Road Bike Tour Dolomites - Italy, Austria and Slovenia
About your bike tour
Cycle like an Italian pro racer in the Dolomites and Julian Alps mountains on this incredible road bike tour.
Take in three countries in one week by bicycle. 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 provides the ideal backdrop for a sporting racing bike holiday.
After riding your daily stage, relax with delicious local culinary delights accompanied by world famous local wines. A spectacular final stage continues along the Adriatic coastline to Trieste formerly the harbour city of the Habsburg Empire.
Participants arrive at the hotels in the Alta Pusteria from where the tour commences.
The riding begins today along the breathtaking and picturesque road on the southern slopes of the Alta Pusteria. After the first kilometres from Toblach to Abfaltersbach situated in Eastern Tyrol which serves as a warm-up for the muscles; the following
stages will seek to make demands on the ambitions of every cyclist.
Your efforts will be rewarded largely by the magnificent landscapes and farming communities, existing within the old customs and traditions together with the discovery of the many cultural cities and towns. The wonderful sights of the mountain ranges as viewed from Lienz, adds to the majestic compilation.
Once passed the chasm at Lienz, the route goes downhill to Leisach and Lienz and after a short while Oberdrauburg is in sight.
After a short time in the saddle the first ascent to Gailberg Pass awaits you, but it doesn’t last too long before the road descends into the valley towards Kötschach Mauthen. From this point and for the biggest part of the day, the trip is dedicated to wheeling
comfortably through the flat and wide Gail Valley sheltered on both sides by the contrasting jagged mountain cliff tops.
Tired calves will be re-energized at the sun kissed shore of Lake Presegger, the warmest swimming Lake in Austria.
Overnight in Feistritz im Rosental.
Shortly after Kärnten you reach the border to 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 at 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 after which the National Park is named.
The day brings to a close at the romantic Lake Bled in Slovenia.
Cycling out of Bled you ride through the Bohinj valley and take in its wide and breathtaking grandeur edged by the jagged cliffs and peaks of the Julian Alps. You will encounter the first challenges of the day as you cycle through the saddlle of Mount “Bohinjsko Sedlo”. Again and again, you are rewarded with exceptional views of the summits crowning the Triglav massiv and the Savatal Mountains.
As you descend down the other side at a racy speed into the Soca Valley, you will catch a glimpse beyond the mountains towards the shore. As you bypass Tolmin and Kobarid, it will be a sign of your departure from Slovenia into Italy.
Your energy store will be replenished at dinner with pasta and wine in Cividale del Friuli.
Close to Cividale and near to the Slovenian border, you will find the Castelmonte Abbey, one of the oldest places for Christian Pilgrimages in Italy. Continue through Collio Goriziano, one of the best known wine regions in Italy.
As you cycle up and down the hills and dales, you will leave behind a myriad of wine estates. The fragrant perfumes of the vines tempt a sampling of the pressed nectar at the numerous wine cellars along the way. In the centre of the Collio region you will come across the little town of Cormons hosting traces of the Austrian legacy.
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 up 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 extend your stay on the Adriatic coastline.
Photos of this bike tour
What we love
- Cycling the classic peaks of the Giro d'Italia
- Visiting three great countries in a week - Italy, Austria and Slovenia
- The crystal clear waters of Lake Bled
What to know
- This tour is for riders with a good level of physical fitness.
- We'll be riding 80 to 110 km per a day with some steep climbs
- This tour can be offered as a guided tour for groups of 6 or more
- The Collio, a well-known wine region in Friaul
Low cost flights are available to “Sant’ Angelo - Antonio Canova” airport in Treviso and to the Marco Polo airport in Venice which offer an excellent airport shuttle to and from
Mestre / Marghera.
Upon a request, we even organise transfers from the airport to the starting point of the
Return-transfer by shuttle-bus every Saturday from Trieste to the Alta Pusteria at the cost of € 69,00 for person, including bicycle (to be paid at the briefing); a reservation is necessary as there are limited places
On every other day transfers are available on request (with a minimum of 4 pax)
May 3rd – September 20th 2014
Accommodation & Rates
- $1,102: Double Room (1 bed)
- $1,102: Double Room (2 beds)
- $1,299: Single Room
- $1,048: double room 7 days/6 nights
- $1,246: single room 7 days/6 nights
- 7x hotel
- 7x breakfast
- Personal tour information
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
- Well planned routes
- Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone
- Telephone service hotline for the entire tour
- Free parking in Alta Pusteria
- Return-transfer by shuttle-bus every Saturday from Trieste to the Alta Pusteria at the
- cost of € 75,00 for person, including bicycle (to be paid at the briefing); a reservation is
- necessary as there are limited places
- On every other day transfers are available on request (with a minimum of 4 pax)
Description of Accommodation during the bike tour
Accommodation in Hotels and inns in a 3***star category Breakfast buffet or full breakfast
High Season Markup
- + $60.00: per person (June 26th – September 8th)
since the bikes come in various colors and sizes, your actual bike may vary slightly from those shown here.