Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia Plus! Ljubljana

Bicycle to gorgeous Lake Bled in Slovenia
  • Length 11 days
  • From USD$5350
  • Style/Level Classic 2.0
  • Countries Austria
  • Begin/End Klagenfurt, Austria / Ljubljana, Slovenia
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This cycling tour has you border hopping through Austria, Slovenia and also features a quick jaunt to Italy for lunch. We’ll experience the fascinating influences of Slavic, German and Italian cultures. 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, including 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.***


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


Keep in mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

We use charming and modern hotels but A/C or fans may not always be available since they haven't been needed traditionally. Read more on the use of air conditioning in Europe here.

We use a number of bike paths on this trip which means that the support van is less readily available.

Date Price Private room fee Note
Jun 1-11, 2024 USD$5350 USD$650 Sold out -wait list available. Minor itinerary improvements coming for 2024.
Jun 22-Jul 2, 2024 USD$5350 USD$650 Minor itinerary improvements coming for 2024.
Sep 14-24, 2024 USD$5350 USD$650 Sold out -wait list available. Minor itinerary improvements coming for 2024.
DateJun 1-11, 2024
Private room feeUSD$650
NoteSold out -wait list available. Minor itinerary improvements coming for 2024.
DateJun 22-Jul 2, 2024
Private room feeUSD$650
NoteMinor itinerary improvements coming for 2024.
DateSep 14-24, 2024
Private room feeUSD$650
NoteSold out -wait list available. Minor itinerary improvements coming for 2024.

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  • Total distance 383 – 401 km (236 – 248 miles)
  • Average daily distance 48 – 50 km (29 – 31 miles)
  • Tour style Classic
  • Tour level 2.0

Highlights: Gateway to Lake Woerther; beautiful city center; welcome dinner

Meet us today in Klagenfurt on the shores of Lake Woerther. Arrive in Klagenfurt a bit early to enjoy the 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.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Sandwirth Hotel

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!

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Zur Post

Highlights: Lake Ossiach, Villach, Drava River bike path, Lake Faak

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. For our September 2023 tour, we will call this our home for the next two nights. We will be staying at a charming boutique hotel overlooking the river, and a stone’s throw from the ancient center.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Goldenes Lamm

Highlights: Drava river bike path, Velden Castle, Lake Woerther riviera

Today you’ll take a loop ride to Lake Woerther, where you can try your luck in Velden, dubbed Austria’s Monte Carlo, and gamble at the lakeside casino. We’ll head back to our hotel and enjoy dinner together on our last evening in Austria.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Goldenes Lamm

Highlights: Forest roads, mountain surroundings, Tarvisio, forest of Tarvisio

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 destination today is the peaceful alpine town of Kranjska Gora, crowned by the Julian Alps, where mountain culture comes with a Slavic flavor.

The September 14, 2024 departure will stay at Ramada Resort.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Best Western Hotel Kranjska Gora , Ramada Resort

Highlights: Ski jumps, Italian lakes, stunning high mountain scenery, charming hamlets

Today is a rest day. And you can choose to hang out in Kranjska Gora or ask your Tour Leaders to recommend a hike, taking in the characteristic Slovenian hayracks, now preserved as part of the national heritage. If you want to get on the bike there is an optional ride that will take you back into Italy to the stunning alpine lake – Laghi di Fusine. On the way back the route takes you by one of the biggest ski jumps in the world near Planica, where the ski-flying world championships take place every year. You can simulate the ski jump attached to a zip line if you are feeling extra adventurous.

The September 14, 2024 departure will stay at the Ramada Resort.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Best Western Hotel Kranjska Gora , Ramada Resort

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.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Lovec Bled

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. The hike is approximately 3 kms (1.8 miles) long.

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Lovec Bled

Highlights: The metal 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 metal working 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 Kokra 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 Adergas, just outside Kranj.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Domacija Vodnik

Highlights: Kamnik Village, architectural gems, sidewalk cafés and boutiques

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 before our final celebratory dinner together.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Cubo

Highlights: Guided walk of Ljubljana

Our tour ends after a fascinating guided walk of 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 : Breakfast

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Pre-trip planning checklist

  • Stunning scenery, quiet roads and through countries with a great biking culture.

    Heather B., Kirkcaldy, UK – June 2022
  • The best way to see parts of Europe that you otherwise would never see. A tour with a personal guide.

    Maria B., Garden Ridge, TX – September 2022
  • This tour had the most beautiful scenery of all our 14 ExPlus tours. The drama of the lakes and mountains was spectacular.

    Sari R., Glastonbury, CT – September 2021