Slovenia Gravel Self-Guided

Self guided

6 nights

Advanced

397 km

10392 m

Slovenia gravel self guided
SloveniaSlovenia Gravel Self-Guided

Summary

Discover Slovenia by gravel! Begin in the picturesque capital of Ljubljana before cycling north to Velika planina – The largest shepherds’ settlement in Europe offerring jaw-dropping, panoramic views. Cycle through the Logar Valley, a beautiful region with alpine glacial valleys which 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 into the third largest village of Slovenia, Kranj. Stay in Lake Bohinj and end the tour in the European gem, Lake Bled. The tour is predominantly on wide, compact gravel roads and includes quiet, tarmac sections. The gravel is not technical, offerring more of an adventure rather than challenge.

The tour features our handpicked hotels in each destination, each offering excellent hospitality and culrinary expertise. The second night is at a chalet in the Velika Planina. This is a rustik stay offering unbeatable panaoramic 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 offerring something a little different with stunning views.

DURATION

7 days / 6 nights

DISTANCE

397 km

HOTELS
★★★★★
REGION

Slovenia

Terrain

Gravel

LEVEL

Advanced

Average Distance X DAY

66 km

Average Time X DAY

4 h 24 min

PRICE PER PERSON FROM€ 1.899

TOUR highlights

Ljubljana city

Experience the Sheppards Settlement

Homemade cheese in Logar Valley

Pavlicevo Sedlo

Lake Bohinj

Lake Bled

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Advanced

Rated 3 out of 4 our Advanced tours are designed for people who ride regularly and want back to back challenging days on the bike. Riders should be confident riding in a small group, comfortable on extended climbs (at your own pace) and have good bike handling skills on corners and descents. E-bikes are available on all of our tours.

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. Dine out in Ljubljana tonight, we'll recommend out favourite places

EAT

Light lunch on arrival

SLEEP

Lesar Hotel

CYCLE

Warm up ride 25 km, 330 m

Day 1

Ride Ljubljana to the Shephards Settlement

Cycle north to Velika planina - The largest shepherds’ settlement in Europe. The route has a progressive incline as you ride into the Slavik mountains. Dinner tonight will be accompanied with fresh mountain air and incredible views.

EAT

Breakfast, local evening meal with a mountain view

SLEEP

Chalets on Velika planina

CYCLE

Ljubljana to the Shephards Settlement 71 km, 2300 m

Day 1

Ride into the picturesque Logar Valley

Begin the day with a roll down the shepherds settlement. From here, three are a few undulating hills as you make a backwards C shape into the Logar Valley. The Logar Valley is a beautiful region with alpine glacial valleys which 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.

EAT

Breakfast, evening meal of the local and organically grown ingredients and products from the surrounding idyllic mountain farms

SLEEP

Hotel Plesnik

CYCLE

Logar Valley 72 km, 2100 m

Day 1

Cross the Slavic mountains & 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 tarmc climb into Austria - a 9 km climb gaining 700 metres. There is a short and sweet descent before tackiling 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'll arriving into the third largest village of Slovenia, Kranj.

EAT

Organic breakfast, evening meal at the hotels first grade food and wine expereince

SLEEP

Hiša Aleš

CYCLE

Kranj 77km, 1700 m

Day 1

Ride into the magical Lake Bohinj

Start the day with an easy roll out 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.

EAT

Breakfast

SLEEP

Hotel Bohinj

CYCLE

Lake Bohinj 73 km, 1980 m

Day 1

Lake Bled

The final stage of this tour is to the European gem, Lake Bled. Begin the ride by riding into the depths of the Triglav National Park. From kilometre 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.

EAT

Breakfast

SLEEP

Bled Rose Hotel

CYCLE

Lake Bled 77 km, 1870 m

Day 1

Departures

Sadly, it is time to depart. Let us know if you need transfers.

EAT

Breakfast

SLEEP

CYCLE

THE TOUR
IN DETAIL

RIDE SUPPORT

self-guided

We’ll welcome you to the start of your tour, talk you through the week ahead and ensure you have everything you need to enjoy a great ride.

Guests receive a detailled digital Road Book, containing routes, route descriptions, details of hotels and our recommended places to stop along the way and enjoy in the evenings. Guests can choose to navigate from their own phone or GPS devices are available on request.

On a self-guided tour we take care of your luggage and move it from hotel to hotel. We also provide a contact number for support during the trip and will help you out of any situation.

We recommend that guests are able to fix a puncture and perform basic roadside bike repairs to best enjoy a self-gudied tour.

HOTELS

Hotels shown are examples and are subject to change

BIKE HIRE

THE GUIDES

Mario

During the past 10 years, Mario has lived in different countries, but now he's back home in Conegliano to ride every steep hill in the area! Despite his focus on road cycling, he's had some amazing moments with his beloved steel gravel bike! Mario has been a member of the ESC Team since 2019 and couldn't be happier! He looks forward to seeing you on the road soon!

Details

LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORTATION

HOW TO GET HERE

Arrive to Viena or Ljubljana Airport

MEETING POINT

Ljubljana Hotel

TIME

10:00

DEPARTURE

Ljubljana

WHAT THE TOUR INCLUDES

CYCLING

Self-guided

ACCOMMODATION

Boutique Hotel Accommodations

FOOD

Breakfast, 3 evening meals

TRANSFERS

Daily luggage transfers. Airport transfers are an optional extra

BIKE RENTAL

Not included - available on request

EAT SLEEP CYCLE LOCATION

ESC 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 formiddable road, and explore Slovenia’s capital, Llubljana, also known as the ‘green capital’ thanks to its many trees and parks.

Ready
to ride?

RESERVATION
& PAYMENT

If you have any questions about our tours, dates, or anything else, contact us here
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DEPOSIT

A 30% deposit will secure your place on the tour

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FINAL BALANCE

The final balance is due 90 days before the tour departs

Single Occupancy:  PLUS €599
Peak Season (1st July - 5th September):  PLUS €449
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FAQs

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What happens if I need to cancel the trip?

We have a flexible cancelation policy – please take a look at our cancellation policy at the time of booking. If you have any doubts please reach out and we’re happy to help.

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Is the tour the right level for me?

We rate our tours from Level 1 (Leisure) to Level 4 (Epic). Each tour contains a description of the level, expected daily ride time, distance and elevation. If you have any doubts we’re more that happy to speak to you on the phone and help to find you the perfect trip!

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What about bikes? Can I hire one or should I bring my own?

We recommend that you hire a bike for your tour and will work with you after you book to help you to choose the best size and model for your ride style. If you prefer to bring your bike, it’s no problem. Please be aware that on some of our epic trips we charge a supplement to transport your bike box to our finishing location. If you have any doubts, please ask!

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Is insurance included?

Insurance is not included in our tour packages. We highly recommend contracting travel insurance at the time of reservation with a company from where you are from.

Health insurance which covers you for illness or injury whilst cycling in your chosen destination is mandatory, we’ll ask you for details of your insurance providor before you travel.

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