TRANS SLOVENIA 02

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It’s the logic follow-up from Trans Slovenia 01 – but with a completely different character. Unlike TransSlovenia 01, Trans Slovenia 02 has almost no single trails or you can easily avoid them. TS02 is technically easier but the stages aren’t as short as TS01. It’s really recommended for e-bikers. The tour starts at Baško Lake (Faaker See) across the Karavanke Alps entering into Slovenia. The Trail then connects the famous Bled and Bohinj Lakes across the Pokljuka plateau and continues through Soriška Planina Mountain to Cerkno. During the winter, this area turns into a popular family ski resort. The next stage is Idrija – UNESCO heritage Site. While in Bohinj you’re still cycling within the Alpine region whereas Cerkno and Idrija already represent the Pre-Alpine region.

Trans Slovenia 2

The Idrija trail follows into the town of Ajdovščina with once again a completely different environment – The Dinarides. Moving on from Ajdovščina you find yourself in the Karst region where the trail passes by the Škocjanske Caves – a UNESCO Heritage Site and definitely one of the most beautiful Karst phenomenon in the world. Soon you’ll be riding through Istria and finishing your journey in the Slovenian Adriatic pearl town known as Piran. As you can see – Trans Slovenia 02 is just as diverse as TS01.

Trans Slovenia 2

INFO

PRICE:
Guided
……………………..1400 eur
Self-guided………………. 950 eur

Price includes:
– 8 nights accommodations in 3-4 star hotels/pensions
– 8 breakfasts and 8 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 216 €
– 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

2 – 9, June, 2018 GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED

9 – 15, September, 2018 GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED

ITINERARY

DAY 1 (Distance: 57,59 km, Elevation: 1398 m)
MEET BLED LAKE
The first stage starts in Austria close to Baško Lake (Faaker See) and finishes at Lake Bled – one of the most visited tourist spots in Slovenia. Initially, the road from Baško Lake is concreted and turns into a gravel/forest road midway leading to the top at Jepca Pass where you’ll grab a beautiful view towards Austria and Slovenia. From Jepca take the pleasant forest road to Mojstrana onto your final destination of the day – Bled. Don’t forget to visit the Slovenian island in the middle of the lake, visit the castle and even taste the famous Kremšnita cake.

DAY 2 (Distance: 57,32 km, Elevation: 1391 m)
EXPERIENCE TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK ON POKLJUKA PLATEAU
The second stage connects 2 famous lakes, Bled and Bohinj that are separated by the Pokljuka Plateau. The section in between is almost completely dominated by a gravel/forest road. During wintertime Pokljuka Plateau transforms into the one of the best biathlon centres in the world – suitable for World Cup skiing. The main highlights of the trip are the lakes and Planina Zajamniki in the centre of Pokljuka where you can discover beautiful cottages with a perfect view over Bohinj Lake. Almost all of this area is within the Triglav National Park (www.tnp.si).

DAY 3 (Distance: 41,03 km, Elevation: 1359 m)
SORIŠKA PLATEAU WITH TRIGLAV VIEW
From the town of Bohinjska Bistrica, close to the Bohinj Lake, you’ll enjoy a pleasant climb with a great view of Mount Triglav (the highest mountain in Slovenia) to the Soriška Plateau. Once again, here you have a mixture of terrain consisting of concrete, gravel and forest road. You’ve got 2 options. Take the concrete road to the top of the Soriška Plateau or go for a more challenging route around the Soriška Plateau and use a combination of gravel, forest and singletrail road to Petrovo Brdo which is a crossroad between both possibilities. From here you’ll experience ups and downs to Cerkno mainly along the gravel road. Cerkno is a quiet town during the summer months but transforms into a ski resort in winter. If you’ve got time to spare, take a worthwhile visit to the Bolnica Franja partisan hospital from the Second World War.

DAY 4 (Distance: 37,71 km, Elevation: 1264 m)
DISCOVER IDRIJA’S UNESCO HERITAGE
This is a slightly shorter stage compared to the previous 3 so you’ll have a chance to save some strength. The route consists of a mixture between concrete and gravel. You’ll be openly riding through remote villages with superb views of Mount Triglav. Once you arrive at the Alpine town of Idrija, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site – make a visit to the Mercury mine.

DAY 5 (Distance: 56,09 km, Elevation: 1259 m)
EXPERIENCE THE FAMOUS BORA WIND IN AJDOVŠČINA
The environment starts to change from the Alpine to the Dinaric region. You’ll ride a nice and easy climb to Črni Vrh which is a small town between Idrija and Ajdovščina continuing to Javornik and then through the Bela valley to Vipava. You’re now in a typical location of the Dinaric region just several kilometres away from your final destination – the town of Ajdovščina. In between you’ll experience the infamous Bora wind which in some parts of the year can reach up to 120 kilometres per hour. This is one of Slovenia’s wine regions so why not grab a glass and fully enjoy the local culinary.

DAY 6 (Distance: 45,98 km, Elevation: 1097 m)
KARST REGION WITH ŠKOCJANSKE CAVES

Once again, in just one day the change of environment is huge – as you meet the Karst region. The guaranteed highlight of the day is discovering the typical Karst town of Štanjel (www.stanjel.eu) which is well-known for its appealing narrow streets, castle and delightful garden. The final point of the day is a town called Divača which lies just a few kilometres away from the Škocjanske Caves – a UNESCO sitedefinitely worth the visit.

DAY 7 (Distance: 52,23 km, Elevation: 1457 m)
BEAUTIFUL SLOVENIAN ISTRIA
The seventh day of this cycling experience leads us into the Karst and Istria/Mediterranean regions – different in every way.  The day’s main challenge is reaching Mount Slavnik with a fabulous view to the sea and other Slovenian regions. Then onto a combination of concrete and gravel roads through Tuscany-like Istrian villages where you’ll stay the night. Again, a region well appreciated for its love of wine.

DAY 8 (Distance: 43,80 km, Elevation: 524 m)
FINALLY PIRAN
It’s an easy ride for day 8 since there are no climbs. The route leads you through the Dragonja valley to the sea where you’ll soon discover to Sečovlje Salina Natural Park (www.kpss.si) situated close to the Croatian border. From here the cycling road takes you along the Slovenian coast through Portorož to your final destination – the boutique town of Piran. With a cool drink in your hand sitting in the Tartini market, you’ll certainly feel sLOVEnia.

DAY 9
DEPARTURE DAY
We’ll spend the morning packing, organizing your luggage, and then transfer you back to the tour starting point – saying goodbye.

LOGISTICS

Our adventure starts in Bled or Faaker See and ends in Piran which is located on the Slovenian coast close to Trieste port.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE

Bled and Faaker See are both 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

Faaker see is a very short (15 minutes) drive from Villach. From Austria to Bled you cross the border through Karavanke tunnel and from there you have not more than 30 min to Bled.

From Austria to Bled you cross the border through Karavanke tunnel and from there you have not more than 30 min to Bled.

From Italy to Faaker See you cross the border to Austria at Coccau  Valico and from there you have not more than 25 min to Faaker See.

From Italy to Bled you cross the border to Slovenia at Tervisio and from there you have not more than 45 min to Bled.

From Ljubljana you take the highway towards Jesenice and follow the signs for Bled (45 min) while for Faaker See you cross the border to Austria through Karavanke tunnel. From there you head Villach and Faaker See is within close proximity from there.

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.