Lake Bled to Venice Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | £829 per person
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Cycle through the Triglav National Park
• Go to the Kolovrat Saddle – a million dollar viewpoint
• Ride through Gorizia between Italy and the former Yugoslavia
• Visit the impressive palaces of the Serenissima Republic of Venice.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: ARRIVAL at Lake Bled. (**** hotel).
To begin with, you can dip your feet in the beautiful glacial Lake Bled. This shimmering body of water is famous for its distinctive island church and the clifftop castle all backed by the beautiful Karavanke Mountains. Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular tourist attractions. You can take a stroll around the western side of the lake for some of the best views and photographs, and then have lunch and the locally famous cream cake (Kremšnita) on the eastern lakeside while watching the sunset over the mountains.
Day 2: BLED – BOHINJSKA BISTRICA
(27km / 43km with side trip). (***** spa hotel).
A short car transfer leaves you on the high plateau at Pokljuka. From here you’ll cycle through alpine villages to Lake Bohinj, the jewel of the Triglav National Park. Encircled by tall mountain peaks, Bohinj is the largest and deepest lake in the national park. Savica Waterfall is the source of the lake and the Sava Bohinjka River. A cable car runs up to Vogel Mountain, where you can get a spectacular view into the Bohinj Valley and of Mount Triglav, the highest peak in the Julian Alps.
Day 3: BOHINJ – TOLMIN (*** guesthouse).
(56km; or 35km if taking train to Podbrdo).
In the morning you’ll have two options. Your route will take you via the Sorica Pass over the Julian Alps, but if you want to save some climbing you can take a short train ride through the Bohinj tunnel to Podbrdo. Then you pedal off through a narrow valley and follow the beautiful emerald-green Soca River as it rushes out of the mountains and into the western side of the Julian Alps. Just before reaching your destination you’ll have a chance to dive into its supernatural waters, or visit the only monument in the world dedicated to military cooks.
Day 4: TOLMIN – ŠMARTNO / DOBROVO
(34km / 46km without lift up). *** small family hotel with a view.
You will be car-transferred to Kolovrat Saddle – a million dollar viewpoint high above the Soca Valley. Once the site of heavy fighting during WW1, it’s now a very interesting open-air museum. Reaching the first village, Mrs. Josephine, who lives all alone in an intact old-fashioned pub, will be overjoyed to welcome you in her shady garden. Cycling the ridges above two valleys, you’ll reach your day’s destination – Šmartno v Goriških Brdih, amid an abundance of lush vineyards. A recent and beautifully restored medieval village of narrow streets with Mediterranean houses, you can stretch your legs here, sip cool white wine and chat with locals in an authentic village pub.
Day 5: ŠMARTNO – GRADO
(67km). *** family hotel.
After leaving the Brda wine region you’ll reach “Southern Berlin”. The town of Gorizia was once the dividing point between Italy and Yugoslavia. While here, visit the very interesting Curtain museum. Further along the border you’ll come to the smallest military museum in the world, a historic Yugoslav border outpost, and the ancient Kostanjevica Monastery, burial place of the last French King. Turning south and entering Italy, you’ll soon reach the Adriatic sea. You will spend the afternoon in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region, passing by rivers, canals and ancient Roman towns. Your destination will be Aquileia, with its Roman excavations, or Grado, a lively historic resort town on a lagoon island.
Day 6: GRADO – PORTOGRUARO
(87km or 59km if shortened by train ride). *** family hotel.
This morning you will head back inland a bit, leaving the sea behind you. You will pass through a multitude of “Valli da pesca” (stretches of lagoon enclosed by earthen dikes where extensive fish farming is practiced) and “casoni” (constructions used by fishermen in the past during the fishing season). Your destination is the town of Portogruaro, one of the main centres in the period of the “Serenissima Republic of Venice”, which is still impressive even today with its glorious “Palazzi” or “palaces”.
Day 7: PORTOGRUARO – LIDO DI JESOLO
(67km). *** resort hotel.
From Portogruaro you can look forward to a wonderful easy cycle westwards along the beautiful beaches of the Adriatic Coast. There are numerous opportunities to relax and swim so be sure to pack your swim gear. You will stay overnight in one of the two towns along this famous coastline, depending on availability. Jesolo is a gateway to Venice, from here you can easily travel onward to the airport or old city on the lagoon.
Day 8: DEPARTURE FROM LIDO DI JESOLO
After breakfast, your tour ends. However, you can prolong your stay or continue your trip by visiting ancient Serrenissima – Venice.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
This cycling holiday starts at Lake Bled, Slovenia
Bled lies in the extreme northwestern part of Slovenia, at the foot of the Julian Alps and between the Sava Bohinjka and Sava Dolinka rivers. It is accessible in all seasons.
The Lesce-Bled railway station (4 km) lies on the Villach – Jesenice – Ljubljana – Belgrade – Istanbul – Athens railway line. It is approximately 45 km from the national borders with Austria (Wurzenpass – Korensko sedlo) and Italy (Fusine Laghi – Rateče).
The nearest international airport is Ljubljana Airport at Brnik only 36 km away. You can also arrive by train from Trieste Airport in Italy with a change in Goriza (Italy/Slovenia).
You can transfer using public transport or via Go Opti Private Transfers
For more information about Slovenia and the various attractions along the route you will cycle, please visit Slovenia Tourism
Flights are not included in the price of the holiday
There is a choice of airline options into Slovenia. We recommend using Skyscanner to find the best prices and routes.
Tour Route Map
The Lake Bled to Venice tour stays in 3*/4* hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
Accommodation in hotels 3* / 4* hotels and guesthouse in two bedded room, on basis of bed & breakfast.
Luggage transfer – one piece, max 20 kgs / 45 lb. Every additional item 10 EUR, payable on spot.
Information package including text road notes (in simple English) and corresponding maps. One per booking,
Every additional set 20 EUR.
Local tourist and other taxes in Slovenia.
Personal welcome meeting and bike handover upon arrival.
Backup service (hot line) during the trip.
Some are commercially available models and others are custom built for cycling in Slovenia. All are made following high industry standards and are made using the best parts.
Bike are maintained in the workshop on a regular basis. The fleet is constantly renewed, but no bike is more than 2 years old.
Classic trekking bikes are equipped with 21 gears, cycling meter, lock, one pannier, set of Allen keys and basic puncture repair set. Price includes delivery and pick up.
Lake Bled to Venice, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: March – April and September – October
Season 2: April – September
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Hotel Category Descriptions
Accommodation in 2*/4* hotels.
Holiday Price: From £829
Single Supplement: From £149