• Travelcode: 167

    Friuli home-based tour

    Langobards, Franks and Patricharchs of Aquileia

    • Starting point for this bicycle holiday is Prepotto (Prapotno in Slovenian). It is a picturesque village in the Province of Udine in the Italian region Friuli Venezia Giulia, located about 50 km northwest of Trieste and about 20 km east of Udine, on the border with Slovenia. For winegrowers and wine lovers this well-known village is an El Dorado, a place with beautiful vineyards where you can taste some of the world´s finest wines.
      Continuing your trip you will arrive to the multilingual border area of Italy and Slovenia, in Gorizia (Görz in German, Gorica in Slovenian). In World War I, the city and the surrounding area were the scene of the 12 battles of Isonzo. Due to Slovenia’s membership in the European Union and the Schengen agreement, it is possible to cross the border.

      Tour profile / Level 2

      The track runs on bicycle paths and along side roads with less traffic from the vineyards of the Collio to the Adriatic Coast.

      Day 1: Prepotto

      Individual arrival.

      Day 2: Roundtrip Prepotto – Cividale del Friuli - Udine, approx. 28 - 58 km

      On the first day, you have the possibility to choose between two round trips, a shorter one and a longer one. The shorter tour leads to Cividale del Friuli, the medieval town of the Langobards. The historical center of the town is dominated by Piazza Duomo and Palazzo Pretorio, where you can have some rest. The longer tour in addition leads you to the university city of Udine. You can visit the Dome, as well as the Loggia del Lionello, in the ground floor of town hall.

      Day 3: Roundtrip to Slovenia and the Brda, approx. 45 - 65 km

      This tour takes you across the border to Slovenia and to the Brda, meeting point of three cultures (Slavonian, Roman and German). The Brda is well known mainly for their winegrowing but also for their castles and white churches which are situated mostly on hills.

      Day 4: Roundtrip to the castles of the Collio, approx. 39 - 44 km

      The Gorizia Hills (Collio in Italian) became well known due to their good wine, but the region offers a lot for history lovers too. Today you cycle to the castles of the Collio, among which you can discover the castle Rocca Bernarda. This castle was a fief of the patriarchy of Aquileia and had been given as a present to the city of Cividale. This city left it to the Roman family Capiferro in the 15th century. Afterwards it was sold several times to different owners and finally to the family Perusini. The beautiful castle in the style of the 16th century is situated in the midst of extensive parks, on a hill, surrounded by vineyards. Thanks to the dedication and the competence of Gaetano Perusini the cultivation of the "Picolit" grapes started, which have gained worldwide fame over the years.

      Day 5: Prepotto – Cormons – Gradisca d´Isonzo, approx. 36 km - 47 km

      Today you leave Prepotto and cycle to Cormons, the cultural and economic centre of the Gorizia Hills (Collio). The main square of Cormons invites you to take a break and enjoy a glass of wine. Continue to Gradisca d´Isonzo.

      Day 6: Roundtrip to Aquileia, approx. 43 - 77km

      This bicycle tour takes you to the formerly biggest city of the Roman Empire. Today the remnants of this settlement are still to be seen. Discover the secrets of the Roman city of Aquileia, ancient churches and ruins. Aquileia Cathedral is worth a visit - it has a mosaic pavement dating back to the 4th century.

      Day 7: Gradisca - Trieste, approx. 40 km

      On the last day of your cycle holiday Trieste, the former Habsburg city, is waiting for you. On the first kilometers of the tour the Karst Plateau accompanies you along the Adriatic Sea as you follow a breathtaking coastal highway. Before you enter the old seaport and commercial town of Trieste, the Castle of Miramare invites you for a visit. Return with your renatl bike by train to Gradisca.

      Day 8: Gradisca

      Individual departure or extension of your stay.
    • ARRIVAL-PARKING-DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Trieste (TRS), Venice (VCE), Ljubljana (LJU)
      You can reach Udine easily by bus or train. Train: duration approx 45 min; cost approx. € 20,- Bus: duration approx 20 min.; cost approx. € 4,-


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      From the North via motorway A10 to Villach and further on A23 to Udine (Udine Nord exit); on provincial road 54 to Cividale del Friuli and from there to Prepotto;
      from the West via A4 – via Milano and Venezia – and further on A23 to Udine (Udine Sud exit); via San Giovanni al Natisone to Prepotto

      Parking: Parking facilities at your arrival hotel.


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station: Udine

      Good train connection to Udine. Public bus available from Udine to Prepotto.


      TRANSFER

      form Gradisca to Prepotto, EUR 60.-/1-8 persons incl. bicycle. Reservation necessary - payable locally


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      Tourist taxes have to be paid on site.


      Book here your discounted train ticket... Book your flights online... Book here your bus ticket... Book your hotel online...
    • Included Services:
      • Accommodation "agriturismo" in Prepotto and 4* hotel in Gradisca
      • Halfboard
      • Luggage transfer from Prepotto to Gradisca (day 5)
      • Transfer Trieste - Gradisca by train (bikes included)
      • Maps and information material per room
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      S1 07.04. - 07.04.19 SUN
      S2 08.04. - 30.04.19 every TUE/SUN
      S3 01.05. - 30.06.19 every TUE/SUN
      S2 01.07. - 31.08.19 every TUE/SUN
      S3 01.09. - 30.09.19 every TUE/SUN
      S2 01.10. - 19.10.19 every TUE/SUN
      S1 20.10. - 20.10.19 SUN

      Extras

      Discount additional bed in double room with 2 full paying adults
      12 - 14,99 years -25%
      15 - 99 years -10%
         
      Bicycle & equipment
      7-/21-speed-bike 75
      E-bike 165
      Rental helmet 10
         
      Extra nights
      Gradisca 4* (dbl/sgl) 59/74
      Prepotto 3* (dbl/sgl) 49/64
         
      Transfer 
      Gradisca - Prepotto 1-8 persons incl. bicycle - reservation when booking - payable locally 60

      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
    • Hotel samples:

      Prepotto: Agriturismo Tinello di San Urbano

      Spending your holidays in an old picturesque farmhouse which has recently been renovated. There are 10 rooms with balconies and private bathrooms. Here, local wines and dishes can be appreciated, visiting restaurants and wine-cellars or you can relax in the solarium next to the swimming-pool.


      Gradisca: Hotel Franz

      Hotel Franz is in the center of Gradisca d’Isonzo, a 5-minute drive from the A4 Highway exit. It serves a varied breakfast buffet, and provides free parking and a traditional restaurant. Wi-Fi is free. All rooms at Franz Hotel have modern décor, design furnishings, and hardwood floors. Each features a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, air conditioning and a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer, and free toiletries.

      Near Hotel Franz, you will find attractions including promenades, shops, restaurants, wine bars, public gardens and a 14th-century Venetian fortress. Trieste-Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport is 8.9 km away. Located among the most important wineries of the region, the Hotel Franz provides guests with the opportunity to discover the superior, certified wines of Collio, Isonzo and Carso.


      Please be informed that mentioned hotels/accomodaitons are samples. Find Your final booked hotels/accomodations on Your hotellist at booking/prior arrival.

    • Bicycle incl. panniers (reservation in advance and for charge)

       

      + 21-speed  bike (women´s or men´s frame)

      + 7-speed bike (unisex frame with back pedal brake) - limited availability

      + E-bikes (unisex frame) - limited availability

        

      E-bike:

      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.

       

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