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Poreč, Croatia


  • Discovering Venice, the most romantic of cities
  • Caorle, a fishing community on the Venetian lagoon and one of the oldest Adriatic resorts
  • Stylish and cosmopolitan Trieste, the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s gateway to the sea
  • Poreč A historical melting pot on the Istrian coast, from the Romans to the Venetians
  • The gorgeous coastal scenery of the Northern Adriatic

Cycle from Venice, along the Adriatic coast, to Poreč. Discover the delights of Venice, the Adriatic Coast, Trieste, coastal Slovenia, beautiful Istria and historic Poreč by bike.

The ancient Republic of Venice existed for over a millennium from the late 17th century until 1797. Stretching from Venice along the Northern Adriatic coast to Slovenia and Croatia, it left a legacy of the most beautiful towns and cities. Venice, Trieste and Poreč are just a few of the jewels you will visit as you cycle through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia along this beautiful coastline of white sandy beaches, secluded coves and dramatic cliffs

DAY 1: Arrive Mestre (Venice)

Individual arrival in Mestre (the mainland of Venice). The city of Venice will captivate you with its splendour; grand palaces, beautiful Basilicas, St Mark’s Square, hidden corners and bustling restaurants. Make sure you allow plenty of time to explore. Our representative will meet you for a bike fitting and briefing in the evening.

Overnight: Mestre

DAY 2:
Mestre to Jesolo/Caorle coastline

Leaving Mestre by bike for the first few kilometres, you then take to the Venetian waterways. First taking the ferry and then the vaporetto, passing in front of Piazza San Marco, to reach Punta Sabbioni, the southernmost point of the Adriatic coast, to the north of Venice.

From here you can look forward to a wonderful easy cycle north eastwards along the beaches of the Adriatic Coast. There are numerous opportunities for to relax and swim so be sure to pack your swim gear.
You will stay overnight in one of the towns along this famous coastline, depending on availability.

Cycle: 40/65 km, no elevation gain

Overnight: Jesolo/Caorle coast

DAY 3:
Cycle to Portogruaro

This morning you will head north towards the Julian Alps, leaving the sea behind you. You will be passing through an area with a multitude of “Valli da pesca” (stretches of lagoon enclosed by earthen dikes where extensive fish farming is practised) and “casoni” (constructions used by fishermen in the past during the fishing season).

Your next stop is the town of Portogruaro, one of the main centres in the period of the “Serenissima Republic of Venice”, which is still impressive even today with its glorious “Palazzi” or “palaces”.

Cycle: 40/60 km, no elevation gain

Overnight: Portogruaro

DAY 4:
Portogruaro to Palmanova/Aquileia

You can choose to reduce today’s stage by 20 km by taking a train from Portogruaro to Latisana. Today you will spend the day 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 town resembles a 9-pointed star.

Cycle: 60/70 km, 30m ascent

Overnight: Palmanova/Aquileia

DAY 5:
Palmanova/Aquileia to Trieste

You will once again head towards the sea: the gulf of Trieste awaits you. With many possible stops along the way, such as Duino with its two castles, Sistiana with its charming bay and Miramare with its famous castle, built according to the wishes of Maximilan of Augsburg, situated in a beautiful park of more than 20 hectares in size. Just a few kilometres lie between you and Trieste, the ancient port of the Asburgic Empire, which has much to offer in the way of attractions. The trip can be reduced of 30 km by taking a train at the end of the stage from Monfalcone to Trieste.

Cycle: 70/50km, 420m ascent

Overnight: Trieste

DAY 6:
Trieste to Portorož

This morning you cross over into Slovenia, cycling mainly along cycle paths through famous holiday resorts such as Koper, which for a long period was Venetian, and then an Austrian town. Piran is next, another important town which was ruled over for a long time by Venice. You then finally arrive in Portorož, a town renowned for its spa and bathing facilities.

Cycle: 45km, 470m ascent

Overnight: Portorož

DAY 7:
Portorož to Poreč

Cycling southwards, you pass through the salt mines of Secovlje, an ornithologist's paradise. A little while later you cross the Croatian border into Istria, the Adriatic sea’s largest peninsula.

Your journey comes to an end amongst the red roofs of Poreč nestled in the blue Adriatic. The 6th century Eufrasian Basilica is one of Europe's finest examples of Byzantine art and just one of many fine buildings, squares, churches and sights to enjoy. Of course you many prefer to seek out one of the many fine beaches instead.

Cycle: 55km, 470m ascent

Overnight: Poreč

DAY 8:
Depart Poreč

Your trip ends after breakfast. You can either depart from Pula airport (50km from Poreč) or return to Venice by boat, which takes about 2.5 hours and we can book for you.

Additional Nights and Extensions

We can book additional nights for you in Mestre (mainland Venice), Venice or Poreč before or after the trip. It is not possible to add extra nights during the trip.


You will stay in comfortable 3* hotels and sometimes we use a few 4* hotels. All rooms are en-suite.


A buffet breakfast is included at your hotel each day. Lunch and dinner are not included but always available at your hotel or nearby. You can take a picnic or stop for lunch each day.

Single Rooms and Solo Cyclists

Single rooms are available, although a supplement is payable.
This trip is available to solo cyclists.


This tour is available from early April to mid-July, and from mid-August to early October, to start on Saturdays only. 

Generally you will find mild temperatures in spring and autumn, while in summer (July-August) the weather is definitely hotter and humid with refreshing rain showers every now and then. Always make sure to carry plenty of water to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen and a sunhat on hot days.

Departures (for groups of over 5 cyclists) are available on Sundays from mid-May to early July - please contact us for details.

Grade and Terrain

This cycle tour is graded easy to moderate. The first three days cycling is along flat roads, across the Veneto and Friuli plain, and the last three stages on slightly hillier sections.

Route Profile
- Total Length: 320/340 km
- Total ascent: 1390 m
- Terrain: 92% asphalt, 8% unpaved
- Train connection between overnight stays: NO
- Possible to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 4 and 5.

Self-Guided Cycling

This is an independent self-led tour. You will have a detailed welcome briefing in English and bike fitting. We supply you with detailed route books and maps so you can easily follow the route as well as a service hotline in the event of a problem. This way you can cycle at your own pace.

Rental Bikes (Not included)

27-gear Shimano Deore unisex bikes in appropriate frame sizes. They are puncture-proof, fully serviced and equipped with a trip computer, sidebag, water bottle and padlock.
Additionally, you are supplied with a map holder/front bag (1 per bike) and a repair kit (1 per couple). It is possible to bring your own bike.
Electric bike hire is available.
Helmet hire is not included, but available at a small charge.

Unisex 27 Speed Bike

Getting to Venice / from Poreč

Venice is well served by many airports of Northern Italy: Venice (VCE), Treviso (TSF),Verona (VRN). Connect to Mestre by bus or train.

The easiest way to return from Poreč to Venice is by ferry, which takes about 2.5 hours and costs approx. €85 depending on your date of travel. We can make this reservation for you.

If you wish to depart from closer to Poreč, Pula airport is about 50 km from Poreč and there are bus connections to Trieste Airport.

By Car

Parking information in Mestre is available on request. The railway station parking is always a good alternative (about 60 € per week, reservation not possible).

Arrival information

Your pre-departure information pack has detailed information on how to reach the start/end of the trip including maps, timetables etc. so that you can plan your travel well in advance.


  • 7 nights hotel accommodation in 3* hotels and sometimes a few 4* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Daily luggage transportation
  • Detailed route descriptions and maps
  • Emergency telephone support
  • Ferry transfer on day 2 (bike not included, approx. 4EUR)


  • Travel to Venice / from Poreč
  • Local taxes (approx 10-15 €).
  • Train transfers: Portogruaro–Latisana (approx. 10 min, 6 € per person); Monfalcone–Trieste (approx. 25 min, 7 € per person)
  • Bike hire
  • Beverages, museums, fees and extras in general
  • Travel insurance
  • Helmet


  • Bike hire
  • Electric bike hire
  • Helmet hire
  • Istria to Venice ferry boat / transfer
  • Single supplement (s)
  • Additional nights

How fit do I need to be?

The cycling is graded easy to moderate so you will enjoy the holiday more if you enjoy an active lifestyle and are a regular cyclist. The route is often undulating, but the slopes are never unreasonable and the more challenging trails are well-distributed along the way. Over the course of your cycles there will be chances to rest while enjoying the the points of interest.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this area  is extremely popular. Please note you can only start this holiday on a Saturday.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Baggage transfer as per your itinerary is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard cycling gear such as waterproof clothing for possible showers and a day pack.

What happens if I can't cycle a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. We would also suggest asking your accommodation providers as they are also able to advise of any other local transport providers.


Great bike trip


We are in our seventies and have never booked a self guided trip before, usually we do all our own planning. It was a joy to have Macs Adventures do the organization. We decided to hire e-bikes although we had never ridden them before and were so pleased that we did. The weather was hot and the last part of the trip is hilly and we were delighted to be riding up hill with ease while others were struggling in the heat. The accommodation was varied, but they were all good, some modern and others family run. The luggage was always at our next hotel when we arrived. The step by step instructions were not always very accurate and we occasionally got lost, sometimes resorting to our app on our iPhone to figure out where we were. It would be nice to have a gps track to download onto an iPhone to know when you were going off route.




Absolute bliss!


Once again, just the most wonderful time imaginable. Doing a trip like this is so relaxing and time extremely well spent. Literally everything is or has been done for you. Your only decision is how many times to stop for gelato and which of the amazing landmarks you would like to explore (these are all in the guide books) so you don't even need to do any homework before. I'm already thinking about which one I'm going to do next year!


South Africa

A holiday like no other


The purpose we (11 of us) chose to complete this ride was to see and explore places that tourists would not normally be drawn to, or hear about; and this trip delivered. The last 2 days were challenging in terms of uphill riding, however, we are not from a mountainous country so others may find it a breeze! The only negative were the directions, we ended up relying on google maps, and still that was no easy feat when in rural areas. In the end however, we all loved the experience and are planning our next one.

Jo Gowland

Bowral, Australia


Fantastic well organised bike tour


A wonderful riding experience that was well organised and went through some amazing countries and places. Would highly recommend the e-bike option for ease of traveling and more time to enjoy the sights.




Cycling through Three Countries


Neither of us had gone on a holiday cycling from one place to another before and we both loved it. Great bikes. Delicious food. Friendly people. Flat for the first three days and then more and more hills for the last three days, which we were ready for and enjoyed. We would do another holiday like this. Thank you.




An amazing adventure along the Adriatic Coast


This was a great holiday, but only for those who cycle regularly. The days were long (7 - 8 hours in the saddle) and did not allow much time for relaxation or sight seeing. Hotels were really first class, although (being British) a kettle in the room would have been much appreciated, so that we could make a cup of tea when we arrived (exhausted) at the hotel. The "Book of Words" (so nicknamed by us) wasn't always accurate and did lead to some confusion, taking wrong turns and time delays. The orange arrows weren't always well placed and at some points on the route, another sign (an orange flame) was more visible and helpful. Overall though, the organisation of the cycling route was good and the back up (emergency contact numbers) were proficient, expedient and helpful. I think reference to the Slovenian/Croatian border should have been highlighted in bold in the direction book, as one needed a passport to enter into Croatia and if you didn't know this it may have been packed in the luggage. I feel this was left to being assumed, but should be HIGHLIGHTED because of its importance. Also, I think the option (and description and maybe advantages) of hiring an e-bike should be advertised quite specifically as this is a definite advantage to a, say casual cyclist, or someone who is not so fit or to the older cyclist.


George, South Africa


First but not our last cycling tour


The bycicles are good and the navigation excellent. Of course you get lost sometimes but that is a part of the excitment. I and my husband have travelled a lot but never done a cycling tour before and this is deffenately not our last. Everthing is well organized, the hotels great anf we just loved all of it :) The landscape and the changing of it when entering Slovenia and Croatia is so beautiful and all the small villages and friendly people greating you. Nice food and everywhere good service and nice people. We would love to do it again and of course more cycling tours.

Edda the traveller



Venice to Poreč

4.7 7


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