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Starting point for this bicycle holiday is Prepotto (Prapotno in Slovenian). It is a picturesque village in the Province of Udine - in the Italian region Friuli Venezia Giulia, located about 50km northwest of Trieste and about 20km east of Udine, on the border with Slovenia - with old houses and winding alleys. For winegrowers and wine lovers this well-known village is an El Dorado, a place with beautiful vineyards where you can taste some of the world finest wine. Carrying on your trip you will arrive at Gradisca. This little town in the east of Friuli nearby the border area of Slovenia has been the front between Austria and Italy in the First World War, well known for the 12 Battles of the Isonzo.

Characteristics of the route

The route runs on bicycle paths and alongside roads without traffic from the vineyards of the Collio to the Adriatic Coast. The tour is suitable for children from the age of 14.

Highlights and places of interest along the route

  • The picturesque village of Prepotto
  • Cividale del Friuli, medieval town of the Langobards
  • Gradisca and his caste
  • The university city of Udine
  • Castles of Collio
  • Cormons, probably the most important city of the historic Friuli
  • Collio Goriziano, wine area of the Friuli Aquileia, the “Second Rome”
  • Trieste, the former Habsburg city

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Prepotto

Individual arrival at the hotel in Prepotto.

Day 2: Round trip Prepotto – Cividale del Friuli - Udine (approx. 28km or 60 km the longer variant)

On the first day, you have the possibility to choose between two round trips, a shorter one and a longer one. The shorter tour leads to Cividale del Friuli, the medieval town of the Langobards. The historical centre of the town is dominated by Piazza Duomo and Palazzo Pretorio , where you can rest. The longer tour in addition leads you to the university city of Udine. You can visit the Dome, as well as the Loggia del Lionello, in the ground floor of the town hall.

Day 3: Round trip to Slovenia and Brda (approx. 40-60km)

This day takes you across the border to Slovenia and to the Brda, meeting point of three cultures (Slavic, Romanic and Germanic). The Brda is well known mainly because of the winegrowing but also for its castles and white churches which are situated mostly on hills.

Day 4: Round trip to the castles of the Collio (approx. 35 or 50 km)

The Gorizia Hills (Collio in Italian) became well known due to their good wine, but it offers a lot for history lovers too. Today you cycle to the castles of the Collio, among which you can discover the castle Rocca Bernarda. This castle was a fief of the patriarchy of Aquileia and had been given as a present to the city of Cividale. This city left it to the Roman family Capiferro in the 15th century. Afterwards it was sold several times to different owners and finally to the family Perusini. The beautiful castle in the style of the 16th century is situated in the midst of extensive parks, on a hill surrounded by vineyards. Thanks to the dedication and the competence of Gaetano Perusini the cultivation of the “Picolit” grapes started, which have gained worldwide renown over the years.

Day 5: Prepotto–Cormons –Gradisca (approx. 25 km or 40km –variant over Görz)

Today you leave Prepotto and cycle to Cormons, the cultural and economic centre of the Gorizia Hills (Collio). The main square of Cormons invites you to take a break and enjoy a glass of wine. Continue to Gradisca. Overnight stay.

Day 6: Round trip to Aquileia (approx. 40 km or 75 km the longer variant)

This bicycle journey takes you to the formerly biggest city of the Roman Empire. Today the remnants of this settlement are still to be seen. Discover the secrets of the Roman city of Aquileia, the so-called “Second Rome”; Roman ruined cities, ancient churches. It is worth visiting the Aquileia Cathedral, which interior has a mosaic pavement from the 4th century.

Day 7: Gradisca - Trieste (approx. 40 km)

On the last day of the cycle holiday Trieste, the former Habsburg city, is waiting for you. On the first part of the route, following a breath-taking coastal route, the Karst Plateau accompanies you along the Adriatic Sea. Before you enter the old seaport and commercial town of Trieste, the Castle of Miramare invites you for a visit. Return by train.

Day 8: Departure

Individual departure or extension of your stay.

Starting dates 2017, self-guided tour:

Arrival every Tuesday and Sunday from 19/03/2017 (first available date) to 22/10/2017 (last available date) With a minimum of 5 people we can organize upon request a start of the tour on every other day.

Included services:

  • Accommodation “agriturismo” in Prepotto and 4****star hotel in Gradisca (both with swimming pool)
  • Breakfast buffet or full breakfast
  • Evening meal
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Transfer from Trieste to Gradisca by train (bicycles included)
  • Well planned routes
  • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)
  • Telephone service hotline for the whole tour

Self Guided Bike Holidays

 

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Bike rental
€75.00 (10%) ( Per week )
  
E-bike rental
€160.00 (10%) ( Per week )
Single supplement
€120.00 (10%) ( Per week )
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