When you combine two of the best trails in the Soča Valley, the hospitality and luxury of Turistična kmetija Kranjc or Eco Chalets in Camp Koren and gastronomic skills that put Kobarid on the global foodie map, you get a unique mix that we call Emerald River Delight. Although you only spend three days in our company, we assure you that we do everything in our power to make sure you return home with a smile on your face and a head full of unforgettable memories. Simply put, the trails that descend from Matajur and Kobariški Stol are what any true mountainbiker dreams of.
- SKILL LEVEL D: You can tackle most normal terrain including steep, rough and narrow tracks with exposed tree roots and other small obstacles as part of a normal ride. You can ride most small drops/step-downs or similar technical trail features.
- FITNESS LEVEL 3: You are moderately fit – from two or three sessions of exercise per week. You can ride hilly terrain at a steady pace or do shorter rides in more demanding terrain.
Arrival day - airport pick up
We meet you at the airport and transfer to the western mountainous part of Slovenia, to the lovely town Kobarid, situated in a beautiful Soča valley near Italian border. Easy afternoon in town center and meeting for following days.
Day 1 - Kobariski stol mountain pass
The van saves us the trouble of pedalling up the tarmac road and all we have to do is an hour and a half’s steady climb up a fireroad to the mountain pass, where we are again treated with a beautiful view. The descent takes us down a disused military alpine trail from the 1st World War down to the village of Žaga and from there we follow the river upstream back towards Kobarid. Now all there is left is to dip our aching legs in the ice cold and crystal clear river or pay a visit to the hotel saunas. Overnight in Kobarid. (35 km, 600 A meters to climb and 1200 A meters of descent)
Day 2 - Matajur: The epic ride
A 35-minute van ride takes half way up mount Matajur to the village of Livek, where we continue the fireroad climb towards the mountain hut on Matajur (1,545 m). Since Matajur is slap bang on the border between Slovenia and Italy, we take the Italian trail down towards San Pietro al Natisone. The descent is 1,400 vertical meters and 12 kilometers of never ending singletrack In San Pietro al Natisone we stop in the local gelateria for home made ice-cream and a latte macchiato and wait for the van to take us back to Bovec. On the way back we stop in Kobarid and check out the museum of the Isonzo front, one of the bloodiest and longest lasting battles of the First World War. Overnight in Kobarid. (35 km, 800 A meters to climb and 1400 A meters of descent)
After the nice and active weekend it is time to say goodbye. We offer you the lift to the airport, but of course you are more than welcome to spend some more time in Slovenia.
Price = 460€ / person (minimum 4 persons in a group)
- 2 days of mountain biking with experienced licenced guides
- 3 nights accommodation
- 3 days fully catered breakfast and dinner
- Transportation in an airconditioned van with a bike trailer
- Transportation from and back to the Ljubljana airport. Transfers from airports Maribor, Zagreb, Trieste, Venice, Klagenfurt and Graz are possible but subject to prior arrangement and surcharge.
- Sight seeing as desired and information on the surrounding areas
- Use of workshop for repairs
- Second to none service with passionate staff
We use 3 star hotels, high end mountain huts or pensions for our accommodation. Price is based on double rooms. If clients want to stay in single rooms it could be booked but the price is higher.
We provide full mechanic service in our transport van. There is a lot bike shops in Slovenia in case that we need some special spare bike parts.
Where do we meet?
We will meet you in Ljubljana, Kobarid or pick you up at the airport. Transfer from Ljubljana airport is included in the price. Transfers from Maribor, Zagreb, Trieste, Venice, Klagenfurt and Graz are possible but subject of surcharge. For information about the transfers please phone +386 68 147 467 or send us an email to: email@example.com
How is it with cash and expenses?
The official currency in Slovenia is the Euro – €. Additional costs you may encounter during your stay: lunch (cca. 10€/day), souvenirs, drinks in bars, massage treatments in hotels, etc. Most places allow payments by credit card, but we recommend you visit an ATM machine and pay in cash. Tipping is welcome (if you are satisfied with the service), not mandatory. The usual tip is up to 10% of the bill.
How about the food and meals?
In all multi-day trips breakfast & dinner is included in the price. Lunch is the only meal that needs to be paid separately (around 10€ per day). Breakfast and dinner are part of the half-board lodging option at each hotel. Each day includes a lunch stop at a specially selected local restaurant, serving local home made food, friendly atmosphere and range of foods characteristic for the area. Other lunch option is buying food in the grocery store. We kindly ask our guests to report any special nutritional requirements in advance (vegetarians, gluten free …) so we can notify the hotels and restaurants accordingly.
Cost and cancellation?
A 20% deposit is required upon application, the remaining 80% at least 2 weeks before departure.
- Cancelling up to 30 days prior to departure incurs a charge of 20% of the total booking value.
- Cancelling 14 to 8 days prior to departure incurs a charge of 50% of the total booking value.
- Bookings cancelled less than 7 days prior to departure cannot be refunded.
What kind of bike do I need?
The best bike for our trips is a good all mountain or enduro bike with at least 120 mm of travel. The bike should not weigh more than 16 kilos as there is quite a bit of uphill riding. Hardtails are always an option, provided your knees and back can take the punishment.
Can I Rent a bike?
Sure! We have a number of Mondraker and Trek bikes available for rent. For a full list of bikes, sizes and pricing contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bikes can be reserved upon booking to eliminate any chance of not having a bike ready and waiting for you when you arrive. Check out our bike rental options and prices: 2017rental_link
What spare parts for my bike should I bring?
Most bicycle spares and components are available for purchase in bike shops around Slovenia (for example Positive sports in Kobarid). But, to set your mind at ease, we recommend you bring the following set of spares with you:
- rear derailleur hanger
- one set of brake pads
- chain (if your bike chain is older than 6 months)
- 2 inner tubes (with the appropriate valve)
- 2 spokes (appropriate lengths for your wheelset)
- Shock pump (particularly if you ride a Cannondale:) )
You can also do away with worrying about spares altogether and rent a bike for the week.
What clothing do you recommend?
With the exception of May and October, weather in Slovenia is rather stable and not too cold. Expected temperatures in May and October are between 10 and 25 C and temperatures between June and September are between 15 and 30 C. Packing rain gear is always good as we cannot guarantee the dry weather. Some long sleeves can certainly come in handy.
What should I pack?
Clothing and accessories:
- at least two cycling jerseys with short sleeves and one with long sleeves
- padded bike shorts
- bike helmet
- knee pads (elbow pads optional)
- bike gloves
- rainproof jacket and pants
- warm “civilian” clothing (fleeces, pants …)
- swimsuit, towel
- sunscreen and insect repellent
- personal hygiene set (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo…)
Your riding backpack should carry at least:
- 2 liters of fluid/day (hydration bladder or plastic bottles)
- 1 spare inner tube (appropriate valve)
Plus any other stuff you can’t ride without (phone, camera etc.)!
What if I want to extend my stay in Slovenia?
No problem at all! Our guides can help you find lodging and activities with dependable agencies and friends all around the country. Contact us at: email@example.com
“When life gets complicated … Ride a bike.”