Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour

Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour

Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour

Prices

From $725USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Ride from the mountains in Italy to the lakes in Austria

Cruise on a paved bike path and enjoy pleasant downhill stretches where you can revel in the scenery.

Sample the fusion of cuisine with influences from both Italian and Austrian cultures.

Stroll around an outdoor museum in sunny Lienz before you ride.

Reward yourself on the last day with an invigorating swim in Lake Wörthersee.

Get the best of the Italian and Austrian Alps on this laid-back cycling tour! Starting in Italy, you’ll ride along the well-known Drau/Drava cycle path from the Dolomites to the lake-filled province of Carinthia, Austria. Discover small hamlets and large cities, each as charming as the last. Admire no shortage of natural scenery- rivers, colourful peaks, lakes, and countryside abound. At booking, you can either rent a standard bike or an e-bike to make the ride as easy as you like.

For anyone curious about the fascinating culture in this area, this tour will deliver some answers. The border proximity means that each town and city shares influences from the surrounding countries, which created a mish-mash of flavours in food and drink and unique atmosphere to immerse yourself in. Enjoy comfortable hotels each night, then take your pick of the many restaurants for lunch and dinner. The Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour is definitely worth it!

Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Hochpustertal

If you can, try to arrive in Hochpusteral as early as possible—there is so much to see and do here before your cycling adventure starts. Take a walk to the nearby lake, or explore the adventure park that has a rope course.

Settle into your hotel and prepare to begin your adventure tomorrow.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Hochpustertal
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Ride to Lienz, Austria

After breakfast, you’ll start riding to the Drau cycle path (the Drava cycle path). Begin the day with a ride to San Candido, a beautiful town nestled between mountains. Soon after, you’ll cross the border and continue along the bike path into Austria and descend to your final destination, Lienz. Here, you can explore this sunny town built next to the Drau river with a charming Old Town and impressive mountain backdrop.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lienz
Distance
5–6 hours, 50–55km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Discover Lienz and Cycle to Berg im Drautal

Fill up on breakfast before exploring the wonders in Lienz, like the outdoor museum and swimming pool. You’ll then meet up with the cycle path again for a nice ride along the Drau River on a once essential Roman trading route.

Arrive in Berg im Drautal with time to wander the centre and get some dinner before bed.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Berg im Drautal
Distance
3–4 hours, 35km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Ride to Spittal an der Drau

Your ride today consists of many charming villages along the Drau River. After breakfast, you’ll ride into idyllic landscapes and iconic villages in the Austrian Alps. If you have the energy, take a detour to Lake Millstättersee for a refreshing swim or quick rest.

Continuing from the lake, you’ll soon see Spittal an der Drau in view, where you’ll stop for the night. This city is famous for its renaissance castles.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Spittal an der Drau
Distance
4–5 hours, 45km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Cycle to Villach

After a lovely breakfast, you’ll continue riding through Carinthia province, an iconic place with the Alps as a constant backdrop, several lakes dotting the landscape, and renaissance architecture throughout the villages and cities. The journey takes you to Villach, the second-largest city in this province.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Villach
Distance
4 hours, 40km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Lake Ossiach Circuit

Fill up on breakfast and get ready for a lovely circuit to a nearby lake. Following the Seebach River to leave town, you’ll soon see Landskron Castle come into view—a beautiful ornate building amid pastoral landscapes.

Soon after, Lake Ossiach will appear like an oasis, sitting amid immense peaks. It’s undeniably inviting, and you can definitely stop for a swim. Make a loop and return to Villach for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Villach
Distance
4–5 hours, 45km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Visit Lake Wörthersee and Ride to Klagenfurt

Wake up for your last awesome day of biking. Today’s route has minimal elevation gain and leads right to the provincial capital of Carinthia, Klagenfurt. Before you reach the city, you can take an extended break at the biggest lake in Carinthia, Lake Wörthersee.

Enjoy your final night in the dreamy town of Klagenfurt.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Klagenfurt
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Departure

Once you have your final breakfast and check out, your tour comes to an end. Organize your own transportation to the next part of your journey.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided tour in Austria and Italy is always run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on the time of year in which you choose to travel and the age of your children if you have them.

The best time to travel to the Drau cycle path for biking is during the spring, summer, and early fall (May-September). This tour is available from May to September.

Private Self-Guided Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person.
Important note: the departures for this tour are available on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Low season (from May 1st to June 18thand from September 13th to September 23rd):

  • Price per person staying in a single room: €850EUR per person
  • Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): €695EUR per person

High season (from June 19thto September 12th):

  • Price per person staying in a single room: €950EUR per person
  • Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): €775EUR per person

Price reduction for Children sharing a room with 2 adults:

  • Children 0-5 years of age: 100%
  • Children 6-11 years of age: 50%
  • Children 12-14 years of age: 25%
  • Reduction for additional beds in a double room (for children 15+ and adults): 10%
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Accommodation on the Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour

This tour is based in 3-star hotels. Tourist tax, if requested at the hotel, is not included and will have to be paid on the spot. This is normally no more than 3 EUR per person.

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. The supplement for single rooms in groups is included in the listed price.

Night 1

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.

Night 2

Hotel in Lienz

Wander the streets of this charming medieval town in Tyrol, Austria. Flanked by mountains, you’ll have stunning backdrops in this town during your stay.

Night 3

Hotel in Berg im Drautal

Enjoy a night in this quaint town on the Drau River. With the Alps in the background and the river flowing next to you, you’ll feel like you’re in a postcard.

Night 4

Hotel in Spittal an der Drau

Get a taste of the big city in Carinthia province. Don’t miss the Porcia Castle, an iconic relic of renaissance architecture.

Night 5-6

Hotel in Villach

Stroll the streets of the seventh-largest city in Austria and absorb the almost-eastern European vibes. Settle into your hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Night 7

Hotel in Klagenfurt

Klagenfurt, the capital of Carinthia, sits on Lake Wörthersee and blends a bustling city lifestyle with the laid-back lake atmosphere. Stroll the Old Town for your pick of bars and cafes.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included. You can upgrade to half board for travellers over the age of 6 for €150EUR per person. Meals for children under 6 must be paid directly at the hotel or restaurant.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 7 nights is included in the tour. The reduction in price for extra beds in rooms applies for third and fourth persons in the room (child and/or adult) when sharing with two full-paying adults.

Transportation during the Tour

While you cycle between hotels, transportation for your luggage is included. Arrival and departure transfers are not included.

Also Included

  • Tour information in English
  • Well-planned routes
  • Detail route descriptions
  • Detailed maps
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

Not included

  • Bike rental
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Guide services
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks, or other meals not previously mentioned
  • Flights and public transportation
  • Travel insurance and tourism tax
  • Anything not mentioned as included
  • Visas if required

Optional Extras

  • Extra nights in any accommodation
  • Bike rental:
    • Hybrid bike: €95EUR
    • Premium hybrid bike: €125EUR
    • E-Bike: €175EUR
    • Child bicycle (for children up to 12 years old): €50EUR
    • Rear bike seat: €25EUR
  • Half board upgrade: €150EUR

Frequenty Asked Questions about Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour

How hard is the Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour?

We rate this tour as a 2/5. You should be physically fit and comfortable cycling 3–7 hours daily. The elevation gain is minimal, and you will have comfortable accommodation to recuperate. The bike path is well-maintained and you can rent an e-bike to make the route easier if you wish. If you would prefer a shorter tour, we offer a similar itinerary in a 6-day variation.

Do I need a visa to travel to Austria and Italy?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour?

7 breakfasts are included. You can upgrade to half board as a supplement.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Hochpustertal to start this tour?

You can reach Hochpustertal by car or train. The closest airports are Innsbruck (INN), Treviso (TSF), and Venice (VCE). On request, airport transfers can be arranged to the start of the tour.

Is the Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour family-friendly?

Yes. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have children coming on the tour. While there is no limit on the age of children, we recommend they be at least 12 years of age and comfortable cycling the distances required on this tour.

Is the Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour guided?

No. You will be provided with all necessary information to complete your self-guided tour. Self-guided tours offer great flexibility in your day-to-day, but you should be comfortable with a bit more independence than you’d have on a guided tour.

Where does the Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour end?

The tour ends in Klagenfurt, Austria. You can fly out of Klagenfurt Airport (KLU).

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process. Rental bikes available are 21-gear women’s or men’s standard bicycles or e-bikes. Please contact us about renting children’s bikes.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Austria or Italy?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Austria or Italy?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Prices

From $725USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 2/5. You should be physically fit and comfortable cycling 3–7 hours daily. The elevation gain is minimal, and you will have comfortable accommodation to recuperate. The bike path is well-maintained and you can rent an e-bike to make the route easier if you wish.

If you would prefer a shorter tour, we offer a similar itinerary in a 6-day variation.


Read about our scale for Tour Difficulty Ratings.

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