With this leisurely cycle tour through 3 countries we have the perfect package for this summer.
By train or by bike from Villach to Tarvisio, from there, along the old imperial railway line and the Sava cycle path via Kranjska Gora to Jesenice and then back to the Villach/Faaker See region with the new bike train. 3 countries, 2 train connections (Villach-Tarvisio and Villach-Jesenice) and one cycle path. The trains from Villach to Tarvisio (and return) leave 4x a day, those to Jesenice and back 4x at the weekends.
From Villach you can also reach Tarvisio by bike on the well-established Gail cycle path (R3). The railway connection runs virtually parallel to the cycle path and, of course, facilitates the Villach-Tarvisio connection tremendously. The train between Villach and Tarvisio offers at least 120 spaces for bikes. Along the Villach-Tarvisio route we recommend a visit to the wonderfully restored monastery ruin in Arnoldstein.
On the route from Tarvisio to Jesenice you follow the Sava cycle path. The cycle path gets its name from the longest river in Slovenia: the Sava. The broad, beautifully established cycle path is more or less flat. A detour to the Laghi di Fusine (Fusine lakes) is definitely worth your while, as is a visit to the source of the Sava at the border village of Rateče. Fans of winter sports should also not miss the detour to one of the most spectacular ski jumps in the world, in Planica. Kranjska Gora can be reached after a good hour’s cycling, lunch in one of the numerous restaurants serving excellent Slovenian specialities is an absolute must.
From Kranjska Gora the path then continues slightly downhill for the most part to Jesenice (distance: 24 km). There, it is well worth visiting the old market square, “stara Sava”, in the museum there you can see and experience how miners really lived hundreds of years ago. There is a return train to Villach 4x a day through the Karawanken tunnel. As with the connection from Villach to Tarvisio you can also cover the section from Jesenice (from Rosenbach) to Villach along the 5-star Drau cycle path via St. Jakob and Rosegg.
Of course, the 3-country leisurely cycle tour can also be tackled clockwise (Villach-Jesenice-Kranjska Gora-Tarvisio-Villach).