Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia

Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia

Austria, Slovenia

Biking
7 days
Medium
Private Guide, Accomodation, Meals, Transfer, Local Partner
For groups, Friends, Individuals

Overview

  • Be part of the Trans Slovenia 01 biking tour which combines the landscapes of the Julian Alps and thee of the Mediterranean in 7 days
  • Discover the Vršič mountain pass, the Soča valley, be amazed by the Soča river which is the beautiful river in Europe and many more natural beauty
  • Explore the hidden gem of Europe by bike!

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia #9da3a169-bf71-4291-a0aa-576cd0240dfc
Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia #9da3a169-bf71-4291-a0aa-576cd0240dfc
Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia #9da3a169-bf71-4291-a0aa-576cd0240dfc
Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia #9da3a169-bf71-4291-a0aa-576cd0240dfc
Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia #9da3a169-bf71-4291-a0aa-576cd0240dfc
Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia #9da3a169-bf71-4291-a0aa-576cd0240dfc
Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia #9da3a169-bf71-4291-a0aa-576cd0240dfc

Difficulty

  • Fitness level: Medium-High
  • Technival difficulty: Medium
  • Length&Elevation: 290 - 384KM, 5.120 - 10.365M


Itinerary

Day 1A meeting point of three countries
  • Arrival at the beautiful alpine village of Arnoldstein situated at Austria’s southern border between the Carnic Alps and the Karawanken mountain range. 
  • Meeting in Arnoldstein is followed by a pleasant uphill ride to Mt Peč and a nice descent to Kranjska Gora. It is all about the three-border point (Dreiländereck), where the territories of Slovenia, Italy and Austria come together in a single point.
  • The peak offers a spectacular view over the Julian Alps, the Gailtal Alps, the Gurktal Alps, the High and Low Tauern, and the western part of the Karavanke mountains.


Day 2Across the Vršič mountain pass to the Soča valley
  • From Kranjska Gora, the road leads past Lake Jasna and through the glacier valley of Krnica to the Vršič Pass, which is the highest positioned road pass in the Eastern Julian Alps with its 1,611 m of elevation, allowing one of the most beautiful ascents in this part of Europe. For the most part, the tour avoids the main road and makes use of the gravel trails.
  • The downhill part of the Vršič pass leads to the Trenta valley, one of the most remote but also very popular places in Slovenia, which is located at the heart of the Triglav National Park. It is also the uppermost part of the famous Soča Valley, the first place in Slovenia to be proclaimed the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) due to its sustainable development in tourism. Flowing under the majestic peaks of the Julian Alps with the distinct emerald green colour of water, the Soča is considered one of the most beautiful European rivers.
  • In addition to a plethora of beautiful natural sites, the valley keeps alive the shocking heritage of World War I, which is visible at every step. The source of the magnificent Soča River serves as the connecting point from where the tour follows the emerald river to the village of Bovec, which is known as the centre of outdoor sports. The remainder of the day is dedicated to exploring this idyllic location or taking a session at one of the zip-lines, which is provided by the local agencies.


Day 3Chasing the views- from Bovec to Kobarid
  • The day begins at the majestic Boka, the mightiest waterfall in Slovenia. The ascent of the day starts at the village of Žaga. A concrete road at the first part leads up to the border between Slovenia and Italy and, from there, a former mule-track road leads to the top of Mt Stol. Upon reaching the highest point, the incredible view of the Soča valley opens bellow. Standing at the edge of the high Julian Alps, Mt Stol offers a splendid view of the sea. The 30-kilometer limestone ridge rising above Breginjski Kot stretches from Kobarid towards the Italian border.
  • The highlight of the day starts here, as the path goes along the ridge of Mt Stol, offering some amazing, breath-taking views. From there, a steep single trail leading into the forest descends right to the banks of the Soča river in the village of Trnovo. Enjoyment is guaranteed. Only a few kilometres of the winding road along the Soča remains for the tour to reach the small town of Kobarid, which is best known for the 1917 WWI Battle of Caporetto, where the Italian retreat was documented by Ernest Hemingway in his novel A Farewell to Arms. Today, Kobarid is a charming and lively tourist hub.


Day 4A wild ride- from Kobarid to Tolmin
  • Ready to unlock the next level? A long and steep ascent from Kobarid to the village of Krn and then onto the Pretovč mountain pasture make this leg of the tour the most demanding one. However, what goes up must also come down, and the effort more than pays off with a striking descent towards the valley of the Tolminka river, passing by the Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit, a monument dedicated to the First World War. Here, the tour comes close to the lowest point of the Triglav National Park and one of the most popular tourist spots in the region, the Tolmin gorges.
  • Those who have energy to spare can opt to visit this beautiful site before starting to bike above the Tolminka river to the town of Tolmin.


Day 5Italian Gelato and vineyards across MT Matajur
  • The stunning two-hour descent from Mt Matajur is definitely the highlight of the day. And yet again, whoever goes down must first bike up, all the way to the top of the hill at the Slovenian border with Italy (1642 m). Besides the amazing descent, the tour group is awarded with fantastic views over the Soča valley as well as the Friulian plains and the surrounding mountains.
  • What follows is pure fun – an amazing downhill ride to Italy, where the group stops to try some delicious Italian ice cream or pizza in a charming small historic town of Cividale del Friuli. Leaving the mountains behind, it is time for some easy biking through the vineyards of Collio in Italy and then back to Slovenia, to the village of Šmartno in the region of Goriška Brda.
  • With the land of gentle, rolling hills covered in orchards and vineyards and dotted with small, secluded villages, the region of Goriška Brda reminds of Tuscany.
  • The wine growers here are famous all over the world for their high quality wine and hospitality, and a wine connoisseur would recognise many of the names signposted along the road, while biking across the beautiful hills. Needless to say, wine tasting is inevitable here and as far as food is concerned – well, the hills overlook Italy. Enough said.


Day 6Karst and horses- from Šmartno to Lipica
  • The longest biking day is all about Karst. Did you know that Slovenia is literally the land of karst? It was the Slovenian Karst that lent the name to the karst landscapes and phenomena all over the world, for it was here that scientists were first able to explain the numerous karst features. Speleologists discover new caves in Slovenia every year, and the number of recorded ones now amounts to more than 8,000. However, only about 20 of them are show caves.
  • Besides that, the Slovenian Karst is the wine-growing region, which was praised even by the ancient Greeks and Romans. The Karst Wine Route boasts more than 100 wine cellars, where visitors can taste and explore the wealth of Karst wines. Although the landscape is different here, it is again full of vineyards and small ancient villages situated on the hill tops and featuring the traditional houses built in stone.
  • The day ends with another surprise. Did you know that the noble white Lipizzaner horses originate from Slovenia? Their original stud farm has been located in Lipica, in the Karst region, since 1580. At the end of the day, the group can admire the beautiful animals or even do some horse riding.


Day 7Changing the pace from Lipica to Piran
  • The last day of the Trans Slovenia 01 biking tour truly wraps up the diversity of this small country and of the tour itself. The route first leads up to a popular local hill, eventually reaching the Socerb castle that was built on the ruins of an Illyrian hill fort, which has withstood the northern bora wind and ravages of time for centuries. It overlooks the Gulf of Trieste, offering some spectacular views. This is the western edge of the Karst plateau, which is known as the Karst rim. A descent down the steep stairs leads to the Osp valley, which serves as a passage through the karst and coastal region of Istria. Osp is one of the oldest villages in Slovenia, being first mentioned in 1067. The village is well known for its rock walls, which provide free climbing opportunities all year long.
  • Next, the trail descends to the sea level, approaching the city of Koper, which is situated along the country’s 47-kilometre coastline, in the Istrian Region. From there, it follows the Parenzana railway track, a now defunct narrow gauge railway that was in operation from 1902 to 1935 and used to connect Trieste and Poreč. Following the trail and passing through some tunnels on the way, the tour finally reaches the city of Piran, which, according to Lonely Planet, is a small slice of Venice in Slovenia, sitting pretty at the tip of a narrow peninsula, on the Slovenian coast. Its Old Town, which is one of the best-preserved historical towns anywhere on the Adriatic, is a gem of the Venetian Gothic architecture. The biking tour ends here. Make sure you do not leave without trying the delicious seafood and taking a dip in the sea.


Day 8Back to the beginning

The tour ends with breakfast and transfer to the starting point in Arnoldstein.

Other informations

  • One guided group can include a maximum of 8 people.
  • Every evening a briefing session is organised, where the guide(s) reveal details about the next day’s tour, including the altitude, length, difficulty etc.
  • Alternative trails can usually be chosen to allow variations according to the specific requirement of each group.
  • The meeting instructions and final trip arrangements are sent to participants two weeks before the tour start date.


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Map

Price includes

Accommodation
  • 7-night accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels/lodging houses
Meals
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners; all meals include typical local food
Navigation pack
  • GPS track, maps, tour booklet, Skype call
Transfer
  • Baggage transfer between tour stages
  • Transfer from the route ending point to the route starting point


Support

24/7 hotline number

The travelling and activity insurance
Personal safety and cycling equipment
Other meals
  • lunches
  • beverages consumed with food that is included in the package


Single room supplement: €210
GPS device rental: 10€/day
Bike, e-bike and other accessories rental

Safe Booking

Do I have to book in advance?

  • Yes, we encourage you to book this trek in advance.
  • For day activities, we recommend you to book 48 hours before the tour.
  • For multi-day packages, the earlier you book, the more significant is the chance that you can participate in the journey.


When do I have to pay?

  • We have a "book now, pay later" policy. Due to this process, we don't ask for any bank card details.
  • We created our booking system to be convenient and secure for you.
  • The provider will contact you and discuss the payment with you later.


What other fees do I have to pay?

  • There are no hidden fees on Trekhunt (like booking fee, cancellation fee, etc.).
  • We don't charge you any additional fees.
  • We offer this tour precisely with the same price and conditions as the provider.


Is booking secure?

  • We created our booking system to be convenient and safe for you.
  • We don't ask any of your bank card details!
  • We only ask you to provide us your name, email and mobile number.
  • We forward this information to the provider, who can send you the tour details.


Don't miss out. We recommend you to book this tour today.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia #9da3a169-bf71-4291-a0aa-576cd0240dfc
Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia #9da3a169-bf71-4291-a0aa-576cd0240dfc
Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia #9da3a169-bf71-4291-a0aa-576cd0240dfc
Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia #9da3a169-bf71-4291-a0aa-576cd0240dfc
Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia #9da3a169-bf71-4291-a0aa-576cd0240dfc
Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia #9da3a169-bf71-4291-a0aa-576cd0240dfc
Self-Guided MTB Tour - Trans Slovenia Austria, Slovenia #9da3a169-bf71-4291-a0aa-576cd0240dfc

Difficulty

  • Fitness level: Medium-High
  • Technival difficulty: Medium
  • Length&Elevation: 290 - 384KM, 5.120 - 10.365M


Itinerary

Day 1A meeting point of three countries
  • Arrival at the beautiful alpine village of Arnoldstein situated at Austria’s southern border between the Carnic Alps and the Karawanken mountain range. 
  • Meeting in Arnoldstein is followed by a pleasant uphill ride to Mt Peč and a nice descent to Kranjska Gora. It is all about the three-border point (Dreiländereck), where the territories of Slovenia, Italy and Austria come together in a single point.
  • The peak offers a spectacular view over the Julian Alps, the Gailtal Alps, the Gurktal Alps, the High and Low Tauern, and the western part of the Karavanke mountains.


Day 2Across the Vršič mountain pass to the Soča valley
  • From Kranjska Gora, the road leads past Lake Jasna and through the glacier valley of Krnica to the Vršič Pass, which is the highest positioned road pass in the Eastern Julian Alps with its 1,611 m of elevation, allowing one of the most beautiful ascents in this part of Europe. For the most part, the tour avoids the main road and makes use of the gravel trails.
  • The downhill part of the Vršič pass leads to the Trenta valley, one of the most remote but also very popular places in Slovenia, which is located at the heart of the Triglav National Park. It is also the uppermost part of the famous Soča Valley, the first place in Slovenia to be proclaimed the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) due to its sustainable development in tourism. Flowing under the majestic peaks of the Julian Alps with the distinct emerald green colour of water, the Soča is considered one of the most beautiful European rivers.
  • In addition to a plethora of beautiful natural sites, the valley keeps alive the shocking heritage of World War I, which is visible at every step. The source of the magnificent Soča River serves as the connecting point from where the tour follows the emerald river to the village of Bovec, which is known as the centre of outdoor sports. The remainder of the day is dedicated to exploring this idyllic location or taking a session at one of the zip-lines, which is provided by the local agencies.


Day 3Chasing the views- from Bovec to Kobarid
  • The day begins at the majestic Boka, the mightiest waterfall in Slovenia. The ascent of the day starts at the village of Žaga. A concrete road at the first part leads up to the border between Slovenia and Italy and, from there, a former mule-track road leads to the top of Mt Stol. Upon reaching the highest point, the incredible view of the Soča valley opens bellow. Standing at the edge of the high Julian Alps, Mt Stol offers a splendid view of the sea. The 30-kilometer limestone ridge rising above Breginjski Kot stretches from Kobarid towards the Italian border.
  • The highlight of the day starts here, as the path goes along the ridge of Mt Stol, offering some amazing, breath-taking views. From there, a steep single trail leading into the forest descends right to the banks of the Soča river in the village of Trnovo. Enjoyment is guaranteed. Only a few kilometres of the winding road along the Soča remains for the tour to reach the small town of Kobarid, which is best known for the 1917 WWI Battle of Caporetto, where the Italian retreat was documented by Ernest Hemingway in his novel A Farewell to Arms. Today, Kobarid is a charming and lively tourist hub.


Day 4A wild ride- from Kobarid to Tolmin
  • Ready to unlock the next level? A long and steep ascent from Kobarid to the village of Krn and then onto the Pretovč mountain pasture make this leg of the tour the most demanding one. However, what goes up must also come down, and the effort more than pays off with a striking descent towards the valley of the Tolminka river, passing by the Memorial Church of the Holy Spirit, a monument dedicated to the First World War. Here, the tour comes close to the lowest point of the Triglav National Park and one of the most popular tourist spots in the region, the Tolmin gorges.
  • Those who have energy to spare can opt to visit this beautiful site before starting to bike above the Tolminka river to the town of Tolmin.


Day 5Italian Gelato and vineyards across MT Matajur
  • The stunning two-hour descent from Mt Matajur is definitely the highlight of the day. And yet again, whoever goes down must first bike up, all the way to the top of the hill at the Slovenian border with Italy (1642 m). Besides the amazing descent, the tour group is awarded with fantastic views over the Soča valley as well as the Friulian plains and the surrounding mountains.
  • What follows is pure fun – an amazing downhill ride to Italy, where the group stops to try some delicious Italian ice cream or pizza in a charming small historic town of Cividale del Friuli. Leaving the mountains behind, it is time for some easy biking through the vineyards of Collio in Italy and then back to Slovenia, to the village of Šmartno in the region of Goriška Brda.
  • With the land of gentle, rolling hills covered in orchards and vineyards and dotted with small, secluded villages, the region of Goriška Brda reminds of Tuscany.
  • The wine growers here are famous all over the world for their high quality wine and hospitality, and a wine connoisseur would recognise many of the names signposted along the road, while biking across the beautiful hills. Needless to say, wine tasting is inevitable here and as far as food is concerned – well, the hills overlook Italy. Enough said.


Day 6Karst and horses- from Šmartno to Lipica
  • The longest biking day is all about Karst. Did you know that Slovenia is literally the land of karst? It was the Slovenian Karst that lent the name to the karst landscapes and phenomena all over the world, for it was here that scientists were first able to explain the numerous karst features. Speleologists discover new caves in Slovenia every year, and the number of recorded ones now amounts to more than 8,000. However, only about 20 of them are show caves.
  • Besides that, the Slovenian Karst is the wine-growing region, which was praised even by the ancient Greeks and Romans. The Karst Wine Route boasts more than 100 wine cellars, where visitors can taste and explore the wealth of Karst wines. Although the landscape is different here, it is again full of vineyards and small ancient villages situated on the hill tops and featuring the traditional houses built in stone.
  • The day ends with another surprise. Did you know that the noble white Lipizzaner horses originate from Slovenia? Their original stud farm has been located in Lipica, in the Karst region, since 1580. At the end of the day, the group can admire the beautiful animals or even do some horse riding.


Day 7Changing the pace from Lipica to Piran
  • The last day of the Trans Slovenia 01 biking tour truly wraps up the diversity of this small country and of the tour itself. The route first leads up to a popular local hill, eventually reaching the Socerb castle that was built on the ruins of an Illyrian hill fort, which has withstood the northern bora wind and ravages of time for centuries. It overlooks the Gulf of Trieste, offering some spectacular views. This is the western edge of the Karst plateau, which is known as the Karst rim. A descent down the steep stairs leads to the Osp valley, which serves as a passage through the karst and coastal region of Istria. Osp is one of the oldest villages in Slovenia, being first mentioned in 1067. The village is well known for its rock walls, which provide free climbing opportunities all year long.
  • Next, the trail descends to the sea level, approaching the city of Koper, which is situated along the country’s 47-kilometre coastline, in the Istrian Region. From there, it follows the Parenzana railway track, a now defunct narrow gauge railway that was in operation from 1902 to 1935 and used to connect Trieste and Poreč. Following the trail and passing through some tunnels on the way, the tour finally reaches the city of Piran, which, according to Lonely Planet, is a small slice of Venice in Slovenia, sitting pretty at the tip of a narrow peninsula, on the Slovenian coast. Its Old Town, which is one of the best-preserved historical towns anywhere on the Adriatic, is a gem of the Venetian Gothic architecture. The biking tour ends here. Make sure you do not leave without trying the delicious seafood and taking a dip in the sea.


Day 8Back to the beginning

The tour ends with breakfast and transfer to the starting point in Arnoldstein.

Other informations

  • One guided group can include a maximum of 8 people.
  • Every evening a briefing session is organised, where the guide(s) reveal details about the next day’s tour, including the altitude, length, difficulty etc.
  • Alternative trails can usually be chosen to allow variations according to the specific requirement of each group.
  • The meeting instructions and final trip arrangements are sent to participants two weeks before the tour start date.


Map

Price includes

Accommodation
  • 7-night accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels/lodging houses
Meals
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners; all meals include typical local food
Navigation pack
  • GPS track, maps, tour booklet, Skype call
Transfer
  • Baggage transfer between tour stages
  • Transfer from the route ending point to the route starting point


Support

24/7 hotline number

The travelling and activity insurance
Personal safety and cycling equipment
Other meals
  • lunches
  • beverages consumed with food that is included in the package


Single room supplement: €210
GPS device rental: 10€/day
Bike, e-bike and other accessories rental

Safe Booking

Do I have to book in advance?

  • Yes, we encourage you to book this trek in advance.
  • For day activities, we recommend you to book 48 hours before the tour.
  • For multi-day packages, the earlier you book, the more significant is the chance that you can participate in the journey.


When do I have to pay?

  • We have a "book now, pay later" policy. Due to this process, we don't ask for any bank card details.
  • We created our booking system to be convenient and secure for you.
  • The provider will contact you and discuss the payment with you later.


What other fees do I have to pay?

  • There are no hidden fees on Trekhunt (like booking fee, cancellation fee, etc.).
  • We don't charge you any additional fees.
  • We offer this tour precisely with the same price and conditions as the provider.


Is booking secure?

  • We created our booking system to be convenient and safe for you.
  • We don't ask any of your bank card details!
  • We only ask you to provide us your name, email and mobile number.
  • We forward this information to the provider, who can send you the tour details.


Don't miss out. We recommend you to book this tour today.

Price

€980

Duration

7 days
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Overview
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Difficulty
Itinerary
Other informations
Price includes
Safe Booking