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Route

Technical Characteristics:

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, the most challenging section between St. Johann and the Gasteiner Valley can also be completed and bypassed by train.

Distance: 370 km            

Travel Season: 8 Days tour: Departures Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from April 30 to October 8, 2022
Season 1: April 30 – May 11 and September 29 – October 8
Season 2: May 12 – June 1 and September 8 – September 28
Season 3: June 2 – September 7

10 Days tour: Departures Thursdays and Fridays from May 5 to October 7, 2022
Season 1: May 2 – May 11 and September 29 – October 7
Season 2: May 12 – June 1 and September 8 – September 28
Season 3: June 2 – September 7

Accommodation:

Category: 3* and 4* hotels

This cycle tour starts in the beautiful festival city of Salzburg.  After you have said ‘hello’ to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, you will cycle from the Alps to the sea on two wheels.  The special thing about this cycle tour is the interplay of cultural highlights, impressive natural landscapes and charming towns.  One thing is always present: indulgence.  Because what would a cycle tour be without culinary delights? Curious? Hop on the saddle and head south.  Head towards Italy on cycle paths.  After enjoying an extended walk in Salzburg’s old town, take the bike towards St. Johann im Pongau.  Accompanied by fantastic natural scenery, you will continue cycling to the Carinthian region.  Genuine customs, tasty cuisine and warm hospitality:  you can experience all of this on a cycle through Austrian nature.  As you pedal you come closer and closer to Italy. Once in Grado you will be overwhelmed with joy! The Italian flair, the charming old town and the wonderful warmth will brighten your mood. Now it’s time to enjoy la dolce vita!

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival in Salzburg

Individual arrival in the festival, Mozart and cultural city of Salzburg. Winding alleyways and squares invite you to take a stroll and languorous cafés entice you to sample genuine Austrian café specialties. You live and breathe culture and history literally with every step you take.

Day 2

Salzburg – St. Johann 65 km

Out of Salzburg and head off south. You cycle along wetlands in the shade along the Salzach River to Hallein, a formerly wealthy Celtic town due to salt mining. Hallein surprises with a romantic historic town centre including little alleyways, archways and opulent house fronts. Past the roaring waterfall you pass Golling and continue along the well-developed cycle path onwards to St. Johann. Distinctive – just like twin peaks – the steeples of the Pongau cathedral rise.

Day 3

St. Johann – Mölltal Valley 60 km + train ride

Shortly after Schwarzach you bid farewell to the Salzach River, from today onwards the Gasteiner Ache leads you through the wild romantic Gasteiner Valley. Via Dorfgastein and Bad Hofgastein you cycle into the renowned spa and ski resort Bad Gastein situated at the foot of the Hohen Tauern mountain chain, offering a variety of natural history and architectural sights. The Gasteiner waterfall is the landmark situated in the centre of town, which has been the focal point of many artists and poets. Now it is only a short distance to Böckstein, where a train takes you in only 10 minutes through the ‘Tauernschleuse’ to the other side of the Alps to Mallnitz. Back on your bike you enjoy the speedy descent to your hotel in the Mölltal Valley.

Day 4

Mölltal Valley – Villach 70 km

Initially you cycle along the Möll River through the impressive alpine landscapes today. The Drautal Valley starts in the village of Möllbrücke and hence the sunny south of Austria. Nearly effortlessly your bike rolls in a slight descent along the river Drau. In Spittal you get to visit the Renaissance palace ‘Porcia’ – sometimes called the ‘most beautiful Renaissance building north of the Alps’. Just a bit more pedalling and soon you have reached Villach, with its enchanting old part of town, southern flair and inviting pubs and restaurants.

Day 5

Villach – Venzone/Surroundings 60 km + train ride

You bypass the ascent to Tarvis by train. In Italy too the cycle paths are well-developed and so you cycle leisurely downhill through the Kanaltal Valley and from your bike get to marvel at the beauty of the Friulian alpine region with its intact, unspoilt nature and extensive forests. Your days end is one of the picturesque villages located at the foothills of the Julian Alps.

Day 6

Venzone/Surroundings – Udine 60 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.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

Departure or Extension

Included:

  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Excellently planned routes
  • Detailed travel documents 1 per room (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • 1 train ride Böckstein – Mallnitz including your bike
  • 1 train ride Villach – Tarvis including your bike
  • App for navigation and GPS data is available
  • Service hotline

Not Included:

  • Local taxes payable locally
  • Return transfer by minibus to Salzburg every Saturday morning and Thursday morning in season 3, costs EUR 139 per person including your bike, to be paid for in advance, reservation is necessary.

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