In only eight days, you will visit and ride in four European countries – Italy, Croatia, Austria and, of course, Slovenia. Join us for our Hidden European MTB trails tour!

Some facts about Slovenia

Due to its very small size, Slovenia might not be among the most well-known countries in Europe. Nevertheless, it is rapidly gaining recognition for its amazing landscape, rich culture, and quality food. It is located at the crossroads of colorful landscapes as a neighbor to Italy, Austria, Croatia, and Hungary. As it is also a very safe destination to travel to, it presents a perfect getaway for mountain bikers. Slovenian trails are perfect for enduro and all mountain biking, but will also bring joy to all XC riders out there. Therefore, covered in secret trails that will satisfy everyone, from beginners to experts, Slovenia will bring you constant satisfaction in an incredible scenery! Easy to say, there is no other destination where you can see and do as much, in such a short period of time, as in Slovenia!

Highlights of the tour

Start the journey in the beautiful Italian city of Trieste with a delicious dinner. Next days, ride the flowy trails in the coastal region and more technical ones in the Julian Alps. Cool down after a ride in the incredible Soča river or jump into Lake Bled. Also, enjoy the views of the vineyards reminiscent of the Italian Tuscany one day and hang by the beautiful mountain lakes the other. A tasty meal and a cozy room await you at the end of every day. All you need to do is put your mind at ease and enjoy the experience under the professional guidance of our staff.

TOUR DATES 2019 May 4-11 2019 / May 25-Jun 1 2019 / Jun 22-29 2019 / Jul 6-13 2019 /Avg 17-24 2019 / Avg 31-Sep 7 2019 / Sep 21-28 2019 / Oct 5-12 2019 / Oct 26-Nov 2 2019
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Venice airport (Italy)
DEPARTURE TIME As per request
RETURN TIME As per request
WEAR Comfortable bike and athletic clothing, sports shoes (biking shoes), jacket and sunscreen
INCLUDED
return Venice airport shuttle
regions finest accommodations, double or twin room
daily breakfast
expert English speaking guides with extensive local knowledge, who go above and beyond to cater to your every need
complete van support every mile of the way to enjoy your vacation at your own pace
pick up and drop off before and after the tour, from convenient locations
sport activities and equipment hire as per itinerary
farewell dinner on the last night (drinks excluded)
group size that doesn’t exceed 14 guests on a scheduled departure
entrance fees to historic sites and natural parks
NOT INCLUDED
airfare
food and drinks
travel and activity insurance
tips are optional and not included in price
rent a bike (optional on previous notice)

Additional information

Duration8 days
LocationCroatia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy
DatesMay-Nov
1

Day 1: Arrival to Venice airport

Upon arrival to the Venice airport, you will meet the Bike Hike Tours representative and drive to Trieste, an Italian coastal town on the border with Slovenia. Your accommodation here will be a comfortable boutique hotel. After checking in, our guides will run a short briefing, so you will know exactly what to expect in the days to follow. Then, we will go for a short stroll around the city center and have a dinner in a local Italian restaurant with traditional Mediterranean dishes. Our first day will be a relaxing one to help you adjust to the time zone.

Transfer time: 1.5 hours
Biking: —
Highlights: Trieste (Italy)
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Day 2: Riding in Italy

After breakfast, a short transfer will take us just outside of Trieste. Our guides can help set up the bikes. Next, we will pedal our way to the starting point of the 3 Camini enduro trail. We know how tiresome a day of traveling can be, so we planned the first day of riding on the flowy natural trails that will be perfect to get you ready for the days to come. Later in the evening, we will move towards Goriška Brda. This is one of the most famous wine regions in Slovenia, known for its exquisite wine and food. We will be staying in one of the many small hotels in the region, overlooking the beautiful countryside.

Vertical gain: 3.200 (ft)
Length: 16.5 Miles
Tour type: AM (all -mountain-enduro)
Transfer time: 1.5 hours
Biking: approx. 3 hours
Highlights: 3 Camini, Goriška Brda; we like to call it the little Tuscany of Slovenia
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Day 3: An overnighter in Croatia

While the wine region alone could keep us occupied for few days, there is a lot more to see on this trip. We will set our compasses south again. About an hour and a half long transfer will get us to the small picturesque town in the center of Croatian Istria. Grožnjan is famous for its network of awesome trails while it also hosts one of the best enduro races in the area. The trails are surrounded by olive and pine trees and will keep you smiling throughout the whole day.

Vertical gain: 3.000 (ft)
Length: 18 Miles
Tour type: AM (all -mountain-enduro)
Transfer time: 1.5 hours
Biking: approx. 4 hours
Highlights: Karst region, Slovene and Croatian Istria, Grožnjan (Croatia)
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Day 4: Escape the city life

After a delicious breakfast, it will be time to head back to Slovenia and visit the world-famous Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle. A short transfer and an easy start of the day will be just perfect for regenerating after the first two days in the saddle. We will get to Ljubljana by the early afternoon and have plenty of time to explore the local trails, located just a pedal stroke away from the city center. The trails are extremely well maintained by the volunteers and you will see mountain bikers of all ages and styles riding them. After riding, we will have some time to explore the city center and visit the best cafeteria in the town. Today’s ride will be rewarded with a tasty dinner in a small restaurant with a great selection of local wines.

Vertical gain: 2.500 (ft)
Length: 20 Miles
Tour type: AM (all -mountain-enduro)
Transfer time: 2h
Biking: approx. 4 hours
Highlights: Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, Ljubljana
5

Day 5: A day in the bike park

It is time to head for the mountains! We will leave Ljubljana after breakfast and drive towards Krvavec ski resort, where the longest flow trail in the country awaits us. We will not have to do any climbing today; instead, the cable car will take care of that! After a couple of hours in the bike park, we will have just enough energy to squeeze in a short trip to Lake Bled; a “must see” when visiting Slovenia. There, you can taste the famous Bled cake or take a refreshing swim before we proceed to Kranjska Gora, where we will be accommodated for the next two days.

Vertical gain: 6.000 (ft) (NOTE: Get Lifted! gondola shuttle: Flow trail is amazing and it takes you from the top gondola station to the bottom of the valley. And then you go back up again and again.)
Length: 20 Miles
Tour type: AM (all -mountain-enduro)
Transfer time: 1.5 hours
Biking: approx. 4 hours
Highlights: Krvavec Bike Park, Lake Bled, Kranjska Gora
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Day 6: Across the border, again and again

This is the only time on this trip that we will be staying in the same accommodation for two nights in a row. You will be able to get a better rest and only think about biking. Our hotel is perfectly stationed at the base of Tromeja (“Tri-border”), a 1508m high mountain with its top based in three countries: Slovenia, Italy, and Austria. We will ride in all three of them and enjoy the typical natural trails on our way down. Prepare yourself for some spectacular views!

Vertical gain: 2.788 (ft)
Length: 14.5 Miles
Tour type: AM (all -mountain-enduro)
Transfer time: —
Biking: approx. 5 hours
Highlights: Tromeja (Tri-border), Austria, Italy
7

Day 7: The longest single trail and an evening to remember

We saved the very best for our final day in the saddle. Vršič pass is the highest mountain pass in Slovenia and its top lays at the elevation of 1611m. Luckily for us, we will drive instead of ride it. After a short stop at the top of the pass, we will continue our way towards Bovec. The road follows the trail of emerald Soča river, a white-water enthusiasts’ paradise. We will unload our bikes at the base of Kobariški Stol. One of the most beautiful mountain top views is a real reward while riding our way to the top. The nicest single track in the area takes us back down to the valley. The WWI has heavily affected this area and our guides will gladly tell you more about it. Just a quick fact; the single track that we are going to ride was built by the soldiers in the WWI. After we get back to the valley, you can spend a couple of hours exploring the area or even do some white-water activities like rafting or canyoning. If you feel energetic enough, ask our guides and they will help accommodate all of your wishes.  We will finish with a spectacular dinner to end the amazing trip in style.

Vertical gain: 3.050 (ft)
Length: 16.5 Miles
Tour type: AM (all -mountain-enduro)
Transfer time: 2 hours
Biking: approx. 4 hours
Highlights: Vršič pass, Bovec, Soča River, Kobariški Stol
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Day 8: Return home or additional three days in Austria or Venice-Italy

If you wish to visit the famous Italian city Venice, which is known for its labyrinth of canals, bridges and spectacular architecture or take a look of Vienna (Austria) let us know at the time of the booking.

We are passionate adventure travelers ourselves. We have spent our lives in search for the ultimate outdoor experiences. You will gain skills in outdoor activities and meet like-minded individuals to share wonderful adventures. Passion and full dedication to details for each itinerary as well as an excellent relationship with our suppliers in Slovenia have built up the LABEL brand.
Your adventure guides are local and experienced professionals who have a real passion for outdoor activities and for the culture and landscape.
 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. We choose our guides for their expertise in outdoor activities. They are experts in their fields.
We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible and not get lost in the crowd. There will generally be between 7 and 14 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our tours is 4.
Our tour 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! 
Tours are designed at your own pace and you will enjoy no matter what your age. 

Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s activities 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.
We recommend following a general training in the weeks leading up to your trip.
 Your guide will be very happy to give you some introduction to sports training during your trip to help improve your confidence and enjoyment of your adventure.
As fellow sports enthusiasts, we understand the comfort you may find in riding with your own gear. Due to things can get a bit challenging when it comes to traveling please consult our booking manager prior to departure.
You will never have to worry about your bags on tour. You only need to carry a daypack 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.
On your holiday you will be staying in a range of comfortable, welcoming local accommodations, including traditional guest houses, small hotels, and a boutique hotel. For details please consult with your booking manager.
Travelling light is the key. 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 can also discuss with your travel manager of the current weather conditions a week prior to your arrival.
Where the meals are included in LABEL itineraries they are in a group setting. 
Your LABEL guide will also be with you during these scheduled meals. 
During the meals that are not included in the itinerary, you are free to choose where you would like to dine. Your guide will advise you of the best places to dine. You can choose to join with others and decide to dine together somewhere or if you desire some independent time, you are also always welcome to do your own thing.
Medical insurance is mandatory for all of our holidays. We also recommend trip cancellation insurance. Contact your booking manager and we will help you choose the right plan for your holiday.
Many of our travelers join as singles. We charge single supplement fee to solo travelers for single room use. But don’t worry, we can pair you with another traveler of the same gender if you like.


A single supplement is an additional charge for a private room for guests travelling alone.
The cost of our holidays does not include international airfare. The prices vary depending on the season and the point of departure.
We can arrange early arrivals and extended visits. We will be happy to provide suggestions and ideas.
The more in advance you book, the greater availability of dates you’ll find.

Attention to the smallest details, expertise, and great local guides are the key to a successful adventure.