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MTB

TRANS SLOVENIA 01 • mountain bike tour

Duration

7 days

Category

MTB

Fitness level

Medium - High

Tour type

GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED, TAILOR-MADE

Technical difficulty

Medium

Length & elevation

308 - 388km, 6.055 – 10.290m

The Trans Slovenia 01 mountain bike trip offers supreme biking across the prettiest regions of Slovenia. You will pedal all the way from the Julian Alps to the Adriatic coast in only 7 days. Hidden trails, rapidly changing landscape and friendly locals provide for a once in a lifetime MTB Slovenia adventure. Imagine traveling from the mountains to the Mediterranean on your bike, how exciting!

 

This Trans Slovenia bike tour starts in Arnoldstein, a little Alpine town just across the Austrian border. An uphill ride to Mt. Peč is rewarded by a fun descent to Kranjska Gora, a winter resort known for skiing competitions. Before you reach one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, the Soča river, another mountain biking challenge awaits – the Vršič mountain pass. After leaving the Soča Valley, the trail continues towards the romantic Goriška Brda region, which is famous for high-quality wine. The last part of the Slovenia cycling holidays offers excellent biking through the remote karst area, before descending towards the lovely coastal town of Piran

The Trans Slovenia 01 mountain biking tour is suitable for different levels. With many variations, it caters to all tastes, whether you like trails or prefer quiet gravel paths. This Slovenia Cycle route is a part of the 2000 km long Trans Dinarica.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Trail diversity – mountain biking in the Alps, along the Soča river, through vineyards, over stony karst, and along the Adriatic coast
  2. Cycling in 3 countries in one week
  3. Breath-taking views 
  4. A two-hour downhill ride from Mt. Matajur
  5. Jumping in the Adriatic Sea at the end of the tour

 

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Itinerary

DAY 01

ARNOLDSTEIN - KRANJSKA GORA: THE TRIPLE BORDER

DistanceDistance: 23,4 - 25,02 km
DistanceElevation: 875 - 1030 m

The Trans Slovenia 01 MTB adventure starts when you arrive to Arnoldstein, a small town situated at Austria’s southern border. The trip begins with a warm-up uphill ride to Mt. Peč and an exciting descent to Kranjska Gora

The first day is all about the triple border (Dreiländereck), a point where the territories of Slovenia, Italy and Austria meet. The peak offers a majestic view of the Julian Alps, Gailtal Alps, High and Low Tauern, and Karavanke mountain range. Tones of mountain biking pleasures are guaranteed.


DAY 02

KRANJSKA GORA - BOVEC: OVER THE MOUNTAIN PASS TO THE EMERALD VALLEY

DistanceDistance: 52,2 km
DistanceElevation: 1205 m

From Kranjska Gora, this Trans Slovenia bike trip leads past Lake Jasna to the Vršič mountain pass. The highest positioned road pass in the Eastern Julian Alps with an altitude of 1611 meters attracts many cyclists and mountain bikers.

Descending from the Vršič pass, the trail leads to the magical Trenta Valley, located at the heart of the Triglav National Park. It is also the uppermost part of the famous Soča Valley, where one of the most beautiful European rivers, the emerald green Soča flows under the Julian Alps. The valley features a plethora of stunning natural sites, as well as the shocking heritage of World War I. The MTB Slovenia trail follows the river to Bovec, known as the center of outdoor sports. Here you can choose from a wide variety of outdoor activities provided by the local agencies. River rafting and kayaking are highly recommended.


DAY 03

BOVEC - KOBARID: CHASING THE VIEWS

DistanceDistance: 23,6 - 46,9 km
DistanceElevation: 290 - 1370 m

The third day of biking in Slovenia starts at the majestic Boka, the mightiest waterfall in the country. After passing by the Žaga village, the route leads up to the Slovenia-Italy border. A former mule-track then leads to the top of Mt. Stol, where an incredible view of the Alps and the Soča Valley opens below. On clear days, you might even see the sea. Mountain biking along the Mt. Stol ridge is simply amazing. A steep single trail runs into the forest, and descends right to the banks of the Soča river.

Shortly after you come to the lively tourist hub of Kobarid, best known for the 1917 WWI Battle of Caporetto, where the Italian retreat was documented by Ernest Hemingway in his novel A Farewell to Arms.


DAY 04

KOBARID - TOLMIN: BORN TO BE WILD

DistanceDistance: 16,6, - 37,2 km
DistanceElevation: 140 - 1390 m

The ascent from Kobarid to Krn village and then onto the Pretovč mountain pasture makes this part of the Trans Slovenia mountain bike trip the most challenging one. The effort is rewarded with a trilling downhill ride to the Tolminka river valley. You will pass by the Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit, a monument dedicated to the First World War. Next, the mountain bike adventure takes you to one of the most popular tourist spots in the region, the Tolmin gorges. You can visit this beautiful site before you bike to the final destination of the day, the town of Tolmin.


DAY 05

TOLMIN - ŠMARTNO: THE LAND OF VINEYARDS

DistanceDistance: 77,2 - 87,7 km
DistanceElevation: 1020 - 1520 m

The two-hour descent from Mt. Matajur is one of the highlights of mountain biking in Slovenia. While biking up, you can enjoy fantastic views over the Friulian plains and the surrounding mountains. What follows is pure fun – a long downhill ride through the woods to the tiny historic town of Cividale del Friuli in Italy.

It is then time for some easy biking through the vineyards of Collio in Italy. Eventually, you will cross to border back to Slovenia and arrive to the village of Šmartno in the region of Goriška Brda. The land of gentle, rolling hills covered in orchards and vineyards and dotted with small, secluded villages, reminds of Tuscany. The wine growers here are famous all over the world for their high-quality wine and hospitality. Needless to say, wine tasting is inevitable here.


DAY 06

ŠMARTNO - LOKEV: THE MYSTERIOUS KARST

DistanceDistance: 62,8 - 66,1 km
DistanceElevation: 985 - 1500 m

The longest biking day of this Slovenia bicycle tour is all about Karst. This region is full of special natural phenomena like sinkholes, disappearing streams and underground caves. The number of recorded caves in Slovenia amounts to over 8.000, but only about 20 of them are open for public. The Slovenian Karst is also a wine-growing region, famous for the ruby-red teran. Tiny villages located on the hill tops are featuring traditional houses built in stone. 

This MTB stage comes to an end near Lipica, where an original stud farm of noble white Lipizzaner has been located in Lipica since 1580.


DAY 07

LOKEV - PIRAN: THE MEDITERRANEAN BEAT

The last day of Slovenia cycling holidays truly wraps up the diversity of the country and of the Trans Slovenia 01 mountain bike tour itself. You will first ride to the medieval Socerb castle, which overlooks the Gulf of Trieste. Next, you will descend to Osp, one of the oldest villages in Slovenia, which was first mentioned in 1067. The MTB trail then leads down to the sea level, approaching the coastal city of Koper

From here, the route follows the Parenzana railway track, a now defunct narrow gauge railway that connected Triste and Poreč in the beginning of the 20th century. Along the Parenzana, you will pass through some narrow tunnels. Soon after you will reach the final destination of this mountain bike trip. The city of Piran is, according to Lonely Planet, a small slice of Venice in Slovenia. Its old town, full of Venetian Gothic architecture, is known as one of the best-preserved historical towns on the Adriatic.


DAY 08

DEPARTURE DAY

The Trans Slovenia 01 mountain bike tour ends in Piran. After breakfast, a transfer is organized to the tour starting point in Arnoldstein.


Dates

  • May 29 – June 5, 2021 GUIDED
  • Aug 28 – Sept 4, 2021 GUIDED
  • May - October *SELF-GUIDED, TAILOR MADE

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

Price for guided TRANS SLOVENIA 01 tour includes:

  • 7-night accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels/guesthouses
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners; Meals include typical local food
  • Fully qualified and experienced MTB guide for the entire trip
  • Baggage transfer between tour stages
  • Navigation pack: GPS track, maps, tour booklet
  • Transfer from the route ending point to the route starting point
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)

Rates per person are 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.

 

We recommend self-guided cycling tours to everybody who knows how to navigate a map or a GPS device and has previous experience in self-guided cycling. If you think you don’t fit this description, maybe a guided cycling tour would be a more enjoyable option for you.

The price of a self-guided tour depends on the number of people in the group. Please contact us for the offer.

Price for self-guided TRANS SLOVENIA 01 tour includes:

  • 7-night accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels/guesthouses
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners; Meals include typical local food
  • Navigation pack: GPS track, maps, tour booklet, Skype call
  • Baggage transfer between tour stages
  • Transfer from the route ending point to the route starting point
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)

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 an e-mail to:[email protected]

Logistics

The adventure starts at the Alpine town of Arnoldstein and ends in the town of Piran on the Slovenian coast.

GETTING THERE

Ljubljana international airport is located within a 50-minute driving distance from Kranjska Gora and about an hour from Arnoldstein. There are several other international airports in the area, those of Venice, Trieste, Klagenfurt, Treviso, Graz and Zagreb, each of them within a maximum of 2-3 hour driving distance. 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.

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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