Slovenia: Alps to Adriatic

3 countries, 2 wheels, 1 week: all on our mountain bike tour Slovenia

Our mountain bike tour Slovenia takes full advantage of the country’s enviable position in southern Central Europe, bordering Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Italy, and embracing the majestic Julian Alps and shimmering Adriatic coast. On this mountain bike tour you’ll ride in three countries – Slovenia, Austria and Italy – in one week: a real European mountain bike odyssey!

Photographer Tim Winterburn was reduced to tears during our photo shoot of our mountain bike tour Slovenia, enjoying the sensational local meat, cheeses and wine this country produces. Ample reward for big days in the saddle, and if you click through the photo gallery you’ll see what we mean…

Slovenia boasts both Alpine and Mediterranean climates and is one of the most densely forested and water-rich countries in Europe, creating the most stunningly beautiful landscapes – perfect for mountain biking!

Each day of this sensational mountain bike tour Slovenia will inspire your sense of adventure and fuel your passion for exploring the world on two wheels.

From the free-flowing singletrack of the Julian Alps (the Alps, but without the crowds!), to the verdant forests of the Triglav National Park and the crystal clear waters of Bohinj Lake.

Tour dates 2019

  • 24 – 31 August (1 PLACE)

Tour Dates 2020

  • 13 – 20 June
  • 28 Jun – 5 Jul
  • 22 – 29 August
  • 5 – 12 September

Contact us if you would like to create your own private group tour.

Trip highlights

In addition to sensational, cross-border mountain biking in the Julian Alps, into Austria and Italy, here are a few more special moments that you can look forward to on our mountain bike tour Slovenia:

  • Tasting artisan cheeses made by local shepherds in the mountains
  • Riding and eating in three countries in one day!
  • Learning about the wartime history of this part of Europe
  • Visiting a vineyard and, of course, sampling their wines
  • Relaxing in a pool overlooking a landscape of vines
  • Watching the sun set over the Adriatic

Ride from Alps to Adriatic

Mountain Bike Tour Slovenia Itinerary

The flow of your mountain bike tour Slovenia has been designed to become progressively more technical throughout the course of the week. Your guides will coach you through each new challenge so that you make the most of your Slovenian experience and go home a more technically skilled and confident mountain biker.

+Arrival in Ljubljana - refresh + prepare for your adventure

If you’re travelling a long way or across several time zones to Europe and Slovenia then we recommend arriving a day or two early to allow your body to adjust and to make sure any flight or luggage delays don’t spoil your trip.

+Day 1 - Group meet + Ljubljana locals' ride

Your local guide will meet you at your accommodation in Ljubljana at 10am, where you’ll have a coffee and he’ll run through the all-important pre-trip briefing.

Your guides will then help you build your bikes and set up rental bikes, ready for your first warm-up ride in Slovenia. Ljubljana is surrounded by a huge network of fabulous local trails, and you’ll only have to pedal for 15 minutes from the city centre to reach the start of your ride.

We’ll break you into your trip gently with some lovely wooded double track and singletrack, with a few rooty sections to wake you up after your travels!

After a couple of hours of really enjoyable trails, we’ll drop back into Ljubljana and have a cold beer on the banks of the Ljubljana River, before making the hour-long drive to our hotel in Bohinj, not far from the beautiful lake, where we’ll spend the next two nights.

We’ll enjoy dinner in a local restaurant which specialises in traditional Slovenian dishes made from seasonal, organic produce including: venison, asparagus, trout, porcini mushrooms, wild berries and buckwheat dumplings.

Distance cycled: 20km
Accommodation: Small hotel Bohinj

+Day 2 - Sorica Pass (Slovenia)

On your first full day on your mountain bike tour Slovenia we’ll embark on a truly breathtaking mountain bike ride on Vrh Bace mountain. You will start the day by being part assisted by a van transfer, before mounting your steed and finishing the remaining 400m ascent by pedal power alone.

This trail consists of World War I mule tracks that have a fantastic gradient for mountain biking, with a relatively easy ascent (for the Alps!).

After taking in the view and having lunch you will descend on a mixture of mule and gravel tracks, and pristine Slovenian singletrack to the opposite side of Vrh Bace. After a refreshing beer at a local cafe, we’ll load our bikes onto the train to travel back through the mountain we’ve just ridden over to our little village, where we’ll saddle up again to ride back to our accommodation.

Dinner this evening will be in a fantastic typical mountain village restaurant, where we’ll enjoy delicious local meats from the grill, accompanied by vegetables and some of the local schnapps (which is something of an acquired taste!).

Distance cycled: 35km
Accommodation: Small hotel Bohinj
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 3 - Kranjska gora and the Vršič pass (Slovenia)

Today we first drive towards the western edge of Slovenia, and will start riding up the Vršič Pass.

The road to the Vršič Pass is considered to be one of the most beautiful mountain roads in the whole of Europe. You will be surrounded by Dolomite-style peaks reaching high above you to a height of around 2,500m, and we’ll be watched over by the rock face of a Pagan lady that is emblazoned on the sheer rock of Prisank mountain.

Slowly, with lots of ‘photo stops’, we climb to the pass at 1,611m which rewards us with some of the best mountain views on the trip. You will have lunch on the pass in a typical alpine mountain hut, before three incredible descents back down valley to Kranjska Gora.

Distance cycled: 40km
Accommodation: B&B Kranjska Gora
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 4 - Kranjska gora to Tromeja: 3 countries in 1 day (Slovenia Austria + Italy)

Today you will start in Kranjska gora, at the Slovenian world cup ski centre. We pedal to the Austrian border where you will start the real climb towards Tromeja, which literary means ‘three borders’ or trig point between Slovenia, Italy and Austria. You can actually stand with one foot in Austria, one in Italy and your bike in Slovenia!

This will take around two hours, but don’t worry, there is a fabulous mountain hut on the Austrian side of the three borders trig point where you can have a well-earned coffee!

From there you will ride along the Karavanke mountain ridge, on the border between Slovenia and Italy, to get the best views over the Julian Alps. This unforgettable day will culminate with a grin-inducing descent into Italy, where we’ll reward ourselves with pizzas all round.

Your friends won’t fail to be impressed when you tell them you had breakfast in Slovenia, coffee in Austria and pizza in Italy!

We’ll finish our ride at our comfortable accommodation in Bovec, where we’ll spend the next two nights.

Distance cycled: 30km
Accommodation: Small hotel Bovec
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 5 - Bovec to Kobarid over the mountains (Slovenia)

You will start this incredible ride from just within the Italian border, with a climb up an old Italian road leading us to the high alpine pastures where we will have amazing views over the whole of the Julian Alps, the Soca river below us and the mountain ridge of Kanin, and even as far as the Dolomites on a clear day!

For lunch we will join some local shepherds at planina Bosca for some fresh local cheese specialities that they will be delighted to share with you.

After lunch you buckle up and embark on another 15km descent that will have you laughing, whooping and grinning all the way to the valley floor and beyond – a day to remember for the rest of your life! But the day is not over – we will have another refreshment on the banks of the emerald Soca river before our last trail that will lead us down into the adventure town of Kobarid.

We’ll round off our ride at Polonka pub, where you’ll enjoy some great local beers and snacks, before we load up the van and transfer back to our accommodation and dinner in Bovec.

Distance cycled: 40km
Accommodation: Small hotel Bovec
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 6 - Kobarid to Collio (Slovenia + Italy)

After a hearty breakfast we will continue to the small village of Livek, where we will start biking up to the summit and mountain hut of Monte Maggiore.

Monte Maggiore is located on the border with Italy and was one of the places where the harshest fights during the WWI Isonzo front took place. From the top you will ride a breathtaking 12km downhill on the Italian side of the mountain.

You will get to see the change between the rough Alpine environment and the lush green hills of the south and wine growing region. Your hotel this evening sits high above the vineyards, and you’ll even get to soak your muscles in the stunning infinity pool with views across the valley.

You’ll walk to your restaurant in the village which makes its own organic wine from local grapes to accompany the delicious menu of meat, cheeses, vegetables and scrumptious desserts.

Distance cycled: 20km
Accommodation: Small hotel Collio
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 7 - Collio/Goriska Brda to Piran (Italy + Slovenia)

We’ll start today with a breakfast of local ham, cheese and home made yogurt, then leave the wine growing region behind and head for the coast. First we’ll have a short transfer to the foot of the coastal mountain of Slavnik.

We’ll climb to the summit hut at 1,028m where you can catch the first glimpses of the sea and look back over the wine growing region and on to the mountains where you have been riding all week. After lunch at the summit you will embark on the final descent of the week.

This descent starts as a flow-trail feast, then the trail turns away from the ridge onto the coastal facing slope, and becomes a little more rocky, but still has great flow. At the foot of the mountain we’ll weave through the village to finish our ride at a local craft brewery for lunch and tasting, before our transfer to Piran and the completion of your week’s mountain biking adventure.

We’ll check into a stunning hotel, with views over the coast, main square and harbour, where you will have dinner watching the sun setting over the Adriatic sea. Life is good!

Distance cycled: 40km
Accommodation: Small hotel Piran
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 8 - Departure

Sadly this is the end of our tri-country mountain biking adventure. We will return you to Ljubljana airport by 12 noon to catch your flights home.

Please note: a mountain bike tour Slovenia is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in Slovenia, Austria + Italy and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.

+Tour Price

Mountain bike tour Slovenia Price

£2,065 / $2,995 USD per person (ex. flights, based on two sharing a room)

We welcome solo travellers on our adventures and if you are happy to share a room with another solo rider of the same sex you do not need to add the single supplement. If, however, you wish to have a room by yourself, a single supplement of £420 / $609 USD will be payable.

Please note: accommodation is limited in the areas we’ll be riding, so if you can share with another rider (of the same sex) it would be appreciated.

H+I Adventures is bonded by the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), so you can be sure that when you book with us your money will be safe. Price includes:

  • Services of fully-qualified, English speaking expert mountain bike guide(s) for the duration of the trip
  • Seven nights’ accommodation
  • Seven breakfasts
  • Private, English-speaking driver
  • Support vehicle
  • All transportation required by the itinerary
  • All group safety equipment
  • Airport/ H+I recommended hotel pick-up on day 1 and drop-off on day 8 of tour (specified times apply)
  • Global Rescue emergency evacuation services

Price excludes:

  • International/ domestic flights
  • Lunch and dinner each day
  • Bike hire – we can arrange bike hire for you at a cost of £320/ $464 USD for a good quality full suspension bike for the duration of the trip
  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Tips in restaurants and hotels
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Any other items not mentioned as included


+Skill + fitness levels required

Does this sound like you? Your vacation time is precious and we want to be absolutely sure that you’re making the most of it, by finding the perfect adventure for you. Be honest with yourself, if this adventure isn’t right for you, we have other tours that may well be a better fit for your mountain biking experience and ability.

Please note: The skill level required reflects an overall rating for the trails on the trip but you should expect to find sections and obstacles that push your ability levels.

Skill level: Intermediate+

  • You are generally comfortable riding most types of terrain in different conditions: singletrack, double track, muddy, dry, loose, bedrock…
  • You can brake, use gears and corner instinctively
  • You’ll have a go on moderate technical features, such as small rock gardens, small drops and steeper sections, but may get off and walk certain technical features
  • You ride more than once a week throughout your biking season
  • And the ‘+’ part of ‘Intermediate+’ means that you will be aiming to ride more of those moderate technical features

Fitness level: 5/7

  • You have a good level of bike fitness, exercising at least three times every week throughout the year, for an hour at a time
  • You can ride a mountain bike for up to six hours a day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for three or more consecutive days
  • You can tackle two or three fairly significant climbs a day, up to 600 metres each

Typical trails you’ll be riding

  • Double track: undulating and sometimes steep forest roads made up of hard-packed dirt and loose tracks with golf ball- to fist-sized rocks
  • Singletrack: natural rustic singletrack, at times loose, with up to head-sized fixed rocks, roots, cobbled rock sections, and mainly through forests
  • Tight switchbacks are also fairly characteristic of mountain biking in Slovenia
  • Trail surfaces may be dry dirt tracks or muddy, depending on the weather, and you will encounter river crossings


+Arrival + departure details

This mountain bike tour Slovenia starts and finishes at Ljubljana airport, in the capital city of Slovenia. Ljubljana airport is well catered for from international destinations, please let us know if you require any assistance with flights.

Ideally, you should arrive in Ljubljana a day or two before the tour start date to allow for any travel delays, and we have created this handy guide to spending 24 hours in Ljubljana before the start of your Slovenia adventure.

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your pre-trip hotel (or the arrivals area of Ljubljana airport) on the first morning of your mountain bike tour in Slovenia. Your guide will then go through the pre-trip briefing, help you build bikes and then take you for your first warm-up ride around Ljubljana.

On your departure day you will be returned to Ljubljana airport by 12 noon to catch your homeward flight. If you have a much earlier flight we can arrange a separate transfer for you, but this will be at additional expense.

If you wish to extend your trip to Slovenia please contact us and we can help you to organise this.

+Travelling to Slovenia

Ljubljana airport is easily accessible from many destinations within Europe, including major hub airports such as London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Frankfurt. Low-cost airlines such as Easyjet and Wizz Air also fly direct from London Luton and Stansted, which are accessible by train from Heathrow.

Other nearby airports to Slovenia include: Venice Marco Polo, Zagreb or Trieste, from which there are good public transport links by train, road and boat.

You must book your bike on to your flight in advance, otherwise you could face a heavy charge at the airport. Here are some tips and video on how to pack your bike for travel.

Visas

Riders from EU member states, Switzerland, USA and Canada do not require a visa to enter Slovenia for less than 90 days. For information on visa requirements from your home country, and applying for a visa, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Slovenia.

All travellers must ensure that their passport is valid for at least three months after their departure date from Slovenia

+Preparing yourself + your bike for the trip

Please read the full kit list before you start packing for your mountain bike tour Slovenia, so that you have everything you need!

Our mountain bike tour Slovenia, Austria and Italy is for intermediate+ mountain bikers with level 4 fitness.

Point to remember: this is the Alps, so some of the terrain is steep and there is some exposure and altitudes of up to 1800m.

The ideal bike for our mountain bike tour Slovenia is a good quality full-suspension mountain bike with around 120mm of travel.

To get the most out of your mountain bike tour Slovenia you should do plenty of training in advance of your tour, and we have put together this great training plan to help you on your way.

It is essential that, if you’re bringing your own bike, you ensure that it has been professionally serviced, including all suspension, before the trip.

If you would prefer we can arrange rental of a good quality full suspension mountain bike for you, and have the bike ready for your arrival.

+Your mountain bike guides in Slovenia

Our local mountain bike guides in Slovenia are of the very highest standard. They are qualified in first-aid, and have the knowledge and experience to lead a group safely in these very remote, wild and unpredictable parts of Slovenia, Austria and Italy.

Our guides have years of experience in the saddle on the Slovenian, Austrian and Italian trails and will be able to enhance your holiday with facts and fables on local history, flora and fauna. They’re also genuinely nice people and will do their best to make sure that everyone in the group has a great time.

+Accommodation + food

You’ll experience a wonderful mix of accommodation in Slovenia; from traditional alpine lodges, to a gorgeous Venetian hotel on the Adriatic coast, and a four-star boutique hotel over-looking vineyards.

We have researched these areas extensively to select the most comfortable accommodation in the region, and we have planned the itinerary accordingly. You’ll be spoiled with a wide array of delicious local dishes from Slovenia, Austria and Italy, and some fine wines and craft ales. Plenty of reward for your big days on the bike!

+Health + safety

No specific vaccinations are needed to enter Slovenia.

For common ailments such as colds, headaches, high temperatures or insect bites, you can get medication without prescription at pharmacies (lekarna). There are pharmacies in the majority of Slovenian towns, and cities offer duty pharmacies open 24 hours a day.

Healthcare is very well spread across Slovenia. Practically every Slovenian town has a health centre, and villages have individual clinics. Every Slovenian town and village is served by emergency medical assistance, by helicopter if necessary.

It is wise to carry basic medicines such as paracetamol or aspirin for fever and pain and Pepto-Bismol for stomach upset.

You should always consult your own doctor or physician before travelling to new countries to seek their advice on matters concerning your health abroad.

Your health and safety is on tour our top priority so when you travel with us you also have the peace of mind knowing that you will be covered by Global Rescue emergency medical and evacuation services.

+Currency + foreign exchange

The currency in Slovenia is the Euro. ATMs are available in most towns in which you will be staying, but please ask your guide if you’re not sure about how much cash to carry each day.

Tipping

We suggest a tip of 5% of the tour price for one person could be paid to each guide, if you feel that they have provided an excellent experience on your mountain bike tour Slovenia.

+Holiday insurance

You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.

We work closely with WorldNomads whose policies are specially designed for mountain bike holidays. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them and we ask that you send us your policy details.

Please note: if you have arranged your own holiday insurance, you must bring a copy of your policy with you on your mountain bike tour Slovenia with us.

Please note: our mountain bike tour Slovenia is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in Slovenia, Austria + Italy and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.

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by harold on Slovenia mountain bike tour
it's slovenian!

For those on the trip - you understand. For those thinking about it, stop thinking, start planning. I am a changed person after this trip. as I sit at my desk back at work, I think only of the journey - the food, the guides, the crew, the trails, the country.

Thanks guys, I WILL be back. cheers.

by Ricardo on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Slovenia - Great experience

It was really amazing the Slovenia trip with H+I Adventures

The guides, hotels, restaurants, trails and all the confidence that Catherine is able to transmit. Thank you again.

by Caroline on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Slovenia 2018

We are back from our Slovenian trip with H+I and it was a fantastic personal and MTB experience. Slovenia is a very nice country, landscapes are wild and beautiful, the food is very good, people are so friendly.


We had two great guides, Ziva and Blaz, who explained us all the history of the region and shared with us their passion for Slovenia.


It is our 2nd time with H+I and the organization was perfect, as always.

by Robert Sanderson on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Love Slovenia

Our 2018 June tour was amazing. The trails, the little towns, food, wine and the intimate knowledge of history in the region was totally five stars. Blaz and Ziva were the perfect guides to meet their favourite local people and routes to ride. Thanks!

by Johnna Caruthers on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Spectacular Slovenia

My recent trip to Slovenia was nothing short of spectacular. This was my first mountain biking trip like this and H+I set the bar high.

The guides, Blaz and Ziva, were wonderful hosts and full of fun and insightful and knowledge about riding and Slovenian culture; it's clear they have a passion for what they do.

Slovenia is a stunning country with so many stories to tell. Thank you for an unforgettable experience!

by jimmy martin on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Great trip

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip in September 2017.



Beautiful country, nice people, great food, beer and wine. Marko and Miha our guides were truly awesome!!!! Great communicators, coaches, guides and people. And they both were pretty funny too.



The riding was fabulous, Highly recommended!

by Micheal Forbes on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Amazing!

We just returned from our ride in Slovenia. This was my third trip with H+I and the trips just keep getting better. All the trips were amazing but Slovenia is special. The history, the scenery, the big climbs with great mixed descents all made this a great week of riding.


The group was fabulous. Our guides Danijel and Mitja went out of their way to make sure everything went smoothly. They were just great to be around. The accommodations and the meals in the evening were the best! A trip of a lifetime.


I hope to continue with as many H+I trips as I can. Thanks to Catherine, Euan & all at H+I for providing this great experience.

by Tara on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Awesome Holiday

Wow. Slovenia was an absolutely amazing trip! The scenery is gorgeous, excellent accommodations, delicious restaurants. All the logistical details are perfectly planned out, you don't have to worry about anything- just show up and ride!

Danijel and Mitja were seriously wonderful guides! I get a big smile on my face every time I think about my week in Slovenia.


Huge thanks to H+I, I'll be back for more!

by Joseph on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Slovania mountain biking tour

Just fantastic, start to finish.



Our guides- Danijel and Mitja- were among the best biking guides I have encountered. I was concerned about booking this trip as I thought it would be a bit beyond my skill level but they were terrific with some coaching and encouragement.



The accommodations, food and of course the countryside were all just over the top.

by Philip Cookman on Slovenia mountain bike tour
beautiful Slowenia

Slowenia is a beautiful country. Danijel was a hero on his single speed fat bike and Mitja has a great hand with the camera and both of them gave their best that we were happy and had a great experience.
Once again this was a well H+I organised trip. Looking forward to my next experience with H+I.

by Dean on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Best Holiday Experience!

Amazing country, Amazing guides (Danijel, Mitja), Amazing experience, Amazing fellow riders!! The best holiday experience of mine so far.


A big thank you to the H+I team for making it all possible.

by Tanya + Matt on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Slovenia adventure

Highly recommend the Slovenia bike tour, perfectly balanced and logistics were so well thought through. So many great memories, I can't wait till my next trip with H+I!

by Anita on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Slovenia June 2017

This was not a holiday. This was a life experience and I regret not doing it sooner, when I first emailed a couple of years ago. Initially I was reluctant to spend this amount on a holiday but now I am already thinking about where to go on my second H+I adventures holiday.


I hadn't appreciated how well looked after we would be and how amazing Slovenia is.


The accommodation was high quality, the breakfasts were healthy and varied, our guides (Danijel and Marko) went out of their way to make the trip better than I could have hoped for (I won't spoil it for others by mentioning too much here).


Most of us were travelling alone but, by the end of the week, we felt like family - we are already planning to meet up.


The riding was more difficult for some us (those who should have trained more :-)) either because the climbs require a decent level of fitness or, in my case, because the descents were pretty challenging.


I almost don't want others to know how brilliant an H+I adventures holiday is so I don't have to compete for places next time! My main piece of advice would be to take a few extra days off afterwards because you will definitely have post-holiday blues....and Slovenia has a lot to offer.


Thank you H+I Adventures xx

by Ricardo on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Slovenia

My trip to Slovenia was outstanding in every way. Danijel and Marko were exceptional in every aspect and took good care of everyone in the group. They really went the extra mile to make sure everyone had the greatest time possible. They are excellent guides!

The accommodation was first-rate and so was the organisation of the logistics of the trip.

And Slovenia, what can I say? It is possibly the most beautiful place I have even been to. Every drop of sweat on the long climbs was worth it just for the views at the top of the mountains, the lakes and the clear emerald-green waters of the rivers. The descents were also really good, the terrain varied and challenging in different ways. Bonus that the Sun decided to shine all the way throughout the whole trip.

I had such a great time that I am not sure how another trip would ever be able to top this one!...

But we are already planning a comeback to another H+I MTB adventure. Thank you for the effort in preparing this awesome holiday for us!

by Brigitte Stoppel on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Epic holiday

I cannot rave more about this tour on all levels. Too hard to describe in words. The amazing landscape, secret trails, beautiful varied accommodation, the incredible informative talented patient guides, riding with other like-minded people that I know now will be friends for life, I give it 6 stars.

I am not a group person but this trip was beyond my expectations, worth every penny.

Thanks guys from H+I Adventures and definitely planning my next trip with you already!

by Nelson and Jill Terzian on Slovenia mountain bike tour
sLOVEnia

We just returned from our mountain biking trip to Slovenia. It was a fantastic vacation! We enjoyed spectacular scenery, delicious food and nice accommodations. Our guides Danijel and Marco were fantastic. The way they led us through the rides, explained the history of the country and the trails we were riding, and their overall ability to look after everyone on the trip and make sure we were all having a great time was exceptional. We also loved the group we were riding with. Slovenia is a truly beautiful place. When we consider the beautiful riding, fantastic guiding and great group of people we rode with we think this was our best mountain biking trip yet. Thank you H+I for an unforgettable trip.

by Lissa, Australia on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Amazing experience

I had an amazing experience on the Slovenian alps to Adriatic ride - our guides Daniel and Marco were fabulous and incredibly patient of a slow rider like myself 🙂 Every part of the tour has been thoroughly considered to give a wonderful experience, be it through the riding, the impressive scenery and the food and accommodation. I would highly recommend H+I to anyone looking for a riding adventure!

by Julia Harker on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Brilliant Trip!

A lot of work has clearly gone into planning this trip. I won't repeat everything in the reviews below but I agree with all the comments. Dani and Marco did a first rate job of looking after a varied group and are both lovely guys. The riding and stop over locations were all fantastic and the extra attention to details like stopping for a swim, local eateries and apres-bike craft beers really added to the trip... We had a really good mix of people in the group and within a day or so of meeting up we were all having a laugh. I would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to do some high quality riding but experience some culture at the same time, but be prepared for some sturdy climbs!

by Chris Rice on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Exceeded Expectations 100%

What an outstanding trip! Everyone with H +I was there to make your time on this adventure enjoyable. From the challenge of the morning climbs, to the afternoon challenging descents, every aspect was first class, and safety was always discussed. The hotels and towns where we stayed were exceptional. I want to personally thank everyone at H+I , and a big thanks to Danijel and Marco, taking the time to plan out every detail and always asking the group how they could make our adventure even more enjoyable. To start the week with 10 random riders, bond and have a blast was a complete bonus. I am definitely taking another trip!

by Steve on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Super Slovenia

Just completed an H+I adventure in Slovenia with the lead guide being Dani. Even though it was a very rainy week, we managed to dance around most of the rain and cover 118 miles over hill and dale. Places we stayed were super, food local and views stunning! This is our second H+I Adventure, we are already thinking of Spain next year. It is amazing that we have seen so few other folks on our rides! Also thanks to Cat for her organization and Euan for scoping out the places/guides. The best in the world, no doubt. Lastly, our group of 10 bonded so well, we hope to visit each other to ride.

by Audrey on Slovenia mountain bike tour
What a weekend!!

Just loved Slovenia - thanks to the H+I team! What a fun weekend spent riding varied trails, eating lovely food with great company! I think Karen & Nikki have summed it up with their reviews... Can't recommend this tour higher. Thank you for another perfect holiday!!

by Karen, UK on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Missing it already!

Thank you H+I team for a superb ladies weekend in Slovenia, I loved the whole trip! It gave me a real taste of Slovenia and the fantastic trails they have. It was so much more than just a biking trip, with great opportunities to learn about the beautiful country, meet the people and sample the amazing food and wine. I just want to go back and do it all again!

by Nikki, UK on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Fabulous Slovenia!

There is so much to shout about on this fabulous trip! We enjoyed panoramic mountain views, crossed rope bridges, passed through small remote villages and tackled lots of challenging and rewarding single track, topped off with great local food, wine and hospitality. Our wonderful local guides took great care of us and we had the best time. Hope to visit again soon!

by Matt Egan on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Outstanding in every way.

This was my second trip with H&I and I was once again blown away with the experience. A lot of thought and hard work has gone into this tour. A stunningly beautiful country. If you book this trip you wont be disappointed. Our group was the best, my sides were aching as much as my legs from laughing so hard. Thank you once again to the H&I team. I'll definitely be back.

by Margaret Kelnberger on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Another fantastic H&I Adventure

This is our second H&I Adventure so expectations were high. And they were certainly met! The guides were excellent, expertly managing a large group of riders with diverse skill levels. Their love of their country was reflected in their joy in sharing local knowledge/history, local trails and food for a unique Slovenian and mountain biking experience. The views were spectacular...well worth the ascents!

by Karin, Germany on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Amazing vacation

Ascents with breathtaking views. Fun single track descents through stunning forests. Guides were always upbeat, supportive and accommodating. Delicious meals, local beer and wine. Wonderful group of fellow cyclists with whom I feel lucky to have spent such a fantastic week.

by Christian Finn on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Great adventure

Stunning views, tough climbs, and fast singletrack descents made for a challenging but rewarding and enjoyable trip. Slovenia is a beautiful country, and the food (and wine) is fantastic. Felt very lucky to spend the week with such a great group of people.

by Matt on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Fun Fun Fun

The tour was great! The guides were great, and they provided good knowledge of the local culture, history, and trails!

by Sean on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Fat Tires and History

From lunch at a World War 1 bunker to ripping down long forgotten supply roads that have evolved into the trails of your dreams, forget the fine dinning, grad your fat tire rig and follow Danny down what ever he has found!

by Mark on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Slovenia: expectations exceeded

My expectations were exceeded in almost every respect. The guides were brilliant and Danny had obviously researched the trails thoroughly, the organisation first class and the range of riding and the chance to experience a new environment were out of this world. The group got along really well and having some training sessions with Alex was simply the icing on the cake.

by Mel Temple on Slovenia mountain bike tour
If Carlsburg made MTB holidays...

What a great trip. Well organised from booking right through to coming home. All the information you need, flexibility around flights / arrivals, great selection of hotels (particularly for those of us who like a little comfort after a day's riding as opposed to mountain huts!) & restaurants all in stunning settings. Great guiding (including historical & cultural aspects) and variety of well thought out trails providing you with experiences of an array of what a beautiful country Slovenia is. The groups work well and differences in levels of thrill seeking accommodated! Having experienced an "off" I can also vouch for the care & support for injuries & in particular the encouragement afterwards to get your confidence back. Definitely sets the standards for MTB holidays. Thanks so much for a great holiday and thoroughly recommend to all.

by Claire on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Beautiful Slovenia

Really well organised trip with friendly, informative guides. Slovenia itself is beautiful and really exceeded my expectations. The trails were just superb, fairly varied as well - got to experience a bit of everything (rocks, roots, steep and not so steep). Thank you for another amazing holiday!

by Rory on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Trip of a lifetime!!

This country and our guides, the whole trip, way exceeded my expectations. The scenery is breathtaking, the guides fun, and brilliant in their knowledge and skills. The hotels were very good and the food and wine were wonderful.



We made new friends - both the guides and our fellow riders. The "+" on the Intermediate+ rating definitely meant I was stretched, but the experience, the views, made it epic.



I hope we'll be back. I could not recommend this adventure more. What a great great trip!

by Sasha on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Great adventure!

A beautiful country, amazing scenery and a great group of people. The riding was challenging for me but I enjoyed every day, and learned a lot. Both the fellow riders and the guides were supportive and fun. The hotels were very comfortable, some even luxurious, and the food - some of the best I've ever had! Thank you for an amazing adventure.

by Colin, UK on Slovenia mountain bike tour
Book early to avoid disappointment!

What a fantastic trip! Some of the best single track I have ever experienced, friendly people, great accommodation, good food and very nice wines.



I didn't really know what to expect on this trip but was blown away by the place! A very well organised tour with meticulous attention to detail. The riding was tough and rewarding, single track, rock gardens, demanding climbs all with spectacular views. Accommodation was very very good and the service second to none. Local food and wine was top notch!



A superb itinerary, and the guides were professional and good fun with excellent local knowledge. Everyone needs to try this trip!

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) mountain bike tour Slovenia

  • Q. How many people will be in the group?

We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, and there will generally be between seven and 12 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our mountain bike tour Slovenia is six.

  • Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this holiday?

Our mountain bike tour Slovenia, Austria and Italy caters for a wide age range; typically between 30 and 60-years-old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! As long as you have a good level of physical fitness and good bike handling skills you will enjoy this mountain bike tour no matter what your age.

  • Q. What style of mountain biking vacation is it?

This European mountain bike tour Slovenia, Austria and Italy is a guided mountain biking holiday, ideal for intermediate+ mountain bikers. Riding here, in the Julian Alps and on the Adriatic coast, you’ll experience some challenging climbs and descents, as well as some lovely flowing singletrack.

  • Q. How far will we be mountain biking each day?

The distances we cover each day range from 20km to 60km, in accordance with the altitude and height gain/ loss on each stage. We will gain height gradually over the course of the trip to ensure that your body becomes accustomed to the increased altitude. Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s mountain biking and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.

  • Q. Do we have to carry all our gear with us?

No, you only need to carry a 20 litre day pack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.

  • Q. What if I come across a section of trail I can’t ride?

Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your mountain bike tour Slovenia. If there is a section that you would prefer not to ride, then you can simply hop off your bike and walk. You won’t be the only one to walk certain sections and it’s not a competition in biking ability; it’s a mountain biking holiday!

  • Q. Who will be guiding us?

Your mountain bike guides are local to Slovenia and experienced professionals who have a real passion for mountain biking and for the culture and landscape of Slovenia, Austria and Italy. Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. Meet your mountain bike guide in Slovenia…

  • Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?

On this mountain bike tour Slovenia you will be staying in a range of comfortable, welcoming local accommodations, including traditional mountain guest houses, small hotels and a boutique hotel with its own vineyard!

  • Q. Which meals are included in the tour price?

Breakfast is included each day, and lunch and dinner will be at your own expense. You should budget around 30€ per day for meals and snacks.

  • Q. What type of mountain bike is best for the trip?

A good quality full suspension mountain bike with 120mm travel front and rear will be ideal for this mountain bike tour Slovenia, Austria and Italy. The terrain you will be riding is rough in places and you will feel more comfortable on a full suspension bike for the duration of the trip. To avoid punctures we recommend that you bring tubeless tyres or tyres with thicker walls and extra thick inner tubes.

  • Q. What clothes and kit should I bring?

The daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary significantly in this part of the Alps, so you must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot. You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, waterproof jacket, flip-flops, specific shoes for cycling, sun cream, insect spray, and Advil or Ibuprofen. Read the full kit list to find out what you need to pack for your mountain bike tour Slovenia, Austria and Italy.

  • Q. Can I bring a drone with me?

Unfortunately not. We are working hard to provide each and every customer who rides with us an unparalleled mountain bike experience in every destination we ride. This takes years of experience, riding and planning to get right, and a drone adds a very real danger to the group’s riding experience and health & safety.

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