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Cycling into Slovenia Itinerary Alpin Trail II

Vienna - Maribor (Ljubljana)

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Distance: 326 km / 203 miles
Daily avg.: 47 km / 29 miles
Difficulty: Moderate

Semi-guided / guided bike tour

Not available as a self-guided tour Why?

Suitable also for road bikes

Day 1)
Arrival to Vienna

Enjoy sightseeing in Vienna, a city where old traditions of the Habsburg monarchy meet the modern way of life. The long list of sights includes the majestic St. Stephen's cathedral, famous modern Hundertwasser House or a giant ferris wheel in Prater Park.
Guided tour: evening briefing with our guide who brings bikes and information materials.
Overnight in Vienna.

Day 2)
Vienna – Baden (36 km / 22 miles)

Semi-guided tour: morning briefing with our guide who brings bikes and tour info materials.
Leave Vienna on EuroVelo 9 bike route and cycle through just a mildly rolling countryside to Baden, a spa town known for its summer theatre performances. The forested hills surrounding the town with several romantic castle ruins and countless viewpoints give you fine view of the cosy town.
Overnight in Baden.

Day 3)
Baden – Neunkirchen (56 km / 35 miles)

After leaving Baden you can stop for a coffee at an impressive Kottingbrunn water castle before you continue on to Wiener Neustadt, the regional center. Then follow the Leitha River, until 1918 the inner border of the Austro-Hugarian Empire. Leave EuroVelo 9 and follow the Schwarza River upstream to Neunkirchen, a typical small Austrian town with a Gothic church, Baroque houses, the Trinity column and a beautiful park, an ideal place to relax before the tomorrow’s climb.
Overnight in Neunkirchen.

Day 4)
Neunkirchen – Semmering (29 km / 18 miles)

Today you will start cycling in a mild ascent upstream along the Schwarza River. Arriving to Gloggnitz you will find yourself at the foot of the Alps. From the imposing Gloggnitz castle take the first short, yet steep winding climb towards the legendary Semmering Pass. After a flat hillside ride comes another, longer uphill that will take you to Semmering, known as a spa resort, at 990 m / 3250 ft a.s.l. the highest point of your tour. Having a support van at your back, you may get assistance in the climb if needed.
Overnight in Semmering.

Day 5)
Semmering – Bruck an der Mur (62 km / 39 miles)

After leaving Semmering enter Styria province and enjoy an all-day-long descent surrounded by forested mountains. From Murzzuschlag follow the Murz River valley through villages and small towns, most of them having its ancient stone castle, either at your bike route or above adjacent hills. Arrive to Bruck an der Mur situated on the confluence of the rivers Murz and Mur. This ancient town is a great example how Phoenix could arise from the ashes. Burnt down in 1792, soon it restored its large square with exquisite houses.
Overnight in Bruck an der Mur.

Day 6)
Bruck an der Mur – Graz (62 km / 39 miles)

Cycle downstream along the winding Mur River to the capital of Styria province - Graz, an important trade center since the 12th century. Enriched by Italian Renaissance and dominated by the iconic clock tower on a castle hill, its historic center is rightly enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage.
Overnight in Graz.

Day 7)
Graz – Leibnitz (43 km / 27 miles)

This short day allows you to enjoy sightseeing around Graz, then take an easy downhill ride along the Mur River to Leibnitz, with an imposing 12th century Seggau Castle overlooking the town. The findings from a nearby former Roman Empire city discovered by archaelogists can be seen in Flavia Solva Museum.
Overnight in Leibnitz.

Day 8)
Leibnitz – Maribor / Ljubljana (38 km / 23 miles)

Today you will leave Austria for Slovenia, rejoin EuroVelo 9 cycle trail and through rolling countryside with nice views arrive to Maribor, the secong largest city in Slovenia. Apart from other sights, its synagogue, one of the oldest in Europe, is a vivid example of ups and downs in our history. Maribor is also an important Slovenian wine center.
From Maribor you can take a train to Ljubljana, the Slovenian capital (2 h 30 min).
We can also arrange a car transfer to Ljubljana (1 h 30 min) just after you finish cycling.

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