Touring

AROUND TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK • cycling tour

Duration

6 days

Category

TOURING, E-BIKE

Fitness level

MEDIUM

Tour type

GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED, TAILOR-MADE

Technical difficulty

MEDIUM

Length & elevation

187 km 3370 m

Crystal clear waters, remains of virgin forests, rocky summits, endemic animals, diverse cultural heritage, friendly people and delicious local cheeses… Around Triglav National Park is one of the most beautiful Slovenia cycling routes and rejuvenates both our body and mind.

Triglav National Park is one of the oldest parks in Europe that lies in the heart of the Julian Alps, in the north-west part of Slovenia. With over 840 square kilometers, the park is the largest protected area in the country. It was named after the highest Slovenian mountain, Mt.Triglav (2,864 m).

In this part of the world, nature is at its richest and most beautiful, as people continue to live in perfect harmony with their natural environment. Organic farming and sustainable livestock practices are a sound basis for the production of genuine homemade food. With its diverse climate and landscape, the area is also home to around 7,000 plant and animal species, from tiny insects and freshwater fish to majestic red deer and a proud golden eagle.

The Around Triglav National Park cycling tour starts with a transfer from Ljubljana to Bohinj. An exciting cycling route then leads towards the Pokljuka plateau, which overlooks Lake Bohinj and its more famous counterpart, Lake Bled.

Cycling continues from Bled through the serene Radovna Valley, the Alpine village of Kranjska Gora, and over one of the most alluring mountain passes, the Vršič pass. The next part of the tour includes panoramic cycling along the magnificent Soča Valley, best known for its emerald green Soča river. After visiting the charming towns of Bovec, Kobarid and Tolmin, this Slovenian cycling route is brought to an end with a scenic train ride from Most na Soči back to the capital.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ljubljana old town
  • Triglav National Park
  • Lake Bohinj & Lake Bled
  • The emerald Soča Valley
  • Cycling across the Vršič pass
  • Zajamniki mountain pasture

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Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVAL TO THE CAPITAL

Before the cycling tour officially begins, an overnight is organized in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana. An introductory meeting is held to present the tour details.

We recommend you to plan enough time to explore this vibrant city. As one of the smallest and greenest European capitals, Ljubljana is also one of the most livable cities. It’s never crowded – but also never boring. 50.000 university students give it its youthful appeal, and as an economic and cultural hub of Slovenia, it has a lot to offer to locals and visitors alike. Car traffic is restricted in the center, leaving the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica river free for pedestrians and cyclists.


DAY 02

BOHINJ - BLED: FROM ONE LAKE TO ANOTHER

DistanceDistance: 49 km
DistanceElevation: 1030 m

The day starts with a transfer from Ljubljana to Bohinj. The first cycling stage extends between two Slovenian gems, Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled. Many visitors to Slovenia say they have never seen a lake more beautiful than Bled – until they see Lake Bohinj, the largest natural lake in Slovenia.

From Bohinj, the route climbs to the Pokljuka Plateau, which rests at an altitude of 1,300 meters and serves as a starting point for many hikes. The forested plateau is dotted with shingle-covered wooden cottages that are typical for the Slovenian mountain pastures. Back in the old days, they were used as homes for shepherds or dairy production facilities. The highlight of the day is the Zajamniki mountain pasture in the central area of Pokljuka, known for its beautiful cottages and a perfect view over Lake Bohinj.

Reaching the final destination of the day, the famously beautiful Bled, it would be a pity not to visit the tiny island in the middle of the lake, walk to the impressive Bled Castleoverlooking the town, or taste the famous Bled cream cake called “Kremšnita”.


DAY 03

BLED – KRANJSKA GORA: THROUGH THE ALPINE VALLEY

DistanceDistance: 37 km
DistanceElevation: 580 m

On the second day of cruising around the Triglav National Park, a pleasant cycling road leads to one of the prettiest Alpine valleys in Slovenia, the Radovna Valley. The valley is well-known due to its unspoiled nature and a dramatic 1.6 kilometer-long Vintgar Gorge. Easy cycling is accompanied by views of mountain tops and cattle grazing on the surrounding meadows.

Next, the route passes by the village of Mojstrana, where a visit of the Slovenian Alpine Museumis highly recommended. The majestic Peričnik Waterfall is also just a few kilometers away. The route eventually reaches the final destination of the day – the mountain resort of Kranjska Gora, situated at the foot of the Julian Alps.Time permitting, a visit of the crystal clear Jasna Lakeis a great idea. Another recommended option is visiting the Planica Nordic Centerwith the once highest ski jumping hill in the world, or a stroll around the Zelenci Natural Reserve, a moorland famous for its distinctive colours and views. 


DAY 04

KRANJSKA GORA - BOVEC: ACROSS THE VRŠIČ MOUNTAIN PASS

DistanceDistance: 49 - 52 km
DistanceElevation: 1090 - 1199 m

From Kranjska Gora, the cycling continues across the Vršič mountain pass. The highest positioned road pass in the Eastern Julian Alps with an altitude of 1,611 meters offers one of the best ascents in the region. For the most part, the tour avoids the main road and makes use of the gravel paths.

A thrilling descent leads to the Trenta Valley, one of the most remote, but also most appealing places in Slovenia. Trenta is the uppermost part of the famous Soča Valley, the first place in Slovenia to be proclaimed the European Destination of Excellence due to its sustainable tourism development. Flowing under the majestic peaks of the Julian Alps, the emerald green Soča is considered as one of the most beautiful European rivers. In addition to a plethora of stunning natural sites, the valley is rich in WW1 heritage and war remnants are visible at every step.

The route follows the river to the town of Bovec, which is known as a paradise for outdoor activities. The rest of the day is dedicated to exploring this idyllic location or choosing from a wide variety of exciting outdoor activities provided by the local agencies.


DAY 05

BOVEC - TOLMIN: THE EMERALD SOČA VALLEY

DistanceDistance: 38 - 42 km
DistanceElevation: 310 - 530 m

A large part of this picturesque cycling stage runs along the left bank of the Soča river, where keen canoeists and rafters take turns to tackle the rapids. The route passes the romantic Virje Waterfall, leading through the Bovec Valley. This site is also known as the magical world of Narnia, as it served as a setting for the Walt Disney production of “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”. There is another waterfall nearby, the majestic Boka, where hundreds of cubic meters of water flow deep into the valley.

After a mild ascent, the route passes by the delightful village of Drežnica, located directly below Mt. Krn. Drežnica is a center ofparachute jumping and a starting point for many hikes. Only a few kilometers of a winding road remain before reaching the small town of Kobarid, best known for the 1917 WW1 Battle of Caporetto, where the Italian retreat was documented by Ernest Hemingway in his novel A Farewell to Arms. Today, Kobarid is a lively tourist hub.

Easy cycling continues along the river bank. The route passes small, laid back villages before reaching the final destination of the day, the town of Tolmin. In its vicinity, one can find the lowest point of the Triglav National Park and one of the most popular tourist spots in the region, the Tolmin gorges. For those with more energy to spare, a visit of this spectacular site is a must.


DAY 06

TOLMIN – MOST NA SOČI – LJUBLJANA: A PANORAMIC TRAIN RIDE

DistanceDistance: 6,7 km
DistanceElevation: 40 m

The cycling loop around the Triglav National Park is almost completed. Only few kilometers of cycling along the Idrijca river are left to reach the train station in Most na Soči. Located on a rocky crest above the confluence of Soča and Idrijca, the town offers a splendid view over an emerald artificial lake.

It is then time for a scenic train ride to Ljubljana. The train operates on one of the most beautiful railways in the wider region. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, this historic railway used to connect Austria and Germany with the port of Trieste. It runs through no less than 28 tunnels, 5 galleries, and over 65 bridges.

Upon the arrival back to Ljubljana, a transfer is organized to your accommodation.


DAY 07

DEPARTURE DAY

The Around Triglav National Park cycling tour ends with breakfast in Ljubljana.


Dates

  • July 12 – 18, 2020 GUIDED
  • May - October *SELF-GUIDED, TAILOR MADE

*In season, tour can be organised on any date. Please contact us for individual offer.

We recommend guided cycling tours to everybody who seeks complete relaxation and wants to have only one thing on their mind – great cycling. Our guides will take care of everything else – navigation, interesting local insights and technical support. Guided tours are also perfect for meeting other enthusiastic cyclers from around the globe and creating life-long friendships.

Price for the guided AROUND TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK tour includes: 

  • 6-night accommodation in 3–4 star hotels/guest houses
  • 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners; Meals include typical local food
  • Fully qualified and experienced cycling guide for the entire trip
  • Transfer from Ljubljana to Bohinj on the first day
  • Final transfer back to Ljubljana: train ticket from Most na Soči to Ljubljana and transfer from Ljubljana railway station to your accommodation
  • Extensive tour booklet
  • Baggage transfer between the tour stages
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)

Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy on pre-scheduled departures. For individual departures feel free to contact us for the offer.

Optional:

Pride excludes:

  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Lunches
  • Any beverages consumed with meals that are included in the package
  • Any other items not mentioned as included.

We recommend self-guided cycling tours to everybody who knows how to navigate a map or a GPS device and has previous experience in self-guided cycling. If you think you don’t fit this description, maybe a guided cycling tour would be a more enjoyable option for you.

The price of a self-guided tour depends on the number of people in the group. See prices per person based on double occupancy below.

Pax 2 4 6 8
Price 990 € 900 € 880 € 860 €

Price for the self-guided AROUND TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK tour includes: 

  • 6-night accommodations in 3–4 star hotels/guest houses
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Baggage transfer between stages
  • Transfer from Ljubljana to Bohinj on the first day
  • Final transfer back to Ljubljana: train ticket from Most na Soči to Ljubljana and transfer from Ljubljana railway station to your accommodation
  • Navigation pack: GPS track, maps, tour booklet
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)

Optional:

Pride excludes:

  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Any beverages consumed with meals that are included in the package
  • Any other items not mentioned as included.

Would you like to customize this tour? Are you worried you are not prepared enough physically? Would you like to select a different starting or ending point, or perhaps have a day off before, after or during the tour? Send an e-mail to: [email protected]

Logistics

LOGISTICS

Our adventure starts and ends in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE

Ljubljana has its own international airport which is 20 min drive away from the centre of the city. Ljubljana is also surrounded by 6 international airports, those of Venice, Trieste, Klagenfurt, Treviso, Graz and Zagreb, each of them within a maximum of 120-minute driving distance. We are happy to arrange airport shuttles from any of these airports upon request.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • One guided group can include a maximum of 8 people.
  • On guided tours a briefing session is organized every evening. During briefing, the guide(s) reveal details about the next day’s cycling stage, including the altitude, length, difficulty etc.
  • On most cycling stages alternative trail variations can be chosen according to the specific requirements of the group.
  • The meeting instructions and final trip arrangements are sent to participants two weeks before the tour start date.
  • The tour is suitable for e-bikers.

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