03 - 12 June 2017 (11 PLACES REMAIN)
Slovenia is a wonderful region offering many alternative cycling routes tucked into the sides of Alps, meandering through pleasant hills and winding around beautiful lakes. Slovenia joined the European Union since 2004 and has an interesting mix of Austro/Hungarian and Italian cultures that render it a truly fascinating country to explore.
This tour will lead us to the wondrous medieval city of Lubjana, where we’ll take part in the Maratona Franja Granfondo! We'll ride the same course that was used for the UCI Masters in 2014, and this GF is a qualifier race for this year's Masters if you'd like an added incentive! Check out the GF courses here.
But it’s not just about the riding, we’ll have plenty of time to explore the locations and what’s more enjoy the local food and wine!
- All hotel accommodation in minimum 3 star, usually 4 star hotels (twin share)
- Introductory Lunch
- Dinners (except 1)
- 2 Guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
- Van support throughout tour
- All in-tour transfers
- Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes during tour
- Activities which depend on the region we are visiting. Examples include wine/cheese/olive oil tastings, boat trips
- Garmin 800 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
- 1 PuntoTours cycling kit (cycling jersey, knicks and socks) per guest
- GF Registration
- 1 day pack per guest
- Complimentary food supplements including gels and energy bars
- Detailed printed Tour information booklet.
Day One - Bovec Warm-up Ride
Main Route: 45km – 28mi
Total Ascent: 900m – 2900ft
This is a warm-up ride to ease the body over any jet lag. Some of you may have only recently stepped off a plane, so this ride offers a great way to “tease” out that tiredness. A great ride to prepare for the next ten days!
Day Two - Bovec Loop to Kraniska Gora
Main Route: 90km
Total Ascent: 1900m
Our ride today will take us into Italy, where we’ll of course enjoy a nice Espresso! Then back to Slovenia across the ski town of Kraniska Gora famous for the ski world cup events. We have two climbs and the second one is a definite challenge!
Day Three - Bovec to Bled
Main Route: 90km – 56mi
Total Ascent: 1600m – 6200ft
This is a more challenging day in the saddle, which takes us towards the beautiful lake of Bled. One big climb to start and some rolling terrain at the end, as easy as that!
Day Four - Bled Loop to Bistrica
Main Route: 70km – 43mi
Total Ascent: 1600m – 5200ft
A short but challenging ride today! We climb for about 20 km and after a long descent we ride on rolling terrain back to Bled.
Day Five - Bled Loop to Austria
Main Route: 100km
Total Ascent: 1800m
Today we cross another border and we go to Austria! A couple of decent climbs on our way…enjoy the scenery!
Day Six - Bled to Ljubljana
Main Route: 60km – 62mi
Total Ascent: 1000m - -5900ft
This is an easier day. We ride on undulating roads with great views to the big mountains for the whole ride. The big event week-end is in front of us and we need to rest a little! We’ll arrive in Lubjana and have plenty of time to rest and visit this beautiful town!
Day Seven - Rest Day
Guided tour of Ljubljana
Day Eight - Ljubljana Loop to Logatec
Main Route: 70km - 43mi
Total Ascent: 800m - 2300ft
Another beautiful day’s ride amongst the hills surrounding Lubjana. Lots of up & down today as we discover a loads of nice villages along the way. Beautiful quiet roads!
Day Nine - Ljubljana Maratona Franja Granfondo
Main Route: 110km – 63mi
Total Ascent: 1200m – 3900ft
The big day! Enjoy the Event and the scenery!
Day Ten - Arrivederci
Recommended Arrival Airport: Trieste or Venice
Recommended Departure Airport: Trieste or Venice
(Airport transfers not included)