Ride from the Julian Alps in Slovenia to the Adriatic coast.
From our base in Bovec climb the picturesque Mangart Saddle and Vrsic pass in the Julian Alps. Visit the gorges of the River Soca & descend to the shores of Lake Bled. Continue the journey south to a spectacular finish in the historic coastal town of Piran.
This is a tour which oozes variety and promises ever-changing landscapes with each pedal stroke. Kick of with two Alpine climbs, switch to short, steep rolling roads through forested terrain, finish with coastal plains & views of the Adriatic.
Stay in four beautiful accommodations along the route & enjoy the full support of a dedicated Eat Sleep Cycle team.
Meet your guides at Ljubljana train station & transfer to our start location in the Julian Alps
Warm up ride, the Soca Gorges, 18 km, 300 m
The Mangart Saddle & Lake Predil, 60 km, 2,200 m
Highlight climbs: Mangart Saddle, 10 km, 8%
Point to point ride from Bovec to Lake Bled, 81 km, 1,900 m
Highlight climb: Vrsic Pass, 12 km, 8%
Loop ride to Lake Bohinj, 84 km, 1,700 m
Point to point ride from Lake Bled to Postojna, 126 km, 2,900 m
Highlight: Inner Carnolia
Point to point ride from Postojna to Piran, 120 km, 1,900 m
Highlight: The Adriatic Coast.
Group transfer to Trieste Airport
This tour is designed for Level 2 – 3 riders. The tour begins with some challenging mountain stages and rides become easier as the terrain changes on the ride south. Guides will set a comfortable pace for group & invite guests to enjoy any climbs at their own pace. There is a support vehicle offering mechanical back-up as well as the option to shorten any rides where necessary.
Rides are fully supported by our team of guides and vehicles.
The ride support vehicle is stocked with natural ride nutrition, electrolytes and water. On longer days the team will serve a roadside lunch – a time efficient pit stop with the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, fruit & veg to keep you energized and feeling healthy all week.
Eat Sleep Cycle ride leaders are experienced riders from all walks of life united by a love of Cycling who’ll help to keep the group safe, motivated and savouring the trip of a lifetime. Our Tour Leaders know the region well and speak the local language.
Mechanical support will be close by at all times.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and ride nutrition tailored especially for cyclists.
Start the day with a breakfast buffet at the hotel to prepare for an epic day in the saddle. Then on the road eat a time-efficient lunch served by the support team and stay fueled all day with ride nutrition from the support vehicle.
Refuel for the next day with dinner included at our accommodation or in nearby restaurants.
Rest and recover from the day on the bike in our carefully selected 3* & 4* hotels.
Hotel Dobra Vila****, Bovec (2 nights)
Stay in a historic telephone office in the village of Bovec in the heart of the Julian Alps. & surrounded by the mountains. The hotel features a wine boutique, winter gardens & a library. The restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients.
Hotel Triglav****, Lake Bled (2 nights)
First opened in 1906, this newly renovated hotel is located 1.5 km from the centre of Bled. Enjoy beautiful lake views, an à la carte restaurant by one of Slovenia’s top chefs, a piano bar, a wine cellar and a fireplace lounge. Guests can also relax in the Spa.
Hotel Jama****, Postojna (1 night)
Completely refurbished in 2016, the hotel features an on-site restaurant and bar, as well as modern rooms with a spacious furnished balcony with views of the surrounding park area.
Hotel Piran****, Piran (1 night)
Stay in this elegant seafront hotel for a fabulous end to the tour. Hotel Piran features a restaurant and a spa and wellness centre.
Benefit from a 10% discount on any Eat Sleep Cycle bike hire as part of this package.
Choose from a Ridley, designed in cycling’s heartland of Belgium, or a state-of-the-art Factor bike. All our bikes are supplied with compact 50-34 chainsets & 11-32 cassettes.
RIDLEY FENIX SL 105
RIDLEY HELIUM X
RIDLEY FENIX DISC
Meeting at Ljubljana Airport Your guides will meet you at Ljubljana Airport at 10:00 am on the first day of the tour. Transfer time to our hotel in Bovec is 1 hour 50 mins. Enjoy a light lunch on arrival & get ready for the first ride of the tour!
Departure from Piran There will be a group transfer departing Piran at 10:00 on the last day of the tour to Trieste Airport suitable for flights out after 13:00. Journey time is 70 mins.
Cycling: Fully guided and supported.
Accommodation: 3*/4* Hotels and guesthouses.
Food: Breakfast, lunch & evening meals
Bike Hire: Optional – 10% discount
Transfers: Return group transfers
Eat Sleep Cycle Jersey: Included
Groups of 6 or more riders: can opt to make a tour private and choose their own dates.
Groups of 8 or more riders: can benefit from a 5% discount.
Deposit: a 50% deposit will secure your place on the tour.
Balance: the outstanding balance is due 2 months in advance of the tour.
Absolutely brilliant service, Edward, Peter and Gethin were absolutely superb... The bikes were top class and just a totally professional outfit.. Thanks Brian.Claire Mcgonigle
I loved traveling with ESC and would book another trip with them - for sure! The emphasis was about having fun and achieving our goals as a group. The guides were safe, easy to get to know and encouraging throughout the rides. The support was amazing! We had plenty of food, snacks and drinks along the ride and Lee and his team were totally accommodating to riders of all levels. The hotels were great and meals excellent. Really - nothing negative to say except that they are not located in the USA so I can’t use their company more frequently. I guess I have to get back to Europe! Thanks Lee and Team. What a trip!!C.S
I just finished a bespoke trip with the crew from ESC. It was the most amazing cycling I've ever done in my life. The trip with worth every penny. Everything from the routes, support, and hotels were planned with such thought and care. Looking forward to many more trips with ESC!Jennifer Oh
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