Individual arrival in Mestre (the mainland of Venice).
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 swim 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 period of the "Serenissima Republic of Venice", which is still impressive even today with its glorious "Palazzi" or "palaces".
The trip can be shortened of 20 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 of 30 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 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 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 period a Venetian and then Austrian town, and Piran, 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.
Cycling southwards, you will pass through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large Slovenian town which is a key area as regards ornithology. Somes 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 Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 1997.
After breakfast, end of services. Pssibility to book extra nights in Porec or return to Venice by boat (option).
Citybikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women's or men's models. At the moment of booking, you can choose from the following bikes:
City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
City bike 7-gear Shimano Nexus with back-pedal brake
Racing bike 27-gear Shimano Tiagra
comfort gel saddle
anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
1 cycle computer
1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
a water bottle (0.75 l)
1 repair kit per room (which includes 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers)
1 combination bike lock
Accommodation and meals
We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites. The hotels of this tour are:
Category A: 3* hotels (sometimes a few 4* hotels)
All rooms have en suite facilities. There may be some cases of accommodation without air conditioning.
This is a very popular area for tourism so we have a range of hotels that we use. On some days this may alter the distances you cycle and the towns you sleep in. However, the route notes give full descriptions of all the routes and where a route may be longer or shorter on one day, the distance will be adjusted the following day so you will still cover the same route.
When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
- double room is a room with one double bed
- twin room is a room with two single beds
- triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway
Mestre is connected with the following airports:
Venezia: 10, Treviso: 35, Verona 120 Km, Trieste 120.
In Mestre you will meet our representative who:
- will present you the tour
- will deliver you the bikes
- will be at your disposal (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.
The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.
For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
- office +39 0444 330724 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
- emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
|Self Guided / per person|
|Hybrid bike rental||€125|
|Extra Nights Available / shared||y|
|Extra Nights Available / single||y|