Enjoy an easy cycling route from Austria to the Adriatic Sea
This 6-day journey is perfect for those looking to experience the Alps by bike without much of a challenge. You’ll still have to be relatively fit, but the routes are well-paved, and you can ride at your own pace on this self-guided tour. This tour begins in Austria and quickly crosses into the Italian Alps for the remainder. Visit a new town each night, each with a unique version of the Alp culture coloured by influence from Slovenia, Austria, and Italy.
This tour’s scenery is undeniably mind-blowing, with views looking like postcards or scenes from The Sound of Music. Feel free to yodel from the mountaintops when you take a break from riding! You’ll have a rest day in Grado, then ride to Trieste along a stunning coastal route. From the mountains to the sea, the Villach to Grado Bike Tour will be a trip to remember!
Highlights of the Villach to Grado Bike Tour
Villach to Grado Bike Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Villach
You’ll start the tour in Villach, Austria, a lovely city situated in Carinthia province, with countryside and lakes all around the area. Depending on when you arrive, take a couple of hours to wander the streets and admire the Renaissance-era buildings.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Villach
Day 2 Ride to Tarvisio/Camporosso
Take some time to explore this morning if you didn’t get a chance yesterday because you’ll cross into Italy this afternoon. Following a lush river, you head into the Alps and hit the border.
Find your hotel in a tucked-away mountain town in either Tarvisio or Camporosso (depending on availability).
Overnight Location: Hotel in Tarvisio/Camporosso
Distance: 4 hours, 40km
Day 3 Cycle the Julian Alps
Aftereating breakfast washed down with lots of Italian espresso, you’ll pedal through the idyllic Alps scenery of green mountains and picturesque villages. Continue riding through the Kanaltal Valley in northeast Italy and end up in one of three towns for the night, depending on availability: Moggio Udinese, Tolmezzo, or Venzone.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Moggio Udinese, Tolmezzo, or Venzone
Distance: 5.5 hours, 55km
Day 4 Ride to Udine
Today, your ride takes you to a gorgeous city much larger than the ones you’ve stayed in already. After a pleasant breakfast, hop on your bike and ride through valleys and peaks, stopping wherever you please for espresso fuel. Before arriving in Udine, a stop at a local vineyard is a must! You’ll soon see grapevines come into view on your ride—take your pick and have a sample.
Arrive in Udine and treat yourself to another glass of wine in the piazza.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Udine
Distance: 6 hours, 60km
Day 5 Head to Grado on the Adriatic Coast
Pick a sunny spot in the piazza for your morning coffee, then take an hour or so to walk the streets of Udine to admire its Renaissance and Gothic architecture before you leave. As you cycle away from the Alps, the land flattens, and you’ll begin riding along marshlands and canals.
When the Adriatic Sea appears on the horizon, you’ll know you’re close to your destination, the quaint fishing village of Grado. If you have the energy, hit the beach or explore this cool town built on a lagoon. And, of course, indulge in an Italian feast.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Grado
Distance: 5.5 hours, 55km
Day 6 Departure
After breakfast and check-out, you’ll find your own transportation to the airport or your next destination. Ciao!
Overnight Location: None
Villach to Grado Bike 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 the number of people in a room.
The best time to travel to Austria and Italy for biking is during the spring, summer, and early fall (May-September).
Private Self-Guided Villach to Grado 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 Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Low season (from April 24th to June 17th and from September 11th to October 1st):
- Price per person staying in a single room: $825 USD per person
- Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $650 USD per person
High season (from June 18thto September 10th):
- Price per person staying in a single room: $875 USD per person
- Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $675 USD per person
Accommodation on the Villach to Grado Bike 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. This is normally no more than $25 USD 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. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement. If you’d prefer a single room in a group, the required supplement is included in the listed price.
Hotels on Standard Tour
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 Tarvisio/Camporosso
This small mountain village, with small homes perched on the hillside, will take your breath away. In Tarvisio, don’t miss the Fusine Lakes at sunset.
Hotel in Moggio Udinese/Tolmezzo/Venzone
Put your feet up in a superb hotel in a small Italian village tucked away in the Alps. Wake up surrounded by the Alps and breathe the fresh mountain air.
Hotel in Udine
Sense a unique ambiance in this city that blends Italian, Austrian, and Slovene cultures. Take a tour of the piazza and sample all kinds of gourmet offerings.
Hotel in Grado
Grado, an old fishing town built on a lagoon, consists of canals, delectable restaurants, impressive architecture, and a sandy beach.
What’s Included in the Villach to Grado Bike Tour?
5 breakfasts are included.
Accommodation for 5 nights is included in the tour. Accommodations before and 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. Airport 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
- Entrance fees of any kind
- Anything not mentioned as included
- Extra nights in any accommodation
- Bike rental:
- Hybrid bike: $75 USD
- Premium hybrid bike: $125 USD
- E-bike: $175 USD
Frequently Asked Questions about Villach to Grado Bike Tour
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