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Lake Bled to Venice

Lake Bled to Venice

Degree of difficulty - B

The fairytale world of Lake Bled, its island church and clifftop castle will be your starting point, after which you'll cycle onwards through the majestic Julian Alps, over a high pass and down into the western valleys. The alpine meadows soon give way to terraced hills dotted with vineyards that lead you all the way into Italy and on towards the coast, where lazy promenades and beautiful Venetian architecture await you. This is a cycling holiday for people who want the perfect mix of amazing landscapes, great food and wine, and historic sights.

Cycling tour highlights:
• Lake Bled's beautiful island church
• Cool alpine lakes and stunning mountains
• Great food & wine in historic villages
• Sun-soaked beaches and promenades
• Venice, enough said......

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/43 with possible side trip
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 56km/36km 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 peddle off through a narrow valley and follow the beautiful emerald-green Soča 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 – SMARTNO/DOBROVO 34 km/46km ( without lift )
You will be car-transferred to Kolovrat Saddle - a million dollar viewpoint high above the Soča 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 SMARTNO - GRADO 67 km
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 taking train ride.
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 practised) 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”.

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
Tour ends after breakfast.

2018 Tour Prices
€840.00 per person sharing (low season)
€995.00 single room occupancy (low season)

€885.00 per person sharing (28th April – 21st September)
€1040.00 single room occupancy (28th April – 21st September)

Tour Includes

• Seven nights accommodation, Bed and Breakfast, 3- 4* accommodation
• 21 speed touring bike (equipped with lock, pannier bag, spare tube, set of Allen keys and puncture repair kit).
  Bike hire starts at 9am on day 2 of the trip and ends at 6pm on day 7.
• Luggage transfers (1 piece per person max. 20 kg, every additional item €10, payable on spot)
• Information package including detailed route description (one per booking party)
• Back up (hotline service) during the trip

• Helmet rental: €12 per week
• Extra bike rental: €15 per day
• Transfers from/to airport: Ljubljana Airport to Bled - €35, Klagenfurt Airport to Bled - €70.
  All prices per person, 2 persons minimum, one way trip

Self Guided Tour Information

Tour can start any day from 17th March until 13th October.

Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.


Day1 Bled Hotel Triglav Day1 Bled Hotel Triglav1 Day1 Bled Hotel Triglav2

Day 1: Hotel Triglav 4*

Day1 Bled Hotel Golf Day1 Bled Hotel Golf2 Day1 Bled Hotel Golf1

Day 1: Hotel Golf 4*


Day2 Bohinjska Hotel Eco Bohinj Day2 Bohinjska Hotel Eco Bohinj1 Day2 Bohinjska Hotel Eco Bohinj2

Day 2: Hotel Eco Bohinj 4*


Day3 Tolmin Hotel Rutar Day3 Tolmin Hotel Rutar1 Day3 Tolmin Hotel Rutar2

Day 3: Hotel Rutar 3*

Day3 Tolmin Hotel Dvorec Day3 Tolmin Hotel Dvorec1 Day3 Tolmin Hotel Dvorec2

Day 3: Hotel Dvorec Tolmin 3*


Day4 Smartno Hotel San Martin Brda Day4 Smartno Hotel San Martin Brda1 Day4 Smartno Hotel San Martin Brda2

Day 4: Hotel San Martin Brda 4*


Day5 Hotel Diana Grado Day5 Hotel Diana Grado1 Day5 Hotel Diana Grado2

Day 5: Hotel Diana Grado 3*


Day6 Portogruaro Hotel Spessotto Day6 Portogruaro Hotel Spessotto1 Day6 Portogruaro Hotel Spessotto2

Day 6: Hotel Spesotto 3*


Day7 LidoDiJesolo Hotel Bali1 Day7 LidoDiJesolo Hotel Bali Day7 LidoDiJesolo Hotel Bali2 

Day 7: Hotel Bali 4* Lido di Jesolo


The main access point is to fly into Ljubjlana (the capital).
There is a direct bus service from the airport to the centre of Bled. From Ljubljana buses depart from Bay 7 at the main bus station every hour on the hour and takes 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can also take a train up to Bled (the train station in Bled is called “Lesce Bled”). The journey takes just under an hour.

Transfers: Ljubljana Airport to Bled - €20. Klagenfurt Airport to Bled - €65. All prices per person, one way (minimum 2 people)

The national airline is Adria Airways and it has a number of direct flights to major European cities including London (Gatwick), Manchester and Dublin (depart Dublin Friday Nights/returning Saturdays only). For more information check (www.adria-airways.com).
Easyjet fly daily into Ljubljana from Stansted (www.easyjet.com)
There are also many alternatives connections through other European hubs such as Frankfurt, Paris, Prague and Budapest with most of the major European Flag Carriers.
Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) fly to Trieste on the Italian side of the border where again you can take a train to and from Bled. The service to and from Trieste is more complicated (as you may have to change trains and train stations in Nova Gorica or Ljubljana) so you should take care in your travel plans if coming to and from this airport. The airport is actually called Ronchi and is some 30km outside the city, which is actually closer to Gorizia (which is one of the trains stopping points).

All the details for the above train journeys are on the website
(remember that the train station in Bled is called “Lesce Bled” and is 7km from the town of Bled itself). We can pre-order taxis for you from various locations on request, so please contact us well in advance of the tour if you would like help.

Departing from Venice:
By plane: Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE) or Treviso (TSF). Several airlines serve them. Please ask about our transfer services from your last hotel to the airports!
By train: Venice has two railway stations: Santa Lucia on the lagoon and Venice Mestre on the mainland. Please note not all international trains go to the station on the lagoon!

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