Venice to Poreč
Three countries in one week between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. The history of the ancient Republic of Venice, the so called “Serenissima” Republic, provides the background to the entire trip.
From the wonderful Venice, you will cycle through the beaches on the coastline up to the plain of Friuli and then continue with the fascinating town of Trieste, finishing with the beautiful Istrian coast, a sight which is truly to be treasured.
From £1185.00 P/P
Individual arrival in Mestre (the mainland of Venice). The city of Venice will captivate you with its splendour, acknowledged worldwide.
After a few kilometres by bike, you take the ferry and then the vaporetto, passing in front of Piazza San Marco. Then you will reach Punta Sabbioni, the furthest south area of the Adriatic coast, which is north of Venice. From here you cycle along the stunning seacoast, with various opportunities for a refreshing bath in the sea. The overnight will be in one of the places along this famous coastline.
Leaving the sea behind you, you will head north towards the Julian Alps. 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). Afterwards you will go to the town of Portogruaro, one of the main centres in the times of the “Serenissima Republic of Venice”, which is impressive even today with its glorious “Palazzi” or “palaces”.
The trip can be shortened by 20 km by taking a train from Portogruaro to Latisana. 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.
The trip can be shortened by 30 km by taking a train at the end of the stage from Monfalcone 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 characteristic bay and Miramare with its famous white castle built according to the wishes of Maximilian 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 as regards attractions and history.
After a few kilometres you will cross over into Slovenia, often cycling along cycle paths through famous holiday resorts such as Koper, first for a long time a Venetian and then Austrian town, and Piran, another important centre 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.
Cycling southwards, you will pass through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large Slovenian town with a humid environment, which is a key area as regards ornithology. Some kms later you will cross the Croatian border down along Istria, the Adriatic sea’s largest peninsula. In the end you will reach Porec, the tourism capital of Croatia, with its Eufrasian Basilica, which was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.
After breakfast, end of services. Possibility to return to Venice by boat.
You will ride the first three stages along flat roads, across the Veneto and Friuli plain, and the last three on slightly hillier sections. Easy to Moderate: some days flat, others with some hills. Suitable for everyone with some cycling experience.
Route Map (For guidance only):
Routes maybe subject to change or alteration. All route notes, maps and day-by-day information will be given to you upon arrival at the first hotel or at the welcome meeting. GPS/GPX Files are available for most our the cycling holidays we offer. Please ask us for details.
Total distance cycled: 370 km
The Venice to Porec cycling holiday includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and local support if required.
Included Services (Subject to confirmation)
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Standard Bike Hire
- Breakfast buffet
- Welcome briefing in English
- Travel guide, Maps, Roadbook
- Luggage transportation
- Ferry transfer on day 2 (bike not included). Except departure of 20.07.2019, when the ferry boat transfer will be replaced by a private transfer.
- Hotline service
- Flights to/from the start and finish
- Evening meals (unless stated)
- Local daily taxes (Payable at the hotel)
- E Bike Hire (Optional extra)
- Water Bottles
- Travel Insurance
- Bike Insurance (unless stated)
- Welcome Meetings (unless stated)
- Transfers (unless included)
We have put a calendar of events together that will provide you with some inspiration of what you can expect on your holiday, and when the best time to jet off is. Now’s your chance to travel further than you can by foot and be part of a memorable and exciting two-wheel journey with us.