Alps Adria Salzburg - Grado

From Salzburg to Grado

In a week across the Alps to the Adriatic Sea – that sounds like hard work! It is not quite as exhausting if you choose the Alpe Adria cycle route. On the well marked paths the crossing of the Alps is also feasible for pleasure cyclists, because the ascent to the main ridge of the Alps is divided into two daily stages, the last one will be done by using the train. On your journey you will cross the idyllic Salzach valley, Bad Gastein, the impressive high mountain landscape of the Hohe Tauern, the sunny trautal and the wildly rugged canal valley. Cycling on the via Julia Augusta you pass Palmanova and Aquileia and get to the fishing village of Grado.

TOUR PROFILE: The tour runs along bike paths or very quiet side roads, through small viallges and picturesque landscape. The most challenging section over the Pass Lueg can also be bypassed by train. The tour is suitable for children over 16 years.


Tour description

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN SALZBURG 

Individual arrival at the starting hotel in Salzburg. A bicycle trip could not start more impressively than in Salzburg, the city of Mozart. You are surrounded by so many Baroque monuments in this beautiful old town. Take some delicious Mozartkugeln (typical Austrian confectionary) on your journey to the sea.

DAY 2: SALZBURG - ST. JOHANN (APPROX. 70 KM) 

With a view of the fortress Hohensalzburg you leave the city. In the distance the mountains are already visible. The first section takes you along the Salzach. On the way you will pass the former summer residence of the Salzburger Bishops, Hellbrunn palace. For more than 400 years, the extraordinary water games have been a delight for young and old. On the Tauern cycle path, the journey continues in the direction of Hallein, known for its crooked town-houses and above all for the white gold- salt. Another highlight on the way is the waterfall in Golling. The Pongau cathedral and the town of St. Johann are already visible on the horizon.

DAY 3: ST. JOHANN - MÖLLTAL (APPROX. 55 KM + TRAIN)

The journey continues through the tranquil Gastein valley. Until the 20th centruy, it was only accessible along mountain paths and narrow roads. Framed by the peaks of the Hohe Tauern, you cycle along the Gasteiner Ache (river). Passing Dorfgastein adn Bad Hofgastein you reach the famous helath resort Bad Gastein. The „Montecarlo of the Alps“, as the place i soften called, is known for its many splendid hotels from the „Belle Epoque“. The main attraction here is the Gastein waterfall, which has been the focal point of many artists and poets. From here you continue to Böckstein and get on the train along the Tauernschleuse (railway line) to Mallnitz. You cycle downhill towards your accommodation.

DAY 4: MÖLLTAL - VILLACH (APPROX. 75 KM)

Today you cycle along the river möll through the impressive mountain landscapes. This section of the cycle path is also known as the Glocknerradweg. It goes mostly slightly downhill and leads through the Hohe Tauern National Park up to Möllbrück. From there the Drau cycle path leads to Spittal, famous for its Renaissance castle of Procia. The stage ends in the second largest city in Carinthia. Villach is not only famous for its Carnival, but also known for its Villacher Kirchtag (folklore festival). In addition, numerous places of interest await you. If you still have enough time, we recommend you to take a swim in one of the lakes around the city.

DAY 5: VILLACH – MOGGIO UDINESE / TOLMEZZO / VENZONE (APPROX. 85 – 90 KM, OR APPROX. 40 – 58 KM + TRAIN)

Following the river Gail you leave Villach behind and shortly after you say goodbye to Austria and enter Italy. In the three-nation corner Italy-Austria-Slovenia extends the Kanaltal valley, whose main centre is the town of Tarvisio, on the Italian border. Here Austrians, Slovenes, Friulians and Italians have been living together for hundreds of years, because all the three big European language families – Teutons, Romans and Slavs – join there. The town of Tarvisio is not only one of the most important mountain resorts of Friuli Venezia Giulia, but it is also famous for tis winter offer in this region. Continuing through the valley of kanaltal you can admire the beauty of the Friuli-Alps-Region with an intact, unspoilt nature and vast, intact forests. If you want, you can take the train (ticket not included) to Ugovizza and shorten a part of the route.

DAY 6: MOGGIO UDINESE / TOLMEZZO / VENZONE - UDINE (APPROX. 60 KM)

The small town of Gemona del Friuli, situated at the southern end of the Kanaltal Valley and at the foothills of the Julian Alps, is considered one of the most beautiful historic towns in Friuli Venezia Giulia. The town is dominated by the majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which is well worth a visit. The wine prevails on today’s stage. Hills full of vineyards line your way and invite you to taste some local wine. The town of Udine, characterised by Venetian influences, radiates peace and tranquility; over a coffee in the „piazza“ or a stroll through the city centre you can admire its impressive buildings of the late Gothic and Renaissance.

DAY 7: UDINE - GRADO (APPROX. 55 KM)

Accompanied by the breeze of the Scirocco you pass through reed landscapes and water canals and arrive in Grado, a historic city of fishers and one of the most popular beach resorts on the Adriatic sea.

DAY 8: DEPARTURE OR EXTENSION

Individual departure or possiblity to extend your stay on the Adriatic Sea.


Leistungen:

  • Accommodation in guesthouses and hotesl of the 3*** and 4**** category
  • Breakfast buffet or full breakfast
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Well planned routes
  • Train ride Böckstein – Mallnitz, bicycle included
  • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)
  • Personal tour information
  • Telephone service hotline for the entire tour

Extras:

  • Rental bike (21- gears women’s or men’s bicycle) - € 79,-
  • E-Bike - € 169,-
  • Return transfer from Grado to Villach - € 139,- per person (incl. bicycle)

Accommodation:

You will stay in guesthouses and hotels of the 3*** and 4**** category. Tourist tax – if requested – has tob e paid on the spot.

Travel information:

Arrival by car: In Austria, motorway A1 or A10, from Germany motorway A8.                                                                                      By train: Salzburg main station                                                                                                                                                                    Airport: Salzburg, München, Wien (good train connections)

Parking: chargeable parking place either directly at the hotel or public garage approx. 65 € / week.

Return transfer Grado - Salzburg:

Return transfer every Saturday and Thursday (11.06-22.08.2020) from Grado to Salzburg by shuttle bus - € 139,- per person (bicycle included – reservation and payment upon booking).

Minimum number of participants: 

2 persons


Overview

Arrival possible every Saturday from 02.05. until 26.09.2020.                                                                                   Additional arrival possible every Thursday from 11.6 until 26.08.2020.

Special dates are possible for groups of 5 or more people!

8 Days/ 7 Nights

Individual


Prices 2020

 Season 1

INDIVIDUAL TOUR 02.05.-19.06. & 19.09.-26.09.2020
P.p.P. in DB/BB € 779,-
P.p.P. in SR/BB € 948,-

Additional Night

SALZBURG 02.05.-19.06. & 19.09.-26.09.2020
P.p.P. / night in DB/BB € 75,-
P.p.P. / night in SR/BB € 100,-
GRADO 02.05.-19.06. & 19.09.-26.09.2020
P.p.P. / night in DB/BB € 69,-
P.p.P. / night in SR/BB € 98,-

 Season 2

INDIVIDUAL TOUR 20.06.-12.09.2020
P.p.P. in DB/BB € 858,-
P.p.P. in SR/BB € 1.027,-

Additional Night

SALZBURG 20.06.-12.09.2020
P.p.P. / night in DB/BB € 75,-
P.p.P. / night in SR/BB € 100,-
GRADO 20.06.-12.09.2020
P.p.P. / night in DB/BB € 69,-
P.p.P. / night in SR/BB € 98,-

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