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What happens when you take the alpine scenery of Switzerland, France, or Northern Italy, but remove the crowds and tourist traps? You get Slovenia, the hidden gem of Central European mountain biking. Spend over a week riding picturesque tracks through thick forests and vast meadows, along rustic settlements and looming summits, stopping only to take in the country’s most impressive natural landmarks. You’ll be tackling the trails on an e-bike, trivializing the tougher parts of the ride and letting you get fully immersed in the scenery. The little leg drive you’ll need will be fueled by local cheeses and rural delicacies, such as štruklji and kremšnitas, and you’ll have plenty of off-time to admire the region’s rich history and culture. This summer, leave the pack behind — forge your own path on the unsung trails of Slovenia.

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  • Ride a best-of medley of Slovenia’s local-favorite trails

  • Alpine scenery of Switzerland or France sans the crowds

  • An e-bike means less strenuous riding and more time to enjoy the surroundings

Itinerary

Hop on an electric mountain bike for eight days of crowd-free rides and alpine scenery in Slovenia! Join a seasoned local guide on a tour tailor-made to showcase the best that the country’s trails have to offer, adapted to all fitness levels. Off the tracks, explore traditional villages, taste local delicacies, and visit some of Slovenia’s most famous natural landmarks.

  • Arrive at Ljubljana, settle into your hotel, and get acquainted with the team and other participants. Your guide will help you adjust your bikes to your needs and give you a briefing on the adventure ahead.

    A sunny day in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Today you’ll ride the high mountain plateau of Velika Planina, known for its authentic shepherd huts, views of the Slovenian alps, and fantastic MTB trails. You’ll mostly ride on macadam trails, with some rugged pastoral paths and the occasional soft grassy downhill that feels like cycling on puffy clouds. Enjoy the perfect introduction to the mountain biking Slovenia offers. 

    A biker riding a track near traditional village huts in Velika Planina, Slovenia.
  • Get further away from Ljubljana and to the most famous alpine resort in Slovenia, Kranjska Gora. You’ll pedal through alpine valleys, past the Zelenci Springs nature reserve, and into the Karawanks mountains, with exquisite views of the sharpest peaks in the Julian Alps. Then, descend to Lake Jasna for some refreshments and watch the sun paint the mountains pink as it sets behind the horizon.

    Riders riding e-bikes in the shadow of Kranjska Gora and other mountains.
  • You read it right — today you will be biking the lush trails of Europe’s greenest capital city! Ride through pristine nature on cool forested areas and off-road singletrack, with plenty of options for beginners and seasoned riders alike. Diehard bikers will especially love the challenging downhills of the famous “Golovec Trails”, an absolute must-ride.

    A biker on the Glogovec Trail in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Head to Triglav National Park and visit Pokljuka, the largest forested plateau in Slovenia. You will ride countless trails through vast spruce forests, occasionally opening up to epic overlooks and green pastures with grazing cattle. You can even buy traditional cheese in authentic shepherd’s huts! Then, you’ll ride down the road to Bled Lake, where you’ll enjoy the scenery, taste the iconic Kremšnita cream cake, and visit the oldest castle in Slovenia if you’re up for it.

    An e-bike rider near a village in Pokljuka, slovenia.
  • From vast forests to wide-open pastures, today you ride the grassy slopes of the Karawanks. Start with a short climb through a shaded forest before reaching the longest ridge in Slovenia, Košuta mountain. Ride gravel tracks and single trails, enjoying the fresh air and views of the valley below. End the day at Kofce Hut, tasting arguably the best Štruklji delicacy in Slovenia.

    Mountain bikers admiring the views in Slovenia’s Kofce area.
  • Your guides have saved the best for last: crossing Kobariški Stol mountain is one of the coolest rides in Slovenia. Drive over the Vršić mountain pass and to the highly Mediterranean Soča Valley. From there, ascend a scenic mule path from WWI, with plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the views. At the top, watch paragliders take off before proceeding to the panoramic ridge of the Soča river valley, where you’ll relax watching the pools, banks, and cascades.

    A view of a waterfall in the Soča Gorge, Kobariški Stol near Ljubljana.
  • Spend your final day in Slovenia exploring the natural and cultural beauties of Ljubljana, as well as remembering all the best moments and experiences of the past week. The trip might be done, but the memories will stay with you for a long time. 

    A castle in Ljubljana shown at sunset.
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Meet your guides

Luka Kovačič
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Luka Kovačič
UIMLA certified
Luka is a trail runner, a mountaineer, and a ski mountaineer, born in the heart of Slovenia’s highest mountains. After finishing his career as a road cyclist, Luka committed professionally to the mountains. He’s a former record holder of Triglav ascent, a 4x times winner of Slovenia’s toughest vertical run, in top 3 in Vertical Kilometer race, and in top 15 in the world of ski tour racing. He also managed to climb 5 of Slovenia’s highest mountains in less than 14 hours! Luka has a big passion for showing these epic mountains to others and sharing his love for them, also making sure to adjust his tempo to everyone’s comfort level.
Nejc Peternelj
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Nejc Peternelj
With a lifelong passion for skiing, mountain biking, and exploring the world, Nejc's enthusiasm is infectious. With over a decade of experience teaching skiing in the picturesque landscapes of Switzerland, and as a seasoned diver, kitesurfer, and mountain biking guide, Nejc's knowledge and expertise are unmatched. He thrives on sharing his skills and love for adventure with others, making every journey with him a memorable and educational experience.
Hut to Hut Hiking Slovenia
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Hut to Hut Hiking Slovenia
Hut to Hut Hiking Slovenia
Professional mountain guides and enthusiasts are behind Hut to Hut Hiking Slovenia, and their primary focus is on providing hikers with a fantastic experience. They want to share all the best bits Slovenia has to offer and make hikers feel at home in the Slovenian wilderness. They offer both guided group tours, but they’re also happy to tailor the tour to their clients’ liking.
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Lynn C. (source: Google Reviews)

I loved my bike, I loved Slovenia, and our guided tour. While reminded every day that Slovenia is a small country, it truly has a big heart. Our guide, Nejc, ensured our safety and showed us his “backyard” so that we could understand the food, and the architectural and sustainable nature of Slovenia. In addition, he took us on trails not well-traveled and to people’s businesses that welcomed us. I felt I got to know Slovenia. Nejc was an outstanding guide. Our group of four asked for e-biking and we got it. As older people, we were treated to rideable roads, two-track, and a few single-track trails. Each ride surprised us with either a cheese or wine tasting, a coffee at a mountain hut, or a village of importance. This was a great tour and I recommend working with Slovenia Cycling Holidays.

Yvonne (source: Google Reviews)

This company was BRILLIANT!! They planned our whole trip completely bespoke to what we needed. They took time, care, and attention to make sure the trip was designed specifically for our needs and interests. The communication was excellent from day one and we felt completely supported and safe in their hands. The locations we cycled to and through were unbelievably beautiful and completely dependent on intricate local knowledge of the country. We had the BEST holiday and we couldn’t recommend them highly enough!

Mark D. (source: Google Reviews)

We couldn’t have had a better experience. Everything was great from the moment we were picked up at the airport until our send-off two weeks later. Beautiful biking trails, great equipment and accommodations, and knowledgeable guide offering multiple options every day. I highly recommend Slovenian Cycling Holidays for a great vacation.

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Slovenia, please refer to Slovenia.info’s latest tourist information about COVID-19. 

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
      • Accommodations for the duration of the tour
      • Daily transfers for the duration of the tour
      • Use of high-performance hardtail electric mountain bike and helmet for the duration of the tour (Scott Aspect eRide)

    Optional extras (contact us for pricing information):

      • Transportation from the Ljubljana airport to your hotel
      • Single supplement accommodation

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Slovenia
      • Accommodations before and after the tour
      • Food and snacks
      • Guide gratuities — optional

    Food restrictions: Please note that the places where you’ll stop for lunch are often traditional and may have difficulties accommodating you outside of their standard menu.

  • This tour is run on e-bikes and is highly customizable, which means that you can tackle it with your preferred amount of effort. If you’re comfortable on a mountain bike and can handle a few gravel roads or steeper hills with electric assistance, you should be good to go.  

    If you’re new to mountain biking, check out our beginner-friendly cycling and sailing tour on the Croatian Coast

  • This tour is suitable for most cyclists comfortable on a mountain bike. You’ll come across some steep roads and rougher terrain, but your high-performance e-bike will make the ride much more flexible and allow you to enjoy the scenery while putting in as much effort as you want. Some of the descents are a bit steeper and you’ll occasionally come across roots or rocks, which is why knowledge of mountain biking fundamentals is required.

  • Here’s what you’ll need:

      • Comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture-wicking or synthetic material 
      • Sneakers or sports shoes
      • Breathable outside layer or jacket
      • Weatherproof outerwear
      • Spare clothes for layering and 8 days of e-mountain biking
      • Sunglasses
      • Plenty of water, water bottle or hydration bladder
      • Daypack with snacks
      • Biking gloves are optional but recommended
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • The group size for these tours are usually between 1–8 people with one guide. 
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

    Mountain biking in Slovenia can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Children as young as 10 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. That said, if you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and rough terrain, then they may be able to participate on a case-by-case basis. 

    If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Ljubljana, the starting point of the tour, most people fly into Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport 20 minutes away. From there, you can take a bus, taxi, or shuttle service to Ljubljana’s central bus station, which is a short walk away from your hotel. Alternatively, your guide can also arrange for your pick-up from the airport and transfer to your hotel for an added fee. 

    You will meet your guide and the rest of your group at the hotel.

  • ASecure your spot on this year’s adventure with a 25% deposit due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure.

    Secure your spot for 2025 with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you can rest assured you’ve booked your dream adventure in time.
    • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you. This can be done by the end of the year.
    • Another 20% needs to be paid by the end of this year.
    • The remaining balance is due 2 months (60 days) prior to departure.

    Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of seventy five percent (75%) of the total amount paid. 
      • For cancellations thirty (30) to sixty (60) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
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