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Alpe-Adria Trail: Cividale del Friuli to Trieste

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Country
Slovenia, Italy
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - June, September - September

Itinerary

Day 1: Cividale
Day 2: Prepotto
Day 3: Smartno
Day 4: Cormons
Day 5: Gradisca d’Isonzo
Day 6: Duino
Day 7: Trieste
Day 8: Departure

Overview for Alpe-Adria Trail: Cividale del Friuli to Trieste

The amazing Alpe-Adria Trail runs from Carinthia in the Austrian Alps to the Adriatic Sea at a total length of 750 km. On this walking holiday you will take in the final section of the Alpe-Adria Trail. The tour offers enormous variety both culturally and naturally: starting with Castelmonte, through Cormons, Karst and Brda to the end of this stage in Trieste, an impressive former Habsburg city.

The route is a collection of diverse walks of a moderate to strenuous grade in mainly non-alpine terrain (grade comes form the length of walks rather than their difficulty). The trail runs along existing paths which are connected to each other.

Highlights

  • Cividale del Friuli and its devil’s bridge and the Tempietto Longobardo
  • The church of pilgrimage of Castelmonte
  • Smartno with its picturesque historic centre
  • Duino with its castle
  • Trieste, the former Habsburg city
  • Vineyards of Collio
  • First class wines from the Enoteca “La Serenissima” in Gradisca d’Isonzo


Itinerary for Alpe-Adria Trail: Cividale del Friuli to Trieste

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Day 1: Arrival at Cividale

Fly into Trieste, Venice, Treviso or Ljubljana. From all places there are good bus/train connections to Cividale del Friuli. Cividale del Friuli with the way of the Lombards is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a real gem, rich in works of art. These can be seen at the Archaeological Museum and at the Museum of the Cathedral. The Lombard temple is one of the most extraordinary and mysterious monuments of the late Middle Ages in the West.

  • Walking for the day: none / walk around Cividale
  • Accommodation: hotel or guesthouse (3-star quality)

Day 2: Cividale – Prepotto

The path of the Langobard takes you to Castelmonte, the oldest sanctuary in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the destination of a Marian pilgrimage in September that sets out from Cividale. Enjoy the breath-taking views over the plain of Friuli and the Slovenian Brda. The day will end with a good glass of wine in Prepotto. The possible alternative is following the official Alpe Adria Trail.

  • Walking for the day: 18 km, 7-8 hours ↑550m ↓500m
  • Possible alternative: 6-7 hours ↑150m ↓170m
  • Accommodation: hotel or guesthouse (3-star quality)

Day 3: Prepotto – Smartno

Today’s route takes you along the Italian-Slovenian border, passes the vineyards of the Collio and numerous churches. Today you will walk to Smartno, a small residential area in the township of Brda. Your gaze will wander from the Carnic Alps over the wide Friuli to the Adriatic Sea.

  • Walking for the day: 16 km, 5 hours ↑675m ↓425m
  • Accommodation: hotel or guesthouse (3-star quality)

Day 4: Smartno – Cormons

On this stage you can enjoy a charming journey between vineyards and orchards. You leave Brda, meeting-point of three cultures (Slavic, Romanic and Germanic) and return to the Friulian Collio. Surrounded by vineyards, you reach Cormons with its Habsburg flair. This small town is nowadays the cultural centre of the Collio. Indulge yourself in the taste of a fine local wine in the Enoteca directly on the main square.

  • Walking for the day: 16 km, 4-5 hours ↑350m ↓525m
  • Accommodation: hotel or guesthouse (3-star quality)

Day 5: Cormons – Gradisca d’Isonzo

Today you hike through the hilly landscape of the Görzer Collio with its vineyards to Gradisca. The region is famous for its DOC wines. From the highest hilltops of the charming landscape along this stage you will catch sight of the summits of the nearby Julian Alps, and further in the distance the Dolomites. The “Laghetti rossi” nature conservation park is home to an interesting variety of water birds. The name Gradisca has Slavic roots and means “settled place”. Under Venetian rule it was a fortress  protecting against the Turkish threat from East in the end of the 15th century.  Leonardo da Vinci co-operated in the different expansion works.

  • Walking for the day: 20 km, 5-6 hours ↑100m ↓125m
  • Accommodation: hotel or guesthouse (3-star quality)

Day 6: Gradisca d’Isonzo – Duino

On this stage we are greeted for the first time by the much longed-for Adriatic Sea. Here, in the region around Gradisca, the River Isonzo is of special historical significance related to World War I. The rough yet charming karst landscape dominates the entire course of the route until it drops steeply to the sea at the magical Duino, on the trail of the famous poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

The last part of the tour from Monfalcone to Duino/Sistiana can be shortened by using the bus. At the end of the day Duino welcomes you with its impressive castle.

  • Walking for the day: 28 km, 8-9 hours ↑675m ↓650m or (if you take the bus, ticket not included) 6 hours ↑475m ↓450m
  • Accommodation: hotel or guesthouse (3-star quality)

Day 7: Duino – Trieste

The first part of the route takes you on the famous trail of Rilke. You continue along a karst terrace to Prosecco and the capital city of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trieste. Have a relaxed end of the day on the main square (Piazza della Libertà) with its beautiful buildings.

  • Walking for the day: 24 km, 7-8 hours ↑475m ↓500m
  • Accommodation: hotel or guesthouse (3-star quality)

Day 8: Departure or Onward Travel

Return home or individual stay extension.

Hotels for Alpe-Adria Trail: Cividale del Friuli to Trieste

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Accommodation is in 3-star hotels and hand-picked family-run guesthouses of 3-star quality. All accommodations offer double/twin rooms with en-suite facilities.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide to you exact accommodation details upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included. Packed lunches for next day can be pre-ordered in the hotels. For dinner you have a range of alternatives in the town / village where your spending the overnight.

Travel for Alpe-Adria Trail: Cividale del Friuli to Trieste

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Recommended arrival and departure airports: Trieste, Venezia, Treviso, Ljubljana. From all places there are good bus/train connections to Cividale del Friuli.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

By car: From the north via the motorway A10 to Villach and further on the A23 to Udine (exit Udine Nord); on the province road 54 to Cividale del Friuli; from the west via the A4 – via Milano and Venezia – and further on the A23 to Udine (exit Udine Sud); over San Giovanni al Natisone to Cividale del Friuli. Free unguarded car parking available at the start hotel.

By train: Timetables on www.deutschebahn.de, www.oebb.at, www.trenitalia.com.

Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfer is included on all walking days and will be arranged by your current hotel to your next hotel. After check out, you should leave baggage at the hotel reception and you can start hiking. When you arrive at your next hotel, your baggage will be at the hotel reception.

Country Info

For up to date travel advice and country info, please check here.

Trip Info for Alpe-Adria Trail: Cividale del Friuli to Trieste

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate to Strenuous

The route is a collection of diverse walks of a moderate to strenuous grade in mainly non-alpine terrain (grade comes form the length of walks rather than their difficulty). No climbing experience is required. Average walking distance is 20-25 km (6-7 hours) per day, the longest walk of 8-9 hours can be shortened by taking the local bus (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

You will walk on hiking trails and gravel roads. We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

As the coastal area around Trieste is very popular among holiday goers, we have managed to secure rooms for our customers only for specific dates, so this tour can start on Sundays only, between 7 April and 14 July and between 1 and 29 September.

What to Bring

Main luggage is limited to 20 kg. For your daily essentials, you should bring a comfortable 15-20 l rucksack. It is essential to bring good hiking shoes and waterproof jacket.

Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact us or a reputable outdoor retailer.

  • Good hiking boots;
  • Hiking socks;
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying);
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood;
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece;
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation;
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve;
  • Hat/Baseball cap;
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies).

Included for Alpe-Adria Trail: Cividale del Friuli to Trieste

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  • Detailed holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions and road notes
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in hand-picked 3-star hotels and guesthouses as listed in itinerary
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transport to next hotel on all walking days
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable.
  • This holiday is NOT available for solo travellers.

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Excluded

  • Flights and connecting arrival and departure land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extensions

  • Extra night(s) in Cividale
  • Extra night(s) in Trieste

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