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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.
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.
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.
You will arrive individually at the hotel in Hochpustertal. You can have free, unguarded public car parking near the hotel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may depart individually or extend your stay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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