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Your cycling holiday in Italy

The Adriatic Coast | Venice to Poreč | Self-Guided

The Most Serene Republic of Venice once spread all along the northern and eastern shores of the Adriatic sea and was a wealthy and powerful state between the 8th and the 18th centuries. Venice itself is the jewel in the crown of the former republic and is the starting point for this cycling tour. From the island city, you will follow the Adriatic coast through the Friulian plain, past ancient basilicas and roman ruins, before reaching the unique city of Trieste. From here the border hopping begins, first into Slovenia and a visit to the coastal town of Portoroz, then to Croatia and the charming coastal town of Poreč.

What not to miss

  • The magical Miramare Castle in Trieste
  • The glistening waters of Poreč harbor
  • A must-do gondola ride through the 'floating city of Venice'

What's included

  • 3 and 4 star hotel accommodation 
  • Bed and breakfast
  • Flights and transfers
  • Luggage transfers
  • Bikes, panniers and puncture repair kits
  • Route maps and instructions
  • 24/7 Assistance hotline
  • Tandems and electric bikes on request

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your cycling holiday in Italy

The Adriatic Coast | Venice to Poreč | Self-Guided

Day 1 | Arrival in Venice

Transfer to your first hotel in Mestre. Depending on your arrival time, you might want to hop on the tram to Piazzale Roma, the gateway to Venice island. From here you can explore this wonder of the world on foot or by gondola.

Day 2 | Cycle Mestre to Jesolo/Caorle | Distance 37/40 miles (40/65km)

Your first cycling day starts with a few gentle kilometres before an interlude on board a ferry and then a 'vaporetto' through Venice, passing Piazza San Marco on your way to Punta Sabbioni. From here you follow the coastline north, passing long, sandy beaches, on to your overnight stop in Jesolo or Caorle.

Day 3 | Cycle Jesolo/Caorle to Portugruaro | Distance 37/25 miles (60/40km)

Leaving the coastline behind, today's ride takes you into the Friuli plain, at the foot of the beautiful Julian Alps. This part of Italy is littered with 'valli da pesca', manmade lagoons used for fish farming, and 'casoni', characterful huts used by the local fishermen. The destination today is Portogruaro, once one of the Venetian republics main hubs and is another town brought to life by its waterways.

Day 4 | Cycle Portugruaro to Palmanova/Aquileia | Distance 37/43 miles (60/70 km)

Moving on from the region of Veneto and into Friuli, today's route takes you through an area defined by water. You'll cycle along rivers and canals, passing through ancient Roman towns. Your overnight stop tonight is in Aquileia, with its Roman archaeological sites, or Palmanova, a fortified town that takes the shape of a 9-pointed star. This ride can be shortened by 20km by taking a train at the beginning of the day from Potogruaro to Latisana.

Day 5 | Cycle Palmanova/Aquileia to Trieste | Distance 43/31 miles (70/50km)
It's time to get re-aquainted with the coastline as you pedal on towards the magnificent ancient port with a rich and diverse history. Before arriving, you'll cycle through a number of interesting towns, including Duino and Sistiana, famed for their spectacular castles and characteristic bay respectively. Upon arrival in Trieste you will find a city that is one of Europe's best kept secrets. To shorten the cycling, you can end the day with a train ride from Monfalcone to Trieste, which takes 30km off of the daily distance.

Day 6 | Cycle Trieste to Piran/Portoroz | Distance 28 miles (45km)

Say arriverdeci to Italia and enter the charming state of Slovenia. Follow a mix of cycle paths and quiet roads through the famous coastal towns of the region, such as the mesmerisingly beautiful Koper and Piran. You'll spend tonight in Portoroz, a charming spa town with a lovely beach.

Day 7 | Cycle Piran/Portoroz to Porec | Distance 34 miles (55km)

The final leg of cyclling continues southwards, past the salt flats of Secovje, an area that is home to an array of birdlife, and over the Croatian border. You'll continue south along the Istrian peninsula to the town of Porec, the tourism capital of Croatia and home to the Eufrasian Basilica, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Day 8 | Departure

We say “arrivederci” or "prozdav" before transferring you to Pula airport or you can take the high-speed ferry back to Venice.

Your cycling holiday in Italy

The Adriatic Coast | Venice to Poreč | Self-Guided

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Quid Hotel Venezia, Mestre

4 Star

A modern 4 star hotel conveniently located on the mainland, just a short tram ride from Venice island. Rooms are large, bright and airy and a great breakfast spread will help you get fuelled up for a day of cycling.

Hotel Maregolf, Caorle

4 Star

Hotel Maregolf is a small coastal resort hotel just 150m from the beach with a lot of outdoor space, including a large swimming pool and even a golf course. The rooms are modern and spacious and the onsite bar and restaurant are a great place to wile the night away.

Hotel Patriarchi, Aquileia

3 Star

A traditional Italian hotel in the heart of the interesting village of Aquileia. The hotel restaurant offers hearty local food at a very good price and has a selection of good wines on offer too.

Hotel Spessotto, Portoguaro

4 Star

A charming, traditional family run hotel in the picturesque town of Portogruaro. The location of this property is perfect, with the main square just a minutes walk away and the breakfasts served frequently recieve fantastic reviews from guests.

NH Hotel, Trieste

4 Star

Don't let the rather stark exterior fool you, the NH hotel in Trieste is warm and wonderful on the inside. The rooms have been refurbished recently and are modern, light and fully equipped for your stay. The hotel is in a great location, walking distance from all of the best bits of Trieste.

Remisens Premium Casa Rosa Annexe, Portoroz

4 Star

Perched on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Portoroz coastline, the Casa Rosa is our favourite hotel in town. The hotel is linked to another nearby and shares a host of facilities, such as a swimming pool, restaurant, gym and spa.


 

Valamar Diamant, Porec

4 Star

The Valamar Diamant is a resort style hotel, situated 200m from the pebble beaches of Porec. There is a wide variety of rooms on offer, but all are comfortable, clean and spacious. If you can drag yourself away from the outdoor pool and vast outdoor spaces, the old town of Porec is just a short walk away.

Your cycling holiday in Italy

The Adriatic Coast | Venice to Poreč | Self-Guided

Your cycling holiday in Italy

The Adriatic Coast | Venice to Poreč | Self-Guided

Tour Only Prices

Departure Dates 2019 Nights Adult Price  

6 April

28 September

7 £715 Enquire Now

7 April - 17 May

14 September - 27 September

7 £835 Enquire Now

18 May - 13 July

17 August - 13 September

7 £895 Enquire Now

Package Prices (Includes Flights and Transfers)

Departure Dates 2019 Nights Adult Price  

6 April

28 September

7 £1015 Enquire Now

7 April - 17 May

14 September - 27 September

7 £1135 Enquire Now

18 May - 13 July

17 August - 13 September

7 £1195 Enquire Now

Tours start on any Saturday and on Sundays between 12 May - 7 July and 1 September - 22 September. Any day departures are available for groups of 5 and more.

Single Occupancy : £30 per night

Electric Bike Supplement: £95 per person

Ferry Ticket Porec to Venice: £85 per person

Prices are based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Child prices and a lower cost itinerary  are available on request. Please speak to one of our Activites Experts on 020 7471 7750 for more details.

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