Difficulty Rating : 7 Start: Lake Bled Finish: Venice Terrain: Mixture of rolling hills and some climbs Daily Average: 48km Weekly Average: 290km Tour Type: Self Guided Teaser: The fairytale world of Lake Bled, its island church and clifftop castle will be your starting point
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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 include 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!

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Day 1

Arrival on Lake Bled

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


A short 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 (36km/56km)

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.

Day 4


You will be car-transferred to Kolovrat Saddle - a million dollar viewpoint high above the Soča Valley. Cycling the ridges above two valleys, you'll reach - 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


After leaving the Brda wine region you'll reach Gorizia, once the dividing point between Italy and Yugoslavia. Further along the border, you'll come to 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 passing by rivers, canals and ancient Roman towns en route to Aquileia, with its Roman excavations, or Grado, a lively historic resort town on a lagoon island.

Day 6

GRADO ~ PORTOGRUARO (87km / 59km)

This morning you will head back inland and will pass through a multitude of “Valli da pesca” (stretches of lagoon where fish farming is practised) and “casoni” (traditional fishermen houses). 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


From Portogruaro it an easy and wonderful 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.

? Seven nights accommodation in 3- 4* hotels with breakfast
? Luggage transfers (1 piece per person max. 20 kg)
? Information package including detailed route description and maps in electronic format
Back up (hotline service) during the trip
? Personal welcome meeting and bike fitting
? GPS data
? Local tourist and other taxes in Slovenia
? Back up service (hotline) during the trip

Bike rental is not included in our 2023 tour price. This is an additional:
€120.00 Hybrid / Touring Bike
€260.00 e-bike

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The main access point is to fly into Ljubljana (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 take 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. The national airline is Adria Airways and it has a number of direct flights to major European cities , for more information check (www.adria-airways.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 train 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  train timetable (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. Private Transfers can be arranged: Price per transfer, one way. Ljubljana Airport to Bled :                  €  85 ( 1-3 persons ) €115 ( 4-8 persons ) Ljubljana City to Bled :                        €110 ( 1-3 persons ) €150 ( 4-8 persons ) Klagenfurt to Bled :                              €200 ( 1-3 persons ) €240 ( 4-8 persons ) Lesce Bled Railway Station to Bled :  €  30 ( 1-3 persons ) €  40 ( 4-8 persons ) Venice to Marco Polo AP to Bled:      €310 (1-3 persons) €420 (4-8 persons) 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!

Low Season (25 March - 7 May & 23 Sept - 15 Oct)
€995 per person sharing

High Season ( 13 May - 21 July, 21 Aug - 17 Sept )
€1065 per person sharing

€220   Single supplement (if traveling with others)
€360   Solo traveler supplement (if traveling alone)

Self Guided Tour Information

Tour can start Saturdays and Sundays from 25th March - 21st July and 21st August - 15th October.
Groups of 6 or more can start any day of the week.



Day 1: Hotel Triglav 4*

Day 1: Hotel Golf 4*

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Day 2: Hotel Eco Bohinj 4*



Day 3: Hotel Dvorec Tolmin 3*

Day 3: Hotel Rutar 3*

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Day 4: Hotel San Martin Brda 4*

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Day 5: Hotel Diana Grado 3*

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Day 6: Hotel Spesotto 3*



Day 7: Hotel Bali 4* Lido di Jesolo

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If you have been on a previous tour, there is a €50.00 discount on our week long tours in Ireland (unfortunately this discount does not apply to other European trips)

A €250.00 deposit is required for each person booking on a holiday. The Balance payment is required two month prior to the starting date. The deposit is forfeited in the event of a cancellation of your booking. The balancing payment is also non-refundable in the event of the cancellation occuring within 14 days of the tour starting date. All transactions are taken in Euro.

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Irish Cycling Safaris Ltd (“the Company”) accepts bookings subject to the following conditions:

  • The contract is between the Company and the client, being any person travelling or intending to travel on a tour operated by the company. The contract, including all matters arising from it, is subject to Irish law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts. A booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when the company sends a confirmation. It is at this point that a contract between the company and the client comes into existence. Before your booking is confirmed and comes into existence the company reserves the right to increase or decrease brochure prices. The company or their agents reserve the right to decline any booking at their discretion.
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  • The balance of all monies due, including any surcharges applicable at the time, must be paid to the company or their agents not later than 60 days before departure. In the case of non-payment of the balance by the due date the Company reserves the right to cancel your booking and cancellation charges will apply. If any cheque is dishonoured we reserve the right to charge €25 to cover administration costs.
  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients whilst on a tour organised by the Company. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. Clients are responsible for ensuring that they are in possession of private Travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the tour in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate cover.
  • An administration fee of €25 per booking plus any additional costs incurred will be charged if a confirmed booking is changed or transferred to a different departure date or tour, up to 60 days prior to departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the relevant charges. Changes are subject to availability. For an administration fee of €25 you may request a credit voucher. This must be redeemed within 12 months of issue and must be used against a new booking. The voucher is non transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. In certain circumstances, which the Company considers reasonable, the booking may be transferred to another suitable person; however the tour arrangements must remain the same and will only be allowed if all suppliers agree to accept the name change. If a transfer is allowed an administration charge of €25 per person will be charged plus any extra charges levied by suppliers.
  • Should the client wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written notification is received by the company or their agent as a percentage of the total tour price, including surcharges as follows:

    > 60 days before departure – retention of deposit

    60-14 days before departure – 50%

    < 14 days before departure – 100%

  • Clients are responsible for arranging, and must be in possession of, a valid passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for the whole of their journey. Information about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal items etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.
  • Should the client have a reason to complain, you must immediately notify our representative and the relevant supplier. If the client’s complaint is not dealt with satisfactorily at the time, they must write to us with full details of the complaint within 28 days of the end of the tour. Failure to notify complaints entirely within accordance of this clause will diminish or extinguish the client’s ability to claim compensation.
  • The company provides all services on a “ground only” basis. The client is responsible for arranging their own travel to the designated start points of each tour. The company cannot accept any liability for any delay/cancellation in your transportation and cannot offer any refunds for lost holiday time.
  • Clients agree to accept the authority and decisions of the Company’s employees, tour leaders and agents whilst on the tour with the company. If in the opinion of such persons the health, level of fitness or conduct of a client at any time before or after departure appears likely to endanger the safe, comfortable or happy progress of a tour the client may be excluded from all or part of the tour without refund or recompense. In the case of ill health the company may make such arrangements as it sees fit and recover the costs thereof from the client. If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and the Company shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. If you are affected by a condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect you or affect other people’s enjoyment or active participation of the tour, you must advise us at the time of booking. No refund will be given for any unused services.
  • The Company will use its best endeavours to operate all tours as advertised. However, it reserves the right to change any of the facilities, services, prices or itineraries described in our brochure/website. If a major change is necessary or deemed advisable, the company will advise the client as soon as reasonably possible, if there is no time before departure. A major change does not apply to a change of transport or named accommodation, but is usually considered a major change in itinerary or change in duration of a client’s holiday. If advised of a major change before departure, the client will have the choice of accepting changes (at additional cost if applicable), purchasing another available tour from the company, or cancelling the tour with a full refund.

    Provided that the major change is not as a result of situations outside the company’s control or consolidation, compensation will be paid as follows:

    Notification Period Given / Compensation Per Person

    More than 30 days: Nil

    14-30 days: €40

    Less than 14 days: €50

  • Force Majeure. We regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by reasons of circumstance amounting to “force majeure”. In these conditions “force majeure” means any event which we the supplier of services in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions, epidemics or health risks and all similar events outside our control.
  • The company reserves the right to cancel a tour in any circumstances but will not cancel a tour less than 4 weeks before departure except for “force majeure”, consolidation, or the client’s failure to pay the final balance. Unless the client fails to pay the final balance, the company, upon cancellation will return all monies paid to it, or offer the client an alternative holiday of comparable standard if available (if less expensive than original we will refund the difference, if more expensive, the client will have to pay the difference). Compensation will not be payable (1) where the company is forced to cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or (2) where an insufficient number of people book the clients chosen holiday and we notify we are cancelling for this reason not less than 28 days before departure. In all cases our liability is limited to offering the above choices and the compensation payments (where applicable) set out in clause 11. No compensation is payable if we notify you of cancellation more than 8 weeks before departure. We cannot be held responsible for any costs or expenses you may have as a result of cancellation.
  • Client’s bookings are accepted on the understanding that they appreciate the risks inherent in adventure travel and that they undertake the tours featured in our programme at their own volition. Our obligations, and those of any suppliers providing any service or facility involved in any travel arrangements you book with us, are to provide services and facilities with reasonable care and skill. Facilities will be provided to the realistic minimum standard recommended by the regulatory authorities responsible.
  • Bike Hire: The equipment including all accessories supplied is let out on hire. The equipment remains the property of the company and the Client will not sell, hire out or otherwise part with the possessions thereof.

    The Client undertakes not to misuse the equipment and to return it with all accessories in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear accepted). The company shall be entitled to charge the client for any damages caused to equipment during the period of hire. In event of a breakdown, other than a result of the Clients misuse, the company will use its best endeavours to repair or procure repair of the equipment.

    The company will not be liable for any damage or loss whatsoever, through breakdown or other defect in the equipment or other circumstances beyond the company’s control. The Client shall indemnify the company with respect to all costs, claims, expenses and demands suffered or incurred which arise directly or indirectly out of the use of the equipment during the period of hire. The company reserves the right to charge the client for partial or full settlement of any claim. In the event of the equipment being stolen or lost, the company reserves the right to call upon the client to indemnify the company the replacement of the equipment. However, should the equipment subsequently be returned in a satisfactory condition, the company undertakes to refund the clients indemnity within 14 days.

    The Client will ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use, will not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and will immediately notify the company in the event of breakdown or loss of equipment.

  • Clients bringing their own bikes do so on the proviso that their equipment is in a suitable condition for participation in a tour. Responsibility for maintenance of bicycles brought by clients rests with the client. The company will endeavour to accommodate such clients, but cannot guarantee that correct tools and spares will be available, given the wide range of possibilities that exist.