Touring AROUND TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK

Duration

6 days

Category

TOURING, E-BIKE

Fitness level

MEDIUM

Tour type

GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED, TAILOR-MADE

Technical difficulty

MEDIUM

Length & elevation

197 km 4.062 m

The Triglav National Park (TNP) covers an area of 838 km2 extending along the Slovenian border with Italy and Austria and covering 4 percent of Slovenia’s territory. The park almost entirely covers the eastern Julian Alps terrain. It is the largest protected area in the country and one of the oldest of European parks. Most mountains in the group of 400 Slovenian peaks rising above 2000 metres are found in the Triglav National Park. This dynamic mountain karst terrain features picturesque mountain peaks and valleys as well as numerous natural and cultural attractions. As much as two thirds of its area are covered by forest. The relief is very dynamic, ranging from sharp peaks and steep rock faces to deep glacial valleys. A major feature of the park is the largest glacial lake in Slovenia – Lake Bohinj. This is where the tour starts after the group gathers at the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana.

The route leads to the heart of the national park, the Pokljuka plateau, which overlooks both lakes the tour visits – Bohinj and its more famous counterpart, Lake Bled. Through the serene alpine valley of Radovna, the route leads to the alpine village of Kranjska gora and over one of the most beautiful mountain passes, Vršič, finally descending to the Trenta valley and further to the valley of River Soča with a first stop in the town of Bovec.

Flowing under the majestic peaks of the Julian Alps with the distinct emerald green colour of water, the Soča is considered one of the most beautiful European rivers, and the tour makes the most of it. On the way to Tolmin, the largest town in the valley, the tour passes three majestic waterfalls of three completely distinctive characters. Later, it stops at a charming village of Drežnica under Mt Krn and the town of Kobarid, which attained recognition during World War I (Battle of Caporetto) and is featured in the famous novel A Farewell to Arms by the then American war correspondent Ernest Hemingway.

Near Tolmin, one can find the Tolmin Gorges, the lowest entry point to the Triglav National Park. However, the group continues to Most na Soči located on a rocky crest above the confluence of the two rivers of Soča and Idrijca. Here, the group embarks on a train to Bohinj and Ljubljana, which runs on the most beautiful railway in Slovenia and the wider area. The Bohinj Railway has been placed on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage List.

Highlights: Triglav National Park, Lake Bohinj, Lake Bled, Pokljuka, Radovna valley, Kranjska gora, Vršič pass, Trenta, Soča valley, Kobarid, Tolmin, Bohinj Railway.

Five reasons to choose Visit Good Place

We choose pleasant accommodations in hospitable and clean environments offering great, local food, so you can feel at home on your trip. We take care of accommodations in biker-friendly environments and provide bike repairs and bike wash as well as laundry service and safe bike storage. Support 24/7 – we can resolve any complications and difficulties during the tour. Personal experience and guidance – we have cycled all tours ourselves. We organise a Skype call to discuss all tour sections and details with you before every departure. Comprehensive traveller information – before the departure, all participants receive a document with detailed information about the tour, i.e. bike repair services and stores, recommendations for lunch etc.

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Itinerary

DAY 01

The capital

The group gathers and spends a night in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, where an introductory meeting is held to present details of the tour before the departure. We recommend the participants to include enough time to explore the vibrant city. Let us introduce Ljubljana in the words of Lonely Planet:

“Slovenia’s capital and largest city also happens to be one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals. Indeed, the European Commission awarded Ljubljana with the coveted Green Capital of Europe title for 2016. Car traffic is restricted in the centre, leaving the leafy banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica river, which flows through the city’s heart, free for pedestrians and cyclists. In summer, cafes set up terrace seating along the river; it almost feels like a nightly street party. Slovenia’s master of early-modern, minimalist design, Jože Plečnik, graced Ljubljana with beautiful buildings and accoutrements; attractive cities are often described as ‘jewel boxes’, but here the name really fits. And bringing life to these historical riches, the city’s 50,000-odd students support an active clubbing and cultural scene, and the museums, hotels and restaurants are among the best in the country.”

On the following morning, the group is transferred by shuttle to Lake Bohinj.


DAY 02

Over the mountain pastures to Lake Bled

DistanceDistance: 57 km
DistanceElevation: 1391 m

The first cycling day of the tour combines 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, which is located in a glacial valley just 26 km southwest from Bled. The tour includes a climb to the Pokljuka plateau, which overlooks both lakes.

Located in the heart of Triglav National Park, the Pokljuka plateau measures some 20 km in length and almost the same in width, resting at an altitude of 1300 m. The plateau serves as a starting point to many hikes, and numerous old bear migration routes lead through the forests and over the plateau that is dotted with hidden shafts, sinkholes and small valleys. Shingle-covered wooden cottages are typical of the Slovenian mountain pastures. Back in the old days, they were used as homes for shepherds and as dairy production facilities. The highlight of the day is the Zajamniki mountain pasture in the central area of Pokljuka, with its beautiful cottages and a perfect view over Lake Bohinj. In wintertime, Pokljuka serves as one of the world’s best biathlon centres.

Reaching the final destination of the day, it would be a pity not to visit the famous island in the middle of Lake Bled, featuring a church, or taste the famous Bled cake.


DAY 03

Through the alpine valley

DistanceDistance: 38 km
DistanceElevation: 572 m

On the second cycling day of the tour, the group enters what is arguably one of the most beautiful alpine valleys in Slovenia, the Radovna river valley. Since the area is part of the Triglav National Park, mass tourism is partially limited here. The valley is very popular due to its beautiful unspoiled nature, with one of the most imposing parts of the valley being the 1.6 km long Vintgar gorge.

At the end of the valley lies a small alpine village of Mojstrana, which guards the entrance to another glacier valley, the one called Vrata, with the famous Peričnik waterfall just a few minutes away. From Mojstrana, a pleasant forest road leads to the popular alpine village resort of Kranjska gora situated at the foot of the Julian Alps.


DAY 04

Across the Vršič mountain pass to the Soča valley

DistanceDistance: 49 km
DistanceElevation: 1199 m

From Kranjska Gora, the road leads past Lake Jasna and through the glacial valley of Krnica to the Vršič Pass, which is the highest lying road pass in eastern Julian Alps, with 1,611 m of elevation, allowing one of the most beautiful ascents in this part of Europe. For most part, the tour avoids the main roads and makes use of gravel trails.

The path down the Vršič pass leads to the Trenta valley, one of the most remote but also very popular places in Slovenia, which is located at the heart of the Triglav National Park. It is also the uppermost part of the famous Soča valley, the first place in Slovenia to be proclaimed the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) due to its sustainable development in tourism.

Flowing under the majestic peaks of the Julian Alps with the distinct emerald green colour of water, the Soča is considered one of the most beautiful European rivers. In addition to a plethora of beautiful natural sites, the valley keeps alive the shocking heritage of World War I, which is visible at every step.

The source of the magnificent Soča River serves as the connecting point from where the tour follows the emerald river to the village of Bovec, which is known as the centre of outdoor sports. The remainder of the day is dedicated to exploring this idyllic location or taking a session at one of the zip-lines, which is provided by the local agencies.


DAY 05

Around and above the Soča Valley

DistanceDistance: 38 km
DistanceElevation: 650 m

A large part of this picturesque stage runs along the left bank of River Soča. The route passes the romantic Virje waterfall, leading to the magical world of Narnia – the Bovec valley. Namely, this natural and cultural heritage site served as a setting for the Walt Disney production of “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”. Nearby is yet another waterfall, the majestic Boka, where hundreds of cubic metres of water flow deep into the valley from a height of 106 metres.

The path next follows the emerald green River Soča, where keen canoeists and rafters take turns to tackle the rapids near Mt Polovnik. After a mild ascent, the group reaches the mountain village of Drežnica below Mt Krn. Drežnica is an active and lively village, serving as a centre for parachute jumping and the starting point for many hikes.

Before Drežnica, those group members who would like to enjoy some MTB experience can turn towards Kobarid and pass yet another waterfall, the popular Kozjak, which is embraced with a rocky amphitheatre. The rest of the group follows the road to Kobarid, a pleasant little town just 5 km from Drežnica, which gained recognition during the World War I. The story of town’s history, and mostly that of the Isonzo Front, is presented in the Kobarid Museum, which was voted the best European museum in 1993.

Some events connected to the Isonzo Front are described in the famous novel A Farewell to Arms by the then American war correspondent Ernest Hemingway.

The undemanding route from Kobarid to Tolmin also runs mostly along the left bank of the river. It passes small, laid back villages like Ladra, Kamno and Volarje before reaching the destination of the day. Tolmin, named the Alpine Town of 2016, is the largest town in the Soča valley. It is located at the picturesque confluence of two rivers, the Soča and the Tolminka. In its vicinity, one can find the lowest entry point to the Triglav National Park – the Tolmin gorges, with rock-carved trails leading to them. Javorca, the place featuring a wooden church dedicated to those who died at the Isonzo (Soča) Front, is also found nearby. As the most beautiful World War I memorial, it holds the European Cultural Heritage label. Tolmin is known for excellent festivals, such as the international Metaldays, Overjam International Reggae Days, Sajeta and many more.


DAY 06

A change of pace and a scenic railway ride

DistanceDistance: 15 km
DistanceElevation: 250 m

From Tolmin, the route takes the group along a cycling path from Tolmin to Most na Soči. Located on a rocky crest above the confluence of the two rivers of Soča and Idrijca, Most na Soči was given its current name in 1955. Originally, it was called Sveta Lucija ob Soči. An artificial lake, with water of the same colour as the Soča, is one of its major features, along with the restored, protected remains of a Roman house. The place has been ranked one of the most important prehistoric settlements in Europe following the discovery of more than 7,000 grave sites. The findings date back to the time roughly between the late Bronze Age and the Roman era.

A short path along the Idrijca river leads from Most na Soči to the railway station, where the group embarks on a train to Ljubljana. This is no ordinary train. It operates on the most beautiful railway in Slovenia and the wider area. Built by Austria-Hungary from 1900 to 1906 as part of a then new strategic railway called the Neue Alpenbahnen in German, the Bohinj railway connected western Austria and southern Germany with the then Austro-Hungarian port of Trieste. It runs through no less than 28 tunnels, 5 galleries, and over 65 bridges. As a part of the Path of Peace leading from the Alps to the Adriatic, the Bohinj railway and its World War I Heritage have been placed on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage List. It is a very special experience to travel this railway in the vintage steam train that runs a few times per year.


Dates

  • 14 .- 20 July, 2019 Guided, self-guided

Note: In season, any tour can be organised on any date for a group of a minimum of 2 people. Please contact us for any inquiries.

Price for the guided AROUND TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK tour includes: 

  • 6-night accommodation in 3–4 star hotels/lodging houses
  • 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners, all meals include typical/local food
  • Fully qualified and experienced bike guide for the entire trip
  • Complete group safety equipment
  • Baggage transfer between the tour stages
  •  24/7 hotline number (support)
  • Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy.

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

  • 6-night accommodations in 3–4 star hotels/lodging houses
  • 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners, all meals with typical/local food
  • Baggage transfer between stages
  • Final transfer back to Ljubljana
  • Navigation pack: GPS track, map & road-book
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)
  • Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy.

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: info@visit-goodplace.com

Optional

  • Supplement for single room 162 €
  • E-bike rental 39 €/ day
  • Bike rental 29 €/ day
  • GPS device rental 10 €/ day

 

Price for AROUND TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK excludes

The price for the AROUND TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK tour does not include: Travelling 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-

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 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.
  • Every evening a briefing session is organised, where the guide(s) reveal details about the next day’s tour, including the altitude, length, difficulty etc.
  • Alternative trails can usually be chosen to allow variations according to the specific requirement of each 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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