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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.
You will spend six nights in three-star or four-star hotels during the tour.
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.
Arrive at your hotel in Villach. There is parking available close to the hotel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Today marks the end of the tour, or you can extend your stay on the Adriatic Sea.
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.
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.
The price includes a breakfast buffet or full breakfast daily.
Villach is easily accessible on motorways A2, A10, or A11, depending on the point of origin.
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.