Suitable for cyclists who are used to undulating routes with occasional energetic climbs. You’ll be cycling mainly on trails and quiet roads and you should have a reasonable level of fitness.
Arrive in Salzburg from the airport, or take a train from the Venice station.
Take your time to stroll around Mozart’s town, and don’t forget to try the delicious chocolate balls!
Take the 10.12 train to Villach that follows the Alpe-Adria cycle path.
In Villach pick up your bike and head for Annenheim for a spin around Lake Ossiacher the 3rd larges lake in Carinthia. The views of the Gerlitzen Alps and the glacial lake are beautiful
From Annenheim you ride towards "Landskron" on the south side of the lake. Riding through the Bleistätter Moor (Bleistatt Swamp), you come to the north side of the lake where you head back to Annenheim on the opposite shore. During the route you pass several regional attractions such as the unusual construction of the stone house in Steindorf, the "Stift Ossiach" Ossiach Abbey. You can also opt for a ferry ride or a swim in the lake
From Villach you follow the Gail river, a tributary of the Drava, on the southern side of the Villacher Alpe, crossing a section of the Dobratsch Nature Park. Pedaling through small villages, gentle and gradual climbing you approach the Italian border, which you cross at Thörl-Maglern. Following an abandoned railway line recently converted into a cycle path, you soon arrive in Tarvisio, just a few kilometers beyond the border and the northern starting point for the Val Canale. 4km further along is Camporosso, our destination for tonight
For a birds eye view of the Julian Alps, take the cable car up to the Monte Lussari Monastery from where you the sweeping vistas on the Mangart and Jof di Montasio mountains. Once back on the cycle path breath in the crisp mountain air as you continue downstream, cycling high above the river Fella as this beautiful and easy path cuts straight through the narrowest section of the Val Canale, passing small mountain villages and offering wonderful views at every turn. Stop in Venzone to admire the pretty village so lovingly restored after it was razed to the ground during the earthquake of 1976
In Gemona, the mountains give way to the fertile plains of the Tagliamento River. Meandering your way via lush fields and small villages you reach Udine the historical capital of Friuli region where it is said that Attila, leader of the Huns had a hill built from where he could control the siege of Aquileia by instructing his soldiers to bring soil in their helmet and shield, because, the landscape was too flat. Wondering through the old town the signs that this town has always been a crossroad between Eastern and western cultures is still clearly visible in the many beautiful palaces dating back to the various periods of domination
Zigzagging your way through small towns, fields and forests, on bike lanes and quiet country roads you reach Palmanova built with 3 imposing star-shaped concentric city walls and an immense central square. Continuo on to Aquileia, a large and prominent city in Antiquity and one of the largest cities in the world in 2nd century AD with over 100.000 inhabitants, now a small town with an important archaeological site.
Finally you reach Grado where the Adriatic sea awaits you for a refreshing swim
A short taxi ride takes you to the train station where you catch the train to Venice. After checking in to your hotel downtown let yourself be mesmerised by the uniqueness of the floating city.
The trip ends after breakfast, unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us.
All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
We choose comfortable 3* hotels, farmhouses and B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.
You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.
A delightful familyowned hotel with big and comfortable roomd. It offers you comfort, state-of-the-art facilities and traditional Salzburgian hospitality.
A nice place, in the fields of Camporosso. Runned by the Baron family for over 30 years, and recently renovated. All 53 rooms are decorated with care.
Located in the heart of Venzone. Light rooms and a restaurant that has been in the 'slow food' guide since 2003.
A good hotel in the historical centre of Udine. You walk to the castle in under five minutes. The hospitality and service is amazing.
This nice hotel is situated in Grado and has simple rooms with airconditioning, a television and a private bathroom. In the summer months you can enjoy your breakfast on the outside terrace.
A bed and breakfast in a Venetian building from the 15th century. Just cross the bridge to arrive at the San Marco plaza.
You can start on any Tuesday, Friday or Saturday, subject to availability, between April 29th and September 30th.
IMPORTANT: from 27/07 to 05/08 & from 01/09 to 09/09 the depature is only possible starting in Spittal an der Drau, which affects the first 2 stages.
Arrival in Salzburg
From Salzburg airport (SZG), you can easily reach the centre by bus.
Departure from venice
On departure, there are several busses running between Venice Santa Lucia train station and Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE).
If flying from Salzburg (SZG), you need to get there by train (not direct). Check timetables on http://fahrplan.oebb.at/bin/query.exe/en?.
GPS tracks are available on request.
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