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Cycling on the Alpe Adria Path
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8 days
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
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ATSB020
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Cycling on the Alpe Adria Path

Cycling on the Alpe Adria Path

From Salzburg to Venice

  • Peaceful and scenic cycling on the Alpe Adria bike path 
  • Salzburg, the marvellous city of Mozart, and where the iconic The Sound of Music was filmed
  • The Roman ruins of Aquileia, founded in 810 B.C.
  • Wonderful sceneries: majestic mountains, deep valleys, lush farmland
  • The enchanting town of Venice
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Route

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.

Day 1: Arrive in Salzburg
Day 2: Train to Villach and circular ride around Ossiacher Lake
Day 3: Ride from Villach in Austria to Tarvisio or Camporosso in Italy
Day 4: Ride from Tarvisio to Venzone or Gemona
Day 5: Ride from Venzone or Gemona to Udine
Day 6: Ride from Udine to Grado via Aquileia
Day 7: Sightseeing in Venice
Day 8: Arrivederci Venice!

Day 1:    Arrive in Salzburg

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! 

Day 2:    Train to Villach and circular ride around Ossiacher Lake

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 

Day 3:    Ride from Villach in Austria to Tarvisio or Camporosso in Italy

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

Day 4:    Ride from Tarvisio to Venzone or Gemona

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

Day 5:    Ride from Venzone or Gemona to Udine

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 

Day 6:    Ride from Udine to Grado via Aquileia

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

Day 7:    Sightseeing in Venice

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. 

Day 8:    Arrivederci Venice!

The trip ends after breakfast, unless you have booked extra nights or other optional services with us. 

accommodation

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.

Hotel Der Salzburger Hof (Salzburg)
Hotel Der Salzburger Hof (Salzburg)

A delightful familyowned hotel with big and comfortable roomd. It offers you comfort, state-of-the-art facilities and traditional Salzburgian hospitality.

www.hotel-salzburgerhof.com

Hotel Ristorante Spartiacque (Tarvisio)
Hotel Ristorante Spartiacque (Tarvisio)

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.

www.hotelspartiacque.com

Locanda al Municipio (Venzone)
Locanda al Municipio (Venzone)

Located in the heart of Venzone. Light rooms and a restaurant that has been in the 'slow food' guide since 2003.  

www.locandaalmunicipio.com

Hotel San Giorgio (Udine)
Hotel San Giorgio (Udine)

A good hotel in the historical centre of Udine. You walk to the castle in under five minutes. The hospitality and service is amazing.

www.sangiorgiohotel.com

Hotel Villa Rosa (Grado)
Hotel Villa Rosa (Grado)

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.

www.villarosahotel.com

Locanda al Leon (Venezia)
Locanda al Leon (Venezia)

A bed and breakfast in a Venetian building from the 15th century. Just cross the bridge to arrive at the San Marco plaza.

www.locandaalleon.com

practical info

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.

On arrival, the closest airport is in Salzburg (SZG). On departure, the closest airport is Venice Marco Polo (VCE).

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?.

RENTAL BIKES

City Bike

  • gears: Shimano 7/8/9 speed + triple on front
  • male frame size: S, M, L; female frame size: S, M, L
  • suspensions: Suntour
  • Shimano brakes

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 7 Nights in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Bike theft insurance
  • train ticket Salzburg train station to Villach train station (DAY 2)
  • Luggage transfer DAY 3 to DAY 6
  • Private transfer (+ luggage) from Grado to Cervignano/Aquileia/Grado train station
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Bike rental
  • Helmet
  • Travel to Salzburg and from Venice
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Biek rental with 1 map holder every 2 bikes, 1 front bag, 1 rear bag, odometer, 1 repair kit, 1 padlock, lights.
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfer from airport to Salzburg
  • Transfer from Venice to airport
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