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In the Shadow of the Julian Alps

Slovenia’s Lake Bled & idyllic countryside
Extend your stay
With the Slovene capital not far away, why not stay over in Ljubljana?
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Where better to start your exploration of north-western Slovenia than above Lake Bled, the jewel in the region’s crown? Here, you spend two nights on the panoramic Ribno Plateau at the Hotel Ribno.

Day 1
Circular route via Bled Castle: 18km
Circular route via Bled Castle with detour to Vintgar Gorge: 25km

This easy introductory route for your first day 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. Also recommended is the detour to 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.

Day 2
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.

Day 3
Circular route via Kranjska Gora: 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.

Day 4
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.

Day 5
Circular route via Radovljica: 20km
Circular route around Begunje via Lake Bled: 29km

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. However, with Lake Bled just a few kilometres away, you may instead prefer to return to the point where your explorations began, to admire the lake’s placid waters one last time – you could even hire a boat and row across to its tiny island.

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  - Moderate cycling - Grade 2 Cycle
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More about your rented bike
Type: classic trekking bike
Gears: 18
Tandem? no
Helmets? yes (request in advance; fee payable)
Electric bikes? yes (see price panel)
Accessories: waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; puncture repair kit; lock
GPX tracks available
If you would like to follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure.
To bee or not to bee...
For the Slovenians, this threatened species is unquestionably important – one of the reasons why they have played a key role in setting up World Bee Day. Find out more >