Venice… The starting point of this bike and hotel tour; a fascinating lagoon city often praised as the place of desire, „La Serenissima“ was known as one of the most important European sea-and trading powers of the 18th century.
Over the course of the week you will cycle to the foothills of the Julian Alps and through vast fertile plain lands rich in water, while also being able to enjoy the Adriatic coast and the beautiful sea.
As you approach the Istrian peninsula, the landscape becomes hilly and you are amidst small artist’s villages, deep valleys and vineyards.
A careful selection of *** and **** Hotels all ensure that you can begin the cycling tours rested and fresh and full of strength! And not to worry, as our reliable transport driver will be taking your luggage from hotel to hotel while you’re cycling.
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|Culture: the fascinating lagoon city of Venice & Aquilea with its roman heritage|
|Nature: the salt flats of Secovlje are the largest wetlands of Slovenia|
|Activity: a ride with “gondola” through the canal maze of Venice|
|Gastronomy: try regional specialities with italian pasta|
1st Day Arrival in Mestre
Individual arrival to Mestre, a part of Venice located on the mainland. After checking into your hotel you have enough time to explore the lagoon city with its numerous canals, cultural squares and cosy cafes. You might allow yourself a ride in one of the famous gondolas, winding their way through the maze of the canals, or the luxury of drinking a cappuccino on the marketplace square.
2nd Day Mestre – Jesolo/Caorle (aprx. 25/40 mi. or 40/65 km)
Youtake the ferry boat to Venice passing the square of St. Marcus and on to Punta Sabbioni, which is located on a peninsula opposite to Venice. Now it is time to take your bike along the coast to Caorle, often called „Little Venice“, or continue cycling to the famous swimming beach of Jesolo. The bicycle tour offers beautiful views and beaches invite you for refreshing swim stops.
3rd Day Jesolo/Caorle – Portogruaro (aprx. 38/25 mi. or 60/40 km)
Today you leave the ocean behind and cycle northwards in the direction of the foothills of the Julian Alps. You cross landscapes rich in water in the form of rivers, lakes and connective canals. Today’s overnight-stay is in Portogruaro, once a major river port in times of the Republic of Venice. The old town of Portogruaro, characterized by the Venetian Gothic era, is almost completely intact and well worth an evening stroll.
4th Day Portogruaro – Palmanove/Aquileia (aprx. 40/43 mi. or 60/70 km)
Depending on your mood you have the possibility to shorten today’s tour by taking a train from Portogruaro to Latisana (12 mi./20 km). The tour leads you along the border between the regions of Veneto and Friuli, through historical landscapes, past rivers, canals and ancient Roman towns. The night can either be spent in in Aquileia with its lovely Roman heritage, or in Palmanova, also known as the „Star City “, due to its geometric construction.
5th Day Palmanova/Aquileia – Trieste (aprx. 43/31 mi. or 70/50 km)
Today you cross the river Isonzo by bike, previously the setting of several major battles during the First World War. In the afternoon you head in the direction of the sea, where you have various possibilities to take a short break: Duino, with its two castles, or, Sistiana, with its characteristic bay, are two of many possibilities. Again you have the opportunity to shorten the route from Monfalcone to Trieste by train (30 km/19 mi.). Here, in the old harbour of The Hapsburgs Empire, you have the chance to partake on an extensive city tour.
6th Day Trieste – Piran – Portorož (aprx. 28 mi./45 km)
After only a few kilometres you leave Italy and cross the border to Slovenia. You cycle through well-known villages such as Koper and Piran, famous in Slovenia for its Venetian characterised old town. Shortly before the Croatian border you reach today’s destination: Portorož, most accurately described as the capital of Slovenian tourism.
7th Day Portorož – Poreč (aprx. 34 mi./55 km)
Your tour takes you through the salt flats of Secovlje, southwards, and before long you cross the border to Croatia and reach Istria; the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. Over hill and dale, passing small villages and coastal artists towns, you continue to draw closer to your final destination; Poreč. Here you encounter the Euphrasian Basilica, a World Heritage Site, whose visit should not be missed.
8th Day Poreč (Departure)
The journey ends after breakfast in your hotel. You have the opportunity to extend your stay in Poreč or return to Venice by ship or transfer bus.
Those choosing to rent a hybrid bike will receive a reliable, low maintenance, aluminum frame bike in the suitable size. Our hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. All components are selected based on our twenty years of experience in bike tourism, insuring that they fulfill the necessary criteria to provide the rider with an uncompromised cycle experience. These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 80 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.
Clients who wish to be supported by a tail-wind and seek to hire an e-bike will receive a high-quality pedelec, powered mainly by a Bosch motor capable of covering long distances, and characterized by their light weight and great components. Alternative drive systems may also be used. Standard components of our e-bikes in varying frame sizes include, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. With our e-bikes you will conquer the hills with a smile, they are a true declaration of independence for all who wish to cycle and seek the support of a little push. These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 160 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.
Basic tour price per person (double room occupancy)
Season 1: 06.04. and 28.09.2019 – 590 euro
Season 2: 07.04. – 17.05. & 14.09. – 27.09.2019 – 690 euro
Season 3: 18.05. – 13.07. & 17.08. – 13.09.2019 – 740 euro
This tour can be started on Saturday’s or Sunday’s during the given period of time.
Special departure dates for at least 5 people.
Saturday: 06.04. – 13.07.2019 & 17.08. – 28.09.2019
Sunday: 12.05. – 07.07.2017 & 01.09. – 22.09.2019
• 8-day hotel journey
• 7 nights hotel accommodation in double room incl. breakfast
• Welcome briefing in English
• Route descriptions & maps
• Hotline service
• Luggage service from hotel to hotel
• Ferry transfer on 2nd day (bike not included)
Additional optional services (on request)
• Single occupancy supplement: 230 euro/week
• Rental bikes: Hybrid bike: 80 euro/week or E-bike: 190 euro/week
• Rental helmet: 15 euro/week
• Return transfer Poreč – Venice by boat: approx. 65 – 85 euro/person (+ 10 euro/bike), depending on the season. If the ferry boat is not available the service will be replaced by a private transfer.
• Additional nights in Venice: as of 90 euro/person in a double room; as of 150 euro in a single room
• Additional nights in Mestre or Poreč: Mestre as of 90 euro/person in a double room; as of 150 euro in a single room / Poreč as of 65 euro/person in a double room; as of 90 euro in a single room
• 3 or 4 people sharing a room
Not included in the basic tour price
• Journey to Venice
• Transfer from Venice to Mestre in case of traveling with own bikes
• Local tax: aprx. 10 – 15 euro/person
• Entrance fee for sights
• Individually lunch & dinner as well as beverages
• Tip for Transfer driver
• Optional train transfers: Portogruaro – Latisana and Monfalcone – Trieste