Ballad of the Masks festival in Venice, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Sergey Galyonkin

Salzburg on the Salzach River in Austria. Photo via Flickr:Burning Photography

Salzburg to Venice

Austria, Italy, Slovenia Bike Tours

Bike Austria, Slovenia, and Italy from the mountains to the Mediterranean

  • This impressive bike tour from Salzburg to Venice spreads across three different European countries, Austria, Slovenia, and Italy, with an option to include Croatia. Each country is positioned at the crossroads of diverse and strong historical and cultural influences. En route, you witness first hand how the landscape transforms, leading from the foothills of the Alps, towards the warm Adriatic Sea.

    Between the two cities, there are 7 days of cycling, featuring wonderful nature, culture, Mediterranean food, and excellent wine, proudly provided by local (yet globally recognized) wineries from Goriska Brda, Italian Colio and Slovenian Karst, a land often known as the Slovenian Tuscany.

    For those with more time for cycling, this tour can easily be extended to 2-3 days to feature yet another country, Croatia, with the beautiful Istria.

    Europe at its best!

    Highlights:

    • Salzburg
    • Venice
    • Trieste
    • Piran
    • Leichtensteinklamm gorge
    • Italian city of Cividale
    • Optional dinner at Hiša Franko
    • Overnight accommodations in Komen (authentic farmhouse)
    • Škocjan caves
    • Salina Nature Park
    • 2 days riding on the Alpe Adria Bike Path

    Don't forget to check out all our bike tours in Italy, Slovenia, Austria, and Croatia!

  • Scheduled tour dates: 
    Self-guided:
    Double/twin: £ 1397 $ 2,394 1719 NOK 16760 kr 15471 $ 2,011 Single room supplement: £ 158 $ 272 195 NOK 1901 kr 1755 $ 228 Guided: 
    Double/twin:  £ 1725 $ 2,957 2123 NOK 20699 kr 19107 $ 2,484 Single room supplement: £ 158 $ 272 195 NOK 1901 kr 1755 $ 228


    Non scheduled tour dates:

    Number of travelers2468
    Double/twin £ 1856 $ 3,181 2284 NOK 22269 kr 20556 $ 2,672 £ 1450 $ 2,486 1785 NOK 17404 kr 16065 $ 2,088 £ 1311 $ 2,248 1614 NOK 15737 kr 14526 $ 1,888 £ 1249 $ 2,141 1537 NOK 14986 kr 13833 $ 1,798
    Single supplement £ 158 $ 272 195 NOK 1901 kr 1755 $ 228 £ 158 $ 272 195 NOK 1901 kr 1755 $ 228 £ 158 $ 272 195 NOK 1901 kr 1755 $ 228 £ 158 $ 272 195 NOK 1901 kr 1755 $ 228

    Supplement for guide for non scheduled tour dates to be shared among participants: £ 1009 $ 1,730 1242 NOK 12110 kr 11178 $ 1,453 Supplement for support vehichle for non scheduled tour dates to be shared among participants: £ 959 $ 1,644 1180 NOK 11505 kr 10620 $ 1,381

    extra options

    Upgrade to 4 star accommodation: £ 256 $ 439 315 NOK 3071 kr 2835 $ 369

    Upgrade to dinner at Hisa Franko (prices subject to change):
    6 course dinner: £ 69 $ 118 85 NOK 829 kr 765 $ 99 8 course dinner: £ 77 $ 132 95 NOK 926 kr 855 $ 111 11 course dinner: £ 89 $ 153 110 NOK 1073 kr 990 $ 129

    Electric bike: £ 57 $ 98 70 NOK 683 kr 630 $ 82

    Post tour extension: £ 146 $ 251 180 NOK 1755 kr 1620 $ 211

    GPS device (7 days): £ 37 $ 63 45 NOK 439 kr 405 $ 53

    Helmet rental (7 days): £ 19 $ 32 23 NOK 224 kr 207 $ 27

    Extra day bike rental: £ 15 $ 25 18 NOK 176 kr 162 $ 21

    Extra day GPS rental: £ 5 $ 8 6 NOK 59 kr 54 $ 7

    Extra day helmet rental: £ 2 $ 4 3 NOK 29 kr 27 $ 4

    Boat Piran to Venice: £ 57 $ 98 70 NOK 683 kr 630 $ 82

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Salzburg has its own international airport. The airport is located 4 km from the city center. As alternatives, Munich airport is 145 km away from Salzburg and Vienna Airport is 390 km away.

    Local Travel

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

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before you arrival. A very good website to research regional weather conditions including average high/low temperatures and average rainfall is weatherbase.com.


Skill Level

This is a moderate self-guided or guided tour that covers 297 km with 2683 meters of total elevation. Electric bikes are available. To maintain a wonderful overall cycling experience, certain sections have been eliminated and a shuttle is provided for those specific sections, from Austria to Slovenia and then, to Venice.

Where You’ll Stay

3 star hotel and pensions. Upgrade possible.

What’s Included

  • Self-guided:
  • 8 nights accommodations in 3 star hotels/pensions
  • 8 breakfasts and 8 dinners, all meals with local/ typical touch
  • Luggage transfer between stages
  • Transfer from St. Johann to Kobarid
  • Transfer from Piran to Mestre, Venice airport, or Venice on the last tour day
  • Scott hybrid Bike rental with pannier
  • Navigation pack: GPS track, map & road-book
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)
  • Guided
  • 8 nights accommodations in 3 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
  • Hybrid Bike rental with pannier (MTB bike with front suspension, brand Dema, or if size not available, Merida, Focus, or Author)
  • 24/7 hotline number (support)
  • Post tour extension
  • Extra night on Day 9 in 4 star hotel in Mestre
  • Dinner on evening of Day 9
  • Breakfast on morning of Day 10
  • Transfer from hotel to airport

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches
  • Beverages with included meals
TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillModerate
Length9 days
From1719 Rates
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Tour Dates

Scheduled tour dates: May 4, June 1, July 27, and August 31, 2018
Non scheduled tour dates: Arrivals possible on any day.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Please note. We are currently updating this itinerary as there as been recent changes. The day to day listed below and distances are subject to change. Please ask us!

Day 1: Salzburg
Day 2: Salzburg - Bischofshofen, 34 mi. (54 km)
Day 3: Bischofshofen - St. Johann in Pongau and further through Italy to Slovenia, 20 mi. (32 km)
Day 4: Kobarid - Goriška Brda, The Land Of Vineyards, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 5: Goriška Brda - Komen, Karst, Slovenian Tuscany, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 6: Škocjan Caves – Unesco Heritage, 26 mi. (41 km)
Day 7: To the sea - back to Italy (Trieste), 26 mi. 42 km)
Day 8:  Piran – Pearl Of The Slovenian Coast, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 9: Venice

Day 1: Salzburg
This Austrian city has one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its baroque architecture. It is also of course the birthplace of the 18th century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who some claim is the greatest musician ever born. The city is dominated by the well preserved Hohensalzburg castle, the main attraction of the city. This represents Europe’s largest fortification and probably the most beautiful. Meals included: D

Day 2: Salzburg - Bischofshofen, 34 mi. (54 km)
After a great breakfast, you start the first stage of cycling in the middle of the magical old city of Salzburg. The route delightfully leads on a leisurely ride southwards next to the Salzach River, then into the mountains of Salzburg’s Limestone Alps, past numerous natural monuments, high rock faces, and impressive gorges. There are plenty of attractions to see: salt mine in Bad Dürrenberg, museums of Celtic culture, the world’s largest ice cave, and Hohenwerfen Castle etc. You end your day in Bischofshofen, the city famous for its railway museum and World Cup ski jumps. Meals included: B, D. Elevation: 463 m

Day 3: Bischofshofen - St. Johann in Pongau and further through Italy to Slovenia, 20 mi. (32 km)
You remain in Austria for part of day 3 for more cycling before you reach the next attraction, the Leichtensteinklamm gorge, one of the most impressive, but equally one of the deepest and longest gorges in the Alps.  A shuttle is ready and waiting after returning from the gorge to transfer you to the Italian city of Cividale in the Friuli region, a worth visiting UNESCO protected city with an amazing history and heritage. It lies at the foothills of the Eastern Alps, close to the border with Slovenia. From Cividale, you transfer to Kobarid, a town in Soca valley. If you arrive in Kobarid early enough, there are many options how one can spend the rest of the day. You can visit  the World War museum or take a refreshing swim in to the Nadiza River. When booking the trip you can optionally select to upgrade dinner to a meal at Hiša Franko, home of chef Ana Ros, voted the best female chef of 2017. Meals included: B, D

Day 4: Kobarid - Goriška Brda, The Land Of Vineyards, 23 mi. (37 km)
Time to say farewell to the Alps and get closer to the sea. As the climate begins to change, you begin to really feel the Mediterranean. Wherever you are in Europe, as you make the smooth shift from the mountain foothills towards the sea, you first encounter the land of vineyards and olive trees. There’s no difference in Goriška Brda, once you cross the border into Slovenia. Meals included: B, D

Goriška Brda has been voted one of the 10 most elite travel destinations for wine lovers. This tiny nation tucked between Italy and Croatia (and Austria and Hungary) is actually home to one of Europe’s most exciting up-and-coming wine scenes. The biggest hotspot happens to be the region of Goriska Brda near the Italian border, where they are famous for a white wine called Rebula. It is here that you will overnight! Elevation: 570 M Meals included: B, D

Day 5: Goriška Brda - Komen, Karst, Slovenian Tuscany, 30 mi. (48 km)
Every country lying between the Alps and the warm sea seems to have its own version of Tuscany. In Slovenia, it is Karst. Olive trees, vineyards, surrounding green hills, delightfully cut with various windy roads – perfect for cycling. We then take a break from pedaling in a small village where you stop to have some proper Karst ham (prosciuto) tasting, with a well-deserved glass of local wine. Overnight this evening in Komen in a welcoming farmhouse where the owner demonstrates the Slovenian Karst at its best, serving good and typical local food and wine. Elevation: 590 m Meals included: B, D

Day 6: Komen - Škocjan Caves - Rodik,  26 mi. (41 km)
Today you cycle closer to the sea, from Karst towards Istria. The tour for the day is slightly shorter, taking in around 40 kilometers. This helps to save some precious time and energy you need for another must-see attraction, the Škocjan caves, the 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 you exit the caves there’s a short cycling section ahead of us before you the day’s destination,the village of Rodik. This is well-known for an amazing restaurant, your host for a delicious 5-course-dinner. Elevation: 520 m  Meals included: B, D

Day 7: Rodik– Trieste,  26 Mi. (42 Km)
This is rather an easy ride as you steadily lose altitude on your approach to the Adriatic Sea. En route, in Lokev, you will delight in a Karst ham and local wine (Teran) tasting session. A little further on, you get off the saddle once again stopping to discover the famous Lipica stud farm, the oldest European stud farm breeding a single breed of horse, the Lipizzaner. Meals included: B, D

The final goal for the day is the Italian city of Trieste, a seaport city with a long and complex history, influenced by Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultures. Rather than taking the shortest path to Trieste, you make a slight detour to visit Miramar Castle, north of Trieste. The castle’s 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.

After reaching the city of Trieste there’s still enough time for a pleasant stroll within the city. Then, at the end of the day, yet another tasty dinner in a great restaurant. Elevation: 170 m  Meals included: B, D

Day 8:  TriestePiran – Pearl Of The Slovenian Coast, 27 mi. (43 km)
Any visit so close to the Slovenian coast, would not be complete without experiencing Piran, the remarkably charming town on the Adriatic. The last day of cycling leads along the sea, combined with great views and a Mediterranean dinner. Don’t miss an afternoon espresso coffee at the Tartini piazza right in the middle of Piran.

Not far away from Piran there’s another spot you shouldn’t overlook – 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 the transfer for you, or you can even cycle there from Piran – for those who still have enough leg-power. Just ask us for more details. Meals included: B, D

Day 9: Venice
Because, cycling from Piran to Venice would entail too much time and there are no attractive routes to get there, you can utilize a transfer by shuttle and reach Venice in about two hours, with time to explore one of the most romantic cities on Earth. If you prefer, you can acutally book your transfer by boat for a supplement.  You can be transferred to Venice airport, Venice, or Mestre. Meals included: B

Want to extend your stay? You can book extra night in Mestre through us. 

If you would like to add Croatia to your itinerary, please ask!

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