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Dolomites to Trieste via Lake Bled at the Foot of the Julian Alps

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  • 7 nights | 37 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €619
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

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 harbor city of the Habsburg Empire.

This tour is also available with a challenging (road bike) itinerary. Please inquire for further details.

Daily program

Day 1: Individual arrival in Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco
Arrive at the hotel in the Hochpustertal.
Overnight in Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco.

Day 2: Niederdorf/Villabassa or Toblach/Dobbiaco – Oberdrauburg/Kötschach Mauthen (43-47 miles/70-75 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.
Overnight in Oberdrauburg.

Day 3: Oberdrauburg/Kötschach Mauthen – Feistritz an der Gail (transfer to the Gailbergpass + 40 miles/65 km)
After a short transfer to the Gailberg Pass (350 m difference in altitude / 7 km) you then descend to Kötschach-Mauthen. On the Gailtal bike path at the foot of the Carnic Ridge, you cycle comfortably past Hermagor. Before you reach Feistritz an der Gail, Lake Pressegg will invite all weary travelers to a relaxing break.
Overnight in Feistritz.

Day 4: Feistritz an der Gail – Bled (35-40 miles/55-65 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. It's possible to avoid the uphill ride by taking the train from Jesenice to Bled (ticket not included in the package price). You spend the night at the romantic Lake Bled.
Overnight in Bled.

Day 5: Bled – Cividale del Friuli (train ride + 31 miles/50 km) **variation below
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 a historic review 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 del Friuli with its many cultures is well worth taking a closer look at. Goths, Lombards, and Franks have shaped this city.
Overnight in Cividale del Friuli.

Day 6: Cividale del Friuli – (Udine) – Gradisca d'Isonzo (22-39 miles/35-63 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 d'Isonzo, 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 you arrive to the former Habsburg port of Trieste, it is well worth stopping to look at Castle Duino and Miramare.
Overnight in Trieste.

Day 8: Departure
Individual departure or extension of your stay.

**Possible variation (2 nights in Bled; surcharges apply)
Day 5: Bled
Enjoy one day off the bike at the beautiful Lake Bled, situated in a picturesque environment, surrounded by mountains and forests.

Day 6: Bled – Gorizia – Gradisca d'Isonzo (train ride + 25 miles/40 km)
After the transfer over the pass, you encounter the Soca Valley, which is well known to all canoeists and adventure sportsmen. The river accompanies you on the journey to the divided town Gorizia; cycling through the vineyards of the Collio you will reach Gradisca, where you will spend the night.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Saturdays: Apr 27-Jul 6; Jul 20-Sep 28, 2019; Tuesdays and Fridays: Jun 11-Sep 10, 2019 (additional dates available for groups of 5 or more)
Low season: Apr 27, 2019 - May 03, 2019, Sep 28, 2019 - Oct 04, 2019
Shoulder season: May 04, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019, Sep 08, 2019 - Sep 27, 2019
High season: Jun 22, 2019 - Sep 07, 2019

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€619
Shoulder season surcharge
€130
High season surcharge
€195
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€149
Optional variation, 2 nights in Bled
€25
Bike Rentals
Trekking bike, 21-gears
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€165
GPS unit
€25
Extra Nights, Trieste
Per person, double occupancy
€74
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€35
Extra Nights, Villabassa/Dobbiaco, prices starting at
Per person, double occupancy
€72
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€17
Transfer
Return transfer to Toblack/Niederdorf (Saturdays and Tuesdays), per person including bike
€65
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • 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.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

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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Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

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  • 4 Star 4
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.7

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.2
  • Value 4.7
  • Included meals 4.4
  • Bikes & equipment 4.2
  • Hotels or boat 4.2
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 3.9
  • Tour documents 4
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 4.7

Reviews

Inga September 25, 2018

Fantastic trip !

We were very pleased with everything. All information from Bike tours was 100% reliable. It was great to visit three countries in 6 days on bicycle. Every day was spectacular and different from each other, but always with beautiful scenery and we felt very safe on the cycling paths. Hotels had good standard, especially the last four hotels, and every village charming and welcoming. I would definitely recommend this trip !

naamaza July 22, 2018

well planned trip

we were a group of 6, the planning was great. a guide came to our hotel on the first night with maps,and attractions to see on the road (though except restaurants, there are not that many attractions to see).
the roads were very convenient and well signed.
the weather was perfect and the whole experience left us with a taste of more :-)
I advise to review the hotels that are booked as default since they are very basic. you may want to upgrade.

highly recommended route and company.

Osnat July 15, 2018

Great Views, Great Biking experience

Very Good way to explore new areas while biking conformity with many different views and scenery

Star June 20, 2018

Dolomites to Trieste

We had a great time. The accommodations were great and all staff very helpful.
We had some rainy days but hotel staff were very welcoming. Local vendors for bikes very helpful especially when we had a bike malfunction.

mattybee October 18, 2017

Enjoyed the whole adventure

Great way to see 3 countries on one bike ride. Weather could have been better in the beginning. We started in mid September and encountered one day too wet to ride. But nevertheless made the most of it. Great accommodations all the way throughout the trip. Scenery was superb. Bike paths were wonderfully uncrowded. Rarely had to travel with any kind of vehicle traffic on any of the roadways. All luggage transfers and shuttles were seamless. Tour staff very friendly and helpful. The cycling itself wasn't particularly difficult, but a little endurance is needed because of the length of the daily rides. Didn't have GPS so we relied on the maps which were adequate in the outskirts and country, but could have used a bit better map in the city of Gorizia for sure. Don't miss the pizza a Al Lampione in Gorizia, and the strudel at Gasthof Post, in Oberdrauburg. We opted for the layover day in Lake Bled which was one of the highlights of the trip. Stunning. The walk around the lake with first snow on the mountains was spectacular. Nice way to spend a day. Also, would recommend a day after spent in Trieste. Plenty to do and see along the waterfront. We rented bikes from the Hotel and made another wonderful day of it. Would highly recommend this trip albeit maybe not as late in the season as when
we went.

Doyle October 16, 2017

Italian Bike Tour

Loved our bike tour. Great way to see the Italian countryside

Boot September 21, 2017

Weather restricted tour

Unfortunately we ran into a patch of bad weather...snow, rain etc so we were not able to enjoy the gorgeous scenery so much....we know we missed a lot of countryside and we don't have many pictures to show from our trip...these are the chances you take when signing up!

Nancy May 26, 2017

Beautiful ride through three countries

The scenery was ravishing, the directions mostly got us where we needed to go, the breakfasts and hotels were delightful. We opted to rent e-bikes which allowed us to keep up with the stronger riders on our group. One drawback was the lack of directions for getting from the train station in Trieste to our hotel. Not knowing the lay of the land, which streets were apt to be steep or major thoroughfares, it took us 3 times what it should have to get to our hotel. Also Bled is a charming little town, but had we realized it is a major tour bus destination we would not have opted to spend the extra night there.

dmshimizu May 24, 2017

Amazing trip!

Great way to explore the boarder region amongst Italy, Austria and Slovenia. The scenery is amazing, and it is a great opportunity to enjoy some towns and places that are not widely seen by regular tourists.
Travel documentation supplied by the local tour company is very good with complete information about the route. I'd recommend the investing on the GPS too, as it helps a lot with navigation activity.
The accommodations and the included meals were really good, perfect for those who would like to spend some days away from crowd and large cities.
In summary, it was a great experience, I'm looking forward for another bike tour like this one.

Nancyhj May 15, 2017

Beautiful ride through three countries

The scenery was ravishing, the directions got us where we needed to go, the breakfasts and hotels were delightful. We opted to rent e-bikes which allowed us to keep up with the stronger riders on our group. The main drawback was the lack of directions for getting from the train station in Trieste to our hotel. Not knowing the lay of the land, which streets were apt to be steep or major thoroughfares, it took us 3 times what it should have to get to our hotel. Also Bled is a charming little town, but had we realized it is a major tour bus destination we would not have opted to spend the extra night there.