Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia Plus! Ljubljana

   
 

Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia Plus! Ljubljana

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6 months ago

DURATION

11 Days/10 Nights

SEASON

June, September

RATES

USD 4,525.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2016
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.

***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: Highlights: Gateway To Lake Woerther; Beautiful City Center; Welcome Dinner
Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria
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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. We'll enjoy dinner together tonight. Daily Mileage: Test ride only.

Lodging: Hotel Sandwirth

Day 2: Highlights: Lake Ossiach, Feldkirchen, Idyllic Countryside
Lake Ossiach, Carinthia, Austria
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Our ride today takes us through beautiful countryside along small lakes where we'll recommend a lunch spot before arriving in the larger town of Feldkirchen with its quaint square. 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! Daily Mileage: approx. 40 km (25 miles).

Lodging: FerienIdyll. This hotel does not have air conditioning or fans available but neither are typically needed in this area.

Day 3: Lake Ossiach Bike Path, Center Of Villach, Drava River Bike Path, Lake Faak
Villach, Carinthia, Austria
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We have a short ride today. Catching up with the Drava river bike 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. Daily Mileage: 34km (21 miles).

Lodging: Insel Hotel. This hotel does not have air conditioning or fans available but neither are typically needed in this area.

Day 4: Highlights: Drava River Bike Path, Velden Castle, Lake Woerter Riviera
Lake Faak, Carinthia, Austria
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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 have dinner together on our last evening in Austria. Daily Mileage: 38 km (23 miles).

Lodging: Insel Hotel. This hotel does not have air conditioning or fans available but neither are typically needed in this area.

Day 5: Highlights: Idyllic Landscapes, Tarvisio, Forest Of Tarvisio, Podkoren
Tarvisio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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Enjoy the perfectly-manicured landscape of southern Austria's Carinthia region before you cross the border into Italy, where a gradual descent leads you to the border 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 destination today is the peaceful alpine village of Podkoren, crowned by the Julian Alps, where mountain culture comes with a Slavic flavor. Daily Mileage: 54km (36 miles).

Lodging: Hotel Vitranc

Day 6: Highlights: Hiking Paths, Deep Forests, Stunning High Mountain Scenery
Podkoren, Upper Carniola, Slovenia
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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 away from the Italian border, where ski-flying world championships take place every year. Optional hike.

Lodging: Hotel Vitranc

Day 7: Highlights: Triglav Mountains, Tito's Summer Residence, Otok Island, Bled Castle
Lake Bled, Gorenjska, Slovenia
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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 before dinner together. Daily Mileage: 57km (31 miles).

Lodging: Hotel Triglav

Day 8: Highlights: Pristine Lake Bohinj, Vistas Of Triglav Mountain, Savica Waterfall
Lake Bohinj, Gorenjska, Slovenia
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We'll pedal along the Sava river valley to Bohinj lake, where you can connect with unspoiled nature in the heart of the Triglav National Park and enjoy Slovenia's largest glacial lake. A 20-minute walk through the Savica gorge, takes you to a stunning view over the Savica waterfall, a 78-meter fall. We'll be back at our hotel on Lake Bled this evening. Daily Mileage: 56-74 km (35-46 miles).

Lodging: Hotel Triglav

Day 9: Highlights: Kropa, Kranj, Guided Walk In Skofja Loka (Slovenia's Oldest Town)
Skofja Loka, Gorenjska, Slovenia
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We'll ride toward the towns of Kranj and Skofja Loka today, stopping first to visit Kropa, a very important iron mining town, and a hub of worker immigration and trade through the ages. Once at the outskirts of Kranj, you can ride up into town for lunch and to visit the old town, filled with monuments, galleries, and museums, including a network of tunnels built during WWII. A canyon runs through the center of town, through which the River Kokra flows. We'll end our ride today in one of Slovenia's oldest and most beautiful towns, Skofja Loka, famous among other things for its colorfully-painted 16th century burgher houses on its main square. We'll enjoy a guided walk together before transferring to our hotel for the evening. Mileage: 55 km (34 miles)

Lodging: Domacija Vodnik

Day 10: Highlights: Kamnik Village, Architectural Gems, Sidewalk Cafés And Boutiques
Ljubljana, Central, Slovenia
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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 our final dinner together. Daily Mileage: 69km (43 miles).

Lodging: Hotel Antiq

Day 11: Highlights: Ljubljana
Ljubljana, Central, Slovenia
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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.

Other Locations Visited:
Triglav National Park, Gorenjska, 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: 407 - 418km (253 - 260 miles)

Daily Distance: Average daily mileage of 41 - 48 km (25 - 30 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.


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