New for 2024: This sporty 5 night version of our popular Salzburg to Adriatic Cycling Holiday covers the same route but over four cycling days instead of the usual six. You'll be averaging 100km per day, mostly on cycle paths, through stunning alpine scenery as you follow the Alpe-Adria cycle path from Salzburg in the Austrian Alps to the Italian resort of Grado on the Adriatic coast.
Enjoy exploring the winding alleyways of the historic city of Salzburg before following the Salzach river southwards into ever-more impressive alpine scenery. After the winter sports resort of St Johann, you'll leave the Salzach valley and transition, via some truly glorious country lanes and one tunnel, to the Gastein valley. After gently ascending through some picturesque alpine towns you'll overnight in the unique and picturesque spa resort of Badgastein.
Sights and scenes from the route between Salzburg and Venzone
A train ride under the main spine of the alps delivers you to the town of Mallnitz. From here, the route leads you gently downhill, through more dramatic alpine scenery, along a series of cycle paths and country lanes to Villach, a mountain town with a distinctly Mediterranean atmosphere on the Drau river.
The following day's ride will be a memorable one as many believe the 45 kms from Tarvisio to Venzone to be the most scenic cycle path routes in the Alps. you'll be riding through pristine alpine scenery, far from civilisation, on a perfect, traffic-free cycle path.
The final day leads you across the Friuli plains, past vineyards, sleepy villages and the famous Roman town of Aquileia to the resort of Grado on the Adriatic coast.
The route is mostly cycle path and quiet lanes with a couple of sections on slightly busier roads where this is unavoidable. You will need a very good level of fitness for this holiday as you will be covering around 100kms per day and on day one you will be ascending 1300 metres. E-bikes are an available option and will of course make the route possible for cyclists with an average level of fitness. If this sounds like an endurance test rather than a holiday then maybe consider our Salzburg to the Adriatic Cycling Holiday, which covers exactly the same route but over a more sedate six cycling days.