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MTB

TRANS SLOVENIA 03 • mountain bike tour

Duration

7 days

Category

MTB, E-BIKE

Fitness level

MEDIUM - HIGH

Tour type

GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED, TAILOR-MADE

Technical difficulty

LOW

Length & elevation

320 – 342 KM 8630 – 9900 M

Biking along the Austrian border, the Trans Slovenia 03 mountain bike trip leads along the Austrian border, from the eastern to the western part of Slovenia. It crosses various scenic mountain massifs and picturesque Alpine valleys full of fun trails and pristine nature.

This Slovenia bike trip begins in the second most populated city in Slovenia, Maribor. It is located just next to the Pohorje mountain range and as such serves as a perfect starting point. While mountain biking through the vast spruce forests of Pohorje, you pass by the Črno jezero (Black Lake) and Rogla Bike Park before ascending towards the Koroška region

Awesome trails continue at Jamnica Single Trail Park and soon after it is time for the highlight of the tour – underground biking through abandoned mine tunnels. From the underground, you climb to the panoramic road leading above the famously beautiful Logarska Valley, which offers impressive views over the Kamnik–Savinja Alps

After crossing a mountain pass, you reach the glacier valley of Jezersko, from where a steep trail leads into the heart of the Karavanke mountains. This part includes riding across mountain pastures under Košuta, the longest mountain ridge in Slovenia.

The trails of Karavanke open up great vistas of Lake Bled, the symbol of Slovenia’s beauty. The last part of the Slovenia cycling holidays takes you through the pretty Radovna Valley to Kranjska Gora, a popular ski center at the foot of the Julian Alps. 

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

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Diversity of MTB trails
  • Mountain biking in the Julian Alps, Karavanke mountain range, and the Kamnik – Savinja Alps
  • Riding through abandoned mine tunnels
  • Lake Bled
  • Bike parks in Pohorje, Rogla, Jamnica & Kranjska Gora

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Itinerary

DAY 01

MARIBOR - ROGLA: THE LUSH FORESTS OF POHORJE

DistanceDistance: 45 km
DistanceElevation: 1880* m

Pohorje is a 1543 meters high natural oasis with vast forests, clearings and pastures, unspoiled waters, the largest butterfly in Europe and other precious animal species. This lush area represents the main recreational area for many locals and other Slovenians. It is especially popular among mountain bikers.

The city of Maribor is situated at the foothills of Pohorje. Biking starts along an unpaved road towards the upper station of the Pohorje cable car. You can also shorten the stage by using a cable car from the valley. Alternatively, you can begin the day with some exciting MTB trails in Bike Park Pohorje

The trail takes you you past the Areh and Ruška koča mountain huts to Osankarica and further on the natural reserve of Črno jezero (Black Lake). The first stage of this Slovenia bicycle tour comes to an end at Rogla ski center

Gravel: 50%
Single trail: 40%
Asphalt: 10%
Optional: Bike Park Pohorje

DAY 02

ROGLA - JAMNICA: ON TO CARINTHIA

DistanceDistance: 82 km
DistanceElevation: 1860 m

After a rather demanding first stage, the day after starts in a more relaxed way. It opens with a descent along one of the easy paths of the Rogla Bike Park. The trail eventually reaches the highest peak of Pohorje, Mt. Črni vrh (1543 m), which reveals majestic views over the surroundings. This is followed by a downhill ride to the Mislinja Valley, leaving the Pohorje massif behind.

In the next part of biking in Slovenia, you pass by the city of Slovenj Gradec, the unofficial center of the Slovenian Carinthia. The route continues towards the Drava Valley, where you turn upwards again. The mountain bike adventure of the day ends in Jamnica, right next to the Jamnica Single Trail Park.

Gravel: 55%
Asphalt: 30%
Single trail: 15%
Optional: Rogla Bike Park, Jamnica Single Trail Park

DAY 03

JAMNICA - PODOLŠEVA: THROUGH TUNNELS TO THE BEST VIEWS

DistanceDistance: 50 km
DistanceElevation: 1670 m

The third day of the Trans Slovenia bike trip starts with some excellent single trails in the Jamnica Single Trail Park. When you return to the valley, it is time to go underground. Biking from one valley to another through the abandoned tunnels of the Mežica mine is unforgettable. 

The unique underground experience is nicely contrasted by the second half of the day. The route leads from Črna na Koroškem to Mt. Raduha and eventually reaches a beautiful panoramic road high above the Logarska Valley. You might want to take a short break here and enjoy the views over the mighty peaks of the Kamnik–Savinja Alps. The stage ends in the tranquil village of Podolševa

Gravel: 50%
Asphalt: 45%
Single trail: 5%
Optional: Single Trail Park Jamnica, Petzen Flow Trail

DAY 04

PODOLŠEVA – JEZERSKO: A SHORT VISIT TO AUSTRIA

DistanceDistance: 31 km
DistanceElevation: 690 m

Biking carries on along the panoramic road for a while before a you gently ascend to the Pavličevo sedlo mountain pass. A scenic asphalt road then crosses the Austrian border, but soon after riding across another mountain pass, Jezerski Vrh, the route comes back to the Slovenian side. The trail continues down to the high glacier valley of Jezersko. Among Slovenia cycle routes, this is one of the lesser-known ones. With its untouched nature, authentic culture and limited numbers of tourists, the valley is a true hidden gem. 

If you are eager for more biking, you should finish the day with a round trip past the crystal-clear Planšarsko lake to the Ravenska Kočna Valley.

Asphalt: 80%
Gravel: 20%

DAY 05

JEZERSKO - TRŽIČ: THE KARAVANKE MOUNTAINS

DistanceDistance: 53 km
DistanceElevation: 1660 m

Day 5 of this Trans Slovenia bike tour is all about adventurous mountain biking in the Karavanke mountains. This stage includes biking across the pastures below Košuta, Slovenia’s longest mountain ridge. On clear days, the views from here reach all the way to the highest peak of Slovenia, Mt. Triglav, as well as the Ljubljana basin. A stop at the Kofce mountain hut is highly recommended if you want to try the best “štruklji” dumplings in the country.

In the second leg of the day, the route runs along the Tržiška Bistrica stream towards the spectacular Dovžan gorge. A visit to the gorge is almost like a journey through time, since its walls hold   fossilized remains from 300 million years ago. The final stop of the day is the town of Tržič.   

Gravel: 70%
Asphalt: 25%
Single trail: 5%

DAY 06

TRŽIČ - BLED: THE POSTCARD IMAGE

DistanceDistance: 37 km
DistanceElevation: 1260 m

On the following day the route turns back to the hills. First you climb the high slopes of Mt. Begunjščica, from where you continue past the village of Podljubelj. An uphill ride is rewarded by a delicious meal at the Preval mountain hut.  

A thrilling descent with numerous incredible view-points awaits you in the next part of this MTB Slovenia stage. Reaching the final destination of the day, the famous Bled, it would be a shame not to visit the tiny island in the middle of the lake, explore the Bled Castle overlooking the town, and taste the famous Bled cream cake known to locals as “Kremšnita”.

Asphalt: 45%
Gravel: 35%
Single trail: 20%

DAY 07

BLED - KRANJSKA GORA: BACK TO THE ALPS

DistanceDistance: 38 km
DistanceElevation: 572 m

The ultimate part of this Trans Slovenia mountain bike trip includes yet another scenic ride. The route runs through what is arguably one of the most beautiful alpine valleys in Slovenia, the Radovna river valley. Since it is a part of the Triglav National Park, the largest protected area in Slovenia, mass tourism is limited here. 

The next destination on the way is the charming village of Mojstrana, which is a starting point for many hikes and home to a modern Alpine museum. After passing by the legendary FIS ski slope of Podkoren, you will soon arrive to Kranjska gora, your final stop and a popular ski and outdoor resort. Those who still want more MTB fun, can visit a local bike park. 

Asphalt: 75%
Gravel: 25%
Optional: Bike Park Kranjska Gora

Dates

  • 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 03 tour includes:

  • 7 nights accommodations in 3-4 star hotels/guesthouses
  • 7 breakfast and 7 dinners; Meals include typical local food
  • Fully qualified and experienced mountain bike guide for the duration of your trip
  • Baggage transfer between stages
  • Navigation pack: GPS track, maps, tour booklet
  • 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.

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 03 tour includes:

  • 7 nights accommodations in 3-4 star hotels/guesthouses
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners; Meals include typical local food
  • Baggage transfer between stages
  • Navigation pack: GPS track, maps, tour booklet, Skype call
  • Transfer from route ending point to 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 tour starts in Maribor and ends in Kranjska Gora, near the Slovenian border with Austria and Italy.

GETTING THERE

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