Drava/Drau cycle path, South Tyrol – Lake Klopeinersee
Drava cycle path classic: South Tyrol - Klopeinersee
The Drau cycle path is one of the most spectacular bicycle routes in Europe and has been classified from ADFC as 5-star-quality-route. The tour starts on the source of the river Drava in Dobbiaco/Toblach. This is the place where Gustav Mahler, the composer, found most of his inspiration. The river Drau accom-panies you on the way to the Lake Klopeiner See.
Pasing the east Austrian capital of Lienz you cycle through Spittal a.d. Drau and Rosegg. On the way you will encounter several lakes where you can have a refreshing bath. Or you just enjoy the sun on the banks of the Millstätter*, Ossiacher*, Faaker or Wörthersee* Lakes.This tour is ideal for beginners and families.
The route mainly takes you alongside the river Drau and there are no steep inclines. The bicycle path is well marked. (*can be reached doingsome loops).
ON THE PATH
8 days / 7 nights
Day 1: Hochpustertal (Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco)
Individual arrival at the hotel in Hochpustertal. Free, unguarded public car park near the hotel.
Day 2: Hochpustertal – Lienz/surroundings
(approx. 50 - 55 km)
Starting in Villabassa/Dobbiaco you cycle along the bike path to San Candido and then on to Sillian. Afterwards it is downhill all the way to the Austrian town of Lienz, where already the „Illyrer“ founded one colony, which was developed by the Romans to the city „Aguntum“.
Day 3: Lienz/surroundings – Dellach/Berg im Drautal
(approx. 30 - 35 km)
Visit the outdoor museum “Aguntum” - excavations and discoveries report about that Roman settlement. You leave from where the Isel flows into the Drau and carry on with the bike path to Oberdrauburg (“Perchten and Alm” museum and old mill) and then to Berg. This was once an important Roman Trade Route.
Day 4: Dellach/Berg im Drautal – Sachsenburg/Spittal a.d. Drau
(approx. 30 - 45 km)
From Dellach/Berg you pass through idyllic landscape and dreamy villages en route to Sachsenburg/Spittal a. d. Drau. You have the possibility of taking a detour to lake Millstättersee for a quick swim or a short rest. Spittal a.d. Drau is famous for its comedies at Castle Porcia, one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles in Austria to visit.
Day 5: Sachsenburg/ Spittal a.d. Drau – Rosegg/Mühlbach
(approx. 60 - 70 km)
This day takes you to Rosegg/Mühlbach via Villach, the second largest town in Carinthia. Villach is not only well known for its carnival adventures, but also for its fair. There are also many interesting places to visit. Through its position at the border triangle Carinthia-Slovenia-Italy you will experience the mediterranean flair. The nice and well preserved medieval city centre invites to stroll and linger. Along the bike path you cycle to Rosegg/Mühlbach.
Day 6: Rosegg
(approx. 55 - 60 km)
Today the bike tour leads you through the charming Rosental. During your journey along the Drau cycle path you get the possibility for the one or another cultural or sportive side trip. At lake Feistritz you can do canoeing or you visit the gunsmiths and Carnica museum of apiculture in Ferlach. Gain an insight view on bee hives, beekeeping tools and much more. The exhibition also documents the apiculture traditions of the Rosental valley. The Tscheppa gorge is 1.2 km long. The 26 m high Tschauko waterfall and the gateway through the rock are well worth seeing.
Day 7: Mühlbach – Lake Klopeiner See; Lake Klopeiner See
You are spoilt for choice: either a relaxing day on the banks of lake Klopeiner See or you start for an individual bicycle tour in Southern Carinthia.
Day 8: Lake Klopeinersee
Individual departure from Lake Klopeinersee or extension of your stay.
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By car: on the motorway Brenner/Brennero (A22) to Brixen/Bressanone – take the exit „Brixen/Pustertal“, then along the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria (SS49) to Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco, depending on the location of your hotel. Drive along the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in Eastern Tyrol (Austria) and then further into Italy through the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa, depending on the location of your hotel.
By train: Take the train from Innsbruck over the Brenner/Brennero to Franzensfeste/Fortezza. Change trains for the valley Pustertal/Valle Pusteria - Lienz and get off either at Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco depending on the location of your hotel. Timetable available on: www.deutschebahn.de, www.oebb.at, www.trenitalia.com.
By plane: Low cost flights are available to Innsbruck airport, “Sant’ Angelo - Antonio Canova” airport in Treviso and/or to the Marco Polo airport in Venice. On request, we can organise transfers from the airport to the starting point of the cycle tour.
Guesthouses and hotels 3*** and 4**** category.
Attention: Tourist tax – if requested - has to be paid directly on the spot!
Free unattended parking facilities for the duration of the bicycle tour at a nearby public parking area.
Return transfer by shuttle bus every Sunday from Klopeinersee to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa at a price of € 79.00 per person (bicycle included – reservation and payment upon booking).
Alternative: Good train connections from Klagenfurt over Villach/Lienz to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa at a price of approx. € 35.00 per person (limited availability for bicycles on the trains). Timetable on: www.trenitalia.com, www.oebb.at, www.deutschebahn.de.
• 21-gear women’s or men’s bicycle
• Rental bike TOP
• E-bike (Unisex bike, 500 W battery, range up to 100 km)
• Accommodation in guesthouses and hotels 3*** and 4**** category
• Breakfast buffet or full breakfast
• Personal tour information
• Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
• Well planned routes
• Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)
• Telephone service hotline for the whole tour
• Navigation app; GPS data
• 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 service
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