Juliana Bike starts in Bohinj: along the Sava Bohinjka to Lake Bohinj, then uphill to Pokljuka
The slow start of the stage is perfect for an idyllic morning warm-up on the bike through the Bohinj valleys, but you'll have a few challenges ahead of you as you climb to Pokljuka.
From Bohinjska Bistrica, follow the cycle path along the left bank of the Sava Bohinjka to Lake Bohinj and see the monument to the first climbers of Triglav in Ribčev Láz - don't miss the iconic view of the lake from the bridge by St. John's Church and, if you can, look out for the white devil in the famous church - maybe there's more than one!? In Stara Fužina, visit the Alpine Museum, then climb to the high mountain plateau of Pokljuka, dotted with picturesque mountains and high moors.
From the embrace of the mighty spruce forests of Pokljuka, you descend into the Radovna and Krma valleys.
We stop and listen to stories about the old days in Pocar's homestead and then in the Slovenian Mountain Museum in Mojstrana, which takes us on a rich exploration of mountain worlds.
On the road along Pišnica to Vršič, we come across the famous Russian chapel, a tribute to the dead Russian prisoners, and then we head through Vršič to the Trenta valley, where we can turn off to the source of the Soča River. In Trenta, you should visit the centre of the Triglav National Park and the botanical garden, and then drive along the emerald Soča River through Čezsočo to Bovec.
The stages lead us further into the Krnsko mountains to the Kuhinja mountain and the Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca.
First, the trail goes along the Soča River, then up through the villages below Krno to the sunny Kuhinja mountain, then up the difficult climb to the Pretovč saddle, where we then descend through the Zatolminské mountains and then along the Tolminka River to Tolmin.
The next interesting stage takes us first steeply uphill to the Prehod Pass, then on foot to Porezen, and then downhill to Podbrdo.
From Zakojca, we head to the Vrh Ravni saddle and cycle past the sunny Otavnik mountain to the Prehod Pass. Then climb on foot to the scenic Porezen. After that, it's a long, initially steep, descent to Podbrda in the Baška Grapa.The ascent and descent from Baška Grapa via Sorica and over Soriška planina into the Bohinj basin - from Primorska to Gorenjska.
From the tight Baška Grapa, we leave the Primorska world and head up the vast slopes of Sorica, up to Soriška Planina and through the vast forests and down through the mountains to the Bohinj Basin.
Access stages to the Juliana Bike Loop
When designing the route, we have also thought about the possibility of accessing the route by bicycle from places that are a little more remote, but still well-known as tourist destinations, in three access stages: Radovljica - Bled - Gorje - Radovna, Žirovnica - Jesenice - Mojstrana and Goriška Brda - Tolmin.