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Big Julian Alps Loop

Bike along the dynamic trails surrounded by abundant natural beauties

  • guided
  • 8 days
  • moderate-difficult
  • May to October
  • from 1,220 EUR
  • Price per person

  • 2 travelers: 2,550 €
    3-4 travelers: 1,860 €
    5-6 travelers: 1,560 €
    7-8 travelers: 1,360 €
    9-10 travelers: 1,220 €
  • Highlights
  • Explore the iconic Lake Bled by bike and on foot.
  • Bike around the highest summits of the Julian Alps.
  • Bike through one of Europe’s oldest National Parks, the Triglav NP.
  • Experience river rafting on one of Europe’s most beautiful rivers, the Soca river. 
  • Discover hidden Alpine pastures above Lake Bohinj.
  • Taste the delicious hand-made cheese and home-made spirits. 
  • Explore the car-free old city centre of Ljubljana.
  • Good to know
  • Fully guided mountain biking trip.
  • It’s a private trip, only for your travel party.
  • Bike on gravel roads, side asphalt roads and easy single trails.
  • Accommodation in comfortable, clean and conveniently located 3* hotels or local guesthouses.
  • Expect to ride 50 km and 1000 m elevation gain on most days, thus be a keen biker to fully enjoy this tour.
  • E-bike rental, ride extensions and reductions are available upon request.
  • Customize this trip? Let us know!
Biker in the Soca valley with rugged mountains in the background

Overview

This epic 8-day mountain biking tour takes you on a pedal pushing adventure through the most beautiful parts of the Alps. Placed in one of the greenest countries in the world with the World Legacy Award by the National Geographic, this tour pursues a sustainable lifestyle and green experience travel. 

A well-thought selection of diverse and well-developed biking trails, gravel and paved back roads will take you to the stunning natural and cultural sights of the Julian Alps. Along with conquering its slopes and passes, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views of the wooded valleys with sparkling waterways, set against seriously stunning mountain backdrops. Yet all who like to explore off the bike as well will discover the original features of the regions in-depth too. 

On this tour, you’ll travel on the bike from one overnight location to the next, while your main luggage is being transported. 

Since love goes through the stomach in Slovenia, you’ll taste some delicious home-made food and drink! 

Biking in the Soca valley near Bovec, Slovenia

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Lake Bled, just 30 min from the Ljubljana airport, you’ll already notice the only island in the country. You can admire this most resilient rock brushed by the ancient Bohinj glacier with a 6 km long and relaxing walk around the lake, owned by graceful swans. Yet to explore the island, where fairies lived once upon a time, take the boat across and walk the 99 stairs to the bell of wishes. Put the good health wishes into action with a sip of the thermal water with a beneficent effect on your organism. 

In the evening, you’ll get to know your bike guide over a welcome dinner, as well as talk over the trip into details. 

Let us know if you need any help arranging the transfer to Lake Bled. 

Accommodation: 3* hotel or local guesthouse at Lake Bled
Meals included: dinner

In the morning you’ll start your Big Julian Alps biking loop by exploring one of the nominees for the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Lake Bled. Imagine the scenery, knowing it’s located in the first country in the world to be declared a green destination.

You’ll immerse in the region with a warm-up ride across meadows, through beech, spruce and fir forests, as well as flamboyant villages around Bled. Throughout several stops, amongst which you’ll visit the famous Vintgar Gorge, have a beer in the medieval town of Radovljica, meet a local beekeeper and hike to an amazing viewpoint above Lake Bled. Thus let go and enjoy a multi-active day, covering what we consider the very best of the picture-perfect Lake Bled!

Biking: 30 km / elevation gain +400 m, -400 m / additional 2 hours on foot

Accommodation: 3* hotel or local guesthouse at Lake Bled
Meals included: breakfast

Today you’ll set to the Alpine Slovenia, the Julian Alps with its Kingdom of Zlatorog (the Goldenhorn), where outstanding natural beauty and remarkable cultural heritage, constitute the first UNESCO biosphere in Slovenia

The route will take you around the Triglav National Park, one of the oldest national parks in Europe, to the upper Sava valley, while spectacular deep-cut Alpine valleys and crystal clear whitewater rivers line up along the way.

Initially, you’ll head northwest along tranquil asphalt side roads to Vrata valley, the biggest glacial valley on the north side of the Julian Alps. Here you’ll make a short stop for a hike to the countries youngest waterfall, the Pericnik, which with its spectacular water curtain makes for an awesome refresher.

Later continue along dedicated bike paths all the way to the winter sports hub, the Kranjska Gora town. Depending on your wishes and fitness level, you can call it a day here or continue to Zelenci Nature Reserve, the source of the Sava river, which is the longest river in the country. Fans of the winter ski jumping should tag to ski jumping hills in Planica, whereas riding to the Italian Laghi di Fusine lakes is for fans of mountain reflections bedecked by nature.

Are you more into single trails? Let us know!

Biking: 45 km / elevation gain +800 m, -450 m / additional 30 min on foot

Accommodation: 3* hotel or local guesthouse in Kranjska Gora
Meals included: breakfast

Joy in all its meanings will own this day! The ride will take you across the Vrsic Mountain Pass, which is the highest road pass in Slovenia and a popular Alpine stage for road bikers. Yet you’ll rather climb the historic road, built by the Russian prisoners during the First World War. The gravel and forest road winds through the heart of the Julian Alps, among Slovenia’s highest mountains and their immense limestone walls.

Once further from the guard between the Sava and the Soca river valley, you’ll only enjoy a lot of wind in your hair. As you’ll descend the sunny slopes along an asphalt road to the Soca valley, you’ll struggle with keeping your eyes on the road. Enthralled by the emerald river cutting a sparkling ribbon through the wooded valley set amongst immense peaks, you’ll make several stops to soak up the beauty and dip your feet in.

Your ride ends in the town of Bovec, Slovenia’s perky white water & adventure recreation paradise. Since one of the Europes’ most beautiful rivers runs just by, the place makes for the best rafting in the country, yet the biggest Zipline park in Europe and breathtaking canyoneering adventures call for an extra day here. Let us know should you add it. 

Biking: 50 km / elevation gain +1100 m, -1500 m

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Bovec
Meals included: breakfast

This day takes you biking further south of the Soca valley. Since you’ll go through the village where pouring cats and dogs gives a whole new dimension to heavy rain, take on our recommendation to opt for rafting. It’s just more fun riding rivers by raft. While you enjoy rafting the Soca river, your bikes are delivered to the end of the rafting trip, from where you’ll bike to the historic town of Kobarid. 

The charming town’s impression is greatly influenced by the First World War and captured in the Farewell to arms by the Ernest Hemingway. Kobarid might feel more Mediterranean than Alpine, but once you’ll be pushing towards the stunning Kozjak waterfall, you’ll know you’re being surrounded by mountains.

Long tranquil side roads will lead to your final destination of the day. The town of Tolmin is the largest town of the Soca valley. Today it’s a paragliding and music festivals hub, wherein 13th-century one was rich with Tolminc (cheese), thus the Tolminska frika frittatas will still keep you going for days.

Biking: 40 km / elevation gain +600 m, -850 m / additional 30 min on foot

Accommodation: 3* hotel or local guesthouse in Tolmin
Meals included: breakfast

A hearty breakfast will power you up to conquer the longest and the most challenging ascent of the trip. You’ll climb the foothills of Mt. Vogel, nestled in the Southern Bohinj mountain range, to admire waters running towards the Adriatic sea, whereas enjoying those that contribute to the Black sea on the other side later that day.

The best reward for the effort is beautiful views, but on this fairy tale mountain meadow, you’ll savour the famous ‘štruklji’ too. It’s a traditional local dish with mountain cottage cheese, which tastes best amongst such enchanting natural beauty. Therefore you’ll enjoy stretching your legs here some more before tackling a fun descent along old WWI trails back to the valley.

From Soca valley, you’ll head to Bohinj region by the train through the Alps. Once on the other side, you’ll bike the paradise Bohinj valley to the lake. The Bohinj Lake is the country’s largest natural lake, which embraced by the Julian Alps within the Triglav National Park, makes for an idyllic location for the night. 

Biking: 50 km / elevation gain +1600 m, -1600 m / 40 min train ride

Accommodation: 3* hotel at Lake Bohinj
Meals included: breakfast

The day brings mostly gravel road biking through extensive spruce forests, among the high peat bogs, many karst potholes and little valleys to beautiful alpine pastures. Along the way, you’ll pass charming alpine meadows and a stunning viewpoint of the Lake Bohinj, where a camera calls for a full battery. 

The Pokljuka Plateau is around 1200 m above sea level, making biking very much enjoyable even in summer, far more for its clear and fresh mountain air. Add some lovely shepherds settlements, chilled cattle and the chance to taste excellent local dairy products to that and you’ll want to be there instantly.

From the high karst plateau, you’ll bike to Bled for another enjoyable swim. Afterwards, you’ll make the transfer to the capital city of Slovenia, Ljubljana, to explore its car-free old town, enjoy its cuisine and feel the charming atmosphere.

Biking: 47 km / elevation gain +1300 m, -1500 m

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Ljubljana
Meals included: breakfast, dinner

After breakfast and easy morning in Ljubljana, this trip ends. Yet if you have a few more days, extend your biking tour to the lovely wine hills. They make for great biking in May, June, September & October, but might be too hot in July & August.

From 1,220 EUR per person
  • Included
  • English speaking mountain bike guide throughout the trip.
  • 7 nights with breakfast in nice 3* hotels or local guesthouses. Double or twin rooms.
  • 2 dinners.
  • Luggage transfer between accommodations.
  • Transfer from Bled to Ljubljana on Day 7.
  • Train ride on Day 6.
  • Organization & support.
  • Excluded
  • International flights.
  • Airport transfers to Lake Bled and from Ljubljana.
  • Drinks.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Guide gratuities.
  • Other services not specified under “Included”.
  • Optional extras
  • Single room supplement: 280 €.
  • Quality hardtail mountain bike rental: 140 €.
  • Quality hardtail e-bike OR Gravel bike rental: 245 €.
  • Rafting on Soca river: 50 €.

FAQ

Expect to bike approx. 50 km (30 miles) and 1000 m (4000 ft) elevation gain on most days. We spend most of the day biking and stopping along the way to visit waterfalls, swim in the rivers and lakes and get to know local culture & cuisine. You need to be a keen mountain bikers and an outdoor junkie with a good fitness level to fully enjoy the trip. Keep in mind that we can customize everything to your wishes.

Mostly we bike on gravel roads and side asphalt roads. There are also some short and easy single-trail sections. You have to be comfortable on long descents and also on roads with some traffic. In the Soca valley there are some sections where we can not avoid riding on the regional asphalt road.

In summer (from June to early September) the weather is usually hot, with temperatures around 25-30 deg C (75-90 deg F). In peak season (August) you can expect a heatwave with temperatures likely exceeding 35 deg C (95 deg F) as well as a significant temperature drop in the mountains on a cloudy, windy or rainy day.

May and especially October are cooler and you should bring some gloves and warmer layers as well.

Our mountain biking trips are private. For this trip, we accept up to 10 travelers per guide.

You’ll stay in selected nice and clean centrally located 3* hotels or local guesthouses, in double or single rooms with en-suite bathroom.

Apart from your main travel luggage, follow the packing checklist below, which we recommend for this trip:

  • Biking helmet (also available for rent)
  • Biking shoes & pedals
  • Bike gloves
  • Padded biking shorts
  • T-shirts and long-sleeved tops
  • Warm jacket (fleece)
  • Lightweight rain & windproof jacket
  • Sun protection (sunscreen with 30+ factor, sunglasses)
  • Personal items (personal hygiene, medicine etc.)
  • A water bottle or hydration bladder (tap water in Slovenia is potable)
  • A daypack to carry your things while biking (15l is recommended)
  • Swimsuit and a small towel
  • Travel insurance

We require a 20% deposit to confirm your booking. The balance is to be paid 45 days before the trip. Both payments are non-refundable. 

Purchasing travel insurance is recommended, as anyone can encounter unforeseen circumstances while travelling. So you don’t lose your money, we suggest including trip cancellation, medical coverage, baggage loss, loss of passport or wallet, etc. in your insurance policy.

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Meet our guides

Tomaz biking guide

Tomaz Policar

Guide
On my travels across all continents, I realised the wealth that Slovenia has to offer to nature lovers and mountain bikers and for that reason have dedicated myself to guiding groups around Slovenia for the past 5 years. Since I live in Bled, my playground is the Alpine part of Slovenia, where I mountain bike for the past 15 years. Yet I also feel at home in the hills around Slovenia's capital Ljubljana, moreover, am a licensed mountain bike guide, who speaks Slovene, English and German, thus confidently take groups on multi-day tours between the Alps and the Adriatic.

Meet the team
“We are back in Calgary and back to reality after our wonderful week in Slovenia! Thank you so much for the wonderful tour and the taste of what Slovenia has to offer! It was all perfect! We loved the locations we visited, the rides, the food, the hotels and our guide Aljaz couldn’t have been any more accommodating. What a pleasant young man to spend a week with! I also wanted to thank you and Aljaz for making Don’s 60th birthday such a memorable and special day! The champagne-filled picnic basket on the rocks during our whitewater rafting was so special! Thank you for everything! We hope to visit Slovenia again and when we do we will definitely be in touch!”

Sue and Don from Canada
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