Intro

In the Slovenian Alps, the world shines in a special light because the mountains are composed of white limestone. The peaks are steep, the valleys are deep, and the streams are full of clear water. The slopes are covered with thick forests and meadows with wild flowers. And most importantly, they are all perfect for mountain biking. This trip is designed for riders with a good level of fitness ideally combined with off-road experience together with a degree of technical mountain biking skills. On our route you can enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the Savinja and Julian Alps amidst superb forest trails before reaching the rolling hills and mediterranean climate of Goriška Brda and its vineyards in western Slovenia. It is a journey of sublime contrasts that will take you to one of the most beautiful parts of Europe that still retains traditional local cultures and a connection with nature so often forgotten in an age of mass tourism. This is the perfect appetiser to get to know Slovenia and improve your technical skills in preparation for our Best Singletrack rides…!!

FITNESS   Fitness level 3   SKILL   Skill level C   Self-assess Tour Grade

Package

  • Group size: Min 6 / max 14 persons
  • Accommodation: 7 x bed & breakfast, 4 x dinners, 4 x lunches and 2 x picnic lunches
  • Activities: 6 fully guided tours (local professional guides only) including Underground biking
  • Price includes: Airport transfers (from/to Ljubljana or Klagenfurt), 4 x dinner, 5 x lunch or packed lunch, support van equipped for biking tours / luggage transfers and all shuttle transfers and lifts according to the programme
  • Price excludes: Bike hire, flights, personal clothing and equipment, snacks between meals

KEY INFORMATION

  • Equipment you should bring: Mountain bike and biking gear, recreational clothing and footwear
  • Number of participants: Min 4 or reduced number by prior arrangement
  • Meeting point: Ljubljana or Klagenfurt Airport
  • Reservation: Advance booking is required – we recommend a min 8 weeks notice
  • Availability: 1st April to 30th October

About the tour

TERRAIN

In the Slovenian Alps, there are numerous areas of wilderness to explore. They are hidden among the valleys and mountains, and the forests hide a range of rare European wildlife, including brown bear. The tour is a combination of ascents and descents following the mountain roads, old forest trails and single tracks, and it includes all aspects of what makes these mountains such an exciting area for mountain bikers. The tour  mainly follows vehicle-width dirt roads. Most tracks are a combination of hard-pack sand and gravel; there are some short single track sections, and emphasis is put on the downhill. In some sections (30% of the tour), we follow quiet tarmac roads. Some short sections may require pushing.

GRADE

If you want to enjoy our trip, it is enough to be reasonably fit, confident and comfortable on your mountain bike. Some longer daily distances and technical trails require higher fitness levels and off-road experience. Average daily riding time is 6 hours, 80% with vehicle support.

ACCOMMODATION

The standard is a double bed accommodation, always with a private bathroom. If you travel alone and wish to share accommodation, we try to find you a roommate of the same sex. If that is not possible, a single room supplement will apply. A limited number of single rooms is available on each trip. Our prices are based on double bed accommodation, single room supplement is 75 €.

FOOD

On the tour, we have picnic lunches or we stop at  tourist farms for lunch. Dining is one of the joys of travelling and our dinners are social events, a chance to share adventures with one another. We devote attention to the regional cuisine in most places.

ON THE TOUR

The average daily distances are calculated and rated as moderate or challenging. The leaders brief you about the daily schedule every morning. On each day of the tour, you have a choice of kilometre options. You may go for the most challenging option on one day and take it easy on another, choosing the shortest route and allowing more time for relaxed exploration The group may spread out for several kilometres and individuals may opt to set off solo. For your peace of mind, one leader covers the route in a van, ready to offer assistance. It is up to you to decide how far you want to go. You will normally spend four to eight hours cycling daily, depending on the kilometre option you choose and the pace you set.

LEADERSHIP

Two English speaking leaders are assigned to each group. One drives the support van, sweeping the route several times a day, providing lifts and assistance to riders as needed. Another leader bikes with guests, moving between groups travelling at different speeds. Our bike tour leaders are competent bike mechanics and are equipped to assist you with repairs and maintenance.

GROUP

Riders of a range of abilities participate in most of our tours, so there will usually be someone travelling at your pace. This makes it an ideal arrangement for friends and couples, who can spend the day with similarly fit travellers and then reunite in the evenings. Small group sizes (6-15 participants plus the guide and the driver) guarantee personal approach, which takes into accpount the different riding skills and physical condition.

SUPPORT VAN

The tour is supported by a van with a trailer. The van is equipped with tools, spare parts and the first aid kit. The van transports all luggage between inns. You only need to carry clothing and personal items for the day. The support vehicle is always near the group in case a weary traveller needs a lift.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

The detailed schedules are indicated on the itinerary. We can assist you by planning your transfer from the airport to the starting point. For your convenience, we provide optional transfer – a van shuttle from the airport to the meeting place and back. Prior booking is required for van transfers.

Itinerary

Day 1: TRANSFER FROM LJUBLJANA AIRPORT

Our start point is the centre of our Mountain Bike Park – Bike Hotel  at Organic Farm Koroš, a unique base for activities which take place in the surrounding forests and mountains. After dinner we shall have an information briefing about the tour.

  • Accommodation: Ecohotel Koroš / half board

Day 2: MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK - JAMNICA

First day we usually do the Jamnica ride, which is a ride on hills around our base. It is combined with single tracks, fire roads and some dirt roads as well. Smooth single tracks in the forests around, prepares you for the terrain on which we will be riding on subsequent days. We will have lunch at a tourism farm around midday and have some nice small climbing back to our own single track for the end of the day.

  • Biking 35 – 40 km
  • Uphill  circa 1000 m
  • Lunch 1: Tourist farm
  • Accommodation: Ecohotel Koroš – half board

Day 3: UNDERGROUND BIKING

With a nice single trail just above our bike base, our day begins full of descending and ascending trails and forest roads. After an hour or two of riding on different trails we shall hit on a scenic ridge ride taking us to an epic experience of Underground biking. This incredible ride takes almost two hours and is led by a trained underground biking guide. You’ll be issued with a caving light to fit under your helmet and then, we’ll head into the dark. Along the way there are places where we stop to explore the caverns and old mine workings. It is night riding but not as you’ve ever experienced it, and even though it is not technical mountain biking this unique ride is truly memorable. After 6 km we will hit the surface again.  Back to the farm with bike shuttle.

  • Biking 40 km
  • Uphill circa 1500 m
  • Transfer 15 km
  • Lunch 2: mountain hut
  • Accommodation: Ecohotel Koroš – half board

Day 4: SAVINJA ALPS PANORAMIC TOUR

Itinerary: Jamnica – Jezersko –  Bled

This day we will start with a morning transfer to the edge of the Savina Alps.  Cycling between the isolated farms in the Savinja Alps is a first-class pleasure and many bikers agree that this panoramic mountain road offers the most beautiful views in the Slovenian mountains.  Broad high mountain pastures are typical for the southern slopes of the Karavanke range, which borders with Austria.

  • Biking  40 – 55 km
  • Uphill circa 1200 m
  • Van transfer 70 km
  • Lunch 3: Organic farm or local inn
  • Accommodation: Bed and breakfast : hotel***  Bled

Day 5: LAKE BLED AND JULIAN ALPS

Itinerary: Bled – Kranjska gora – Vršič – Bovec 

This morning we will relax in the world famous town of Bled and its lake with an old church on an island in the middle of the lake. Before afternoon we will transfer the group to Vršič pass in the Julian Alps.  From there bikers will bike down to the Soča valley.  The views from the roads leading over the central parts of the Triglav National Park are amazingly beautiful.

  • Biking 35 km
  • Van transfer 45 km 
  • Lunch 4: Mountain hut or local restaurant
  • Accommodation: B&B, apartment or hotel***   Bovec 

Day 6: SOČA VALLEY

Itinerary: Bovec – Kobarid  

The most renowned of the Slovenian Alpine rivers is the Soča, and many people consider it the most beautiful river in Europe too. Its waters shimmer in a unique emerald colour. It is known worldwide for the bloody battles of the Isonzo Front that took place here during World War I.  After the morning climb we shall follow a beautiful and demanding panoramic route across the steep grass clad slopes of the mighty Stol mountain rising above the Soča valley.

  • Biking 35 – 40 km
  • Uphill circa 1500 m
  • Lunch :  Picnic lunch 1
  • B&B local inn,  Kobarid

Day 7: FROM ALPS TO THE MEDITERRANEAN

Itinerary: Kobarid  –  Goriška Brda   

On the last day of biking, we shall ride on the edge of the Alps along a range with beautiful views of the Italian Friuli Venetia to the great vine region of Goriška Brda. The Slovenian word “brda” means “rolling hills” and this is the simplest description of Goriška Brda: a region of low rounded hills in the western part of Slovenia, with a Mediterranean climate.

  • Biking 48 km
  • Uphill circa 1000 m
  • Van transfer 15 km
  • Lunch: Picnic lunch 2
  • Accommodation: Tourist farm or small hotel*** – half board

Day 8: TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT VIA LJUBLJANA

Transfer to the airport or to the capital of Ljubljana

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