Cycle along the Alpe Adria, from Salzburg to Grado

IT - AT - Salzburg - Friuli-Venezia Giulia
  • From 1299 €
  • Holiday type Bicycle holiday
  • Duration 10 days
  • Difficulty Level Media

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 passthe 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.
The tour runs along bike paths or very quiet side roads, through small villages and picturesque landscape. The section over the Pass Lueg can also be bypassed by train..

Included and Not Included Services

Accommodation in guesthouses and hotels 3*** and 4**** category

Breakfast buffet or full breakfast

Personal tour information

Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

Train ride Böckstein – Mallnitz bicycle included

Well planned routes

Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)

Navigation APP

Telephone service hotline for the entire tour

Arrival to the starting point of the tour

Departure at the end of the tour

Drinks, tourist tax and all extras

Lunch, Dinner

Not mentioned entries

Rental bikes and travel insurance

All not expressly mentioned under the item „Included services“

Marvel at the festive backdrop provided by the enormous patriarchal basilica with its baptistery and 73-metre tower.
PLEAMLE: Pleamle is a tightrope walk between traditional costume and modern lifestyle. The daring to combine folk culture from the Alpine region with sophisticated clothing.
The sanctuary of the Madonna of Lussari, where according to tradition the Virgin is said to have appeared, is located on Lussari Mountain (Monte Lussari).
As early as the 1870s, there was a traffic flow between the national border and Udine the "Pontebbana" - pontafelbahn On the railway line, which has been closed down today, a well-developed and asphalted cycle path has been created.
Wonderfully restored bistro, which is housed in the old station building - an ideal stop for a break.
Thanks to the many grants, Venzone has been able to recover from the natural disasters rebuilt as it looked like in the Middle Ages. It is a member of the "borghi più belli d'Italia" . Venzone is known for the processing of lavender.
For beach lovers Grado – also known as a sunshine or golden island – is one of the best beach resorts on the Upper Adriatic and has an old town and a history.
The Loggia del Lionello is one of the oldest and most important historical buildings in Udine. It was built in Piazza Libertà by Nicolò Lionello.
Mirabell Palace was built in 1606 by Prince Archbishop Wolf Dietrich for his Salome Alt. Today it houses the offices of the mayor and the town council.
Hunting lodges are for hunting, residences for living and governing - but what is a pleasure palace? Very simple: a place for celebration, pleasure and relaxation.
Spittal an der Drau
The comedy plays in the Porcia Castle are one of the established highlights of the Carinthian Summer of Culture and have been offering the opportunity to enjoy stylish entertainment in the small historic town for more than 55 years.

Day 1: 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 3: Salzburg - Golling

(approx. 35 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 townhouses and above all for the white gold - salt. Another highlight is the waterfall in Golling.

Day 3: Golling - St. Johann

(approx. 35 km)

From Golling the route leads up to the Pass Lueg-Höhe. At 552 m, the pass is one of the lowest, nevertheless it offers a wonderful view on the Hagen and Tennen mountains. A worthwhile excursion leads to the „Salzachöfen“. Getting into the gorge and coming back takes about half an hour. On the horizon you can already see the fortress Hohenwerfen, which is famous for its impressive bird of prey show. You keep cycling along the Salzach river up to your overnight accommodation.

Day 4: St. Johann - Bad Gastein/Mallnitz

(approx. 55 km)

The journey continues through the tranquil Gastein valley. Until the 20th century, 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 and Bad Hofgastein you reach the famous health resort Bad Gastein. The "Montecarlo of the Alps“, as the place is often called, is known for its many splendid hotels from the „Belle Époque“. The main attraction here is the Gastein waterfall, which has been the focal point of many artists and poets.

Day 5: Bad Gastein/Mallnitz - Spittal a. Drau

(approx. 40 km + train)

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 Möllbrücke. From there the Drau cycle path leads to Spittal, famous for its Renaissance castle of Porcia.

Day 6: Spittal a. Drau - Villach

(approx. 35 km)

Today stage follows the flow of the Drau river and 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 7: Villach - Venzone/surroundings

(approx. 85-90 km or ca. 40-60 km + train, ticket not included)

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, indeed 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 its winter offer. 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 8: Venzone/surroundings - Udine

(approx. 55 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 tranquillity; 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 9: Udine - Grado

(approx. 55 km)

Accompanied by the breeze of the Scirocco you pass through reed landscapes and water canals and arrive to Grado, a historic city of fishers and one of the most popular beach resorts on the Adriatic sea. Along the way the city of Palmanova - UNESCO World Heritage Site- and the extensive excavation areas of the ancient city of Aquileia await your visit

Day 10: Grado

Individual departure from Grado or possibility to extend your stay on the Adriatic Sea.

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It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

Price per night in double room with breakfast Salzburg 89 €
Price per night in double room with breakfast Grado 89 €

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

rental bike 21-gear (women) 109 €
rental bike 21-gear (men) 109 €
rental bike TOP (men) 185 €
TOP bike (unisex) 185 €
rental electric bike 269 €

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

Return transfer per person 175 €

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

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By car: Salzburg is well connected to international motorways, and this makes the city easy to reach. If you reach the City of Mozart from Austria, take the A1 or A10 Motorway, or drive in from Germany on the A8.
By train: by offering numerous domestic as well as international connections, Salzburg Main Station is the most important rail hub in Western Austria. And since it lies right on the border with Germany, the station is administered jointly by Austrian Railways (ÖBB) and the German Rail (DB). Timetables on:,,
By plane: Salzburg W. A. Mozart Airport is the second-largest airport in Austria and is served by several different airlines. Furthermore, the major international airports in Vienna and Munich are only about 2 to 3 hours away using public transportation.

Guesthouses and hotels 3*** and 4**** category.
Attention: Tourist tax – if requested – has to be paid on the spot!

We suggest the public parking at the train station or at the airport - reservation not possible.

Return transfer every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Grado to Salzburg by shuttle bus - € 175.00 per person + € 39.00 per own bike (reservation required, payment upon booking).

• 21-gears women‘s or men‘s bicycle
• TOP bike (unisex model - man model on request)
• E-bike (UNISEX bike, 500 W battery; range up to 100 km)

We suggest travel insurance.

The cycle tour takes you on cycle paths or along very quiet side roads through small villages and idyllic landscapes.

Depending on the stage/location it is possible to use public transport (train or bus) to pass the respective daily stage.
In limited numbers and if requested in time, it is also possible to travel with our luggage transfer (only by agreement with us - possibly at an additional cost).

Tour information

  • Duration 10 days
  • Minimum age 16 years and older
  • Difficulty Level Media
  • Distance 355 - 405 km