The Single Trail package brings together the most beautiful trails in this part of the world, as varied as the country of Slovenia itself.
The alps, green hills and the Adriatic, different climates, different soil and a range of different singletracks. All within a week and all within a hundred kilometers. This is unique to Slovenia. From flowing singletrack, running through high alpine country like something from the Sound of Music, to stepped switchbacks leading to olive groves, vineyards and ending at the Adriatic sea. The in-between is filled with a few cult trails around Ljubljana, the nation’s capital. If you are looking for a colorful bike travel experience that will challenge your entire technical arsenal and make you a better rider in the process, the Singletrack Heaven is just what you need.
- 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 4: You have good fitness from regular exercise and active involvement in cycling. You can ride full days in any terrain at a steady pace.
Arrival day - airport pick up
We meet you in Ljubljana or at the airport and transfer to the north western mountainous part of Slovenia, to the town of Kranjska Gora, situated in a picturesque valley near the Austrian and Italian border. Easy afternoon at the lake and meeting for following days. Overnight in Kranjska Gora.
Day 1 - In the heart of Julian Alps
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel and customary morning coffee, we ride up through the Stan Valley towards mount Peč (1,509 m), better known as the Tripoint where the borders of Slovenia, Italy and Austria meet. The climb is mostly by fireroad through the forest, with a few nice views of the Western Julian Alps thrown in for good measure. The descent offers a number of different trails, so there is room for all skill levels. After descending down into the village of Rateče, we ride to nearby Planica, home of the world record ski jump. From Planica we ride some more singletrack back to Kranjska Gora. Overnight in Kranjska Gora. (cca. 45 km and 800 A – meters of climb and 800 A meters of descent)
Day 2 - Singletrack capital
After breakfast we take shuttle to Ljubljana. Slovenia’s capital is encircled by a ring of rolling hills that are chock full of fast flowing singletrack. Trails that start just a short ride from city centre can be combined into miles and miles of pleasure and fantastic views of Ljubljana, the Alps and lush greenery all around. After ride we can enjoy some culture and gastronomic part of slovenia capital. Transfer to Slovenian coast. Overnight in Izola. (cca 35 km and 600 – 1000 A – meters of climb and 600 – 1000 A meters of descent).
Day 3 - Coastal blast
The world renowned climbing area at Osp and kilometers of singletrack infuse Slovenia’s last valley before the sea with a spirit of adventure that shines brightest in spring and autumn.
The first road climb leads us up along the border between Slovenia and Italy to the ancient castle of Socerb that reigns atop a cliff overlooking the bay of Trieste. After we take in the view, a combination of trails through pine groves brings us down to the picturesque village of Osp. An hour’s pedal up a forest road takes us to the top of the near by hill and the starting point of our second part of the day rides. The trail starts in the middle of a lovely village atop the 380 m hill and takes us down a fun and very diverse bit of singletrack. After returning to the village of Osp, we sit down for a hearty meal at a homely local restaurant. The day usually ends with a soak of our tired legs in the Adriatic Sea and a cold pint at coastal town of Piran. Overnight in Izola. (40 km, 1000 A meters of climb and 1000 A meters of descent)
Day 4 - Enduro heaven in Vipava valley
We take a transport to town of Ajdovščina. The tarmac road takes us up past the picturesque villages of Lokavec and Predmeja and after about 1.5 hours of grinding we make our way up to the mountain hut on Čaven (1,242 m). During the climb we can enjoy great views over the Vipava valley and once we make it to the top, the view is truly breathtaking. The descent back to Ajdovščina it has beautiful natural flow and it just never ends! After the break we hit the local enduro training ground where we can shred some corners, rollers, small jumps and just enjoy rest of the day. After the ride we sit down in a local restaurant for a well-deserved meal of local specialties and wine. We are, after all, in the middle of prime wine country. Transport to Kobarid. Overnight in Kobarid. (35 km, 600 A meters of climb and 1200 M of descent ).
Day 5 - 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 Soča or pay a visit to the hotel saunas or check what more Soča valley has to offer. Overnight in Kobarid. (35 km, 600 A meters to climb and 1200 A meters of descent)
Day 6 - 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 Kobarid. In the afternoon we can 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)
The way back to the airport takes us up the Soča valley and over the highest mountain pass (1611 m) in the country called Vršič, where the Julian Alps are cartainly gonna take your breath away again. Of course, if you wish to extend your stay in Slovenia, we will be happy to arrange everything you need (lodging, activities ..) to make sure your good times continue.
Price = 985€ / person (minimum 4 persons in a group)
- 6 days of mountain biking with experienced licenced guides
- 7 nights accommodation
- 7 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, Kranjska Gora or pick you up at the airport. Transfer from Ljubljana airport is included in the price. Transfers from airports Maribor, Zagreb, Trieste, Venice, Klagenfurt and Graz are possible but subject to prior arrangement and surcharge. For information about transfers please phone +386 68 147 467 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
“I think the best to do is to enjoy the ride while you’re on it.” – Johnny Depp