This cycling tour leads you from Austria’s sunniest state along the South side of the Alps all the way to the sea including impressive nature spectacles, cultural diversity and gastronomic delicacies. Sample the Carinthian dish ‚Kasnudeln‘, marvel at the peaks of the Carnic Alps, enjoy a glass of white wine from the Collio region on a piazza in Udine and finally rewards yourself with a dip in the refreshing Adriatic Sea. Lots of variation guaranteed during your route from the Alps to the sea.
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Route Profile: Medium. You mainly cycle on well-developed cycle paths and quiet side roads. Only a few sections lead you also along roads with heavier traffic or on dirt paths. Overall the route leads you on slightly hilly terrain, with a longer ascent after Tarvis.
Distance: 6 Days Option: 205 km
7 Days Option: 275 km
Travel Season: 6 Days / 5 Nights option: Departures Saturdays and Sundays from April 29 to October 8, 2023
7 Days / 6 Nights option: Departures Sundays from April 30 to October 8, 2023
Season 1: April 29 – May 12 and September 30 – October 8
Season 2: May 13 – May 26 and September 9 – September 29
Season 3: May 27 – September 8
Category: 3* in Villach and Trieste 4* hotels
This cycling tour leads you from Austria’s sunniest state along the South side of the Alps all the way to the sea including impressive nature spectacles, cultural diversity and gastronomic delicacies. Sample the Carinthian dish 'Kasnudeln', marvel at the peaks of the Carnic Alps, enjoy a glass of white wine from the Collio region on a piazza in Udine and finally rewards yourself with a dip in the refreshing Adriatic Sea. Lots of variation guaranteed during your route from the Alps to the sea.
Arrival in Villach
Villach – Tarvis 35 km
You leave Villach along the Gail River and in a little while you leave Austria and welcome Italy. In the triangle of Italy, Austria and Slovenia sprawls the canal valley, the Italian city of Tarvis builds the centre of it. Austrians, Slovenians and Italians are living here next to each other since centuries, so all three big European families of languages – Germans, Romans and Slavs – are meeting up here.
Tarvis – Venzone/Surrounding 60 km
In Italy too the cycle path is perfectly developed and hence allows you to leisurely cycle downhill through the Kanaltal Valley and from your bike marvel at the beauty of the Friulian alpine region with its intact, unspoilt nature and extensive forests. Your day ends in one of the picturesque villages located at the foothills of the Julian Alps.
Venzone/Surrounding – Udine 55 km
At the southern exit of the Kanaltal Valley is the location of one of the most beautiful historic villages of the Friulian-Julian-Veneto. The focus of the village of Gemona del Friuli is the majestic cathedral Santa Maria Assunta and will blow you away. En route to Udine you come across the first vineyards and vines along the cycle route. Once you arrive in town feel and experience the ‘dolce vita’ over a coffee enjoyed on the ‘piazza’ or during a stroll through the alleyways whilst marvelling at the late Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
Udine –Grado 55 km
Feel the warm breeze of the sirocco! You cycle through vast reed scenery and along little water canals towards the Gulf of Venice. In the Roman city of Aquileia, the so-called ‘second Rome’, we recommend you definitely plan a break before reaching the end destination of your holiday. One of the most popular Adriatic beach resorts, the historic little fishing town Grado, will not only excite you with the extensive sandy beach, but also the historic harbour and the narrow alleyways with lovely restaurants all ooze Italian flair.
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- Welcome briefing
- Luggage transfer between hotels
- Excellently planned routes
- Detailed travel documents 1 per room (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
- App for navigation and GPS data is available
- Service hotline
- Local taxes payable locally
- Return transfer by minibus to Villach every Saturday morning, costs from Grado per person EUR 99 and from Trieste per person EUR 119, including your bike, to be paid for in advance, reservation is necessary
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