Both tours will be accompanied by Chuck & Judy Nichols
Join Chuck and Judy on an amazing bike tour through gorgeous alpine valleys from Salzburg, Austria to Bled, Slovenia. This cycling tour takes us through the majestic Alps, it includes three countries, we have a riding guide, a support van and it is a moderate ride. The fun begins in Salzburg, Austria, the birthplace of Mozart, and finishes in Bled, the most charming town in northern Slovenia. Keep your camera handy as we cycle picturesque river valleys with waterfalls, towering peaks and storybook perfect towns. Great food, historical sites and comfortable lodgings are part of each day’s adventure.
From Salzburg, we will be cycling on bike paths and quiet country roads that immerse us in the spectacular scenery of the Salzach, Gastein and Molltal Valleys. South of Villach, we briefly pass through NE Italy before crossing into Slovenia in the heart of the Julian Alps. The grand finale ride ends in Bled, Slovenia, home of the iconic Bled Castle.
This bike tour is perfect for riders of all abilities. We will have electric bikes (E-bikes) as well as road and hybrid bikes available for rent. Daily distances are 45-65 km over mildly rolling terrain with a nice combination of short and long climbs. Each day a support vehicle accompanies us, and you are welcomed to take a lift at any time.
2018 Price:€2250 Euros/per person double occupancy, Single Supplement:€390
Price does not include: Rental Bikes (Hybrid bike rental / €80 Euros, Road bike rental / €120 Euros, Electric bike rental / €250 Euros), lunches, beverages, gratuities for local guide & driver
Itinerary for Salzburg, Austria to Bled Slovenia Bike Tour:
Day 1: Meeting day in Salzburg, Austria. We will meet in the late afternoon at the hotel for a tour orientation, bike fitting and welcome dinner.
Day 2: Cycling from Salzburg to Bischoffshofen (60 km)
Our first day’s ride takes us from Salzburg through the Salzach Valley to Bischofshofen, a summer sports destination in the Austrian Alps.
HIGHLIGHTS: The 900-year-old Hohenwerfen Castle, one of the oldest and best-preserved castles in Europe.
Day 3: Cycling from Bischoffshofen to Mallnitz (55 km), We follow a bike path through the Gastein Valley and end the day with a short train ride. HIGHLIGHTS: The scenic ski town of St. Johann im Pongau, the Gastein Valley and the famous mountain resort of Badgastein with a waterfall in the center of town.
Day 4: Cycling from Mallnitz to Sachsenburg (50 km)
Today we enter Carinthia, one of Austria’s most impressive vacation regions, and enjoy a downhill ride through the Molltal Valley beneath impressive 3,000 meter mountains.
HIGHLIGHTS: Liechtensteinklamm (Liechtenstein Gorge) and the downhill ride into the Molltal valley.
Day 5: Cycling to Villach (65 km)
Enjoy our slightly downhill route along the Drau River as we cycle to the beautiful town of Villach. HIGHLIGHTS: Drau Valley and town of Villach.
Day 6: Cycling from Villach to Podkoren (65 km)
Today we ride in three countries and cross from Austria to Italy and then into Slovenia to enjoy the stunning Sava Valley and overnight in Podkoren.
HIGHLIGHTS:View of Dobratsch mountain and the mountains near the Kranjska Gora alpine ski area.
Day 7: Cycling from Podkoren to Bled (45 km)
The ride begins with a gentle downhill to Kranjska Gora, a World Cup alpine ski area. The bike path continues down valley and then we make a short climb into a beautiful forested valley. Our final stage ends with a downhill into Bled. This picturesque town is on the shore of a gorgeous lake that is surrounded by mountain peaks.
HIGHLIGHTS: Historic farm museum in Krma valley, lunch at Psnak restaurant, and Lake Bled with its medieval castle perched on a steep cliff overlooking the lake.
Day 8: Bled. The tour ends after breakfast. Please let us know if you want us to make reservations for any additional nights in Bled or Ljubljana.
AIR TRAVEL INFORMATION: THIS TRIP BEGINS SALZBURG, AUSTRIA AND ENDS IN BLED, SLOVENIA. One option is to schedule your flights into Salzburg airport (SZG) at the start and return home from LJUBLJANA (LJU) at the end of the tour. You might find cheaper flight options into MUNICH (MUC) and out of LJUBLJANA (LJU), with a 2 hour train ride from Munich to Salzburg. You could also look at roundtrip flights from LJUBLJANA (LJU), with a 4 hour train ride to Salzburg at the beginning of the trip. Bled and Ljubljana are equal distance from the Ljubljana airport. If this is your first time in Slovenia, it is worth visiting Ljubljana. Let us know if you would like assistance with additional hotels in Salzburg or in Slovenia.