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Starting in the north east Dolomites, the first part of the tour follows the River Drau through the same named valley, and then on through the Gail Valley on comfortable bike paths in Austria. After a short detour to the Italian border town of Tarvis, you continue on to Slovenia. The picturesque Lake Bled at the foot of the Julian Alps is ideal for rest before the transfer to the south side of the Alps to the famous wine area of Collio in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The former capital town of Lombard region, Cividale is well worth a visit. The final stage of the tour takes you through spectacular countryside to the Adria coast. On the last day you ride alongside the sea to the former Habsburg port of Trieste.

Characteristics of the route

The tour to Trieste is an easy tour; the last two stages are a bit hilly. The tour goes along bike paths or very quiet side roads, through small villages and picturesque landscape.

Highlights and places of interest along the route

  • The mountains of the South Tyrolean and East Tyrolean Dolomites
  • The capital of East Tyrol, the sunny town of Lienz
  • Lake Pressegg
  • Border town of Tarvis
  • Bled and Lake Bled
  • The undiscovered countryside of Slovenia
  • The hills of Collio Goriziano, a famous grape growing area in Friuli
  • Cividale del Friuli, the middle aged town of the Lombards
  • Trieste, the former Habsburg port
  • Castel Miramare in Trieste
  • The Adriatic coast
  • Castle Duino

Tour programme

Day 1: Arrival in Alta Pusteria (Toblach/Niederdorf - Dobbiaco/Villabassa)
Individual arrival at the hotel in the Alta Pusteria. Car parking in close proximity to the hotel is available and free of charge.

Day 2: Alta Pusteria – Oberdrauburg/Kötschach Mauthen (approx. 69 km)

Starting at the watershed of the rivers Drau and Rienz on the Toblacher Sattel, you ride alongside the Drau through South Tyrol and on to East Tyrol and the town of Lienz. The impressive mountains of the Dolomites line the route.

Day 3: Oberdrauburg/Kötschach Mauthen – Feistritz (approx. 65 km)
After a short transfer to the Gailberg Pass (350 m difference in altitude / 5 km) you then descend to Kötschach-Mauthen. On the bike path of the Gail Valley you cycle comfortably past Hermagor. Before you reach Feistritz Lake Pressegg will invite all epicures to a relaxing break.

Day 4: Feistritz – Bled (approx. 55-65 km)
Along your way you reach the Italian border and then carry on the cycle path.
Now you leave Italy and travel on to Slovenia, past the famous ski area of Kranjska Gora, the bike path passes through the wonderful, and mostly unknown, countryside of Slovenia. You spend the night at the romantic Lake Bled.

Day 5: Bled – Cividale (approx. 50 km)
After the transfer over the pass, you encounter the Soca Valley, which is well known to all canoeists and adventure sportsmen. In Kobarid you will get an inside into the battles of the 1st World War. In the evening you taste the excellent cuisine and the wonderful wines of this region. The historical town of Cividale with its many cultures is well worth taking a closer look at.

Day 6: Cividale - Gradisca (approx. 35 km – longer variant through Udine approx. 70 km)
On the way through the Collio Goriziano, centre of the Friuli wine growing region, there are many wine cellars to stop at and taste the excellent wines. After tackling a few hills, you come to Gradisca, where you spend the evening.
There is a possibility to choose a longer variant passing at Udine, probably the most important town in the Friuli region, which is well worth a substantial visit.

Day 7: Gradisca – Trieste (approx. 40 km)
The Karst accompanies you on your way to the Adriatic coast, and before you get to the former Habsburg port of Trieste, it is well worth stopping to look at Castle Duino and Miramare.

Day 8: Departure
Indivdiual departure or possibility to extend your stay.

Starting dates 2017, self-guided tour
Arrival every Friday and Saturday from 28/04/2017 (first available date) to 30/09/2017 (last available date)
In July and August arrival is also available every Tuesday!
With a minimum of 5 pax we can organize a start on every other day (only on request - depending on the availability)

Included services:

  • Accommodation in hotels and inns - 3*** and partly 4****star category 
  • Breakfast buffet or full breakfast
  • Personal tour information
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Transfer by minibus from Oberdrauburg to the Gailberg Pass
  • Transfer by train from Bled to Most na Soci
  • Well planned routes
  • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone
    numbers)
  • Telephone service hotline for the entire tour
  • Free parking in Alta Pusteria

Attention: Tourist tax – where applicable – has to be paid on site.

 

Self Guided Bike Holidays

 

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€75.00 (10%) ( Per week )
  
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€160.00 (10%) ( Per week )
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€25.00 (10%) ( Per week )
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€149.00 (10%) ( Per week )
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