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Friuli Regional Tour: Based in Prepotto and Gradisca

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Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

The starting point for this bicycle holiday is Prepotto (Prapotno in Slovenian). It is a village in the Province of Udine in the Italian region Friuli Venezia Gulia, located about 50 km northwest of Trieste and about 20 km east of Udine, on the border with Slovenia. It is a small picturesque town with old houses and winding alleys. 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 finest wine.

Carrying on with your trip you will arrive at Gradisca (Gradisce ob Soci in Slovenian). This little town in the east of Friuli nearby the border area of Slovenia in the First World War has been the front between Austria and Italy, well known for the 12 Battles of the Isonzo.

Daily program

Day 1: Prepotto
Individual arrival at the hotel in Prepotto.

Day 2: Round trip Prepotto – Cividale del Friuli – Udine (17 or 37 miles/28 or 60 km)
On the first day, you have the possibility to choose between two round trips, a shorter one or 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 version leads you to the university city of Udine. You can visit the Dome, as well as the Loggia del Lionello, on the ground floor of the town hall.
Overnight in Prepotto.

Day 3: Round trip to Slovenia and Brda (25-37 miles/40-60 km)
This day takes you across the border to Slovenia and to the Brda, meeting point of three cultures (Slavic, Romanic and Germanic). The Brda is well known mainly because of the winegrowing but also for its castles and white churches which are situated mostly on hills.
Overnight in Prepotto.

Day 4: Round trip to the castles of the Collio (22-28 miles/35-45 km)
The Gorizia Hills (Collio in Italian) became well known due to its good wine, but it offers a lot for history lovers too. Today you cycle to the castles of the Collio, among which you can discover also 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 renown over the years.
Overnight in Prepotto.

Day 5: Prepotto – Cormons – Gradisca (18-25 miles/25-40 km)
Today you leave Prepotto and cycle to Cormons, the cultural and economic center 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.
Overnight in Gradisca.

Day 6: Round trip to Aquileia (25 or 47 miles/40 or 75km)
This bicycle journey 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, the so-called "Second Rome;" Roman ruined cities, ancient churches. It is worth visiting the Aquileia Cathedral, which interior has a mosaic pavement from the 4th century.
Overnight in Gradisca.

Day 7: Gradisca – Trieste (25 miles/40 km)
On the last day of the cycling holiday, Trieste, the former Habsburg city, awaits you. On the first part of the route, following a breathtaking coastal route, the Karst Plateau accompanies you along the Adriatic Sea. Before you enter in the old seaport and commercial town of Trieste, the Castle of Miramare invites you for a visit. Return by train.
Overnight in Gradisca.

Day 8: Departure
Individual departure or extension of trip.

Dates

Tuesdays and Sundays: Mar 20-Oct 16, 2018 (additional dates upon request for parties of 5 or more)
Low season: Mar 20, 2018 - Apr 30, 2018, Jul 01, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018, Oct 01, 2018 - Oct 16, 2018
High season: May 01, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018, Sep 01, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€599
High season surcharge
€65
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€120
Bike Rentals
Trekking bike, 21-gears
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€165
GPS unit
€25
Extra Nights, Gradisca
Per person, double occupancy
€59
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€15
Extra Nights, Prepotto
Per person, double occupancy
€54
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€15
Transfer
Gradisca to Prepotto (Tuesdays or Saturdays), per person including bike
€30
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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FunActive Tours GmbH Terms and Conditions

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 the tour operator.

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

The tour operator 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. The tour operator 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.

General

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.

Information talk

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 the tour operator 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 tour operator 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.

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