Explore mountains, lakes, and vineyards on this road biking adventure from the Dolomites to Trieste.
The 8-day self-guided Cycling the Dolomites to Trieste tour covers the mountain regions of three countries during one epic road biking adventure. There are few better ways to experience this magical part of Europe!
Begin your journey in the amazing Dolomite mountains where you’ll enjoy thrilling rides and incredible views. As you ride south from Austria, you’ll come across charming mountain villages and serene mountain lakes. Each day will bring new spectacular views as you ride towards the Julian Alps and gorgeous Lake Bled. Your adventure finishes with some easier rides through the sprawling vineyards to the Adriatic Coast. This energetic tour is packed with amazing scenery, exciting rides, and historic towns for you to discover.
Highlights of the Cycling the Dolomites to Trieste
Cycling the Dolomites to Trieste Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Hochpustertal
Arrive anytime to check in to your hotel and get your bike prepared for the rides ahead. You can spend the remainder of your day enjoying the town, perhaps finding some local fare for dinner.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Hochpustertal
Day 2 First Ride in East Tyrol
Your ride will begin with a short warm-up on your way to Abfaltersbach before amping up on the ascents. You’ll ride past green mountains towering towards the sky and charming villages as you travel to Lesach and Gailtal Valley.
Finish your day with a final big climb up Gailbergsattel and the exciting ride down into Oberdrauburg.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Oberdrauburg
Distance: 85 km, 1200m of ascent
Day 3 Ride to the Lake Pressegger See
Enjoy cycling along the River Gail as you journey south. You’ll want to stop for a swim in Lake Pressegger See, known as the “Bath of the Gailtal.” This lake can as warm as 28˚ Celsius!
After drying off, you can choose between two routes. If you wish to skip the first steep section up WeiBensee you can purchase a ticket to take a shortcut by boat. Both rides will conclude in Feistritz an der Gail.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Feistritz an der Gail
Distance: 70 km, 390m of ascent
Or 75 km, 1000m of ascent
Day 4 Cycle the Passo del Predil and Triglav National Park
Today you’ll ride out of Carinthia and up the Passo del Predil, which marks the Italian and Slovenian borders. Your route will take you into Triglav National Park as you ride into the Julian Alps. You’ll be treated to incredible views today of Kranjska Gora, Jesenice, Triglav Mountain, and countless lakes and waterfalls.
End your day on the shored of beautiful Lake Bled, where Slovenia’s most iconic sight awaits- the castle in the middle of the lake.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Bled
Distance: 125 km, 2200m of ascent
Day 5 Explore the Julian Alps
After spending the night at the spectacular lakes in Bled, it’s time to start your ride to the Bohinj Valley. You’ll be awed by the spectacular cliffs and peaks as you cycle towards the saddle of Mount Bohinjsko Sedlo.
Race down into the Soca Valley, and then ride from Slovenia back into Italy. Enjoy the local produce during dinner in Cividale del Friuli.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Cividale del Friuli
Distance: 120 km, 1700m of ascent
Day 6 Ride Through Wine Country
Begin your day with a ride on the pilgrimage path to the historic Castelmonte Abbey. Then you’ll be cycling through the lush vineyards of the Collio Goriziano wine region. You’ll pass by many local wineries where you may want to stop for a visit and a sample!
End the day with a glass of wine and enjoy the local cuisine, often representing the best of all nearby countries.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Gradisca d’Isonzo
Distance: 110 km, 1500m of ascent
Day 7 Follow the Coast to Trieste
By now you’ve left the mountains far behind and you’ll begin to smell the sea breeze as you approach the Adriatic coast. Today’s ride will be along the coastline through the unique Karst landscape, dotted with limestone cliffs and caves.
You may wish to stop to visit Castle Miramare before you finish your ride in Trieste.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Trieste
Distance: 90 km, 850m of ascent
Day 8 Departure
Today your tour concludes after breakfast. If you wish to extend your stay to explore Trieste, additional nights can be booked.
Overnight Location: None
Cycling the Dolomites to Trieste Price and Dates
This self-guided cycling tour of the Dolomites is run as a custom tour for your group and the price per person depends on the season and the type of the room that you choose.
The best time to travel to the Dolomites for this tour is between May and September when the weather in the region tends to be warm, mostly dry, and clear.
Private Self-Guided Cycling the Dolomites to Trieste
Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person.
Important note: This tour is available every Saturday and additional departures are available on Fridays between June 11th and September 10th. However, alternative departures are available on request for groups of 5 and more.
Low season (from May 15th to June 18th and from September 13th to October 2nd):
- Price per person staying in a single room: $1,175 USD per person
- Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $950 USD per person
High season (from June 19th September 12th):
- Price per person staying in a single room: $1,250 USD per person
- Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $1,025 USD per person
Accommodation on the Cycling the Dolomites to Trieste
This tour is based in hotels. Hotels on this trip are 3 and 4-star and offer modern conveniences and clean, comfortable rooms. Each hotel has been selected to feature an interesting city or town along your route so you can experience all the different local cultures.
In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.
Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $225 USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.
Hotels on Standard Tour
Hotel in Hochpustertal
Stay in this breathtaking town tucked in the Alps in the Puster Valley. Enjoy a comfortable room and wake up to the soft sounds of nature.
Hotel in Oberdrauburg
Enjoy the atmosphere of Oberdrauburg from the comfort of your hotel.
Hotel in Feistritz an der Gail
Relax in this tranquil and charming town. You’ll be surrounded by greenery with views of the mountains as a constant backdrop.
Hotel in Bled
This iconic town is a must-visit for anyone travelling to Slovenia. Lake Bled has a stunning castle built on a lush island. Get your camera out!
Hotel in Cividale del Friuli
The quaint village of Cividale del Friuli awaits. Make sure to walk around town and get the idyllic view of the Devil’s Bridge over the green Natisone River.
Hotel in Gradisca d’Isonzo
Immerse in this 15th-century town with a few walls of its old fortress remaining. It’s charming and offers wonderful strolling opportunities.
Hotel in Trieste
This seaport town is full of classic images of Italy with its canals, bridges, and boats lining the docks. It’s a romantic town that has inspired many famous Italian writers.
What’s Included in the Cycling the Dolomites to Trieste Tour?
7 breakfasts are included.
Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour in Hochpustertal and after the tour in Trieste are not included but can be added as a supplement.
Transportation during the Tour
Transportation for your luggage is included throughout the tour. Transfers to and from the airport are not included.
- Pre-planned route
- Detailed documents, guides, route maps, and GPX tracks
- Emergency telephone support hotline for the duration of the tour
- Boat ticket for alternate route on Day 3
- Admissions or entry fees
- Airport transfers
- Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
- Tourist hotel tax, payable each night at hotel (normally about 2-3 EUR per person)
- Gratuities for drivers, servers, or other staff if desired
- Travel insurance
- Visas if required
- Route option 2: Extend your itinerary by one night and replace day 5 with Two nights in Bled instead of one night in Cividale del Friuli (pricing on request):
- Day 5: Enjoy a free day at Lake Bled
- Day 6: Cycle from Bled to Gradisca d’Isonzo
- Additional nights before the tour in Hochpustertal
- Additional nights after the tour in Trieste
- Single occupancy upgrades
- Round trip airport transfers
- Bike equipment rental:
- Road bike (Bianchi Intenso Carbon – Veloce/Shimano 105 10 V): $250 USD per person
- Garmin GPS: $50 USD per person
- Return transfers from Trieste to Hochpustertal:
- Shuttle bus (including bike transfer, available every Staturday): $125 USD per person
- Public bus (no bike transfer, available daily): $50 USD per person
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