Arrival to Salzburg
The starting point of this tour is Salzburg, a lively town rich in culture and history where the composer Mozart was born and raised.
Guided tour: evening briefing with our guide who brings bikes and information materials.
Overnight in Salzburg.
Salzburg St. Johann im Pongau (64 km / 40 miles)
Semi-guided tour: morning briefing with our guide who brings bikes and tour info materials.
On this first cycling day ride a bike path along the Salzach River upstream mildly ascending into the Alps, which will create a fascinating scenery for most of your tour. As the valley gets narrow and mountains steep-sided, you come to Hohenwerfen Fortress, the site of war movie Where Eagles Dare. These days you can take a cable car up there for a lunch and great views.
Overnight in St. Johann im Pongau.
St. Johann im Pongau Lake Millstatt Lake Ossiach (48 km / 30 miles)
Start the day with a car transfer (1 hour) from St. Johann to Millstatter See bypassing the 11,000 ft high peaks of Tauern Mountains. Start cycling on a lakeside path with the Alpin peaks mirrored in Lake Millstatt, then ride a short uphill over a mountain pass to get to two other mountain lakes. The final descent will bring you to Lake Ossiach, just at the bottom of a cable car line that can take you up for a spectacular view of the region.
Overnight at Lake Ossiach.
Lake Ossiach Tarvisio – Camporosso Pass (44 km / 27 miles)
Pass the town of Villach, the regional center, and then head uphill for the Italian border. Finish the climb just after Tarvisio at Camporosso Pass, the continental divide of the Adriatic and Black Sea. The Val Canale Alpin valley is your overnight area. From there you can take a cable car up to Mt. Lussari (5,800 ft a.s.l.) promising great panoramic views.
Overnight at Camporosso Pass.
Camporosso Pass Tarcento (80 km / 50 miles)
Enjoy an all-day-long descent with the elevation loss of more than 2,000 ft. Riding alongside the Fella River in the Italian Alps arrive to a small historic town of Gemona del Friuli. There is only a very short climb to get to its medieval center with a stone castle and a highly decorative 14th century cathedral. Then it is only a short ride along the fringes of the Julian Alps to Tarcento, a place to relax after the tours longest cycling day.
Overnight in Tarcento.
Tarcento Udine Cividale del Friuli (48 km / 30 miles)
Cycle through mostly flat Italian countryside vie Udine, a Renaissance town and a regional center, to a real gem, the town of Cividad del Friuli, protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally a Roman town, it flourished as the capital of early medieval Langobard Empire and grew into a spectacular Renaissance town preserved until nowadays.
Overnight in Cividale del Friuli.
Cividale del Friuli Sistiana (74 km / 46 miles)
The final cycling day takes you towards the Adriatic Sea visiting Slovenia shortly. Follow a mildly rolling countryside through tiny villages and hamlets surrounded by terraced vineyards and stop at the Italian-Slovenian twin town Gorizia-Gorica. The riverside ride will then bring to the last and just low hills of the tour and behind those is the sea. Then it is just a short way to the village of Sistiana at the shore of Adriatic Sea.
Overnight in Sistiana.
Sistiana Trieste / Venice
You can take a train from Sistiana to Trieste (20 min), the nearby city still undiscovered by crowds of tourists, or Venice, the floating Renaissance jewel (2 hours 20 min).
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