Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia Plus! Ljubljana
This cycling tour has you border hopping through Austria, Slovenia and Italy. We'll experience the fascinating intersection of Slavic, German and Italian culture. Join us to relish alpine landscapes with a hint of the Mediterranean. We'll bicycle along idyllic alpine lakes in Austria's Carinthia region and northern Slovenia. Quiet roads and river paths lead us through picturesque villages, traditional farmhouses, imposing medieval castles and cozy hotels. We'll introduce you to several of Europe's most overlooked and pleasant cities, Klagenfurt, Villach and Slovenia's capital Ljubljana, a true gem.
***If this sounds great but you prefer a shorter tour - check out our Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia which features the first 8 days of this itinerary.***View Day-by-Day ItineraryHide Day-by-Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Klagenfurt on the shores of Lake Woerther
Highlights: Gateway to Lake Woerther; beautiful city center; welcome dinner
Meet us today in Klagenfurt, hometown to Gustav Mahler and Robert Musil. Klagenfurt boasts one of Austria's prettiest old towns and was thrice awarded the prestigious Europa Nostra Diploma for its arcaded Renaissance courtyards which today accommodate modern boutiques, trendy bars, and rustic beer gardens.
Distance: Test ride along the canal to the lake and back. 9 km (6 miles). Meals: D
Lodging: Hotel Sandwirth
Day 2: Cycle to Lake Ossiach
Highlights: Lake Ossiach, Feldkirchen, idyllic countryside.
Our ride today takes us through beautiful countryside along small lakes where we'll recommend a lunch spot before arriving in the larger town of Feldkirchen with its quaint square. Continue on then to Lake Ossiach, nestled between the Gerlitzen Mountain and the Ossiacher Tauern mountain range. It is the third largest lake in this region and unique in that the lake's water temperatures reach up to 28C (82F) in summer. A perfect place for a swim after a day on the bike!
Distance: 38 km (24 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Familien Gasthof Nindler
Day 3: Villach and Bicycle Lake Faak
Highlights: Bike path from lake Ossiach to the center of Villach, Drava river bike path, Lake Faak
We have a shorter ride today. Catching up with the Drava river path, we'll head to the center of Villach, a modern and flourishing city with an ancient history as a crossroads between Austria, Slovenia and Italy. After lunch, the crystal-clear waters of Lake Faak await us for an afternoon of relaxation or water sports after we catch a ferry to our hotel.
Distance: 34km (21 miles). Meals: B
Lodging: Insel Hotel
Day 4: Faak Lake to Velden, on the Lake Woerter riviera
Highlights: Drava river bike path, Velden Castle, Lake Woerter riviera
Today you'll lake-hop from Lake Faak to Lake Woerter, where you can take your chance in Velden, also dubbed Austria's Monte Carlo, and gamble in the lakeside casino. Alpine meadows and rocky peak views will delight as you make your way to Velden. We'll head back to Lake Faak where we'll have dinner together on our last evening in Austria.
Distance: 37 km (23 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Insel Hotel
Day 5: Bicycle across three borders in one day: Austria, Italy and Slovenia
Highlights: Forest roads, mountain surroundings, Tarvisio, forest of Tarvisio, Podkoren
Enjoy the perfectly manicured landscape of southern Austria's Carinthia region before you cross the border into Italy, where a Rails to Trail bike path leads you to the border and market town of Tarvisio. We'll continue through the Tarvisio forest and cross the border into Slovenia on a dedicated bike path built on a former rail line. Your destinatin today is the peaceful alpine village of Podkoren, crowned by the Julian Alps, where mountain culture comes with a Slavic flavor.
Distance: 53 km (33 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hotel Vitranc
Day 6: Relax in the Julian Alps
Highlights: Hiking paths, deep forests, stunning high mountain scenery, charming hamlets
Today is a rest day. You can hike to the Koren Pass taking in the characteristic Slovenian hayracks, now preserved as part of the national heritage. Winter sports fanatics may want to see the biggest ski jump in the world near Planica, a few steps aways from the Italian border, where ski-flying world championships take place every year. Optional hike.
Lodging: Hotel Vitranc
Day 7: Lake Bled
Highlights: Tito's summer residence, Otok Island, Bled Castle, wine tasting
An easy ride takes us along the Sava Dolinka Valley to the old town of Radovljica, a peaceful, medieval haven. We'll continue to Lake Bled, Slovenia's leading mountain resort. Our hotel offers postcard views of the lake and handy access to the path around the lake. You can hike up to the castle, take a typical pletna boat to the island, or just go for a refreshing swim in the lake. Our sommelier will lead us through a delicious tasting of Slovenian wines before dinner tonight.
Distance: 58 km (36 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hotel Triglav
Day 8: Loop ride to Lake Bohinj
Highlights: Pristine alpine Lake Bohinj, vistas of Triglav mountain, Savica waterfall
We'll pedal along the Sava river valley to Bohinj lake, where you can connect with unspoiled nature in the heart of the Triglav National Park and enjoy Slovenia's largest glacial lake. A 20-minute walk through the Savica gorge, takes you to a stunning view over the Savica waterfall, a 78 meter fall. We'll be back at our hotel on Lake Bled this evening.
Distance: 56-74 km (35-46 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Hotel Triglav
Day 9: Bicycle to Adergas
Highlights: The iron working town of Kropa, the historical center of Kranj
We'll ride toward the town of Kranj today, stopping first to visit Kropa, a very important iron mining town, and a hub of worker immigration and trade through the ages. After our visit of an old iron workshop we'll continue riding to the historic city of Kranj. We recommend visiting the city center, which is filled with monuments, galleries, and museums, including a network of tunnels built during WWII. The Korka river has formed a 30 meter(over 100 feet) gorge which you can view from town. We'll end our ride today in the tiny village of Ardegas, just outside Kranj.
Distance: 52 km (32 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Domacija Vodnik
Day 10: Ride to Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital
Highlights: Kamnik Village, Architectural gems, sidewalk cafés and boutiques along the river
We leave Kranj to ride countryside roads till the ancient village of Kamnik. Enjoy Kamnik before our final ride takes us to Slovenia's dazzling capital, Ljubljana. Ljubljana is a charming city full of artists, museums, and galleries. With a population of 300,000, it is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, making it easy to explore while strolling around its old town. Enjoy people watching from a riverside café and join us for our final dinner together.
Distance: 55 km (34 miles). Meals: B, D
Lodging: Allegro Hotel
Day 11: Bicycle tour ends in Ljubljana
Our tour ends this morning in Ljubljana. We highly recommend that you take a few days to enjoy all that the city has to offer. Whatever you decide have a wonderful journey.
HighlightsTarvisio, Lake Faak, Ljubljana, Kranj, Lake Ossiach, Drava river path , Klagenfurt, Villach, Lake Bled, Border hopping between Austria, Slovenia and Italy, Julian Alps, Triglav Mountain, Savica waterfall, Lake WorthKeep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.
IncludesUse of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 11 days, 10 nights' accommodation; van support; bilingual tour leaders; 8 dinners with wine or beer, all breakfasts. plus "The Usual""The Usual" (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)
CountriesSlovenia, Austria, Italy
Begin/EndKlagenfurt, Austria / Ljubljana, Slovenia
Arrive/DepartKlagenfurt Airport (KLU), Vienna International Airport (VIE), Munich Airport (MUC), Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU/LJLJ)
Total Distance383 - 401 km (236 - 248 miles)
Daily DistanceAverage daily mileage of 48 - 50 km (29 - 31 miles)
Rating201 Gentle cycling along bike paths, through mountain valleys and around lakes. You will encounter some short (a mile or less) steeper climbs, and one day of longer climbs at a 301 level.
TermsTerms & Conditions
Dates Price Single Supplement Notes Jun 6-16, 2015 $4450 $650 Book it Sep 12-22, 2015 $4450 $650 3 More to Guarantee the Departure Book it
* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.
Austria and Slovenia: Captivating and Gorgeous
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Enjoying the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia
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- Austria and Slovenia: Captivating and Gorgeous
Terrific-- beautiful country, excellent food and the biking was great.Freya S., Madison, CT
It was superb trip and the hotels, food and scenery were fabulous. Tour leaders were excellent!Burt S., Madison, CT
Spectular. Life changing.Verdi D., Wynnewood, PA
Fabulous guides, back country biking thru farmland and woods with views of the Julian Alps, lots of lakes, streams and rivers, great fun going from country to country with a guide from each country, delicious local cuisine, wonderful ending in the charming capital of Ljubljana, charming hotels with welcome planning of two nights in three of the hotels, good distribution of rooms among guests, interesting introduction to history and culture.Lenore L., Weston, MA
Outstanding trip, exceptional guides, wonderful selection of activities and places to stay. Really fun with friends.Janet S., Boulder, CO
Beautiful country side in both countries; many miles of safe bike paths. Now, one of my favorites among my first 21 ExperiencePlus! tours.Dave F., Columbia, MD
Wonderful trip through lovely countryside...challenging for me (but not for most others!)...great staff support...fabulous bicycle!Anne V., Edgartown, MA
It was great! Super scenery, great roads with lots of safe bike trails and village roads. Excellent leaders. It felt wonderful every day to be on the bike. Love those arrows! Slovenia was a wonderful discovery.Linda Z., Sherborn, MA
Incredible scenery, wonderful bike paths, just the right amount of mileage, and excellent hotels. A week of thoroughly enjoyable riding. And the bikes are wonderful.Stephen I., Aurora, CO