Austria and Slovenia

Jul 07 - 17, 2022

Stunning views, high Austrian Alpine mountain passes including the famous cycling climb Grossglockner, typical dishes of the region like goulash and apfelstrudel, the best of Slavic Slovenia – just some of the amazing memories you will bring back from your Austria and Slovenia bike trip. This Private and Custom tour is welcoming a few additional participants while space is available. Don`t miss out, join us NOW!

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Trip at a glance

StartsSalzburg airport
EndsLjubljana airport
Distance800 km / 500 miles
Elevation15,000 m / 49,000 ft
Days11
Price$US 4,450

About the trip

Austria + Slovenia cycling tour is Custom built for a Private group from California, USA. After a great trip through the Northern Spain’s regions of Cantabria and Asturias in 2019, they are coming back to explore other parts of Europe. This year we are taking them on a challenging bike journey through Austria and Slovenia. The group is welcoming few more guests to join them on their adventure.

 

This Austria and Slovenia bike tour is a mix of challenging climbing including jthe famous mountain passes in the Austrian Central Alps like the famous high Alpine road Grossglockner and the highest climbs in the Julian Alps, exploring several historic villages and towns, and enjoying the experience of the local culture and traditional meals. 

 

You will cycle one of the most scenic roads in Germany the Rossfeld Panorama Strasse, famous Austria cycling climbs Gschütt pass, Dientner Sattel, Filzsattel, Pustertaler, Wurzenpass, and Grossglockner, the highest mountain pass and amazing Slovenia cycling climbs Vršič Pass and Mangart.

 

You’ll explore by bike Hitler’s former mountain-top base Eagle’s Nest in Germany, Mozart`s town Salzburg, a picturesque Austrian village Hallstatt and historic town of Lienz. In Slovenia you will cycle the Julian Alps and the Triglav National Park, visit famous town Bled and the capital of Slovenia Ljubljana.

 

It is an ALL-inclusive Custom 11-day bike tour HC team Guided and SAG vans supported, accompanied by the founder of HC Bike Tours Aigars and Janine Rood as your Ride Leaders.

For more information leave your contacts via the Contact Us form, email at info@hcbiketours.com, or call on +1 650 319 8824 (US) / +371 26306180 (International)


WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • All-inclusive 11-day / 10-night guided & SAG vans supported tour
  • All transfers from/to the airports & all ground transportation
  • All luggage & bike transportation
  • All accommodation fees (double occupancy)
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners except one, where we let you explore local restaurants on your own
  • On-road snacks & sports nutrition
  • Our SAG vans at your disposal anytime during your tour
  • Four HC Bike Tours staff:
  • Two SAG van drivers
  • Two Ride Leaders – the founder of HC Bike Tours Aigars and our partner Janine Rood
  • Services of HC Bike Tours staff: mechanic assistance, guidance, concierge services, suggestions, advices, coaching
  • Welcome pack including HC Bike Tours design cycling jersey (or other garment for returnees), two water bottles, maps for your cycling GPS devices, and other gifts
  • Pre-departure information including what to expect & what to bring with you
  • Photos of your tour (one of our SAG drivers is a professional photographer)
  • We welcome non-riders & family members of riders

 

EXTRAS:

  • Single supplement – $US 700 
  • Non-Riders – $US 400 discount

 

SARTO Veneto Rental bikes available:

Trip itinerary

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Welcome to Austria

July 7th, 2022

Distance - 65 km (40 mi) / Climb – 1,500 m (4,900 ft)

Salzburg => Rossfeld Panorama Strasse (long ride) => Eagle’s Nest => Salzburg

 

We at HC Bike Tours are very excited to see many of you returning, and welcome new faces. Get ready for different scenery, languages, cultures and challenging climbs. Mozart`s town Salzburg is our starting place for your 2022 bike tour. The HC team will arrive in Salzburg few days early to help you with transfers from the Salzburg airport to the hotel. We encourage to arrive early to acclimate and so that we can go on a warm-up ride today. Your day will start with setting up your bicycle, the HC team will be ready to help you out. And you are off to Germany!? Yes, indeed! Our destination is Hitler’s former mountain-top base the Eagle’s Nest. It`s not possible to ride bikes up there, but we’ll watch your bikes while you take their busses. The views are fantastic, and the place is full of history. If you are up to ride a little more, it`s worth the suffering to take a detour via Rossfeld Panorama Strasse – Rossfeld Panoramic road. The name says it all!

 

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The Salzkammergut

July 8th, 2022

Distance - 99 km (61 mi) / Climb – 1,300 m (4,265 ft)

Salzburg => Hallstatt => Gosau

The Salzkammergut is an unofficial region of Austria with some 76 lakes. It`s a very popular destination for summer and winter outdoor tourism. You will ride along several of the region`s lakes. The main coffee stop is going to be in Hallstatt. This tiny village with its 16th-century Alpine houses looks unbelievable pretty, even surreal.

 

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Zeller See (Lake Zell)

July 9th, 2022

Distance - 100 km (62 mi) / Climb – 1,800 m (5,905 ft)

Gosau => Gschütt pass => Dientner Sattel => Filzsattel => Zell am See

Three beautiful climbs are on your schedule for today on the way to our next hotel, right on the lake Zell. There’ll be time for a refreshing swim in the lake after the ride.

 

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The Grossglockner

July 10th, 2022

Distance - 107 km (66 mi) / Climb – 2,900 m (9,515 ft!!)

Zell am See => Grossglockner => Lienz
This is going to be a real challenge. The Grossglockner is a famous cycling climb in the Austrian Alps, a real beast, never ending 20+km long with a very steady about 12 km long section of an average 10-12% steep grade! It is also a highest peak of the Austrian Alps (3,797 m).  Having the right gearing will make all the difference, so if your own bike doesn’t have low gears, consider renting a Sarto bike from us! The surrounding mountainous region is part of the Hohe Tauern National Park, full of stunning panoramas everywhere you look.
After the climb is completed, we will ride down to Lienz, where we are staying the next two nights.

 

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Visit Lienz

July 11th, 2022

Day off in Lienz
After the mighty Grossglockner, it’s time for a day off – or at least a more leisurely day. You can explore Lienz, or take the mountain cable car to Lienzer Schlossberg to go hiking on Hochstein, or we can take you on a short easy ride. Lienz has many things to offer, making it a perfect ‘recovery day’ location!

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Carinthia region of Austria

July 12th, 2022

Distance - 130 km (81 mi) / Climb – 2,500 m (8,202 ft)

Lienz => Presseggersee

We have two possible rides for you for today > one is a short relatively easy ride along the river Drava and Kreuzberg climb towards to the end, the other is a long ride which starts with several difficult hills through many tiny villages with scenery you will not want to miss. As a reward, starting from the village of Kartitsch, you’ll finish the day with almost 90 km of mostly downhill rolling terrain!

 

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Welcome to Slovenia

July 13th, 2022

Distance - 88 km (55 mi) / Climb – 1,900 m (6,234 ft)

Presseggersee => Wurzenpass => Vršič Pass => Bovec

Goodbye Austria, Hello Slovenia! Slovenia welcomes you with its highest mountain pass Vršič (1,611 m). Some might say it`s nothing compared to the mighty Grossglockner, but its 50 bends and average 8.2 % grade over 9.25 km make it spectacular in its own right. 

You will stay in the Soca valley for the next two nights in the village of Bovec. The valley is famous for its perfectly clear turquoise waters of the Soca river, narrow gorges, and many waterfalls.

 

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Mangartsko sedlo climb in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

July 14th, 2022

Distance - 50 km (31 mi) / Climb – 1,900 m (6,234 ft)

Bovec => Mangart => Bovec

The Mangart Road that leads over Mangart Saddle, with its elevation of 2,055 m has a number of turns and is the highest-lying road in Slovenia. And it is THE climb to compare with the Grossglockner, offering > 25 km all uphill with some ramps up to 20% grade! Definitely worth it to ride this beast!

 

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Lake Bled Slovenia

July 15th, 2022

Distance - 113 km (70 mi) / Climb – 2,000 m (6,562 ft)

Bovec => Soriska planina => Bled

Our destination today is the lake Bled, we believe, the most visited place in Slovenia. Let`s take a leisurely recovery ride out and check it out why so many people go there.

 

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The capital of Slovenia - Ljubljana

July 16th, 2022

Distance – 69 km (43 mi) / Climb – 1,000 m (3,281 ft)

Bled => Ljubljana

On the last day, you will ride to Ljubljana. The plan is to do a relatively short easy ride to give you enough time to explore the town. And it has a lot to offer. The town is lively with many bars and restaurants, the historic castle on the top of a hill, the river Ljubljanica in the middle of the historic town, it`s an undiscovered city to explore.

 

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Goodbye! And see you back in 2022!

July 17th, 2022

Another breakfast in Slovenia and we will transport you to the airport or other location you need nearby in the morning. Simply let us know where you need to be transported.

Thanks for traveling with HC Bike Tours and we are looking forward to seeing you again on a tour next year! Where will it be?