Cycling tour Alpe-Adria from Austria to Italy: Salzburg – Grado in 8 days

8 Days

Your trip

By bike through the Alps to the sea! This unique intercultural composition from the impressive alpine region of Austria and the southern flair of Italy enchanted. It is not for nothing that the famous Alpe – Adria – path is one of the most beautiful bike tours in Europe.

Cycle with us towards the south and experience impressive landscapes, cultural gems, genuine customs and hearty cuisine. Starting from the city of Mozart, this tour takes you varied cycling tour through the lovely Salzach Valley, the wildly romantic Gastein Valley and the idyllic Drau Valley to Carinthia and on to the Adriatic Sea.

Rugged mountain peaks, sweeping rivers, rushing waterfalls and deep Gorges will be your constant companions on this tour towards the sun of the south. And as a reward, delicious Salzburger Nockerl and Carinthian Kasnudeln await you.

So, what else is there to wait for?

This tour wants to have experienced every cyclist heart once in a lifetime!

Experience the mountains and lakes of the Salzburg Alps, the sun of South Tyrol and the vastness of the sea by bike: the hospitality will inspire you, the magnificent nature will enchant you!

Note

Unser Tipp: Wir bieten diese Reise auch in einer leichteren Variante an. Der Alpe-Adria Weg für Genießer lässt Ihnen zwei Tage mehr Zeit, zum Meer nach Grado zu gelangen.

Accommodation

You will stay in family and family-friendly 3*** hotels, inns and guesthouses

Catering

every day a rich breakfast is included

Route and requirements

Follow the well-developed bike path from Salzburger Land to Carinthia and the Adriatic Sea. Discover unique natural and cultural highlights along the way. In total, you will cover 370 kilometers on this tour with your Bicycle back. The route is mostly gently hilly. The most challenging section between St. Johann and the Gastein Valley can be optionally bridged by train.

Most of the time you will cycle on bike paths. Gelegentlich führt der Weg entlang ruhiger Nebenstraßen. Nur wenige Teilstücke führen auch auf stärker befahrenen Straßen oder unbefestigten Wegen.

The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Rental bicycles

Sturdy unisex touring bikes, 7 speeds with hub gears and coaster brake or 21 speeds with derailleur and freewheel (please choose when booking), comfort saddle, 28 inch with different frame heights. On request also 21-speed men’s bike possible.

Rental bike PLUS: the sportier option! High-quality equipment, for example, with 27-speed Shimano Deore XT gears, Magura brakes HS 11 and Suntour suspension fork.

Electric bikes: unisex bikes with electric pedal assistance up to 25 km/h; 8-speed gears with freewheel; range approx. 120 – 180 km (depending on riding style).

Own bikes

It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk. For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable.

For your own safety, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours.

Arrival by train

Travel relaxed by train. Salzburg is easily accessible by train. If you rent the bikes with us, you will also not have any stress with the bike transport. Just get on the train with you, on vacation, ready, go! Information and timetables can be found at Deutsche Bahn(www.bahn.de) or Österreichische Bundesbahn, www.oebb.at.

Return transfer

For the return journey from Grado to Salzburg we recommend you to book our transfer. The return journey by public transport ‘on your own’ is possible, but inconvenient and connected with several changes bus and train. If you book the return transfer through us, you can drive back relaxed on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the morning.

Car/Parking

Parking is available on site from approx. 15,- / day; payable on site; no reservation possible or necessary.

Country information

Please note our information on entering Austria and Italy under our country information. Please also see our notes on package tours.

Worth experiencing

  • The Mozart City Salzburg
  • The Gollinger and Gastein Waterfalls
  • The Salzach breakthrough in the Salzachöfen gorge
  • The Hallein Celtic Museum

From day to day

Arrival :
Day 1

Day 1: Arrival to Salzburg

Already on the day of arrival, an absolute highlight awaits you, the Mozart city of Salzburg. Winding alleys and squares invite you to stroll and dreamy cafés to enjoy genuine Austrian pastry specialties. Visit and tour historical buildings like the cathedral or the fortress.

The travel documents and your rental bikes – if booked – are waiting for you at the hotel.

Salzburg - St. Johann :
Day 2

Bike tour Salzburg – St. Johann, approx. 65 km, 500 m ↑, 400 m ↓, approx. 5 h

Out of Salzburg and off in the direction of the south. Through shady meadows along the Salzach you cycle to Hallein, a Celtic town once rich from salt mining. Hallein surprises with a romantic old town with small alleys, archways and houses with magnificent facades.

Past the rushing waterfall you cycle through Bischofshofen, pass Golling and roll along the well-maintained cycle path to St. Johann. Unmistakable – like double mountain peaks – the towers of the Pongau Cathedral rise up here.

Breakfast
St. Johann - Mölltal :
Day 3

Bike tour St. Johann, 65 km, 500 m ↑, 400 m ↓, approx. 5 h + 15 min. train ride

Shortly after Schwarzach you say goodbye to the Salzach, from today on the Gasteiner Ache accompanies you through the wild and romantic Gastein valley. Via Dorfgastein and Bad Hofgastein you cycle to the well-known spa and winter sports resort Bad Gastein at the foot of the Hohe Tauern, which offers a variety of natural-historical and architectural sights. The landmark is the Gastein waterfall in the middle of the village, which has been the motif of many painters and poets.

Now it is only a stone’s throw to Böckstein, where a train of the Tauernschleuse will take you to the other side of the Alps, to Mallnitz, in only 10 minutes.

Back in the saddle, enjoy the exhilarating descent to your hotel in the Möll Valley.

Breakfast
Mölltal - Villach :
Day 4

Bike tour Mölltal – Villach, approx. 20 km & train ride

First along the river Möll you cycle today through impressive high mountain landscapes.

In the village of Möllbrücke begins the Drau Valley and with it the sunny south of Austria. Almost by itself, your bike will roll downhill along the Drava River. In Spittal, they can pay a visit to the Renaissance Porcia Castle – sometimes called the “most beautiful Renaissance building north of the Alps”.

Pedal a few more times and you’ve reached Villach. Enjoy an evening stroll through the old town with its southern flair and the cozy “Beisln” and restaurants.

Breakfast
Villach - Venzone :
Day 5

Bike tour Villach – Venzone, approx. 70 km, 550 m ↑, 1,050 m ↓, approx. 6 h + train ride

You will bridge the ascent to Tarvis by train.

From Travis station you will then cycle leisurely downhill through the Canal Valley, admiring from the saddle the beauties of the Friulian Alpine region with an intact, untouched nature and vast forests. The bike paths are also very well developed in Italy.

One of the pretty villages on the foothills of the Julian Alps serves as an overnight stop.

Breakfast
Venzone - Udine :
Day 6

Bike tour Venzone – Udine, approx. 50 km, 200 m ↑↓, approx. 4 h

At the southern exit of the Canal Valley lies one of the most beautiful historic towns in Friuli Venezia Giulia. The townscape of Gemona del Friuli is dominated by the majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and will also inspire you.

On the way to Udine, the first vines already appear along the bike route. Once in the city, feel the “dolce vita” with a coffee in the “piazza” or during a stroll through the alleys, admiring the late Gothic and Renaissance buildings.

Breakfast
Udine - Grado :
Day 7

Bike tour Udine – Grado, approx. 55 km, 200 m ↑↓, approx. 4 h

Warm breeze of the Scirocco blows around your nose! You will drive through wide reed landscapes and along small water channels towards the Gulf of Venice. In the Roman city of Aquileia, the so-called “Second Rome”, you should in any case plan a stop before you reach your destination of the trip.

One of the most popular seaside resorts on the Adriatic, the historic fishing town of Grado, not only knows how to inspire with its extensive sandy beach, but also the historic harbor and the narrow streets with cozy restaurants exude Italian flair.

Breakfast
Return transfer, departure or extension :
Day 8

Departure or extension

Today it’s time to say goodbye to Italy’s hospitality and laid-back attitude.
Would you like to stay one day longer? Please ask when booking; we will try to find extra nights for you.

Services

are included in the travel package:

  • Overnight stays as listed
  • rich cyclist breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Train ride Böckstein - Mallnitz incl. Wheel
  • Train ride Villach - Tarvis incl. Wheel
  • Best worked out route guidance
  • Detailed travel documents 1 x per room (in German, English), navigation app or GPS data available
  • Service hotline
  • optional with appropriate booking: return transfer to Salzburg. Please be sure to make a reservation at the time of booking

supplement you should:

  • Arrival and departure
  • Tourist tax, if due, payable on site
  • Entrance fees, if any, and everything that is not explicitly listed under "included in the price".

Dates and prices

Days of arrival 2024: daily
Season 1 27.04. – 10.05. and 28.09. – 05.10.
Season 2 11.05. – 24.05. and 07.09. – 27.09.
Season 3 25.05. – 06.09.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Double room w. breakfast 1.100 € 1.240 € 1.300 €
Single room w. breakfast 1.480 € 1.620 € 1.680 €
Extra nights
Additional night in Salzburg double room with breakfast 100 € 110 € 120 €
Additional night, starting point Salzburg single room with breakfast 170 € 170 € 190 €
Extra night destination Grado double room with breakfast 110 € 120 € 130 €
Extra night destination Grado single room with breakfast 160 € 170 € 180 €
Additional services
Return transfer by bus 180 €
Return transfer own bike without insurance 40 €
Note: Return transfer travelers and bring your own bikes to Salzburg every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning possible. When booking, please specify “return transport person” and, if necessary, additionally “return transport bicycle without insurance”.
Rental bicycles
Touring bike 125 € 125 € 125 €
Touring bike Premium 180 € 180 € 180 €
E-bike 270 € 270 € 270 €

Questions

Arrival by train?

Yes! Salzburg is easily accessible by train. Information and timetables can be found at Deutsche Bahn (www.bahn.de) or Bahn Österreichs (www.oebb.at). If you rent the bikes with us, you will also not have any stress with the bike transport. Just get on the train with you, on vacation, ready, go!

How to get back from Grado to Salzburg

For the return journey from Grado to Salzburg we recommend you to book our transfer. The return journey by public transport ‘on your own’ is possible, but inconvenient and connected with several changes bus and train. If you book the return transfer through us, you can drive back relaxed on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the morning.
You simply leave rental bikes at your destination. Own bikes can be booked – at your own risk – for the return transfer.

Can I bring my own bikes?

Yes. Of course. However, please note that you take your bikes at your own risk. We cannot accept any liability for possible damage to your own bike during the entire bike trip or during transport trips.

Which bikes can I rent?

We have touring bikes in standard or sporty version as well as e-bikes, parent – child tandems or child trailers in our offer. Please specify what you would like when booking:

1) Sturdy unisex touring bikes, 7 speeds with hub gears and coaster brake or 21 speeds with derailleur and freewheel (please choose when booking), comfort saddle, 28 inch with different frame heights. On request also 21-speed men’s bike possible.

2) Rental bike PLUS: the sportier option! High-quality equipment, for example, with 27-speed Shimano Deore XT gears, Magura brakes HS 11 and Suntour suspension fork.

3) Children’s bikes: 12-, 18- or 24-speed and freewheel. We are happy to provide this in the following sizes: 20, 24, or 26 inches.
Note: The number of gears is determined by the size of the wheel.

4) Children’s trailer: from KTM; can accommodate up to 2 children. Suitable from one and a half years or up to a height of 105 cm and 20 kg (two children up to 15 kg each).

5) Follow-Me: For children who can already ride a bike independently, but who would like to be pulled along the track by their parents from time to time. Bookable in combination with a 20 inch children’s bike and a rental bike for the parents.

6) Electric bikes: unisex bikes with electric pedal assist up to 25 km/h; 8-speed gears with freewheel; range approx. 120 – 180 km (depending on riding style).

Is there a child discount or family discount?

No. We do not offer special family discounts on this tour. However, we have our own family variant of the Alpe – Adria – Radweg in the program. The family tour of course offers you family prices.

Please note: The given route is only a suggestion. Follow the paths as you please. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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