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A national park, alpine lakes and baroque capital all in one short cycling tour
This self-guided "Lakes And Cities Cycling Tour" takes you from the Julian Alps to the Baroque capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. You start cycling from the magical Lake Bled and continue on to the peaceful setting of Lake Bohinj, nestled among towering alpine mountain peaks. Then you'll ride on to the medieval city of Škofja Loka and the capital of Slovenia - Ljubljana. Suitable for cyclists with an average fitness level, and ideal for lovers of nature and culture with not much time to spare.
Cycling tour highlights:
• swim in crystal clear alpine mountain lakes
• visit the capital of Slovenia - Ljubljana
• marvel at the beauty of the Julian Alps
• discover the medieval city of Škofja Loka
• breathtaking views, quiet roads and local attractions
• stay in small independent hotels, great food
Day 1: BLED 4* hotel.
You will begin in Bled, a lovely little town on the shore of a picturesque glacial lake. A beautiful island church sits peacefully in the middle of this large body of water with the Karavanke Alps providing the backdrop. The castle perched high on a cliff standing guard over the town completes the picture. After you check in to your hotel, take an evening hike up to Ojstrica viewpoint for a beautiful sunset view.
Day 2: BLED – BOHINJ 26 km, 3* hotel.
Starting on the high plateau at Pokljuka, from here you will cycle down through alpine villages to Lake Bohinj, the jewel of the Triglav National Park. Bohinj is the largest and deepest lake in the national park, and is encircled by the majestic Julian Alps. Visit Savica Waterfall, source of the Sava Bohinjka River, and then take the cable car up to Vogel Mountain for a spectacular view into the Bohinj Valley and of Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the range.
Day 3: BOHINJ – ŠKOFJA LOKA 48 km, 3* hotel.
Leaving Bohinj you cycle to the largest town in the valley: Bohinjska Bistrica. Then it’s up 750 m/2400 ft to the Jelovica high plateau (a “help out” lift to the top of the mountain pass is available for this part of the trip at an extra cost of 20 EUR per person). From the top the route takes you through a deep forest which soon drops off into a wilderness valley, leading to the lush green Škofja Loka hills. Stop in the historic iron-smelting town of Železniki before arriving in one of Slovenia's oldest and most charming towns, Škofja Loka.
Day 4: ŠKOFJA LOKA – LJUBLJANA
31 km, 4* hotel.
Today you'll ride to the Slovene capital: Ljubljana. Here you can take a short ride up to the mighty Ljubljana Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the old town. From its tower you get a commanding view of Ljubljana’s heart and soul and, on a clear day, of the mountains from which you have just ridden. As the sun goes down you can choose between relaxing with a drink in the many outdoor bars/cafes beside the Ljubljanica River, or take a boat ride.
Day 5: DEPARTURE from Ljubljana.