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Cycling break of a family of five at a fountain with map in hand

Alpe Adria Cycle Path II for families, Villach – Grado

From Villach to Grado

7 Days / 6 Nights
Medium
Cycling break of a family of five at a fountain with map in hand

From the sunniest state in Austria along the Southern side of the Alps to the sea, this family cycle holiday takes you to impressive natural spectacles, cultural diversity and gastronomic delicacies. Taste Carinthian ‚Kasnudln‘, marvel at the peaks of the Carnic Alps, treat yourself to a creamy gelato in a piazza in Udine and finally reward yourself with a dip in the refreshing Adriatic Sea. There is a lot to discover for the entire family on the second part of the Alpe-Adria cycle path from Villach to Grado.

The cross-border cycle path from the Austrian Alps to the Italian Adriatic usually starts in the Mozart city of Salzburg. However this shortened version for the whole family begins in Villach and crosses the border to Tarvisio, Udine, Palmanova and Grado. An amazing route for young and old, which certainly leaves nothing to be desired.

  • Fortified City of Palmanova: The star-shaped fortified city of Palmanova with the huge Piazza Grande is an architectural masterpiece. The structure of the city with the piazza as the centre invites the whole family to stroll and be amazed.
  • Roman City of Aquileia: Follow the footsteps of the ancient Romans in Aquileia. The so-called „Second Rome“ must not be missed under any circumstances, since the Roman city of Aquileia was once one of the largest Mediterranean cities of the empire.
  • Grado: At the end of the holiday, one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Adriatic awaits you and your children. The sandy beaches and the cool sea are perfect for a refreshing dip after a week on your bike.
  • Lagune di Grado: The unique landscape impresses with its fauna and lush flora, which changes colours several times a day due to the play of light. Experience an unforgettable natural spectacle in the lagoon of Grado.

Two countries, seven days, 150 kilometres by bike and all this with the entire family. It sounds impossible, however thanks to our family cycle tour on the Alpe-Adria cycle path, it is not. Pack your children and suitcases and cycle the cross-border section of the well-known and well-developed Alpe-Adria cycle path. Cycling fun for the whole family is guaranteed here!

Itinerary at a glance

The quiet of the mountains, the gentle shores of crystal-clear lakes, pure nature situated in the heart of Carinthia, Villach reflects this entire diversity.

Hotel (example): City Hotel Villach

 

Initially you proceed for a bit along the river Drau. However soon the cycle path leads you along the river Gail towards Italy.  „Bye Austria – Ciao Italia“ they then say at the border. In Tarvisio you will even be greeted in three different languages. Since Austrians, Slovenes and Italians have lived together here for centuries.

Hotel (example): Hotel Haberl

 

In Italy too the cycle path is very well designed and so you leisurely cycle along a former railway line downhill through the Kanaltal-valley and marvel from your bike at the beauty of the Friulian Alpine region. From Pontebba the train takes you to Udine (boarding of the train at a later stage is also possible). Once you arrive in town you can experience the „dolce vita“ over an Italian Gelato enjoyed at the „Piazza“ or during a stroll through the alleyways.

Hotel (example): Hotel CLocchiatti Next

 

 

After a many impressions gained from the large town you leave Udine along the ancient Roman road „Via Claudia Augusta“ southward. In the expansive Friulian scenery you cycle through little villages characteristic for the region until the ancient star-shaped fortress town of Palmanova featuring the giant square ‚Piazza Grande‘.

Hotel (example): Roma

 

 

The warm breeze of the Scirocco caresses your face! You proceed through expansive reed scenery and along little water canals towards the Gulf of Venice. In the Roman town of Aquileia, the so-called ‚Second Rome‘, we highly recommend you plan a stop, before reaching the Finish of this holiday. One of the most popular resorts on the Adriatic Sea, the historic little fishing town Grado. The vast sandy beach will not only delight your children.

Hotel (example): Hotel Rialto

 

 

The leisurely cycling excursion leads you through the lagoon of Grado. A multitude of canals and streams marbles this unique landscape. The lush flora and fauna here is dipped into a very special light and changes its colour several times over one day. Definitely a beautiful finale of a marvellous cycle holiday.

Hotel (example): Hotel Rialto

 

Day
07
Departure or extension

Itinerary at a glance

Start from Villach to the Adriatic Sea and enjoy "Bella Italia" along the way! Marvel at the architecture in Palmanova, walk in the footsteps of the Romans in Aquileia and soak up the flair of the lagoon town of Grado.

The quiet of the mountains, the gentle shores of crystal-clear lakes, pure nature situated in the heart of Carinthia, Villach reflects this entire diversity.

Hotel (example): City Hotel Villach

Initially you proceed for a bit along the river Drau. However soon the cycle path leads you along the river Gail towards Italy.  „Bye Austria – Ciao Italia“ they then say at the border. In Tarvisio you will even be greeted in three different languages. Since Austrians, Slovenes and Italians have lived together here for centuries.

Hotel (example): Hotel Haberl

In Italy too the cycle path is very well designed and so you leisurely cycle along a former railway line downhill through the Val Canale-valley and marvel from your bike at the beauty of the Friulian Alpine region. From Pontebba the train takes you to Udine (boarding of the train at a later stage is also possible). Once you arrive in town you can experience the „dolce vita“ over an Italian Gelato enjoyed at the „Piazza“ or during a stroll through the alleyways.

Hotel (example): Hotel La di Moret

After a many impressions gained from the large town you leave Udine along the ancient Roman road „Via Claudia Augusta“ southward. In the expansive Friulian scenery you cycle through little villages characteristic for the region until the ancient star-shaped fortress town of Palmanova featuring the giant square ‚Piazza Grande‘.

Hotel (example): Hotel Ai Dogi

The warm breeze of the Scirocco caresses your face! You proceed through expansive reed scenery and along little water canals towards the Gulf of Venice. In the Roman town of Aquileia, the so-called ‚Second Rome‘, we highly recommend you plan a stop, before reaching the Finish of this holiday. One of the most popular resorts on the Adriatic Sea, the historic little fishing town Grado. The vast sandy beach will not only delight your children.

Hotel (example): Hotel Rialto

The leisurely cycling excursion leads you through the lagoon of Grado. A multitude of canals and streams marbles this unique landscape. The lush flora and fauna here is dipped into a very special light and changes its colour several times over one day. Definitely a beautiful finale of a marvellous cycle holiday.

Hotel (example): Hotel Rialto

Day
07
Departure or extension

Route Information

Medium

You mostly cycle on well-designed cycle paths and quiet side roads. Only a few sections also lead you on roads with heavier traffic or on dirt paths. Overall the terrain is gently hilly with one longer ascent to Tarvisio.

Prices & Dates

Category: 3***- and 4***-hotels

* Child prices valid if they are staying in same room as 2 full price adults. Charges for children under 6 (for example Child bed) to be paid for at the time.

Prices per person in EUR

Our Rental bikes

Men's bike 21-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality men's touring bike with classic diamond frame

Body size approx. 165 cm - 205 cm

56-51 "sloping" cm |
60 cm |
64 cm
Unisex bike 21/24-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex touring bike with comfortable low entry

Body size approx. 148 cm - 190 cm

43 cm |
46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Unisex bike 7-speed
Hub gears with coaster brake

High-quality unisex touring bike with coaster brake on the rear wheel

Body size approx. 155 cm - 190 cm

46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Unisex Electro bike 8-speed
Hub gears with freewheel

High-quality unisex electric bike with comfortable low entry

Body size approx. 148 cm - 195 cm

46 cm "xs" |
46 cm |
51 cm |
56 cm
Rental Bike PLUS 20/27-speed
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

Sportier, lighter and more precise premium rental bike with diamond frame

Body size approx. 155 cm - 205 cm

46 cm |
51 cm |
60 cm |
63 cm
Children's bike
Dereilleur gears with freewheel

High-quality children's bike whose number of gears is determined by the size of the bike

Body size approx. 115 cm - 150 cm

20 inch |
24 inch |
26 inch
Follow-Me
Children's bike + Follow-Me

For children who are already able to ride the bike on their own, but would also like to be pulled along the route by their parents, we offer a Follow-Me always in combination with an Eurobike 20 inch children's bike (body size approx. 115 cm - 150 cm) and a rental bike for the parents.

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel information 1 x per room (German, English, French)
  • 1 train ride Pontebba – Udine incl. your bike
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Return transfer by minibus to Villach every Saturday morning, costs EUR 99/person, for your own bike additionally EUR 29, reservation is necessary, to be paid for in advance
  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Villach train station
  • Klagenfurt, Salzburg or Ljubljana airports
  • Public car park free of charge or underground car park, cost approx. EUR 40/week
  • Return journey by public transport is only possible with change of train

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • Luggage transfer
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel information 1 x per room (German, English, French)
  • 1 train ride Pontebba – Udine incl. your bike
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Return transfer by minibus to Villach every Saturday morning, costs EUR 105/person, for your own bike additionally EUR 39, reservation is necessary, to be paid for in advance
  • Bike rental, including rental bike insurance

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Villach train station
  • Klagenfurt, Salzburg or Ljubljana airports
  • Public car park free of charge or underground car park, cost approx. EUR 40/week
  • Return journey by public transport is only possible with change of transportation

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

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