Road bike Dolomites – Trieste, variant 2 nights in Bled
A 3 country tour through Italy, Austria and Slovenia
Take in three countries in one week by bike. Italy, Austria and Slovenia will present their best features to you. You will witness varying and unique mountain ranges; untouched natural landscapes; crystal clear
lakes; soft wine lands embedded against the hillsides and above all, extraordinary sought out stages provide the ideal backdrop for a sporting race bike holiday.
This tour facilitates a combination of sprinting and comfortable coasting on the various legs. Your sporting efforts will be rewarded by the range of culinary delights accompanied by a drop of wine. A specta-cular final stage continues along the Adriatic coastline to Trieste formerly the harbour city of the Habsburg Empire.
A sporty-racing-bike trip on streets aside of the big traffic (except during high season July/August).
8 days / 7 nights
Individual arrival at the hotel in Hochpustertal. Free, unguarded public car park near the hotel.
(approx. 85 km, ascent 1.200 m difference in altidude)
The first km from Hochpustertal to Abfaltersbach in East-Tyrol (Austria) will warm up your muscles. The following ascents will demand ambition from every cyclist. In Lesach and Gailtal valley you will be rewarded with a marvellous rural landscape, traditions & customs and lots of cultural sites. A last ascent over the Gailbergsattel and a rapid downhill ride will take you to Oberdrauburg.
(approx. 70 km, ascent 390 m difference in altitude, or option via Weißensee approx. 75 km, ascent 1.000 m difference in altitude)
Following the river Gail you continue heading south, passing small typical villages. Soon you will reach the Pressegger See. With up to 28° C water temperature, the „Bath of the Gailtal“ is one of the warmest lakes in Austria and is one of the first to open the swimming season in Carinthia. If you like the athletic challenge, you can choose the more challenging option via lake Weißensee. Just right after the start the first steep ascent towards Weißensee is waiting for you (as an option to shorten this part you can use a boat ride – ticket not included). After a while you will reach lake Farchtensee, following the valley and passing small villages you arrive in Feistritz a. d. Gail.
(approx. 125 km, ascent 2.200 m difference in altitude)
Shortly after Kärnten (Carinthia) you reach the border and continue towards Tarvis. After a comfortable introduction to this stage, you will start to scale up to Passo del Predil. The pass serves as border between Italy and Slovenia and the deserted border station signifies the end of the ascent before dipping speedily downwards. By looping back and forth, you work your way up to the Vrsic. The journey through the Triglav National park in the Julian Alps and passing by Kranjska Gora and Jesenice will direct you through some of the most unique landscape; settings offering clear lakes, foamy rivulets, thundering waterfalls, undisclosed ravines and the Triglav Mountain, the highest in Slovenia and namesake of the eponymous National Park. The day fades away at the romantic lake Bled.
Enjoy one day off at the beautiful lake Bled situated in a picturesque environment, surrounded by mountains and forests.
(approx. 130 km, ascent 1.600 m)
Look forward to cycle into the Bohinj valley! A wide breathtakingly beautiful valley with cragged slopes of the Julian Alps. With the Bohinjsko Sedlo you will have the first challenge of the day. Marvellous view over the Triglav massivand the Sava valley accompany you. Cycling through the Soca Valley you will arrive to Gradisca d’Isonzo where you will spend the night.
(approx. 90 km, ascent 850 m difference in altitude)
From a distance your face will be caressed by a soft sea breeze proclaiming the ever nearing Adriatic Sea. The hinterland dotted with Karsts formations, is a region made up of white broken limestone cliffs housing countless caves leaning towards a slightly bizarre appearance. Where the high Karsts plateaus submerge into the deep blue water and the white precipices tower vertically towards the sky the coastal road trails through evocative resorts such as Duino, Sistiana, Miramare and Barcola. Time should be allocated to visit Castle Miramare nestling in the middle of a beautiful park perched high above the bay of Grignano. Over the Gulf of Trieste you will spend a night in the city bearing the same name and past times, the harbour metropolis of the Habsburg Empire.
Individual departure 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 or 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.
Inns and hotels 3***, partly 4**** category.
Attention: Tourist tax – if requested – has to be paid 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 Saturday from Trieste to Hochpustertal (Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa) at a price of € 79.00 per person (bicycle included – reservation and payment upon booking).
Alternatives: SAF – Bus from Trieste (daily at approx. 06.40 a.m. duration approx. 5 hours) to San Candido/Innichen at the cost of approx. € 23.00 per person (no bicycle transport possible). Timetable and details on: www.autostazionetrieste.it.
Bianchi Intenso Carbon – Veloce/Shimano 105 10V Compact (on request, limited availability) or similar version.
• Accommodation in inns and hotels 3***, partly 4**** category
• Breakfast buffet or full breakfast
• Personal tour information
• Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
• Well planned routes
• Detailed documents (maps, GPX tracks, places to visit, important telephone numbers)
• 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“
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