The classic cycling holiday along the Drava river

Cycling holiday along the Drava river

Sunny Carinthia – glittering lakes and towering mountains

 Lienz – Villach – Lake Klopein

  • Delightful Villach, Wörthersee Lake, Porcia Castle
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On your Drava cycling holiday you follow the course the river takes from Italy through Austria and Slovenia and into Croatia where it finally flows into the Danube. Discover Austria's sunny south at a pleasant pace on two wheels. Usually following the banks of the river, you cycle along level paths, through beautiful countryside. To the right and left rise the mountain peaks of the Dolomite and Karavanke mountains. You will regularly pass proud castles and citadels and charming little villages. Like small blue dots, there are over 200 lakes that permeate the meadows and forests of this countryside. So you can always stop for a quick swim. In the lovely little towns of Spittal and Villach, enjoy the southern flair and warm welcoming atmosphere. You will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to food: you will love the unique Carinthia cuisine with its Italian, Austrian and Slovenian influences.

The classic cycling holiday along the Drava river
  • Booking Code
  • Start / Destination
    Lienz / Lake Klopein
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 255 – 270 km
    Daily routes ●○○○○
    between 30 and 55 km, Ø 40 km
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Day 1: Individual arrival in Lienz

We bid you welcome to this sunshine town. That's how Lienz describes itself and is the starting place of your Drava cycling holiday. And the claim is quite justified: they have over 2000 hours of sunshine every year. When you arrive, go for a wander through this charming little town. It's where history meets lively modernity. Many small, traditional shops, craft workshops and boutiques await your visit.

Day 2: Trip to Toblach, approx. 50 km + train trip

Today your itinerary includes a short trip to Italy. You go to Toblach by train, taking your bikes with you. Follow the young Drava river through the narrow Puster Valley. If you look upwards, to the rugged cliffs, you'll catch glimpses of majestic forts and castles. It's worth stopping every now and then to enjoy the unforgettable views of the Lienz Dolomites.

Day 3: Lienz – Berg, approx. 35 km   

Close to Lienz is Aguntum, which was the centre of the area in Roman times. In the open air museum of the same name, you can have a look at archaeological excavations and findings from this era. Following the old Roman trading routes, you cycle through the picturesque Oberdrautal valley on your Drava cycling holiday. You bike through such charming places as Pirkach, or Oberdrauburg with its castle, this small community's landmark.

Day 4: Berg – Spittal, approx. 45 km

You cycle through rural Carinthia, through forests, small hamlets and passing sprawling old farmhouses. Fancy a bite to eat? Then take a break and enjoy a hearty farmhouse snack in a pleasant old tavern. As you continue along the Drava river, you'll spy mighty castles such as Porcia castle in Spittal, considered to be the most impressive and aesthetically authentic Renaissance building in Central Europe.

Day 5: Spittal – Villach, approx. 40 km

Your Drava cycling holiday is idyllic today, with the route leading you through meadows, forests and lovely riverside marshes. You'll love your destination: Villach is a pretty little town with an Italian flair. No matter whether you walk alongside the river or down the winding streets of the historic quarter - just make sure you do! Enjoy some Carinthian cheese pasta, a speciality that dates back to the 15th century.

Day 6: Villach – St. Jakob im Rosental, approx. 30 – 45 km

First you pedal through the lovely Rosental valley with views of the wonderful Karavanke mountain landscape. As this section is comparably short, it can be extended if you like in two different directions. You either visit the trendy town of Velden am Wörthersee with chic boutiques and pleasant streetside cafes. Or you go on a trip to Lake Faak. This green and turquoise glittering lake is perfect for a refreshing dip.

Day 7: St. Jakob im Rosental - Lake Klopein, approx. 55 km

Your Drava cycling holiday is slowly coming to an end. Continue along the river, along the causeway, passing fields and forests until you get to Völkermarkt reservoir. Now it’s time to leave the Drava and cycle south. Your destination, Lake Klopein, is one of Europe's warmest lakes for swimming. The temperature of the water can get up to 28°C in the summer. Hop in and see for yourself.

Day 8: Individual departure or extended stay

Sadly, your varied Drava cycling holiday comes to an end today. Set off back home with a bag packed full of wonderful memories.