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8 Days Dolomites to Trieste Cycling Holiday in Italy, Austria, and Slovenia

Comfortable Cycling Holiday Italy, Austria, and Slovenia

Starting from the northeast Dolomites, the first part of the tour will follow 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 will continue on to Slovenia. The picturesque Lake Bled at the foot of the Julian Alps will be 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, will be well worth a visit. The final stage of the tour will take you through spectacular countryside to the Adria Coast. On the last day, you will ride alongside the sea to the former Habsburg Port of Trieste.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist does not 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) to moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 219 miles / 352 kilometers
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 165 EUR

Highlights

  • Fun and easy biking
  • Comfy countryside paths
  • Cycling along hills and valleys
  • Exploring Italy, Austria, and Slovenia
  • Relaxing coasts and quiet roads
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Luggage transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

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Accommodation

During this cycling holiday, you will stay in three or four-star hotels and inns in Italy, Austria, and Slovenia.

Night one will be spent in either Niederdorf or Toblach, Italy.

Get some good sleep in Oberdrauburg, Austria on night two.

Enjoy Feistritz an der Gail, Austria on night three.

Doze off in Bled, Slovenia on night four.

Get comfortable in Cividale del Friuli, Italy on night five.

Relax in Gradisca d‘Isonzo, Italy on night six.

Have a well-earned rest in Trieste on night seven.

Program

The tour to Trieste will be an easy tour. The last two stages will be a bit hilly. The tour will go along bike paths or very quiet side roads, through small villages and picturesque landscapes. The tour is suitable for children from the age of 14.

Day 1: Arrival in Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco

You will arrive individually at the hotel in Hochpustertal. You can have free, unguarded public car parking near the hotel.

Day 2: Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco to Oberdrauburg/Kötschach Mauthen (approximately 43 miles / 69 kilometers)

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

Day 3: Oberdrauburg/Kötschach Mauthen to Feistritz an der Gail (approximately 40 miles / 65 kilometers)

After a short transfer to the Gailberg Pass (350-meter difference in altitude or six kilometers). You will then descend to Kötschach-Mauthen. On the bike path of the Gail Valley, you will cycle comfortably past Hermagor. Before you reach Feistritz Lake, Pressegg will invite all epicures to a relaxing break.

Day 4: Feistritz an der Gail to Bled (approximately 34 to 40 miles / 55 to 65 kilometers)

Along your way, you will reach the Italian border and then carry on the cycle path. You will leave Italy and travel on to Slovenia, past the famous ski area of Kranjska Gora. The bike path will pass through the wonderful, and mostly unknown, countryside of Slovenia. You will spend the night at the romantic Lake Bled.

Day 5: Bled to Cividale del Friuli (approximately 31 miles / 50 kilometers)

After the transfer over the pass, you will 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 World War I. In the evening, you will taste the excellent cuisine and the wonderful wines of the region. The historical town of Cividale with its many cultures is well worth taking a closer look at.

Day 6: Cividale del Friuli to Gradisca d‘Isonzo (approximately 22 miles/ 35 kilometers - longer variant through Udine 39 miles / 63 kilometers)

On the way through the Collio Goriziano, center of the Friuli wine growing region, there will be many wine cellars to stop at and taste the excellent wines. After tackling a few hills, you will come to Gradisca where you will spend the night. There will be a possibility to choose a longer variant passing through Udine, probably the most important town in the Friuli region which is well worth a substantial visit.

Day 7: Gradisca d‘Isonzo to Trieste (approximately 25 miles / 40 kilometers)

The Karst will accompany you on your way to the Adriatic Coast, and before you get to the former Habsburg port of Trieste, it will be well worth stopping to look at Castle Duino and Miramare.

Day 8: Departure day

You may depart individually or extend your stay.

Bikes

You may rent a 21-gear ladies‘ and men’s bicycle, seven-gear unisex with a backpedal, or an e-bike unisex model. For all the bike routes, FUNActive Tours can provide high-quality rental bikes and additional equipment if requested. The bikes have been especially designed for the bike tours. They are comfortable, safe, and sturdy bikes and therefore, perfect to undertake tours of several days duration.

The rental bikes are 21-gears touring bikes. Seven-gears touring bikes (unisex model) are also available if requested. The bikes and appending equipment (repair kit, pump, spare inner tube, wheel- lock, and saddle bag) will be at your disposal in the arrival hotel. At the end of your bike tour, you simply leave the rental bike at the last hotel, they will take care of the return.

Skill level

Beginner

  • can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

This cycling holiday will take place in Niederdorf or Toblach, Cividale del Friuli, Gradisca d‘Isonzo, and Trieste in Italy, Oberdrauburg and Feistritz an der Gail in Austria, and Bled in Slovenia.

Food

During this cycling holiday, you will be served with a breakfast buffet or full breakfast and in the evenings, you will enjoy delicious dinner daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Explore the historical town of Cividale
  • Stop at Castle Duino and Miramare
  • Take a longer ride through Udine
  • Tour Kobarid and taste its wine and cuisine
  • Visit wine cellars on the way to Collio Goriziano

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Personal tour information
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Transfer by minibus from Oberdrauburg to the
  • Gailberg Pass
  • Transfer by train Bled to Most na Soci
  • Well-planned routes
  • Telephone service hotline for during the entire tour

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 not mentioned entries
  • Travel insurance
  • All not expressly mentioned under What is Included

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Brenner/Brennero motorway (A22) to Brixen/Bressanone

  • Take the exit Vahrn/Varna.
  • Then, through the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria (SS49) to Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco, depending on the location of your hotel.
  • You may also drive along the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in Eastern Tyrol (Austria).
  • Then, further into Italy through the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa, depending on the location of your hotel.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Treviso Airport (TSF), Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), or Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS). Transfers from and to the airport are available upon request. FUNActive Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by train

Take the train from Innsbruck over the Brenner/Brennero to Fortezza/Franzensfeste. Change the train to the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria to Lienz and get off either in Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco, depending on the location of your hotel.

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.
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