Villach - Grado - Trieste
The Alpe-Adria-Tour II.
Fair Weather Cyclist
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Arrival in Villach
You leave Villach by cycling along the Gail river. Before you know it you leave Austria and will be welcomed into Italy. In the triangle of Italy, Austria and Slovenia sprawls the canal valley and the Italian city of Tarvis builds the centre of it. Austrians, Slovenians and Italians have all been living here for centuries, which means that all three big European families of languages – Germans, Romans and Slavs – are meeting up here.
On your way to Maggio you cycle further through the valley and can admire this beautiful alpine region with intact and untouched nature and forests.
Gemona is located at the southern end of the canal valley and in the foothills of the Julian Alps. It is considered to be one of the loveliest historical places within the region. Gemona is characterised by its Santa Maria Assunta cathedral, which is definitely worth a visit.
Wine determines this route. Hills with grape-vines accompany you and invite you for a wine tasting session. Udine has been highly influenced by Venice and the place gives off a sense of peace and prudence. Whilst enjoy a coffe on the 'piazza' or whilst taking a stroll around the old town you can admire the significant architecture from the late Gothic and Renaissance periods.
Accompanied by the breeze of Scirocco you will go past landscapes with reed and water canals all the way to Grado, which is an historic fishing harbour and popular bathing resort on the Adriatic coastline.
Today you are spoilt for choice! You can either have an exciting day in Aquileia along the tracks of the Romans or you can have a relaxing day by the sea. Discover the secrets of the “second Rome” – roman ruins, ancient churches and lonesome landscapes. Alternatively you can enjoy the warm sun in the lagoon whilst sitting on a beach that runs for miles in a deckchair.
The karst accompanies you through the back country on your way to the Adriatic Sea. You follow a breathtaking beautiful coastal area. Palace Miramare is well-worth a visit before you reach the former Habsburg city, Trieste. The old harbour and trading town is a worthy finish of this bike tour. Optional: it’s possible to shorten the stage by continuing by train from Monfalcone (about 35 km + train ride, ticket not included)
Departure or extension
Easy bike tour on bike paths or along quiet side roads through small villages and idyllic landscapes. We recommend this tour for children aged 14 years or older.
Category: 3*** hotels, partly 4**** hotels
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
- Personal tour information
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Detailed travel documents
- Service hotline
Arrival / Parking /Departure
- Villach train station
- Klagenfurt, Salzburg or Ljubljana airport
- Parking space at the hotel or near the hotel. Public car park garage costs about €35 per week. A reservation is not possible, pay there.
- Every Wednesday and Saturday return transfer by shuttle bus from Trieste to Villach, price €59 per person, bike included. A reservation is necessary
- Good train connection between Trieste and Villach