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Slovenia Cycling Tour

Discover Slovenia by gravel! The tour is predominantly on wide, compact gravel roads and includes quiet, tarmac sections. The gravel is not technical, offering more of an adventure rather than a challenge.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Gravel
  • Starts in: Ljubljana
  • Ends in: Ljubljana
  • Total Distance: 247 Miles / 397 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Gravel bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent

Meet the instructors

Mario & Blaz
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Highlights

  • 6 riding days
  • 4 hours and 24 minutes of cycling per day
  • Suitable for intermediate riders
  • Tranquil landscapes
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate

6 days with instruction
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Accommodation

The tour features handpicked hotels in each destination, each offering excellent hospitality and culinary expertise. The second night is at a chalet in the Velika Planina. This is a rustic stay offering unbeatable panoramic views. The hotel in Logar Valley is remotely located with a soothing atmosphere and mountain views. In Kranj, the hotel has its own wine cellar and excellent cuisine. The last two hotels are beside Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled, each offering something a little different with stunning views.

Lesar Hotel

Lesar Hotel is a boutique luxury family-run hotel in the center of Ljubljana.

Koča Ojstrica

Stay in a gorgeous mountain chalet perfect for nature lovers.

Hotel Plesnik

Enjoy peaceful tranquility with spectacular views of the peaks of the Kamnic Alps.

Hiša Aleš

Serving 92-year-old tradition of first-grade food and wine.

Hotel Bohinj

Stay on the shore of Lake Bohinj.

Bled Rose Hotel

Relax in Lake Bled and soak up the Alpine atmosphere.

Program

Begin in the picturesque capital of Ljubljana before cycling north to Velika Planina, the largest shepherd’s settlement in Europe offering jaw-dropping, panoramic views. Cycle through the Logar Valley, a beautiful region with alpine glacial valleys that flow into the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the north of Slovenia.

Recharge at the outdoor spa and enjoy the serenity of the alpine mountains. Climb into the Jezersko region of Slovenia and escape into a wide gravel path surrounded by alpine forest before arriving at the third largest village of Slovenia, Kranj. Stay in Lake Bohinj and end the tour in the European gem, Lake Bled.

  • Distance: 397 kilometers (66 kilometers per day)
  • Elevation: 10392 meters
  • Riding time: four hours and 24 minutes per day
  • Terrain: Gravel

Is this tour for you?

Rated two out of four, Eat Sleep Cycle's intermediate tours are designed for sporty people looking to enjoy more challenging rides. E-bikes are available on all of the tours. Rides are up to 80 kilometers with up to 1,000 meters of climbing.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Slovenia!

The tour begins in the picturesque capital of Ljubljana. The team will ensure your warm welcome with a light lunch upon arrival before getting out on some local gravel paths. Tonight, enjoy a traditional evening meal in Ljubljana to fuel up for the week ahead. All meals today are included. You will stay overnight at the Lesar Hotel.

  • Cycle: Warm-up ride
  • Distance: 25 kilometers
  • Elevation: 330 meters

Day 2: Ride Ljubljana to the shepherd’s settlement

Cycle north to Velika Planina, the largest shepherd’s settlement in Europe. The route has a progressive incline as you ride into the Slavik mountains. Dinner tonight will be accompanied by fresh mountain air and incredible views. Breakfast and local evening meal with a mountain view are included. You will stay overnight at chalets on Velika Planina.

  • Cycle: Ljubljana to the shepherd’s settlement
  • Distance: 71 kilometers
  • Elevation: 2300 meters

Day 3: Ride into the picturesque Logar Valley

Begin the day with a roll down the shepherd's settlement. From here, three are a few undulating hills as you make a backward C shape into the Logar Valley. The Logar Valley is a beautiful region with alpine glacial valleys that flow into the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the north of Slovenia. Tonight, recharge at the outdoor spa while enjoying the serenity of the alpine mountains. Breakfast, lunch en route, and evening meal of the local and organically grown ingredients and products from the surrounding idyllic mountain farms are included. You will stay overnight at Hotel Plesnik.

  • Cycle: Logar Valley
  • Distance: 72 kilometers
  • Elevation: 2100 meters

Day 4: Cross the Slavik Mountains and down to Kranj

Today's overall elevation is lighter than the former rides but this does not make the ride less challenging. Begin the day with a tarmac climb into Austria - a nine-kilometer climb gaining 700 meters. There is a short and sweet descent before tackling the second and more gentle climb into the Jezersko region of Slovenia. Take a coffee stop before escaping into a wide gravel path surrounded by alpine forest. Soon, you will arrive in the third largest village in Slovenia, Kranj. Organic breakfast, lunch en route, and evening meal at the hotel's first-grade food and wine experience are included. You will stay overnight at Hiša Aleš.

  • Cycle: Kranj
  • Distance: 77 kilometers
  • Elevation: 1700 meters

Day 5: Ride into the magical Lake Bohinj

Start the day with an easy rollout and into the Bela peč forest, known for its isolated farms. From here, the climbing begins. Expect mixed terrain as you ride into Lake Bohinj. Breakfast, lunch en route, and evening meal from seasonal flavors are included. You will stay overnight at Hotel Bohinj.

  • Cycle: Lake Bohinj
  • Distance: 73 kilometers
  • Elevation: 1980 meters

Day 6: Lake Bled

The final stage of this tour is the European gem, Lake Bled. Begin the ride by riding into the depths of the Triglav National Park. From kilometer 64, take the left to follow the Triglav Bistrica, a stream flowing from the glacial Vrata Valley and taking you to the Pericnik Waterfall. After a recharge, head back towards the final destination. Wind down tonight with a lake view and celebratory drink. Rich breakfast, lunch en route, and farewell evening meal are included. You will stay overnight at the Bled Rose Hotel.

  • Cycle: Lake Bled
  • Distance: 77 kilometers
  • Elevation: 1870 meters

Day 7: Departures

Sadly, it is time to depart. Let Eat Sleep Cycle know if you need transfers. Breakfast is included.

Ride support

Enjoy full-ride support from your professional guide team and support vehicle. The ride support vehicle is stocked with natural ride nutrition, electrolytes, and water, as well as a full set of tools to resolve any mechanical. On selected days, the support crew will serve a delicious picnic lunch in a scenic location en route. Enjoy local foods chosen to keep you feeling energized and healthy.

Eat Sleep Cycle guides are experienced riders from all walks of life united by a love of cycling who will help to keep the group safe, motivated, and savoring the trip of a lifetime. You will receive access to Eat Sleep Cycle's digital road book and routes, giving you the flexibility to ride at your own pace.

Bike hire

Eat Sleep Cycle recommends that you hire a bike for your tour and will work with you after you book to help you choose the best size and model for your ride style. If you prefer to bring your bike, it is no problem. Please be aware that on some of their epic trips, they charge a supplement to transport your bike box to their finishing location.

1. Cannondale Supersix Evo Cx (gravel race)

An evolved race bike ready for the rough and tumble of grass crits, mud ruts, or open gravel tracks. Enjoy a lightweight, durable carbon frameset with ample tire clearance and an SRAM Force 1 11-speed groupset.

2. Wilier Rave SLR (gravel race)

The Rave is perfect for all-road, perfect for gravel, and is designed for speed. Enjoy a lightweight carbon frame with racey geometry and an electronic SRAM Rival XPLR groupset for full gear range and precision shifting.

3. Giant Revolt e-bike (all road electric)

A versatile drop bar e-bike for road, gravel, and mixed terrain adventures. A lightweight aluminum frame, smooth-riding tubeless tires, and a comfortable D-Fuse seatpost give you the ability to ride any road, any route. The 500 W battery delivers long-distance pedaling support and is seamlessly integrated into the frame. The bike is simple to activate - press the on/off button and you are ready to go.

Instructors

Mario

Blaz

Location

The tour will take place in Slovenia. Slovenia offers some of the most pleasant and peaceful riding conditions in Europe, making it the ideal location for riders of all abilities. The country’s quiet roads and rolling hills are becoming increasingly popular among cyclists, with a huge variety of terrain to explore, from the Alps to rivers and lakes, the Karst region, and the Adriatic coast.

Discover the soaring peaks, extensive forests, and the stunning Lake Bled in the Julian Alps; conquer the Vršič Pass and enjoy the incredible views as you climb and descend this formidable road; and explore Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, also known as the ‘green capital’ thanks to its many trees and parks.

Tour highlights

  • Ljubljana city
  • Experience the shepherd's settlement
  • Homemade cheese in Logar Valley
  • Pavlicevo Sedlo
  • Lake Bohinj
  • Lake Bled

Food

You will be served daily meals included in the price. Dine out each evening at a mix of local restaurants and at your hotel on the more remote nights. The team will ensure you get to see and taste the best parts of each region. There will be selected stops for lunch en route on each ride day, ensuring healthy, fresh, and seasonal produce designed to keep you riding all week. Breakfast will be at each hotel every morning to give riders the fuel they need.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Full-support cycling tour
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Full-board meals

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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