Alpe Adria Cycle Path

From the Austrian Alps to the Italian Riviera

The impressive Carinthian mountains, the easy-going lifestyle of South Tyrol and the Mediterranean flair of the Italian Adriatic combine to create a unique cycling holiday along the famous Alpe Adria Cycle Path. Get to know one of our most popular and beautiful cycle tours here.

Information about the popular Alpe Adria cycle path - with video

From the historic city of Salzburg, the famous cycle path leads through the valleys of Salzach and Gastein to Carinthia, then to the Austro-Italian border and on through enchanting towns like Tarvisio and Udine to finally end in Grado on the Italian Adriatic Sea. In total, you cycle approximately 410 kilometres along the entire route. You can look back with pride on the 2400 altimeters that you have cycled uphill and on about 2800 altimeters that you have cycled downhill afterwards. But of course, you don't have to cram the entire 410 kilometres into one ride!

  • In our video, you can find out more about our cycling holidays on the Alpe Adria cycle path.

Beautiful cycling holidays on the Alpe Adria Cycle Path

Salzburg to Villach

The first section of the famous Alpe Adria cycle path starts in the Mozart city of Salzburg. Cycle through the beautiful valleys of the Salzburger Land to Carinthia, where you can end the bike tour in the charming town of Villach.

  • You can read the exact route of the Salzburg – Villach cycling tour here.

Villach to Trieste

From sunny Carinthia, we cross the border towards Italy. Take in beautiful views on the way to the Italian Adriatic Sea and enjoy the light sea breeze that blows in your face and of course the delicious Italian cuisine.

  • You can read the exact route of the Villach to Trieste cycling tour here.

Alpe Adria Cycle Path: Salzburg-Villach

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Alpe Adria Cycle Path: Villach-Trieste

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Salzburg to Grado

Would you like to cycle from the Salzburg Alps to the Italian Adriatic Sea? And at a nice leisurely pace? No problem. Our bike tour from Salzburg to Grado in 10 days allows you to do just that!

  • Read all the details about the Salzburg - Grado tour here.
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Alpe Adria Cycle Path: Salzburg to Grado

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Beautiful cities along the Alpe Adria Cycle Path

View over the city of Salzburg and the fortress Hohensalzburg

The Mozart City of Salzburg

The home of the greatest musician of all time has much to offer our guests. Visit the Hohensalzburg Fortress, stroll peacefully through the historic Getreidegasse, soak up the sun on a park bench in the flowery Mirabell Gardens and taste the airy Salzburger Nockerln. Spending an extra night in this fantastic city is definitely worth it!

View over Villach and the river Drau

Villach – the charming town on the Drau

This city is not only known outside the country for the famous Carnival of Villach, Villach is also a popular holiday destination for tourists from all over the world, but also for hikers, winter sports enthusiasts and of course cyclists. Don't forget to try the famous Carinthian Kasnudeln!

Udine – Heart of the Friuli region

Probably the most economically important and second largest city in the Italian region of Friuli is Udine. Until the spring of 2018, Udine was even the capital of the province of the same name. Typical Italian charm, the numerous historical and cultural sights and the beautiful cityscape make Udine a northern Italian gem that is worth visiting.

The sunny island of Grado

The enchanting town of Grado is located on an idyllic island, which is also a very popular holiday destination, especially in summer. But Grado is not only attractive for families looking for fun swimming and sunbathing. We cyclists have also discovered the 'golden island'. With its beautiful old town, small restaurants and typical shops, Grado is a worthy final destination for the Alpe Adria Cycle Path.

Trieste on the hiking tour Alpe Adria Trail

Trieste – The home of Italian coffee

The fantastic city of Trieste is hard to miss. The bustling port city on the Mediterranean Sea is the capital of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. The architecture feels very Germanic, but the local foods are more Italian!

What a lot of people don't know is that Trieste is the most important city in Italy when it comes to coffee! About 25% of all coffee trade in Italy is traded here and the city is home to Francesco Illy, founder of the world-famous brand!

Did you know?

  • ... that the Alps extend over 8 countries and are about 1200 kilometers long?
  • ... The name Alpen is most likely derived from the Austrian expression Alp, meaning Alm, mountain meadow?
  • … that Salzburg's most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was only 158 cm tall?
  • … that almost twice as much coffee is drunk in Trieste as in the rest of Italy? A large part of the Italian coffee comes ashore in the port of Trieste. That is why a very special coffee culture has developed here.

Questions and answers

The Alpe Adria Cycle Route starts in the city of Salzburg. The cycle path leads through the beautiful Salzburger Land via Villach (Carinthia) to Grado in Italy.

The Alpe Adria Cycle Path is a total of 410 kilometres long.

The ideal travel period for a cycling holiday on the Alpe-Adria route is from mid-April to the end of September.

The Alpe Adria cycle path falls into the ACTIVE (2 out of 4 stars) category. You will mainly cycle on paved and well-maintained roads on these cycling tours. An occasional light climb is no problem for you. Enjoyment and comfort are central here and cycling is a way of relaxation for you.

A total of 2400 meters of altitude await you along the entire Alpe Adria cycle path. Depending on which tour/stage you choose, this may vary.

We have selected suitable 3*** hotels and guest houses for you that are a perfect resting point during the different stages.

There are plenty of highlights while cycling the Alpe Adria Cycle Route. If you cycle from Salzburg to Grado, you will start in the beautiful Mozart city of Salzburg, where numerous sights such as the cathedral, the fortress and the charming old town await you. On the charm tour, also from Salzburg to Grado, make a stop in Spittal an der Drau and visit the impressive and fairytale-like Renaissance castle of Porcia.

On our cycling holiday from Villach - Grado - Trieste, you can look forward to the beautiful port city of Trieste and the cultural diversity in Tarvisio.

Footbridge "Makartsteg" in Salzburg

Perfectly organised cycling holidays along the Alpe Adria Cycle Path

Those who embark on the Alpe Adria adventure can really be proud of themselves because not everyone can say that they have cycled from the mighty Austrian Alps to the Italian Adriatic Sea. But if you decide to conquer the Alpe Adria route by bike, you must do it with a certain amount of comfort. The easiest way to do this is with Active on holiday! We are experts in our field and will turn your holiday into a wonderful memory in no time.

We book the ideal hotels for you and provide you with the best travel documents and maps from Bikeline. We also deliver your luggage to your next accommodation punctually every day and are available every day if required via our service hotline. You can also rent well-maintained bicycles and/or E-bikes from us.

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