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The starting point of this bike tour is Villach, situated on the edge of the Klagenfurt basin, where the rivers Drau and Gail flow together. Soon, however, it is time to say goodbye to Austria, before crossing the border and continuing to Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
The Friuli-Venezia Giulia region not only offers a variety of landscapes, but also invites you on a journey through the cultural diversity of the region, one of the most interesting examples of “Middle Earth”, tucked between Italy, Austria and Slovenia. This mix of cultures is also reflected in the local cuisine: Alpine-Austrian, Slovenian and Venetian influences characterise the gastronomic offer of the region, which is also one of the best wine ares of Europe.

HIGHLIGHTS AND PLACES OF INTEREST

  • Villach, well known for its carnivals
  • Border town of Tarvis
  • The Kanaltal Valley between Austria, Slovenia and Italy
  • Gemona del Friuli
  • Colli Orientali del Friuli, wine-growing area
  • Udine, a city influenced by the Venetians
  • Aquileia, “the 2nd Rome” in the times of the Roman Empire
  • Grado, one of the most popular bathing resorts on the Adria
  • The old harbour city of Trieste

PROGRAM

Day 1: Arrival in Villach

Individual arrival at the hotel in Villach. Parking place close to the hotel available

Day 2: Villach – Tarvisio / Camporosso (approx. 37-40 km)

Following the river Gail, you leave Villach behind you and also say goodbye to Austria. In the three-nation triangle of Italy-Austria-Slovenia the Kanaltal valle extending, whose centre is the Italian border town of Tarvisio. Here Austrians, Slovenes, Friulians and Italians have been living together for hundreds of years, and all three major European language families –Germans, Romans and Slavs – meet here directly.

Day 3: Tarvisio/Camporosso – Moggio Udinese/Tolmezzo/Venzone (approx. 45-65 km)

Tarvisio, a small town surrounded by wide valleys and wood, in a modern garb, with an old soul and full of traditions, is today the starting point of your cycle tour. It is not only one of the most important mountain resorts of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, but also one of the
most known winter sport centre in the region. Continuing through the Kanaltal valley you can admire the beauties of the Friulian Alpine from the saddle, with intanct, untouched nature and vast, intact forests.

Day 4: Moggio Udinese/Tolmezzo/Venzone – Udine (approx. 60-70 km)

The little city of Gemona del Friuli which is located on the southern exit of the Kanaltal valley and on the hillfoot of the Julian Alps is one of the most beautiful historic towns of the region. The townscape is characterised by the majestic cathedral “Santa Maria Assunta” which is certainly worth a visit. The wine determines today’s stage. Hills full of grapevines line your path and invite you to taste some good wines. The Venetian influenced Udine exudes calm and prudence. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the “Piazza” or stroll through the city centre and admire important Gothic and Renaissance buildings.

Day 5: Udine – Grado (approx. 58 km)

Accompanied by the breeze you glide past reed inlets and canals and reach Grado, a historic fishing town and one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Adriatic.

Day 6: Day off at sea or cultural day in Aquileia

You are spoiled for choice: either an exciting day of sightseeing in Roman built Aquileia or a relaxing day by the sea: Today you have the opportunity to discover the secrets of the Roman city of Aquileia, the so-called "Second Rome"; Roman ruins, ancient churches and secluded landscapes on the edge of the lagoon await you. Or would you rather enjoy the warm sunshine in one of the most beautiful sandy beaches along the coast?

Day 7: Grado – Trieste (approx. 42 km + train ride or 69 km)

The rough karst accompanies you through the hinterland on the way to the Adriatic Sea. Following a breathtakingly beautiful coastal area, you reach your destination.
Miramare Castle invites you for a last visit before you enter the former Habsburg city of Trieste.
The old port and commercial city is a worthy conclusion of this bike trip. If you want, you can shorten the last part of this stage from Monfalcone to Trieste by train (ticket not
included in the price).

Day 8: Departure

Individual departure or extension of your stay on the Adriatic Sea.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Hospitality in BB in double room in charming 3*/4* hotels (or similar)
  • Bike rental
  • Luggage transfer
  • Bike garage and area for small repairs
  • Luggage insurance
  • 2 cellar tours followed by food & wine tasting

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