Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia Plus! Ljubljana

Bicycle to gorgeous Lake Bled in Slovenia
  • Length 11 days
  • From USD$5800
  • Style/Level Classic 2.5
  • Countries Austria
    Slovenia
  • Begin/End Klagenfurt, Austria / Ljubljana, Slovenia
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This cycling tour has you border hopping through Austria, Slovenia and also features a quick jaunt to Italy for lunch. We’ll experience the fascinating influences of Slavic, German and Italian cultures. 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, including 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.***

Highlights

  • Klagenfurt, Lake Woerther, Sankt Veit, Villach, Lake Faak, Drava river bike path, Tarvisio, Lake Bled, Border hopping between Austria, Italy and Slovenia

  • Julian Alps

  • Vintgar Gorge, Šum waterfall

  • Orientation walk of Ljubljana.

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Keep 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.

We use charming and modern hotels but A/C or fans may not always be available since they haven't been needed traditionally. Read more on the use of air conditioning in Europe here.

We use a number of bike paths on this trip which means that the support van is less readily available.


Date Price Private room fee Note
Sep 14-24, 2024 USD$5350 USD$650 Two spaces now available!
Jun 21-Jul 1, 2025 USD$5800 USD$650 Book Now and Save $200 per person.
Sep 13-23, 2025 USD$5800 USD$650 Book Now and Save $200 per person.
DateSep 14-24, 2024
PriceUSD$5350
Private room feeUSD$650
NoteTwo spaces now available!
DateJun 21-Jul 1, 2025
PriceUSD$5800
Private room feeUSD$650
NoteBook Now and Save $200 per person.
DateSep 13-23, 2025
PriceUSD$5800
Private room feeUSD$650
NoteBook Now and Save $200 per person.

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  • Total distance 396 km (246 miles)
  • Average daily distance 49 km (31 miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 2.5

Highlights: Gateway to Lake Woerther; beautiful city center; welcome dinner

Meet us today in Klagenfurt on the shores of Lake Woerther. Arrive in Klagenfurt a bit early to enjoy the 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.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Sandwirth Hotel

Highlights: Carinthian countryside, Maria Saal, Hochosterwitz Castle, Sankt Veit

As we leave Klagenfurt we’ll immerse ourselves into typical Austrian countryside where farms are surrounded by hills and lush forest. Take time to explore the hamlet of Maria Saal, an important pilgrimage site and center for Christianity since the 8th Century. Cycle by the splendid Renaissance Castle of Hochosterwitz, perched on top of a rocky outcrop. It is secured by 14 gates and never been taken. Our destination is the charming town of Sankt Veit, the former capital of Carinthia until 1518.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Kunsthotel Fuchspalast

Highlights: Lake Ossiach, Villach, Drava River bike path

Leave Sankt Veit on a quiet country road as we approach Lake Ossiach. Enjoy a ride along the northern lakeshore, catching up with the Drava river path that starts in Italy and goes all the way to Serbia where it joins the Danube river. 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.

The June 1, 2024 departure will spend the next two nights near Lake Faak, at the Hotel Karnerhof.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Goldenes Lamm , Karnerhof am Faaker See

Highlights: Drava river bike path, Velden, Lake Woerther riviera

Today’s loop will take you to secluded Lake Faak. Enjoy rare views as you ride around and make your way to the wider Lake Woerther. The underwater hot springs enhance the lake’s allure making it one of the most desired holiday spots of the area. Try your luck in Velden, dubbed Austria’s Monte Carlo, and gamble at the lakeside casino. We’ll head back to our hotel and enjoy dinner together on our last evening in Austria.

The June 1, 2024 departure will stay at the Hotel Karnerhof.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Goldenes Lamm , Karnerhof am Faaker See

Highlights: Forest roads, mountain surroundings, Tarvisio, forest of Tarvisio

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 destination today is the peaceful alpine town of Kranjska Gora, crowned by the Julian Alps, where mountain culture comes with a Slavic flavor.

The September 14, 2024 departure will stay at Ramada Resort.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Best Western Hotel Kranjska Gora , Ramada Resort

Highlights: Ski jumps, Italian lakes, stunning high mountain scenery, charming hamlets

Today is a rest day. And you can choose to hang out in Kranjska Gora or ask your Tour Leaders to recommend a hike, taking in the characteristic Slovenian hayracks, now preserved as part of the national heritage. If you want to get on the bike there is an optional ride that will take you back into Italy to the stunning alpine lake – Laghi di Fusine. On the way back the route takes you by one of the biggest ski jumps in the world near Planica, where the ski-flying world championships take place every year. You can simulate the ski jump attached to a zip line if you are feeling extra adventurous.

The September 14, 2024 departure will stay at the Ramada Resort.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Best Western Hotel Kranjska Gora , Ramada Resort

Highlights: Lake Bled, 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. Enjoy postcard views of 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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Lovec Bled

Highlights: Walking the pristine Vintgar Gorge, Šum Waterfall, relaxing afternoon in Bled

After a short ride this morning, we’ll hike the Vintgar Gorge together. It’s an easy walk where you can connect with unspoiled nature and spectacular views. The mile-long gorge is a high point of the tour, and culminates with the Šum waterfall. We’re back to Lake Bled in time for lunch and a free afternoon to visit the castle, explore Bled’s island, or enjoy more riding. The hike is approximately 3 km (1.8 miles) long.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Lovec Bled

Highlights: The metal 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 metal working 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 Kokra 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 Adergas, just outside Kranj.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Domacija Vodnik

Highlights: Kamnik Village, architectural gems, sidewalk cafés and boutiques

We leave Adergas 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 before our final celebratory dinner together.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Cubo

Highlights: Guided walk of Ljubljana

Our tour ends after a fascinating guided walk of 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.

Meals : Breakfast

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  • Beautiful country, awesome scenery, smooth bike paths. Easy cycling.

    Mike and Marcia M., University Place, WA – Septemb
  • The epic day of cycling in three countries, crossing the borders and having lunch in Italy.

    Cindy L., Southampton, NY – September 2023
  • It was a fantastic bike ride through gorgeous scenery – mountains, forests, lakes. The tour leaders supported the group and went out of their way to make sure all had the best experience.

    Bob J., Fort Collins, CO – September 2023