Road bike Alpe-Adria

IT - AT - Carinthia - Friuli-Venezia Giulia
  • Holiday type Road bike
  • Duration 8 days
  • Difficulty Level Media

The tour leads from Austria over the border to Italy, more precisely to the region Friuli-Venezia Giulia. From the southern calcareous Alps with the biggest connected woodlands, to the green hilly landscape in the middle and the lagoons or rather the Karst landscape in the south you will pass through completely different countrysides. The region at the north end of the Adria has much to offer even in culinary way: fantastic wines, tasty cheeses and at least the world-famous Prosciuto di San Daniele.

Starting point of this road bike holiday is the Drau town of Villach, with its picturesque pedestrian zones and coffee shops. The Kärnten Therme in Villach-Warmbad is one of the most modern spa experience worlds in Austria and is open all year round. A side trip takes you to lake Ossiacher See. Because of its particular climatic conditions, you can take a bath from May on.
Sporty cycling tour for road bikers with good basic training, running on asphalted cycling paths and little trafficked roads. In the Gailtaler and Carnic Alps you have to overcome longer ascents, apart from that most of the route is hilly or flat.

Included and Not Included Services

Accommodation in 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, GPX tracks, places to visit, important telephone numbers)

Telephone service hotline for the entire 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 services“

The Castello di San Giusto is situated on the hill of the same name, the ancient centre of Trieste and is a medieval castle and fortress built in 1471.
Admire the botanical variety in the park surrounding the Castle or enjoy the view over the Gulf of Trieste!
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.
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.

Day 1: Villach

Individual arrival at the starting hotel in Villach. Parking place close to the hotel available.

Day 2: Villach – Tarvisio

(approx. 95 km, ascent approx. 1.250 m difference in altitude)

On your first cycling day the tour starts from Villach and goes along the south side of lake Ossiacher See through the villages Heiligen Gestade, Ostriach, Ossiach and Old-Ossiach. From the Bleistätter Moor you will enjoy a wonderful view over the lake. In the north, following the cycling path R2A you cycle towards Villach, passing some attractions of the region, like the Ossiach Collegiate Church or the Steinhaus (Stone House) in Steindorf. After an excursion to the Drautal, you need to conquer the Gailtaler Alps and cycling through the Kanaltal you arrive at the Italian border town of Tarvisio.

Day 3: Tarvisio – Tolmezzo

(approx. 90 km, ascent approx. 1.500 m difference in altitude)

Tarvisio, a small city – surrounded by wide valleys and woods – with its modern look and ancient soul, full of traditions, is your starting point of today’s cycle tour. It is not only one of the most important mountain resorts of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, but it is also a winter area of this region. Today you cycle along the Val Rio del Lago and onto the top of the pass Sella di Nevea and through the lower part of the Kanaltal to Pontebba. Once again you need to start to pedal to climb the last ascent. As soon as you are on top enjoy a long descent to Tolmezzo.

Day 4: Tolmezzo – Udine

(approx. 90 km, ascent approx. 1.420 m difference in altitude)

The provincial capital at the confluence of the two rivers Tagliamento and But is characterised by a nice old town centre around the Piazza XX Settembre with the cathedral San Martino. Twice you need to cross the river Tagliamento, which is growing wider and wider. From the densely woodened hilly landscape the tour leads to the Friulian low land. On mostly quite side roads you cycle through original villages and calm side valleys. The university city Udine is the second largest town of the region and owns many fresco paintings from the 18th century.

Day 5: Udine – Grado

(approx. 100 km, ascent approx. 580 m difference in altitude)

On this stage you will pass some highlights, like the city Cividale del Friuli. The main village of the DOC - Designations of Origin “Colli Orientali del Friuli” is an atmospheric little town laying at the river valley of the river Natisone. On and on the streets lead you towards the lagoons but previously you conquer Palmanova. The town is an excellent example of a star fort of the late renaissance, built up by the Venetians in 1593. Another highlight is the ancient roman city Aquileia. The roman archaeological excavations found there were registered at the UNESCO world cultural heritage list in 1998.

Day 6: Grado

You are spoilt for choice: either an exciting day of sightseeing in roman built Aquileia or a relaxing day on the beach.

Day 7: Grado - Triest

(approx. 100 km, ascent approx. 500 m diffence in altitude)

Cycling along the peninsula of Grado in eastern direction you arrive at the river mouth of the Isonzo and further on through the back country across the border to Slovenia. Slowly the scenery changes and the white-grey lime rock of the Karst, overgrown by Macchia and mixed woodland, dominates.

Day 8: Trieste

Individual departure from Grado or extension of your stay on the Adriatic Sea.


By car: Villach is easily accessible on the motorways A2, A10 or A11 (depending on the point of origin).
By train: Good train connections to Villach. Timetable on:,,
By plane: Airport Klagenfurt, Salzburg or Ljubljana. From all three places there are good train connections to Villach.

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

Depending on the first hotel unattended parking facilities are available, either directly at your hotel or nearby (for the overnights booked at the hotel). Public parking garage at the cost of approx. € 40.00 per week.
Reservation of the parking area/parking garage not possible; payable on the spot or free unsupervised parking place near the center.

Return transfer from Trieste to Villach by shuttle bus every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at a price of € 85.00 per person + € 29,00 own bike ( reservation and payment upon booking).

Alternative: From Trieste to Udine and Udine to Villach by train. Timetable on:,

• Pinarello Prince Carbon Mod. 2020 – Shimano 11V (on request, limited availability) or similar version.

We suggest travel insurance

This sporty cycling tour runs on asphalt cycle paths and roads, away from heavy traffic. In the Gailtal and Carnic Alps, there are a few passes to overcome, but otherwise the route is hilly to flat.

Arrival and departure is at your own initiative for all activity holidays.

You are welcome to indicate your preferred hotels on your travel application. We will tryto fulfil your wish.


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Tour information

  • Duration 8 days
  • Difficulty Level Media
  • Distance 475 - 475 km