Easy Austria to Italy Bike Holiday

The starting point of this bicycle holiday is Villach, located on the border of the Klagenfurt-basin, where the rivers Drau and Gail flow together. Real soon you have to say goodbye to Austria before the bicycle tour continues in Italy. The region Friuli-Venezia-Giulia not only offers scenic variety but also invites to a foray through the cultural variety of the region. This mixture of cultures reflects itself also in the cuisine, as Alpine-Austrian, Slovenian, and Venetian influences characterize the gastronomic offer of the region. Moving on from the peaks of the Carnic Alps, you cycle on the south side of the Alps, approaching the sea. Ahead of you, the coast of the Adria with its mile-long sand beaches extends. Enjoy a “slacker day” at Grado, one of the most popular bathing resorts of Italy.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Terrain: Mostly paved
  • Total distance: 121 to 135 miles / 195 to 218 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain, though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day)
  • E-bike: 165 EUR

Highlights

  • Well-planned routes
  • Relaxing day in Grado
  • Cultural and gastronomic variety
  • Tour of the ancient city of Aquileia
  • Delicious breakfast buffets
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Luggage transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Italian, English
Hide all

Accommodation

You will spend six nights in three-star or four-star hotels during the tour.

FUNActive Tours Italy Bike Tour Program

The tour from Villach to Grado is an easy tour. It goes along bike paths or very quiet side roads and through small villages and picturesque landscapes. It is suitable for children from the age of 14.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Villach

Arrive at your hotel in Villach. There is parking available close to the hotel.

Day 2: Villach to Tarvisio / Camporosso (approximately 23 to 25 miles / 37 to 40 kilometers)

Following the river Gail, you will leave Villach behind, and shortly after, you will also say goodbye to Austria and welcome Italy. In the three-nation triangle of Italy-Austria-Slovenia, the valley of Kanaltal extends, whose center constitutes the Italian border town of Tarvisio. There, Austrians, Slovenes, Friulians, and Italians have been living together for hundreds of years because all the three big European language families, the Teutons, Romans, and Slavs, join there.

Day 3: Tarvisio / Camporosso to Moggio Udinese / Tolmezzo (approximately 31 to 37 miles / 50 to 60 kilometers)

Tarvisio, a small city surrounded by wide valleys and woods, with its modern look and ancient soul, full of traditions, is your starting point for today’s cycle tour. It is not only one of the most important mountain resorts of Friuli-Venezia Giulia but also a winter area of this region. Continuing through the valley of Kanaltal, you can admire the beauties of the Friuli Alps Region with an unspoiled nature and vast, intact forests.

Day 4: Moggio Udinese / Tolmezzo to Udine (approximately 31 to 37 miles / 50 to 60 kilometers)

The little city of Gemona, which is located on the southern exit of the valley of Kanaltal and on the foothills of the Julian Alps, is one of the most beautiful historic towns of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The view of the place is characterized by the majestic dome “Santa Maria Assunta,” which is surely worth seeing.

The wine defines today’s stage. Hills filled with grapevines line your way and invite you to taste some drops. Udine, the city affected by Venetian ascendancies, radiates silence and thoughtfulness. Over a cup of coffee on the “Piazza” or during a stroll in the inner city, you can admire the great buildings of the late-gothic and Renaissance period.

Day 5: Udine to Grado (approximately 36 miles / 58 kilometers)

Accompanied by a breeze of the Scirocco, you will pass the reed landscape and water channels and arrive in Grado, a historic city of fishers and one of the most popular bathing resorts on the Adria.

Day 6: Day of rest on the sea or "culture day" in Aquileia

You are spoilt for choice today. You can enjoy either an exciting sightseeing day in Aquileia on the tracks of the Romans or a relaxing day on the sea. Today, you have the opportunity to discover the secrets of the Roman town Aquileia, the so-called “Second Rome." Roman ruined cities, ancient churches, and lonely landscapes on the borders of lagoons await you. Or do you prefer to enjoy your day lying in the beach chair in the lagoon with mile-long sand beaches?

Day 7: Departure

Today marks the end of the tour, or you can extend your stay on the Adriatic Sea.

Rental bike info

All rental bikes are 21-speed freewheel tour bikes especially built for the tours (ladies’ or men’s bike). A limited number of seven-speed bikes with backpedaling brakes (only unisex bikes) and e-bikes are available on request.

Location

This cycling tour will start in Villach, Austria and end in Grado, Italy. Most of the tour will take place in Italy. Some of the destinations you will visit include Tarvisio, Moggio Udinese, Udine, Grado, and Aquileia.

Food

The price includes a breakfast buffet or full breakfast daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet or full breakfast
  • Personal tour information
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)
  • Access to telephone service hotline

What's not included

  • Arrival to the starting point of the tour
  • Departure at the end of the tour
  • Drinks and all extras
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Not mentioned entries
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

How to get there

Driving directions

Villach is easily accessible on motorways A2, A10, or A11, depending on the point of origin.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Klagenfurt Airport (KLU), Salzburg Airport (SZG), or Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU). From all of these three places, there are good train connections to Villach.

On your departure day, there is a return transfer from Grado to Villach by shuttle bus every Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday at a price of 59 EUR (bicycle included). From Grado to Spittal an der Drau, trasfers are priced at 69 EUR per person (bicycle included). Reservation and payment will be made upon booking. Train connections from Cervignano-Aquileia-Grado to Udine and from Udine to Villach are also available.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
from --
Availability

The arrival dates of July 29 to August 5 (incl.) and September 1 to 8 (incl.) are only possible with arrival in Spittal an der Drau. The first two stages are subject to change.

Select your package:

For this organizer you can guarantee your booking through BookCyclingHolidays.com. All major credit cards supported.

Why choose BookCyclingHolidays.com

Largest Selection
Friendly Customer Service
Offers for every budget
Best Price
Don't miss out, join our mailing list and get updates & special offers!
Served by www01 - 8003