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Salzburg to Venice


8 Days


Touring, E-Bike

Fitness level


Tour type

Guided, Self-Guided, Tailor-Made

Technical difficulty


Length & elevation

457km, 3.470m


Cycling from Salzburg to Venice, from one iconic place to another, from the Alps to the Adriatic coast… This outstanding 8-day cycling tour impresses both history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts, offering an unforgettable experience full of charming towns, fresh air, unspoiled nature, interesting sights, and warm hospitality.

The Salzburg to Venice cycling tour begins by crossing two Austrian regions, i.e. the states of Salzburg and Carinthia, which extend along rivers and among magnificent Alpine peaks. Relaxing in a spa in the Gastein Valley is followed by a train ride across a mountain barrier and the arrival to the city of Villach, which albeit being located at the foot of the Alps shows the Mediterranean spirit. Exiting Austria, the cycling holiday continues with a quick visit to Italian Tarvisio and an overnight in the Slovenian Alpine resort of Kranjska Gora.

Comfortable cycling through the beautiful Radovna Valley leads to Lake Bled, the symbol of Slovenia’s beauty. The panoramic train ride from Bled to the lower Soča Valley that follows next is one of the highlights of the tour. Cycling starts again in the lovely town of Kanal with the path running along the emerald Soča river. Reaching the Tuscany-like landscape of Goriška Brda, covered in vineyards and orchards, one can already feel the sea breeze, as the road is leaving the mountains behind.

On the last, non-cycling day of the tour leaves Slovenia and enters the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The small villages as well as beautiful mansions and villas speak of the rich historical background, offering a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere. The tour ends with breakfast at Brda and with a transfer to Mestre, a suburb of Venice city, which makes a good starting point if you plan to visit Venice city in the afternoon.


  • Diverse moderate cycling from the Alps to the Mediterranean coast
  • Cycling tour in Austria, Slovenia, and Italy in only 8 days
  • Rich cultural and natural heritage on the way
  • Excellent local cuisine and wine
  • Cycling along rivers, vineyards, lakes, and the sea
  • Cycling along a part of the Alpe Adria Cycling Track
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DAY 01

From Salzburg to Bischofshofen

DistanceDistance: 56,4 km
DistanceElevation: 480 m

The first leg starts at the center of the magical old city of Salzburg and carries on with a leisurely ride southwards, along the Salzach River, and finally to Salzburg’s Limestone Alps. The final destination of the first day is the town of Bischofshofen. Embraced by the most beautiful mountain scenery, Bischofshofen is the world-famous venue of the annual Four Hills ski jumping Tournament finals.

The path passes numerous natural monuments, high rock faces, impressive gorges, and man-made landmarks. The first day is packed with attractions.  The outstanding reputation of beer brewed by Bräustübl Kaltenhausen is due to the countless travelers who have stopped by over the centuries and spread the word. Those who already miss Christmas can stop at the Silent Night Museum in Hallein, where original manuscripts and documents attest to the creation of the world’s most famous Christmas song – Silent Night! Holy Night.

The Salzach river cut its way through the northern Limestone Alps and created a gorge known as Salzachöfenor (or alternatively Salzachklamm). The route leads along and above the gorge to Pass Lueg. Just before reaching the final destination, we’ll cycle below the Hohenwerfen castle, which sits proudly at the top of a rocky, 113 meters high dome.

DAY 02

From Bischofshofen to Bad Gastein

DistanceDistance: 49,6 km
DistanceElevation: 790 m

On the second day, the route initially leads to Schwarzach through reservoirs along the middle Salzach River and then takes a climb only to enter the Gastein Valley later on. The final destination for the day is the mountain spa town of Bad Gastein, a beautiful place featuring the Gastein Waterfall at its very center. The mountains of the Salzburg Alps are constant companions of the tour. In the Gastein valley, the glaciated peaks of the Hohe Tauern mountains can be seen, while other points of interest mainly include various thermal spas, namely those in Dorfgastein, Bad Hofgastein, and Bad Gastein.

DAY 03

From Bad Gastein to Spittal an der Drau

DistanceDistance: 47,6 km
DistanceElevation: 400 m

At the end of the Gastein Valley, the bikers hop on the train for a short ride through the tunnel under the Alps (Tauernschleuse). After that, the route continues through the Carinthia region on the southern side of the Alps.

The outstanding attractions and rewarding stopping points await on the way, including the wonderful adventurous gorge called Groppensteinschlucht along the Mallnitzbach, the Obervellach town center, the Falkenstein castle, and the Barbarossa canyon.  At the county seat of Spittal, one can find a beautiful Renaissance castle by the name of Porcia, which was built in the 16th century in the Italian palazzo style and is sometimes described as the most beautiful Renaissance building north of Italy.

DAY 04

From Spittal an der Drau to Villach

DistanceDistance: 40,2 km
DistanceElevation: 70 m

From Spittal, the tour runs along the Drau Bike Path, which is well-developed and clearly marked. For most of this stage, the group will ride along the right river bank. Many highlights can be seen on the way, mainly those interesting to history enthusiasts and nature lovers, such as the excavations of an early Christian church outside Molzbichl in the lower Drautal Valley.

The Carantana museum, church, and archaeological open-air exhibition ground form a remarkable ensemble, which gives the visitor an impressive and striking insight into the Early Middle Ages.

If in somewhat low spirits, the hot springs in Villach will make you feel
rejuvenated. The city, which is quite a gem, captivates a visitor with its easy-going, Mediterranean beat. Here, you can enjoy some truly memorable moments while exploring the old town, strolling through the narrow streets, admiring the modern architecture, watching people at one of the numerous city squares, sitting beside the Drau River, visiting the interesting shops, and tasting the local cuisine.

DAY 05

From Austria to Slovenia

DistanceDistance: 45,4 km
DistanceElevation: 550 m

The tour mostly follows the river Gail along the southern side of Mt Dobratsch, with a good part of the route running through the Dobratsch nature park. Cycling through small villages, the tour gradually approaches the Italian border, finally crossing it at Thörl-Maglern.

Following an abandoned railway line just a few kilometers beyond the border, the tour reaches the town of Tarvisio, one of Friuli Venezia Giulia’s most important ski areas and mountain resorts. Surrounded by the Julian Alps and rich in wide valleys and woods, the town has a modern look yet an ancient soul, full of traditions that are well worth discovering. However, there will be enough opportunity to enjoy Italy at the end of the tour, which now turns towards Slovenia.

Two beautiful glacial lakes can be found just outside Tarvisio. The valley of the Fusine lakes is one of the most fascinating places in the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, and the visit takes only a short detour. After crossing the border in Rateče, Slovenia, the route passes the entrance into the beautiful glacial valley of Planica, which serves as a venue for ski flying competitions, and reaches the Zelenci Springs nature reserve, one of the sources of the Sava river, which can be found just next to the road. The springs are beautiful in all seasons and at any time of the day, especially at sunset.

The last leg of the tour for the day passes the famous FIS ski slope of Podkoren before reaching the alpine village of Kranjska Gora, a very popular ski and outdoor resort situated at the foot of the Julian Alps.

DAY 06

From Kranjska Gora to Bled

DistanceDistance: 38,8 km
DistanceElevation: 330 m

On the sixth day, the tour heads on to Lake Bled, the most famous tourist attraction in Slovenia. From Kranjska Gora, a pleasant cycling road leads to another alpine village of Mojstrana, where the tour enters what is arguably one of the most beautiful alpine valleys in Slovenia, the Radovna River valley. Since the area is part of the Triglav National Park, mass tourism is partially limited here. The valley is very popular due to its beautiful unspoiled nature. Reaching the final destination of the day, it would be a pity not to visit the famous island in the middle of Lake Bled, featuring a church, or taste the famous Bled cake.

DAY 07

Alpe Adria, from the Alps to sunny vineyards

DistanceDistance: 46,6 km
DistanceElevation: 640 m

One of the most beautiful views of the lake opens from the railway station located just above it, where the tour takes a train again to travel from the heart of the Alps to the warm Mediterranean area of the Central Soča Valley. The Bohinj railway, which connects Jesenice in Slovenia with Trieste in Italy, was built from 1900 to 1906, during the Austria-Hungary era, as part of a then new strategic railway called Neue Alpenbahnen, to connect the western part of Austria as well as that of southern Germany with the then Austro-Hungarian port of Trieste. The scenic ride, which features numerous views of gorges and plains, runs through multiple tunnels, the longest one being over 6 kilometres long.

The tour disembarks the train in Kanal, a medieval town with a rich cultural heritage situated on the two banks of the Soča River, which are linked by a bridge. The Soča, which has a distinct emerald green colour and is considered one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe, is at its most beautiful in the gorge below the town. The Soča valley is the first destination in Slovenia to earn the title of the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN), due to its sustainable development in tourism. The responsible approach is also reflected in the cycling trail arranged along the river and the railway routed along the accumulation lake and running all the way to the Solkan bridge, which offers a view of Mt Sveta Gora. The tour passes the old railroad bridge featuring the largest stone arch in the world.

Passing through the town of Solkan, the Soča flows towards Italy, leaving behind the Alps and the Pre-Alpine world. Just like the Soča, the trail here leaves Slovenia only to enter it once again at the city of Gorizia, having briefly entered Italy turning towards Collio and finally towards the Goriška Brda region.

Goriška brda/Collio is a single landscape divided between two countries, a land of gentle, rolling hills covered in orchards and vineyards and dotted with small, secluded villages reminding of Tuscany. The wine growers here are famous across the world for their high-quality wine and hospitality. Needless to say, wine tasting is inevitable here, and as far as food is concerned – well, the area is very close to Italy, which says it all.

DAY 08

Departure day

The last, non-cycling day of the tour leaves Slovenia and enters Friuli-Venezia Giulia, one of the 20 Italian regions. Although parts of it are heavily industrialized, agriculture is well established here. The small villages as well as beautiful mansions and villas speak of the rich historical background, offering a relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere. After all, Venice is just around the corner.

The tour ends with breakfast at Brda and a transfer to Mestre, a suburb of Venice city, which makes a good starting point if you plan to visit Venice city in the afternoon.

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GUIDED2.150 €What’s included?

We recommend guided cycling tours to everybody who seeks complete relaxation and wants to have only one thing on their mind – great cycling. Our guides will take care of everything else – navigation, interesting local insights and technical support. Guided tours are also perfect for meeting other enthusiastic cyclers from around the globe and creating life-long friendships.

Price for guided SALZBURG TO VENICE tour includes: 

  • 7-night accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels/guest houses
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners; all meals include typical local food
  • Fully qualified and experienced MTB guide for the entire trip
  • Extensive Tour Booklet
  • Meeting and briefing at the tour start
  • Baggage transfer between tour stages
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)

Rates are valid per person, based on double occupancy on pre-scheduled departures. For individual departures feel free to contact us for the offer.


Price excludes:

  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Lunches
  • Beverages consumed with food that is included in the package
  • Any other items not listed in the price.

SELF-GUIDEDWhat’s included?

We recommend self-guided cycling tours to everybody who knows how to navigate a GPS device and has previous experience in self-guided cycling. If you think you don’t fit this description, maybe a guided cycling tour would be a more enjoyable option for you.

The price of a self-guided tour depends on the number of people in the group and the touring dates, time of booking, accommodation availability, etc. Please contact us for the offer.

Pax 2 4 6 8
Price 1.890 € 1.510 € 1.390 € 1.320 €

The price for a self-guided SALZBURG TO VENICE tour includes: 

  • 7-night accommodation in 3- or 4-star hotels/guest houses
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Baggage transfer between the tour stages
  • Navigation pack: GPX tracks, link to Google map, Tour Booklet, Online briefing
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)


Price excludes:

  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Beverages consumed with food that is included in the package
  • Any other items not listed in the price.

TAILOR-MADEWould you like to customize this tour?

Would you like to customize this tour? Are you worried you are not prepared enough physically? Would you like to select a different starting or ending point, or perhaps have a day off before, after or during the tour? Send an e-mail to [email protected].


The adventure starts in the city of Salzburg in Austria and ends in Mestre, a suburb of Venice city.


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 drive 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’s main railway station and the airport terminal.

Munich airport is only 145 km away from Salzburg.


Our tours are mostly operated through small towns and villages. We always make an effort to select the most authentic and visitor-friendly accommodation and dining arrangements available. This way the tour groups can enjoy local hospitality and great food on the entire route.

  • One guided group can include a maximum of 8 people.
  • On guided tours, a briefing session is organized every evening. During the briefing, the guide(s) reveal details about the next day’s cycling stage, including the altitude, length, difficulty, etc.
  • On most cycling stages alternative trail variations can be chosen according to the specific requirements of the group.
  • The meeting instructions and final trip arrangements are sent to participants two weeks before the tour start date.


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