Arrival and Departure Airport
You should fly into and out of Ljubljana Airport (LJU). There are two alternatives, should you be unable to find a suitable (or affordable) flight to Ljubljana. Please note, you will need to make your own way to Ljubljana airport or our downtown hotel for one of our pickup times.
Zagreb: code ZAG, about 3 hours by train to Ljubljana
Venice: code VCE, about 5 hours by train to Ljubljana.
Please read the pickup/dropoff information below to find a suitable flight.
Please note: We do not book international flights for our clients. Please contact your local travel agent for information on booking flights for this trip.
Pickup & Drop-off Information
Pickup (click on the booking tab for exact dates for pickup)
We have two scheduled pickups on this trip. If you are arriving early and will not be staying at the Hotel Park, you will need to get to either the Hotel Park or the airport on your own in order to join one of the two scheduled pickups below:
1) 3 pm: Hotel Park, downtown Ljubljana (for Riders arriving early and spending the night in Ljubljana - see below for more information if you need to make a booking)
2) 4 pm: Ljubljana Airport, at the bar in the airport lobby
Dropoff (see the schedule page for dropoff dates)
We will be leaving Rovinj on the morning of the last day of the trip and arriving in Ljubljana as follows:
1) 1 pm: Ljubljana Airport, departures area
2) 2 pm: Hotel Park, downtown Ljubljana (for Riders arriving early and spending the night in Ljubljana - see below for more information if you need to make a booking)
Extending your trip
There are a few options for extending your trip:
1) Spending extra nights on the Adriatic sea in Rovinj, Croatia: To book extra nights at the Mareonda Apartments, please call them at +385-52-811-418 or email them with your dates.
2) Spend a few days in Ljubljana: Ljubljana is a beautiful, old city and the capital of Slovenia. Book extra nights either before or after the trip at the Hotel Park by calling +386 1 300 2 500, email them with your dates, or make your booking online.
If you want information on other places to visit and things to see in Slovenia and Croatia please visit the following websites:
We recommend spending some time exploring Istria further after the trip, or visiting the Soca Valley in Slovenia. If you have a bit more time to spare, the Dalmatian Coast and islands of Croatia are spectacular and worth a visit. Best option is to return to Ljubljana and rent a car at the airport - best to arrange one in advance.
If you want to do more riding in Slovenia or Croatia, here are a few resources for additional trail riding:
You may cancel your reservation with no penalty within 7 days of booking. After the first week, our regular cancellation policy goes into effect.
Please note that our cancellation policy is strict, and we ask that you do not request an exception to our policy. For this reason we strongly urge you to purchase affordable trip cancellation insurance.
Travelling with your bike
If you've never traveled with your bike, don't worry - it's much easier than you think! If you don't have a case for your bike, then you can pick up a cardboard travel box for your bike at your local store. Some stores will also pack your bike up for you for a fee.
Alternately, if you are planning on traveling with your bike more than just this one time, we sell travel bags for bikes, handmade by Pikapackworks. These travel bags are specially made for bikes and can often go on flights without having to pay the extra charges incurred by cardboard boxes or hard cases. The bags cost $395, including shipping within North America. Click here for more information on our bags.
We offer 2012 Specialized Camber Comp (full suspension), 2012 Specialized Rockhopper (front-suspension) and 2009 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro (full suspension) mountain bikes for rent. Price is $349, $249 and $249 Cdn respectively for the duration of the trip. This can be booked online when making your booking, or added afterwards by contacting us.
What type of bike should you bring?
We recommend you bring a solid all-mountain bike on this trip, with at least 4-5" of travel, and no heavier than 30 pounds since there are several long climbs. A bike with at least 2 rings up front is recommended.
Tools to bring
- multitool (preferably with chainbreaker)
- tire levers
- small bottle of chain lube
- tire pump
- suspension pump
- sealant (if you're on tubeless)
Spare parts for your bike
Although there are some parts available locally, we recommend you bring the following parts with you to avoid problems in case of breakdown or broken parts:
- rear derailleur hanger (at least 1, preferably 2)
- front and rear brake pads
- extra chain if your chain is more than 6 months old
- 4 tubes
- 2 extra spokes
n.b. If you are renting a bike, the above is not necessary (with the exception of a few spare tubes).
Weather and Clothing
The weather in the Slovenian mountains can be quite cool, especially in the evenings, with lows between 10 and 18 degrees Celsius, so we recommend you bring long pants and a jacket for the evenings. Daytime highs are usually quite warm, especially in the Istrian region of Croatia.
Although rain is rare in the summer months, it isn't unheard of, so we recommend you bring some sort of rain gear or shell.
- comfortable clothes for riding, such as biking jerseys and padded shorts. 2+ sets are ideal, 1 is a must.
- bike gloves (2 sets is ideal)
- lightweight, weather-resistant outerwear for riding in inclement weather.
- warm clothing such as sweaters and fleece jackets and pants for nighttime.
- sunglasses/eye protection for sunny and/or muddy days.
- hydration system that can carry at least 2 litres (bottles and/or hydration pack)
- toiletries i.e. toothbrush, shampoo, soap
- sunscreen and insect repellent
Travel insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage, is compulsory for all our tours. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation protection so that you will be covered in the event that you are unable to attend our tour (due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances) or in the unlikely event that our tour must be cancelled.
You can purchase discounted comprehensive insurance from Bikeflights.com or World Nomads directly via our site at our insurance page.
Passports & Visas
All travelers require a valid passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity). Citizens of some countries will also require a visa.
If you need to contact us in an emergency, you can reach us during office hours at the following numbers:
Dialing within North America: 1 (888) 423-7849
Dialing outside of North America: +1 (647) 999-7955
If you feel that you need to contact us outside of office hours, our Slovenian operations manager Dixi Strucl can be contacted at +386 2 870 30 60.
If you do not receive an immediate answer when calling the above numbers, please leave us a detailed message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We take care to select restaurants that are well-regarded for their cleanliness, in order to avoid food-borne illnesses. We also supply you with bottled water for drinking for the duration of your trip. However, there is always some risk of contracting a food-borne illness when traveling in a developing country.
You should have a moderately high level of fitness and be able to bike for up to four hours a day in order to fully enjoy the spectacular scenery and riding on this trip. This is one of our most challenging trips, and you need to be prepared.
We recommend you train in advance of this trip, in order to get the most out of this trip, our coaches have developed a great pre-trip training program. Click here for more details.
Safety & Security
Slovenia and Croatia are both safe countries, however certain precautions should be followed, as with all foreign travel. To maximize your safety during our tours you should exercise common sense and caution at all times. We recommend that you always stick to set travel arrangements, and avoid unknown areas. We also recommend that you wear minimal jewelry and that you keep valuable items safely stored. Always keep a copy of your passport, airline tickets, travelers checks and credit card numbers separate from where you keep the originals.
On this trip, all breakfasts and lunches, as well as some dinners, are included in the trip price. Other dinners are taken in local restaurants. You should budget $15-20 CAD per dinner (depending on the quality of restaurants you choose).
Other expenses include souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, and optional activities such as massage. The best way to pay for these services is to withdraw money from an ATM in Slovenia or Croatia (which are widely available) - you can withdraw local money (Euros in Slovenia or Kunas in Croatia) and will usually be charged the best rate by your bank at home.
The Slovenian currency is the Euro. Check here for current exchange rates.
The Croatian currency is the Kuna. Check here for current exchange rates.
n.b. Euros can be easily exchanged for Kunas at the Croatian border or anywhere in Istria.
Gratuities of 10-15% are common in Slovenia and Croatia. We encourage you to tip your guides if you feel you have received excellent service and have had an enjoyable trip. A typical gratuity $20 - $100 per guide.