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