Cycle the world-renowned Drau bike path through Italy and Austria
The Drau Cycle Path from Italy to Austria Tour is perfect for those looking for a laid-back biking challenge with a perfect mix of riding and relaxing. Over 8 days on your bike, you’ll discover the quaint villages along the Drau River running from Italy to Austria. Stunning landscapes await from Day 1 in northern Italy to the end of the tour in Lake Klopein, Austria. Along the journey, you’ll see gorgeous lakes, charming villages, forested areas, and of course, the impressive Alps towering over you.
A self-guided tour means you can go at your own pace. Your accommodation and breakfast will be organized for you and you’ll receive a detailed route guide, but where and when you stop is entirely up to you. You can choose to rent a standard bicycle or an e-bike, which will make the hills a little easier to handle. For a leisurely ride with new breathtaking views each day, the Drau Cycle Path from Italy to Austria Tour will deliver!
Highlights of the Drau Cycle Path from Italy to Austria Tour
Drau Cycle Path from Italy to Austria Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Hochpustertal
You’ve got an incredible week of riding ahead of you! Find your way to the hotel in Hochupustertal, attempt to pronounce the name of this town, and find some dinner before you head to bed.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Hochpustertal
Day 2 Cycle to Lienz, Austria
Enjoy a hearty breakfast, and then you’re off to connect to the Drau cycle path (called the Drava on the Italian side). Start the day with a ride to San Candido, a stunning town nestled between mountains. Soon after, you’ll cross the border and continue along the bike path to Sillian, Austria. From here, it’s a nice downhill ride to your final destination, Lienz.
Once you’re settled in Lienz, you can explore the enchanting Old Town and enjoy the stunning mountain backdrop.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Lienz
Distance: 5–6 hours, 50–55km
Day 3 Explore Lienz and Ride to Berg
In the morning, you have time to visit the outdoor museum in Lienz after breakfast. Then hit the cycle path again for a cruisy ride alongside the Drau River to ride on a once important Roman trading route. Arrive in Berg with plenty of time to find a place to get some dinner before bed.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Berg
Distance: 3–4 hours, 30–35km
Day 4 Ride to Spittal an der Drau
Your ride today consists of many adorable villages along the Drau River. Fill up on breakfast and ride into dreamy landscapes and iconic Austrian Alps villages. If you feel up for it, you can take a detour to a lake for a refreshing dip or quick break.
As you ride on, you’ll soon see Spittal an der Drau come into view, where you’ll stop for the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Spittal an der Drau
Distance: 3–5 hours, 30–45km
Day 5 Cycle via Villach to Rosegg/Mühlbach
Get a healthy and hearty breakfast, since today includes the longest ride of the entire tour. You’ll ride through Carinthia province in Austria, which is an iconic location with the Alps as a constant backdrop, several lakes dotting the landscape, and renaissance architecture throughout the towns. The journey takes you through Villach, the second-largest city in this province, and from there, you ride down to Rosegg/Mühlbach.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Rosegg/Mühlbach
Distance: 6–7 hours, 60–70km
Day 6 Visit Lake Klopein
After breakfast, you’ll continue eastward towards Lake Kopein, your destination for the next two nights. On the way there, you can detour at Lake Feistritz and do a canoe tour or visit the Carnica Museum.
Continue riding through the breathtaking Rosental Valley, passing a picturesque waterfall before reaching Lake Klopein for the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Lake Klopein
Distance: 5.5–6.5 hours, 55–60km
Day 7 Rest Day or Optional Bike Ride Around Lake Klopein
For your last day, you can choose to give your legs a break from riding and explore the area on foot or just relax on the lakeshore. Alternatively, you can ride around the stunning lake and find the best views to fill up your camera.
Return to the hotel for another night in your comfortable hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Lake Klopein
Day 8 Departure
Indulge in a final breakfast this morning, then pack your bags to check out. You’ll find your own transportation to the next part of your journey from here.
Overnight Location: None
Drau Cycle Path from Italy to Austria Tour Price and Dates
This self-guided tour in Austria and Italy is run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on the time of year in which you choose to travel and how many people will be in each room.
The best time to travel to the Drau Cycle Path for biking is during the spring, summer, and early fall (May to September).
Private Self-Guided Drau Cycle Path from Italy to Austria Tour
Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person. Please note that the child price reduction applies to an additional beds when sharing a room with two adults.
Important note: the departures on this tour are available on Saturdays and Sundays only.
Low season (from May 8th to June 17th and from September 5th to 24th):
- Price per person staying in a single room: $1,095 USD per person
- Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $875 USD per person
High season (from June 18thto September 4th):
- Price per person staying in a single room: $1,150 USD per person
- Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $950 USD per person
Reduction for children:
- Children 0-5: 100%
- Children 6-11: 50%
- Children 12-14: 25%
- Reduction for extra beds in double rooms (for children or adults 15+): 10%
Accommodation on the Drau Cycle Path from Italy to Austria Tour
This tour is based in 3 and 4-star hotels. Tourist tax, if requested at the hotel, is not included and will have to be paid on the spot.
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. If you prefer a single room, the required supplement 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 Rosegg/Mühlbach
Stay in a lovely hotel in the Austrian countryside, a short distance away from the Drava River and a beautiful green park. Check out the nearby Pizzeria Casa Barbara.
Hotel in Lake Klopein
Right on the shore of one of the warmest lakes in the Alps, enjoy a comfortable stay in a hotel on Lake Klopein. Walk around the turquoise water in the evening.
What’s Included in the Drau Cycle Path from Italy to Austria Tour?
7 breakfasts are included.
Accommodation for 7 nights is included in the tour. Additional nights before or after the tour are not included but can be added as a supplement.
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
- Guide services
- Lunches, dinners, drinks, or other meals not previously mentioned
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Flights and public transportation
- Travel insurance and tourism tax
- Visas if required
- Anything not mentioned as included
- Additional nights before or after the tour
- Bike rental:
- Hybrid bike: $95 USD
- Premium hybrid bike: $150 USD
- E-bike: $225 USD
- Children bike (for up to 12-year-olds): $75 USD
- Rear child seat: $25 USD
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