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Giants of the Eastern Alps

Discover Austria, Slovenia, Italy – 26/08-2/09/2017

Seven days, three countries, countless passes. In August 2017 we shall be whisking you off for the first time to the Eastern Alps, between the Tauern, Kärnten, Friuli and Slovenia. Starting from Radstadt, in the Pongau near Salzburg, you will enjoy a superb week's cycling. There will be no skimping on scenic highlights and spectacular passes: the remote Sölk Pass, the wild, romantic Nockalm Road, the breathtaking passes in Slovenia, such as Vrsic and Mangrt, as well as the roof of the tour on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road.

Three countries, three cultures – the majestic Alps in Austria, wild, but glorious Slovenia and Italian lifestyle in Friuli. The Giants of the Eastern Alps are a cycling holiday for all five senses.

Truly gigantic!


Impressions


The Guides

Jörg - The Flatlander

quäldich-Guide Joerg Lenz

Comes from the Münster area and earned his climbing spurs by riding all (!) the passes and summits in the Baumberge hills. But as his Epic Climbs name reveals, doesn't mind the less mountainous rides.

Julia – The Explorer

quäldich-Guide Julia Wiedemann

With us since 2013 - now nobody can take away her claim to be the «First female Epic Climbs guide». A particularly tough opponent in the mountains. Always on the lookout for some new lane to get away from the main roads.

Reini – The Eagle of the Roads

quäldich-Guide Reinhard

At home he «flies» over the Black Forest hills near Freiburg and enjoys a dip in any cold water. Also trains in the Vosges and the Jura. A terrific performer at evening meals!

Peter – The Win-Winner

quäldich-Guide Peter Uthmann

Got the luck of the draw in Epic Climbs' 2012 travel survey. Peter came out of the hat first. So the Kid won a trip to Liguria to close the season, something which, as a student, he couldn't otherwise afford. A win-win situation, because he also had guide potential and was keen to do the job. He was quickly hired, of course, and now our team of guides and helpers wouldn't be the same without him.


Getting there

Our initial hotel is in central Radstadt, around an hour south of Salzburg.

Cars can be parked all week close the hotel in a free public car park.

From Germany, Northern or Western Europe via Munich - Salzburg on Austria's A10 to the Altenmarkt exit. Follow Road 320 to Radstadt.

From Eastern Europe also via Linz - Salzburg on Austria's A10.

From Switzerland also via St. Gallen - Innsbruck - Salzburg on Austria's A10.

We recommend you use our internal forum to organise car-sharing.

The nearest airport is Salzburg. Take the bus from there to Salzburg-Süd station, and the train to Radstadt.

There are frequent EC trains to Radstadt from Germany (bikes are permitted). Possible need to change in Munich.


The Itinerary

Guided Bike Tour 26/08-2/09/2017

  • Saturday, 26th August 2017
    Travel to Radstadt. Evening meal in the hotel at 8pm.
  • Sunday, 27th August 2017
    Start of first stage (Radstadt - Tamsweg) at 9am.
  • Monday, 28th August 2017
    Second stage Tamsweg - Ossiach
  • Tuesday, 29th August 2017
    Third stage Ossiach - Bovec
  • Wednesday, 30th August 2017
    Fourth stage Bovec - Camporosso

  • Thursday, 31st August 2017
    Fifth stage Camporosso - Lienz
  • Friday, 1st September 2017
    Sixth stage Lienz - Zell am See
  • Saturday, 2nd September 2017
    Seventh stage Zell am See - Radstadt. Arrive there between 12 midday and 2pm. Then depart (or stay another night)
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