|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||20 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: Apr 4-Oct 17, 2015|
|Start city:||Bled, Slovenia|
|End city:||Bled, Slovenia|
On this tour the small town of Bled will serve as your "home", as you cycle through the surrounding area. Bled is known for its beautiful setting, glacial lake, castle perched high on a cliff above the lake and a pilgrimage church on the island. Highlights of the tour includes Lake Bohinj, Savica waterfall and Vintgar Gorge. Take a cable car up to the top of Mount Vogel and admire the stunning mountain scenery in Krma valley and Triglav National park. Enjoy the charm of countless, quaint alpine villages including Kropa, Radovljica, Bohinj and Ribzev Lax, as you cycle each day from Beld to explore Slovenia's hidden gems!
Day 1: Arrival to Lake Bled
Today you arrive to Bled, and your hotel in the town centre. Bled is known for it’s beautiful setting, lake, castle on the rock above the lake and a pilgrimage church on the island.
Days 2-7: Your choice of daily routes
Options of routes to choose from for each day:
Tour A: Sightseeing tour around Bled (9 miles/15 km)
A leisurely day around Lake Bled for your first day. Cycle around the lake and up to the castle, then hire a rowing boat or be rowed out in style in a traditional Pletna boat, to the island church. For the best photos and views of the lake, castle and Karawanke range, head up to Osojnica.
Tour B: Bled- Bodesce- Kropa - Radovljica - Bled (21 miles/34 km)
As the sunlight floods over Lake Bled, you'll be cycling 750 up to the Jelovica High Plateau for a lovely view into the Triglav National Park. You can stop at Slovenia's foremost blacksmith town, Kropa and visit the iron forging museum. You can even learn how to make your own nail. After this it is heading off to the beautifully preserved old town of Radovljica with its interesting beekeeping museum and even better - nice ice cream shop...
Tour C: Bled- Begunje - Bled (26 miles/41 km)
Today you'll head out to the home of Slavko Avsenik, a legendary Slovenian Folk musician, in the sunny village of Begunje. Have lunch at his restaurant, Avsenik Gostilna. After lunch you can visit the museum of hostages and the ruins of Kamen Castle. In the afternoon you will pass Brezje Basilica, an important religious site and pilgrimage destination of many Slovene people.
Tour D: Bled- Gorje (10 miles/17 km)
Today's trip will take you to the beautiful Vintgar Gorge, carved 150m deep into the mountains by the Radovna River and ending with the Sum Waterfall. Then it's on to the less-visited Pokljuka Gorge, carved 10.000 years ago at the eastern edge of the plateau. Here you can leave your bike and take a stroll through ancient woods and a fossilized ravine left behind by the retreating glacier.
Tour E: Bled - Bohinj (29 miles/47 km)
After a car transfer to the top of Pokljuka high plateau, you will cycle back down into the Bohinj Valley through alpine villages and past the unique Slovene hayracks until reaching Lake Bohinj, a true gem in the heart of this alpine valley. Cycle around the lake to Savica Waterfall, and then take the cable car up to Vogel Mountain for a spectacular view of shimmering alpine scenery.
Tour F: Bled - Krma Valley (22 miles/36 km)
First you cycle through the Radovna valley, between two great plateaus to the foot of Mount Triglav. Here you can have lunch in the shadow of this mighty mountain before continuing on through a valley of peaceful forest littered with WW2 monuments and traditional farmhouses, one of which has been adapted into a museum that was even visited by Prince Charles.
Day 8: Departure from Lake Bled
Daily: Apr 4-Oct 17, 2015
|Category A: 4-star hotel|
|Category B: 3-star hotel|
You may choose either 3-star or 4-star accommodation for this tour.
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 a collection of easy tours suitable for all cyclists. Primarily relaxed cycling, the terrain ranges from flat to occassional and rolling hills. On one day there is a gradual climb of 492 feet (150 m).
Approximately 60% of the tour is on quiet roads, 25% on roads shared with traffic, 10% on dirt or gravel roads and 5% on dedicated bicycle paths. The maximum daily elevation gain is 492 feet (150 m), with a maximum percentage grade of 4%.
This tour is appropiate for hybrid bikes and e-bikes.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Ljubljana, 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 Ljubljana airport. If you wish to use public transportation, you will first need to travel to Ljubljana or Kranj and take a local bus to Beld. Ljubljana airport has no train connection to the Beld.
Transfers available (per person/way, minimum of 2):
- Ljubljana Airport- Bled: €20
- Klagenfurt Airport- Bled: €65
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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.