Arrival day - airport pick up
We meet at 16.00 in our office in Ljubljana. After a short introduction we pack our bags and bikes take a trip to the north western mountainous part of Slovenia, to the town of Kranjska Gora, situated in a picturesque valley near the Austrian and Italian border. After dinner we will have a short meeting where all tour details will be explained by your guides. Overnight in Kranjska Gora.
Day 1 - In the heart of Julian Alps
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel and customary morning coffee, we ride up through the Stan Valley towards Mount Peč (1,509 m), better known as the Tripoint where the borders of Slovenia, Italy and Austria meet. The climb is mostly by fire road through the forest, with a few nice views of the Western Julian Alps thrown in for good measure.
The descent offers a number of different MTB trails, so there is room for all skill levels. After descending down into the village of Rateče, we ride to nearby Planica, home of the world record ski jump. From Planica we ride some more singletrack back to Kranjska Gora. Overnight in Kranjska Gora.
(cca. 45 km and 800 vertical meters of climb and 800 vertical meters of descent)
Day 2 - Singletrack capital
After breakfast we take shuttle to Ljubljana. Slovenia’s capital is encircled by a ring of rolling hills that are chock full of fast flowing single tracks. MTB trails that start just a short ride from city centre can be combined into miles and miles of pleasure and fantastic views of Ljubljana, the Alps and lush greenery all around. After ride we can enjoy some culture and gastronomic part of Slovenia capital. Transfer to Slovenian coast. Overnight in Piran.
(cca 35 km and 600 – 1000 vertical meters of climb and 600 – 1000 vertical meters of descent).
Day 3 - Coastal blast
The world renowned climbing area at Osp and kilometers of singletrack infuse Slovenia’s last valley before the sea with a spirit of adventure that shines brightest in spring and autumn.
The first road climb leads us up along the border between Slovenia and Italy to the ancient castle of Socerb that reigns atop a cliff overlooking the bay of Trieste. After we take in the view, a combination of mountain bike trails through pine groves brings us down to the picturesque village of Osp. An hour’s pedal up a forest road takes us to the top of the near by hill and the starting point of our second part of the day rides. The trail starts in the middle of a lovely village atop the 380 m hill and takes us down a fun and very diverse bit of singletrack. After returning to the village of Osp, we sit down for a hearty meal at a homely local restaurant. The day usually ends with a soak of our tired legs in the Adriatic Sea and a cold pint at coastal town of Piran. Overnight in Piran.
(40 km, 1000 vertical meters of climb and 1000 vertical meters of descent)
Day 4 - Enduro heaven in Vipava valley
We take a transport to town of Ajdovščina. The tarmac road takes us up past the picturesque village of Lokavec. During the climb we can enjoy great views over the Vipava valley and once we make it to the top, the view is truly breathtaking. The descent back to Ajdovščina it has beautiful natural flow and it just never ends! After the break we hit the local enduro training ground where we can shred some corners, rollers, small jumps and just enjoy rest of the day. After the ride we sit down in a local restaurant for a well-deserved meal of local specialties and wine. We are, after all, in the middle of prime wine country. Transport to Kobarid. Overnight in Kobarid.
(35 km, 600 vertical meters of climb and 1200 vertical meters of descent ).
Day 5 - Kobariski Stol mountain pass
The van saves us the trouble of pedalling up the tarmac road and all we have to do is an hour and a half’s steady climb up a fireroad to the mountain pass, where we are again treated with a beautiful view. The descent takes us down a disused military alpine trail from the 1st World War down to the village of Žaga and from there we follow the river upstream back towards Kobarid. Now all there is left is to dip our aching legs in the ice cold and crystal clear river Soča or pay a visit to the hotel saunas or check what more Soča valley has to offer. Overnight in Kobarid.
(35 km, 600 vertical meters to climb and 1200 vertical meters of descent)
Day 6 - Matajur: The epic ride
A 35-minute van ride takes half way up mount Matajur to the village of Livek, where we continue the fireroad climb towards the mountain hut on Matajur (1,545 m). Since Matajur is slap bang on the border between Slovenia and Italy, we take the Italian MTB trail down towards San Pietro al Natisone. The descent is 1,400 vertical meters and 12 kilometers of never ending singletrack In San Pietro al Natisone we stop in the local gelateria for home made ice-cream and a latte macchiato and wait for the van to take us back to Kobarid. In the afternoon we can check out the museum of the Isonzo front, one of the bloodiest and longest lasting battles of the First World War. Overnight in Kobarid.
(35 km, 800 vertical meters to climb and 1400 vertical meters of descent)
After the breakfast we will hit the road back to our office in Ljubljana. The way back takes us up the Soča valley and over the highest mountain pass in the country where the Julian Alps are sure to take your breath away again.
If you wish to extend your stay in Slovenia, we will be happy to arrange everything you need (lodging, activities ..) to make sure your good times continue. Don’t hesitete to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Price for SINGLE TRAIL HEAVEN tour includes:
- 6 days of mountain biking with experienced licenced guides
- 7 nights accommodation (3-4 star hotels/pensions)
- 7 days fully catered breakfast and dinner with local/ typical touch
- Transportation in an airconditioned van with a bike trailer
- Sight seeing as desired and information on the surrounding areas
- Use of workshop for repairs
- Second to none service with passionate staff
- Goodie bag
- Power bag
Rates are valid per person, based on double room occupancy.
Price for SINGLE TRAIL HEAVEN excludes:
- Travel and activity insurance
- Personal safety & cycling equipment
- All beverages with included meals
- Any other items not mentioned as included
- Supplement for single room 170 €
- e-bike rental: from 40€/day
- bike-rental: from 25€/day
We provide full mechanic service in our transport van. There is a lot bike shops in Slovenia in case that we need some special spare bike parts.
2019 dates for SINGLE TRAIL HEAVEN mountain bike week in Slovenia
18. – 25. May
13. – 20. July
10. September – 5. October (few places left)
When booking please select the appropriate date in the calendar. If you wish to book a trip outside the above dates, please contact us at email@example.com
Where do we meet?
How is it with cash and expenses?
The official currency in Slovenia is the Euro – €. Additional costs you may encounter during your stay: lunch (cca. 10 – 15€/day), souvenirs, drinks in bars, massage treatments in hotels, etc. Most places allow payments by credit card, but we recommend you visit an ATM machine and pay in cash. Tipping is welcome (if you are satisfied with the service), not mandatory. The usual tip is up to 10 – 15% of the bill.
How about the food and meals?
In all multi-day trips breakfast & dinner is included in the price. Lunch is the only meal that needs to be paid separately (around 10 – 15€ per day). Breakfast and dinner are part of the half-board lodging option at each hotel. Each day includes a lunch stop at a specially selected local restaurant, serving local home made food, friendly atmosphere and range of foods characteristic for the area. Other lunch option is buying food in the grocery store.
We kindly ask our guests to report any special nutritional requirements in advance (vegetarians, gluten free …) so we can notify the hotels and restaurants accordingly.
What kind of bike do I need?
The best bike for our trips is a good all mountain or enduro bike with at least 120 mm of travel. The bike should not weigh more than 14 kilos as there is quite a bit of uphill riding. Hardtails are always an option, provided your knees and back can take the punishment.
Can I Rent a bike?
What spare parts for my bike should I bring?
Most bicycle spares and components are available for purchase in bike shops around Slovenia. But, to set your mind at ease, we recommend you bring the following set of spares with you:
- rear derailleur hanger
- one set of brake pads
- chain (if your bike chain is older than 6 months)
- 2 inner tubes (with the appropriate valve)
- 2 spokes (appropriate lengths for your wheelset)
- Shock pump
You can also do away with worrying about spares altogether and rent a bike for the week.
What clothing do you recommend?
With the exception of May and October, weather in Slovenia is rather stable and not too cold. Expected temperatures in May and October are between 10 and 25 C and temperatures between June and September are between 15 and 30 C. Packing rain gear is always good as we cannot guarantee the dry weather. Some long sleeves can certainly come in handy.
What should I pack?
Clothing and accessories:
- at least two cycling jerseys with short sleeves and one with long sleeves
- padded bike shorts
- bike helmet
- knee pads (elbow pads optional)
- bike gloves
- rainproof jacket and pants
- warm “civilian” clothing (fleeces, pants …)
- swimsuit, towel
- sunscreen and insect repellent
- personal hygiene set (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo…)
Your riding backpack should carry at least:
- 2 liters of fluid/day (hydration bladder or plastic bottles)
- 1 spare inner tube (appropriate valve)
Plus any other stuff you can’t ride without (phone, camera etc.)!
What if I want to extend my stay in Slovenia?
Of course! If you wish to extend your stay in Slovenia, we will be happy to arrange everything you need (lodging, activities ..) to make sure your good times continue. Don’t hesitete to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org