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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 surroundings of the iconic Lake Bled by bike and on foot.
  • Bike in the Julian Alps surrounded with the stunning alpine scenery.
  • Bike through dense forests of the Triglav National Park.
  • 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 Slovenian Alps

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

Arrive at Lake Bled. Ljubljana airport is app. 30 min drive away. Let us know if you need any help arranging the transfer to Lake Bled. Have a relaxed walk by the lake and a welcome dinner with your guide to discuss all trip details and start your Slovenian adventure with style. 

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

You will start the tour with a warm-up ride across pastures, through forests and villages near Bled. You will do several ‘stops’ to 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. A multi-active day at 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

You will set off on a route which takes you round the Triglav National Park. Head northwest along tranquil asphalt side roads and reach the glacial valley of Vrata. Make a short stop and hike to the impressive Pericnik Waterfall & freshen up under its spectacular water curtain. Later continue along dedicated bike paths all the way to the famous ski resort of Kranjska Gora. Depending on your fitness level and your wishes, you can continue until the source of the Sava river, visit the new ski jumping centre in Planica or ride to the beautiful alpine lakes Laghi di Fusine in Italy. Up for some single trails? Let us know and we will plan it for you.

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

Hello to a spectacular day! The ride will take you across the Vrsic Mountain Pass. You will climb up an impressive road, built by the Russian prisoners during the First World War, winding up to the heart of the Julian Alps and enjoying unforgettable views of the mountains and vertical limestone walls. After the climb, there is a long asphalt descent to the spectacular valley of the Soca River. You will make several stops to soak up its beautiful scenery and dip your feet into the cold crystal-clear water. Finish the ride in the town of Bovec – Slovenia’s water sport & adventure mecca!

Interested in water sports? Add an extra day/night in Bovec and try canyoneering, zipline, rafting.

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

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Bovec
Meals included: breakfast

Continue south along the Soca valley. For those who would like to experience the river from another perspective, we recommend leaving the bike behind and do a part of the route rafting on the Soca river! We will deliver your bikes to the end of the rafting trip and you continue on two wheels after that. Bike to the historic town of Kobarid, learn about the tragic events that occurred in this region during the First World War and visit the stunning Kozjak waterfall. Follow the emerald Soca river along tranquil side roads to the town of Tolmin.

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

After a hearty breakfast, we will sweat on the longest and the most difficult ascent of the trip. Climb up to the foothills of Mt. Vogel, try the famous “štruklji” (a typical local dish with mountain cottage cheese) on a fairy tale mountain meadow before tackling a fun descent along old WWI trails back to the valley.

Later we will hop on a train to reach the Bohinj region. Bike to the beautiful Lake Bohinj, check into your hotel on the lake shore and recharge your batteries in its alpine surroundings.

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

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

In the morning start a long climb up the Pokljuka Plateau to visit its beautiful alpine pastures and taste the excellent dairy products. You mostly bike on gravel roads through extensive spruce forests and pass charming alpine meadows and a stunning viewpoint on lake Bohinj. From the heart of the Triglav National Park bike all the way to Bled, have a final swim and get a transfer to the capital city of Ljubljana. Free time to visit the charming capital of Slovenia, have a nice final dinner and enjoy the lively & lovely atmosphere in the old town.  

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

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

Breakfast, easy morning in Ljubljana and continue to your next destination or to the airport.

Do you have a few extra days? Extend your biking tour to the lovely wine hills. Great choice in May, June, September & October. Can be too hot in July & August.

From 1,220 EUR per person
  • Included
  • English speaking mountain biking 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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