Hugely successfuly with our VIP guests in 2015, Slovenia has made the Thomson grade. We are thrilled to announce this unique and exciting destination!
Slovenia has to be one of the best-kept secrets in European cycling. It has the alpine charm of Austria and Switzerland with magnificent mountains whose beauty and difficulty rival anything in the Dolomites. It’s perfect Thomson terrain! We fell in love with the rolling hills and and vineyards before we even started to climb. Over the course of the week, we’ll ride from the east of the country to the north-west corner where we’ll traverse the Julian Alps, the Slovenian extension of the Dolomites.
There are a lot of highlights on this trip, but our final ride takes the cake. It’s a classic Thomson loop over the North side of the Vrsic Pass followed by the dramatic 2000m Mangart Pass, the highest road in Slovenia. Voted by Thomson Staff as the Top Ride of 2015, we promise you an unforgettable day on the bike. It’s that good!
Welcome to Slovenia
Our trip starts at Venice Marco Polo airport where our staff will be there to welcome you before the transfer to our hotel in Slovenia.
After lunch, an orientation meeting, and bike build-up, we’ll head out on an afternoon ride to loosen up the legs. The 6km climb to Okroglice, with a few ramps over 10%, will set the tone for the week to come.
Our route takes us Northwest through the pristine Slovenian countryside with no less than 4 categorized climbs along the way.
First up is the short climb to Marno followed quickly by the local classic climb to Podmeja. From Podmeja the route undulates for a while with stunning views of the snow-covered peaks that signal the border with Austria to our north. Two more climbs come in quick succession before the final ride through the stunning valley that leads to Logarska Dolina - one of the most spectacular locations for a hotel in Europe.
From our idyllic location in the Logarska Dolina valley, our route climbs up to Pavlicevo Sedlo where we cross into Austria. Enjoy the beautiful views looking out over the Austrian Alps on the long descent.
Soon we’re climbing again! As we arrive at the Seebergsattel climb, we pass back into Slovenia. A long descent follows before we attack the final climb of the day. The climb to Krvavec is the Slovenian equivalent of Alpe d’Huez and is used each year as the grand finale of the Slovenian road championships.
Our hotel this evening is one of the top hotels in Slovenia and has hosted many heads of state.
Our destination today is the famous Lake Bled, nestled in the Julian Alps. A tough day lies ahead with 125km and another 4 categorized climbs to conquer on the road to Bled.
The scenery is very reminiscent of the most beautiful parts of Switzerland or Austria - pristine green rolling hills with white churches dotting the landscape on top of each hill.
Our hotel for the next 2 evenings is situated directly on Lake Bled and was the former residence of Yugoslav leader Tito.
The Slovenian Mortirolo
A shorter ride today takes us on a 80km loop around the mountains that surround Lake Bled. From Bled we climb up to Pokljuka, followed by a steep descent to Bohinjsko Lake.We’ll stop by the lake for a coffee and a typical Bled cream cake before heading back to Bled.
Of course, in true Thomson style, we don’t take the easy road back to Bled. Instead, we take the single-track road that climbs through Goreljek and eventually back to Pokljuka. Our staff nicknamed this climb the Slovenian Mortirolo - say no more!
A huge ride today - 158km and almost 3500m of elevation gain - with the highlight being the climb to the Vrsic Pass.
The ride starts with a long descent to Bohinjska Bistrica where we start the first ascent to Soriska Klanec. Once again, the scenery is absolutely picture-perfect with green rolling hills and turquoise-tinted rivers gracing our ride.
The Vrsic Pass starts at the 130km mark - a truly stunning climb that can rival any of the top climbs in the Dolomites. Our hotel lies at the bottom of the descent in Kranjska Gora.
The Ride of the Year!
Voted Top Ride of the Year in 2015 by our staff, the final day ride is an absolute classic.
The ride starts with the North face of the Vrsic Pass with some of the most striking views you’ll see anywhere in Europe. The descent through the Soca river valley is equally stunning - but nothing can match the dramatic beauty of the Mangart Pass, our final climb. A Start Line painted across the road in Log Pod Mangartom signals the start of this incredible 16km climb.
Our return to the hotel sees us take a quick dip into Italy before the final stretch back to Kranjska Gora.
Unfortunately our trip must come to an end. We’ll transfer you to the Venice Marco Polo airport. Safe travels!