|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||37 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Saturdays: May 2-Sep 26, 2015 (minimum 2 participants; additional dates available for groups of 5 or more)|
|Start city:||Niederdorf/Toblach, Italy|
|End city:||Trieste, Italy|
Starting in the northeast Dolomites, the first part of the tour follows the River Drau through the same-named valley, and then on through the Gail Valley on comfortable bike paths in Austria. After a short detour to the Italian border town of Tarvis, you continue on to Slovenia.
The picturesque Lake Bled at the foot of the Julian Alps is ideal for rest before the transfer to the south side of the Alps to the famous wine area of Collio in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The former capital town of Lombard region, Cividale is well worth a visit. A spectacular final stage continues along the Adriatic coastline to Trieste, formerly the harbour city of the Habsburg Empire.
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Day 1: Individual arrival in Alta Pusteria (Toblach/Niederdorf)
Arrive at the hotel in the Alta Pusteria. Car park in close proximity to the hotel is available and free of charge. Welcome meeting in the evening between 6-8 pm.
Overnight in Alta Pusteria.
Day 2: Alta Pusteria – Oberdrauburg (40 miles/65 km)
Starting at the watershed of the rivers Drau and Rienz on the Toblacher Sattel, you ride alongside the Drau through South Tyrol and on to East Tyrol and the town of Lienz. The impressive mountains of the Dolomites line the route. Please note that today's route is only downhill.
Overnight in Oberdrauburg.
Day 3: Oberdrauburg – Feistritz (35 miles/57 km)
After a short transfer to the Gailberg Pass (350 m difference in altitude / 5 km) you then descend to Kötschach-Mauthen. On the bike path of the Gail Valley, you cycle comfortably past Hermagor. Before you reach Feistritz, Lake Pressegg will invite all weary travellers to a relaxing break.
Overnight in Feistritz.
Day 4: Feistritz – Bled (40 miles/65 km)
You reach the Italian border and then continue on the cycle path. Now you leave Italy and travel on to Slovenia, past the famous ski area of Kranjska Gora. The bike path passes through the wonderful, and mostly unknown, countryside of Slovenia. You spend the night at the romantic Lake Bled. Today's route has one hill that can be difficult, but is short. You may need to push your bike for about a 10 minute walk if you find it challenging.
Overnight in Bled.
Day 5: Bled – Cividale (31 miles/50 km)
After the transfer over the pass, you encounter the Soca Valley, which is well known to all canoeists and adventure sportsmen. In Kobarid you will get an insiders' tour of the battles of the World War I. In the evening you taste the excellent cuisine and the wonderful wines of this region. The historical town of Cividale with its many cultures is well worth taking a closer look at.
Overnight in Cividale.
Day 6: Cividale - (Udine) – Gradisca (22-37 miles/35-60 km, depending on the route you choose)
On the way through the Collio Goriziano, center of the Friuli wine growing region, there are many wine cellars to visit and taste the excellent wines. After tackling a few hills, you come to Gradisca, where you spend the evening. Today you could choose a longer variation of the route, passing through Udine, probably the most important town in the Friuli region, which is well worth a visit.
Overnight in Gradisca.
Day 7: Gradisca – Trieste (24 miles/40 km)
The Karst accompanies you on your way to the Adriatic coast, and before arrive at the former Habsburg port of Trieste, it is well worth stopping to look at Castle Duino and Miramare. Today's route has one short uphill (about 328 ft/100m difference in altitude).
Overnight in Trieste.
Day 8: Departure
Individual departure or extension of your stay.
Saturdays: May 2-Sep 26, 2015 (minimum 2 participants; additional dates available for groups of 5 or more)
|Low season:||May 2-Jun 25; Sep 9-Sep 26, 2015|
|High season:||Jun 26-Sep 8, 2015|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Please note: Visitor's taxes are not included in the tour cost. Plan to pay €2-5 per person at each hotel's reception upon check out.
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to be rented (reserved in advance at time of booking) include:
All bikes are equipped with:
The bikes will be at your disposal in the arrival hotel. At the end of your bike tour you simply leave the rental bike at the last hotel.
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it has a universal seat post.
Helmets are available to rent. For safety and hygiene purposes, we recommend that you bring your own helmet or plan to purchase one upon arrival.
The tour to Trieste goes along bike paths or very quiet side roads, through small villages and picturesque landscape. The last two stages of the tour are a bit hilly. The tour is suitable for children from the age of 14.
Route profiles of note:
Day 2: Alta Pusteria – Oberdrauburg (40 miles/65 km)
Please note that today's route is only downhill.
Day 4: Feistritz – Bled (40 miles/65 km)
Today's route has one hill that can be difficult, but is short. You may need to push your bike for about a 10 minute walk if you find it challenging.
Day 7: Cormons – Trieste (32 miles/52 km)
Today's route has 1 short uphill (about 328 ft/100m difference in altitude).
Nearest airport: Treviso, Venice or Innsbruck
Nearest train station: Welsberg, Niederdorf or Toblach
By car on the Brenner motorway (A22) to Brixen/Bressanone – take the exit Franzensfeste, Pustertal then through the Pustertal Valley (SS49) to Welsberg, Niederdorf or Toblach, depending on the location of your hotel or Drive along the Felbertauernstraße to Lienz in Eastern Tyrol (Austria) and then further into Italy through the Alta Pusteria to Toblach or Niederdorf or Welsberg, depending on the location of your hotel.
Take the train from Innsbruck over the “Brenner/Brennero” to Franzensfeste. Change trains for the Pusteria Valley and disembarking either at Welsberg, Niederdorf or Toblach depending on the location of your hotel.
Low cost flights are available to “Sant’ Angelo - Antonio Canova” airport in Treviso, to “Marco Polo” airport in Venice or “Ronchi Legionari” in Trieste. Upon a request, we even organize transfers from the airport to the starting point of the cycle tour.
Nearest airport: Treviso, Venice or Innsbruck
Nearest train station: Trieste
Return transfer by shuttle-bus is available every Saturday from Trieste to the Alta Pusteria at the cost of €69 per person, including bicycle (to be paid at the briefing); a reservation is necessary at time of booking as there are limited places (minimum 2 participants). This transfer is available on alternative days, upon request only, with a minimum of 4 participants.
Combination of bus and train transfer. Autobus from Trieste (starting daily at 6:40am) to Innichen/San Candido (approximately €20 per person, no bicycle transport possible). Then train connection from Innichen/San Candido to Toblach/Dobbiaco or Niederdorf/Villabassa (approximately €2 per person).
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Of all European countries, none draws visitors over and over again like Italy. A peninsula extending into the Mediterranean Sea, Italy consists of 21 diverse regions of rolling hills, vineyards, mountains, lakes, cliffs and islands. Each region has its unique charm, but all share the ‘Italian’ view that life should be taken at a slow pace with time to enjoy conversation, food and drink. Together, Italy’s regions boast the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi and Pisa are a few of the country's renowned cities along with Italy’s 95,000 monumental churches, 40,000 forts and castles and 5,600 museums and archaeological sites. Whether you ride a gondola through Venice’s Grand Canal, stroll along Lake Como or visit the Coliseum in Rome, the opportunities are endless when visiting Italy.
Austria sits at the crossroads of Central Europe, once the Habsburg Empire’s seat of power that ruled Europe for over 6 centuries. While Habsburg power ended after World War I, Austria remains a prominent country. Today it is known for its idyllic and majestic landscape of mountains, green valleys, rivers and storybook villages. Along with such a landscape are the cultural centers of Vienna and Salzburg. The elegant city of Vienna reveals the glory days of the Habsburg Empire, featuring the Hofburg Imperial Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and impressive Opera House. Salzburg, home of Mozart and The Sound of Music, has Europe’s largest intact medieval fortress overlooking the cobblestone streets of its historic Old Town.
Slovenia's location in Eastern Europe allows you to travel from the Alps to the Mediterranean without crossing any borders. Natural wonders include Lake Bled, Mount Triglav, and Postojna Cave. A tour between Slovenia's many castles can be a great way to navigate the country, or you can plan to stop at the many white wine vineyards. Whether you want to sunbath or hike, bird watch or listen to a philharmonic, tiny Slovenia carries a sizable impact for visitors.
Located in the South Tyrol, Italybike (the bike touring department of FunActive Tours) specializes in bicycle tours throughout Italy. The tours are organized beforehand by Italybike, who have an excellent knowlegde of the country, culture and customs.
Contents of Contract
Booking includes the following elements: group or client’s name, arrival and departure date, number and type of reserved rooms, description of package, content and type of booked package, description of the accommodation, prices, surcharges and reductions. If there are no extra conditions included in the booking, then the general regulations apply. All prices are in Euro or in the additional currency and include VAT and all other taxes. Extra conditions and changes in the booking must be confirmed in writing by FUNACTIVE Tours GmbH.
Client withdrawal / Substitute client / Booking change
Withdrawal: Before the start of the tour the client can withdraw from the contract at any time. The client has to confirm the withdrawal in writing. In the case of a withdrawal or no show, the following charges will be charged to the client:
Up to 28 days before tour start: 20% of tour cost From the 27th to the 14th day before tour start: 30% of tour cost From the 13th day to 8th day before tour start: 50% of tour cost
From the 7th day to 4th day before tour start: 70% of tour cost From the 3th day before tour start or no show: 90 % of tour cost Early departure from already started bike tour / hiking tour / cross country ski tour: 100% of tour cost FUNACTIVE Tours GmbH recommends taking out travel insurance.
Substitute Client: Each client can nominate a third person to take their place if this is done at least three days before tour begin. FUNACTIVE TOURS GmbH can refuse this person if there are important reasons. If a third party takes over this does not affect the original contract and the original withdrawal clauses apply. A fee of € 50,00 is charged for changing the name of the client.
Booking Change: Changes in the booking regarding number of rooms, type of hotel and catering (if available) are allowed up to 28 days before tour start. A fee of € 50,00 will be charged for each alteration. After this the condition of cancellation are available. Such a booking change can take place only in accordance with the possibilities of individual cases;the customer has no claim. A booking change by customer to another tour is only possible in the form of a cancellation (according to the conditions of cancellation) and subsequent new booking.
Reduction for children in a room with parents
Reduction for children to the 4th birthday, with breakfast (consumption extra): 100% Reduction for children from 4 years to their 11th birthday, with breakfast: 50% Reduction for children from 11 years to their 14th birthday, with breakfast: 25% Reduction for additional beds in double rooms for children over 14 years of age and adults: 15%
A reduction in cost applies for a third and fourth bed in a room for both adults and children when sharing with two full paying adults. The reduction only applies to the package price on offer which includes breakfast and cannot be used in conjunction with any additional services.
Half board can be booked for children from the age of 4 (for those trips where the possibility of a reservation for half board exists). Dinner and other consumables required by children under the age of 4 can be ordered and paid for directly at the location.
Changes in prices and performance are at our discretion as well as minimal changes in the routes if necessary. You will naturally be informed of any changes immediately. Our prices are minimal prices and cannot be reduced. Legal seat is Bozen.
Information for bike tours/hiking tours/cross country safari
Approximately 30 days before the start of the tour guests will receive general information of the tour and how to get there as well a hotel list by e mail. Detailed information (voucher, luggage labels, route description, maps etc) will be handed out to the guest at their arrival at the reception of the first hotel.
Our information is usually in German. For some of the tours we also have information in other languages. Consult the single offers for detailed information about the available language.
For almost all tours we offer our guests the possibility to take part in our information talk on arrival day in the evening or in the next morning. One of FUNACTIVE Tours Gmbh employees will provide the guests with all the necessary information about the route and answer any questions.
Subsequently the guest will also receive any articles he has booked (rental bikes etc).
Telephone Service Hotline
We offer our guests a service hotline from 8.30 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. during the whole tour. A FUNACTIVE Tours GmbH employee who speaks German, Italian and English is there to help with any problems or to answer any questions.
Bikes and extra equipment
All rental bikes are 21 gear tour bikes especially built for our tours (ladies’ or men’s bike). A limited number of 7 gear bikes with back pedalling brakes (only unisex bikes) is available on request for some tours. Our team member will hand over the bikes at the starting hotel. Please state the height of the clients when booking the tour.
All bikes come with a saddlebag. In addition clients receive for each booked room one handlebar bag, a bicycle computer, a lock, one air pump, inner tubes and a tool kit.
On most of our tours are available electro bikes (limited availability) on request. Consult the single offers for detailed information.