Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia Plus! Ljubljana

   
 

Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia Plus! Ljubljana

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DURATION

11 Days/10 Nights

SEASON

June, August, September

RATES

USD 4,555.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2017
Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia Plus! Ljubljana
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This cycling tour has you border hopping through Austria, Slovenia and Italy. We'll experience the fascinating intersection of Slavic, German and Italian culture. Join us to relish alpine landscapes with a hint of the Mediterranean. We'll bicycle along idyllic alpine lakes in Austria's Carinthia region and northern Slovenia. Quiet roads and river paths lead us through picturesque villages, traditional farmhouses, imposing medieval castles and cozy hotels. We'll introduce you to several of Europe's most overlooked and pleasant cities, Klagenfurt, Villach and Slovenia's capital Ljubljana, a true gem.

Highlights: Tarvisio, Lake Faak, Orientation walk of Ljubljana, Kranj, Lake Ossiach, Drava river path , Klagenfurt, Villach, Lake Bled, Border hopping between Austria, Slovenia and Italy, Julian Alps, Triglav Mountain, Savica waterfall, Lake Worth

***If this sounds great but you prefer a shorter tour - check out our Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia which features the first 8 days of this itinerary.***

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Single Supplement: $650

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive In Klagenfurt On The Shores Of Lake Woerther
Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria
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Highlights: Gateway to Lake Woerther; beautiful city center; welcome dinner

Meet us today in Klagenfurt, hometown to Gustav Mahler and Robert Musil. Klagenfurt boasts one of Austria's prettiest old towns and was thrice awarded the prestigious Europa Nostra Diploma for its arcaded Renaissance courtyards which today accommodate modern boutiques, trendy bars, and rustic beer gardens.

Distance: Test ride along the canal to the lake and back. 9 km (6 miles). Meals: D

Lodging: Arcotel Moser Verdino Klagenfurt

Day 2: Cycle To Lake Ossiach
Lake Ossiach, Carinthia, Austria
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Highlights: Lake Ossiach, Feldkirchen, idyllic countryside.

Our ride today takes us through beautiful countryside along small lakes before arriving in the larger town of Feldkirchen with its quaint square where you'll be tempted to stop for a coffee. Continue on then to Lake Ossiach, nestled between the Gerlitzen Mountain and the Ossiacher Tauern mountain range. It is the third largest lake in this region and unique in that the lake's water temperatures reach up to 28C (82F) in summer. A perfect place for a swim after a day on the bike!

Distance: 38 km (24 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Zur Post

Day 3: Villach And Bicycle Lake Faak
Villach, Carinthia, Austria
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Highlights: Bike path from lake Ossiach to the center of Villach, Drava river bike path, Lake Faak

We have a shorter ride today. Catching up with the Drava river path, we'll head to the center of Villach, a modern and flourishing city with an ancient history as a crossroads between Austria, Slovenia and Italy. After lunch, the crystal-clear waters of Lake Faak await us for an afternoon of relaxation or water sports after we catch a ferry to our hotel.

Distance: 35km (22 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Insel Hotel

Day 4: Faak Lake To Velden, On The Lake Woerter Riviera
Lake Faak, Carinthia, Austria
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Highlights: Drava river bike path, Velden Castle, Lake Woerter riviera, cooking class

Today you'll lake-hop from Lake Faak to Lake Woerter, where you can take your chance in Velden, also dubbed Austria's Monte Carlo, and gamble in the lakeside casino. Alpine meadows and rocky peak views will delight as you make your way to Velden. We'll head back to Lake Faak where we'll enjoy a cooking class before dinner together on our last evening in Austria.

Distance: 37 km (23 miles). Meals: B, D.

Lodging: Insel Hotel

Day 5: Bicycle Across Three Borders In One Day: Austria, Italy And Slovenia
Tarvisio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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Highlights: Forest roads, mountain surroundings, Tarvisio, forest of Tarvisio, Podkoren

Enjoy the perfectly manicured landscape of southern Austria's Carinthia region before you cross the border into Italy, where a Rails to Trail bike path leads you to the border and market town of Tarvisio. We'll continue through the Tarvisio forest and cross the border into Slovenia on a dedicated bike path built on a former rail line. Your destinatin today is the peaceful alpine village of Podkoren, crowned by the Julian Alps, where mountain culture comes with a Slavic flavor.

Distance: 53 km (33 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Vitranc

Day 6: Relax In The Julian Alps
Tarvisio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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Highlights: Hiking paths, deep forests, stunning high mountain scenery, charming hamlets

Today is a rest day. You can hike to the Koren Pass taking in the characteristic Slovenian hayracks, now preserved as part of the national heritage. Winter sports fanatics may want to see the biggest ski jump in the world near Planica, a few steps from the Italian border, where ski-flying world championships take place every year. Tonight's dinner together includes a special cultural surprise.

Hike Distance: 7 km (4 miles). Meals: B, D.

Lodging: Hotel Vitranc

Day 7: Lake Bled
Lake Bled, Gorenjska, Slovenia
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Highlights: Tito's summer residence, Otok Island, Bled Castle, wine tasting

An easy ride takes us along the Sava Dolinka Valley to the old town of Radovljica, a peaceful, medieval haven. We'll continue to Lake Bled, Slovenia's leading mountain resort. Our hotel offers postcard views of the lake and handy access to the path around the lake. You can hike up to the castle, take a typical pletna boat to the island, or just go for a refreshing swim in the lake. Our sommelier will lead us through a delicious tasting of Slovenian wines before dinner tonight.

Distance: 58 km (36 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Triglav . August 26th departure will be at the Hotel Vila Bled

Day 8: Loop Ride To Vintgar Gorge
Vintgar Gorge, Gorenjska, Slovenia
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Highlights: Walking the pristine Vintgar Gorge, Sum Waterfall, relaxing afternoon in Bled

After a short ride this morning, we'll hike the Vintgar Gorge together. It's an easy walk where you can connect with unspoiled nature and spectacular views. The mile-long gorge is a high point of the tour, and culminates with the Sum waterfall. We're back to Lake Bled in time for lunch and a free afternoon to visit the castle, explore Bled's island, or enjoy more riding.

Cycling Distance: 12 km (8 miles), Walking Distance: 3 km (2 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Hotel Triglav. August 26th departure will be at the Hotel Vila Bled

Day 9: Bicycle To Adergas
Kranjska Gora, Gorenjska, Slovenia
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Highlights: The iron working town of Kropa, the historical center of Kranj

We'll ride toward the town of Kranj today, stopping first to visit Kropa, a very important iron mining town, and a hub of worker immigration and trade through the ages. After our visit of an old iron workshop we'll continue riding to the historic city of Kranj. We recommend visiting the city center, which is filled with monuments, galleries, and museums, including a network of tunnels built during WWII. The Korka river has formed a 30 meter(over 100 feet) gorge which you can view from town. We'll end our ride today in the tiny village of Ardegas, just outside Kranj.

Distance: 52 km (32 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Domacija Vodnik

Day 10: Ride To Ljubljana, Slovenia's Capital
Ljubljana, Central, Slovenia
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Highlights: Kamnik Village, Architectural gems, orientation walk in Ljubljana

We leave Kranj to ride countryside roads till the ancient village of Kamnik. Enjoy Kamnik before our final ride takes us to Slovenia's dazzling capital, Ljubljana. Ljubljana is a charming city full of artists, museums, and galleries. With a population of 300,000, it is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, making it easy to explore while strolling around its old town. Enjoy people watching from a riverside café and join us for a fascinating guided walk of Ljubljana before our final dinner together.

Distance: 55 km (34 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Antiq Hotel

Day 11: Bicycle Tour Ends In Ljubljana
Ljubljana, Central, Slovenia
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Highlights: Ljubljana

Our tour ends this morning in Ljubljana. We highly recommend that you take a few days to enjoy all that the city has to offer. Whatever you decide have a wonderful journey.

Meals: B

Other Locations Visited:
Triglav National Park, Gorenjska, Slovenia
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Other Locations Visited:
Julian Alps, Slovenia
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WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle
  • 11 days, 10 nights' accommodation
  • 8 dinners with wine or beer, all breakfasts
  • van support
  • bilingual tour leaders

NOTES

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Total Distance: Cycling: 340 km (210 miles). Hiking: 10 km (6 miles).

Daily Distance: Cycling: 340 km (210 miles). Hiking: 10 km (6 miles).

What to Expect: Beautiful small cities, bike paths, inviting bicycling routes in the countryside along alpine lakes.

Rating: Gentle cycling along bike paths, through mountain valleys and around lakes. You will encounter some short (a mile or less) steeper climbs, and one day of longer climbs at a 301 level.


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