TRANS SLOVENIA 1

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Trans Slovenia 01 is a program that connects three countries: Slovenia, Italy and Austria and in just 7 days it offers almost everything – from snow, to wine and the sea. The trail starts with winding ascents to the Julian Alps in Kranjska Gora, across the Vršič pass and a descent along the emerald wild Soča River (passing Bovec, Kobarid and Tolmin).

Trans Slovenia

Along the way we uncover the memories of the First World War, stop at the wine cellars in Brda and Collio, enjoy moments of extraordinary culinary delights, and discover the Karst region and its underground caves and intriguing Lipizzan horses. The tour ends with taking a dip in the warm Adriatic Sea while enjoying relaxing Mediterranean evenings.

Trans Slovenia

INFO

PRICE:
Guided
…………………….. 1270 eur
Self-guided………………. 860 eur

Price includes:
– 7 nights accommodations in 3-4 star hotels/pensions
– 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners with local/ typical touch
– Fully qualified and experienced mountain bike guide for the duration of your trip (guided tour only)
– Baggage transfer between stages
– All group safety equipment
– Transfer from route ending point to route starting point
– 24/7 hotline number (support)
Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy.

Optional
– Supplement for single room 189 €
– GPS device rental 10€/day
– e-bike rental 39€/day
– bike-rental 29€/day

Price excludes:
– Travel and activity insurance
– Personal safety & cycling equipment
– Lunches
– All beverages with included meals
– Any other items not mentioned as included.

DATES

20 – 26 May, 2018 GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED

2  – 8 September, 2018 GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED

ITINERARY

DAY 1 (Distance: 25 km, Elevation: 1040 m)
ARRIVAL DAY, BIKE PREPARATION AND THE TRIPOINT TOUR
Arrive at the starting point at the beautiful ski resort of Kranjska Gora and enjoy some free time to explore Slovenia’s most famous ski resort. For those eager to go biking already on the first day, we can offer Tripoint (Mountain across 3 borders between Italy, Austria and Slovenia). Taken by a shuttle van to Arnoldstein, you’ll set off on a pleasant uphill ride to Tripoint and later a nice descent towards Kranjska Gora.

DAY 2 (Distance: 49,3 km, Elevation: 1103 m)

KRANJSKA GORA ACROSS THE VRŠIČ PASS TO BOVEC
From Kranjska Gora the road leads us through Krnica to the Vršič mountain pass, one of the most beautiful ascents in this part of Europe. For the majority of our journey we’ll avoid the main road and cycle on gravel roads. From the top of the Vršič pass we’ll take a descent to the source of the magnificent Soča River and continue along the river to a town called Bovec, known as a centre of outdoor sports. During the afternoon hours you’ll be able to explore this idyllic town or ride one of the zip-lines, offered by the local agencies.

DAY 3 (Distance: 40,5 km, Elevation: 1199 m)
BOVEC, ACROSS MOUNTAIN STOL TO KOBARID
The road takes us from the majestic Boka waterfall to the village of Žaga where the ascent begins. We’ll cycle on a concrete road during the first part up to the Slovenia-Italy border and then ride over to a forest road leading to the top of Stol mountain. As soon as you get to the highest point, you’ll be struck by the incredible view of the whole upper-Soča valley as it opens up before us. The most beautiful element of the trip starts at this point as we drive along the ridge of Stol, which offers truly breath-taking views. Later we descend down a steep singletrail into the forest right to the banks of the Soča River in Trnovo village. Enjoyment guaranteed! Only a few kilometres of winding road along Soča will lead us to the small town of Kobarid, where tourism has been rapidly growing over the last few years. In the summer the Nadiža River, noticeably warmer than Soča, can be a refreshing treat with a soothing dip after such a challenging trip.

DAY 4 (Distance: 37,2 km, Elevation: 1390 m)
TOLMIN
This day’s stage takes riders to the next level. It’s regarded as one of the most difficult, due to the demanding ascent from Kobarid to Krn village and then onto the Pretovč mountain pasture. All the effort undoubtedly pays off with a feel-good decent towards the valley of Tolminka River, past the Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit, a monument of the First World War. From there we’ll cycle above the Tolminka River to the small town of Tolmin. Those still with a little energy to spare might wish to cycle on to the Tolmin gorges.

DAY 5 (Distance: 80 km, Elevation: 2410 m)
MATAJUR
The stunning two-hour descent from the Matajur mountain is by far the highlight of the day. But first we’ll have to pedal hard to climb to the top (1642m). The reward waiting for us is the magnificent view and what follows is just pure fun – the downhill ride to Italy where we’ll stop and try some delicious Italian ice-cream. Moving on from these fun trails, it’s time for some easy pedalling through vineyards to the village of Šmartno in Goriška Brda. Many foreign visitors claim Goriška Brda is the Slovenia Tuscany so just like in Italy, there is a lot of excellent wine and food ready for us to taste.

DAY 6 (Distance: 87,7 km, Elevation: 1540 m)
SLOVENIAN KARST
This is the longest trip within the programme – in just a day we’ll almost cycle across the entire Slovenian Karst. During the day we’ll cross quite a few Karst hills and descend to Karst valleys along the singletrails.  The day positively ends in Lipica, where you’ll see the magnificent Lipizzaner horses. If you’re really up for a challenge, you might even try your hand at riding one!

DAY 7 (Distance: 66,1 km, Elevation: 1430 m)
SLOVENIAN COAST
From the dry magical Karsts we pedal on to the heart of the Slovenian coast. During the ride we’ll climb Istrian hills, but the main focus of the final cycling day is directed towards the coastal fishing town of Piran. Here our journey comes to an end with a tasty seafood dinner, sweet Istrian wine and a dip in the sea.

LOGISTICS

Our adventure starts in Kranjska Gora and ends in Piran which is located on the Slovenian coast close to Trieste port.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE

Kranjska Gora is surrounded with 4 international airports in maximum two and a half hour distance (Ljubljana, Venice, Trieste, Klagenfurt). We can arrange airport shuttles from all 4 airports.

BY CAR

From Austria you cross the border through Karavanke tunnel and then you have not more than 30 min to Kranjska Gora.

From Italy you cross the border at Tarvisio and from there you have not more than 30 min to Kranjska Gora.

From Ljubljana you take the highway towards Jesenice and from there you follow the signs for Kranjska Gora.
ACCOMMODATION

Our tours are running mostly through smaller cities & villages. We always strive to choose the best accommodation & restaurants in the region, authentic and very nice.

Our careful planning and preparation means you won’t have to worry about missing the best roads and sights. You will enjoy local hospitality & great food all the way.

OTHER INFORMATION

  • In a single group there will be a maximum of 8 people. But there can be more than 1 group.
  • We will form groups according to individuals desires, fitness and also bikes.
  • Every evening there will be a briefing session organized. Where the guide(s) will present the next day’s tour profile (altitude profile, length, difficulty…). There is always the option to avoid difficult route sections or change your group if there will be more than one. There are many variations of each days
  • Meeting instructions and final trip arrangements will be sent to you two weeks prior to your tour start date.