|After meeting the SFIDA Cycling team in Salzburg, we will set you up in one of our e-bikes and after a brief trip presentation, we will start riding along the Austrian part of the Alpe Adria Radweg.
Our first stop will be in Hallein, a historical town of the Salzburger Land. We will continue our riding along the Salzach river all the way until our final destination today: Bischofshofen.
Bischofshofen is one of the most popular tourist resorts in Austria, it is surrounded by the Tyrol mountains and is the base of a lot of different activities in Summer. Also is a beautiful town to visit.
54km / 585m
HOTEL: Gasthof & Hotel Tirolerwirt
We leave Bischofshofen and start riding towards St.Johann im Pongau, this is the first stop of the day, another small beautiful town in Salzburger Land.
Soon we will finish our riding near the Salzach river and turn left towards Bad Gastein. The riding is mostly on cycle paths and narrow and quiet roads.
Bad Gastein is one of the most interesting towns in the Salzburg region, situated in the valley near the Hohe Tauern, one of the highest mountain ranges in Austria. Also, it is a Spa town, since the 15th century, some of the hotel buildings are from the Belle Epoque, which gives a classy ambience to this town.
And of course, our hotel is a Spa hotel!
49km / 890m.
HOTEL: Cesta Grand Hotel
Today we start the day with a shuttle transfer to Mallnitz via the Tauertunnel, this is the only way to continue the Alpe Adria Radwerg in Austria. After the transfer, most of the first part of the ride is downhill towards Spittal an der Drau, now we are in the region of Carinthia.
The Alpine town of Villach is our final destination today, this town is in a very strategic location in the Alpe – Adria region. From here you are very close to Italy and Slovenia.
We start our ride leaving Austria and getting into Italy, Tarvisio is our lunch stop. This town is the equivalent of Villach in Austria, a border town with historical ties to Austria and Slovenia.
After Tarvisio we head East and enter Slovenia, our destination for the next couple of nights is Kranjska Gora. To get here we take a detour off the original Alpe – Adria ciclovia and use the part of the D-2 Slovenian cycleway.
Kranjska Gora is one of the most important tourist resorts in Slovenia, surrounded by big mountains and the Trenta Valley, it has many places of interest.
Today we will use a mix of cycleways, the D-2, and a quiet and fantastic narrow road we will make our way to the scenic lake Bled, definitely one of the most photographed places in Slovenia.
We will ride around the lake, have lunch at a local restaurant and visit the famous Bled Castle.
In the afternoon we will make our way back to Kranjska Gora, so we can enjoy some time in the town centre.
SFIDA tip: no visit to lake Bled can be completed without tasting the famous Bled cream cake, or Krempita as is called here.
Indeed We leave Slovenia behind and cross into Italy again. From now on we will ride mostly following the old Austro-Hungarian train line between Tarvisio and Grado. This line, along the one into Trieste more on the East, was used by the aristocracy from Vienna to travel to the Adriatic coastal towns during the Summer.
Now, they are an excellent way to ride and visit the many interesting places along the way. Also, some of the tunnels and viaducts are amazing engineering masterpieces.
We will have lunch at Pontebba and continue towards Venzone, our final destination today.
Venzone is part of the Borghi Piu Belli d’Italia, this is a stunning small medieval village with a long history even previous to the Roman Empire. We are happy to spend the rest of the day here.
We have a very easy day ahead today, leaving Venzone behind we quickly arrive at Gemona del Friuli. This is a beautiful town worth a cafe stop.
We are now if the flattest part of our trip, also a bit busier than our previous days. But this is perfect, so we can arrive earlier at Udine and enjoy visiting this amazing city.
Udine is the capital of the province with the same name, this is a hidden gem of a city. Very northern Italian, with a beautiful centre, full of interesting buildings and places to visit.
Also, there are many great places to enjoy a Spritz in the afternoon and of course great restaurants for dinner. We are sure our clients will enjoy Udine!
44km / 235m
HOTEL: Ambassador Palace Hotel
Today we will ride through and visit one of the most interesting towns in this part of Friuli, Palmanova.
Leaving behind Udine, our ride today follows narrow rural paths and secondary roads all the way to Grado. But first, we must stop in Palmanova.
Palmanova’s citadel, built by the Venetians in 1593, is an architectural wonder. Built as a fortress, it is fantastic to ride around this town and have an espresso at one of the great pasticcerias.
After Palmanova, our next and final stop is Grado. Located on a small peninsula, between Trieste and Venezia, Grado is a favourite beach resort since the Austro-Hungarian times.
This is the perfect place to end this epic trip that has taken us to a great variety of landscapes and cultures. As mentioned, this is a great trip to share with family and friends.
After breakfast transfer by van to Venice airport (VCE). Expect to get there by 11:00, so plan your flights accordingly.
TWIN room: 5,250 Euros pp
SINGLE Supplement: 950 Euros
Rental E-bike: Included in the price.
800 Euros when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.
8 nights of accommodation between 3 – 4 Stars
ALL MEALS INCLUDED.
8 dinners, including wine.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.
Our staff/client ratio is 1:4 staff.
Our passenger vans come fully equipped with all the necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes and tyres to make sure our first-class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.
Adapting to our current COVID-19 pandemic, and incoordination, with most of the hotel’s terms and conditions, we are adjusting our cancellation policy accordingly as follows:
If there’s a travel ban from your country to travel to the country you are doing a trip with us, you will receive a full refund on any payments you have made to SFIDA Cycling.
For any other reasons not related to COVID-19, the following will apply:
61 days before the trip starts – the return of your deposit.
60 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less the 300 Euros cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from Hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
Less than 30 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
We understand that it is difficult to commit too much in advance given the situation we are all living in.
For this reason, we won’t be holding any spots until the full deposit has been paid.
Hotels are now more strict with how many rooms they are willing to have on hold for groups, so until deposit payments are made we won’t be able to confirm your spot.