Stay in the ‘most Venezian city outside Venice’ - Udine. The Dolomites are raising not fare away, and in the flat and bike-friendly landscape are scatted some of Italy’s most beautiful medieval villages, called ‘borghi storici’. Venzone was elected the most beautiful one in 2017. For many centuries, the travel routes from North to South Europe and vice versa crossed the area, something that numerous castles and historic villas testify about.
Quality mountain bikes or e-bikes are provided. Your Local Friend from Be As A Local will accompany you to pick up the bike, he will provide you with detailed instructions about the trails, as well as take you on some 'beyond bike' excursions and tours to discover the area.
Along the 50-70 km route, you will of course stop in typical restaurants for lunch. Circa 6-7 hours time of biking.
There will be one bike guide for each group of 8-12 persons. If you are more persons, we do parallel groups.
Accommodation in a 3 star bike hotel in Udine.
There are three culinary trends in the area: Central-European, Venetian and Slav, which merge in the various dishes offered in the area. The typical regional flavours appear in a variety of recipes, which you will encounter during these 5 days. Not to forget the top quality wine.
Since there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad ways of pressing, and since we are prepared, the tour should normally go no matter the actual weather.
Beyond the good food and wine, why visit the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region? The small healthy region in the north-east of Italy is well-organized and has all that the country has to offer within short distance; sea, mountains, hills, historic villages, rich culture. And, it is free from the overcrowded mass-tourism that you may suffer in some other places. A new area to be discovered and enjoyed! Have a look at the tab about the Region on our website. Nearby Trieste is Italy’s most cosmopolitan, multi-cultural and newest city; it only became part of Italy in 1954. And is the perfect base to discover also Istria in Croatia, Slovenia and Venice.
There will be one of us, your ‘local friend’, sharing with you what we like to do and let you experience what the ‘do-it-yourself’ traveller most probably will not find on his/her own. Taking due account of each season. We are sure you will want to come back to this area, many times!
The tour exists in two versions, one with defined departure dates were the group is composed of you and other individuals or small groups, or we make the tour for your group on the days and in the language you prefer.
We reserve the right to cancel the tour on a fixed date if the significant number of participants is not reached.
Arrival to the hotel in Udine. Check-in. Meet your Local Friend.
Check your bike.
Dinner in the hotel.
After a solid breakfast, the group leaves the hotel on bike, takes the train to Venzone. A short visit to this Italy’s most beautiful village in 2017, before following a cycle path and secondary roads to visit small lakes and rivers and castles towards San Daniele. For lunch, you will taste the famous San Daniele ham.
Return to Udine along the Alpe Adria cycle path.
Dinner in Udine.
By bike from the hotel, you’ll reach the train station and take the train to Tarvisio, close to the Austrian and Slovenian border. A cycle path leads to the Fusine Lakes, among the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites, surrounded by wild mountains and with its crystal clear smaragd coloured water.
Back to Tarvisio, starts the descent on the Alpe Adria cycle trail towards Udine. The trail goes from Salzburg in Austria to finish at the Adriatic Sea in Grado. May be you want to prolong your tour with some days at the sea, please let us know. Today’s part of the trail follows an abandoned old railway between rivers, mountain villages, natural waterfalls. You will taste the typical mountain kitchen and visit some small museums. Your local friend knows very well the area, and may be will take you to a small cave that an old brewery used as a refrigerator.
At some place, you will take the train back to Venzone and Udine.
Dinner in Udine.
Again leaving the hotel by bike, you take the train to Cividale del Friuli. Cividale was the first capital in Italy of the Lombards, or Longobardi in Italian. After a visit to the centre and the UNESCO World Heritage listed Longobard Temple, and passing the Devil’s Bridge, your local friend / guide will let you discover the Collio wine route along cycle paths and secondary roads. Visiting wineries and towns on the way to the Adriatic Sea, to Monfalcone.
From there a train will take you back to Udine and our hotel.
Time to say “Ciao! A la prossima!” to Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Transfer to the airport.
A valid health insurance coverage. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes A good appetite.
Suitable clothing for biking, a small back-pack, helmet, gloves etc.
Participants should be of normal good physical health.
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