Bled – Ljubljana – Istria

Bike Tour
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    Feel Green Travel agency specializes in sustainable tourism, particularly in South-East Europe. We offer Walking, Cycling, Snow and Private Tours in the Alps, Adriatic and Western Balkan.

    • 8 Days
    • April – October
    • Slovenia

    The starting point of this bike tour is Bled, the Pearl of Slovenia. The image of Bled with the castle, the lake, and the island in the middle of the lake with its church is known worldwide. The route leads through idyllic, medieval towns and their picturesque landscapes with a stopover in Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, which has in recent years become one of the most popular city destinations in Europe.  Continue to the Notranjska region, where we recommended a visit to the world-famous Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. Entering the Karst area, you will cycle on quiet, easy, and scenic paved roads through vineyards and ancient villages, where you can taste the famous Teran red wine and Karst ham.  After the Lipica stud farm with its famous Lipizzaner white horses and Škocjan caves with Europe’s largest underground canyon, you will reach the Slovenian part of the Istrian peninsula. In picturesque Piran, you will finally relax your muscles after an unforgettable journey.

    Difficulty

    The tour is light-moderate. The tour is suitable for children from the age of 14.

    Departures

    Daily arrivals are possible from April 17 to October 23, 2021.

    Total Distance

    292 km

    Highlights

    • Bled with the castle, the lake and the island
    • The mountain scenery of the Julian Alps and Karavanke
    • Škofja Loka with the best preserved medieval town center in Slovenia
    • Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia
    • Rakov Škocjan, Slovenia’s oldest landscape park
    • Postojna Cave, the most visited karst cave in Europe
    • Predjama with the Predjama castle
    • The karst landscape with the vineyards and villages
    • Stud Lipica, home of the Lipizzaners
    • Škocjan with the Škocjan caves and Unesco protected area of river Reka
    • The railway tracks Val Rosandra and Parenzana
    • The picturesque Mediterranean towns of Izola and Piran

    Price Includes

    • 7 nights in bedrooms with a shower/WC/tourist tax
    • 7 nights with breakfast**It is possible to organise lunch/dinner at several locations on every destination
    • Welcome meeting with representative of local agency
    • Road book: a detailed description of routes (one per booking / available in English and German language)
    • Map with the marked trail routes
    • Language transfer from hotel to hotel
    • Service hotline in case of problems or questions
    • GPS tracks available upon request
    • Free unguarded car parking in Bled at the hotel of your arrival (depending on the hotel), or at the close public parking facility

    Price Excludes

    • Airfare to and from the trip
    • Transfer to/from airport/train or bus station (more info on: Travel info)
    • Back transfer from Piran to starting point in Bled
    • Bike rental
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Insurance
    • Optional activity costs

    Prices in 2021

    In EUR per person with a min. of 2 persons in B&B/hotel 3*/4*

    TypeSeason 2021Double room
    B&B/hotel 3*/4*low 17.4.–14.5.
    low 25.9.–23.10.
    high 15.5.–24.9.
    729 EUR
    729 EUR
    749 EUR

    Extras

    • Additional charge for single room use: 195 EUR.
    • Additional charge if only one person is travelling: 220 EUR (payable in addition to the single room surcharge).
    • Additional night in Bled in 4* hotel, per person per night, in a double room, low season 79 EUR, high season 89 EUR. Single room low season 115 EUR, high season 135 EUR. Half board 18 EUR.
    • Additional night in Ljubljana in 3* hotel, per person per night, in a double room, low season 59 EUR, high season 69 EUR. Single room low season 99 EUR, high season 115 EUR. Half board 18 EUR.
    • Additional night in Piran in 3*/4* hotel, per person per night, in a double room, low season 59 EUR, high season 69 EUR. Single room low season 99 EUR, high season 115 EUR. Half board 18 EUR.
    • Transfer cost according to the price list – please see section Arrival at your destination below.
    • Rental touring bike: 79 EUR, hybrid bike: 130 EUR, electric bike: 180 EUR, helmet: 20 EUR

    Discounts:
    Third adult person in the room – 10%; both on the basic price.
    Child, ages 0-13 (sharing a room with 1 fully paying adult) – 20%

    Arrival at your destination

    Slovenia is easily accessible as it is well-connected with the European network of motorways, railway lines and airports.

    1. By car:
      Slovenia is easily accessible and offers a good network of roads. Across the Tauern-motorway (A10) to Villach, then forward on the motorway (A11) direction Slovenia, passing the “Karawanken-Tunnel” on the motorway (E61) direction Ljubljana- exit Bled.  For the motorway (E61) you need the Vignette (road user charge), otherwise you can take the first exit Hrušica on the main street 452 and through Jesenice forward to Bled. Distances from European capitals to Bled: Amsterdam: 1,200km, Venice: 260km, Munich: 420km, Vienna: 440km.
    2. By bus & train:
      Bus: Slovenia is connected with the following bus company’s Euro, Touring and Flixbus. The majority have a stopover in Bled or Lesce.
      Train: several international trains arrive in Slovenia on a daily basis. The closest station is in Bled Jezero. Train Station Lesce-Bled (ca. 4 km away from Bled) is directly on the international railway connection München – Ljubljana. Time table on www.slo-zeleznice / www.oebb./ www.deutschebahn / www.trenitalia.com.
      From the bus or train station, you can take a taxi, the local bus (pay directly to the driver) or contact us to organize private transportation (see table for prices).
    3. By airplane:
      Several airlines offer flights to Slovenia. Airport Ljubljana-Brnik (ca. 35 km away from Bled), Klagenfurt (ca. 80 km) or Ronchi dei Legionari Trieste (ca. 170 km). Upon request, we can organize a transfer.

    Prices for transfer in one direction per person, with a min. of 2 persons

    Arrival by bus/train/aeroplane

    Ljubljana/airport – Bled€25
    Ljubljana – Bled€35
    Train station Bled Jezero – Bled€10
    Train station Lesce Bled – Bled€10
    Piran – Bled€85
    Piran – Trieste Airport€55
    Accommodation

    Your hosts are owners of small family villas,  hotels or glamping sites. We pick our accommodation carefully and with extra consideration as to whether they have good facilities for guests on a cycling and walking holidays. All of them has great or even extraordinary reviews from their guests.

    BledHotel Lovec****
    Villa Ajda***
    Hotel Astoria***superior
    Hotel Ribno*** & Glamping Ribno
    Škofja LokaHotel Zamorc ****
    Mini Hotel ***
    Hotel Garni Paleta ***
    LjubljanaHotel City ***
    Hotel Park ***
    Allegro Hotel ****
    PostojnaHotel Kras ****
    Postojna Cave Rooms&Apartments Proteus ***
    KodretiFarmhouse Hiša dobrega okusa ***
    DivačaHotel Malovec ***
    Bed&Breakfast Pr Vncki ***
    IzolaHotel Marina ****
    PiranArt Hotel Tartini ***
    Hotel Piran ****

    Please note: these are sample hotels and may vary by availability.

    Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Contact us for details.

    Itinerary

    Day 1Arrival in Bled

    Individual arrival to the starting hotel in Bled.

    Day 2Bled - Škofja Loka

    The first stage leads through the Old Towns of Gorenjska-Upper Carniola. From Bled you cycle along the river Sava to old town of Radovljica, where you can visit the uniqe beekeeping museum. You will cycling through  Begunje, a hometown of Slavko Avsenik and Polka music, Tržič with its shoe making tradition and Kranj, the capital of Gorenjska land. The stage ends in Škofja Loka with the best preserved medieval town center in Slovenia. With a transfer you can avoid the ascent and shorten the stage for about 20km (not in the price).

    Route detail: ca. 63 km, + 725 m / – 810 m.

    Day 3Škofja Loka - Ljubljana

    Škofja Loka live you fascinated with its story and many legends, but there is another highlite on this tour, that it waiting for you…Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and one of the most prefered tourist destination in Europa.  To reach it you will cycle over the Devils bridge to Sora field, where you cross the river Sora and continue to Zbilje lake. The Sava river will acompaign you mostly on your way to the capital . The finish is at Zmajski most-in English Dragon Bridge, which is one of the symbols of Ljubljana.

    Route detail: ca. 39 km, + 320 m / – 390 m.

    Day 4Ljubljana - Logatec - Postojna

    Today you drive first with the train or private cab to Logatec in Notranjska region. Here you start to pedaling through quiet fields and forest to gorge Rakov Škocjan, Slovenia’s oldest landscape park with amazing natural bridges and other landscape formations. A perfect place for a picnic in nature. The stage finished in Postojna, where you can visit the Postojna caves, the most extensive cave system in Slovenia with stalagmites, stalactites and famous  “human fish” Proteus.

    Route detail: ca. 32 km, + 438 m / – 353 m.

    Day 5Postojna - Kodreti / Vipava Valley

    Today you can visit the Postojna caves, the most extensive cave system in Slovenia with  stalagmites, stalactites and famous “human fish”. After that you meat another attraction, the Predjama Castle, an unice castle with its unique position below the 123-metre cliff. A story tells about a robber knight Erasmus, which kept a whole army at bay by utilizing the caves underneath the castle to sneak out for supplies. After  a spectacular descent to Vipava Valley, one of the most famous wine regions in Slovenia you finish your day in a family guesthouse, where you can enjoy your dinner with a tipical karst cusine.

    Route detail: ca. 48 km, + 530 m / – 880 m.

    Day 6Kodreti / Vipava Valley - Divača / Škocjan

    The first stop on today’s stage is Štanjel, an idyllic karst settlement built mostly from stones. on the top of the hill. Through picturesque karst villages, vineyards with numerous wine cellars, which invite you for a stop and a tasting of first-class teran wines and karst ham you drive to the stud farm of Lipica, home of beautiful white Lipizzaner horses, famous worldwide. If you have time, you can also visit  “War Museum” set in a Venetian tower.

    Route detail: ca. 49 km, + 630 m / – 365 m.

    Day 7Divača / Škocjan - Piran

    Today you can visit Škocjan Caves, UNESCO World Heritage and the protected area. The Karst Plain accompanies you on the way to the Adriatic Sea, you will follow the route of the old railway lines Val Rosandra and Parenzana. For your last part you’ll cycle along the coastal road on a new cycling path enjoying  great vistas of Slovenia’s lovely coast. The tour ends in the gorgeous little Venetian town of Piran, where you can watch the sunset from the church bell tower or swimming in a blue Adriatic Sea.

    Route detail: ca. 60 km, + 548 m / – 1018 m

    Day 8 Departure

    Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay in Istria.

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