Touring SALZBURG TO VENICE

Duration

9 days

Category

TOURING

Fitness level

MEDIUM

Tour type

GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED, TAILOR-MADE

Technical difficulty

LOW

Length & elevation

297KM 2683M


Salzburg to Venice cycling tour is perfect for the lovers of European cities and culture. We have chosen some of the most known and must- see places to visit, bestowing history and glitter, combining it all with the most enjoyable and scenic cycling routes in the area. This tour starts in Salzburg, a hometown to W. A. Mozart, and ends in the fairy-tale city of Venice, discovering the pleasures of “la bella vita”.

The route takes us from the Salzburg area, located in the shadow of the high Alps towards the sunny coast of the Adriatic, introducing the Mediterranean way of life. The 9 cycling days in between the cities slowly reveals the beautiful nature, culture, Mediterranean food and exquisite wines, proudly presented by local wineries from Goriška Brda, Italian Colio and Slovenian Karst region – a land also known as the Slovenian Tuscany.

To maintain the high level of the overall cycling experience we have eliminated certain sections that fail to live up to the dynamic pace and quality of the tour. We use shuttle transfers for specific sections from Austria to Slovenia and from Slovenia to Venice.

The tour can easily be extended by 2 – 3 days, adding Croatia, yet another beautiful country worth exploring.

HIGHLIGHTS: Salzburg, Cividale, Kobarid, Goriška Brda, Karst, Škocjan Caves, Lipica, Trieste, Piran

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Itinerary

DAY 01

Salzburg

Welcome to Salzburg, the Austrian city with one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 for its baroque architecture. Clearly, to highlight its popularity, it is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the greatest composers ever born. His residence is now home to a museum, open to visitors.

The city is dominated by the well preserved Hohensalzburg castle, Europe’s largest fortification and probably the most beautiful. We overnight in Salzburg starting the cycling tour the next morning.


DAY 02

Salzburg to Bischofshofen

DistanceDistance: 54 km
DistanceElevation: 463 m

After breakfast we start the first stage of cycling, exploring the heart of magical Salzburg’s Old Town. The route leads us south, leisurely following the Salzach River, changing the course into the magnificent mountains of Salzburg’s Limestone Alps, past numerous natural monuments, high rock faces and impressive gorges. There are plenty of attractions to take in, among which are Salt Mine in Bad Dürrenberg, the oldest salt mine in Austria, museums of Celtic culture, the world’s largest ice cave, Hohenwerfen Castle etc. The day ends with a well – deserved dinner in Bischofshofen, the city famous for its railway museum and World Cup ski jumps.


DAY 03

Bischofshofen to St. Johann in Pongau and further through Italy to Slovenia

DistanceDistance: 32 km
DistanceElevation: 401 m

We continue to cycle around Austria for the first part of the day, reaching the beautiful Leichtensteinklamm Gorge, one of the deepest and longest gorges in the Alps. After embracing the nature, listening to the powerful rush of the waterfall, we move on to the Italian City of Cividale in the Friuli region. A shuttle will be taking you to this UNESCO protected city with an amazing history and heritage. It lies at the foothills of the Eastern Alps, close to the border with Slovenia. Our next stop is Kobarid, a little town in Soča Valley. If you happen to arrive there early, you can visit the WWI museum, devoted almost entirely to the Soča Front and the ‘war to end all wars’, or you can make a refreshing jump into the Nadiža River. The dinner in Kobarid could easily be one of the highlights of the trip, as you can decide to dine at Hiša Franko, tasting the delicious food prepared by Ana Roš, known as the best female Chef in the world.


DAY 04

From Kobarid to Goriška Brda, the land of vineyards

DistanceDistance: 37 km
DistanceElevation: 570 m

It is time to say farewell to the Alps and get closer to the sea. As the climate begins to change, we start to really feel the Mediterranean. When in Europe, no matter where you are, the first thing you encounter after making the smooth shift from the mountains to the sea is the never-ending land of vineyards and the lines of the olive trees. Once we cross to Slovenia, you will enter in Goriška Brda, dazzling vineyard region, spreading the magic around the hills dotted with stone houses and dreamy sunrises. The area has been voted as one of the 10 most elite travel destinations for wine lovers and it is our stay for the night.


DAY 05

From Goriška Brda to Komen – Karst, Slovenian Tuscany

DistanceDistance: 48 km
DistanceElevation: 590 m

Every country settled between the Alps and the sparkling sea seem to have its own version of Tuscany. In Slovenia we call it Karst. Olive trees, vineyards, surrounding green hills, zigzagged with plenty of winding roads it makes a perfect day for cycling. Karst is all about the indulgement and one cannot go by without having some proper Karst ham (prosciutto) tasting, with a delicious glass of local wine.

Taking a break from pedaling, we spend the night in Komen. In the pleasant atmosphere of the farmhouse, the owner will present the Slovenian Karst at its best, serving a typical local food and wine. Enjoy!


DAY 06

The Škocjan caves – UNESCO heritage

DistanceDistance: 41 km
DistanceElevation: 520 m

Today we cycle the routes closer to the seaside, from Karst towards Istria. The daily tour route is slightly shorter than yesterday’s, having around 40 kilometers ahead of us. This helps us save some precious time and energy we need for another amazing sight – the Škocjan Caves, the very bosom of the classical Karst. The Škocjan Caves remain the only monument in Slovenia and the Classical Karst region on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites. Once we exit the caves there’s a short cycling section ahead of us before we reach the ending point for this day – the village of Rodik. This village is known for an amazing restaurant, indulging us with a delicious 5-course-dinner and our host for the night.


DAY 07

To the sea – back to Italy (Trieste)

DistanceDistance: 42 km
DistanceElevation: 170 m

Today’s an easy ride, losing the altitude while pedaling our way to the Adriatic Sea. After some wine tasting in Karst we hop on the seat of the bike to follow the route all the way to the famous Lipica stud farm, the oldest European stud farm breeding a single breed of horse, the Lipizzaner. Winding the curvy roads we continue to Italy, into the seaport city of Trieste, a city with long and complex history, and a very popular coffee stop. Rather than taking the shortest route to Trieste, we make a slight detour north to visit the gorgeous Miramar Castle. The castle grounds include an extensive cliff and seashore park of 22 hectares designed by Austrian, Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian. The grounds were completely re-landscaped to feature numerous tropical species of trees and plants.


DAY 08

Piran – the pearl of the Slovenian coast

DistanceDistance: 43 km
DistanceElevation: 370 m

Any visit close to the Slovenian coast would not be complete without visiting the remarkably charming town of Piran. We will take our time for this last day of cycling, following the route by the sea, rewarding us with great views and ending with a delicious Mediterranean dinner. Make sure not to miss an afternoon espresso at the Tartini piazza in the heart of Piran, to blend into the uniqueness of this place.

Not far away from Piran there’s another sight you should not overlook, the Salina Nature Park. The Sečovlje salt pans are the northernmost salt pans in the Mediterranean. The salt is produced in a traditional way based on a 700-year-old method that harmonizes man and nature. If you would like to visit this amazing external museum, we can arrange a transfer for you.  Or if you prefer, you can cycle there from Piran.


DAY 09

Back to Italy

Cycling from Piran to Venice would take a while and there are no attractive routes to get there. Therefore we will take you to Venice by shuttle. It’s a 2 hour drive. This way, you will have plenty of time to explore one of the most romantic cities ever to exist. Our journey ends with our arrival in Venice.

Want to extend your stay in Venice? No problem! You can book our optional package, spending an extra night there. We will be glad to help you with all the arrangements.


Logistics

Our adventure starts in Salzburg, Austria and ends in the charming Mediterranean town of Piran, Slovenia, from there you can continue your journey further to Venice.

AIRPORT

Salzburg has its own international airport. The airport is located 4 km from the city center and has its own motorway exit. It lies centrally on the A10 north-south and A1 east-west motorway junction.

Public buses go at regular intervals (10-20 minutes) between Salzburg Airport, Salzburg main railway station and the city centre. A taxi stand can be found both directly in front of Salzburg main railway station and the airport terminal.

Munich airport is only 145 km away from Salzburg. Vienna Airport is 390 km away.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

A single group consists of maximum 8 people. We can form more than 1 group.

Every evening there will be a briefing session organized. The guide(s) will present the next day’s tour profile (altitude profile, length, difficulty).

The program is also suitable for e-bikers.

Meeting instructions and final trip arrangements will be sent to you two weeks prior to your tour start date.

 

Dates

  • 4 - 12 May, 2018 GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED
  • 1 - 9 June, 2018 GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED
  • 27 July - 4 August, 2018 GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED
  • 31 August - 8 September, 2018 GUIDED, SELF-GUIDED

Price for guided SALZBURG TO VENICE tour includes: 

  • 8 nights accommodations in 3-4 star hotels/pensions
  • 8 breakfasts and 8 dinners, all meals with local/ typical touch
  • Fully qualified and experienced bike guide for the duration of your trip
  • All group safety equipment
  • Baggage transfer between stages
  • Transfer from St Johann to Kobarid
  • Transfer from Piran to Venice on the last tour day
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)

Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy.

Price for self-guided SALZBURG TO VENICE tour includes: 

  • 8 nights accommodations in 3-4 star hotels/pensions
  • 8 breakfasts and 8 dinners, all meals with local/ typical touch
  • Baggage transfer between stages
  • Transfer from St Johann to Kobarid
  • Transfer from Piran to Venice on the last tour day
  • Navigation pack: GPS track, map & road-book
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)

Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy.

Would you like to customize this tour? Aren’t you trained enough? Would you like a different starting or arriving point, or a break day before, after or during the tour? Send us an e-mail: info@visit-goodplace.com

Optional

  • Single room supplement 195 €
  • E-bike rental 39 €/ day
  • Bike rental 29 €/ day
  • GPS device rental 10 €/ day
  • Pannier rental 8 €/ day
  • Helmet rental 5 €/ day
  • Boat to Venice 70 €
  • 1 extra night accommodation in 4* hotel in Mestre (mainland of Venice), breakfast & dinner included, transfer from the hotel to the Apt Marco Polo – 180 €

 

Price for SALZBURG TO VENICE excludes

Travel and activity insurance, personal safety & cycling equipment, lunches, all beverages with included meals, any other items not mentioned as included.

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