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For some people Mountain Bike is the perfect bicycle for a ride off-road, for others, for many people Mtb is a magic tool that gives a big emotion, a tool by which explore, feeling sensations forgotten nowadays, like the emotion we can find in getting dirty of mud, in crossing a torrent, in eating the dust of those preceding us, in feeling thirst and hunger, in short… in living intensely. A holiday in Mtb means a full immersion in your passion bringing back with you memories and unforgettable emotions.

Visit Duino, Trieste by bicycle, discover the Carso…  go up to see the old villages, the city without the queues and parking difficulties, perhaps stopping to look with the face up at the architectural wonders, or to taste an ice-cream by the sea breathing the sea breeze and listening to the whispers of the waves.  Discover the Carso and its environment in an ecological way, taking the advantage of some typical watering hole to taste various kind of salumi and cheese with a glass of good wine.

Europalace Hotel**** in cooperation with Xplorer Association, involved in promoting mountain bike tourism in FVG, will give you the possibility to organize your on-two-wheels holiday planning each and every detail. You will be provided of maps, advices, technical and logistic support, the possibility of keeping the bicycles indoor or to rent them for your excursions through the reception desk of the hotel. You may request to be brought by van to the place you prefer so that you can use 100 % the variety of tracks spread around the whole region, which allow you to easily move from the seaside up to the mountains with short transfers. You may also choose by yourselves the path, or you can be advised and guided during the excursions by professionals with an excellent knowledge of the country.

We’re talking about an activity, a sport that perfectly couples with the incredible heterogeneity of the regional territory. You may enjoy simple tourist rambles along the banks of Isonzo River or through the natural reserve of Cona Isle, or more complicated paths on the mountainside of Carso Isontino well-known for its rises and drops and for hosting hundreds of mapped tracks, or you may dare to climb the impracticable mountain tracks around Tarvisio or even the Mount Zoncolan.

Very special fares for groups and for week-ends starting from € 50,00 per person.

 

Hints for your holidays

TAVERNS, OSMIZE AND LAGOON FISH

1st Day: Friday

Guests arrival, welcome coffee, delivery of bikes, helmets and maps.

Departure from the Hotel for “Collio Goriziano“ Itinerary: tasting of wine in a famous wine cellar. Panoramic tour of the hills between Italy and Slovenia. Visit of the Castle of Gorizia in a Medieval atmosphere or trip along the Isonzo River.

Return  to the hotel (6.00 / 7.00 pm, before dinner)

 

2nd Day: Saturday

9.00 am: departure from the Hotel for “Ancient Rome and old tastes tour"

Through the naturalistic paths of the south Isonzo zone, you reach the river mouth and, further, the island of Grado where you may have a traditional appetizing fish lunch. The tour continues towards Aquileia, ancient Roman fluvial port, where it’s possible to visit the ruins of the imperial forum or the pre Christian Basilica but also to stop for a restoring sampling of local specialties.

Return  to the hotel through the charming villages of the Friulian plain.

 

3rd day: Sunday

9.00 am: departure from the Hotel for “Trieste Karst tour"

Passing by Duino, where it is possible to visit the Castle and its refined garden, through the famous coastal road you reach Miramare, seat of the breathtaking Asburgo residence, and the city of Trieste.  Once arrived you could catch a traditional tram and reach the Carso Hills. In few kilometers you will find one of the most amazing cave of the world, the famous “Grotta Gigante“. Stop and taste good wines, appetizing cold cuts and delicious cheeses in an “Osmiza“, typical local inn. End your tour going down up to the rough and rocky Monfalcone krast paths.

Return to the hotel.

 

 

SEA, CARSO AND TRUFFLES

( 1st and 2nd day suitable for all, 3rd day only with local guide and for minimum of 4 people )

 

1st Day: Friday

9.00 am: departure from the Hotel for “Ancient Rome and old tastes tour"

Through the naturalistic paths of the south Isonzo zone, you reach the river mouth and, further, the island of Grado where you may have a traditional appetizing fish lunch. The tour continues towards Aquileia, ancient Roman fluvial port, where it’s possible to visit the ruins of the imperial forum or the pre Christian Basilica but also to stop for a restoring sampling of local specialties.

Return  to the hotel through the charming villages of the Friulian plain.

 

2nd Day: Saturday

9.00 am: departure from the Hotel for “Trieste Karst tour"

Passing by Duino, where it is possible to visit the Castle and its refined garden, through the famous coastal road you reach Miramare, seat of the breathtaking Asburgo residence, and the city of Trieste.  Once arrived you could catch a traditional tram and reach the Carso Hills. In few kilometers you will find one of the most amazing cave of the world, the famous “Grotta Gigante“. Stop and taste good wines, appetizing cold cuts and delicious cheeses in an “Osmiza“, typical local inn. End your tour going down up to the rough and rocky Monfalcone krast paths.

Return to the hotel.

 

3rd Day: Sunday

7.00 am Departure from the hotel by bus for “Truffles tour”

Discover the ancient Istria (Croazia) by bike. It will be a breathtaking cycle tour throughout wonderful landscapes, still unexplored and ancient villages where people will make you feel at home. Have a delicious lunch with truffles and fine wine. In the afternoon we suggest a sightseeing to the city of mosaics, Poreč . Free visit of the town until 17.00.

Return to the hotel by bus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BICYCLE TOUR OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR

(2 days package)

 

1st Day: Saturday

Guests arrival, welcome coffee, delivery of bikes, helmets and maps.

Departure from the Hotel for “Isonzo River“ Itinerary: discover by bike all the natural parks from the Isonzo up to Gradisca, bringing history back to life. Reach Medea and its Ara Pacis, an imposing  monument of the Italian history.  Short break and dinner. Return to the hotel.

 

2nd  Day: Sunday

9.00 am Departure from the hotel for “The Carso and the First World War” Itinerary: fascinating tour, exciting and a little bit too difficult (also for your legs…). It runs through the places of Memory between Monfalcone and Gorizia Karst,  Doberdò, San Michele and Redipuglia and it climbs upon the Redipuglia Shrine, national war memorial.

Lunch in a typical restaurant to taste local cuisine. Return to the hotel.

 

You can request a guided tour of the Shrine of Redipuglia, of the near trenches and museums and of the Remembrance Park. (Local guide eng/eng/deu for maximum 2 hours at € 100.00)




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