Canal in Venice, Veneto, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Martin Bauer

Finger foods in Portoroz, Slovenia. Photo via Flickr:Hasan Basri Akirmak
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Venice to Poreč

Italy, Slovenia, Croatia Bike Tours

Bike tour in Venice and along the Croatian Coast!

This bike tour in Europe takes you through three countries in one week! You will bike in Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. The history of the Republic of Venice provides the backdrop for this exciting adventure. Initially formed by scattered marsh islands inhabited by refugees, Venice became one of the Mediterranean's great powers. Today, still lovely, mystical and romantic, this city on water will fascinate! Biking the outskirts of Venice, you will leave the famous city and cycle along the beaches of the coastline and up to the plain of Friuli, exploring this area that has always been a bridge between the Mediterranean world and central Europe. The bike route then leads to the fascinating town of Trieste, culminating in cycling the beautiful Istrian coast in Croatia! The landscape is geographically complex; alps, limestone plateau, alluvial plain, and shelving coastlands. The culture, diverse as well, and cycling immerses you in it all.

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Where You’ll Stay

Category A: 3 and 4 star hotels
Category B: 3 star hotels

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Tour information and route descriptions
  • Informational meeting
  • Bike rental with handlebar bag and pannier
  • Luggage transfer
  • *Ferry transfer on Day 2 (bike not incl. approx. €4)
  • 7-day service hotline
  • *On July 15, the ferry service is not available and will be replaced by a private transfer.

What’s Not Included

  • All other meals other than breakfast
  • Local hotel taxes (10 to 15 €)
  • Train tickets for day 4 (approx. €6) and day 5 (€7)
  • Boat transfer from Porec to Venice
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance
TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

2017 Dates
Departures on Saturdays April 8 to July 15 and August 19 to September 30, 2017

Departures on Sundays from May 14 to July 9, 2017

*Special departures can be arranged for at least 5 people.

Skill Level

This self-guided tour entails 300 km of riding over 6 days. The first three days are mainly on flat roads across the Veneto and Friuli plain. The last three days you will encounter a few more hills but nothing extreme.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Venice to Poreč Map

Day 1: Arrival in Mestre/Venice
Day 2: Mestre/Venice - Jesolo/Caorle/coast, 25/40 mi. (40/65 km)
Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle/coast - Portogruaro, 25/40 mi. (40/65 km)
Day 4: Portogruaro - Aquileia/Palmanova, 28 or 40 mi. (45 or 65 km)
Day 5: Aquileia/Palmanova - Trieste, 25 or 44 mi. (40 or 70 km)
Day 6: Trieste - Portorož/Piran, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Portorož/Piran - Poreč, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 8: Poreč

Day 1: Individual arrival in Mestre/Venice
The city of Venice will captivate you with its charm and splendor. Venice is still a monument to the glory days of the Renaissance. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and others.

Day 2: Mestre/Venice - Jesolo/Caorle/coast, 25 or 40 mi. (40 or 65 km)
After a few kilometers, your bicycle tour in Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia continues by ferry and then by Vaporetto. You will pass in front of Piazza San Marco, one of the most beautiful squares in the world.  Then you will reach Punta Sabbioni, the furthest south area of the Adriatic coast, which is north of Venice. From here you cycle along the stunning seacoast, with various opportunities for a refreshing bath in the sea. The overnight will be in one of the places along this famous coastline.

Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle/coast - Portogruaro, 25 or 40 mi. (40 or 65 km)
Upon departing from Caorle, with its wonderful historical center, the route leads north towards the Julian alps. You will leave the sea behind you arriving in Portogruaro, one of the main centers in the period of Serenissima Republic of Venice, still impressive with its glorious Palazzi. Portogruaro was officially founded in 1140 by a group of fishermen who settled there and built a river port.

Day 4: Portogruaro - Aquileia/Palmanova, 38 or 43 mi. (60 or 70 km)
The day is spent cycling between the region of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, passing through an area abundant in water and history, among rivers, canals, and ancient roman towns. Your destination will be Aquileia, with its roman excavations, or Palmanova, named ‘the starry city’ because, from above, the city resembles a 9-pointed star. You can shorten the stage by about 20 km by train from Portogruaro to Latisana.

Day 5: Aquileia/Palmanova - Trieste, 21 or 44 mi. (50 or 70 km) 
The route leads once again towards the sea and the gulf of Trieste awaits you. However,  there are many opportunities to explore along the way! Duino with its two castles, Sistiana with its characteristic bay and Miramare with its famous castle built according to the wishes of Massimiliano d’Asburgo, situated in a beautiful park of more than 20 hectares in size, are all worth a detour!  Just a few kilometers lie between you and Trieste, the ancient port of the Asburgic Empire, which has much to offer in the way of attractions. It is possible to reduce the daily mileage of about 30 km with a train transfer from Monfalcone to Trieste at the end of the stage.

Day 6: Trieste - Portorož/Piran,  28 mi. (45 km)
After a few kilometers, you will cross over into Slovenia, often cycling along cycle paths through famous holiday resorts such as Koper, first Venetian, and then Austrian, and Piran, another important town which was ruled over for a long time by Venice. The destination today is Portorož, a town renowned for its spa and bathing facilities. 

Day 7Portorož/Piran - Poreč, 34 mi. (55 km) 
Cycling in Slovenia towards the south, you will pass through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large town known for its salt works and a key area as regards ornithology. Some kilometers later you will cross the Croatian border down along Istria, the Adriatic sea’s largest peninsula. In the end, you will reach Porec, the tourist capital of Croatia, with its Eufrasian Basilica, which in 1997, was declared Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO.

Day 8: Poreč
Departure after breakfast. Return to Venice by boat available for a supplement.

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Customer Feedback

  • Kristine Johnson 11 months ago

    Traveling from Venice through northeast Italy and Trieste into Slovenia and Croatia was beautiful and culturally rich.

  • Magdalena Cheung 12 months ago

    I found the trip operator a bit disorganized. Nobody told us that the tour guides & map etc were put in our room, and we did not know until the briefing time. During the briefing we went through the material kit, but we were not offered any additional info. The options re the accessories with the bike were not chosen by us, but the operator insisted we chose it and refused to exchange reading board for bike bag.
    The map and guide do not always match. We expected bike route would be traffic free and for bike only, but apparently 90% of the time it was not the case. The bike was a bit heavy for me, especially I am only slightly over 100lbs.

  • Al E. 1 year ago

    This was our 13th Tripsite Tour and as always, it was exceptional. The bike route was well marked, the bikes were new and well serviced and the Hotels were excellent. It was a very interesting ride. Thanks to Hennie and Carla for recommending the Tour.
    Al and Sue

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