E-MTB tour in Slovenia

Alps to Adriatic: An E-MTB journey in Slovenia, Austria and Italy

This E-MTB tour in Slovenia will take you on a journey of immersion into the culinary, cultural, scenic and trail delights from the Julian Alps to the shimmering Adriatic coast. On this e-mountain bike tour you’ll ride in three countries – Slovenia, Austria and Italy – in one week: a real European E-MTB adventure!

  • Skill level: Intermediate+
  • Fitness level: 5/7
  • 7 nights / 8 days
  • £2,250 / $3,263

Our photographer Ross Bell was stopped in his tracks by the beauty of the landscapes whilst shooting our E-MTB tour of Slovenia. He also enjoyed the sensational local meat, cheeses and wine this country produces. Ample rewards for big days in the saddle, and if you click through the photo gallery you’ll see what he found. You can also read our E-MTB Slovenia photo diary

Is this e-mountain bike tour Slovenia for you?

We want you to have the best experience in Slovenia, so it’s important to be sure that this is the perfect E-MTB tour, with the right level of challenge, for you.

You’re an experienced e-mountain biker, riding at least once a week through the season and comfortable on: rooty, off-camber singletrack; long double track climbs; steep, singletrack descents with switchbacks; flowing alpine trails; and rocky singletrack. Read more on our intermediate+ skill level.

With a fleet of full suspension E-MTBs available to rent in Slovenia we have everything in place for you to enjoy your time e-mountain biking from Alps to Adriatic.

tour dates 2020

  • 11 – 18 July
  • 15 – 22 August
  • 13 – 20 September

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

Trip Highlights

In addition to sensational, cross-border e-mountain biking tour from the Julian Alps to the Adriatic coast, here are some more special moments that you can look forward to on our E-MTB tour in 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
  • Watching the sun set over the Adriatic
  • Riding pristine Alpine singletrack on your E-MTB
  • Enjoy the changes in local cuisine from mountain to sea

Meet your E-MTB guide in Slovenia

E-MTB tour of Croatia descending Dani

E-MTB TOUR SLOVENIA ITINERARY

The flow of your E-MTB tour in 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 e-mountain bike rider.

+Arrival in Slovenia - refresh + prepare for your adventure

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

We will be starting the tour on the morning of day 1, so being in Ljubljana the day before is advisable.

We have a handy guide to spending 24 hours in Ljubljana, which includes recommended accommodation.


+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 s/he’ll run through the all-important pre-trip briefing.

Your guides will then help you build your e-mountain bikes and set up rental E-MTBs, 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, before making the hour-long drive to our hotel in Kranjska gora, not far from the popular ski resort, 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 (app. 3 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel Kranjska gora

+Day 2 - KRANJSKA GORA: 3 COUNTRIES IN 1 DAY (SLOVENIA + ITALY + AUSTRIA)

Today will start with a true alpine breakfast deep in the heart of the mountain village of Kranjska Gora, gazing out of the window at the jagged peaks that surround you.

We’ll start riding from our boutique hotel and climb up to the trig point between Slovenia, Austria and Italy. We’ll enjoy lunch at the summit in Austria, before riding 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, lunch in Austria and pizza in Italy!

Distance cycled: 35km (app. 5 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel Kranjska gora
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 3 - THE VRŠIČ PASS AND LAKES BLED AND BOHINJ

You will then saddle up and start your ride that will take you past Jasna lake, continuing on the Russian road built during WWI and continuing all the way to the top of Vršič pass – a must do for every Slovenian cyclist.

As we crest the highest point your camera will be going into overload, trying to capture the impressive mountain ridges surrounding you.

After our stop at Tonka’s Hut we will continue on the road to the head of the Krnica valley, where some of the most stunning views in the area open up before us as we join a disused railway and slowly turn our pedals through peaceful Radovna valley. This is a very scenic ride on quiet roads and gravel forest roads, and you’ll learn some interesting WW2 history along the way.

We’ll end our ride with a loop around Lake Bled and stop to take some pictures of the tiny island and clifftop castle – just in time to sample some Bled cake!

Picturesque Lake Bled is one of the must see sights of Slovenia, and after our quick visit we will continue towards Bohinj lake and spend another two nights in Triglav National Park.

Distance cycled: 50km (app. 6 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel in Bohinj
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 4 - Pokljuka plateau on to Zajamniki village

This morning, we start our ride along the shores of Lake Bohinj straight from our hotel, before continuing on towards upper Bohinj valley. We pass traditional alpine houses, where balconies are full of alpine flowers as local ladies compete for the prize of best garden in town.

We then skirt past the crystalline Mostnica River and start climbing on the side road up to Pokljuka plateau. We are now in the heart of Triglav National Park, and turn towards Zajamniki village from where we can admire high alpine peaks in the background and ride through dense space forests.

We’ll stop at a local shepherd’s hut to check out his latest cheese selection, then on the descent back we stop at Uskovnica mountain hut for a traditional mountain lunch of rice, hearty barley stews, or a sauerkraut dish called “jota” and finish with a portion of Strudl to gain some energy before descending back to the valley.

We’ll then return to the hotel where we have some free time for an invigorating swim in an Alpine lake, before tonight’s evening meal with spectacular mountain vistas.

Distance cycled: 50km (app. 6 hours)
Accommodation: Small hotel in Bohinj
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 5 - VRH BACE MOUNTAIN PASS

Today we’ll embark on a truly breathtaking mountain bike ride on Vrh Bace mountain pass.

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

After taking in the view and having a snack you will descend on a mixture of mule and gravel tracks, and pristine Slovenian singletrack to the opposite side of the southern Bohinj mountain range. After a refreshing drink at a local cafe, we’ll load our bikes and continue our journey by car towards alpine emerald beauty, the Soca river. We are spending two nights in Kobarid, which became world famous for its local gastronomy and high-end cuisine thanks to Chef Ana Ros and her team.

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: 40km (app. 4 – 5 hours)
Accommodation: B&B in Kobarid
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 6 - KOBARID LOOP OVER THE MOUNTAINS

We start riding from our hotel in Kobarid to the Ucja Pass along the Soča River, and then up to Kobariski Stol. This is a two hour climb that will finish above the tree line on the lush green pastures where the cows graze during the summer months. We’ll have a rest here and eat with the farmer and taste some of his home made cheese.

As we say our goodbyes to the farmer, we start our descent that is made up of a century old zig-zag mule track with over 1,200 vertical metres of downhill, that will likely have paragliders flying over head as we descend!

When we reach the River Nadiza, claimed to be the warmest river in Slovenia, we can hop in for a swim to wash off some of the dust and sweat from the day’s ride.

Our final leg to the hotel is on easy rolling trails with stunning mountains surrounding the river, a perfect end to a big day!

Distance cycled: 50km (app. 6 hours)
Accommodation: B&B in Kobarid
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 7 - KARST TO PIRAN (ITALY + SLOVENIA)

Today we’ll start with 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 and stop for lunch before our final ride to Piran and the completion of your week’s e-mountain biking adventure.

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

Distance cycled: 20km – 40km (app. 3 – 5 hours)
Accommodation: Hotel and Spa in Piran
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 8 - Departure

Sadly this is the end of our e-mountain biking adventure in Slovenia. We will return you to Ljubljana airport by 12 noon and say our fond farewells before you catch your flights home.

Meals included: Breakfast

Please note: Our E-MTB tour in 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

E-MTB Tour of Slovenia, Austria & Italy price

£2,250 / $3,263 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 £475 / $689 USD will be payable.

Please note: a single room may not always be available at time of booking

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 e-mountain bike guide(s) for the duration of the trip
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Private, English-speaking driver
  • Support vehicle
  • All transportation required by the itinerary
  • All group safety equipment
  • Pick up in Ljubljana on day 1 and drop-off back in Ljubljana on day 8 of tour (specified times apply)
  • Global Rescue medical and evacuation services

Price excludes:

  • International/ domestic flights
  • Lunch and dinner each day
  • E-bike rental – we can arrange e-bike rental for you at a cost of £535/ $776 USD for a good quality full suspension E-MTB 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 sure that you’re making the most of it with the perfect e-mountain bike tour.

On our E-MTB tours the e-bike is not a skill or fitness compensator. It is an aid to exploring the world, riding further, or giving you that one final run down a trail that we might otherwise have missed.

During our e-mountain bike tour in Slovenia you will deliver around 85% of the effort required on an average day and your E-MTB will help you with the other 15%. You will occasionally encounter terrain or a situation where you will need to run the bike in Boost mode for short periods. Most of your ride will be spent between Eco and Trail modes, sitting in Eco mode on most climbs to manage your battery life through the day.

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 have good bike handling skills, and are confident riding rough double track and non-technical singletrack
  • 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 tackle 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 an e-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
  • There will possibly be tight switchbacks
  • Trail surfaces may be dry dirt tracks or muddy, depending on the weather, and you will encounter river crossings

+Arrival + departure details

This E-MTB tour of Slovenia starts and finishes in Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia.

You should arrive in Ljubljana a day or two before the tour start date to allow for any travel delays, and so that we can meet the group in the morning of day 1. We have created this handy guide to spending 24 hours in Ljubljana before the start of your Slovenia adventure.

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.

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 E-MTB tour in Slovenia, so that you have everything you need!

Our e-mountain bike tour Slovenia is for intermediate+ e-mountain bikers with level 5 fitness. This is the Alps, so some of the terrain is steep and there is some exposure and altitudes of up to 1,800m.

The ideal bike for our E-MTB tour Slovenia is a good quality full-suspension e-mountain bike with around 140mm of travel. If you are flying to Slovenia we can arrange rental of a good quality full suspension e-mountain bike for you, and have the bike ready for your arrival.

To get the most out of your E-MTB tour in 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.

+Your e-mountain bike guides in Slovenia

Our local e-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.

Meet your e-mountain bike guide in Slovenia, Danijel.

+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 lovely hotel and spa.

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.

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.

+Travel 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 e-mountain biking and we advise that you take out a policy which covers trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage.

We work closely with WorldNomads who specialise in adventure travel, and you can arrange your insurance cover directly with them.

Please note: Our E-MTB tour in 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 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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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) E-MTB tour of Slovenia, Austria and Italy

  • Q. Is this E-MTB tour for novice bikers?

In short, no. This E-MTB tour in Slovenia is designed for riders who can mountain bike on singletrack, have a history of mountain biking but require to use E-MTB’s to prolong their riding, or have been using an E-MTB for a few years gaining experience on a variety of trails on their E-MTB.

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

We only run small group journeys to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, and the maximum number of riders we take in each group is seven. The minimum number of people we require to run our E-MTB tour of Slovenia is four.

  • Q. What’s the age range of people on this E-MTB holiday?

This E-MTB tour in Slovenia caters for a wide age range; typically between 30- and 65-years-old.

  • Q. What style of E-MTB (mountain bike) vacation is it?

This E-MTB tour in Slovenia is a guided e-mountain bike vacation, ideal for intermediate+ e-mountain bikers. You’ll experience riding on a huge diversity of trails throughout Slovenia, and also dropping into Austria and Italy along the way.

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

The distances we cover each day range from 20km to 35km, in accordance with the technical difficulty of the trails: the easier stages of the route are longer.

Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s e-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. You will be staying in a variety of accommodation over the 7 nights you will spend in Slovenia.  Your main kit bag will be transported by van each day you move accommodation.

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

Your guide will be very happy to give you some e-bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your E-MTB (mountain bike) tour in 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 an e-mountain bike holiday!

  • Q. Who will be guiding us?

Your e-mountain bike guides are local, qualified, experienced professionals who have a real passion for mountain biking and for the fabulous outdoor playground that is Slovenia. 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 e-mountain bike guide in Slovenia.

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

On this E-MTB tour of 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 spa!

  • 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 E-MTB is best for the trip?

A good quality full suspension e-mountain bike with 140mm 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.

If you are flying to Slovenia we can arrange rental of a good quality full suspension e-mountain bike for the duration of the trip.

  • 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 E-MTB tour in 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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