a ‘quirky, romantic neo-Baroque style’ inspired by famous actors and with Rolls-Royce-inspired decorations. Diehard Rolls-Royce fans may find themselves crying in their traditional Slovenian ricet soup. But there’s no escaping how strikingly the front and rear of a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow feature in two public rooms. To continue the quirky theme, the reception desk is made from a highly polished aero-engine cowling…
The Actum’s air-conditioned rooms are all uniquely furnished with film memorabilia, wooden or tiled floors, flat-screen cable TV, minibar and en suite bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
After an exhilarating day’s cycling, Actum's intimate à la carte restaurant is sure to tempt. In particular, with delicious modern interpretations of traditional Slovenian dishes accompanied by Slovenian wines from the hotel’s cellar.
Alternative dining options and a good selection of shops are to be found near the hotel. There’s also a fitness centre with sauna facilities nearby. As a hotel guest, you can use it free of charge.
In the morning, after the Actum’s tempting breakfast buffet, you’ll be ready to hit the road for more adventuring.
And so to Ljubliana, Slovenia’s capital city and another long-anticipated destination as you continue to discover enchanting Slovenia on two wheels.
This time, your luxuriously equipped accommodation is the 4-star Lesar Hotel Angel. You’re in for a treat, because it has a consistently highly praised location at the foot of Ljubljana’s Castle Hill. If there’s a ‘pole position’ for discovering Ljubliana, you’ve got it!
Look forward to a spacious, comfortable room where the facilities include free Wi-Fi, en suite bathrooms with underfloor heating, air-conditioning, cosy slippers and bathrobes, and roomy beds.
After settling in, how about relaxing in the charming garden that extends up to the castle. Or swap travellers’ tales in the inviting lounge area before enjoying mouth-watering international and Slovenian cuisine for dinner. Where? How about the nearby restaurant that’s associated with the hotel?
Later, make the most of the Hotel Angel’s enviably central location to explore Ljubliana by night. Or if you’ve just woken and enjoyed their delicious breakfast, it makes an equally convenient start point for the day’s exploration – ideally getting around on two wheels as so many of Ljubliana's citizens do.
Whether this is your last night in Slovenia or you still have more exploring to do, we’re sure the Lesar Angel Hotel and its staff will leave a great impression of traditional hospitality and contemporary style.
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|July 3, 5, 19, 21||£1,235|
|August 4, 6, 20, 22||£1,235|
|June 17, 19||£825|
|July 3, 5, 19, 21||£825|
|August 4, 6, 20, 22||£825|
Prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room without flights and transfers.
Triple room: £10 per third person per night.
Infants under 2 years: Sharing bed with parents FREE. Additional expenses e.g. food or cots, to be paid direct to the hotelier.
Children under 12 years: £15 off per night.
Single room: £22 per night.
E-Bike: £20 per day (number of days charged will be one less than the number of nights of your tour).
Tandem: £15 per day (number of days charged will be one less than the number of nights of your tour).
£250 per person
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