Venice to Poreč8 Days & 7 Nights 4.7 Read 7 reviews
- Discover Venice, the most romantic of cities
- Explore fishing communities on the Venetian lagoon
- Stylish and cosmopolitan Trieste, the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s gateway to the sea
- Wander the city of Poreč; a historical melting pot on the Istrian coast
- Take in the coastal scenery of the Northern Adriatic
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.
Inn to Inn Cycling | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
Solo Travellers, Avid Adventurers
Ideal if you have an interest in:
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Grade & 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. The terrain is 92% asphalt and 8% unpaved.
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.
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.
- 7 nights hotel accommodation in 3* hotels and sometimes 4* hotels
- 7 Breakfasts
- Welcome briefing in English
- Baggage transfers
- Detailed route descriptions and maps
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support
- Ferry transfer on day 2 (bike not included, approx. 4EUR)
- Travel to Venice / from Poreč
- Local tourist taxes
- Train transfers: Portogruaro–Latisana (approx. 10 min, 6 € per person); Monfalcone–Trieste (approx. 25 min, 7 € per person)
- Bike hire
- Travel insurance (required)
- Bike helmet
- Bike hire
- Electric bike hire
- Helmet hire
- Istria to Venice ferry boat / transfer
- Additional nights
When To Go
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.
Getting to the Start
Venice is served by many airports in northern Italy: Venice (VCE), Treviso (TSF), Verona (VRN). You can connect to Mestre by bus or train, we recommend the travel website Rome2Rio to assist with your travel planning.
Getting from the End
The easiest way to return from Porec to Venice is by ferry, which takes approximately 2.5 hours and costs around €60 to €80. We can make this reservation for you. If you wish to depart from closer to Porec, Pula airport is about 50 km from Porec and there are also bus connections to Trieste airport.
Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
Rental Bikes (not included): 27-gear Shimano Deore unisex bikes. Tyres are puncture-proof, and bikes are 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 pair). It is also possible to bring your own bike if you prefer. E-bike hire is available subject to availabilit. Please note helmet hire is not included, but is available at a small charge, we recommend you bring your own helmet as this will likely be more comfortable.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
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.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this area is extremely popular. Please note you can start this holiday on any day of the week.
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).
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.
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.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in 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.
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
Ascent/descent: no elevation gain
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
Ascent/descent: no elevation gain
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
Ascent/descent: 30m ascent
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: 50-70 km
Ascent/descent: 420m ascent
This morning you cross over into Slovenia, cycling mainly along cycle paths through famous holiday resorts such as Koper, first for a long period a 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.
Ascent/descent: 470m ascent
Cycling southwards, you pass through the salt mines of Secovlje, an ornithologists 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 Porec nestled in the blue Adriatic. The 6th century Eufrasian Basilica is one of Europes 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.
Ascent/descent: 470m ascent
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast when you'll begin your onward journey, home or onto another adventure. You can depart from Pula airport (50 km from Porec) or return to Venice by boat, approximately 2.5 hours.
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