- SKILL LEVEL B: You have little or no experience in riding a mountain bike, mostly on gravel tracks or smooth trails. But you can already cycle.
- FITNESS LEVEL 2: You have a modest degree of basic fitness from exercising once or twice per week. You can ride on flat or gently rolling terrain at a steady pace for 2 to 4 hours per ride.
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 for folowing days.
Day 1 - To lake Bled through the Vrata and Radovna valley
First day ride take us from Kranjska Gora to town of Mojstrana and in to Vrata Valley. Vrata is most famous and also the most popular alpine valley. At the upper end it “crashes” into the wide Triglav north wall, and a few-minute ride from the parking lot will be rewarded with a splendid view of the wall. You will feel its power even if you don’t have the intention to hike further towards Triglav, and have a look at the magnificent symbol of Slovenia from up close without special effort. On the way to Vrata a stop-over at Peričnik waterfall is a must. After the brake the ride will take us back to 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. Overnight stay in Bled. (cca. 45km and 700 A – meters of climb – 70% gravel and fire roads, 30% tarmac)
Day 2 - Alpine meadows of Pokljuka plateau and lake Bohinj
We start biking day in heart of Triglav national park. From lake Bled we climb to Rudno polje and from there towards one of the nicest alpine meadows – Zajamniki and Uskovnica with many traditional shepherd’s huts that are nowadays transformed into idyllic holiday houses. There is a mountain hut at Uskovnica and provides ‘first aid’ for the hungry and thirsty. The meadows, forests and views of the Julian Alps and Bohinj mountains will surely captivate you. From Uskovnica we descent on gravel road to lake Bohinj. After bike tour swim in Bohinj lake it’s a must. Overnight stay in Bohinj. (cca. 45 km and 700 A-meters to climb – 90% gravel and fire roads, 10% tarmac)
Day 3 - Canyoning
We will move to the Soča valley. This is your »day off« but on this day you will enjoy the coolest activity in the valley (besides biking, of course!) – canyoning. The activity in cooperation with Positive Sport can be described as a dynamic descent through hidden canyons which includes sliding down natural roller coasters, jumping into beautiful pools and rope climbing down or up impassable though spectacular waterfalls. After canyoning trip we can have lazy afternoon in Kobarid and check out the museum of the Isonzo front, one of the bloodiest and longest lasting battles of the First World War or take few beers in local brewerie. Overnight in Kobarid. Dinner is not included on this day we can suggest and take guests to some local restaurants.
Day 4 - Kobariski stol mountain pass
After morning coffee in Kobarid we will start climb on Kobariski 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. 40 km and 800 A – meters to climb – 90% gravel and fire roads, 10% tarmac)
Day 5 - 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)
Day 6 - Over the scenic Vršič pass
Transfer van take us from Kobarid to the end of Soča valley where we start biking at Soča river source. An Alpine river in character, its source lies in the Trenta Valley in the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia, at an elevation of 876. The road take us up to Vršič pass with an elevation of 1,611 metres (5,285 ft), is a high mountain pass across the Julian Alps in northwestern Slovenia. It is the highest pass in Slovenia, as well as the highest in the Eastern Julian Alps. The road across the pass, now known as Russian Road (Ruska cesta), was originally built for military purposes in the early 19th century and followed an earlier trade route. The view on the surrounding peaks will take your breath away. Descent to Kranjska Gora will take us down the old part of the road and Mali Tamar valley. Lazy afternoon at lake Jasna (close to Kranjska Gora) can recharge our batteries after long week of biking. Overnight in Kranjska Gora. (cca. 25 km and 600 A – meters to climb – 50% gravel and fire roads, 50% tarmac).
After breakfast in Kranjska Gora we will take you back to the airport. Of course, you are more than welcome to extend your stay.
Price = 980€ / person (minimum 4 persons in a group)
- 5 days of mountain biking with experienced liecenced guides
- 1 day canyoning
- 7 nights accommodation
- 7 days fully catered breakfasts and 6 dinners (after the day of canyoning we can take you to one of local restaurants in Soča valley).
- Transportation in an air-conditioned 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 Kranjska Gora 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.
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
“You can’t be sad riding a bicycle.”