Austria & Slovenia

Jun 26 - Jul 06, 2022

Stunning views, high Austrian Alpine mountain passes, goulash, apfelstrudel, the best of Slavic Slovenia – all you are going to remember of your Austria and Slovenia bike trip. Don`t miss it out and join us NOW!

 

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.

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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 journey.

 

This Austria and Slovenia bike tour is a mix of challenging climbing the 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 definitely enjoying 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.

 

Explore by bike the 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.

 

For more information leave your contacts via 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 but one we let you to 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 garment, two water bottles, maps for your cycling GPS devices, and other gifts

Pre-departure information what to expect & bring with you

Photos of your tour (one of our SAG drivers is a professional photographer)

We welcome non-riders & family members of riders

 

SARTO Veneto SL Rental bikes:

Campagnolo Chorus EPS – $US 450 per trip

Campagnolo Record – $US 500 per trip

Trip itinerary

Day

/1

Welcome to Austria

June 26th, 2022

54 km / 85 miles

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

 

We all HC Bike Tours’ team are very excited to seeing you all back. Get ready for different scenery, languages, cultures and challenging climbs. Mozart`s town Salzburg is our starting place of your 2020 bike tour. HC team will arrive to Salzburg few days earlier to help you with transfers from the Salzburg airport to the hotel. We hope you are planning to arrive early that we can go on a warm-up ride today. Your day will start with setting up your bicycle, 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 it`s recommendable to go there by their busses. The views are fantastic, and the place is full of history. If you are up to ride little more, it`s worth to suffer taking a detour via Rossfeld Panorama Strasse – Rossfeld Panoramic road. The name says it all

 

ACCOMPLISHED
Short ride
Distance – 55 km / 34 mi
Climb – 900 m / 2953 ft

HC Bike Tours Strava cycling routes Strava route here

 

Long ride
Distance – 65 km
Climb – 1,500 m

HC Bike Tours Strava cycling routes Strava route here

 

Other longer or shorter options possible

Day

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The Salzkammergut

June 27th, 2022

96 km

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 for outdoor tourism. You will ride along several of the region`s lakes. The main coffee stop in going to be in Hallstatt. This tiny village with its 16th-century Alpine houses looks unbelievable pretty even surreal

 

Day

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Zeller See (Lake Zell)

June 28th, 2022

100 km

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 by on the lake Zell. It`s time for refreshing swim in the lake after the ride

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The Grossglockner

June 29th, 2022

107 km

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). The surrounding mountainous region is part of the Hohe Tauern National Park full of stunning panoramas around
After the climb is completed, we will ride down to Lienz, where we are staying the next two nights

Day

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Visit Lienz

June 30th, 2022

Day off in Lienz
It`s time to take a day off. You can explore Lienz, or take the mountain cable car to Lienzer Schlossberg to go for hiking on Hochstein, or we can take you on a short easy ride. Lienz has many things to offer

Day

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Carinthia region of Austria

July 1st, 2022

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 a several difficult hills trough many tiny villages with scenery it`s definitely worth not to miss it. As a reward, starting from the village of Kartitsch, the last almost 90 km are rolling down

Day

/7

Welcome to Slovenia

July 2nd, 2022

88 km

Presseggersee => Wurzenpass => Vršič Pass => Bovec

Bye Austria, Hello Slovenia! Slovenia welcomes you with its highest mountain pass Vršič (1,611 m). Likely it`s nothing comparing to the Grossglockner, but its 50 bends and average 8.2 % grade over 9.25 km is not an easy ride
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

Day

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Mangartsko sedlo climb in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

July 3rd, 2022

50 km

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 Grossglockner has to beat > 25 km all uphill with some ramps up to 20% grade! Definitely worth to ride this beast!

Day

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Lake Bled Slovenia

July 4th, 2022

113 km

Bovec => Soriska planina => Bled

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

Day

/10

The capital of Slovenia - Ljubljana

July 5th, 2022

69 km

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 6th, 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