The Dolomites cycle path from Dobbiaco to Trieste

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Duration

8 days

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Duration

360Km

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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Level 2/5

Moderate-Easy, between 25 and 65 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 150 and 300 meters.

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The starting point is different from the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Dobbiaco/Villabassa
Individual arrival at the hotel. Free unguarded parking available near the hotel.

Day 2: Dobbiaco/Villabassa – Oberdrauburg/Kötschach Mauthen (70 or 75 km)
From Dobbiaco Saddle, which acts as a watershed between the Drava and Rienza rivers, you will gently start descending by bike across the Italian-Austrian border along the Drava river. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the imposing nature as you head towards the sunny Lienz, the heart of Eastern Tyrol. Continue the journey through picturesque landscapes to Oberdrauburg, a Carinthian village surrounded by ancient churches and imposing manors, seeming as if it has stepped right out of a fairy tale.

Day 3: Oberdrauburg/Kötschach Mauthen - Feistritz (65 km + minibus)
After a generous breakfast, a short minibus ride will take you to Gailbergpass. From here, you will begin your bike ride towards Kötschach-Mauthen. You will continue along the Gailtal cycle path; a beautiful bike trail dotted with Carinthian valleys, forests and lakes. Pedalling under the imposing ridges of the Carnic Alps, silent witnesses of a world changing and remaining the same at the same time, you will arrive at Lake Pressegger, one of the warmest in Austria and a natural jewel of the Gailtal. After a relaxing break at the lake, you get back on the saddle to finally reach Feistritz an der Gail, a small village immersed in a fascinating natural environment that lives on sustainable tourism.

Day 4: Feistritz - Bled (55 or 65 km)
Leaving the Carinthian village, you will pedal towards the Italian border to continue, after a stop in Tarvisio, towards Slovenia. Along the way, you can admire the Kranjska Gora ski area and the wonderful pristine nature of the Slovenian countryside that will backdrop your journey to the splendid Bled, where you can relax in its thermal waters and enjoy the romantic view of the lake. 
A second overnight stay in Bled skipping the Bled-Cividale stage can be arranged.

Day 5: Bled - Cividale (50 km + train)
Today you will leave Bled, a jewel set in the Slovenian mountains, to reach Cividale, in Friuli. Leaving Bled, a train will take you to Most na Soči, located in the Soča valley, a significant prehistoric settlement and also a paradise for lovers of canoeing, kayaking and adventure sports. From here your itinerary continues to Caporetto, the town lending its name to the Defeat suffered by the Italian troops in October 1917, where it is possible to visit the museum recalling the tragic events of the Great War. Back in Italy, you will ride down the Natisone Valleys to Cividale del Friuli, a city shaped by a melting pot of cultures: Celtic, Roman, Lombard, Frankish, German and Venetian.

Day 6: Cividale - Gradisca d’Isonzo (35 or 65 km)
From the ducal city, you pedal towards the heart of the Friulian vineyard, the Collio: those who love good wine will not be able to resist the temptation to stop at one of the many wineries for a tasting of the prized native wines. Leaving behind the gentle Gorizian hills, you will arrive at Gradisca d’Isonzo, a fortress on the southern banks of the homonymous river, 
which for centuries was disputed between Austria and Venice and of which it still retains important architectural and gastronomic testimonials today. For more ambitious cyclists, we recommend a longer alternative route via Udine, a small and delightful town characterized by Gothic squares and Renaissance buildings.

Day 7: Gradisca d’Isonzo - Trieste (40 km)
From the fortress of Gradisca, you head up towards the Carso, a witness to the Great War, and then down to the Adriatic Sea. As you approach the sea, the Miramare Castle appears on the horizon, white and solemn, guarding the Gulf of Trieste. This architectural gem, set in an enchanted park, is a bridge between the past and present, where you can almost hear the echo of the footsteps of the Habsburgs, who left an indelible mark of their bond with the city of Trieste. Here, a break is mandatory: the castle, a testament to Maximilian of Austria's love for these lands, invites you to dream, to lose yourself among its history-rich rooms and lush gardens. Trieste will welcome you with the grandeur of its Piazza Unità d'Italia and the historic cafes that have been home to famous authors like Niccolò Tommaseo, Italo Svevo, James Joyce, and Umberto Saba.

Day 8: Trieste
After breakfast, end of services and individual departure or possibility to extend the stay.

Included

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • APP
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary
  • Video briefing
  • Transfer in minibus Oberdrauburg
  • Gailbergpass
  • Train Bled
  • Most na Soči

Not included

  • GPS Tracks
  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • City tax
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"
  • Welcome briefing

Cancellation penalties

  • From 29 days before the departure date: refund of 75%
  • From 13 days before the departure date: refund of 50%
  • From 7 days before, the amount is non-refundable.

The Dolomites cycle path from Dobbiaco to Trieste

  • To cross the borders of three European countries and discover the cultural diversity of Europe
  • To enjoy the unique experience of a sustainable journey, exploring small towns that live on eco-tourism like Feistritz an der Gail
  • To learn about European history, visiting places full of memory like Caporetto and the Great War museum, which bear witness to the events that shaped our continent
  • To finish the journey in the beautiful Trieste, a border city where Central European and Mediterranean influences intertwine
  • To cycle freely, following a well-planned itinerary that offers the right balance between physical activity, relaxation, culture and gastronomic pleasure
  • To explore Friuli, taste its fine wines in the cellars of Collio and discover the gastronomic riches of Gradisca d'Isonzo
  • To afford refreshing breaks in the thermal waters of Bled, after days dedicated to physical activity and adventure
  • To discover the beauty of the Dolomites by bicycle along an exciting cycle path that will take you cycling to the Slovenian shores of Lake Bled

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