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, 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
Day 2: Mestre/Venice - 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
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, vertical climb 0m)
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, 25/37 mi. (40/60 km, vertical climb 0m)
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 30m)
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 420m)
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 470m)
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 470m)
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.
Category A: 3 and 4 star hotels
Category B: 3 star hotels
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- Breakfast buffets
- Tour information and route descriptions
- Welcome meeting in English
- 27-gear unisex touring bike with handlebar bag and pannier
- Bicycle Protection
- Luggage transfer
- *Ferry transfer on Day 2 (bike not incl. approx. €4)
- 7-day service hotline
- *On July 19, 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 €)
- Boat transfer from Porec to Venice (approx. €65-85/person)
- Travel Insurance
Dates & Pricing
Dates & Pricing
Saturdays from April 3 - July 17 & August 21 - October 2, 2021
Sundays from May 16 - July 11 & August 29 - September 19, 2021
*Special departure dates for at least 5 people
Category A Category B Season 1: April 3 & October 2, 2021 $ 1241 £ 684 $ 1,167 € 735 $ 1332 kr 7966 $ 872 $ 1089 £ 600 $ 1,024 € 645 $ 1169 kr 6990 $ 765 Season 2: April 4 - May 14 & September 13 - October 1, 2021 $ 1410 £ 777 $ 1,326 € 835 $ 1514 kr 9049 $ 991 $ 1258 £ 694 $ 1,183 € 745 $ 1350 kr 8074 $ 884 Season 3: May 15 - July 17 & August 21 - September 12, 2021 $ 1494 £ 824 $ 1,406 € 885 $ 1604 kr 9591 $ 1,050 $ 1342 £ 740 $ 1,263 € 795 $ 1441 kr 8616 $ 943 Single supplement for all seasons: $ 388 £ 214 $ 365 € 230 $ 417 kr 2493 $ 273 $ 304 £ 168 $ 286 € 180 $ 326 kr 1951 $ 214
Electric bike rental: $ 186 £ 102 $ 175 € 110 $ 199 kr 1192 $ 131
Tandem bike rental: $ 144 £ 79 $ 135 € 85 $ 154 kr 921 $ 101
Helmet rental: $ 25 £ 14 $ 24 € 15 $ 27 kr 163 $ 18
Transfer Porec to Venice by boat around 7-8 am (approx. 4 hours) starting at* $ 110 £ 61 $ 103 € 65 $ 118 kr 704 $ 77 *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: $ 118 £ 65 $ 111 € 70 $ 127 kr 759 $ 83 Single room: $ 169 £ 93 $ 159 € 100 $ 181 kr 1084 $ 119
Mestre Cat. B: $ 93 £ 51 $ 87 € 55 $ 100 kr 596 $ 65 Single room: $ 144 £ 79 $ 135 € 85 $ 154 kr 921 $ 101
Porec Ca. A+B: $ 110 £ 61 $ 103 € 65 $ 118 kr 704 $ 77 Single room: $ 144 £ 79 $ 135 € 85 $ 154 kr 921 $ 101
Venice (from): $ 152 £ 84 $ 143 € 90 $ 163 kr 975 $ 107 Single room (from): $ 253 £ 140 $ 238 € 150 $ 272 kr 1626 $ 178
Reduction for 3rd/4th person in same room
Cat. A: €130
Cat. B: €100
Skill Level — Easy–Moderate
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. During the high season, you will encounter more traffic on the coast. Total vertical climb: 1,390 m, Terrain: 92% tarmac, 8% unpaved
Fly to Venice Marco Polo Airport
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.
The average high/low temperatures in °F for the region 55°/40 °for March, 61°/46° April, 70°/55° May, 76°/61°June, 81°/65 July, 81°/64° August, 74°/59° September, and 64°/50 for October.
Regarding ferry transfer, this must be reserved at time of booking: check in at 6.15 a.m. in Porec - boarding at 7:00 - departure at 7.15 a.m. - arrival in Venice at 11.00. Luggage restrictions apply. One stored bag and one carry on allowed not to exceed 10 kg in weight and no more than 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm. If you will have more than one piece of luggage, additional pieces are €5 per piece at the time of booking or €10 at the time of boarding.
This tour is run by Giro Libero.
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