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In the Shadow of the Julian Alps

Slovenia’s Lake Bled & idyllic countryside
 
Experience traditional Slovenia as you cycle self-guided through timeless valleys with glorious mountain views, while your luggage is transported. Explore Bled Castle – Slovenia’s oldest castle – and the dramatic Vintgar Gorge before unwinding in well-located hotels, two with a pool.
In the Shadow of the Julian Alps. 6 nights
In the Shadow of the Julian Alps. 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cycling holiday in the Julian Alps

Lake Bled and its eponymous castle deservedly adorn many a postcard here – they are unmissable in both senses of the word – but they are not the only reason to choose a cycling holiday in Slovenia’s north-west corner.
We can think of several more.
First, the terrain isn’t overly demanding, yet the views of formidable limestone peaks – usually dusted with snow at the start and end of the season – are a near-constant companion.
Second, there’s the sense of timelessness that pervades the valleys through which you cycle – think crystal-clear rivers and vivid green meadows dotted with traditional hayracks and brightly painted beehives.
And, to top it all off, there’s the disarming friendliness of the people you meet.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The region has an Alpine climate, with cold winters and warm summers, though breezes can make it cooler in the mountains. The best time for flowers is usually May and early June.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 1 3 6 10 16 19 21 21 17 12 6 2
    mm 106 101 121 149 164 173 159 160 170 165 195 120
  • Arrival in Ribno, just above Lake Bled
    Night 1: at Hotel Ribno (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Circular route from Ribno: 25km; shorter option: 18km
    This introductory route features sections along the picturesque shores of the lake, as well as taking you through a string of unspoiled villages and past dramatically sited Bled Castle, which is worth visiting for the far-reaching views across the blue waters to the mountains beyond. Another highlight is the spectacular Vintgar Gorge (entrance fee payable locally). Secure your bikes and follow a series of boardwalks and bridges through the ravine, past gushing waterfalls and swirling rapids. (For a shorter, slightly easier day, you can omit the leg to the gorge.)
    Circular route from Ribno: 25km
    The circular route around Ribno
  • Ribno to Gozd Martuljek: 37km
    Leaving the Ribno Plateau behind, you rise into the hills and continue through two valleys. Such are the views – verdant meadows and ancient farmhouses set against a backdrop of Slovenia’s highest mountain, Triglav, and other impressive peaks – that you’ll want to stop frequently to drink it all in. Your destination is tranquil Gozd Martuljek and the Hotel Špik, where you spend two nights.
    Ribno to Gozd Martuljek: 37km
  • Circular route from Gozd Martuljek: 37km
    If you can tear yourselves away from the Hotel Špik’s excellent facilities, we suggest that you explore further along the valley, perhaps detouring to the viewpoint looking towards Mount Špik, one of Slovenia’s toughest peaks. You are accompanied as you cycle by striking mountain views and can pause for lunch in Kranjska Gora, a hub for outdoor activities located close to the point where Slovenia, Italy and Austria meet. From the town you have an easy return ride to your hotel.
    Circular route from Gozd Martuljek: 37km
  • Gozd Martuljek to Begunje na Gorenjskem: 38km
    Today’s enjoyable route skirts the mountains separating Slovenia and Austria to reach the Lambergh Hotel, your base for your last two nights.
    Gozd Martuljek to Begunje na Gorenjskem: 38km
    Mountain views on route
  • Circular route from Begunje: 29km; shorter option 20km
    It is worth heading across open countryside to Radovljica, a town of Gothic and Renaissance mansions perched on a rocky outcrop. There’s a fascinating museum devoted to Slovenia’s beekeeping traditions, where you can find out more about the hard-working inhabitants of the painted hives which you’ll have seen throughout your holiday. Your route continues to Lake Bled, so that you can admire its placid waters one last time – you could even hire a boat and row across to its tiny island. (For a shorter day, you can return to Begunje directly from Radovljica.)
    Circular route from Begunje: 29km
 

Accommodation

All three hotels are very well located for exploring.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 01 May 2019 - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 23 May 2019 £835 £155
    24 May - 18 Jun 2019 £898 £210
    19 Jun - 7 Sep 2019 £940 £210
    8 - 30 Sep 2019 £898 £210
    1 - 14 Oct 2019 £858 £155
    15 - 25 Oct 2019 £795 £155
    3rd & 4th person discount -£98
    Single traveller supplement £98

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: add £72 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Špik, Gozd Martuljek
    Mountain view: 01 May - 31 Oct 2019 £13
    Lambergh Hotel, Begunje na Gorenjskem
    'Château': 01 May - 31 Oct 2019 £19
    Deluxe in Château with sauna & jacuzzi: 01 May - 31 Oct 2019 £60
    Suite: 01 May - 31 Oct 2019 £32

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £15pp per day.
    Hotel Ribno, Ribno (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 31 May 2019 £76 £102
    01 Jun - 19 Jun 2019 £82 £130
    20 Jun - 31 Aug 2019 £92 £142
    01 Sep - 19 Sep 2019 £82 £130
    20 Sep - 15 Oct 2019 £76 £102
    16 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £68 £94
    Hotel Špik, Gozd Martuljek (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 May - 05 May 2019 £92 £117
    06 May - 31 May 2019 £80 £105
    01 Jun - 21 Jun 2019 £92 £117
    22 Jun - 09 Sep 2019 £99 £124
    10 Sep - 13 Oct 2019 £92 £117
    14 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £80 £105
    Lambergh Hotel, Begunje na Gorenjskem (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 May - 31 Oct 2019 £85 £104
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Ljubjlana

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Ljubjlana or Milan.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Ljubljana easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Ljubljana British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Ljubljana Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Ljubljana easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Ljubljana (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Ljubljana (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Ljubljana (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Ljubjlana or Milan.  To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Ljubljana

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi airport to hotel (0h45) £39 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    hotel transfer - hotel to airport (0h45) £39 flexible
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 4 dinners
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • Our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a classic trekking bike with 18 gears; a waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking.
  • While we would always recommend that you take your own well-fitting helmet, they can be hired locally for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to hire a helmet.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • You do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover for £19 per person. More details >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Slovenia, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is Slovene, although Italian is spoken by many people along the border with Italy. The currency is the Euro. Slovenian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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