Slovenia · June 2024 - October 2024

Ljubljana to Lake Bled on Hidden Hills Trail

Explore hidden trails from Ljubljana to Lake Bled, with stops in the medieval Škofja Loka and Lake Bohinj on our hut-to-hut biking tour.

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Overview

The Hidden Hills Trail, a captivating long-distance biking trail, is a constant source of inspiration. With its mix of biking paths, single tracks, and asphalt roads, it offers a diverse experience while ensuring a traffic-free journey through pristine Slovenian nature. There are numerous reasons why the Hidden Hills Trail is renowned as Slovenia's best e-bike route: the stunning landscapes, varied terrain, traffic-free roads that immerse you in calm, untouched nature, and welcoming locals in secluded spots along the way. These hills, separating Ljubljana from Lake Bohinj & Bled, are steeped in history and natural wonders. Winding roads, paths, and single tracks reveal hidden gems without the bustle of crowds or traffic jams. As you pass through ancient towns, you'll meet amicable locals and step back in time.

Highlights

Unforgettable Hut-to-Hut Cycling Journey

Unforgettable Hut-to-Hut Cycling Journey

Discover Slovenia's Must-see Sights

Discover Slovenia's Must-see Sights

Experience an Incredible Route Across Diverse Terrain

Experience an Incredible Route Across Diverse Terrain

Find Hidden Historical Landmarks

Find Hidden Historical Landmarks

Local Culinary Experience

Local Culinary Experience

Itinerary

This is the itinerary for your Self - Guided bike trip on Hidden Hills Trail.

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Day 1

Arrival in Ljubljana

Upon your arrival in Ljubljana, your bikes will be ready at your accommodation. You'll receive a detailed itinerary and answers to any queries. If you arrive early, explore Ljubljana's center and castle. Prepare for an exciting week ahead, so relax and recharge.

Accomodation: The Hotel Ljubljana

*This accommodation may be subject to change due to full occupancy.

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Day 2

Ljubljana - Škofja Loka

Your first day of cycling kicks off with an exhilarating journey from Ljubljana's city center to the medieval charm of Škofja Loka. Leaving the urban hub, you'll embark on an ascent towards St. Katarina, granting captivating views of the Ljubljana valley, and then onwards to the picturesque St. Jakob church, boasting a breathtaking 360-degree panorama. The descent from Polhograjski Dolomiti hills eventually leads you to Škofja Loka, a town steeped in rich history and culture.

Route information: 30km, 780m elevation gain

Accomodation: Turizem Loka, Škofja Loka

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DAY 3

Škofja Loka - Stari Vrh

In the second stage, your journey leads you from the medieval town to the picturesque Križna Gora hill, followed by a descent into the Selška valley. Another climb awaits, taking you to the iconic St. Thomas church, a beloved photography spot in Slovenia. Following a quick photo session, you'll veer onto an old military road, leading to the Ski resort Stari Vrh, marking the final destination of this stage.

Route information: 26km, 1130m elevation gain

Accomodation: Gostišče Stari Vrh

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DAY 4

Stari Vrh - Dražgoše - Lake Bohinj

Today's picturesque route guides you along the Škofja Loka hills, through the dense spruce forest of Jelovica, and past the remote villages of Kališe and Dražgoše, where time seems to move at its own pace. Following a lengthy descent, your journey brings you to Bohinjska Bistrica, and from there, you'll continue on a scenic cycling path that leads to the serene beauty of Lake Bohinj.

Route information: 44km, 1200m elevation gain

Accomodation: Hotel Gašperin, Bohinj

*This accommodation may be subject to change due to full occupancy.

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DAY 5

Lake Bohinj - Lake Bled

Starting your day by Lake Bohinj and ending it with a relaxing swim in another lake is an ideal experience. The route leads you from Lake Bohinj up to the mesmerizing Zajamniki mountain pasture, known for its stunning views - one of the best in Slovenia. As you move on from one pasture to another, you'll get to savor traditional alpine cheese. After passing through the shepherd's huts, a long descent will take you to Lake Bled, where you'll conclude your day.

Route information: 45km, 1100m elevation gain

What's included

What's Included

Accommodation as per itinerary

Rent of high performance electric mountain bike or gravel bike and helmet

Tour design and organization

Luggage transfer

GPS navigation with the easy-to-use app

Service and support during your tour

Return transfer to/from the airport

Tourist tax

Meals and snacks (except breakfast)

Travel insurance

Extras

Lake Bled, Slovenia

A Slice of Slovenian Paradise

Lake Bled is a small slice of paradise renowned for its awe-inspiring beauty, with crystal-clear waters, an island sanctuary, and a medieval clifftop castle. It's a place that feels almost otherworldly.

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Trip Tips

What to Bring on the Tour?

What to Bring on the Tour?

- Cycling Gloves - Rain/Wind Jacket - Small Backpack - Water Bottles/Bidons - Snacks - ID Card - Cash - Powerbank - Sunglasses - Sunscreen

Terrain

Terrain

50% Gravel, 50% Asphalt. The trail includes gravel roads and smooth asphalt with occasional steep uphill and downhill sections, offering a diverse biking experience.

Skill Level

Skill Level

B. Intermediate, Novice: Suitable for occasional cyclists with some technical skills. The routes consist mostly of macadam (tarmac) with occasional forest paths and moderately challenging segments.

Fitness Level

Fitness Level

Level 3 - Moderate: Involves cycling on dynamic terrain with longer climbs. Regular physical activity fitness is required to comfortably cover distances of 5 to 6 hours.

Reviews

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We have met Nejc 2 years ago in slovenia and did a guided MTB day tour with him. We had a great time and 2 years later we went back to Slovenia and did a 5 day self guided MTB holiday booked via Nejc, “the hidden trails” route. Everything went really smooth and the bikes were of great quality. I had an E-MTB and my partner a full suspension MTB. On arrival at the airport he picked us up and brought us to skofja loka where we received the bikes & had our first overnight stay at a great hotel (turizm loka). The day after we started biking to the next location stari vrh, which had a great view. The accommodations were all great. We also loved the fact that our luggage was picked up in the morning and brought to the next destination the day after. In soriska planina we also did the hike that Nej added to the app, which had lovely views! In hotavlje we have spent 2 nights at homestead farm tesnak and loved the location, owners, breakfast and hospitality. On the final day we biked back to skofja loka and were brought to Ljubljana by Nejc, where we have spent our last 3 nights before going home. The 5 bike rides were great and offered a lot of variation and nice views. We hope to come back and explore some other areas. Nejc is a great guy who offers an awesome experience and service. Totally recommended!

Kris Crabbe

You'll Be Staying Here

The Hotel Ljubljana

The Hotel Ljubljana

Turizem Loka, Škofja Loka

Turizem Loka, Škofja Loka

Gostišče Stari Vrh

Gostišče Stari Vrh

Hotel Gašperin, Lake Bohinj

Hotel Gašperin, Lake Bohinj

Dates

June 24 - 28 2024

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July 15 - 19 2024

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August 5 - 9 2024

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September 16 - 20 2024

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October 1 - 5 2024

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FAQs

To enjoy this bike trip to the fullest, participants should have a moderate fitness level, suitable for cycling for several hours. Skill-wise, it's ideal for intermediate riders who are comfortable with various terrains and occasional climbs.

Our bike trip is self-guided, giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace. You'll receive a detailed itinerary and a GPS navigation app to help you along the way.

The best time to visit is during the spring and summer months, from April to September, when the weather is pleasant, and the landscapes are in full bloom. However, you can book the trip based on your preferences.

We provide high-performance electric mountain bikes or gravel bikes and helmets as part of the package. You don't need to bring your own bike unless you prefer to do so.

Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather. If you inform us in advance and choose to cancel the trip, you can receive a full refund for your booking.

While breakfast is included in the package, other meals and snacks are not. You'll have opportunities to explore local culinary delights and can carry snacks for the ride.

Absolutely! We're open to customizing your itinerary based on your preferences. If you'd like to add extra stops or extend your stay, please let us know, and we'll work with you to make it happen.

Accommodations are carefully selected and typically include cozy hotels and guesthouses. While we aim to stick to the planned accommodations, they may be subject to change due to full occupancy.

Booking is easy; simply click on the "Book Now" button on this page. If you have any additional requirements or would like to customize your experience, please contact us, and we'll assist you in making the necessary arrangements.

We recommend having travel insurance, but it is not included in the package. It's advisable to arrange suitable travel insurance that covers any unexpected situations during your trip for your peace of mind.

A. Entry-Level, Beginner: Ideal for newcomers to cycling or those who ride occasionally for relaxation. The paths are typically straight and paved for ease.

B. Intermediate, Novice: Suitable for occasional cyclists with some technical skills. The routes consist mostly of macadam (tarmac) with occasional forest paths and moderately challenging segments.

C. Advanced: Geared towards experienced cyclists with solid technical abilities. The terrain primarily features forest paths and mountain tracks with numerous technically demanding sections.

D. Professional: Tailored for dedicated cyclists who spend a significant amount of time on their bikes and possess exceptional skills. They effortlessly conquer all challenging sections.

Level 1 - Beginner: Suitable for easy cycling with no extended climbs. A basic level of physical fitness is needed to comfortably cover distances of at least 2 hours.

Level 2 - Easy to Moderate: Designed for cycling on somewhat rugged terrain, occasionally involving longer climbs. Casual fitness is sufficient for this level.

Level 3 - Moderate: Involves cycling on dynamic terrain with longer climbs. Regular physical activity fitness is required to comfortably cover distances of 5 to 6 hours.

Level 4 - Challenging: For all-day cycling on dynamic terrain with extended climbs. A good level of physical fitness is necessary.

Level 5 - Advanced: Tailored for advanced cyclists, including long distances and significant elevation changes, with extended climbs and descents. A very good level of physical fitness is required for this level.

Ljubljana to Lake Bled on Hidden Hills Trail

Slovenia · 4 nights

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