Cycling along the Drau / Drava

a 6- or 8- day cycling tour
Cycling tour
Cycling Tours
Difficulty level 2
Individual tour
Self guided tour
code: ITAUS01C
Austria, Italy
Trentino – South Tyrol

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from 449€

From the Dolomites to the Carinthian lakes

Dobbiaco-Lienz-Berg im Drautal-Spittal am Drau-Villach-Ossiacher See-Klagenfurt

The Drau cycle path is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular routes in Europe. This bike tour from the Dolomites to the Corinthian lakes is ideal for families and beginners. This special tour encounters several lakes where you can have a refreshing swim or just relax on the lake banks enjoying the sun. The cycle path starts at the source of the River Drava (Drau), near Dobbiaco (Toblach) where this tour starts. Dobbiaco is a mountain village with a beautiful backdrop of the Dolomite Mountains. The village much visited both in summer by lovers of hiking and cycling as in winter by skiers.  Here it was where the composer Mahler found inspiration during his summer holidays in 1908-1910: “It is wonderful to be here, it sets your soul and body at ease…” 

Drau Cycle path

The River Drava accompanies you on the way passing the border Italy- Austria cycling to Lienz (673 a.s.l.) the town of two castles: Bruck castle with its town museum and Tammerburg castle used for concerts. From here the tour takes you through Spittal and you continue cycling till Villach. Close to Villach, we find two natural paradises, the deep blue Faaker lake with its island in the middle and the bigger Ossiacher lake. From Villach you make a stunning ring tour around Ossiacher See.

Drau

The next day you continue cycling passing another famous lake, Wörther See before reaching the end goal Klagenfurt, capital of the region Carinthia. There is a lot to see and enjoy the local delicacies in one of the restaurants on the Alter Platz, the vibrant heart of the town.

The tour has also a shorter version 6 days that finish in Villach.

The daily program of the 6-day tour

Individual arrival at your first hotel is in the Alta Pusteria Valley. For those arriving earlier, it is well worth cycling into the Höhlenstein Valley to visit Lake Toblach or the courageous can go to the Adventure park in Dobbiaco. It is also possible to visit the Gustav Mahler Wild Animal Park.

Overnight stay with breakfast in Dobbiaco or Villabassa

Starting in Villabassa or Dobbiaco, you cycle along the bike path to Innichen (San Candido) and then on to Sillian, a paradise for who loves active and nature holidays. After this, the route goes downhill all the way to the sunny Austrian town of Lienz, situated on the sunny side of the Alps.

Attractions for families: Wichtelpark at Sillian, Loacker ‘World of Goodness’ at Heinfels, Galitzenklamm, Alpine Coaster “Osttirodler” and Petting zoo.

Overnight stay with breakfast in Lienz

Distance: 50-55 km / 31-34,2 mi

You leave from where the Isel flows into the Drau and continue along the bike path to Oberdrauburg (Perchten and Alm museums and old mill). After Oberdrauburg you cycle through splendid scenery along an important Roman trade route till Berg im Tal. 

 

Attractions along the route: Roman village and museum Aguntum, outdoor swimming-pool pool in Berg

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Berg im Drautal

Distance: 35 km / 21,7 miles

 

From Berg, you pass through idyllic scenery and dreamy villages en route to Spittal/Drau. There is the possibility of taking a detour to Lake Millstätter for a quick swim or a short rest. Spittal is famous for the concerts and comedy shows held at Porcia Castle, one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles in Austria and well worth a visit.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Spittal am Drau or in the surroundings

Distance:  45 km / 28 miles

This day’s cycling takes you to Villach, the largest town in Carinthia. Villach, a quiet small town, so it is easy to get around on foot, is well known not only for its carnival events but also for its funfair. There are many places of interest to visit like the Landskron Castle with its falconry, the bell-tower of St. Jakob and the museum of Doll-Art… and of course, there are many boutiques, pubs, and restaurants. A trip to the local lake Faaker is also worthwhile and the nearby Monkey mountain with 145 Japanese Macaques that move freely in the whole park.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast Villach

Distance:  40 km / 24,9 miles

After breakfast ends your tour along the Drava / Drau river.

The daily program of the 8-day tour

Individual arrival at your first hotel is in the Alta Pusteria Valley. For those arriving earlier, it is well worth cycling into the Höhlenstein Valley to visit Lake Toblach or the courageous can go to the Adventure park in Dobbiaco. It is also possible to visit the Gustav Mahler Wild Animal Park.

Overnight stay with breakfast in Dobbiaco or Villabassa

Starting in Villabassa or Dobbiaco, you cycle along the bike path to Innichen (San Candido) and then on to Sillian, a paradise for who loves active and nature holidays. After this, the route goes downhill all the way to the sunny Austrian town of Lienz, situated on the sunny side of the Alps.

Attractions for families: Wichtelpark at Sillian, Loacker ‘World of Goodness’ at Heinfels, Galitzenklamm, Alpine Coaster “Osttirodler” and Petting zoo.

Overnight stay with breakfast in Lienz

Distance: 50-55 km / 31-34,2 mi

You leave from where the Isel flows into the Drau and continue along the bike path to Oberdrauburg (Perchten and Alm museums and old mill). After Oberdrauburg you cycle through splendid scenery along an important Roman trade route till Berg im Tal. 

 

Attractions along the route: Roman village and museum Aguntum, outdoor swimming-pool pool in Berg

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Berg im Drautal

Distance: 35 km / 21,7 miles

 

From Berg, you pass through idyllic scenery and dreamy villages en route to Spittal/Drau. There is the possibility of taking a detour to Lake Millstätter for a quick swim or a short rest. Spittal is famous for the concerts and comedy shows held at Porcia Castle, one of the most beautiful Renaissance castles in Austria and well worth a visit.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast in Spittal am Drau or in the surroundings

Distance:  45 km / 28 miles

This day’s cycling takes you to Villach, the largest town in Carinthia. Villach, a quiet small town, so it is easy to get around on foot, is well known not only for its carnival events but also for its funfair. There are many places of interest to visit like the Landskron Castle with its falconry, the bell-tower of St. Jakob and the museum of Doll-Art… and of course, there are many boutiques, pubs, and restaurants. A trip to the local lake Faaker is also worthwhile and the nearby Monkey mountain with 145 Japanese Macaques that move freely in the whole park.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast Villach

Distance:  40 km / 24,9 miles

Follow the River Seebach leaving the town of Villach. The remains of Landskron castle will soon appear reigning majestically over the countryside. Shortly afterward you will reach Lake Ossiacher which lies idyllically amid the mountains. The clear warm water invites you to stop and have a swim before returning to Villach.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast Villach

Distance:  45 km / 28 miles

For the first few kilometers follow the Drau through countryside that has kept its natural, uncontaminated charm. On reaching the famous Lake Wörther (Wörthersee) there is plenty of fun for all ages with sandy beaches, boats for hire and trips around the lake, so have a break here for a while before continuing the tour to Klagenfurt. In the evening you can enjoy a walk around the romantic old town centre and discover its Austrian charm.

 

Entertainment for families along the route: Minimundus, Reptile zoo Happ, Austria’s largest reptile zoo, Planetarium in Klagenfurt.

 

Overnight stay with breakfast Klagenfurt

Distance:  45 km / 28  miles

After breakfast ends your tour along the Drava / Drau river and the Carinthian lakes.

Impressions

Self guided tour
Difficulty level 2
Cycling along the Drau / Drava
a 6- or 8- day cycling tour

Dobbiaco-Lienz-Berg im Drautal-Spittal am Drau-Villach-Ossiacher See-Klagenfurt

Code | ITAUS01C
LEVEL 2

Easy difficulty This tour ideal for beginners and families. The route mainly you alongside the River Drau and there are no steep inclines. The bicycle paths are well marked, mostly asphalted and without traffic. Children need to have cycle experience.

Daily distances between 35-50 km / 24 and 35 miles

 

Total km: 6 day tour 170 – 175 km / 105,6 -108,7 miles

8 day tour about 260-265 km / 162-164 miles

 
DEPARTURES:

Arrival every Saturday and Sunday from 08/05/2021 until 26/09/2021 (last available date). With a minimum of 5 participants, individual starting dates are possible

 
PARTICIPANTS:

2 or more people (solo traveller on request)

 
START / FINISH:

Dobbiaco or Villabassa/ Klagenfurt

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