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 tour leads from the eastern to the western part of Slovenia across scenic mountain ranges and beautiful Alpine valleys full of fun trails and unspoiled nature. 

Compared to our other Slovenia bike tours, this one is the most off the beaten track. This mountain biking adventure begins in the second largest city in Slovenia, the city of Maribor. Situated next to the Pohorje mountain range, Maribor serves as a perfect starting point. Biking through the magical spruce forests of Pohorje, the trail passes the Črno jezero (Black lake) before reaching the Rogla Bike Park and ascending towards the Koroška region

MTB fun continues at the Jamnica Single Trail Park and soon it is time for the highlight of the tour – underground biking through abandoned mine tunnels. The panoramic road leading above the famously beautiful Logarska Valley offers impressive views over the mighty walls of the Kamnik–Savinja Alps

Crossing of a mountain pass leads to the glacier valley of Jezersko, from where a steep border trail leads into the heart of the Karavanke mountains. The path includes steep climbs on gravel trails and mountain pastures under Košuta, the longest mountain ridge in Slovenia.

A thorough exploration of the Karavanke trails opens up a wonderful view of Lake Bled, the symbol of Slovenia’s beauty. The last part of the Trans Slovenia 03 mountain bike tour leads from the picturesque Radovna Valley to Kranjska gora, a popular ski center at the foot of the Julian Alps. 

Trans Slovenia 03 is one of four Trans Slovenia bike tours and it is an alternative trail for starting the 2000 km long Trans Dinarica tour.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Diversity of Slovenia bike tours – different trails every day! 
  • Mountain biking in the Julian Alps, the Karavanke mountains and the Kamnik – Savinja Alps
  • Underground biking through abandoned mine tunnels
  • Lake Bled
  • Bike parks in Pohorje, Rogla, Jamnica & Kranjska Gora 

 

 

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Itinerary

DAY 01

MARIBOR - ROGLA: THE POHORJE MOUNTAIN RANGE

DistanceDistance: 45 km
DistanceElevation: 1880* m

Pohorje is a medium-height mountain range situated south of the Drava river in the north-eastern Slovenia, with 70% of its surface covered in forest. It measures about 50 km from east to west and 30 km from north to south, and represents the main recreational area for inhabitants of surrounding towns. 

The city of Maribor is one of the starting points for climbs to Pohorje. An unpaved road leads to the upper station of the Pohorje cable car. This is where the crossing of the first part of the Pohorje massif starts. Please note that the initial uphill ride can be avoided by using a cable car from the valley, decreasing the daily elevation to 1000 m. The day can alternatively begin with some fun MTB trails in the Bike Park Pohorje

The trail passes the Areh and the Ruška koča mountain huts, leading through lush spruce forests to Osankarica and passing the natural reserve of Črno jezero (Black Lake). The level can be adjusted by taking easier connections on the unpaved forest roads. The first stage comes to an end at the Rogla ski center

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

 


DAY 02

ROGLA - JAMNICA: FROM POHORJE TO CARINTHIA

DistanceDistance: 82 km
DistanceElevation: 1860 m

After a rather strenuous first day, the second stage starts in a more relaxed manner. It opens with a comfortable descent along one of the easy paths of the Rogla Bike Park. Various ups and downs eventually lead to the highest peak of Pohorje, Mt. Črni vrh (1543 m), revealing gorgeous views over the picturesque surroundings. A thrilling descent then leads deep down into the Mislinja Valley, leaving the Pohorje massif behind.

The route passes the charming city of Slovenj Gradec, the unofficial center of the Slovenian Carinthia, and continues towards the Drava Valley, where the trail turns upwards again. The MTB adventure of the day ends in Jamnica, just 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: UNDER THE GROUND TO LOGARSKA VALLEY

DistanceDistance: 50 km
DistanceElevation: 1670 m

The third day of the Trans Slovenia 03 mountain bike tour starts by enjoying some excellent single trails in the Jamnica Single Trail Park. After a downhill ride back to the valley, it is time for some underground biking through the abandoned tunnels of the Mežica mine. Accompanied by the guide and properly equipped with flashlights, the transition from one valley to another is a unique experience. Those who dislike closed spaces can take an alternative route.

The underground experience is nicely contrasted by the second half of the day. The partly unpaved road climbs from Črna na Koroškem to Mt. Raduha and eventually transforms into a beautiful panoramic road high above the Logarska Valley. Impressive views over the mighty peaks of the Kamnik–Savinja Alps are simply unforgettable. The day ends in the tranquil village of Podolševa, where a home-made meal warms the heart. 

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

 


DAY 04

PODOLŠEVA – JEZERSKO: UP AND DOWN ACROSS THE BORDER

DistanceDistance: 31 km
DistanceElevation: 690 m

Biking carries on along the panoramic road for some time before a gentle climb is taken to the Pavličevo sedlo mountain pass. From there, an asphalt road runs towards the Austrian border, again overlooking the mighty mountain scenery. 

Biking in Austria is brief, as an ascend to another mountain pass, the Jezerski Vrh, leads back to the border. The trail then continues downhill to the high glacier valley of Jezersko. With its pristine nature, authentic culture and limited numbers of tourists, the valley is a true hidden gem. 

For those eager to do some more biking, an additional round trip past the wonderful Planšarsko jezero lake to the Ravenska Kočna Valley might be the right choice.

Gravel: 20%
Asphalt: 80%

 


DAY 05

JEZERSKO - TRŽIČ: A TOUCH OF KARAVANKE MOUNTAINS

DistanceDistance: 53 km
DistanceElevation: 1660 m

Day 5 of the Trans Slovenia 03 mountain bike tour is all about adventurous biking into the heart of the Karavanke mountains. The path includes steep climbs on gravel trails and mountain pastures below the mighty peaks of Košuta, Slovenia’s longest mountain ridge. On clear days, the views from here reach all the way to Mt. Triglav in the Julian Alps as well as the Ljubljana basin. The culinary delights served at the Kofce mountain pasture, especially the delicious “štruklji” dumplings, provide for that extra energy needed. 

In the second part of the day, the route follows 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  an abundance of fossilized remains from 300 million years ago. The ride of the day finishes in the town of Tržič, known as a paradise for all outdoor fans.   

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

 


DAY 06

TRŽIČ - BLED: ADMIRE THE POSTCARD IMAGE

DistanceDistance: 37 km
DistanceElevation: 1260 m

The next day the route turns back to the mountains. From Tržič, it climbs the high slopes of Mt. Begunjščica and continues through the village of Podljubelj. An uphill ride that follows is rewarded by some tasty local treats at the Preval mountain hut.  

An exciting downhill ride full of incredible view-points awaits. The ultimate view opens over the Sava Valley and Lake Bled. The last descent of the day therefore adds a cherry on top for every MTB fan. Reaching the final destination of the day, the famously beautiful Bled, it would be a pity not to visit the tiny island in the middle of the lake, climb the impressive Bled Castle overlooking the town, or taste the famous Bled cake called “Kremšnita”.

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

 

An overnight stay is organised at Bled.

Distance: 37 km
Elevation: 1260 m
Gravel: 13 km (35%)
Asphalt: 17 km (46%)


DAY 07

BLED – KRANJSKA GORA: THE FINAL MTB STAGE

DistanceDistance: 38 km
DistanceElevation: 572 m

The last day of the Trans Slovenia 03 mountain bike tour is concluded with yet another scenic ride. Leaving the photogenic Bled behind, the route leads through what is arguably one of the most beautiful alpine valleys in Slovenia, the Radovna river valley. Since the area is a part of the Triglav National Park, mass tourism is limited here. The Valley is best known for its pristine nature and a dramatic 1.6 kilometer-long Vintgar Gorge.

The next destination is the lovely village of Mojstrana, a starting point to many hikes and a home to an excellent Alpine museum. The route passes the famous FIS ski slope of Podkoren before reaching the final destination of the tour. Kranjska gora is a very popular ski and outdoor resort situated at the foot of the Julian Alps. For those seeking even more MTB fun, a visit to a local bike park is recommended. 

Gravel: 25%
Asphalt: 75%
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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