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Cycle Drava Bike Trail – Drauradweg

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8-day Drava river cycling tour from Toblach in Italy to Legrad in Croatia via Austria and Slovenia. Experience Drava Bike Trail, the famous Drauradweg, 510 kilometers in length and enjoy cycling through beautiful alpine valleys with Carinthian crystal-clear lakes, amazing Pannonian region and landscape of Slovenia and Croatia.

 

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    All about the Cycle Drava Bike Trail – Drauradweg.

    8-day Drava river cycling tour from Toblach in Italy to Legrad in Croatia via Austria and Slovenia. Experience Drava Bike trail - the famous Drauradweg - 510 kilometers in length and enjoy cycling through beautiful alpine valleys with Carinthian crystal-clear lakes and amazing Pannonian region and landscape in Slovenia and Croatia.

    The cycling route along Drava runs through 4 countries (Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia) and has a total length of about 510 km. The route begins right next to the source of Drava on Toblach Field (Toblach) in Italy. It then continues through Austria, Slovenia, and finally Croatia.

    The first 70 km of the cycling route from the source of Drava are very interesting, since we mostly ride on downslopes. A large section of the cycling route runs through Carinthia and crosses the border to Slovenia. It continues through Slovenia for 145 kilometers, from Dravograd all the way to Ormož, where it crosses into Croatia. The river and the cycling route continue towards Varaždin and to the Legrad town (Croatia).

    Highlights:

    • Breathtaking scenery of the Eastern side of the Dolomites.
    • Enjoy picturesque Lakes in Austria (Carinthia).
    • Discover beautiful Pusteria Valley (Toblach to Lienz).
    • Stay in small, charming hotels and family-run pensions.
    • Cycle along beautiful and flat Pannonian region.
    • Sightseeing of Villach(AT), Maribor(SLO) and Varaždin(CRO) – Lively cities in three different countries.

    Facts:

    • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights.
    • The total length of the route: 510 kilometres.
    • Activity: Self guided cycling tour.
    • Grade: Easy to moderate.
    • Accommodation: Hotels and private pensions***.
    • Date: From May 15th to October 31st.
    • Booking: Any day of the week.
    • Start of the tour: Arrival city Tobiach/Toblach (Italy).
    • End of the tour: Legrad (Croatia).

     

    Note: German Cyclist’s Association, the most important international organisation for classification of cycling routes, marked the Drava Cycling Route with five stars, the highest possible grade for an individual route in Europe, making this route one of only four cycling routes in Europe with the highest grade.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Full organisation of the trip.
    • Introductory briefing on day 1 with a welcome drink.
    • Booklet with detailed itinerary, route instructions and all details with vouchers.
    • Emergency contact number and 24/7 support.
    • Maps with marked route.
    • Navigation pack - GPS track.
    • 4 nights in 3*accommodation/hotel and private family run pensions with breakfast.
    • 3 nights in 3-4* private family-run pensions with breakfast.
    • 8-day rental of Trek Hybrid DS bike with 2 side panniers, helmet, lock, pump, spare tube and repair kit.
    • Brand new cycling bidon "I love cycling".
    • Main luggage transfer from Toblach (Italy) to Legrad (Croatia).
    • Tourist tax and VAT.
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip.
    • Food and drinks: all food and drinks with the exception of breakfast.
    • Luggage transfer between accommodations (you carry needed luggage in panniers from day 1 to 9).
    • Items of personal nature.
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Single supplement: 220 €
    • Upgrade with E-bike: Specialized Turbo Vado 3.0 or Trek Powerfly 4 E-bike: 35 € / bike / day
    • Luggage transfer between accommodations on all days: 240€/person (two people in group) or 480€ for group.
    • Garmin GPS device rental: 65 €
    • Optional (Day 8 or Day 9 morning): Transfer from Legrad to Zagreb, Maribor, Ljubljana (Slovenia) or back to Toblach, Klagenfurt, ... Venezia  ...
    1. Day 1 Toblach (Italy) to Lienz (Austria)
      • Morning Introductory meeting.
      • Cycling from Toblach (Italy) to Lienz (Austria) (49 km, 3-4h).
      • Cycling difficulty: flat/easy/ some short climbs; route is mainly on safe bike roads - cycleway.
      • Hotel***, Lienz (Austria).
      • 49 km / C-130 m, D-66 m / 3-4h
    2. Day 2 Lienz to Spittal
      • Breakfast in hotel.
      • Cycling from Lienz (Austria) to Spittal (77 km, 5-6h).
      • Cycling difficulty: flat/easy/ some short climbs; route is mainly on safe bike roads - cycleway.
      • Hotel***, Spittal (Austria).
      • 77 km / C-243 m, D-331 m / 5-6h
    3. Day 3 Spittal to Villach
      • Breakfast in hotel.
      • Cycling from Spittal to Villach (41 km, 4-5h).
      • Cycling difficulty: flat/easy/ some short climbs; route is mainly on safe bike roads - cycleway.
      • Hotel***, Villach (Austria).
      • 41 km / C-121 m, D-202 m / 4-5h
    4. Day 4 Villach to Ferlach
      • Breakfast in hotel.
      • Cycling from Villach to Ferlach (52 km, 5-6h).
      • Cycling difficulty: flat /easy to moderate / some short climbs; route is mainly on safe bike roads - cycleway.
      • Family run Pension***, Ferlach (Austria).
      • 52 km / C-318 m, D-390 m / 5-6h
    5. Day 5 Ferlach to Lavamund
      • Breakfast in hotel.
      • Cycling from Ferlach to Lavamund (66 km, 5-6h).
      • Cycling difficulty: flat, HILLY /easy to moderate / some short climbs; route is mainly on safe bike roads - cycleway.
      • Family run Pension***, Lavamund (Austria).
      • 66 km / C-547 m, D-635 m / 5-6h
    6. Day 6 Lavamund to Maribor (Slovenia)
      • Breakfast in hotel.
      • Cycling from Lavamund to Maribor (Slovenia) (74 km, 6-7h).
      • Cycling difficulty: flat and hilly / easy to moderate / some short climbs with one very long climb on Janževski Vrh (C: 600m); route is 70% on safe bike roads - cycleway.
      • Hotel***, Maribor (Slovenia).
      • 74 km / C-1011m, D-1084 m / 6-7h

      Option: Short transfer to Janževski vrh to avoid the long ascend.

    7. Day 7 Maribor to Ormož
      • Breakfast in hotel.
      • Cycling from Maribor to Ormož (Slovenia) (58 km, 5-6h).
      • Cycling difficulty: flat / easy / route is 70% on safe bike roads - cycleway.
      • Private run Hotel***, Ormož (Slovenia).
      • 58 km / C-138m, D-176 m / 5-6h
    8. Day 8 Ormož to Legrad (Croatia)
      • Breakfast in hotel.
      • Cycling from Ormož (Slovenia) to Legrad (Croatia) via Varaždin (82 km, 6-7h).
      • Cycling difficulty: flat / easy to moderate / route is 70% on safe bike roads - cycleway.
      • 82 km / C-130m, D-210m / 6-7h
      • Note: this stage of the route is not fully arranged and marked yet.
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    Hotel*** (3 stars)

    Accommodation is in 3* hotels:

    Day 1: 3* Hotel in Lienz (Austria) / Double room, breakfast.

    Day 2: 3* Hotel in Spittal (Austria) / Double room, breakfast.

    Day 3: 3* Hotel in Villach (Austria) / Double room, breakfast.

    Day 4: 3* Private pension in Ferlach (Austria) / Double room, breakfast.

    Day 5: 3* Private pension in Lavamund (Austria) / Double room, breakfast.

    Day 6: 3* Hotel in Maribor  (Slovenia) / Double room, breakfast.

    Day 7: 3*Private pension in Ormož (Slovenia) / Double room, breakfast.

    Note:

    Upgrade to Hotel**** (4 stars) - 250,00 €

     

     

     

    Trek Hybrid DS 3 and DS 4

    Upgrade with E-bike:

    Specialized Turbo Vado 3.0 Hybrid E-bike

     

     

    We include the hire of a very good quality bike in the overall cost of the tour. You don’t need to bring your own bike or pay extra to hire one locally. We provide full bike set: pump, lock, Topeak tool, spare inner tube and tyre levers. Helmet, brand new quality bidon (0.5l) and side panniers are also included in the price of the tour.

    • Shoes –  sneakers or any appropriate shoes for biking.
    • Jacket – warm, wind & waterproof, softshell.
    • Comfortable clothes.
    • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, any other sun protection.
    • Water bottle (preferably reusable).
    • First aid (a small basic kit with items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze, antibacterial ointment, sterile pads).
    • The tour is considered to be of a moderate level of difficulty. There is an average of 55-65 kilometers of biking each day with some ascends and descends and some more challenging parts. A good physical condition is essential. Total of 525 kilometres in 8 days.
    • Due to the nature of activities, this program is not recommended for children younger than 15 years and pregnant women.
    • All minors must be accompanied by an adult, who is either their parent or a legal guardian. 
    • Cycling difficulty: pretty flat/easy/some short climbs; route is mainly on quiet roads with a section on cycleway.
    • Breakfast is included at every accommodation. You will have plenty of opportunities to stop in local restaurants and shops all along the way for lunches, snacks and dinners.
    • We advise that you to start your daily trips early in the morning to allow yourself enough time to stop often and enjoy the scenery as well as escape the hot summer sun!
    • As the weather can change quickly, do not forget to bring your rain-covers and a change of extra dry clothes. We also advise you pack things in plastic bags before packing them in the waterproof panniers.
    • The tour is not appropriate for pregnant women and children under the age of 15.
    • All clients are required  to notify us before booking the tour of  any medical conditions, as well as dietary restrictions. All medications can and should be brought to all activities in the program. If you suffer from any medical conditions, we strongly suggest that you consult your physician before booking the tour to receive an expert medical advice. We are more than happy to discuss and recommend the most suitable adventure for you based on your conditions, but cannot ultimately be responsible for your health.
    • You will be travelling with panniers attached to your bikes, so be ready to pack accordingly. You can keep your remaining luggage with our representative, who will store it in our storage and deliver it to you on the last day.

    We suggest that you travel with a comprehensive travel insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation protection so that you will be covered in the event that you are unable to attend our trip (due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances). We do not provide travel insurance for our clients. Please contact your local travel agent to purchase travel insurance. As coverage and a price of the insurance changes depending on your travel destination, do make sure that you purchase a coverage for all countries you will be traveling in on your adventure.

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