In this magnificent pocket of Europe, soaring alpine peaks straddle three countries: Slovenia, Austria, and Italy. And we’ve found easy routes that weave through their pristine splendor! We’ll spin through the greenest of valleys on invigorating rides—with snow-capped summits all around. Glimmering lakes and emerald forests point the way to storybook villages and mountain hospitality. Traditions hold fast here, and we’ll sample it firsthand at a hearty farm lunch, a cooking lesson featuring struklji, a Slovenian sweet, and a wine tasting with a local grower. Explore the mountain cultures and stunning beauty of three incredible countries—on one unforgettable VBT itinerary!
Pedal around Austria's famous and scenic Wörthersee Lake
Marvel at the ever-changing landscapes of mountains and countryside
Make Slovenian sweets with a local chef
Experience Austrian farm life during a special lunch
Ride a local tram popular with Austrian cyclists
Cycle easy bike paths of the stunning Alpe Adria
Stay at one of the world's most luxurious and innovative hotels
Discover the three different cultures —Slavic, Romanic and Germanic—all on one trip
Admire pristine Lake Bled and some of the most photographed scenery in Europe
Taste Italian regional wines with local experts
What to Expect
This tour offers easy terrain throughout the trip and is ideal for beginning cyclists. Average Daily Mileage: 15 – 35 miles Average Cycling Time: 2 – 4 hours
Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Salzburg Apr 58° May 68° Jun 72° Jul 76° Aug 76° Sep 68° Oct 59° Average Rainfall (in.) – Salzburg Apr 3.7 May 5.1 Jun 6.8 Jul 7.9 Aug 6.9 Sep 5.2 Oct 3.5
Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $645 | Land Only Single Supplement: $495
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Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Depart from home / Fly overnight to Ljubljana
Depart from home for Slovenia. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.
DAY 2: Arrive in Ljubljana
Upon arrival at the Ljubljana Airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. VBT's local representative will meet you outside the customs area in your arrival terminal and will be holding a VBT sign. Your representative will help you transfer (approximately 30 minutes) to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and explore the city. Tonight, choose a restaurant for dinner on your own. VBT provides you with City Information that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in Ljubljana during your stay. Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until after 2 pm. You may store your luggage with the reception desk. If you are traveling from the west coast, your arrival in Ljubljana may not be until late in the evening. Upon arrival, stroll the quiet pedestrian streets of this romantic city and explore on your own. Hotel: Lesar Hotel Angel Alternate Hotel: Allergo Hotel
VBT No-Air Package guests: Meet your local VBT representative and the rest of the group at our Ljubljana hotel—Lesar Hotel Angel (address: Lesar Angel Post, Gornji Trg, 7, Lubljana Slovenia; tel: +386 142 55 089; fax: +386 142 55 090) at 10 am. Please come dressed in cycling clothes and ready for biking. Make sure your luggage is tagged with VBT yellow tags. If you have brought your own pedals, please have them ready to give to your Trip Leaders. If you are delayed for any reason, please contact Lesar Hotel Angel in Ljubljana to advise them of any travel delays or changes, and the staff will pass your message on to your VBT Trip Leaders. VBT Air Package guests & Pre-trip Extension guests: Meet your local VBT representative at the Ljubljana hotel at 10 am. Please come dressed in cycling clothes and ready for biking. Make sure your luggage is ready in the lobby and tagged with VBT yellow tags. If you have brought your own pedals, please have them ready to give to your Trip Leaders. From Ljubljana, transfer by private motorcoach (approx. 2 hours) to alpine Italy where we'll be treated to staggering vistas of the snow-capped Julian Alps to the south and the rugged peaks of the Carnic Alps to the north. We will meet our Trip Leaders in a countryside setting outside the charming hamlet of Valbruno, Italy. After our included lunch they will hold a safety and bike-fitting session followed by a warm-up ride. The area is particularly charming and ideal for easy bike rides through the scenic Canal Valley (Val Canale). This afternoon explore the main street of Tarvisio and maybe indulge in an Italian gelato or visit the town's quaint shops. Later we gather for a welcome reception and a delectable dinner prepared by our hotel owner. The Hotel Edelhof is a charming family-run inn set between the surrounding forests and the center of Tarvisio making it easy to explore everything this small alpine town has to offer. Hotel: Hotel Edelhof Wellness & Spa Meals: B, L, D Daily Options: 10 miles (16 km)
DAY 4: Cycle the Alpe Adria Bike Path / Venzone
Today we have the opportunity to experience the renowned “Alpe Adria” Bike Path which enables cycling enthusiasts to ride from Salzburg through the Alps all the way to the Adriatic Sea. Our journey will follow the recently paved train path downhill from Tarvisio to Venzone, sometimes travelling through old mountain tunnels opening upon wonderful views of the "Val Canale." At times we will catch glimpses of the River Fella, a tributary of the Tagliamento. We can pause in the small town of Pontebba located at the confluence of the Fella and Pontebbana creeks. The railroad line in Pontebba was the target of heavy aerial bombing during World War II as this was Germany's main resource for transporting supplies to Italy. During our scenic ride we'll pause for a picnic lunch prepared by our Trip Leaders. Later we shuttle to the old town of Venzone which has been restored to its medieval splendor. This excellent example of reconstruction has been declared an Italian National monument. The reconstruction includes the Cathedral of St. Andrea, home to the mysterious Chapel of St. Michele; its famous mummies date back to 1647. Prior to burial, these bodies were perfectly preserved. They were so recognizable decades later, some people periodically retrieved the bodies to commune with their dead ancestors. Later this afternoon we will shuttle back to our inn. Back in Tarvisio, enjoy time to relax. Then join your Trip Leaders for an Italian wine tasting with a local wine expert. Choose a local restaurant for dinner on your own. Hotel: Hotel Edelhof Wellness & Spa Meals: B, L Daily Options: 19 or 30 miles (30 or 48 km)
DAY 5: Laghi di Fusine / Cycle to Kranjska Gora and Podkoren, Slovenia / Cooking demonstration
After breakfast this morning, shuttle or ride to Lahgi di Fusine (Fusine Lakes). Enjoy an inspiring walk around the lake with breathtaking views of Mt. Mangart. Back on our bikes, we ride an easy path through a pristine alpine landscape into Slovenia. Our first destination is the charming village of Kranjska Gora, famous for its World Cup ski area and an adjacent peaceful retreat for nature lovers. Explore the village at your leisure and find a quaint restaurant to have lunch on your own. After, we cycle through pine forests, passing picturesque wooden houses along the Sava River. Our next inn, the Hotel Vitranc, is in the quiet hamlet of Podkoren. Named for the beloved stallion of the first owners, the Hotel Vitranc has a long tradition of hospitality. The house maintains the simplicity and charm of a family-run mountain guesthouse; you’re sure to immediately feel at home. Its Pajzl, or pub, has a separate entrance and is still the preferred place for locals to stop for a chat and beer after dinner. Upon arrival, take some time to settle in and relax, or enjoy a stroll before we gather and learn how to prepare struklji, a Slovenian sweet, with Chef Darinka and some local friends. The class is an opportunity for cultural exchange with people still tightly linked to old traditions. Dinner is at a traditional Slovenian restaurant in the nearby ski resort town of Kranjska Gora. Hotel: Hotel Vitranc Meals: B, D Daily Options: 14 or 22 miles (23 or 35 km)
DAY 6: Cycle the Radovna Valley / Lake Bled
Our alpine adventure continues today with a ride through the Radovna Valley, passing pristine pasturelands. We stop at one of the farms to sample the wonderful alpine cuisine produced in this region of Slovenia. Afterward, we continue to the storybook setting of Lake Bled. Circumnavigate the lake by bike and, if time allows, you may opt to take a boat to Bled Island—the only natural island in Slovenia and home to the beautiful Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary. Or walk up the hill to Bled Castle, the oldest castle in Slovenia, offering amazing views over the lake. After our exploration of Lake Bled we shuttle back to Podkoren to relax or enjoy a sauna. Indulge in a hearty dinner at our inn tonight. Hotel: Hotel Vitranc Meals: B, L, D Daily Options: 16, 26 or 30 miles (25, 42 or 48 km)
DAY 7: Bike to Austria / Easy bike paths along the Gail and Drava Rivers / Velden
This morning, a scenic reel on an easy bike path leads through a century-old forest into Austria. Beyond a pass—and through the immense limestone wall formed by the Carnic Alps and the Karavanken—we continue cycling along the banks of the Gail River in Carinthia. This region is a scenic paradise of rivers and small emerald lakes set against the backdrop of the Noric and Carnic Alps. En route we'll enjoy a traditional Austrian alpine lunch at the Almwirschaft Hut. This afternoon's longer option takes us to Wörthersee Lake. Our path follows the valley through deep wooded slopes and sunny cornfields. At times we'll catch a glimpse of church bell towers or small villages laid out like blankets at the feet of mountains. For a shorter option we stop and explore the town of Villach and wander the pedestrian streets for shopping or sampling a local brew. From Villach take a short train journey to Velden and enjoy a leisurely walk from the train station to our hotel, where we’ll stay for the next two nights. Velden is known as the little “Monte Carlo of Carinthia.” Home to many wealthy families of ancient lineage, it is a town of elegant mansions, colorful gardens and refined lakeside restaurants. Our hotel is the magnificent Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden, an ancient castle on the lake's banks. It was reopened in 2007 after a long and detailed restoration. Condé Nast Traveler has featured it as a “Hot Hotel” and its spa center as the “Hot Spa” of Austria—making it one of the most luxurious and innovative hotels and resorts in the world. Hotel: Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden Meals: B, L Daily Options: 25, 31 or 40 miles (40, 50 or 64 km)
DAY 8: Cycle around Wörthersee Lake
Our bike ride today takes us around the Wörthersee Lake. On the northern side, Pörtschach is an exclusive tourist resort, beautifully located on a little bay. Continuing to the southern bank, we arrive at the picturesque village of Maria Wörth, which features two little medieval churches and a small peninsula that juts dramatically into the lake. A more challenging option for avid bikers follows the hills south of the lake into a scenic forest. For shorter options, a boat ride across the lake helps you cover ground more quickly. You may shuttle back to our hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon swimming, relaxing or enjoying water sports on our hotel's private beach. Thanks to the natural hot springs, the waters are sure to be warm and pleasant. Alternately, you might choose to pamper yourself at the hotel's luxurious spa center. In the evening, we gather for a festive farewell dinner. Hotel: Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden Meals: B, D Daily Options: 20, 26 or 32 miles (32, 41 or 52 km)
DAY 9: Transfer to Salzburg / Free time / VBT No-Air Package ends
VBT No-Air Package guests: After breakfast, our private motorcoach takes you to Salzburg, Austria (approx. 2 hours, 45 minutes). You will arrive around noon. Your trip ends here at the Hotel Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg. We recommend booking flights no earlier than 3 pm from Salzburg. VBT Air Package guests: After breakfast, our private motorcoach will take you to Salzburg, Austria (approx. 2 hours, 45 minutes) for our final overnight stay. Our hotel is ideally located in the Old Town of Salzburg, within easy walking distance of all the major sites. VBT provides you with City Information that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in Salzburg during your stay. Hotel: Hotel Goldener Hirsch Meals: B
DAY 10: Depart for home
After breakfast* this morning, transfer to the Salzburg airport (approximately 30 mins) for your departing flight. Please ensure that you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time. ** *Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served. **Please note: VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense. Meals: B
The small boutique hotel is in the center of Old Town Ljubljana at the foot of Castle Hill. Due to the central location, the hotel’s ideal vantage point is perfect for exploring the capital of Slovenia. The original house was built in the Medieval Ages and while keeping with its traditional classic look the hotel maintains all the modern conveniences required for a luxury stay. All rooms come equipped with mini bar, WiFi Internet, air conditioning, heating with under-floor heating in bathrooms, and cable LCD TV.
The quaint family-run alpine lodge is located just blocks from Tarvisio town center. Rooms have wooden floors with traditional wooden furniture. Many of the rooms are decorated with hand-painted details by local artists. The hotel boasts a wonderful restaurant serving traditional cuisine from this area of Italy. The hotel has a Spa & Wellness Center available at an additional cost. Included in the Spa facilities are sauna, Turkish bath along with hydro and chromo therapies.
Located on a Wörthersee Lake promenade, this ancient castle has lured royalty, celebrities, dignitaries and writers since the late 1800s. After a short time as a private residence, it reopened in 2007 wondrously transformed into a sumptuous retreat with a private lakefront, fitness center, award-winning spa, indoor and outdoor pools, library, sand tennis courts, a putting green and gourmet, fine and casual dining, among many other splendid features. Condé Nast Traveler has featured Schloss Velden as a “Hot Hotel” and its spa center as a “Hot Spa” of Austria, making it one of the 139 most luxurious and innovative hotels and resorts in the world. Its restaurant, Sclossstern, has a one-star Michelin rating, and its spa has been elected “Best Spa in Austria 2008” by Gault Millau. Your elegantly appointed room includes television, a refreshment center stocked with complimentary beverages, and bedside touch-panel controls for lighting and drapes.
Hotel Goldener Hirsh is a 5-star luxury hotel situated on the renowned Getreidegasse Street in the very heart of Salzburg. Across from the Festival Hall and down the street from Mozart’s house, a short walk from designer boutiques and the Salzach River, the Goldener Hirsch features 69 beautiful rooms decorated in Salzburg style and all the amenities of a modern hotel. Each room is exquisitely adorned with handmade rugs and furniture, handpicked by local Countess Harriet Walderdorff. Complimentary WiFi is available in the lobby.
This small hotel was built before the Second World War and has a long tradition as a family-run guesthouse (Slovenian Gostilna). A beautiful renovation in 2007 preserved the country style and simple, welcoming ambience. The hotel is located in Podkoren, outside Kranjska Gora, facing the World Cup ski track. It has a restaurant, a Paizl (pub) where locals stop for a chat and beer after work, and an ancient annex with ten apartments, a fireplace room and a small wellness area with sauna.
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Discover the beautiful capital of Slovenia, with its historic center, delightful waterways and bridges and charming, peak-roofed houses. Filled with wooden stalls selling traditional food and local crafts, the market square is a short stroll from your centrally located hotel. From here, you can easily discover the city highlights: the Castle, the Three Rivers Fountain, the Triple Bridge with the Cathedral, and the many cafés and restaurants. Enjoy the charm of this still-untouched European gem, and relax in the shade of its characteristic weeping willow trees. A walking tour of this wonderful city is included on the morning after your arrival. Available only with the Air Inclusive Package. Single supplement: $195
DAY 1: Depart from home / Fly overnight to Ljubljana
Depart from home for Slovenia. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.
DAY 2: Arrive in Ljubljana / Begin your Trip Extension
Upon arrival at the Ljubljana Airport, a VBT representative will meet you outside the customs area in your arrival terminal. The representative will be holding a VBT sign and will help you transfer by private car or van (approximately 30 minutes) to your hotel in Ljubljana’s historic old town. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and explore the city. Tonight, choose a local restaurant for dinner on your own. Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until after 2 pm. You may store your luggage with the reception desk. If you are traveling from the west coast, your arrival in Ljubljana may not be until late in the evening. VBT provides you with City Information that includes information and recommendations on what to see and do in Ljubljana during your stay. Hotel: Lesar Hotel Angel
DAY 3: Independent exploration of Ljubljana
After breakfast, you have a full day to explore Ljubljana. This morning, meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel at 9:30am for an included walking tour of Slovenia's capital city. Stroll the quiet pedestrian streets of this romantic city and explore the central market, where local produce, wooden crafts and native flowers are on display. Follow the Ljubljanica promenade and delight in its small, unique bridges: the Cobbler's Bridge, the Triple Bridge and the Dragon Bridge. Ljubljana is large enough to be a bustling national capital, but small enough to preserve the individuality of its inhabitants. To blend in with the locals, sip a distinctive, Slovenian Vinotek vintage at one of the many streets cafés, lively and cozy any time of day andromantic at night. Hotel: Lesar Hotel Angel Alternate Hotel: Allergo Hotel Meals: B
DAY 4: Independent exploration of Ljubljana / Join VBT Air Package guests
After breakfast, continue exploring Ljubljana. You might choose to take a funicular cable car to the Castle, or visit the Cathedral, the Baroque Old Town and the Art Nouveau Mansions. Or take an optional trip to visit the Postojna Caves, the longest system of Karst caves in the country. Dinner is on your own tonight. VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day. Hotel: Lesar Hotel Angel Alternate Hotel: Allergo Hotel Meals: B
Post-Trip Extension - Salzburg
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2 nights at the Hotel Goldener Hirsch
Daily breakfast with complimentary in room full breakfast service
Your senses will come alive here in the magnificent city whose landscapes were captured in the classic movie, The Sound of Music. The birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg has been a cultural center for centuries, offering a host of museums, concert venues, cathedrals and more. Discover it at all your leisure, perhaps venturing afield to the Hallein & The Dürrnberg Salt Mines that gave the city its name (literally, “City of Salt”). Or simply stroll the streets of the charming Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our luxury hotel is located in the heart of the city, making it easy to explore. Available only with the Air Inclusive Package. Single supplement: $195
DAY 1: Independent exploration of Salzburg
Stroll the streets of this romantic city and explore independently today. Visit the Mozarteum, a museum dedicated to Mozart's life, or several other artistic centers, such as the Carolino Augusteum or the Baroque Museum. See the cathedral or St. Peter's Abbey. Salzburg's city center is easily walkable and contains a number of outdoor cafés and restaurants. Tonight, dinner is on your own. Hotel: Hotel Goldener Hirsch Meals: B
DAY 2: Independent exploration of Salzburg
After breakfast, continue exploring Salzburg on your own, perhaps seeing some of the settings made famous in The Sound of Music. At Mirabell Palace, you might see the steps that Maria and the children used as a musical scale. Dinner is on your own tonight. Hotel: Hotel Goldener Hirsch Meals: B
DAY 3: Depart for home
After breakfast* this morning, transfer to the Ljubljana airport (approximately 30 mins) for your departing flight. Please ensure that you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated time. ** *Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served. **Please note: VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense. Meals: B
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