Ride from the mountains in Italy to the lakes in Austria
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!
Highlights of the Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: $950 USD per person
- Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $750 USD per person
High season (from June 19thto September 12th):
- Price per person staying in a single room: $1,025 USD per person
- Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $850 USD 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%
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What’s Included in the Italian and Austrian Alps Bike Tour?
7 breakfasts are included. You can upgrade to half board for travellers over the age of 6 for $175 USD per person. Meals for children under 6 must be paid directly at the hotel or restaurant.
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.
- Tour information in English
- Well-planned routes
- Detail route descriptions
- Detailed maps
- 24-hour telephone assistance
- 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
- Extra nights in any accommodation
- Bike rental:
- Hybrid bike: $95 USD
- Premium hybrid bike: $150 USD
- E-Bike: $195 USD
- Child bicycle (for children up to 12 years old): $75 USD
- Rear bike seat: $25 USD
- Half board upgrade: $175 USD
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