What will you experience?

lake Bohinj

Savica waterfall

cycling on the scenic roads and gravel trails in the Julian Alps

sleeping in specialised cyclist friendly accommodation

beautiful scenery and amazing views

typical alpine villages in the Triglav National Park

Soca valley

Kropa village and the Iron forging museum

Tolminka river gorge and Kozjek waterfall

Kobarid town and WW1 museum

Day by day itinerary

Day 1 will start with a welcome meeting, where you will get all final information and materials for your trip. If you choose to rent bikes with us, this will also be the day when we will fit the bike to your needs. We recommend to follow the day rides like we suggest, but since you will be center-based, you can choose on your own what ride to do.
For your first ride, we suggest, that you explore the Bohinj valley and ride to the most visited waterfall in Slovenia; the Savica waterfall. The ride is designed in a way, that you will experience almost the entire Bohinj area, including upper and lower valley, lake area and Voje valley. This tour will also help you in the upcoming days to get around the area, find your perfect spot for a swim in the Bohinj lake, choose where to take the perfect photo, or discover many traditional restaurants and inns.

TECHNICAL DATA:
- distance: 47.4 km
- vertical meters: 825 m
This day is reserved for gravel roads on the famous Pokljuka plateau, alpine meadows and untouched nature. The day will start with a climb up to the plateau and when the climb eases off, you can stop for a break, coffee and strudel in a typical mountain hut. The ride will continue across the meadows and pastures, with amazing views, so make sure to have a full battery on your phone or camera. You will also ride through the higher lying villages of the Bohinj valley and finish the day with a beautiful descent back to the valley.

TECHNICAL DATA:
- distance: 53 km
- vertical meters: 1620 m
Day 4 is a big day, because you will be cycling along and cross the mountain ridge, that we call the Lower Bohinj mountains. You will gain a few vertical meters traversing the ridge, before you do the big climb of the day to the Bohinj saddle (1277m). From here on you will leave Bohinj valley for a beautiful descent (750 v.m. drop), where the views will make you stop more often then you would like to. 🙂 To get back to the valley, we suggest to take a short train ride (10 min) on the famous Bohinj railroad, that in the past connected Vienna (AUT) with Trieste (ITA). A big ride, that will stay in your memories for a long time. Once you get back to the valley you can take the cycling path through the lower Bohinj valley, back to your accommodation.

TECHNICAL DATA:
- distance: 64 km
- vertical meters: 3790 m
This day will start with a climb to the edge of Pokljuka plateau, to the village called Gorjuse. The village is famous worldwide for handmade smoking pipes, that the locals used to make (some still do) in the cold winter months. After the climb you will descend towards the pearl of Slovenia; lake Bled. Before you visit this amazing place, you will bike along the longest river in Slovenia, to a medieval town Radovljica, where we recommend a stop in the old town for coffee or ice cream. You will reach lake Bled from the north side, which means that you will be cycling under the Karavanke mountain range. Lake Bled is probably the most known Slovenian town and we recommend a stop in the town, visit of the Bled castle or the Bled island and as a reward for all the vertical meters in the previous days you should treat yourself with the traditional "Kremsnita"; a cream cake desert that was created in Bled. You should definitely try it. The best way to return back to the valley is by train followed by a short bike ride to your accommodation. If you want to ride all the way back to Bohinj valley of course this is an option as well.

TECHNICAL DATA:
- distance: 50 km (with train ride from Bled) / 76 km (full loop)
- vertical meters: 1370 m
Biking on day 6 will be dedicated to another forest plateau - Jelovica. You will ride beautiful gravel roads all the way to village Drazgose, where you can visit one of the most famous WW2 monuments in Slovenia. The ride will then take you to small village Jamnik from where you get one of the best views on the Gorenjska region, Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanke mountain group. A beautiful descent will bring you to Kropa - the home of ironworks and nails. You can visit the Iron forging museum in the village or take a stop for coffee and lunch. Soon you will climb back to Jelovica plateau, admire the amazing views during your ride and finish your return back to Bohinj valley with a nice descent.

TECHNICAL DATA:
- distance: 97 km
- vertical meters: 1500 m
For the last day of riding we suggest that you put your bike on the train and go for a ride in the world famous Soca valley. Just a short train ride will bring you to Most na Soci where you will start your biking towards Tolmin town. Close by is a famous Tolminka river gorge and we strongly advise to visit it. It will take you approx. 1h walking to explore the gorge so make sure your footwear will be right. After the gorge visit you will ride though picturesque villages all the way to Kobarid town. There you can visit one of the most known WW1 museums, hike to Kozjek waterfall and have a break in the town centre. If you like good food Kobarid is the place to be in Slovenia. Close by is Hisa Franko - the 2 star Michelin restaurant so you can treat yourself on the last bike ride with an amazing meal. Our food tip would be a traditional shepherds dish from the valley called "frika". After the stop in Kobarid you ride back along the Soca river to the train station at Most na Soci and from there you return back to Bohinj valley.

TECHNICAL DATA:
- distance: 49 km
- vertical meters: 550 m
Your cycling is done, but we hope that we memories will remain forever. 🙂

 

Price:

1099 eur/person

Please note that the price might change based on the available accommodation.

Included:

welcome meeting
half-board and overnight in specialised cyclist friendly accommodation
map of the area and route instructions
GPS tracks
list of equipment needed
first aid kit (on request)
24/7 phone support

Excluded:

airfare for arrival to Slovenia
travel cost to and from Bohinj valley
travel and health insurance
cost of drinks and other personal spendings
Specialized gravel bike (optional rent available)

What to bring:

 

Once you book a self-guided gravel biking with us we will provide you with a full equipment list that we suggest to have for your cycling vacation.

Available dates:

Ideal time for this cycling trip is between April and October. We have various options from self-catered apartments to cyclist friendly hotels for overnights on this tour so the availability depends on the accommodation availability. Please let us know your preferred date at grega@hikeandbike.si.

This tour can also be modified for less days. If you have a limited time frame or any special requests that you would like to experience during your cycling in Slovenia please send us an email at grega@hikeandbike.si and we will set all the details. 🙂

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