|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||26 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: May 16-Oct 11, 2015 (minimum 2 persons)|
|Start city:||Bled, Slovenia|
|End city:||Bled, Slovenia|
On this Around Mount Triglav tour you will cycle through the beautiful scenery of the Julian Alps, which are part of the Southern Limestone Alps that stretch from Italy to Slovenia.
The tour begins in Bled, one of Slovenia's most popular tourist attractions. From there you cycle to Pokljuka high plateau with beautiful views, before you glide into the Bohinj Valley in the heart of Triglav National Park. Small alpine villages are scattered along the route including Ribcev Lax on Lake Bohinj, Tolm and Kranjska Gora.
Other stops along the route include the canyon-like Baška Grapa Valley, Museum of World War I in Kobarid, Mt. Kanin and Sava River, the longest river in Slovenia. After visiting such a wealth of natural and cultural sites, you return to Beld.
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Day 1: Arrival to Lake Bled
World famous town on the shore of a glacial lake. You’ll love the scenery, mighty castle on the rock above the town, little island with a chapel.
Overnight in Bled.
Day 2: Bled- Ribcev Laz (Bohinj Lake) (25 miles/40 km, cumulative climb 2,300 feet/700 m)
Uphill to Pokljuka high plateau. From there you cycle descending down to the Bohinj valley, place of unique beauty of nature and tiny villages in Alpine valley.
Overnight in Ribcev Laz (Bohinj Lake).
Day 3: Bohinj- Tolmin (38 miles/61 km, cumulative climb 3,608 feet/1,100 m; or 22 miles/35 km taking train to Podbrdo)
Biking a valley route, some hilly sections, goes partly by train through 6-km tunnel. One of today's highlights is the very narrow, partly canyon-like valley of Baška grapa. In summer months one can swim in the river.
Overnight in Tolmin.
Day 4: Tolmin- Bovec (30 miles/46 km, cumulative climb 1,445 feet/440 m)
Cycling along the Soca River only. Slowly climbing. Enjoy a visit to the wider area of WWI fighting of the Isonzo front and the different monuments of the era. The Museum of WW1 in Kobarid is definitively worth visiting. Bovec is the adrenaline capital of Slovenia – enjoy white water rafting, canyoning, or bungee jumping.
Overnight in Bovec.
Day 5: Rest day in Bovec
Enjoy a free day in Bovec – the adrenaline capital of Slovenia. Alternatively you can take a white water rafting trip down Soča river or a lift by a cable car to Mt. Kanin and cycle back down to the valley.
Overnight in Bovec.
Day 6: Bovec- Kranjska Gora (28 miles/45 km, cumulative climb 3,608 feet/1100 m)
First through the Upper Soca valley of Trenta, then a high mountain pass of Vršic (5,285 feet/1,611 m above sea level - height difference 3,600 feet/1,100 m; 50 hairpin bends - winner climb for every amateur touring cyclist). Be sure to visit Triglav National Park central area, and the Trenta valley, which feature beautiful scenery and mountain peaks of over 8,202 feet (2,500 m)!
Overnight in Kranjska Gora.
Day 7: Kranjska Gora - Bled (25 miles/41 km, cumulative climb 492 feet/150 m)
Relaxing cycling tour runs alongside the Julian Alps and Sava Dolinka river. The last 12 miles (20 km) go through a valley featuring the untouched Radovna stream.
Overnight in Bled.
Day 8: Departure from Bled
Daily: May 16-Oct 11, 2015 (minimum 2 persons)
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Hotel Triglav Bled, Bled
Hotel Kristal, Bohinjsko Jezero
Hotel Alpina, Kranjska Gora
Hotel Triglav Bled, Bled
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
Helmets are available to be rented for €12. We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet.
This tour is moderately hilly, with either some highly sections or slow climbing. On the second day you will have an uphill climb up to 2,400 feet (750 m), before heading slightly downhill. On day 6 you will have a high mountain pass at 5,280 feet (1,611 m) above sea level with a height difference of 3,600 ft (1,100 m) and 50 hairpin bends. However, a lift is also available to take you to the top.
Approximately 55% of the tour is on quiet roads, 25% on roads shared with traffic, 10% on dedicated bicycle paths and 10% on dirt or gravel roads. The maximum daily elevation gain is 3,600 feet (1,100 m), with a maximum grade percentage of 15%.
The tour is appropriate for hybrid and mountain bikes, though mountain bikes are recommended.
"What a great trip! For anyone who likes climbing in an area with beautiful scenery, friendly people, and fascinating history, particularly the World War I era, it doesn’t get any better! We wouldn’t have been able to do the tour without the trip books provided by local tour company—they were invaluable."
- Larry S.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Ljublijana, Slovenia
Nearest train station: Beld, Slovenia has two main stations, Lesce-Bled station (located 2 miles/4 km south of Bled) and Bled Jezero.
It is best to take a taxi to Bled from Ljublijana airport. If you wish to use public transportation, you will first need to travel to Ljublijana or Kranj and take a local bus to Beld. Lublijana airport has no train connection to the Beld.
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Slovenia's location in Eastern Europe allows you to travel from the Alps to the Mediterranean without crossing any borders. Natural wonders include Lake Bled, Mount Triglav, and Postojna Cave. A tour between Slovenia's many castles can be a great way to navigate the country, or you can plan to stop at the many white wine vineyards. Whether you want to sunbath or hike, bird watch or listen to a philharmonic, tiny Slovenia carries a sizable impact for visitors.
Helia Travel Agency is the leading bicycle and multisport adventure tour operator in Slovenia. Based in Lake Bled, a famous resort in the northwest part of the country, they have been offering adventure travel in our homeland since 2002, expanding their cycling and hiking tours in Slovenia every year.
Helia deal with clients on personal level. Their good selection of tours enables clients to discover Slovenia and its specialities. They make sure they are alwasy prepared and available for clients if anything is needed through the entire process from the pre-tour preparations to the tour itself. As Helia says: "Discover our beautiful country from bike or hike: welcome to Slovenia!"
Cancellations must always be made in writing and are applicable only on the day received by Helia Travel.
The following cancellation terms apply:
- Up to 56 days prior to holiday start date = 20% of total holiday cost
- 35-55 days prior to holiday start date = 40% of total holiday cost
- 28-35 days prior to holiday start date = 70% of total holiday cost
- 1-27 days prior to holiday start date = 90% of total holiday cost
Cancellation costs are calculated in percentage of final payment amount on invoice issued. No cancellation fee will be applied to bike hire.
Helia covers damage on rented bikes (normal wear and tear) up to value of 10 EUR per bike. Bikes are not insured against theft. Clients are invited to take out travel insurance covering such events. As of 1.1.2011 in Slovenia helmets are obliged for cyclist. From Januray 1, 2012 this law will strictly be enforced by Slovene police. Clients may hire helmets from Helia or bring their own.