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THE DRAU (DRAVA) CYCLE PATH: 

from the Dolomites to the Corinthian lakes, a cycle tour for families and for anybody

 

The Drau Cycle Path is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular routes in Europe and this segment of the tour is suitable for families and novice cyclists. The cycle path starts at the source of the River Drava (Drau), in the vicinity of Dobbiaco (Toblach) or Villabassa (Niederdorf)where the tour begins. This is where the composer Mahler found most of his inspiration. The River Drava accompanies you on the way to the East Austrian capital of Lienz. From here the tour takes you through Spittal and Villach to Klagenfurt. On the way you will encounter several lakes where you can have a refreshing swim or just relax on the banks of the lakes and enjoy the sun.  

The 5 day tour version has overnight stays in: Dobbiaco-Oberdrauburg-Spittal-Villach (see pdf)

 

 

Highlights of this Tour:

  • The „Drava/Drau bicycle path” from the Alto Adige to Carinthia

  • Dobbiaco and Gustav Mahler's house Lake Wörther (Wörthersee)

  • Roman church in Innichen

  • The radiant town of Lienz (Castle Bruck – Roman excavations “Aguntum”)

  • Castle Porcia at Spittal/ Drau

  • Wonderful landscapes and lakes; Millstätter, Ossiacher, Faaker and Wörther

  • Tranquillity and relaxation

  • Villach, well known for its carnivals

 

 

 

 

Programme:

Day 1

Arrival in the Alta Pusteria Valley

Your first hotel is in the Alta Pusteria Valley. The use of a private car park near the hotel or in a public car park is included in the price. For those arriving earlier, it is well worth cycling into the Höhlenstein Valley to visit Lake Toblach.

 

Day 2

Alta Pusteria (Hochpustertal) to Lienz (ca 50 km / 31 miles)

Starting in Niederdorf, you cycle along the bike path to Innichen and then on to Sillian. After this it is downhill all the way to the Austrian town of Lienz, situated on the sunny side of the Alps. The Romans already built their town Aguntum, whose ruins can still be seen near the present-day Dölsach.

Day 3

Lienz (surroundings) to Berg im Tal  (ca 35 km / 22 miles)

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) and then to Berg. This was once an important Roman trade route.

 

Day 4

From Berg - Spittal /surroundings  (ca 50-55 km / 31-34 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.

 

Day 5

 

From Spittal/surroundings to Villach (ca 40 km / 25 miles)

This day's cycling takes you to Villach, the largest town in Carinthia. Villach,a quite small town, so it is easy to get around on foot, is well known not only for its carnival events but also for its arts and crafts festival. 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. A trip to the local lakes of Ossiacher and Faaker is also worthwhile.  

 

Day 6

Villach - lago di Ossiacher - Villach  (ca 45 km/ 28 miles)

Follow the River Seebach away from Villach. The ruin of Landskron Castle will soon appear, reigning majestically over the countryside. Shortly afterwards 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.

Day 7 

Villach - Wörthersee - Klagenfurt (40 km / 25 miles)

For the first few kilometres 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 and discover its southern charm.

 

Day 8

Departure

From this point, you can either take advantage of the return transfer to the Dolomites (a reservation is necessary; to pay at the briefing)  or go home by train. There is the possibility of extending your stay.

 

 

 

 

 

The tour includes:

  • 7 overnight stays in *** star hotels with breakfast. 

  • If booked for Half Board: 7 diners 

  • Tour information

  • Locale Assistance (German, Italian and English)

  • luggage transportation 

  • route instructions (in English, Italian or German) and maps.

  • free parking in the Alta Pusteria

  • route briefing on arrival day

  • medical and luggage insurance

 

Period 

The 8 days tour: Arrival  every Sunday from 27/04/2014 till 21/09/2014 (last arrival day). The 5 days tour: 24/05/2014 - 20/09/2014 With a minimum of 5 pax  is on request another starting date possible. High Season from 27/06 till 09/09 (included)

Level 1/2

Easy Touring This tour is 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. Daily distances between 22 and 35 miles. Total kilometres 260  

Participants

minimum of 2 persons ( a single person on request)

Prices 2014

8 days Tour

per person in a double room with breakfast     € 629,00

single room supplement     € 105,00

High season supplement p.p. from 28/06 till 09/09 (included)     € 50,00

half board supplement p.p.   € 135,00

5 days tour
per person in a double room with breakfast     € 399,00

single room supplement     € 80,00

High season supplement p.p. from 27/06 till 09/09 (included)     € 50,00

half board supplement p.p.   € 88,00

reduction children in room with two adults (11-13 years)    25 %

reduction extra bed in room for 14 years and more    15%

bike rental (gears 3 x 7)    € 65,00

rental children's bike (till 12 years), trailer bike o kiddie van    € 50,00

rental child's seat    € 15,00

rental electric bike  8 days  € 160,00    - 5 days  120,00 €

transfer every Sunday from Klagenfurt to the starting hotels   € 59,00 per person (incl. bike)