MTB

BEST OF SLOVENIA SINGLE TRAILS • enduro mountain bike tour

Duration

7 days

Category

MTB

Fitness level

MEDIUM

Tour type

GUIDED, TAILOR-MADE

Technical difficulty

LOW - HIGH

Highly diverse Slovenian landscape and carefully selected single trails guarantee a highly exciting enduro MTB adventure. Long, adrenaline-pumping descents through unspoiled natural environment are simply unforgettable.

Despite the recent influx of tourists, much of Slovenia remains off the beaten track, providing for many first class, yet unknown, mountain biking trails. As the name suggests, The Best of Slovenia Single Trails enduro mountain bike tour connects the best single trails the country has to offer. Organized shuttle transfers and ski lift rides enable the bikers to have only one thing on their mind – the pure joy of enduro biking.

Hours long descents down the adrenaline-packed trails above the Soča and Vipava valleys, offering majestic views over the surrounding mountains and plains, are followed by a well-earned day off in the charming capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. A bike park in the ski resort of Krvavec offers a wide variety of alternative routes to return to the valley the day after. During the last part of this enduro mountain bike Slovenia adventure the bikers explore the top single trails of the Karavanke mountain chain.

This tour consists of two overnights is the Soča Valley, two overnights in Ajdovščina and three overnights in Tržič. Accompanied by an expert guide and a shuttle van, riders are able to adjust the daily tour program according to their wishes.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The stunning Soča Valley
  • Two-hour descent from Mt. Matajur (best of mountain bike Slovenia = “the ride of a life-time“)
  • Typical cuisine and local wine in the Vipava Valley
  • Epic enduro ride from Mt. Čaven
  • Ljubljana – the only European capital with direct access to the best enduro MTB trails in the country
  • The view of Triglav and the Julian Alps from Kofce above Tržič

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Itinerary

DAY 01

ARRIVAL TO THE SOČA VALLEY

Soon after arriving to the beautiful Soča Valley, it becomes clear why this was the first place in Slovenia to be proclaimed the European Destination of Excellence. The picturesque world of the Julian Alps, Triglav National Park, and the emerald green Soča river, is a paradise for active vacation in nature. In addition to a plethora of beautiful natural sites, the valley is rich in WW1 heritage and shocking war remnants are visible at every step.

The Best of Slovenia Single Trails enduro mountain bike tour starts in the town of Tolmin, situated at the confluence of the Soča and Tolminka rivers. It is well worth to arrive here early and explore the area. The lowest point of the Triglav National Park that is found nearby is also home to one of the most popular tourist spots in the region, the Tolmin gorges. A visit of this natural wonder is highly recommended.

Tour briefing takes place upon arrival to Tolmin or the next morning.


DAY 02

SOČA VALLEY: THE DOWNHILL THRILL

The enduro mountain bike tour starts with an experience of a lifetime – the stunning two-hour descent from Mt. Matajur. A shuttle service is organized to its 1.642-meter peak offering fantastic views over the Soča Valley, the Friulian plains and the surrounding mountains. As many transfers as the energy levels and the length of day allow can be provided.

A thrilling downhill ride leads through the woods and across the Italian border to the tiny historic town of Cividale del Friuli in Italy, an ideal place to stop for some delicious Italian gelato or pizza. From here, another transfer is organized back to the Soča Valley.

According to your wishes, a visit of Kobarid townor other local sightscan be arranged in the afternoon, before returning to Tolmin for the night.Kobarid is best known for the 1917 WW1 Battle of Caporetto, where the Italian retreat was documented by Ernest Hemingway in his novel A Farewell to Arms. More information about the tragic history of the region and can be found in the excellent Kobarid museum, which is dedicated to the Isonzo Front. Today, Kobarid is a lively tourist hub.


DAY 03

SOČA VALLEY – AJDOVŠČINA: CONTINUING IN STYLE

Also accessible by a shuttle van, Mt. Stol is the next big enduro MTB hit of the Soča Valley. Standing at the edge of the high Julian Alps, the mountain offers a splendid view of the Adriatic Sea. The descent is taken on another lengthy single trail through the woods.

As the previous day, bikers can choose to return to the top and bike downhill again and again. At the end, a transfer is organized to the town of Ajdovščina in the Vipava Valley, a  place of vineyards and orchards, famous for its authentic cuisine. The local specialty is dry-cured ham, which is perfectly complemented by regional wines.

Alternatively, Mt. Stol can be replaced by a mountain biking route to Mt. Kanin, a high-altitude rocky mountain accessible by a cable car.


DAY 04

AJDOVŠČINA: ENDLESS FOREST TRAILS

The Vipava Valley is further away from the Alps and closer to the Adriatic Sea than the Soča Valley, which means the weather here is warmer. The riding surface is different as well. The Trnovo Forest Plateau above the valley is karst-like, with no running superficial water, but full of closed hollows, caves, abysses, shafts and other karstic forms.

Ready to unlock the next level? A shuttle service is provided to reach the starting point on Mt. Čaven. Numerous remote trails offer an array of options of descent. No matter which one you choose, you will get plenty of fun and magnificent scenery, before returning to Ajdovščina for another night.


DAY 05

AJDOVŠČINA – LJUBLJANA – TRŽIČ: GREETING FROM THE CAPITAL

After three days of hard riding, it is time for a well-deserved break. Between Ajdovščina and the next riding area around Tržič, lies the charming capital of Slovenia, the city of Ljubljana.

As one of the smallest and greenest European capitals, Ljubljana is also one of the most livable cities. It’s never crowded – but also never boring. 50.000 university students give it its youthful appeal, and as an economic and cultural hub of Slovenia, it has a lot to offer to locals and visitors alike. Car traffic is restricted in the center, leaving the leafy banks of the Ljubljanica river free for pedestrians and cyclists.

Besides visiting the old town, we recommend you to check out the view from the Ljubljana Castle, take a boat ride along the Ljubljanica river, visit one of the various museums and galleries, and dive into the city’s culinary offer. Those already eager to get back on the bike, can pedal to the Golovec hill above Ljubljana or explore the serene Ljubljana Marshes extending at the very edge of the city. Green hills that surround the city make Ljubljana the only European capital with direct access to the best enduro MTB trails in the country.

A short transfer to Tržič is scheduled at the end of the day.


DAY 06

TRŽIČ: THE WILD RIDE

Lying at the embrace of the Karavanke mountains, Tržič is a nice gateway for all sorts of mountain biking and hiking tours. The slopes of Košuta, Dobrča, Kriška Gora, and Begunjščica excite even the most demanding bikers.

On the first day here, however, the tour entails a visit to the nearby Krvavec ski resort, which transforms into an awesome bike park during summer. The option is to take the cable car to the top and then either ride all the way back to the valley repeatedly or choose some of the easier trails on the upper slopes of the summit.


DAY 07

TRŽIČ: BIKING ALONG MOUNTAIN RIDGES

The last day of the Best of Slovenia Single Trails enduro mountain bike tour demonstrates the beauty of the Karavanke, a mountain massif of the Southern Limestone Alps. Even though a morning shuttle takes the bikers to a higher altitude, this stage includes some short uphill sections.

The destination of the day is a scenic mountain pasture of Kofce, which located on the southern slope of Košuta, just above the timberline. From here, one can admire the exceptional views of surrounding mountains. In good weather conditions, the visibility reaches all the way to Triglav, the highest summit of Slovenia, and other peaks in the Julian Alps. The Kofce mountain hut is legendary due to delicious “štruklji”, a traditional Slovene dish, composed of dough and various types of filling.

Biking down the wonderful twisty trails shared only with hikers is truly invigorating and a perfect way to finish this enduro MTB adventure. To rest well before the departure, another overnight is organized in Tržič.


DAY 08

DEPARTURE DAY

The Best of Slovenia Single Trails enduro mountain bike tour comes to and end with breakfast in Tržič. After breakfast, a transfer is organized to the tour starting point, or another location (upon request).


Dates

  • May - October *TAILOR MADE

*In season, tour can be organised on any date. Please contact us for individual offer.

Price for guided BEST OF SLOVENIA SINGLE TRAILS tour includes:

  • 7-night accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels/guesthouses
  • Fully qualified and experienced mountain bike guide for the duration of your trip
  • Accompanied driver following the group
  • Baggage transfer between stages
  • Navigation pack: GPS track, maps, tour booklet
  • Cable car/ski-lift fees
  • Transfer from route ending point to route starting point
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)

Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy.

Optional:

Price excludes:

  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Lunches
  • Any beverages consumed with meals that are included in the package
  • Any other items not mentioned as included.

Would you like to customize this tour?

Are you worried you are not prepared enough physically? Would you like to select a different starting or ending point, or perhaps have a day off before, after or during the tour?

Send us an e-mail: [email protected]

Logistics

The adventure starts at the town of Tolmin in the Soča Valley and ends in the town of Tržič.

GETTING THERE

Several international airports, those of Ljubljana, Venice, Treviso, Trieste and Klagenfurt, are located within a 2-3-hour drive from Tolmin. We are happy to arrange airport shuttles from any of these airports upon request.

If you are traveling by car, parking is possible at the tour starting point. There are many different routes leading to Tolmin. The most suitable one depends on the desired starting point and interests. If you have some extra time, you can explore many beautiful spots on the way.

ACCOMMODATION

Our tours are mostly operated through small towns and villages. We always make effort to select the most authentic and visitor-friendly accommodation and dining arrangements available. This way the tour groups can enjoy local hospitality and great food on the entire route.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • One guided group can include a maximum of 8 people.
  • On guided tours a briefing session is organized every evening. During briefing, the guide(s) reveal details about the next day’s cycling stage, including the altitude, length, difficulty etc.
  • On most cycling stages alternative trail variations can be chosen according to the specific requirements of the group.
  • The meeting instructions and final trip arrangements are sent to participants two weeks before the tour start date.

 

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