Arrive Ljubljana. Described as one of Europe’s most livable cities, with pedestrian and bike-friendly streets, and an active cultural scene. Surely one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but without crowds (yet). We recommend arriving late afternoon in time to walk along the emerald green Ljubljanica River which is lined with vibrant cafes and then have dinner at the acclaimed Gostilna na Gradu, situated in the castle above town ; it will be the first of many memorable meals.
Bled - Meet with the area manager for the briefing and bike fitting. Bike lanes depart right from the center out of town so if ever there was a city to ride from, this is it (no transfer needed). You will be soon be out in the countryside and enjoying the dramatic scenery of Slovenia. Lunch in the medieval village of Skofa Loka, with its castle and restored historical center. You will arrive to splendid Lake Bled along a little known bike path. The setting here is nothing short of spectacular. Take a dip, or take one of the pletnas out to the island to visit the monastery. We have several restaurants for you to choose between. Distance options: 40 km- 620 m elevation gain; 71 km - 1450 m gain.
Bled - Ride through Triglav National Park to Lake Bohinj, quite possibly even more beautiful than Lake Bled. Optional hike to the Savica waterfall, which at 60 m is one of the most impressive sights in the Julian Alps. On your return ride circling Lake Bled, stop at one of the beaches or at the rowing center, where world-class rowers train. Visit the castle above town. Distance options: 42.6 km with 445 m elevation gain; 67.3 km with 740 m elevation gain; 84 km with 1610 m elevation gain.
Kranska Gora - Leaving Bled, you will ride to Kranska Gora, with time to enjoy this charming mountain town. If you would like additional riding, there is a paved bike trail that winds towards Italy, or, take a hike on one of the local trails. Dine at a unique gostilina, and soak up the atmosphere, resting your legs for the climb up Vrsic tomorrow. Distance options: 40 km - 480 m gain; Add-on option: 40 km.
Kobarid – If you wish a lift up and over Vrsic Pass (at 1611 m), we have a shuttle option for you and you can enjoy the long descent into the Soca River valley. The afternoon ride to Bovec will surely rate as one of the most spectacular of your life. With the Julian Alps high above, the Soca River below, and Triglav National Park all around, this dramatically situated village is one of the adventure centers of the country and we recommend lunch here before continuing on to Kobarid, and the remarkable Inn & restaurant Hiso Franko, where you will enjoy a meal like no other. Distance options: 54 km - 790 m gain; 63 km - 1580 m gain; Add-on option to Tolmin; 43 km - 1280 m.
Cividale/ Cormons – From Bovec, you ride south towards Italy, but not so fast. We recommend having lunch at Hisa Franko before continuing on to Cividale de Friuli. Arriving to Cividale, you will discover a beautifully intact Unesco World Heritage site. It’s central plaza is one of the most beautiful of any Italian city and yet devoid of tourists. Distance options: 48 km with 725 m elevation gain; Add-on: 40 km; elevation gain 1280 m.
Cividale/ Cormons – For your last day in Friuli, we have designed options that range from flat to hilly. Our favourite ride dips back into Slovenia to wine taste and enjoy those quiet roads that wind through vineyards, past castles and quiet roads, with street-side fruit stalls and wine tasting opportunities abound. Finish your trip with a well-deserved dinner at Orsone, opened by Lidia & Joe Bastian (yes, that Joe Bastian), or at La Subida, in their Michelin starred dining room. As you wash this down with the local wines, toast your journey that will have given you memories to last a life-time. Distance options: 47 km; 350 m Add-on option: 20 km; 630 m gain.
Depart. Trains for Venice depart frequently. From Cividale you connect through Udine (travel time to Venice is 1h50). From either Castello di Spessa or La Subida, you will take a short taxi to Cormons and then train to Venice.
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