SLOVENIA (VENICE TO LJUBLJANA)

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2020 SLOVENIA

REGION: SLOVENIA (incl. Italy)

TOUR DATES: 29 JUNE - 7 JULY 2020

DURATION: 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

HOTELS: Cison (x2), Ovaro (x1), 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: 3150 € p.p.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 550 €

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
Carbon Road Bike Hire: 350 €

DAY ONE – Monday 29 June 2020
Venice, Italy

This morning you will be collected from Venice (Marco Polo Airport) at approximately 11am-12 noon. We can also collect you from Annia Park Hotel Venice Airport should you prefer to arrive to Venice earlier. Following a 1hr van transfer we will arrive at our accommodation for the next two nights. We will go through a tour briefing, prepare the bikes and head out for an introductory ride. Riding from the hotel and you encounter some stunning scenery on the Passo San Boldo climb. The road near the summit includes a series of five switchback tunnels carved into the rock! This road was built during the First World War by the Austro-Hungarian army in less than 100 days. Quite an impressive feat!

Meals: Dinner included

Destinations: Venice

Ride: 40km cycling

Accommodation: Cison (Italy)

DAY TWO – Tue 30 June 2020
Prosecco Wine Road, Italy

Today you will cycle a brilliant loop through the rolling hills of the Prosecco and Cartize wine area. For those looking for a challenge then Monte Cesen which soars above Valdobbiadene is possible. This is a perfectly designed route to get your legs ready for the crossing of the Alpes into Slovenia which is fast approaching!

Meals: Breakfast

Destinations: Monte Cesen & Valdobbiadene

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Cison (Italy)

DAY THREE – Wed 1 July 2020
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 2 July  2020
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 – Fri 3 July 2020
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 – Sat 4 July 2020
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 5 July 2020
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 6 July 2020
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 – Tues 7 July 2020
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

2020 SLOVENIA (from Venice to Ljubljana)

This adventure includes an initial three nights in Italy before crossing into Slovenia. From Venice the cycling route heads along the world renowned Prosecco Wine Road and San Boldo Climb. From here it is a short trip into Fruili region (Italy) to conquer the infamous Monte Zoncolan. With San Boldo 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: 29-06-2020 to 07-07-2020

Tour price: 3150 € per person (twin share)

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