Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia Plus! Ljubljana

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.***

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Sep 8-18, 2018
USD$4555
USD$650
Guaranteed to Go!
Jun 8-18, 2019
TBA
TBA
 
Jul 6-16, 2019
TBA
TBA
 
Sep 7-17, 2019
TBA
TBA
 

* 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 private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 11 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 48 - 50 km (29 - 31 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 201
  • Countries / Italy, Austria, Slovenia
  • Price / From USD$4555
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 6 mi / 10 km
2 24 mi / 39 km
3 22 mi / 35 km
4 23 mi / 37 km
5 36 mi / 58 km
6 4 mi / 6 km
7 36 mi / 58 km
8 8 mi / 13 km
9 33 mi / 53 km
10 36 mi / 57 km
11 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Tarvisio, Lake Faak, Orientation walk of 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 Worth

    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.

    Some hotels do not have air conditioning or fans available but neither are typically needed in this area. We use a number of bike paths on this trip which means that the support van is less readily available.
  • Includes
    11 days, 10 nights' accommodation; van support; bilingual tour leaders; 9 dinners (two will be more informal and lighter) with wine or beer, all breakfasts.

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    Italy, Austria, Slovenia
  • Begin/End
    Klagenfurt, Austria / Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Arrive / Depart
    Klagenfurt Airport (KLU), Vienna International Airport (VIE), Munich Airport (MUC), Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU/LJLJ)
  • Total Distance
    383 - 401 km (236 - 248 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    48 - 50 km (29 - 31 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    201
    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.
  • Terms
Daily 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.

Lodging: 2018 departures are at the Hotel Zlami-Holzer.

June 2019 we will be at the Hotel Palais Porcia. July and September 2019 TBA.

DAY 2: Cycle to Lake Ossiach

Highlights: Lake Ossiach, Feldkirchen, idyllic countryside.

Our ride today takes us through beautiful countryside along small lakes before arriving in the larger town of Feldkirchen with its quaint square where you'll be tempted to stop for a coffee. 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!

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: 22 mi / 35 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 4: Loop from Faak Lake to Velden

Highlights: Drava river bike path, Velden Castle, Lake Woerter riviera

Today you'll lake-hop from Lake Faak to Lake Woerter, where you can try your luck in Velden, dubbed Austria's Monte Carlo, and gamble at the lakeside casino. We'll head back to Lake Faak and enjoy dinner together on our last evening in Austria.

  • Distance: 23 mi / 37 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 5: Bicycle across three borders in one day: Austria, Italy and Slovenia

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.

Lodging: 2018 departures are at the Hotel Kotnik. 2019 departures will be at the Lek Hotel Kranjska Gora.

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 from the Italian border, where ski-flying world championships take place every year.

Lodging: 2018 departures are at the Hotel Kotnik. 2019 departures will be at the Lek Hotel Kranjska Gora.

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: 36 mi / 58 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Loop ride to Vintgar Gorge

Highlights: Walking the pristine Vintgar Gorge, Sum 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 Sum 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 kms (1.8 miles) long.

DAY 9: Bicycle to Adergas

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 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: 33 mi / 53 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 10: Ride to Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital

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

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 a fascinating guided walk of Ljubljana before our final celebratory dinner together.

  • Distance: 36 mi / 57 km
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 11: Bicycle tour ends in Ljubljana

Highlights: Guided walk of Ljubljana

Our tour ends after a 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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Reviews

  • Terrific-- beautiful country, excellent food and the biking was great.

    Freya S., Madison, CT
  • An opportunity to explore a hidden gem of a country unknown to most Americans. You''ll see stunning scenery, meet friendly people, experience great cycling, some on good bike paths, stay in interesting hotels and eat well.

    Linda M., Livermore, CA - August 2017
  • This was a wonderful trip, made exceptional by our tour leaders.

    Kathy S., San Ramon, CA - August 2017
  • 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
  • It''s hard to pick just one! I loved the polka-dancing & accordion happy hour in Podkoren; the day we were in 3 countries was extra-special; Lake Bled was like being inside a real life fairy tale; Ljubljana was a real treat.

    Laura E., Tacoma, WA
  • The scenery was great and the bike routes were perfect. I loved the bike paths and lack of traffic on the back roads. The difficulty (201) was just right for me. I like how you rate your rides. The bicycles were also just right (I had a road bike).

    Nancy I., San Francisco, CA
  • A great group that all got along well and our tour leaders contributed to the atmosphere of fun, adventure, and learning! The tour was very organized and focused without being overboard, lots of great cultural experiences, great food, drink, and the perfect amount of riding for me. Lovely routes and beautiful scenery.

    Jane S., Fort Collins, CO
  • Spectacular. Life changing.

    Verdi D., Wynnewood, PA
  • Thanks for always providing consistent service, accommodations, guides and yes the arrows.

    Don B., Newport Beach, CA - June 2017
  • Great well worth doing, beautiful scenery, not too hard for beginners.

    Gary A., Victoria, Australia
  • Fantastic scenery and wonderful cultural resources. Excellent route selection. The day sheets and arrows put Experience Plus! above the competition.

    John O., Durango, CO - September 2017
  • 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
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? 20 mile downhill ride on rail trail thru the beautiful alps.

    Gary B., Huntington Beach, CA - June 2017
  • Outstanding trip, exceptional guides, wonderful selection of activities and places to stay. Really fun with friends.

    Janet S., Boulder, CO
  • Great trip. Great tour leaders. Great company. Just hope my cycling ability lasts for me to enjoy your tours for years to come.

    William W., Mt Pleasant, SC - August 2017
  • 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
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Hard to pick one. I loved everything.

    Tracey M., Christchurch, NZ - September 2017
  • Wonderful trip through lovely countryside...challenging for me (but not for most others!)...great staff support...fabulous bicycle!

    Anne V., Edgartown, MA
  • It was a great ride; scenery, leader and fellow riders were all outstanding.

    Mary B., Newport Beach, CA - June 2017
  • It was superb trip and the hotels, food and scenery were fabulous. Tour leaders were excellent!

    Burt S., Madison, CT
  • 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
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