Bled Lake and the Alpe Adria Cycling Route
Gorgeous towns, crystal clear waters and blossoming meadows, between Italy and Slovenia
An original itinerary characterised by three themes: crystal clear water; the Alps with their forests and grazing; old railways now turned into Greenways.
This itinerary develops mainly on old railways that today are cycling paths and connect Italy, Austria and Slovenia. The Alpe Adria Cycling Route starts from Tarvisio and ends in Resiutta. This trail allows us to admire the river Fella while pedaling on high viaducts, bridges and protected routes. We will also ride on an old railway from Tarvisio to Kraniska Gora along the Sava Valley. Old trains will be part of our trip as we travel, as passangers, on the Ferrovia Transalpina from Bled to Kanal. This train tracks built at the beniginning of the IX century by the Austro Ungarian Empire were an authentic cutting-edge work of engeneering with its audacious bridges, viaducts, tunnels. Trains still run on those tracks passing through little mountain villages. They connect Iesenice to Nova Gorica, and used to reach Trieste.
Majestic mountains surround wide valleys, forests and grazing fields are the landscape that mark this inspiring itinerary. We will get a closer look to the Alpe Giulia, ending part of the Dolomites. We will cross the borders from italy to Slovenia, a land of cultural mix. Once in Slovenia we will reach the National Park of Triglav to cherish the view of Bled Lake, beautiful small pearl surrounded by high mountains.
Water is the last of our three themes. The rivers Fella and Tagliamento flow noisily and many little streams gurgle joining us on our way. The Isonzo River is incledible for its emerald water and the Natisone River has incredibly blue nuances. The gorges of Vintgar add a unique flavour to our tour: a rocky canyon where the Radovna River flows creating whirls and falls. Thanks to a wooden path we are able to walk right in the middle of the canyon surrounded by lush green nature.
We will not leave aside art and history, of course. We will visit Villa Manin in Codroipo and pass through Venzone, with its typical white stone buildings, completely rebuilt after the 1976 earthquake; Cividale di Friuli, cradle of the Longobard Reign; Spilimbergo with its facades full of frescos and its world wide known school of Mosaic; all of those little tows are authentic architectural jewels to be discovered.
Unesco World Heritage Sites: the Dolomites, the Longobard in
Italy, Cividale del Friuli.
Orange Flag of the Touring Club Italino: Cividale del Friuli.
Services included in our previous tours
- 7 nights with breakfast in four and three stars hotels.
- 7 three-course-dinners with typical local recipes, one drink (1/4 liter wine or ½ liter beer), tap water and bread are included.
- 6 picnics, which includes sandwiches, fruit, a dessert, 1/2 liter water.
- 3 tour guides, 2 by bike and one with the agency van (two guides for groups from 12 to 17 people).
- Hotel city tax.
- Visits (see the program).
- Agency van which follows the whole tour in order to guarantee: the luggage transport service, the picnics for lunch and snacks and the availability and the assistance during the tour.
HOW TO BOOK
This trip has already been tested and can be adapted to small or bigger groups. We propose guided tours leaded by our guides who speak english, german, french, spanish and portuguese. We can provide this trip also without leaders as long as the group can follow the tracks using a gps since itineraries develop on broads that are not always easy to find.
On demand we can also provide other services as, for instance, a bus following the group or electric bikes and much more. Big groups are kindly invited to book in advance.
To contact us:
Speaking english – spanish – french
Anna Magrin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking german – portuguese
Elisa Zambelli – email@example.com
INFORMATION ABOUT THE BIKE TOUR
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights, 6 biking days
When: upon request
Where: Italy - Slovenia
Tour description: The tour is a trail beginning and ending in Udine. The trail mainly follows cycling paths. Some bits will be on secondary roads with low car traffic. The road bank is mostly asphalt, but we will also be pedaling on nice dirt roads. The path from Venzone to Tarvisio is smooth but constant uphill. The rest is mostly flat with few ups and dows and short climbs.
Visits: Guided visits: Spilimbergo Mosaic School and town centre. Visit of Vintgar Gorge.
PROGRAM OF THE BIKE TOUR
Independent travel with arrival in Udine.
Udine – Astoria Hotel Italia ****
Udine > Spilimbergo
66 km – flat and smootly uphill.
Spilimbergo – Osteria da Afro ***
Spilimbergo > Venzone
43 km – smootly uphill.
Venzone – Locanda al Municipio and other B&B
Venzone > Tarvisio
60 km – smootly uphill.
Tarvisio – Hotel Il Cervo *** with wellness
Tarvisio > Bled Lake
60 km – mainly downhill.
Lake Bled – Hotel Triglav Bled ***
Bled Lake – Kanal > Nova Gorica
Free morning, train transfer from Lake Bled to Kanal.
25 km - smootly downhill
Nova Gorica – Hotel Lipa***
Nova Gorica > Udine
60 km – smooth ups and downs.
Udine – Hotel Astoria Italia ****
Breakfast at the Hotel, free day and independent way back home.