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MTB

TRANS SLOVENIA 02 • mountain bike tour

Duration

8 days

Category

MTB, E-BIKE

Fitness level

MEDIUM - High

Tour type

GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED, TAILOR-MADE

Technical difficulty

Low

Length & elevation

348 – 396 km 7.460 – 9.400 m

Trans Slovenia 2 map

Outstanding tourist sights and remote MTB trails – the Trans Slovenia 02 mountain bike tour provides a perfect mix of both. Join us and discover divine Alpine lakes, green mountain pastures, authentic villages, and the sunny Adriatic coast in the best way – on a mountain bike! A week full of exceptional riding is guaranteed.

The mountain bike adventure starts in Arnoldstein, a small town just across the Austrian border. First, you pass by the triple border, a point where the territories of Austria, Italy, and Slovenia meet. The trail then takes you to the Alpine resort of Kranjska Gora and further on along the beautiful Radovna Valley. After exploring the picture-perfect Lake Bled, epic mountain biking continues across the densely forested Pokljuka Plateau all the way to Bohinj, another Alpine pearl. 

Two days of mountain biking through unspoiled forests and secluded villages in the hills above Škofja Loka are marked by two UNESCO heritage sites, i.e. the Franja Partisan Hospital and the former mercury mine in Idrija. In between lies the town of Cerkno, which is well-known as an excellent mountain biking destination. 

In the second part of the Slovenia cycling holidays, the trail crosses three different wine regions – the windy Vipava Valley, the mysterious Karst region, and the Slovenian Istria. Distinct climate and terrain offer plenty of distinct wine flavors. Before relaxing at the tour finish line in Piran, you can also visit the typical Karst town of Štanjel, the UNESCO-listed Škocjan Caves, and the Sečovlje Salina Landscape Park

This Trans Slovenia bike tour presents an alternative for starting the 2000 km long Trans Dinarica tour.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trail diversity: riding in the Alps, forests, valleys, stony karst, and at the Adriatic coast
  • Mountain biking over Zajamniki mountain pasture
  • Alpine lakes in Bled and Bohinj
  • Wine tastings in three different wine regions
  • Three UNESCO heritage sites – Škocjan caves, Franja Partisan Hospital, and Idrija Mercury Mine

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Itinerary

DAY 01

ARNOLDSTEIN - BLED: ACROSS THE BORDER TO THE FAMOUS LAKE

DistanceDistance: 55,7 km
DistanceElevation: 1400 m

The Trans Slovenia 02 mountain bike trip begins in the small town of Arnoldstein, which is located at the Austria’s southern border between the Carnic Alps and the Karavanke mountain range. The day begins with a warm-up uphill ride to Mt. Peč and continues with an exciting descent to Kranjska Gora, an Alpine resort known for skiing competitions. 

A tranquil forest road leads to the village of Mojstrana, where it enters one of the prettiest valleys in country, the Radovna River Valley. Since the area is a part of the Triglav National Park, mass tourism is limited here. The final destination of the day is the famously beautiful Bled. It would be a real shame not to visit the tiny island in the middle of the lake, climb the impressive Bled Castle and taste the yummy Bled cream cake.


DAY 02

BLED - BOHINJ: OVER PASTURES TO LAKE BOHINJ

DistanceDistance: 48,8 km
DistanceElevation: 1230 m

The second day of biking in Slovenia starts with a climb to the forested Pokljuka plateau, a popular hiking place resting at an altitude of 1.300 meters. Here you can see many shingle-covered wooden cottages, which are typical for the Slovenian mountain pastures. In the past they were used as homes for shepherds or dairy production facilities. 

The most memorable part of the day is definitely the ride across the Zajamniki mountain pasture, known for perfect views over Lake Bohinj, the largest natural lake in the country and the final destination of the day.  Many visitors to Slovenia say they have never seen a lake more beautiful than Lake Bled – until they come to Bohinj.


DAY 03

BOHINJ - CERKNO: THE UPS AND DOWNS

DistanceDistance: 45 km
DistanceElevation: 1490 m

The next MTB stage starts with a pleasant uphill ride to Soriška planina mountain pasture, which excites with great views of Mt. Triglav, the highest peak of Slovenia. A wild ride along gravel and forest paths will take you across the plateau to the village of Petrovo Brdo. You will be happy about how many great single trails this Slovenia cycle route includes. 

The third day of the Trans Slovenia 02 mountain bike adventure features undiscovered trails, small villages and secluded farms. The remoteness of the location was crucial for the existence of the main landmark of this MTB Slovenia stage. – the WWII Franja Partisan Hospital and a UNESCO-protected cultural monument of national importance. The day ends in Cerkno, which features a modern ski center and hosts the world-famous Cerkno Jazz festival every year.


DAY 04

CERKNO - IDRIJA: A DAY OF REMOTENESS

DistanceDistance: 37,7 km
DistanceElevation: 1200 m

The Trans Slovenia bike trip continues through the pristine environment. Narrow gravel and asphalt roads run up and down the hilly landscape. The goal of the day is to reach the town of Idrija, notable for its former mercury mine and the tradition of bobbin lace. This stage is a bit shorter, so you can get some rest or visit the abandoned mine, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2012.


DAY 05

IDRIJA - AJDOVŠČINA: THE LAND OF VINEYARDS

DistanceDistance: 56,1 km
DistanceElevation: 1320 m

On the next day of cycling Slovenia, you continue to explore roads and paths that even some locals don’t know. After an easy ascent to Črni Vrh, there are two routes you can follow towards the town of Ajdovščina. If you choose the first one, you will ride over the scenic Mt. Javornik and then descend through the Bela Valley. An easier option is to follow the village road all to way to Col and further to Ajdovščina.

The fertile, wine-rich Vipava Valley stretches from Nova Gorica into the Karst region. Its mild climate encourages the cultivation of peaches, apricots and most importantly, grapes, which turn into excellent wine. The idyllic rural environment offers various opportunities to try some local delicacies.


DAY 06

AJDOVŠČINA - DIVAČA: THE MYSTERIOUS KARST

DistanceDistance: 46 km
DistanceElevation: 1070 m

In the next part of this Trans Slovenia bike trip, the landscape changes once again as the trail enters the magical world of 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. 

The most remarkable stop of the day is a typical town of Štanjel with its narrow streets, castle and a delightful garden. Mountain biking continues across the quiet Slovenian countryside towards the town of Divača. Time permitting, a visit to another UNESCO site, the world famous Škocjan Caves is strongly recommended.


DAY 07

DIVAČA - MEREZIGE: THE ISTRIAN HINTERLAND

DistanceDistance: 60,5 km
DistanceElevation: 1600 m

This MTB stage is all about Mt. Slavnik, where a popular MTB marathon takes place every spring. With its fabulous views over the sea and other Slovenian regions, it simply cannot disappoint. A mix of asphalt and gravel roads take you to Slovenian Istria, another region scattered with vineyards. Two different trails can be chosen to reach the lovely village of Merezige, the final stop of the day.

The first trail runs closer to the sea and passes through Kozina before reaching the Istrian hinterland. The other, technically more demanding trail, enters deeper into the hills overlooking the Adriatic coast before joining the easier trail at the village of Podpeč.


DAY 08

MEREZIGE - PIRAN: SUN AND SEA

DistanceDistance: 37 km
DistanceElevation: 470 m

On the last day of Slovenia cycling holidays, the trail finally reaches the always popular Adriatic coast. With no hills to climb, your legs will finally get some rest. The route takes you from the Dragonja Valley to the sea, where it passes by the Sečovlje Salina Landscape Park, the largest Slovenian salt evaporation pond and one of the few facilities where salt is still produced in a traditional way. 

Pedaling continues along the Slovenian coast. Soon after you ride through Portorož, you will arrive to the final destination of the week-long tour, the town of Piran. Sitting at the tip of a narrow peninsula, the picturesque coastal town boasts one of the best-preserved historical towns in the Adriatic. It is hard not to fall in love with its atmospheric winding alleyways, cafes and restaurants. Climb the Town Walls if you are searching for the best sunset views.


DAY 09

Departure

The Trans Slovenia 02 mountain bike tour ends with breakfast in Piran. Afterwards a transfer is organized to the tour starting point in Arnoldstein. 


Dates

  • Sept 5 – 13, 2021 GUIDED
  • May - October *TAILOR MADE, SELF-GUIDED

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

Price for guided TRANS SLOVENIA 02 tour includes:

  • 8-night accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels/guest houses
  • 8 breakfasts and 8 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 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.

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 02 tour includes:

  • 8-night accommodation in 3- or 4-star hotels/guest houses
  • 8 breakfasts and 8 dinners; Meals include typical local food
  • Baggage transfer between the tour stages
  • Navigation pack: GPS track, maps, tour booklet, Skype call
  • 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 in Arnoldstein (near Villach, Austria) or in Bled and ends in the town of Piran on the Slovenian coast.

GETTING THERE

Several international airports, those of Ljubljana, Venice, Treviso, Trieste, Klagenfurt and Graz, are located within a 2-3-hour drive from Villach/Bled. 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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