Cycling tour Italy, Austria, Slovenia: From the Dolomites to Trieste by the Sea

8 Days

Your trip

Go on a fantastic bike tour that will take you through three diverse countries from the Dolomites to the Adriatic Sea!

Starting from the northeastern Dolomites, the first part of the route leads along the river Drava through the valley of the same name and then continues through the Gailtal valley on comfortable bike paths through Austria. After a short detour to the Italian border town of Tarvis, you cycle on to Slovenia. At the fairy-tale Lake Bled you will stay at the foot of the Julian Alps.

After a transfer to the south side of the Alps, you will return to Italy to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region and the famous Collio wine region. The former capital of the Longobards, Cividale del Friuli, is worth an extended stroll.

Afterwards, a spectacular conclusion of the Adriatic Sea cycling tour awaits you. On the last day you cycle along the sea to the former Habsburg port city of Trieste.

A wonderful week on two wheels!

Accommodation

You will stay in selected, regionally typical hotels of the 3*** – or 4**** – category along the route. The rooms have shower and toilet. We offer single or double rooms as:

> one double room with one double bed each.

> 2-bed room with two separate beds each.

Note: On this tour, rich in popular excursion sites and seaside resorts, we cooperate with several hotels. This may affect the length of the stage on some days, as well as change the stage finish. In any case, the route description will give you detailed information about all the routes. If a route is shorter one day, then the next one is correspondingly longer the day after. In total you cycle the same route.

The route

Basically the tour is described as easy bike tour for created for everyone. You can also easily add the train rides on your own saddle to the individual daily stages, then the tour goes quite well ‘in the legs’. You can enjoy the trip as a TWIN tour and cycle together at different levels. To appreciate the variety of climbs, descents and pleasure routes.

The route runs mainly on bike paths or along quiet side roads through small villages and idyllic landscapes. In 6 stages you will cover a total of 320 – 380 km.


Please note:
The trip is unfortunately not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Rental bikes

Touring / trekking bike ladies, men: If you want to rent a bike from us, you get a very good unisex touring bike optionally with Shimano Deore / Alivio 27-speed derailleur and freewheel or 7-speed Shimano Nexus gears with coaster and Royal saddle. Also available as a men’s bike.

Premium bike: Aluminum touring bike equipped with Shimano Deore XT, 21-speed derailleur freewheel, unisex bike.

E-bikes: You can also rent an electric bike for this trip. These unisex bikes are equipped with 9-speed gears and assistance up to 25km/h. Performance: approx. 100 km, varying depending on driving style.

All bikes are equipped with mudguards, puncture-proof tires, single-sided waterproof pannier, handlebar bag (1 x per room), bike computer, repair kit (1 x per room) and bike lock.

The bikes of sizes S – XL and the corresponding equipment such as repair kit, air pump, spare tube, bike lock, saddle bag are ready for you at the arrival hotel. At the end of your bike tour, simply drop off the rental bike at the last hotel. Return transportation is provided. Models may vary depending on region and availability.

Please indicate your height when booking!

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.

In Italy, helmets are not compulsory. However, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours. You are also welcome to rent it for the duration of the trip.

Arrival

by train:

Your starting point is Dobbiaco, Villabassa near Dobbiaco or Sillian – depending on your starting hotel. Dobbiaco can be reached via the Brenner railroad line with a change at Franzenfeste station.
From Munich you can take the Flixbusto Brixen and then take the regional train via Frazenfeste to Toblach.
Further information can also be obtained from the travel information service of the Deutsche Bahn or at TrenItalia.

by car:

Via the Brennerautobahn (A22) to Brixen – exit Franzensfeste, Pustertal – through the Pustertal (state road SS49) to Niederdorf or Toblach or Sillian, depending on the hotel of arrival or via the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in East Tyrol and on to Italy in the Hochpustertal (Niederdorf or Toblach or Sillian, depending on the hotel of arrival) A free, unguarded parking lot is available in a nearby public parking lot for the duration of the trip.

Return transfer from Trieste to Dobbiaco / Villabassa

Every Wednesday and Saturday return transfer by shuttle bus from Trieste to Alta Pusteria (Dobbiaco, Villabassa, Sillian). The price is to be paid per person and additionally for each own bike. Please reserve and pay directly at the time of booking.

Alternative

SAF – Bus from Trieste (departure daily at approx. 06.40 hrs) to San Candido. Unfortunately, it is not possible to take bicycles with you. The tour takes about 5 hours. Timetable and details at www.autostazionetrieste.it. Please book this option yourself if you wish to take the SAF bus.

Country information

Please see our entry information for Austria, Italy and Slovenia on our Country Information page.

We recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance. you can find a quote on our travel insurance page.

Unforgettable

  • The vast wine lands of Val Venosta in front of the magnificent mountain panorama
  • Gentle bike paths along rivers and lakes at the foot of the Dolomites

From day to day

Arrival to Alta Pusteria :
Day 1

Individual arrival at the starting hotel in Toblach, Niederdorf or Sillian

Do you have a little more time? Would you like to get a bit of a groove on the bike?

We propose you on komoot a nice extra excursion of 20 km:

Ride past Dobbiaco Lake, follow the long-distance bike path Munich – Venice or the valley road along the Rienz River through the wild and romantic Höhlenstein Valley in the middle of the Three Peaks Nature Park to Dürrensee Lake. After about 10 km, you can stop for a mountain coffee at Lake Dürrensee or beforehand at the Hotel Drei-Zinnen-Blick. Please plan a good 3 hours for this detour into the high mountains. I promise you: you will be thrilled!

Ahoy and greetings to Day 1!

Hotel
Dobbiaco - Oberdrauburg :
Day 2

Cycle tour Hochpustertal / Sillian – Oberdrauburg, approx. 70 km, 200 m ↑ 700 m ↓ ~ 5 h

From the watershed of the Drava and Rienz rivers at the Dobbiaco Saddle, the trail always goes gently downhill along the Drava. Crossing the Italian-Austrian border, you will leave South Tyrol and arrive in Lienz in East Tyrol, with the impressive mountain scenery of the Dolomites lining your path.

Breakfast
Hotel
Oberdrauburg - Feistritz an der Gail :
Day 3

Cycle tour Oberdrauburg – Feistritz an der Gail / Travis
, 65 km, 200 m ↑, 550 m ↓, ~ 6 h

After a short transfer in a minibus to the Gailberg pass (approx. 7 km / 350 Hm), a descent to Kötschach-Mauthen awaits you.

On the Gailtalradweg at the foot of the Carnic ridge you cycle comfortably past Hermagor. Before you reach your stage destination Feistritz an der Gail, the Pressegger See invites all connoisseurs to a relaxing break.

Breakfast
Hotel
Feistritz on the Gail - Bled :
Day 4


Cycling tour
Cycle tour Feistritz an der Gail / Travis – Bled
65 km, 800 m ↑↓, ~ 6 h

You make your way to the Italian state border and continue on the bike path.
Soon you will leave Italy again and enter Slovenia. Passing the famous ski resort of Kranjska Gora, the bike trail leads through a beautiful and largely untouched natural landscape of Slovenia.

Here there is also a possibility to shorten the route by train by about 10 km and some meters of altitude.

You will spend the evening at the romantic lake of Bled. Instead of the next stage, there is also the possibility to spend two nights in Bled.

Breakfast
Bled - Cividale del Friuli :
Day 5


Bike tour
Bike tour Bled – Cividale del Friuli
, 50 km + train ride

After the transfer by train, which will save you the climb to the pass, you will reach the Soca Valley, which is especially popular with canoeists and adventure sports enthusiasts. In Kobarid you will get a historical review of the decisive battles of the First World War, which led to a preliminary decision here.

Afterwards, especially the lovers of good food and wine will get their money’s worth. At the end of the day, the historic town of Cividale of Friuli invites you for a tour. Not only the Devil’s Bridge is worth a visit, because numerous cultures, such as those of the Goths, Lombards and Franks, have shaped this city.

Breakfast
Hotel
Cividale del Friuli - Udine - Gradisca d'Isonzo :
Day 6

Bike tour Cividale del Friuli – Gradisca d’Isonzo
, 60 km, 100 m ↑ 200 m ↓, ~ 4 h

On the way through the Collio Goriziano, center of the Friulan wine region, numerous wine cellars invite you to stop and taste first-class wines. After leaving some smaller hills behind you, you will reach Gradisca d’Isonzo, where you will end the day.

For ambitious cyclists we recommend a slightly longer variant via Udine. Arguably the most important city in the historic region of Friuli, it is well worth exploring at length.

Breakfast
Hotel
Gradisca d'Isonzo - Trieste :
Day 7


Bike tour
Gradisca d’Isonzo – Trieste
, 45 km, 250 m ↑↓, ~ 3 h

The Karst accompanies you on the way to the Adriatic Sea and the castles of Duino and Miramare invite you for a last visit before you enter the former Habsburg city of Trieste.

Hotel
Trieste :
Day 8

Trieste – Farewell to the Mediterranean

Individual departure or possibility of extension.

Breakfast

Services

Included in the travel package

  • Overnight stay in hotels and inns of 3***, partly 4**** category
  • Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
  • Video briefing on the cycle tour
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (Villabassa / Dobbiaco to Trieste)
  • Transfer by minibus from Oberdrauburg to the Gailberg Pass
  • Train transfer from Bled to Most na Soci or Kanal ob Soci (variant 2 nights in Bled)
  • Best worked out route guidance
  • Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, sights, important telephone numbers)
  • Telephone service hotline for the duration of the bike tour
  • Navigation app

not included

  • Tourist tax (payable on the spot)
  • Lunch, dinner, drinks and extras
  • Return transfer Trieste - Alta Pusteria only included if explicitly booked before the start of the trip
  • Bike rental and travel insurance only if booked
  • Anything not expressly mentioned under the item "Included services".

Dates and prices

Arrival days 2024: every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday in …
Season 1 11.05 and 28.09.
Season 2 12.05 – 24.05. and 15.09 – 27.09.
Season 3 25.05. – 09.08. and 19.08. – 14.09.
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 770 € 820 € 900 €
Single room w. breakfast 970 € 1.020 € 1.100 €
Extra nights Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Double room w. breakfast Starting point (Dobbiaco) 100 € 100 € 100 €
Single room w. breakfast Starting point (Dobbiaco) 150 € 150 € 150 €
Double room w. breakfast Destination (Trieste) 100 € 100 € 100 €
Single room w. breakfast Destination (Trieste) 150 € 150 € 150 €
Rental bicycles
Rental bike tours 125 € 125 € 125 €
Rental bike Premium 180 € 180 € 180 €
Rental bike e-bike 250 € 250 € 250 €
Additional services
Return transfer Trieste-Toblach (Wed & Sat only) 100 € 100 € 100 €
Return transfer customer-owned bike 50 € 50 € 50 €
Please note: Depending on the accommodations we book for you, the overnight stops may differ from those indicated in the route plan. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! If you want to follow our tour suggestions, please install the KOMOOT app on your mobile device BEFORE you start your tour. Save this komoot - collection to your device and follow the maps or use the navigation function of komoot.

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