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Juliana Gravel Bike – Slovenia, Italy

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Adventurous gravel bike tour with biking around Julian Alps in Slovenia and Italy. An amazing gravel biking experience in the heart of Julian Alps and Triglav National Park with rides on gravel roads, trails, distant roads, ... Explore the beauty of the pure and intact alpine nature by gravel bike. Juliana Gravel Bike is one of the most beautiful circular adventurous bike tour.

 

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All about the Juliana Gravel Bike – Slovenia, Italy.

Adventurous gravel bike tour with biking around the Julian Alps in Slovenia and Italy. An amazing gravel biking experience in the heart of Julian Alps and Triglav National Park with rides on gravel roads, trails, distant roads, ... Explore the beauty of the pure and intact alpine nature by gravel bike. Juliana Gravel Bike is one of the most beautiful circular adventurous bike tour.

A Juliana gravel bike trail takes you where you will feel the true pulse of life in the Julian Alps and learn about the rich natural and cultural heritage. This tour takes you mostly along gravel roads which is surrounded by forest, rivers, mountains, remote farms ... We have designed your perfect gravel cycling experience around Julian Alps that combines great riding and exploring everything you love about the journey.

Highlights:

  • Stunning mountain scenery in the Julian Alps.
  • Unique gravel bike roads around Triglav National Park.
  • Beautiful towns of Bled, Tolmin, Valbruna, Kranjska Gora, Kobarid, Tarvisio,  ...
  • Explore Lake Bohinj and Lake Bled.
  • Enjoy Dogna and Valbruna Valley on the east side of Julian Alps.
  • Beautiful Soča Valley - Emerald color river valley.
  • The valley of Resia Mountain: an incredible landscaped patrimony.
  • Ride on Gravel Epic event section (60 km).
  • Stay in charming alpine accommodations.
  • Taste the richness of the Slovenian and Italian culinary.

Julian Alps

The Julian Alps cover an estimated 4,400 km2. They are divided into the Eastern and Western Julian Alps. There are many peaks in the Eastern Julian Alps over 2,000 m high, and they are mainly parts of ridges. The most prominent peaks are visible by their height and size.The kings of this mountain range is Triglav (2,864 metres), Slovenia’s highest mountain and the symbol of the Slovenian nation  The Western Julian Alps cover a much smaller area, and are located mainly in Italy. The kings of this mountain range is Jof di Montasio (2,752 metres), the highest mountain in Western Julian Alps.

Facts:

  • Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
  • Activity: Gravel bike tour
  • Ride type: Gravel roads, tarmac, single trails ...
  • Length: 338 km / Elevation: 8.890 m
  • Grade: Moderate.
  • Bike Skill level: Intermediate (advanced+ is max.)
  • Bike Fitness level: Level 4-5 (level 7 is max.)
  • Accommodation: 3*/4* hotels and private accommodation
  • Date: From May 15th to October 30th
  • Start of the tour: Every Day
  • Start location: Bled, Slovenia
  • NoteWe can organise a private guided group from just 4 bikers with our experienced and licensed guides. Please, contact us.

 

What is bikepacking?

When you take the best parts of gravel biking and the best parts of backpacking and put them together, you get BIKEpacking. Ride, stay in simple accommodation or camp, repeat. Unlike our classic bike touring, bikepacking is done primarily off-road on trails and mixed terrain with gravel bike. During the usual bikepacking, one sleeps in a tent out in the open air, but we adjusted the gravel bike tour and included intermediate-simple-family run hotels and mountain huts accommodations.

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Full organisation of the tour.
  • Introductory briefing on day 1 with a welcome drink.
  • Booklet with detailed itinerary, route instructions and all details with vouchers.
  • Maps with marked route.
  • Navigation pack - GPS track.
  • Emergency contact number and 24/7 support.
  • 4 nights in 3-4* hotel accommodation with breakfast.
  • Famous ice cream with coffee in Radovljica old town (day5)
  • 4-day rental of Trek Gravel bike Checkpoint ALR 5, Trek Checkpoint ALR 4 or Trek Checkpoint AL 3 with helmet, simple rain cover jackets, lock, pump, spare tube, Squirt chain lube and repair kit.
  • 4 main luggage transfers between accommodations from day 1 to day 4.
  • Main luggage storage.
  • Ortlieb waterproof frame pack, seat pack, handlebar pack, gravel bags for luggage.
  • Tourist tax and VAT.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel to Slovenia (the start and end point of the tour).
  • Food and drinks: all food and drinks, except breakfast and dinner.
  • Items of personal nature.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Single supplement: 280 €
  • Garmin GPS device rental: 45 € (5 days)

 

  • Want to do a private guided group? We can organise a private guided group from just 4 bikers with our experienced and licensed guides. Please, contact us.
  1. Day 1 Lake Bled to Lake Bohinj

    A day on the bike, which will take us past Lake Bled, on some of the most beautiful roads by Sava Bohinjka river and across the marvelous plateau of Jelovica. At the last part of today’s route the trail will impress us with a view of the Bohinj Valley and Julian Alps, where the mighty Mount Triglav stands. A descent on excellent gravel roads to Bohinj Lake will take us on the right side of the valley. A picturesque stage with open views of the Julian Alps.

    • Early morning introductory meeting / Bled.
    • Gravel biking from Bled to Lake Bohinj.
    • You will ride distance of 50 km on Gravel Epic trail.
    • Accommodation in Hotel***, Bohinj
    • 65 km / C-1.580 m, D-1.360 m / 5-6h.
    • gravel 85%, asphalt/tarmac 15%
  2. Day 2 Lake Bohinj to Tolmin

    A somewhat longer stage, which runs across “forgotten” places at the southern parts of the Julian Alps. The roads lead us through beautiful areas, past remote villages and farms. In the last part the route takes us to the valley of the Soča river, which is known for its amazing emerald color. A marvelous day for all nostalgic bikers and true adventurers.

    • Breakfast in hotel.
    • Gravel biking from Lake Bohinj to Tolmin.
    • Accommodation in Hotel***, Tolmin.
    • 77 km / C-1.970 m, D-1.740 m / 5-6h.
    • gravel 80%, asphalt/tarmac 20%
  3. Day 3 Tolmin to Moggio di Sotto (Italy) via Drežnica and Kobariški Stol

    Today's stage runs across the high mountains above the Soča River and below Mount Krn. From there, we descend back to this beautiful and fascinating river, cross it and connect the remote valley of Rezija with cycling through the well-known Kobariški stol (Mount Kobariski stol). A day full of true mountain challenges.

    • Breakfast in hotel.
    • Gravel biking from Tolmin to Moggio di Sotto (Italy).
    • Accommodation in Hotel***/****, Moggio di Sotto.
    • 67 km / C-2.270 m, D-1.980 m / 6-7h.
    • gravel 80%, asphalt/tarmac 20%
  4. day 4 Moggio di Sotto (Italy) to Kranjska Gora (Slovenia)

    Today's stage takes us through the beautiful western parts of the Julian Alps with the mighty mountains of Montaž and Viš. Cycling through the valleys of Dogna and Valbruna will surely delight us with the true alpine scenery. In the last part of the route we connect to the valley of the Sava River. Real Alpine delight.

    • Breakfast in hotel.
    • Gravel biking from Moggio di Sotto (Italy) to Kranjska Gora (Slovenia) via Dogna and Valbruna valley.
    • Accommodation in Hotel****, Kranjska Gora.
    • Dinner in hotel.
    • 74 km / C-1.980m, D-2.060 m / 6-7h.
    • gravel 70%, asphalt/tarmac 28%, 2% single roads.
  5. Day5 Kranjska Gora to Radovljica

    Today’s route runs through the valley of Sava, on the eastern side of the Julian Alps. We ascend from the valley to the heart of the Karavanke mountains, where we cycle on the Slovenian mountain trail to the mountain hut with magnificent views of the Julian Alps. The last part of the route is a pleasant descent into the heart of the Gorenjska Plain, where the stage ends in the old town of Radovljica. An eventful day with views of the eastern part of the Julian Alps.

    • Breakfast in hotel.
    • Gravel biking from Kranjska Gora (Slovenia) to Bled via Radovljica.
    • You will ride distance of 30km on Trans Karavanke trail.
    • 55 km / C-1.755 m, D-1.180 m / 5-6h.
    • gravel 70%, asphalt/tarmac 28%, 2% single roads.
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Hotel***/****

Accommodation is in 3/4* hotels and tourist farm:

Day 1: 3* Hotel in Bohinj / Double room.

Day 2: 3/4* Hotel in Tolmin / Double room.

Day 3: 3* Hotel in Moggio di Sotto / Double room.

Day 4: 3* Hotel in Kranjska Gora/ Double room.

 

We are specialists for self guided tours and holidays throughout Croatia and Slovenia, with creative itineraries that feature the best of each region at the greatest possible value to you. With over 15 years of experience, we know all the secrets of self guided tours.

 

We are a team, which passionately believes that adventure and sustainable travel makes the world a better place. We are committed to creating unique stories, successful tours, itineraries and holidays.

 

At LIFE Adventures we have carefully chosen itineraries to showcase the best of the region. Our itineraries are designed with flexibility and comfort in mind. In many places we stay for two nights, giving you the option to cycle, walk or take a break and relax instead.

  • Shoes –  sneakers or any appropriate shoes for biking
  • Jacket – warm, wind & waterproof, softshell
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, any other sun protection
  • Water bottle (preferably reusable)
  • First aid (a small basic kit with items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze, antibacterial ointment, sterile pads)
  • Breakfast is included in every accommodation. You will have plenty of opportunities to stop in local restaurants and shops all along the way for lunches, snacks and dinners.
  • We advise that you to start your daily trips early  in the morning to allow yourself enough time to stop often and enjoy the scenery! And escape the hot summer sun!
  • As the weather can change quickly, do not forget to bring your rain-covers and a change of extra dry clothes. We also advise that you to  place pack things in plastic bags before packing them in the waterproof panniers.
  • The tour is not appropriate for pregnant women and minors.
  • All customers are required  to notify us before booking the tour of  any medical conditions, as well as  dietary restrictions. All medications can and should be brought to all activities in the program. If you suffer from any medical conditions, we strongly suggest that you consult your physician before booking a tour to receive an expert medical advice. We are more than happy to discuss and recommend the most suitable adventure for you based on your conditions, but cannot ultimately be responsible for your health.
  • You will be travelling with panniers attached to your bikes, so be ready to pack accordingly. You can keep your remaining luggage with our representative, who will deliver it to you on last day.

We suggest that you travel with a comprehensive travel insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation protection so that you will be covered in the event that you are unable to attend our trip (due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances). We do not provide travel insurance for our clients. Please contact your local travel agent to purchase travel insurance. As coverage and a price of the insurance changes depending on your travel destination, do make sure that you purchase a coverage for all countries you will be traveling in on your adventure.

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