SLOVENIA

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2018 SLOVENIA

REGION: SLOVENIA (incl. Austria & Italy)

TOUR DATES: 11 – 19 JUNE 2018

DURATION: 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

HOTELS: Maishofen (x1), Ovaro (x2), Bovec (x2), Bled (x2), Ljubljana (x1), 3-4 star hotels

INCLUDED:
Arrival & Departure transfers
8 nights accommodation (twin share)
8 breakfasts
5 dinners with beer & wine provided
8 guided cycling stages fully supported
Food & drinks during cycling stages
Sierra Sports cycling jersey

PRICE: 2975 € p.p.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 500 €

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
Carbon Road Bike Hire: 350 €

DAY ONE – Monday 11 June 2018
Salzburg, Austria


We will be available to meet you at Salzburg Train Station at approximately 9am. There will be a 1.5hr van transfer to Zell am See. Here we will prepare the bikes and get things ready for a fantastic cycling route. The ride follows the lake shoreline with the Tauern National Park mountain views in the background. Towards the lakes southern edge we detour in search of the Hochkonig Pass. This is a great introductory climb as its 11km with an average gradient of 4% will get the leg muscles firing again!

This evening there will be a full tour briefing and welcome dinner with the Sierra guides.

Meals: Dinner included

Destinations: Zell am See

Ride: 75km cycling

Accommodation: Maishofen (Austria)

DAY TWO – Tue 12 June 2018
Grossglockner, Austria


The initial 20km include a good warm up before arriving at the base of the Grossglockner. In Austria this is known as the ‘High Alpine Road’ and it is the 7th highest mountain road in Europe (2504m). At the top of the pass the views to the enormous 3798m adjacent peaks and Pasterze and Johannisberg glaciers are simply inspiring. The climb today measures 21.5km with an average grade of 8.3%. The climb though needs to be ridden in two parts; an initial 7km with an average grade of 5% and a final 14km with a constant average grade of 10%. The reward at the top will make the effort all the worthwhile!

What goes up must go down and there are 26km down to the opposite valley floor. This is a long descent on one of the best engineered roads in Europe!

Meals: Breakfast

Destinations: Grossglockner

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Ovaro (Italy)

DAY THREE – Wed 13 June 2018
Monte Zoncolan


Today you will be initiated on the Zoncolan climb! With climb statistics that put it in the same league as Mortirolo (Italy) or Angliru (Spain) it is one ‘out and out’ challenge. The western approach is considered the most difficult – 10.5km with an average grade of 11.5%. The final 6km though average 15% with a maximum ramp of 20%. With the support van following closely it will be a great chance for everyone to test themselves on an authentic Italian wall.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Monte Zoncolan

Ride: 85km cycling

Accommodation: Ovaro (Italy)

DAY FOUR – Thur 14 June  2018
Italy to Slovenia


This morning there is a 30 minute van transfer to the edge of the Parco Naturale Regionale delle Prealpi Giule (Italy). The cycling into Slovenia is amazing! There are no less than 5 climbs today all ranging from 3km to 7km in length. The majority of the climbs range between 6-8%, however, Passo Carnizza which is our first climb of the day needs to be treated with the upmost respect. The climb is only 6km but the final 2.5km range between grades of 12 and 18%.

The Soca River in north western Slovenia is where the ride finishes today and its emerald waters have been a favourite for past Sierra cycling guests! 

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Soca River

Ride: 105km cycling

Accommodation: Bovec (Slovenia)

DAY FIVE – Friday 15 June 2018
Mangart Saddle, Slovenia


Leaving the hotel in Bovec we will cycle along the Soca valley before setting off up the Predel Pass (10.5km, 640m elevation gain, 6% average grade). At the top the highest road in Slovenia to Mangart Saddle at 2040m elevation is available. It is a ́dead end ́ but truly one of the most stunning places in Europe! From Mangart we will descend 20km back down to Bovec.

Following the flowing waters of the Soca River you will ride to the historic Napoleon Bridge which spans an impressive gorge! During the evening we will feast on famous Bovec cheese, traditional frika omelettes and sweeten things up with some famous regional dumplings!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Mangart Saddle

Ride: 65km or 95km cycling

Accommodation: Bovec (Slovenia)

DAY SIX – Saturday 16 June 2018
Triglav National Park, Slovenia


After a short warm-up the first challenge awaits, the Vršič Pass, which at 1611m elevation is the highest mountain pass in Slovenia. As well as providing amazing natural landscapes and mountain views this part of Slovenia also provides an epic story from World War I. The pass is known as the Russian Road in honour of the Russian prisoners of war that were forced to build it during 1915. As you tackle the 12km climb with 800m of elevation gain (7% average grade) you will have plenty of time to admire the Triglav National Park.

After descending 24 switchbacks the cycling continues through to Bled. This back road cycling experience heads through quiet forests before finishing with amazing views down to what is Slovenia´s most well known lake and castle island!

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Kranjska Gora & Lake Bled

Ride: 85km cycling

Accommodation: Lake Bled (Slovenia)

DAY SEVEN – Sun 17 June 2018
Bled Loop Ride


After a long week of challenging rides we will see how everyone is feeling today. Bled is the perfect place for a rest day to enjoy both water and land based activities! Cycling from the hotel though there are also plenty of options and we have a fantastic 85km cycling loop designed. The course is undulating but without major climbs. Attractions include passing through medieval towns, gorges, castles, forests and war monuments!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Pokljuka Gorge

Ride: 85km cycling

Accommodation: Lake Bled (Slovenia)

DAY EIGHT – Mon 18 June 2018
Bled to Ljubljana


From Bled we ride through to Ljubljana today the capital of Slovenia.  The highlight is cycling in the foothills of the Polhograjski Dolomiiti. This is Slovenia´s version of the Dolomites and its close proximity to Ljubljana is a bonus! Following what has been an epic journey over three European Alpes tonight will be a grand celebration and dinner in the Slovenian capital!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Polhograjski Dolomiti

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Ljubljana (Slovenia)

DAY NINE – Tue 19 June 2018
Tour Farewell

Following breakfast you are free to continue your own travels. Our Sierra guides will also be able to transfer you to Venice if you like. This is a 2.5 hour transfer back into Italy. We hope you had a great time discovering the magical Slovenian rivers, lakes and mountains!

Meals: Breakfast

2018 SLOVENIA (from Salzburg to Ljubljana)

This adventure through Slovenia also includes an initial three nights in Austria and Italy. From Salzburg the cycling route heads over the Grossglockner pass which is in the top 10 highest European mountain passes (2504m), the highest in Austria and offers the most spectacular glacial views. From here it is a short trip into Fruili region (Italy) to spend two nights at the base of the infamous Monte Zoncolan. With the Grossglockner and Zoncolan steeped in Giro d’Italia history the trip is already off to a flying start.

The arrival into Slovenia over the Pre-Alpes Giulie and cycling alongside the fast flowing waters of the Soca River is a once in a lifetime experience. Slovenia is one of the most stunning countries in Europe for its well preserved natural environment, mighty forests and emerald rivers! This tour also passes over the Julian Alps with mountain views of the Triglav National Park and onto the picture perfect views of Lake Bled. The cycling finishes in Ljubljana the capital city of Slovenia! Post-tour feel free to join us in the vans through to Venice.

Dates: 11-06-2018 to 19-06-2018

Tour price: 2975 € per person (twin share)

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