Arrival in Bled, a picturesque town that is surrounded by mountain peaks and borders a gorgeous lake. Bled’s medieval castle is perched atop a steep cliff overlooking the lake and was the seat of power for South Tyrolean bishops for over 800 years. It now houses a small museum dedicated to the area’s history. Hotel in Bled. We will meet in the late afternoon for a bike fitting, trip orientation followed by dinner.
Day 2 – Kranjska Gora to Bled (45 km)
We begin with a van transfer to Kranjska Gora, a lovely alpine village in the Julian Alps. This is a popular year around sports region that is famous for its World Cup skiing and jumping competitions. The ride begins with a gentle downhill through the river valley, climbs over a small pass, levels out and ends with a downhill into Bled. This picturesque town is surrounded by mountain peaks and borders a gorgeous lake. Bled’s medieval castle is perched atop a steep cliff overlooking the lake and was the seat of power for South Tyrolean bishops for over 800 years. It now houses a small museum dedicated to the area’s history. Hotel lodging in Bled.
Day 3 – Bled to Bohinj (30-60 km)
The ride starts with a climb to the top of the Pokljuka Plateau, (or take an optional transfer by our van) and then enjoy a magnificent downhill to the romantic Bohinj Valley. From the shore of scenic Lake Bohinj you can see Slovenia’s highest peak, Mount Triglav. Hotel lodging in Bohinj.
Day 4 – Bohinj to Valburga (60 km)
Our van swiftly transfers us to Sorica pass (those who like to climb hills can ride), and the hidden Alpine village of Sorica, where we start an unforgettable downhill cruise through a beautiful mountain valley to Skofja Loka. In medieval times, this was an important trade and industrial craft center where many famous artists, writers and scientists worked to create a rich cultural environment. The old town still preserves many of its 14th century buildings. After visiting this tidy little town, we continue on to Valburga for the night. Hotel lodging in Valburga.
Day 5 – Valburga to Loganska Dolina (65 km)
We warm up on a relatively flat route that passes through Kamnik where the narrow streets in the old town center have homes still decorated with medieval and Baroque facades. The day’s challenge is climbing Crnivec Pass (our support van will be standing by). A scenic downhill follows through the Podvolovjek Valley into Luce. The ride finishes with a splendid ride into the Loganska Valley. Country Inn lodging in Loganska Dolina.
Day 6 – Lenart to Jeruzalem (55 km)
The day begins with a transfer to Lenart where we enter the outstanding Jeruzalem-Ljutomer wine region. Numerous vineyards grace the hillsides, and you will hear the sound of the ingenious wind-driven rattles that keep birds off the ripening grapes. Rolling terrain and grand vistas lead us up the wine road to Jeruzalem for a comfortable night’s rest. Country Inn lodging in Jeruzalem.
Day 7 – Jeruzalem to Ptuj (45 km)
Today’s stage begins with a scenic ride through the vineyards as we leave Jeruzalem. Our route winds through the famous Haloze wine region as we head to the gorgeous riverside town of Ptuj, Slovenia’s oldest city. Tonight we visit our favorite restaurant overlooking the Drava River. Hotel lodging in Ptuj.
Day 8 – Ptuj to Olimje (60 km)
Today’s undulating ride takes us from the wine region surrounding Ptuj to the castles of southeastern Slovenia. The route passes along the Croatian border, and a short climb ends in the town of Olimje where we find a Minorite Monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe. Hotel lodging in Olimje.
Day 9 – Olimje to Otocec (40 km)
We avoid the busy road to Catez with a van transfer, and then enjoy a peaceful ride along the scenic Krka River to the Village of Otocec where we will stay in a magnificently restored 13th century castle on an island. Overnight lodging and farewell dinner in the castle.
Day 10 – Otocec to Ljubljana
After breakfast, we will transfer to Ljubljana by van and should arrive around 11 am. (NOTE: Hotel accommodations are not included for this night. Additional lodging in Ljubljana may be arranged with advanced reservations.)