This tour takes you from South Tyrol, the meeting point of two cultures, along the two rivers Rienz and Drau, to the town of Villach in Austria. The starting point is the Puster Valley, also known as the green valley due to its many fields and woods. This bike tour takes you along the new cycle paths from eastern Puster Valley to Bruneck, home to the renowned Church Altar constructer Michael Pacher. Ambitious cyclists even to the Diocese town of Brixen, embedded in hills and vineyards of the famous Sylvaner wine. On the second stage you cycle through the Höhlenstein Valley passing by the famous "Drei Zinnen" (Three Peaks) till the Lake Landro. There you have the possibility to enlarge your stage by continuing on the old Dolomites railway track to the old Olympic town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. From the watershed of the Rienz and the Drau rivers in Toblach the tour gets much easier and descends slowly along the river on the following stages, to the capital of Eastern Tyrol Lienz in Austria, and continuing on through the Oberdrau Valley and past Spittal and the Millstätter Lake to reach the end of the tour at the town of Villach. Italian flair, Tyrolean and Corinthian specialties as well as many hours of sunshine are a strong feature of this tour.
Day 1: Individual arrival in Brixen
Settle into your hotel in the Brixen.
Day 2: Brixen - Bruneck ~30 or 45km/18 or 28 miles
From Brixen you go past the monastery Kloster Neustift and the Mühlbacher Klause to the Puster Valley. This was once the boundary between the two provinces of Rätien and Norikum. Having reached the town of Bruneck you may also cycle to Campo Tures and visit the castle. The uphill section from Brixen to Schabs at the beginning of the stage can be done by train (not included).
Day 3: Bruneck - Toblach or Niederdorf, ~30 km/18 miles
Before you leave Bruneck you can visit the folklore museum in Dietenheim. Today’s tour takes you slightly uphill to Valdaora and then onto Toblach or Niederdorf. For those with enough energy, an added extra would be a trip to Lake Toblach or Lake Dürren, two beautiful lakes in the area of Toblach. The last one is close to the view of the famous Drei Zinnen (“Three Peaks”).
Day 4: Toblach or Niederdorf - Lienz area, ~50 km/31 miles
Starting in Niederdorf or Toblach, you cycle along the bike path to Innichen and then on to Sillian. Afterwards it is downhill all the way to the Austrian town of Lienz, where already the Illyrian founded one colony, which was developed by the Romans to the city "Aguntum“. In the outdoor museum “Aguntum” excavations and discoveries report about that time. You are going to cycle past there the next day.
Day 5: Lienz area - Berg, ~35 km/21 miles
You leave where the Isel flows into the Drau and carry on along the bike path to Oberdrauburg (Perchten and Alm museum with old mill) and then to Berg. This was once an important Roman trade route.
Day 6: Berg - Spittal area, ~45 km/28 miles
From Berg you pass through idyllic landscape and dreamy villages to get to Spittal. There is the possibility of taking a detour to Lake Millstätter to have a swim or a rest. Spittal is famous for its comedies at Schloss Porcia, one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles in Austria during the summer.
Day 7: Spittal area - Villach, ~40 km/25 miles
The last day of the tour takes you to the largest town in Carinthia. Villach is not only well-known for its carnival escapades, but also for its fair. There are also many interesting places to visit. A trip to the local lakes (Lake Ossiach and Lake Faaker) is also worth undertaking.
Day 8: Departure or extra nights
7 nights in 3*** hotels and inns
detailed travel documents
self-guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival every Sunday
season I (689 €/person in double)
season II (+75 €/person)
If you arrive on May 03 or on September 27 you just pay 589 €/person in double, BnB.
'arrival any day'
minimum 5 persons, on request
route (1)-(2): ~240 km/150 miles
flat along the river on tarred paths, sometimes fine gravel
how to get there
by car: motorway to Brixen
by train: station Brixen
by plane: airport Treviso, Innsbruck or Venice
hotel garage for ~55 €/week
back to Brixen every Sunday for 85 €/Person, reservation needed
tourist tax is not included and has to be paid locally
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