FROM VILLACH TO MARIBOR

ALONG THE DRAVA/DRAU CYCLE PATH

Villach to Maribor cycling pathOriginal Tour FUNActive Tours

General information:

Classification of the tour: Self-guided tour
Difficulty: easy/medium
Distance: 200 km
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Price: from 549,- €

Bike map Villach to Maribor

Highlights and places of interest along the route:

Description:

This journey leads you through the less known part of the Drau cycle path, which is characterised by nativeness, nature orientation and scenic beauty. The Austrian part of the route is classified from ADFC as 5-star-quality-route, actually the Slovenian part is less developed – but in the next few years a lot is planned.
Your journey starts in Villach. The bike city is situated next to river Drau. Carinthia’s second largest town with some 60,000 inhabitants captivates visitors with its easy-going, Mediterranean lifestyle – perfect for gourmets, art lovers, shopaholics and those seeking relaxation. In close proximity to the city are the two famous lakes, Faaker See and Ossiacher See. You leave Villach in eastern direction and immerse into a true natural paradise, soon arriving at the wide Rosental valley with its gentle hillside in the north and the jagged rocks of the Karawanken in the south. Just before passing the country`s frontiers to Slovenia, enjoy a detour to lake Klopeiner See.
From the border town Dravograd the cycling path is not following the river at the valley bottom but above on the hillside of the mountains. Enjoy the great view over the Slovenian Drautal valley. The last destination of the trip is Maribor, former European Capital of Culture. Vineyards and the river Drau surround the second largest city in the country. It beckons with its intriguing history, numerous museums, rafting tradition and festivals.

  
Characteristics of the route:

In Austria, easy - it follows mostly the cycle path along asphalted or gravel roads on flat terrain. In Slovenia, the tour is more challenging, with a few slight ascents. Those track sections can be cut by using the train, even parts of it.
The tour is suitable for children from the age of 14.

A day by day account of the route:

Villach bike trip

Day 1: Arrival in Villach

Villach, well known for its carnival;

Rosental valley bike path

Day 2: Villach - Rosental valley (approx. 40 - 45 km)

The path follows the river, passing small swimming lakes;

Lake Klopeiner See cycling holiday

Day 3: Rosental valley – Lake Klopeinersee (approx. 30 - 40 km)

Lake Klopeinersee - the warmest lake in the Alps;

Lavam√ľnd

Day 4: Lake Klopeinersee – Lavamünd (approx. 45 km)

Through the Jauntal valley you pass idyllic villages;

Radlje ob Dravi bike trip

Day 5: Lavamünd – Radlje ob Dravi (approx. 35 km)

Don't forget to taste the delicious Slovenian cream cake;

Maribor

Day 6: Radlje ob Dravi – Maribor (approx. 45 km)

Take the opportunity to visit one of the many museums;

Maribor cycling path

Day 7: Departure

Individual departure or extension of your stay;

Prices 2019

 
Self-guided tour
Package price per person in a double room incl. breakfast – arrival date on 12/05/2019 and
15/09/2019
€ 549,00
Package price per person in a double room incl. breakfast € 649,00
Surcharge single room, per person € 149,00
Surcharge high season*, per person € 50,00
Additional services
Rental bike € 75,00
E-Bike € 165,00
Additional nights in VILLACH (HOTEL 3***- CATEGORY)
Per person and night in a double room incl. breakfast € 59,00
Surcharge single room, per night € 17,00
Additional nights in maribor (hotel 3***- category)
Per person and night in a double room incl. breakfast € 55,00
Surcharge single room, per night € 18,00
Additional nights in maribor hotel (4****- category)
Per person and night in a double room incl. breakfast € 69,00
Surcharge single room, per night € 18,00

*High season: arrival dates from 22/06/2019 to 07/09/2019 (incl.)


Starting dates 2019, self-guided tour:

  • ARRIVAL: every Sunday, from 12/05/2019 (first available date) to 15/09/2019 (last available date).

  • NON SCHEDULE ARRIVAL DATES: minimum of 5 persons upon request!

General information:

  • Classification of the cycle-tour:
    Self-guided tour
     
  • Duration:
    7 days / 6 nights
     
  • Distance:
    Approx. 200 km
     
  • Starting point:
    Villach
     
  • Arrival:
    • By car: Villach is easily accessible on the motorways A2, A10 or A11 (depending on the point of origin).
    • By train: Good train connections to Villach. Timetable on: www.deutschebahn.de, www.oebb.at, www.trenitalia.com.
    • By plane: Airport Klagenfurt, Salzburg or Ljubljana. There are good train connections from all these cities to your starting point.
       
  • Accommodation:
    Accommodation in hotels or guesthouses - 3*** and/or 4**** category
    Attention: Tourist tax – if requested – has to be paid on the spot.
     
  • Parking:
    Depending on the first hotel unattended parking facilities are available, either directly at your hotel or nearby. Public parking garage at the cost of approx. € 35.00 per week. Reservation of the parking area/parking garage not possible; payable on the spot.
     
  • Transfer:
    Return transfer by shuttle bus every Saturday from Maribor to Villach at a price of € 85.00 per person (bicycle included – reservation and payment upon booking). Minimum 2 persons.
     
  • Alternative:
    The return journey can even be made by train. Timetable on www.oebb.at.
     
  • Rental bikes:
    21-gears women‘s or men‘s bicycle
    7-gears UNISEX bicycle with back pedal
    E-bike (unisex bike, 500 W battery)
     
  • Tour information available in:
    German - English - Italian
 

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