Set against the spell-bind­ing views of the Julian Alps, nes­tled between Aus­tria and Italy and off the Adri­at­ic reach of the Mediter­ranean sits a coun­try of sub­lime nat­ur­al beauty.

Slove­nia is ranked as the green­est and most sus­tain­able coun­try on the Plan­et by Nation­al Geo­graph­ic, and Triglav Nation­al Park stands as the epit­o­me of con­ser­van­cy and pris­tine nat­ur­al trea­sures. With the abun­dance of ameni­ties and sheer vol­ume of scenic grav­el paths and dirt roads, this remark­able region hap­pens to offer the per­fect set­ting to soak in the sights aboard an e‑mountain bike!

As we cir­cum­nav­i­gate the park on our ped­al-assist­ed steeds, you’ll explore the moun­tain ski vil­lage of Kran­js­ka Gora, tour around the pic­turesque waters of Lake Bled, wan­der the scenic Pklju­ka Plateau with its Aus­tro-Hun­gar­i­an huts, catch a clas­sic steam loco­mo­tive ride into Kobarid, dis­cov­er the set­ting of Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms”, dine at world-renowned Hisa Franko, chef Anna Ros’ Miche­lin restau­rant, canyoneer into the pris­tine rivers and water­falls of the Soča Val­ley and con­quer the 51 switch­backs of Vrsic Pass… just to name a few highlights!

Pre­pare to be amazed by what you can see and accom­plish on an e‑mountain bike!

Is This Ride For You?

This Ride is designed to make full use of all the ben­e­fits of e‑mountain bikes; from cov­er­ing more ground to mak­ing off-road rid­ing more acces­si­ble and enjoy­able to begin­ner-lev­el moun­tain bik­ers or road bik­ers. You’ll enjoy a casu­al pace that allows you soak in the incred­i­ble scenery along the way, and you love the idea of a lit­tle extra ‘oomph’ built in when the going gets tough or the grade too steep. You’re still look­ing to get a good work­out every day and you’re up for some seri­ous adven­tur­ing. We’ll spend most of our time on dirt paths and along scenic dou­ble­track, but you don’t mind the odd ped­al on qui­et and paved coun­try roads to seam­less­ly tie in a day’s ride. You love the blend of exquis­ite cul­ture, food and accom­mo­da­tions with the thrill of adven­ture, and the idea of try­ing e‑mountain bik­ing to soak in the Sloven­ian coun­try­side at a mod­er­ate pace excites you!

Itinerary

Day 1. Wel­come to Slovenia!

We’ll pick up Rid­ers at the air­port at 12:00 pm or from beau­ti­ful down­town Ljubl­jana, before we enjoy a scenic 1‑hour shut­tle to stun­ning Kran­js­ka Gora. 

Once checked into our first hotel, we’ll get prop­er­ly fit­ted on our e‑mountain bikes for the week ahead. 

This will be fol­lowed by a won­der­ful wel­come din­ner host­ed in our beau­ti­ful moun­tain lodge, fol­lowed by an overview of the itin­er­ary ahead. 

Day 2.  Vra­ta Val­ley Wonders

In the morn­ing, we’ll gear up for a 55km ride start­ing on a very gen­tle bike path of paved and grav­el roads with views of Triglav Nation­al Park.

We’ll stop at Vra­ta Val­ley, famous for the mes­mer­iz­ing Per­ic­nik Water­fall, one of the high­est among Sloven­ian water­falls with a view of the North Wall of Triglav. As Sloven­ian tra­di­tion sug­gests you aren’t a true Sloven­ian until you sum­mit Mt. Triglav, think of it as a rite of passage! 

We’ll spend the night at the first and only zero waste hotel in Slove­nia in the roman­tic and world-famous town of Bled.

Day 3. Descent to Bohinj Lake

As we ride over the Poklju­ka Plateau up to Uskon­vni­ca, we’ll be treat­ed to incred­i­ble scenery and high alpine moun­tain huts. 

As we break for lunch, we’ll feast on tra­di­tion­al, hearty Sloven­ian fare made up of fresh, organ­ic, farm-to-table ingredients. 

In the after­noon, we’ll fol­low a majes­tic descent to Bohinj Lake — the largest per­ma­nent lake in Slove­nia cov­er­ing 318 hectare — where we’ll be trans­fixed by the crys­tal blue green water that make it a local favourite.

Day 4. All Aboard the Transalpina

We’ll start our morn­ing strong with a climb up the Vrh Bače moun­tain pass on a his­toric World War I mil­i­tary road. We’ll catch sight of ancient bar­racks and bunkers along the way. 

Once you hit the top, it’s 800 ver­ti­cal metes down to Pod­br­do where we’ll catch an incred­i­bly scenic train ride. The scenic ride along the old Transalpina rail­way and sur­round­ing bucol­ic hills ends in Most na Soči where we’ll enjoy a lake­side lunch. 

We’ll fin­ish up the day with a 20 km ride along the stun­ning Soča – one of the most beau­ti­ful rivers in Europe.

Day 5. Soča Thrills and Hisa Franko

What a day we have in store… 

First, it’s time to stretch your legs off the bike! We’ll put on wet suits and climb­ing har­ness­es as we get ready to rap­pel down a series of water­falls and chutes. This is a tru­ly  exhil­a­rat­ing (and refresh­ing!) expe­ri­ence you will nev­er forget! 

Din­ner this evening will be at the famous Hisa Franko restau­rant, fea­tured on Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” and Time Magazine’s 2018 “100 Great­est Places” for a din­ing expe­ri­ence that will be equal­ly unforgettable.

Day 6. Nadiza­’s Heal­ing Powers

While on our ride today, we’ll vis­it a tra­di­tion­al shepherd’s house to see how cheese is pro­duced. Luck­i­ly for us,  we’ll get to sam­ple the end product! 

In the after­noon, we’ll enjoy a pic­turesque and flowy descent on an old mil­i­tary road down to the val­ley. We’ll cool off in the turquoise waters of the Nadiza  riv­er which, accord­ing to folk tales, is believed to have heal­ing prop­er­ties. Bring it on!

Day 7. Tolmin­ka Riv­er Springs

The road lead­ing along the ridge of Mt. Kolovrat is incred­i­bly panoram­ic and offers splen­did views of the Soča Val­ley and the Julian Alps. We’ll descend to the val­ley floor fol­low­ing a com­bi­na­tion of fire roads and dou­ble­track trails all the way to Tolmin. 

Enjoy the emer­ald blue waters of the mys­te­ri­ous Tolmin­ka springs. 

Grab a beer (you earned it!) and ped­al along fire roads next to the Soca Riv­er back to Kobarid for a relax­ing afternoon.

Day 8. Vrsic Pass Switchbacks

Today, we’ll con­quer the epic 51 switch­backs along Vrsic Pass, a road made dur­ing World War I by Russ­ian slaves with sec­tions fea­tur­ing remark­able cob­ble­stone road work. 

We’ll descend into the ski vil­lage of Kran­js­ka Gora for our final din­ner and a farewell party.

Day 9. Ljubl­jana Farewells

We’ll enjoy break­fast and a final stroll in the vil­lage before pack­ing up and hop­ping in our shut­tle back to Ljubl­jana . Hugs and high-fives  as we bid adieu after this incred­i­ble week spent together!

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Dates chosen: Jun. 12, 2021—Jun. 20, 2021
Skill Rating: Green Circle
Fitness Rating: Green Circle
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Skill Levels
Green Circle

Typically, green Rides are safe for beginners. Green Rides may have both avoidable and unavoidable obstacles. Trails are generally low grade, wide, consistent surface texture and have minimal features. You are likely to come across unavoidable obstacles 2-inches or shorter, which is small enough for mountain bike tires to simply roll over. More challenging than tarmac, but in general, a wonderful Ride for those riders new to mountain biking or looking for a casual experience.

Blue Square

In general, Blue trails are narrower than green trails, encounter unavoidable obstacles such as roots, rocks, and drops that are up to 8-inches tall. You will want to have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of mountain biking including body positions, powerful braking, cornering, riding on varied terrain, steep sections and experience riding trails that requires line choice. Airtime is not mandatory, but you will find yourself on trails with alternate lines giving you the option.

Black Diamond

The Black Diamond Rides are  suitable for riders looking for that edge. Maybe it’s the edge of a drop, the edge of a cliff, or singletrack requiring focus and fast reactions developed from extensive experience riding “the edge”. You will find yourself on steep trails of varied surfaces. In the Pacific North West that could be slick roots and loam, in Nepal you will find exposed granite in the Mustang Valley and in Guatemala it maybe narrow stairways through cliffside villages. While airtime is rarely required, the ability to find the backside or clean a tabletop should be comfortable or in a state of progress. Obstacles on Black rides are likely to be outside the range of your bikes ability to cover your goofs with its awesome suspension and grip.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black ride is for those that already know they are looking for a Double Black. It’s going to be very hard and require advanced bike handling skills. You will find yourself on trails with sections most non-riders would look at and say, “that’s totally nuts!”. You will know how to look at a line and contemplate where it will work and where it won’t. Drops of a couple feet should be comfortable and getting your bike off the ground should feel predictable and fun.

Fitness Levels
Green Circle

You should be ready to spend 2-4 hours per day on the bike. Mileage may be up to 30km/20 miles and elevation gain will be under 500m/1500feet. On e-MTB tours, numbers will be higher, however the approximate effort would be considered similar to a standard Green Circle ride. If you get on your bike once a week, you will be just fine. However, when preparing for a Ride, you will benefit from more rides and time in the saddle.

Blue Square

Blue should be considered a good deal more effort than our Green Rides.  You should be able to handle 3 to 5 hours in the saddle covering up to 45km/30miles and be able to pull off a big day of 1000m/3000feet of elevation gain. Managing fuel is important as well.  You should have a good understanding how your body responds to multiple days on the bike. We will help with positive coaching, a manageable pace and plenty of trailside snacks.

Black Diamond

A Black Fitness ride will test you. Aside from needing to be able to manage up to 6 hours on the bike, day after day, including distance up to 50km/30miles and elevation gains up to 1750m/5000feet of climbing, you will be adding extra challenges along the route like periods of hike-a-bike and the extra effort required by the whole body to safely dance with your bike over technical terrain. Generally, riders who are up for a Black Fitness ride, likely spend time on the bike a couple times each week.

Double Black Diamond

A Double Black will be for those with the strength and endurance to get to the top of anything they want and understand the term “turning the screw”. Distance could be quite high on some routes and elevation gain numbers could hit 2000m/6000 feet+ in a day. You are likely riding multiple days a week during the dry periods and have a trainer or belong to a gym for the rest of the year.