Austria/Slovenia
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 05, 2016
  • From $3,498 / person
  • ($780 single supplement)

Austria and Slovenia Biking Vacation

Prepare to be awed by the stunning backdrop of the magnificent Julian Alps on this small group, two-wheeled adventure through Austria and Slovenia. Our expert guides can’t wait to introduce you to the delight of alpine lakes, thundering waterfalls, traditional villages, archaic castles and the fabulous 15th-century frescoes decorating charming churches throughout the region. Pedal your way through gentle, verdant meadows, raft the Soča River, climb to the top of castle ruins to experience a birds of prey flying show atop the castle, and reward yourself with a swim in the warm waters of Lake Wörthersee. This action-packed Austria and Slovenia vacation package is complemented by the best in regional lodging, tasty, local fare and of course Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service that invites you to kick back, saddle up and discover some of Europe’s least-traveled destinations before the crowds arrive!

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  • Adult Vacations
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

Kick off your trip among the quaint villages and alpine lakes of Austria’s Carinthia region before making your way to Slovenia, one of Europe’s least traveled destinations. River gorges, riparian canyons, rolling wine country and the jaw-dropping Julian Alps set the stage for six days of crowd-free fun. By day, explore this majestic region by foot, bike and even raft and unwind in the evening over sumptuous meals featuring the best in regional cuisine. A truly exclusive trip-of-a-lifetime awaits!

  • In Carinthia, climb the castle ruins of Landskron, a former Habsburg stronghold, taking in killer views of the Karawanken range and Lake Ossiach
  • Bike the shores of Lake Wörthersee to a backdrop of rolling meadows and craggy mountains, pausing to visit the picturesque pilgrimage churches of Maria Wörth
  • Step back in time (and into a scene from Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms), as you stroll the historic streets of Kobarid
  • Pedal an untouched world of rocky mountains, alpine meadows and towering canyons in Triglav National Park
  • Ride a cable car to the summit of Mount Vogel for an eye-popping view of Triglav Mountain reflected in the glacial waters of Lake Bohinj
  • Peruse 15th- and 16th-century frescoes in the Church of St. John the Baptist
  • Paddle to the fairytale Bled Castle, perched on an island on Bled Lake, and savor a piece of kremna rezina (vanilla cream cake), a local specialty
Women biking in Austria
Photo: Women biking in Austria

I would rate this trip as one of my best vacations! Our guide was very accommodating & made the experience!

Mike H Floyds Knobs, IN

It was a perfect mix of excitement, exercise and time to explore the fantastic towns along the way.

Anne T Orlando, FL

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Ljubljana, Slovenia (LJU)

Day 1: Velden
Biking vacations in Austria
Meals Included:  L, D

On Day 1, we meet in the morning in Ljubljana.

  • From there, a transfer takes us from Ljubljana to Ossiach Lake in Carinthia, Austria, where we set off on foot.
  • Climb up to the romantic castle ruins of Landskron, a former stronghold of the Habsburgs, offering a wide view of the Karawanken mountains and the lake
  • Experience a birds of prey flying show at the castle before proceeding along forest paths with views of the lake
  • Once we reach the lake shore in Ossiach, be tempted to swim in its warm waters
  • Admire the colorful ceiling painting and frescoes in its church, executed by the famous Carinthian Baroque painter Fromiller, as well as the carved altarpiece, one of the most valuable Late-Gothic altarpieces to be found in Austria

A short transfer and we arrive at our hotel on Lake Wörthersee in the elegant spa resort of Velden.

About Schlosshotel Velden
Schlosshotel Velden is the luxurious palace hotel located directly on Lake Wörthersee.

This accommodation has a rich history and plenty of stories to tell, magnificent stately rooms, excellent cuisine, a new SPA world and perfect service. The stylish Seespitz restaurant on the shore of the lake and the exclusive gourmet Schlossstern restaurant offer magnificent views over Lake Wörth.

The unique Alpine-Adriatic cuisine that awaits you combines international and national gourmet highlights. Let the private Beach Club and newly designed Acquapura Spa with effective treatments and active ingredient cosmetics inspire you! The new panoramic Garden Pool overlooking the romantic lake and exclusive sauna landscape provide you with a lush atmosphere of elegance and well-being.

Day 2: Velden
River on the Austria bike tour
Meals Included:  B, D

Get ready for an exciting day of cycling along the shores of ‘our’ Lake Wörthersee!

Gentle meadows and the magnificent splendor of the mountains are a constant companion. The towers of the pilgrimage churches of Maria Wörth, in an idyllic setting on a promontory in the lake, make a picturesque scene.

Avid cyclists can opt to climb to the summit of Pyramidenkogel mountain, crowned by a viewing tower.

Day 3: Kransjka Gora
Slovenia Bike Tours
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Grand Hotel Prisank

A morning transfer brings us from Velden via a corner of Italy to Bovec in Slovenia, where we embark in rafts for an exciting trip on the Soča River.

Today’s adventure culminates in Kobarid, the site of the decisive October 1917 battle during which the Central Powers defeated the Italian army, and about which Ernest Hemingway wrote in A Farewell to Arms.

Visit the museum dedicated to this battle and stroll the streets of Kobarid, lined with Italian architecture.

During our transfer to Kransjka Gora across the Vršič Pass - the highest pass in all of Slovenia - pause at a hilltop cemetery, a reminder of the fierce battles fought along the pass during WWI.

Dine at a local restaurant before calling it a night in the comfort of our modern hotel.

About the Grand Hotel Prisank
This contemporary, refined hotel in the heart of Kransjka Gora exhibits spacious rooms and boasts spectacular views of the surrounding Alps.

Treat yourself at the sumptuous breakfast buffet.

Day 4: Bled
Biking Vacation to Austria
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: Grand Hotel Toplice

Today is full of exploration! We'll examine the pristine, spectacular world of rocky mountains, and:

  • River gorges
  • Canyons
  • Rivers & streams
  • Forests & alpine meadows
  • All in Triglav National Park on 2 wheels, learning about the Park’s rich variety of flora and fauna along the way

Opt to visit Rateče, home of the Alpine Skiing World Cup, stopping to snap photographs of the surrounding Karavanke Mountains.

Relive the days of Slovenian mountaineering at the Triglav Museum in Mojstrana. Continue through Radovljica and onwards to the resort town of Bled, and stroll the easy path hugging the banks of Bled Lake beneath linden, chestnut and willow trees.

Dinner this evening is on your own in Bled.

About Grand Hotel Toplice
The Grand Hotel Toplice offers four-star luxury along with warm hospitality and timeless elegance.

This is the most renowned hotel in Bled, which is known for having the best views of Lake Bled opening up from its salon and from the majority of rooms. You can recharge by visiting the wellness center. A summer lake bathing area with a private hotel beach is also available to patrons of the hotel.

Day 5: Bled
Castle in Slovenia
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Grand Hotel Toplice

Today, take a morning transfer to Slap Savica to stretch your legs on a hike to the magnificent Savica Waterfall.

  • Proceed to Mount Vogel where we’ll ascend by cable car 5,040 feet to the summit for jaw-dropping views of Lake Bohinj and the Julian Alps
  • Continue on to Lake Bohinj, Slovenia’s largest glacial lake, marveling at the postcard-perfect reflection of Triglav Mountain on the pristine waters

In Ribčev Laz, peruse exquisite 15th – 16th century frescoes in the Church of St John the Baptist, regarded as one of the most beautiful churches in all of Slovenia.

Explore the Oplen House in Studor, once a peasant’s cottage, depicting domestic life at the turn of the 20th century.

A gourmet farewell dinner awaits you as the group reflects on their adventures over the past days.

Day 6: Departure
biking tours in Slovenia
Meals Included:  B

Enjoy one last warm breakfast before you are transferred back to the Ljubljana airport or Ljubljana town.

Be sure to soak up the scenery one last time as you reflect on your recent adventures during your two or 2.5 hour transfer.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, trail, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 05, 2016
  • From $3,498 / person
  • ($780 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 5, 2016
  • Jun 26, 2016
  • Jul 17, 2016
  • Aug 28, 2016
  • Sep 11, 2016

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Prior to the trip, arrive at your own convenience in Ljubljana.
  • On Day 1, we meet you in the lobby of the Grand Hotel Union Executive in Ljublijana at 8:30 a.m.
  • After breakfast on Day 6, we take you to the airport, train station, or the hotel of your choice in Ljubljana (45 minute transfer).
Activities

Biking:

  • Day 2 mileage options: 28 / 40
  • Day 4 mileage options: 26 / 36

Walking:

  • Day 1 near Lake Ossiachersee
  • Day 4 around Lake Bled (2 miles) and up to the castle
  • Day 5 in Triglav National Park

Rafting:

  • Day 3 on the Soča River
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, dinners as indicated by itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Meals as not indicated by detailed daily itinerary.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

WE loved traveling by bike! We felt safe and welcome everywhere we went.

April A, Santa Ana, CA

Excellent in organization information and quality of experience

Enrico A, Billings, MT

A true vacation with an amazing experience everyday!

David D, Chicago, IL

Guides were passionate about their jobs and the places we visited.

Fred M, West Vancouver, BC

Definitely do another bike trip. Beautiful way to see Europe, excellent guides, very good hotels, bikes and food.

Patricia S, Lake Angelus, MI
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The food: We love countries that appreciate food, and Slovenia has lots of fun, quirky food festivals including the Salt Makers’ Festival, Cabbage Festival, Chestnut Sunday and Bean Day to name a few.
  • 2. More of a wine fan? Slovenia is home to the oldest vine in the world. Cleverly named, the Old Vine is over 400-years-old and annually still bears between 35 and 55 kilos of red grapes for producing wine.
  • 3. The romance: Couples can still get married in the church on Bled Island but they better be in good shape. Tradition says that the groom must carry his bride up the 99 steps to ensure a long and happy marriage!
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: With lodgings like Grand Hotel Toplice, indulge in five-star opulence and the very best in Slovenia cuisine.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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