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The Alpe Adria Path cycling
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The Alpe Adria Path cycling

The Alpe Adria Path cycling

From Salzburg to Venice

  • Peaceful and scenic cycling on the Alpe Adria bike path 
  • The Roman ruins of Aquileia, founded in 810 B.C.
  • Wonderful sceneries: majestic mountains, deep valleys, lush farmland
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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.

Start: Villach             Finish: Grado

Day 1: Arrive in Villach
Day 2: Villach in Austria to Tarvisio or Camporosso in Italy (38-41 km / 24-25 mi)
Day 3: Ride from Tarvisio to Venzone or Gemona (64 - 73 km / 40 - 45 mi)
Day 4: Ride from Venzone or Gemona to Udine (55 km / 34 mi)
Day 5: Ride from Udine to Grado via Aquilea (57 km / 35,mi)
Day 6: Arrivederci Grado!

Day 1:    Arrive in Villach

Arrive in Villach from the airport, or take a train from the Venice station.

Take your time to stroll around the old town or by the lake and don’t forget to try  the delicious chocolate balls!

Day 2:    Villach in Austria to Tarvisio or Camporosso in Italy (38-41 km / 24-25 mi)

Take the 10.12 train to Villach that follows the Alpe-Adria cycle path. 

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

Distance: 3.5 hours, 38-41 km / 24-25 mi, Ascent:350m     Descent: 160m

Day 3:    Ride from Tarvisio to Venzone or Gemona (64 - 73 km / 40 - 45 mi)

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

Distance: 4.5 hours,  64 - 73 km / 40 - 45 mi    Ascent: 340m     Descent: 850m

Day 4:    Ride from Venzone or Gemona to Udine (55 km / 34 mi)

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 

Distance: 4.5 hours,  55km / 34 mi    Ascent: 220m     Descent: 430m

Day 5:    Ride from Udine to Grado via Aquilea (57 km / 35,mi)

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

Distance: 4 hours,  57 km / 35 mi    Ascent: 60m     Descent: 230km

Day 6:    Arrivederci Grado!

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.

Hotel Mosser (Villach)
Hotel Mosser ****(Villach)

Traditional Hotel  In the center of Villach. More than 250 years in permanent possession of the Mosser family, managed by Tina Mosser in eighth generation. Completely new renovated!

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.


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.

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.


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.



You can add an extra day in Villach and do a loop ride around Lake Ossiacher. Ask us for more details and prices.

Departures only on Monday, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from April 26th to  october 4th

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

Arrival in Villach

From Salzburg airport you can take a train directly from the airport, ride lasts 3 hours. From Venice airport you can take a bus to Santa Lucia trai  station (approx.  25  minutes) and then a train to Villach (about 4 hours). For prices and timetables: www.oebb.at

Departure from Grado

From Grado, you can take a short local bus/taxi ride to Cervignano del Friuli, the closest train station.There are several city and regional busses running between Venice Santa Lucia train station and Venice Marco Polo airport. Tickets cost 15 euros (return) and 8 euros (one way). The trip lasts 20 minutes.


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.



  • 5 nights accommodation with breakfasts
  • Bike theft insurance
  • Luggage transfer 
  • Digital detailed route notes and maps in English
  • Access to the trip on our navigation app
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

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


  • 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
  • Shipment of printed documents to the first accommodation

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