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TransSlovenia2

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Trip Notes

A logical continuation of TransSlovenia 01—but with a completely different character. Unlike TransSlovenia 01, TransSlovenia 02 (or TS02) has almost no singletrack, or you have the option of easily avoiding them. TS02 is technically easier, but the stages aren longer than TS01. It is recommended for e-bikers.

The tour starts at Baško Lake (Faaker See), across the Karavanke Alps entering into Slovenia. TS02 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 through the Idrija Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage site. While in Bohinj, you’ll still be cycling within the Alpine region. In Cerkno and Idrija, the trail passes through the pre-Alpine region.

The Idrija trail follows into the town of Ajdovščina—and again through a completely different environment: The Dinarides. Moving on from Ajdovščina you find yourself in a karst landscape, where the trail passes by the Škocjanske Caves, another World Heritage site, and one of the most beautiful karst phenomena in the world. Soon you’ll be riding through Istria, where you will finish your journey in one of Slovenia’s beautiful Adriatic towns: Piran.

This trail combines many famous Slovenian tourism spots, yet manages to avoid roads with traffic. You’ll only pedal on remote gravel roads.

This adventure is both exceptional and exciting. The Trans-Slovenia affords cyclists a chance to see places they could never go by car and to understand culture here in Slovenia on a completely new level.

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


Mobirise

Itinerary

Day 1. MEET LAKE BLED

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 asphalt and turns into a gravel/forest road midway—leading to the top of Jepca Pass, where you’ll find a beautiful view towards Austria and Slovenia. From Jepca, you’ll take a pleasant forest road to Mojstrana (www.mojstrana.com) and your day’s final destination: Bled. 

Day 2. EXPERIENCE TRIGLAV NATIONAL PARK ON POKLJUKA PLATEAU

The second stage connects two famous lakes, Bled and Bohinj, which are separated by the Pokljuka Plateau. The section between is almost completely connected by a gravel/forest road. During wintertime, the Pokljuka Plateau transforms into the one of the best biathlon centres in the world, and suitable for World Cup skiing.
The main highlights of the trip are the lakes and Planina Zajamniki in the centre of Pokljuka.

Day 3. 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, you will have a mixture of terrain consisting of concrete, gravel, and forest road. You have two options. Take the concrete road to the top of the Soriška Plateau, or go for a more challenging route around the Soriška Plateau. 

Day 4. DISCOVER IDRIJA’S UNESCO HERITAGE

This is a slightly shorter stage compared to the previous three, so you’ll have a chance to save some strength. The route consists of a mixture between concrete and gravel. You’ll ride 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

The environment starts to change from the Alpine to the Dinaric region. You’ll ride a nice and easy climb to Črni Vrh, a small town between Idrija and Ajdovščina on the way to Javornik and then through the Bela valley to Vipava. You’re now in a typical location of the Dinaric region, just a few kilometres from your final destination: the town of Ajdovščina. 

DAY 6. KARST REGION WITH ŠKOCJANSKE CAVES

In just one day, the change of environment is huge. The guaranteed highlight of the day is discovering the typical karst town of Štanjel (www.stanjel.eu), well known for its appealing narrow streets, castle, and delightful garden. The final point of the day is a town called Divača, a few kilometres from the Škocjanske Caves, a UNESCO site (www.park-skocjanske-jame.si) definitely worth a visit.

Day 7. BEAUTIFUL SLOVENIAN ISTRIA

The seventh day of this cycling experience leads us further into the karst region and then to Istria/Mediterranean regions, which are 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. This is another region known for wine.

Day 8. FINALLY PIRAN

It’s an easy ride on day eight, with no climbs. The route leads through the Dragonja Valley to the sea. 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, transferring you back to the tour starting point, and saying goodbye … but looking forward to our next meeting down the road.

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

BY CAR

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

From Austria to Bled, cross the border through Karavanke tunnel. From there you have no more than 30 minutes to Bled.

From Italy to Faaker See, cross the border to Austria at Coccau Valico. From there you have just 25 minutes to Faaker See.

From Italy to Bled, cross the border to Slovenia at Tervisio. From there you it is just 45 minutes to Bled.

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

Other Informations

  • The minimum number of people required to run the trip for the listed price is 4.
  • In a single group, there will be a maximum of 10 people. But there can be more than 1 group.
  • We will form groups according to individuals 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 profile, 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 prior to your tour start date.
  • We can organize bike renta l
  • Accommodation in a 3 or 4 star hotels/pensions
  • Continental meal with a local/typical touch
  • Fully qualified and experienced mountain bike guide for the duration of your trip
  • 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 02 includes
    8 breakfasts and 8 dinners in double bed room
    8 night accommodations 
  • Price for TRANS SLOVENIA 02 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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