Tour of Slovenia Self-Guided

Self guided

6 nights

Advanced

443 km

8419 m

Slovenia Gravel Self-Guided
SloveniaTour of Slovenia Self-Guided

Summary

Welcome to Ljubljana! The tour showcases some of the best roads and historical insights into this tiny but scenic country. The journey begins by riding up into Logar Valley. This is a beautiful region with alpine glacial valleys which flow into the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the north of Slovenia. 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 and into the postcard village of Lake Bled. Taste local wine and Bled cake as you embrace the mountains around you. Tackle the Vršič Pass. This was formally known as the Russian Road and was built for military services. The climb features 50 hairpins and breathtaking views. The final ride of the tour is up to the rider’s needs. You can either test your legs up the Mangart Saddle (2055 m) offerring panoramic views of Slovenia. Or, take a more relaxing but equally beautiful ride along the valley back.

The tour features our handpicked hotels in each destination, each offering excellent hospitality and culrinary expertise. The hotel in Logar Valley is remote, providing a soothing atmosphere with mountain views surrounding you. In lake Bled, the hotel offers stunning views of the lake with a short walking distance to various shops and cafes. The final destination is a small village in the heart of the Triglav national park. Expect wooden architecture and fresh mountain air.

The tour includes breakfast each day at your hotel. We will provide you with our top recommendations to dine out each evening at local restaurants and en route to keep you fueled for the week.

DURATION

7 days / 6 nights

DISTANCE

443 km

HOTELS
★★★★★
REGION

Slovenia

Terrain

Road

LEVEL

Advanced

Average Distance X DAY

74 km

Average Time X DAY

3 h 42 min

PRICE PER PERSON FROM€ 1.899

TOUR highlights

Ljubljana city

Homemade cheese in Logar Valely

Pavlicevo Sedlo, Lake Bled

Wine tasting and traditional Bled Cake

Vršič Pass

Soca Valley

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!

Meet the team at the hotel in the capital, Ljubljana. Head off on a short warm up ride up the local climb into Besnica. Before returing, take a detour to Ljubljana Castle - originally a medieval fortress rebuilt in the 12th Century. Tonight, enjoy an appertief in Ljubljna's best rooftop to catch some of the most spectacular views of the city before having dinner.

EAT

Welcome to Ljubljana

SLEEP

Lesar Hotel

CYCLE

Warm up ride 37 km, 504m

Day 1

Ride Ljubljana to Logar Valley

The journey begins by riding up into Logar Valley. This is a beautiful region with alpine glacial valleys which flow into the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the north of Slovenia. This ride has a long and steady ascent, a nice way to get the legs moving.

EAT

Breakfast

SLEEP

Hotel Plesnik

CYCLE

Ride Ljubljana to Logar Valley 87 km, 1377 m

Day 1

Logar Valley to Lake Bled

Begin with the main challenge of the day as you 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. There are plenty of coffee stop opportunities to refuel before reaching Lake Bled.

EAT

Organic breakfast

SLEEP

Villa Alpina

CYCLE

Ride Logar Valley to Lake Bled 98 km, 2374 m

Day 1

Lake Bohinj and Wine

Today can be taken as a rest day or a recovery ride by riding down to Lake Bohinj, where the moutains are mirrored into the lake. Enjoy wine tasting by Lake Bled in the afternoon and regain your stengths for the next days ride.

EAT

Breakfast

SLEEP

Villa Alpina

CYCLE

Lake ride 65 km, 1281 m

Day 1

Lake Bled to Bovec

Another mountain awaits you today, the Vršič Pass. This was formally known as the Russian Road and was built for military services. The climb features 50 hairpins and breathtaking views. Arrvive into Bovec and recharge by going for a swin in the Soca valley.

EAT

Breakfast

SLEEP

Hotel Dobra Vila Bovec

CYCLE

Ride Lake Bled to Bovec 82 km, 1788 m

Day 1

Soca Valley ride

Today has two options. You can either test your legs up the Mangart Saddle (2055 m) offerring panoramic views of Slovenia. Or, take a more relaxing but equally beautiful ride along the valley down to Tolmin village and back.

EAT

Breakfast

SLEEP

Hotel Dobra Vila Bovec

CYCLE

Tolmin out and back 74 km, 1095 m or Mangart Saddle, 59 km, 2,200 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

Gusto Ranger DB Evo

Pure Road

The Gusto Ranger DB Evo is crafted to excel, this road bike is the ideal companion for extended multi-day rides, offering unparalleled endurance, comfort, and performance to make your journey an exceptional experience. The Gusto comes with A Shimano 105 Di2 groupset, has a compact chainset and 11-34 cassette for enjoying the climbs.

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

Plan your onward travel from Bovec

WHAT THE TOUR INCLUDES

CYCLING

Self-guided

ACCOMMODATION

Boutique Hotel Accommodations

FOOD

Breakfast only

TRANSFERS

Not included - available on request

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.

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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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