Cross country cycling adventure going into the heart of Slovenia’s only national park – Triglav national park, named after the highest peak of this lovely small country. We can guarantee you an unforgettable week of epic riding with breathtaking views, while experiencing the beautiful Slovenia terrain a completely unique way. Winding cycling paths will bring us to some incredibly beautiful alpine valleys, mountains, meadows, forests, etc.
- SKILL LEVEL C: You can ride on gravel tracks and trails with confidence, taking loose stones and rough ground in stride. You may have some experience riding man-made single trails and you can ride blue and red routes just fine.
- 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 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 with guide for folowing days. Overnight in Kranjska Gora.
Day 1 - The Tripoint crossing
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 – 60% gravel and fire roads, 30% single trails, 10% tarmac).
Day 2 - Towards the amazing Bled
Riding in Karavanke range to town of Mojstrana and trough Radovna valley. The Radovna valley is nested between the Pokljuka and Mežakla Alpine plateaus and hides a rich history of iron working and forestry and great natural beauty. Cycling down the Radovna valley is relaxing and not overly demanding. The trip is finished in Bled, where a swim in the lake makes for a perfect end of the day. Shuttle to Bohinj. Overnight in Bohinj. ( cca. 55km and 1.100 A – meters of climb – 60% gravel and fire roads, 40% tarmac).
Day 3 - Breathtaking Alpine meadows
Transfer to Bled. We start biking tour in heart of Triglav national park towards one of the nicest alpine meadows – Zajamniki and Uskovnica with many traditional shepherds’ huts that are nowadays transformed into idyllic holiday houses. We ride to mountain Uskovnica. There is a mountain hut and provides’first aid’ for the hungry and thirsty. The meadows, forests and views of the Julian Alps and Bohinj lake will surely captivate you. From Uskovnica we descent on gravel road to lake Bohinj where swim in the lake it’s a must. Overnight in Bohinj. (cca. 45 km and 600 A-meters to climb). (90% gravel and fire roads, 10% tarmac).
Day 4 - Back to the time of wars
From Bohinj we start the climb via Kobla to Soriska planina. Climb to old mountain pass Baško sedlo is amazing and it take us on old WW1 military road. We will see some millitary barracks and bunkers along the way. After the climb we have great 800 meters long descent to Podbrdo and further to Most na Soči. Transfer to Kobarid where we stay over night. ( cca. 30 km and 600 A meters of climb, 70% gravel and fire roads, 30% tarmac).
Day 5 - Kobariski stol mountain pass
After morning coffee in Kobarid we will start climb on Kobariški stol – great MTB ride above Soča valley. 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 on Adriatic sea and Kanin mountain range. The descent takes us down a disused military alpine road from the 1st World War down to the village of Podbela where we can have brake and a swim in Nadiža river. From there we follow the Nadiža river back towards Kobarid. Overnight in Kobarid. (cca. 45 km and 900 A – meters to climb – 90% gravel and fire roads, 10% tarmac).
Day 6 - Kolovrat ridge
15 min shuttle to village Livek above Kobarid. We climb on tarmac to Kolovrat ridge and descent following combination of fire roads and single trails to Tolmin. We also visit spring of beautiful alpine river Tolminka. After well deserved beer, fire roads along Soča river will take us back to Kobarid for lazy afternoon. Overnight in Kobarid. (cca. 40 km and 800 A – meters to climb – 50% gravel and fire roads, 50% tarmac).
Departure day - Transfer to the airport via scenic Vrsic pass
The way back to the airport takes us up the Soča valley and over the highest mountain pass in the country where the Julian Alps are sure to take your breath away again. Of course, if you wish to extend your stay in the Soča river valley, we will be happy to arrange everything you need (lodging, activities ..) to make sure your good times continue.
Price = 920€ / 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 Airport (Ljubljana, Klagenfurt, Trieste). Venice and Zagreb for additional charge.
- 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 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: 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 (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: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” – Eddy Merckx