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Alps-Adriatic cycle trail / Salzburg - Grado

With the E-Bike through the Alps

Map Alps-Adriatic Cycle Trail

Route

Tour profile / Level 2:

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

The tour is suitable for children over 16 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 2: Salzburg – Werfenweng, approx. 50 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. Passing below the Tennengebirge mountains, you will cycle towards your destination Werfenweng, but first you will have to overcome a few metres in altitude. High above you will see the impressive 11th century castle of Hohenwerfen.

Day 3: Werfenweng – Bad Gastein, approx. 60 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. If you are there early enough, you can still take the cable car to the summit and enjoy the alpine panorama.

Day 4: Bad Gastein – Millstätter lake, approx. 70 km + train ride

In Böckstein you have to board the train, which takes you in about 11 minutes comfortably under the spectacular peaks of the Hohe Tauern into the Mölltal valley. Instead of following the original Alpe Adria cycle path, we suggest an alternative through the tranquil Dösental. On the old railway track, an 8 km long descent, leads down to the Glocknerradweg and along the Möll river. The varied landscape will not let you get bored. Today‘s destination is Millstatt, situated on the lake of the same name. At around 141 m the Millstätter See is the deepest lake in Carinthia.

Day 5: Millstätter lake – Tarvis, approx. 78 km

Along the lake with its crystal-clear water, you cycle around the lake for a while and then overcome a small ridge which brings you into the Drau Valley. After this detour, the Alpe-Adria route leads along the leisurely flowing Drava, where some surprises await you. Soon the direction of travel changes and you head south. First along the Gail river, which is ideal for cooling off on hot summer days, and then you cross the border to „Bella Italia“. In the border triangle Austria-Slovenia-Italy lies the small town of Tarvis.

Day 6: Tarvis – Udine, approx. 80 km + train ride (not incl.)

Although the fifth stage is one of the longest of this journey, there are very few ascents to overcome. Strengthened with cappuccino and brioche you start the stage through the Kanltal valley. It is framed by the majestic peaks of the Julian Alps. On the disused railway line you cycle through a total of 22 tunnels. Don‘t miss the culinary delights along the way. Shortly before reaching Venzone, you cross the Tagliamento, one of the last natural rivers in Europe, before reaching the Friulian plain. Not only the vegetation changes, but also the temperatures continue to rise. Enjoy the evening at the „Piazza della Libertà“ in Udine, with its typical Italian atmosphere.

Day 7: Udine – Grado, approx. 55 km

Cycling through the vineyards you will continue your journey. The first highlight of today‘s stage is Palmanova with its star-shaped fortress from the 16th century. Across the hexagonal main square, the route leads out of the Unesco World Heritage Site towards Aquileia. Built in 180 BC, it was one of the most important economic centres of the Roman Empire. Numerous excavation sites and a huge floor mosaic in the Byzantine Basilica are vivid witnesses of this time. A 5 km long straight line leads through the lagoon to Grado, the destination of your journey. After a total of 420 km you have reached the Italian Riviera.

Day 8: Grado

Individual departure or extension of your stay.

Services

  • 7 nights with shower/toilet

  • Daily breakfast

  • Video briefing

  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

  • Train ride Böckstein – Mallnitz (bicycle included)

  • Map material per room

  • Navigation app

  • Service hotline

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S1   27.04. - 14.06.24
    S2   15.06. - 08.09.24
    S1   09.09. - 22.09.24

    Extras

    Bikes & Equipment
    E-bike 249
    Helmet 25
       
    Extra nights
    Salzburg (dbl/sgl) 109/178
    Grado (dbl/sgl) 95/134
       
    Transfer
    Return transfer Shuttle bus Grado Salzburg - min. 2 persons 175
    Transfer of own bike 39

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Accommodation

    Hotel samples

    You will be accommodated in selected guesthouses & hotels of category 3* & 4*.


    Salzburg: Hotel Fourside
    Werfenweng: Bergresort Werfenweng
    Bad Gastein: Hotel Alpenblick / Hotel Mozart
    Millstatt: Hotel Postwirt
    Tarvis: Hotel Haberl / Edelhof
    Udine: Hotel San Giorgio / Al Teatro
    Grado: Hotel Diana / Fonzari


    Note: Please be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.

    Bicycle

    E-Bike incl. panniers (reservation in advance and for charge)

    Avalable for rent are E-bikes (unisex frame) 500 Watt batery - with a range up to 100 km.

    With an E-bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern electro bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times. So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Salzburg (SZG)
    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.


    Arrival by car

    Chargeable parking place either directly at the hotel or at public garage approx. € 85,-/week.

    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.

    Important information: Renovation work will take place in the Tauern Tunnel in 2024. This may result in increased delays.


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Salzburg
    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: www.deutschebahn.de, www.oebb.at, www.trenitalia.com


    Transfer

    Return transfer possible every WED, THU, FRI, SAT + SUN with the shuttle bus. A transfer on MON and TUE can only be booked on request. Reservation required, payment upon booking. Prices see under "Dates and Prices"

    Important information: Renovation work will take place in the Tauern Tunnel in 2024. This may result in increased delays, which will mainly affect our return transfer.


    Additional information

    Tourist tax – if requested - has to be paid directly on the spot.
    This tour is suitable for ages 16+.

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    Travel stories

    5,5 of 6 Stars | 1
    Overall this was an excellent cycle tour. All of the accomodation was very good with all hotel staff very helpful. The e-bikes were very good....K.W. 07/22
    5.3 13.07.2022 | Keith W. Alps-Adriatic cycle trail / Salzburg - Grado

    Salzburg - Grado e-bike tour July 2022

    Overall this was an excellent cycle tour. All of the accomodation was very good with all hotel staff very helpful. The e-bikes were very good - it would have been very difficult for us without e-bikes. We felt it necessary to manage battery usage carefully ...
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    • Accomodation 6
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    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 5
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