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.
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 is diverse as well, and cycling immerses you in it all.
- Venice, the lovely, mystical, and romantic city on water
- Cycling along the stunning seacoast
- The white castle of Miramare, the beloved home of Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg
- Eufrasian Basilica in Porec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 1: Arrival in Mestre/Venice (mainland)
Day 2: Mestre/Venice - Lido di Jesolo/Caorle/coast, 25/40 mi. (40/65 km)
Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle/coast - Portogruaro, 25/37 mi. (40/60 km)
Day 4: Portogruaro - Aquileia/Palmanova, 37 or 43 mi. (60 or 70 km)
Day 5: Aquileia/Palmanova - Trieste, 31 or 43 mi. (50 or 70 km)
Day 6: Trieste - Portorož/Piran, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Portorož/Piran - Poreč, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 8: Poreč
All distances are approximate. Due to circumstances beyond control, such as weather conditions or provisions issued by the local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, you may find temporary deviations/detours caused by roadwork not reflected in your route book or GPS tracks. In this case, please follow the directions posted locally.
Day 1: Individual arrival in Mestre/Venice
Individual arrival in Mestre (the mainland of 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 - Lido di Jesolo/Caorle/coast, 25 or 40 mi. (40 or 65 km, vertical climb 0 m)
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. You will then head from Mestre to Tronchetto Island, where you will take a ferry to reach the island of Lido. From Lido a motorboat will take you to 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, 25/37 mi. (40/60 km, vertical climb 0 m)
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, 37 or 43 mi. (60 or 70 km, vertical climb 30 m)
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, 31 or 43 mi. (50 or 70 km, vertical climb 420 m)
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, 28 mi. (45 km, vertical climb 470 m)
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 7: Portorož/Piran - Poreč, 34 mi. (55 km, vertical climb 470 m)
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 in1997, was declared Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO.
Day 8: Poreč
Departure after breakfast. Return to Venice by boat available for a supplement.
Hotels & Bikes
Category A: 3 and 4-star hotels
Category B: 3-star hotels
All rooms have en suite facilities. All category A hotels have air conditioning while in category B there may be some cases of accommodation without air conditioning.
Unisex electric bike
A low entry unisex frame
- Upright handlebar
- 9-speed (Shimano Deore)
- Centrally located Bosch motor Active Line Plus (250Wh, engine torque 50 Nm)
- Bosch battery Power Pack (36V, range approx 90 km average speed on flat terrain)
- Ergonomic grip
- Selle Royal saddle
- Flat pedals
- Mechanical V-brakes
- Rear rack
- 28-inch wheels
- Schwalbe Marathon Plus anti-puncture tires
- Trip computer
- Ortlieb pannier (12L) - The innovative QL1fixation system is easy to handle and the bags attach to the rack with one click
- Front bike map holder with removable transparent hood or Kickfix water-resistant removable rigid handlebar bag with waterproof double-sided maps envelope
- Repair kit (one kit for every two bicycles) (1 pump, 1 tube, 2 Allen keys, tyre levers, patches and mastic sealant)
Please see pricing
- Brand: Limar
- Size: one size (55 - 61)
- Adjustable size system and cool pads
- Weight: 260 g
- 10 vents with bug net
- Certified CE (TÜV) and CPSC-USA
- Adult tandem bike
- Front saddle can seat a child 4-15 years old
- Upright handlebars
- Selle Royal saddle
- Water bottle cage
- 11-speed (Shimano Alfine)
- Flat pedals
- Mechanical V-brakes
- 26-inch wheels
- Schwalbe Marathon Plus anti-puncture tires
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- Breakfast buffets
- Digital tour information: app that includes maps, roadbooks, points of interest and GPS tracks
- 27-gear unisex touring bike
- Luggage transfer (limited to 1 piece of luggage per person with max. 20 kg & please note that you cannot change the number of pieces of luggage during the tour!)
- Ferry transfer on Day 2 (bike not incl. approx. €20)
- 7-day service hotline
What’s Not Included
- All other meals other than breakfast
- Bike helmet
- Local hotel taxes (€10 to 15)
- Venice municipality access fee (approx. €3-10 per day, to be paid on site)
- Boat transfer from Porec to Venice (approx. €75-100 per person)
- Travel Insurance
Dates & Pricing
Dates & Pricing
Any Saturday from April 8 to July 15, 2023 & August 26 to September 30, 2023
*Special departure dates for at least 6 people.
Season 1: April 15 - 21, 2023 & September 30, 2023
Season 2: April 8 - April 14, April 22 - May 19 & September 23 - September 29, 2023
Season 3: May 20 - July 15 & August 26 - September 22, 2023
Twin/double Category A Category B Season 1 $ 1542 £ 852 $ 1,414 € 975 ₪ 3569 NZ$ 1634 NOK 10233 kr 10821 $ 1,048 $ 1384 £ 765 $ 1,269 € 875 ₪ 3203 NZ$ 1466 NOK 9184 kr 9711 $ 940 Season 2 $ 1716 £ 948 $ 1,573 € 1085 ₪ 3972 NZ$ 1818 NOK 11388 kr 12042 $ 1,166 $ 1558 £ 861 $ 1,428 € 985 ₪ 3606 NZ$ 1651 NOK 10338 kr 10932 $ 1,059 Season 3 $ 1795 £ 992 $ 1,646 € 1135 ₪ 4155 NZ$ 1902 NOK 11913 kr 12597 $ 1,220 $ 1637 £ 904 $ 1,501 € 1035 ₪ 3789 NZ$ 1734 NOK 10863 kr 11487 $ 1,112 Third person in a triple room (all seasons) $ 1233 £ 682 $ 1,131 € 780 ₪ 2856 NZ$ 1307 NOK 8187 kr 8657 $ 838 $ 1107 £ 612 $ 1,015 € 700 ₪ 2563 NZ$ 1173 NOK 7347 kr 7769 $ 752 Single supplement (all seasons) $ 1803 £ 996 $ 1,653 € 1140 ₪ 4173 NZ$ 1910 NOK 11965 kr 12653 $ 1,225 $ 1597 £ 883 $ 1,465 € 1010 ₪ 3698 NZ$ 1693 NOK 10601 kr 11210 $ 1,086
Electric bike rental: $ 237 £ 131 $ 218 € 150 ₪ 549 NZ$ 251 NOK 1574 kr 1665 $ 161
Tandem bike rental: Included
Helmet rental: $ 24 £ 13 $ 22 € 15 ₪ 55 NZ$ 25 NOK 157 kr 166 $ 16
Transfer Porec to Venice by boat around 7-8 am (approx. 4 hours) starting at*: $ 158 £ 87 $ 145 € 100 ₪ 366 NZ$ 168 NOK 1050 kr 1110 $ 107 *Pricing depends on season
If the ferry boat is not available, the service will be replaced by a private transfer. The booking (complete with full names, passport number/ID card number, nationality, date of birth) is compulsory when sending the reservation. Passport expiry date should be 90 days past your return travel date from Croatia.
Mestre, Cat. A/B: $ 119 £ 66 $ 109 € 75 ₪ 275 NZ$ 126 NOK 787 kr 832 $ 81 Single room: $ 190 £ 105 $ 174 € 120 ₪ 439 NZ$ 201 NOK 1259 kr 1332 $ 129
Porec and Venice*, Ca. A+B: on request
*pricing depends on hotel, time of year etc.
Skill Level — Easy–Moderate
This self-guided tour entails 325 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. During the high season, you will encounter more traffic on the coast. Total vertical climb: 1,390 m. Terrain: 92% tarmac, 8% unpaved. Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train on days 4 and 5.
Fly to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE).
From Venice Marco Polo Airport, the easiest way to reach downtown Mestre is on the ATVO Fly Bus, which runs between the airport and the Mestre railroad station. The buses run from early in the morning until late evening, with several departures every hour during most of the day. Travel time is only 17 minutes, and the cost is approximately €5.
Venice has a humid, subtropical, and Mediterranean climate with hot and humid summers and cold winters. Please take a look at the monthly average temperatures below for a guideline.
Regarding the ferry transfer - this must be reserved at time of booking. Space for bikes on board the ferry is limited. Departure times and luggage allowances to be confirmed (please request).
Important to know
Before you travel, please check the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.
*Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.
Country Entry Requirements
Due to the changing requirements for entry, it is imperative that you stay up to date on requirements set by the country/countries that you are visiting. Please visit our Travel Restrictions Tool page and the country/countries government webpage for this information.
This tour is run by Girolibero.
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We are not a broker.
We do not inflate tour prices.
We are simply travelers helping travelers.