Trans Slovenia

Trans Slovenija 01

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). 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.

Duration: 7 days

Category: all mountain

Fitness level: high

Experience style: original, self guided, countryside, premium

Technical difficulty: medium

Length & elevation: 384 km, 10.100 m

 

ITINERARY:

Day 1
ARRIVAL DAY, BIKE PREPARATION AND THE TRIPOINT TOUR

Distance: 25,02 km

Elevation: 1040 m

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:
KRANJSKA GORA ACROSS THE VRŠIČ PASS TO BOVEC

Distance: 49,3 km

Elevation: 1103 m

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
BOVEC, ACROSS MOUNTAIN STOL TO KOBARID

Distance: 40,5 km

Elevation: 1199 m

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
TOLMIN

Distance: 37,2 km

Elevation: 1390 m

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
MATAJUR

Distance: 80,1 km

Elevation: 2410 m

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
SLOVENIAN KARST

Distance: 87,7 km

Elevation: 1540 m

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
SLOVENIAN COAST

Distance: 66,1 km

Elevation: 1430 m

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.

 

 

Trans Slovenia 02

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.

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.

Duration: 8 days

Category: cross-country

Fitness level: high

Experience style: classic, self guided, countryside, premium

Technical difficulty: low

Length & elevation: 391,75 km, 9.749 m

 

ITINERARY

Day 1
MEET LAKE BLED

Distance: 57,59 km

Elevation: 1398 m

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 (www.mojstrana.com) 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
EXPERIENCE TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK ON POKLJUKA PLATEAU

Distance: 57,32 km

Elevation: 1391 m

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
SORIŠKA PLATEAU WITH TRIGLAV VIEW

Distance: 41,03 km

Elevation: 1359 m

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
DISCOVER IDRIJA’S UNESCO HERITAGE

Distance: 37,71 km

Elevation: 1264 m

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
EXPERIENCE THE FAMOUS BORA WIND IN AJDOVŠČINA

Distance: 56,09 km

Elevation: 1259 m

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. Hold onto your handlebars as 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
KARST REGION WITH ŠKOCJANSKE CAVES

Distance: 45,98 km

Elevation: 1097 m

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 site (www.park-skocjanske-jame.si) definitely worth the visit.

 

Day 7
BEAUTIFUL SLOVENIAN ISTRIA

Distance: 52,23 km

Elevation: 1457 m

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
FINALLY PIRAN

Distance: 43,80 km

Elevation: 524 m

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.

 

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