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TransSlovenia1

Trip Notes

Trip Notes

Trans Slovenia 01 (TS1) is a program that connects three countries: Slovenia, Italy, and Austria. In just seven days, it offers almost everything—from snow, to wine, to 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). 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 a dip in the warm Adriatic Sea while enjoying relaxing Mediterranean evenings.

Slovenia, for many riders, is still a relatively unknown land. but that will soon change. With stunning and varied landscapes between the striking Julian Alps, the romantic Soča valley, the lovely Brda wine region, the unique karst area and the sunny Adriatic coast, everything is connected here with many old military roads and routes from the First World War, and magical trails.

Trans-Slovenia is a new and exclusive TransAlp Tour for mountain bikers in five to seven stages, with many variations to suit all tastes: on gravel or trail, from easy to difficult, with an orientation tour for a high-enjoyment factor, and a perfect combination of adventure, hospitality, and fun.

By Uli Stanciu, pioneer of Bike magazine, Trans Alps tourism, BIKE Festivals Riva del Garda and Willingen and owner of www.bike-gps.com


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Itinerary

Day 1. ARRIVAL DAY, BIKE PREPARATION AND THE TRIPOINT TOUR

Arrive at the starting point at the beautiful ski resort of Kranjska Gora and enjoy free time to explore Slovenia’s most famous ski resort. For those eager to go biking on the first day, we can offer Tripoint (a mountain with three 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. 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. 

Day 3. 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.

Day 4. 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.

Day 5. 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. 

Day 6. SLOVENIAN KARST

This is the longest trip in the program. In just a day, we’ll nearly cycle across the entire Slovenian karst region. 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. SLOVENIAN COAST

From the dry magical karst region, we pedal 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.

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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 by four four international airports—all within 2.5 hours (Ljubljana, Venice, Trieste, Klagenfurt). We can arrange airport shuttles from all four airports. 

BY CAR 

From Austria, you’ll cross the border through Karavanke tunnel and from there you have about 30 minutes to Kranjska Gora. 

From Italy, you’ll cross the border at Tarvisio. From there, you have about 30 minutes to Kranjska Gora. 

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

Other Informations

  • The minimum number of people required to run the trip with the listed price is six.
  • In a single group there’ll be a maximum of 10 people. But there can be more than one group.
  • We will form groups according to individual desires, fitness, and bikes.
  • Every evening there will be briefing sessions organized in which guide(s) will present the next day’s tour profiles (altitude, length, and difficulty). There’s is always an option to avoid difficult route sections or change groups if there is more than one. There are many variations on each tour day.
  • Meeting instructions and final trip arrangements will be sent to you two weeks before your tour date.
  • We can organize bike rental.
  • Accommodation in a 3 or 4 star hotels/pensions.
  • Continental meal with a local/typical touch.
  • All trips come with fully qualified and experienced mountain bike guides for the duration of the tour.
  • All group safety equipment.
  • Baggage transfer between stages.
  • Transfer from route ending point to route starting point.

Dates & Prices

Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff location & Time Price Currency Private Availabilty Booking
Saturday, June 9, 2018Ljubljana airport, 4 pmSaturday, June 16, 2018Ljubljana airport, 2 pm0.000EURNoGuaranteedBOOK NOW!
Saturday, September 8, 2018Ljubljana airport, 4 pmSaturday, September 15, 2018Ljubljana airport, 2 pm0.000EURYesGuaranteedBOOK NOW!
  • Price for TRANS SLOVENIA 01 includes
    7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
    7 night accommodations in double bed room 
  • Price for TRANS SLOVENIA 01 excludes
    Travel and activity insurance
    Lunches 
    Personal safety and cycling equipment 
    Bike rental 
    Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages 
    Supplement for single bed room 
    GPS track 
    Transfer to the airport 
    Any other items not mentioned as included

Logistics/FAQs

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