Venice to Porec By Bike
- 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
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Mestre, Venice
Arrive 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 to allow plenty of time to explore.
This modern hotel offers a comfortable stay in an ideal location, close to the airports as well as Mestre city centre, and Venice Island. There is a restaurant serving local Italian specialties, bar area for you to relax upon arrival, and a fitness room. Bedrooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi access, minibar, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and air conditioning.
Surrounded by a large park and garden, this upscale hotel with marble floors was formerly a family villa. It has a sun terrace, coffee shop, bar, and restaurant. Bedrooms are equipped with a TV, free W-Fi access, parquet flooring, minibar, safe and hairdryer.
After taking delivery of the bikes this morning, it's time to leave Mestre to cycle the first few kilometres, to Tronchetto Island before taking 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, located to the north of Venice.
From here, it’s a wonderful easy, flat cycle north eastwards along the beaches of the Adriatic coast. There are numerous opportunities to relax and swim, so be sure to pack swim gear and a picnic lunch. Staying overnight in one of the many characterful small towns along this famous coastline, depending on availability.
Located in a peaceful, secluded area just 150 metres from the beach with views out over the striking Adriatic Coast. Caorle town centre is just a quick bike ride away for an evening exploration. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, large sun deck, café/bar, restaurant, and massage room (treatments are at an additional charge and pre-booking is recommended).
This morning the route heads north towards the Julian Alps, leaving the sea behind. Travelling along quiet country roads, 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).
The 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”.
Located in the historic centre of Portogruaro. It has comfortable rooms with wooden floors, a modern bathroom and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has its own restaurant serving specialities from the Veneto region.
There's the option to reduce today’s stage by 20 kms by taking a train from Portogruaro to Latisana and beginning the cycle from there.
Spending the day cycling through the countryside 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.
If staying in Aquileia this evening there is the option of taking a further loop cycle to visit Palmanova. If staying in Palmanova, then todays cycling distance is slightly longer: 75.5 kms / 47 mi.
This historic hotel is just 200 yards from the Cathedral of Aquileia with views of the basilica and tower. The restaurant features traditional Friulian dishes and has a large selection of local wines. Bedrooms are decorated in a traditional style and equipped with a TV, minbar and free Wi-Fi access.
Heading once again towards the sea: the gulf of Trieste awaits. There are many interesting 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. Trieste, the ancient port of the Asburgic Empire, has much to offer in the way of attractions.
The cycling route can be reduced of 30 kms by taking a train towards the end of the stage from Monfalcone to Trieste.
If beginning from Palmanova this morning, then todays cycling distance is longer: 73.6 kms / 45.7 mi.
A stylish hotel in the centre of Trieste, offering a warm welcome to walkers and cyclists. The comfortable en suite rooms are equipped with air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer, safe, and free Wi-Fi access. They have a bar and breakfast room.
Crossing over into Slovenia this morning. Cycling mainly along cycle paths through famous holiday resorts such as Koper, which for a long period was a Venetian town and then Austrian before becoming Slovenian. Piran is next, another important town which was ruled over for a long time by Venice. Before finally arriving in Portorož, a town renowned for its spa and bathing facilities.
This bike-friendly hotel is situated in the centre of Portoroz above the seafront. It’s conveniently located for the cycling paths, has an amble bike storage room with charging sockets for e-bikes, and there is even a bike wash and tyre pumping area. There is a restaurant, free Wi-Fi access throughout, fitness room, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a spa (additional charges apply and pre-booking is recommended). Bedrooms are equipped with a balcony, air conditioning, TV, and minibar.
Cycling southwards, passing by the salt mines of Secovlje, an ornithologist’s paradise. A little while later the route crosses the Croatian border into Istria, the Adriatic Sea’s largest peninsula.
The journey comes to an end amongst the red roofs of Poreč nestled next to the cobalt blue Adriatic Sea. 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, there are also many fine beaches here to relax on or take a refreshing dip.
This established hotel in Porec is well placed for exploration, just a short walk from the city centre and the beach. The hotel sits facing the Porec Marina and looking out onto the Adriatic. It has a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms are decorated in a modern style and are equipped with air conditioning, balcony, TV, Wi-Fi access, and safe.
The trip ends after breakfast. Depart from either Pula Airport (50 kms from Poreč) or return to Venice by boat, which takes about 2.5 hours. We can book this at an additional cost if required.
Other InformationIs it for me?
This trip is perfect for you if you like your adventures filled with architecture, history, beautiful towns and cities, great food and wine and great beaches. The cycling is mainly flat for the first three days with some hills on the final three days.
Slower Adventures | Where walking and cycling meet easy-going exploring, our Slower Adventures are the perfect combination. Most days are filled with picturesque journeys with some free time to dive into the destination and experience the people, local food and culture as you go.
Leisure Cycling | Leisure Cycling
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years
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.
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 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.
- 7 nights hotel accommodation in 3 and 4* hotels
- 7 breakfasts
- Baggage transfers
- Detailed information pack, GPS tracks and daily route information with the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support
- Ferry transfer on day 2
- Travel to Venice / from Poreč
- Local tourist taxes
- Train transfers: Portogruaro–Latisana and Monfalcone–Trieste
- Bike hire / Electric bike hire
- Travel insurance (required)
- Bike helmet
- Bike hire / Electric bike hire
- Bike helmet
- Istria to Venice ferry boat / transfer
- Additional nights
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. Please note that no departures are possible between 19th July and 21st Aug.
Departures for groups of over 5 cyclists are possible on a request basis, depending on availability, on Sundays during the season please contact us for details.
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.
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.
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