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On a total of 235 kilometers and almost 2,000 meters in altitude, you circle the mountain range that connects Austria and Slovenia. Various cycle paths and side roads with little traffic in the border region of Austria, Slovenia and Italy form the basis for the Karawanks Bike Circle. On the way you are along the Sava Cycle Path, the Ciclovia Alpe Adria, the Gailtal Cycle Path and on sections of the 5-star Drau Cycle-Path. The coexistence of the three nations, Austria, Italy and Slovenia, gives this region a unique blend of culture and cuisine. The stages are designed so that you can really experience the real Karawanks. Even the starting point, Kranjska Gora, is the most famous mountain resort in Slovenia. The shortest part of the route goes through Italy, where in Tarvisio you can feel the typical pulse of Friulian cities. On the Austrian part of the tour, you will admire the Karawanks from the north, perhaps the most impressive mountain is the Mittagskogel, which rises like a volcano above Lake Wörthersee. On the Seebergsattel you reach the highest point of the tour at 1248m above sea level. From here the Slovenian part of the tour starts. In the next two days, you will enjoy the Karawanks from the southern side. We recommend using E-bikes, gravel or road bikes.
|From 735 EUR per person (with a min. of 2 persons). For details please see below.
|DEPARTURE / RETURN LOCATION
|Kranjska Gora /Kranjska Gora
|Daily arrivals are possible from May 15 to October 15 2023.
|RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT / WEAR
|More info in FAQ.
Prices in 2023
In EUR per person with a min. of 2 persons.
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- Additional charge for single room use: 160 EUR.
- Additional charge if only one person is traveling: 200 EUR (payable in addition to the single room surcharge).
- Additional night with HB in Kranjska Gora in 4* hotel, per person per night, in a double room, low season 79 EUR, high season 89 EUR.
- Single room low season 105 EUR, high season 115 EUR.
- Rental E-bike/gravel: 135 EUR, touring/mountain bike: 75 EUR; helmet: 15 EUR
- Transfer cost according to the price list – please see section Arrival at your destination below.
Third adult person in the room – 10%; both on the basic price.
Arrival at your destination:
Slovenia is easily accessible as it is well-connected with the European network of motorways, railway lines and airports. More info on Getting To and Around Slovenia
- By car:
Slovenia is easily accessible and offers a good network of roads. Across the Tauern-motorway (A10) to Villach, then forward on the motorway (A2) direction Tarvisio-Italy. From there you enter Slovenia on the road SS54. In Slovenia, follow road 202 till you reach Kranjska Gora. Distances from European capitals to Kranjska Gora: Amsterdam: 1,180km, Venice: 250km, Munich: 370km, Vienna: 390km.
- By bus:
Slovenia is connected with the following bus companies Euro, Touring and Flixbus. The majority have a stopover in Jesenice or Bled. From there you can take a local bus to Kranjska Gora, which takes ca.0,5Hour.
- By Train: Several international trains arrive in Slovenia on a daily basis. The closest station is a train station in Tarvisio in Italy, which is directly on the railway connection München – Villach – Udine – Trieste. The other option is Jesenice in Slovenia, which is directly on the railway connection München – Jesenice – Ljubljana. Time table on www.slo-zeleznice / www.oebb./ www.deutschebahn / www.trenitalia.com.
- By airplane:
Several airlines offer flights to Slovenia. Airport Ljubljana-Brnik (ca. 70 km away from Kranjska Gora), Airport Klagenfurt (ca. 65 km), Airport Venice Marco Polo (ca. 230 km), or Airport Ronchi Dei Legionari Trieste (ca. 150 km). Upon request, we can organize a transfer. More on To Slovenia by air
Prices for transport in one direction per person, with a min. of 2 people
|Ljubljana/airport – Kranjska Gora
|Ljubljana – Kranjska Gora
|Klagenfurt Airport – Kranjska Gora
|Train station Tarvisio – Kranjska Gora
|Trieste Airport – Kranjska Gora
|Venice Marco Polo Airport – Kranjska Gora
The tour is moderate. The tour is suitable for experienced cyclists. More info on Difficulty levels in FAQ.
Day 1: Nordic center Planica, Faaker See
Day 2: Wilderstein Waterfall, Obir stalactite caves, “World of Geology” information center in Bad Eisenkappel, Jezersko with the Steiner Alps
Day 3: Cycling through Kokra Gorge, Tržič old town, Stain Castle, Avsenik Museum in Begunje
Day 4: Završnica valley, Stol – the highest peak of Karawanks, Stara Sava Jesenice museum, Peričnik waterfall and Vrata valley, Špik mountain group, Martuljek waterfall
Day 1: Arrival to Kranjska Gora
Day 2: Kranjska gora - Ferlach
The tour starts in the morning. In the direction of Italy, ride along the D-2 cycle route (also called the Sava cycle route) past Planica. The modern Nordic Ski Jumping Center surrounded by a beautiful mountain scenery will enchant you. After a border cross with Italy and a short stop in Tarvisio for a delicious cappuccino, you will reach the border with Austria. On the Alpe Adria Cycle Path and the Gailtal Cycle Path you come to the Faaker See, one of the warmest bathing lakes in Carinthia. The most impressive mountain of Karawanks is Mittagskogel, which rises like a volcano over Lake Wörthersee. The Drau Cycle Path now leads you mostly on well-navigable dam paths through the enchanting Rosental. Impressive rocks, castles and lakes provide a variety of landscapes. Overnight stay in the gunsmith town of Ferlach.
Route detail: ca. 85 km, + 320m / – 710m
Day 3: Ferlach – Jezersko
Today’s tour takes place on the Drauradweg. In Gallizien you can visit the beautiful Wilderstein waterfall. Here you leave the lower part of the stage and continue towards the Karawanks in the Vellach valley. You are entering the UNESCO Karawanken-Karavanke Geopark area. The Obir stalactite caves and the “World of Geology” information center in Bad Eisenkappl are of great importance. After exploring this extremely rich geological area, the biggest challenge of this tour awaits you, the ascent to the Seebergsattel at 1218 m above sea level. At the end you will be rewarded with a descent to the idyllic valley of Jezersko, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Steiner Alps. Overnight in Zgornje Jezersko.
Route detail: ca. 59 km, + 835m / – 375m
Day 4: Jezersko – Begunje na Gorenjskem
Right at the beginning of this stage, the most relaxed part of the whole tour awaits you, a 19 km long descent through the canyon of the river Kokra. You drive past Preddvor Lake through the slightly hilly landscape below the Karavanks. The shoemaking town of Tržič is perfect for a lunch break. The old town of Tržič has been protected as a cultural and historical monument since 1985. Followed by an ascent to the panoramic road from Podgora, from which you will be accompanied by a view of the Julian Alps to Begunje in Gorenjska. The story of Kamen Castle, Slavko Avsenik and his original polka music rounds off the day. Overnight in Begunje.
Route detail: ca. 47 km, + 479m / – 789m
Day 5: Begunje na Gorenjskem – Kranjska Gora
Today you will be able to experience the real atmosphere of Upper Carniola. Not only with Oberkrainer Music, but also nature and people make this area so special. Through typical Karavanke villages you come near Završnica valley, a popular starting point for the highest mountain of Karavanke, Stol (Hochstuhl in Deutsch) with 2236 meters the highest mountain of Karavanke. Jesenice is a place with a long tradition of blacksmithing, which you can see in the Stara Sava Museum. From Jesenice you cycle along the Sava cycle path. It will take you past the biggest natural attractions in this part of Slovenia, Peričnik Waterfall and Vrata Valley, Špik Mountain and Martuljek Waterfall. At the end of the day, you will return to Kranjska Gora, where your Karawanks adventure will end. Overnight in Kranjska Gora.
Route detail: ca. 39 km, + 373m / – 137m. With Peričnik Waterfall +20 km.
Day 6: Departure
Individual departure or possibility of extending your stay in Slovenia.
Presentation of the accommodation:
We pick our accommodation carefully and with extra consideration as to whether they have good facilities for guests on a cycling and walking holidays. All of them have great or even extraordinary reviews from their guests.
Kranjska gora Hotel Kompas 4*, Ramada resort 4*
Hit Alpinea is the largest provider of hotel services in Kranjska Gora. Guests can be catered in the many restaurants, while in the Larix and Kompas wellness centers can relax after their outdoor activities.
Ferlach Gasthof Plasch Ferlach 3*
Gasthof Plasch is a family-guided guesthouse with 70 years of tradition. A wide range of Austrian dishes, Carinthian and international cuisine is served in the restaurant. Nearby is a lake Reßnigsee, a popular natural bathing place for the locals.
Zgornje Jezersko Vila Koman Jezersko 3*
Alen and Petra are the young-couple, who left city life to start a small hotel in the mountain paradise of Jezersko, not far from a glacier lake and under some of the nicest mountains in the region.
Begunje na Gorenjskem Gostilna Avsenik Begunje 3*
The Avsenik inn and restaurant is known far and wide for its good, homemade, traditional Slovenian cuisine. It is also the home of Slavko and Vilko Avsenik, the founder of the ensemble of the Avsenik brothers, who founded the Slovenian polka and waltz all over the world. In the museum within the inn, you can learn more about the origin and development of this unique musical phenomenon.
Please note: these are sample hotels and may vary by availability.
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Contact us for details: email@example.com
Tourism video about Slovenia
Tourism video from destination Jezersko
Tourism video from Preddvor