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 fell in love with the country 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…
Is this 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 mountain bike adventure, with the right level of challenge, for you.
You’re an experienced mountain biker, riding at least twice a week through the season and comfortable on: long climbs on double and singletrack; technical singletrack descents with switchbacks; rooty, off-camber forested singletrack; and some rocky terrain. Read more on our intermediate+ skill level.
Tour Dates 2020
- 13 – 20 June
- 28 Jun – 5 Jul (4 PLACES)
- 22 – 29 August (7 PLACES)
- 5 – 12 September (2 PLACES)
Contact us if you would like to create your own private group tour.
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 can grab your morning 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 directly from your hotel, with a 700m warm up ascent!
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 Kobariski Stol (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 we transfer back to our accommodation and dinner in Bovec.
We’ll round off our day at the Thirsty River pub, where you’ll enjoy some great local beers and Slovenian atmosphere.
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 ocean, 10 minutes walk along the coast from the old town where you will have dinner watching the sun setting over the Adriatic sea. Life is good!
Distance cycled: 40km
Accommodation: Small hotel Piran (Fieasa)
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
£2,150 / $3,118 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
- International/ domestic flights
- Lunch and dinner each day
- Bike rental – we can arrange bike hire for you at a cost of £340/ $493 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.
- 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 mountain bike two or three times 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
- 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.
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.
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 and you can arrange your insurance cover directly with them.
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.
Mountain Bike Tour Slovenia reviews
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Paradise is found mountain biking in Slovenia. Stunning vistas, fantastic riding, delicious food (try the krafi!), amazing culture and most importantly great company. Blaz and Miha were absolutely incredible and took us on an inspiring journey which has left its mark! These guys have some mad skills and are gifted instructors.
I could well be a 'twofer' like Harold...
Hard to beat last year's trip to Slovenia - they did. H+I has delivered once again - the trails, the food, the guides - the lifelong friends I made, the country....Thanks to Blaz and Miha, over the top service and attention to detail. I love Bovec - was even looking for a small plot of land.....will I do a third trip to Slovenia? Perhaps!
I truly cannot find the words to express how much I enjoyed the H+I Slovenia MTB Tour. Wow. Absolutely incredible. I was confident the trip would be a blast when we reserved our spot based on the itinerary, but I did not expect to become a better rider, and more importantly, a better person.
This was our first guided MTB tour so we were a tad skeptical of joining a group of strangers for a full week. Turns out, it was one of the best travel choices we have ever made. We had the best group and made life-long friends! Every day was jam-packed from morning to night and there was never a dull moment.
Needless to say, there were a lot of tears at the end of the week. 🙁
Our guides, Blaz and Matej, were AMAZING! I am grateful for the opportunity to meet both of them and to call them my friends. They took the time to genuinely get to know each person in the group and their individual riding ability. We received personalized coaching throughout the tour and everyone left with improved riding skills. Blaz and Matej attended to every detail without having to ask; they were consistently ahead of our needs and made the tour flow effortlessly. Blaz and Matej, thank you again for an unforgettable week. You two will forever hold a special place in my heart!
The region of Slovenia we traveled through was just beautiful. The Julian Alps will take your breath away. Every day was filled with challenging climbs, mind-blowing views, and thrilling descents. The tour is rated accurately as Intermediate+. It pushed me physically and mentally every day and that's exactly what I wanted.
The small towns and villages we visited were also incredible (one of the best parts of traveling on a bike). All of the accommodations were comfortable, clean, and in great locations. The food was delicious. I enjoyed all of the exquisite dinners, but especially loved the cold beers after every ride. Take me back!
A special thank you to Catherine for helping us with all of our pre-trip arrangements! She was responsive and attentive to all of our needs throughout the entire process. It couldn't have gone smoother.
Finally, THANK YOU to H+I for an over-the-top experience. We will be back again!
H+I provided an experience of a lifetime. I had such a great time. I enjoyed the adventure and physical challenge of having an active holiday.
Slovenia is truly magical. Surrounded by rocky mountains, turquoise rivers, and green countryside, the landscapes are breathtaking. Slovenians truly love and respect nature. They are very active in outdoor sports and maintain a very clean environment. I was impressed and inspired.
Our guides, Blaz and Matej made this trip one to remember. Blaz is an amazing person and just makes you a better being by knowing him. Thank you, Blaz. You made everyone feel comfortable and your ability to inspire and empower is a special quality. Matej’s kindness, patience, and mechanical skills were unbelievable. They both care about people and were over-the-top accommodating. They ensured everyone was well cared for and were having a good time. They loved teaching the group about their passion for mountain biking and the history and culture of their country.
Our group was so fun. We laughed the entire time. We had the best time bonding over tough sections of the rides, enjoying beverages and amazing meals, and swimming in the lake, pool, and sea. I love that I have new friends.
This was top notch and I am grateful to have experienced it.
We really enjoyed everything about our holiday. Thanks to the guides and your organization we were really able to make the most of our time. In addition to riding some epic trails with unbelievable views, you guys helped us fit in horseback riding, a visit to the UNESCO heritage site caves as well as a surprise bonus of indoor cross country skiing in Planica.
It was obvious that the guides worked very hard to make sure that each day had something for everyone. They managed the different energy and abilities within our family so well that everyone finished each day feeling great.
The guides were able to find jumps for the boys to catch some air, played along with our family's crazy word games on the uphills and helped us knock off all of our 'must try' Slovenian dishes in the evenings. Slovenia is even more beautiful than we imagined and we will definitely be recommending it to others.
We can't wait for our next H+I adventure....Ecuador? Norway? Croatia?
I joined this trip that was not far from Norway to verify whether the H+I trips were as good as they look on the web before signing up to one of the trips far away. I'm happy to say that, yes, the trip met all my expectations and superseeded them. Now I will start to look for trips in the Americas primarily, and most likely my next trip will be to Chile or Ecuador.
Besides riding the best trails in Slovenia it was a great way to learn about a country you never have been to before. Our two guides Blaz and Matej knew their history and spent a lot of the time when we were of the seat to tell us about local history, Slovenian customs, food and drinks and so forth. In addition to this, they also tought us a trick or two about riding during the week. The Slovenian hospitality was great and the same was the beer and food.
Last but not least, I enjoyed being with group, none of us except two knew each other from before, and we all came from different countries. However, we all shared quite a few interests: Biking, bikes, food, drinks and having a good time. Hence, if anyone are reluctant to join on their own - don't be - you'll meet new great friends on a trip like this and that is a bonus to the rest.
Finally, I would like to say this also was a good week of training. We did approx 6000 meters of climbing in 7 days, so I recommend to do a bit of training before the trip as per H+I's recommendation.
This was my 3. trip with H+I but not the last... Slovenia is a great destination, especially with this two great guides! Everything is perfect organized and we enjoyed a fantastic week with epic trails.
Curious and without expectations I joined this H+I trip. For me it was the first time joining a 7 days MTB event. Surprisingly this tour was not only to ride the bike, but to explore the beauty of Slovenia in a way I would never have expected. From breathtaking views, historical backgrounds, fast flowing up to beautiful technical trails, fantastic restaurants and diversified accommodations our guides Blaz and Matej led us through their country with dedication.
Thank you guys for this unforgetable experience! You were "poquettes"!
I'm already looking for the next H+I experience, considering to plan a 1 day break for recuperation, or exercise more in advance!
So not sure about going on an H+I trip to Slovenia ..... do it , just do it. I have just come back from an amazing week of beautiful picturesque decents and amazing countryside and views. H+I have done their research and can show you some awesome trails.
The guides Blaž and Matej were so passionate and knowledgeable about their country as well as perfect hosts , all I had to do was ride and enjoy. The accommodation is great and varied , and the food , well I’m glad I burnt a few calories on the climbs !! .
I am definitely going to try another H+I adventure next year.
Thanks to all at H+I
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
The tour was great! The guides were great, and they provided good knowledge of the local culture, history, and trails!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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. 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.