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From Venice to Porec cycling

From Venice to Porec cycling

From the canals Venice to the Istrian sea

  • The floating city of Venice
  • Nice cycling along coasts and in the green Croatian countryside
  • The Roman ruins of Aquileia 
  • Trieste, the door to Istria, with its Hasburg atmosphere
  • Bathing in the Adriatic sea at Porec with its fascinating historic centre and 6th-century Basilica
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Route

The rides follow mostly well asphalted country lanes and secondary roads with little traffic or a few good dirt roads. Near larger towns, there is more traffic on the roads around 10-15 % of the time.

Arrival: Venice            Finish: Porec

Day 1: Arrival in Venice
Day 2: Ride from Venice (Mestre) to Caorle (79 km, 62 km)
Day 3: Ride from Caorle to Portogruaro (30 km)
Day 4: Train or cycle to Latisana; cycle to Grado via Aquileia (83 km, 96 km )
Day 5: Ride from Grado to Monfalcone and train to Trieste (37 km, 65 km)
Day 6: Boat from Trieste to Muggia and ride from Muggia to Portoroz (36 km)
Day 7: Ride from Portoroz to Porec (60 km)
Day 8: Arrivederci Porec!

Day 1:    Arrival in Venice

 Arrive in Venice. Check in to your hotel in Mestre on the mainland. The 'Republic of the Serenissima' awaits you - from the mainland you can easily reach Venice downtown with public transport and details will be included in the route notes and destination manual. Your bike will be delivered either today or tomorrow morning and you will be required to sign an agreement of care upon receipt of the bike.

 

Day 2:    Ride from Venice (Mestre) to Caorle (79 km, 62 km)

Today you have two cycle route choices. The shorter coastal route is to cycle from Mestre into Venice, then board the ferry and Vaporetto water bus with your bike, crossing the Venetian lagoon to Punta Sabbioni. Here we recommend a quick detour to see the lighthouse at the tip of the headland. Skirting the lagoon you will head northwest along the Litorale di Cavallino, which is a thin strip of land that separates the lagoon from the sea. There are several opportunities at this point to stop off for a swim. Continue cycling along the coast until you reach Caorle with its pretty historic centre and harbour.

Challenge: 79/62 km, 113/180m ascent, 130/180m descent

 

Day 3:    Ride from Caorle to Portogruaro (30 km)

 Say goodbye to the Sea as you head inland towards the Julian Alps, visible in the distance Cycling along waterways and a succession of fields you reach the Renaissance town of Portogruaro, an important inland harbour of the “Serenissima” during the Venetian Republic. Still today it preserves the look and feel of a Venetian city with canals, narrow streets and grand palaces.

Challenge: 30 km, 40m ascent, 40m descent

 

Day 4:    Train or cycle to Latisana; cycle to Grado via Aquileia (83 km, 96 km )

This morning take the train with your bike from Portogruaro to Latisana. If you prefer, you can cycle this section. This adds 20 kilometres to today's total distance. 

From Latisana cycle through beautiful open farmland dotted with old farms and small parish churches to Aquileia, an important city during the Roman Empire with over 100,000 inhabitants at its height. Take your time here to visit the open-air excavations, the two museums and the beautiful mosaics in the church. On the way to Aquileia there is the option to extend the cycling with a detour to visit Palmanova, a small fortified town built during the renaissance period. This town is a national monument due to its characteristic nine-pointed star shape. After exploring Palmanova continue cycling to Aquileia.

From Aquileia cycle to the seaside town of Grado, the final point on today’s ride, to see its fishing port and a nice historic centre. Your accommodation tonight will normally be in Grado, but due to availability may be in Aquileia or Palmanova.

Challenge: 83/96 km, 345/405m ascent, 290/345m descent

 

Day 5:    Ride from Grado to Monfalcone and train to Trieste (37 km, 65 km)

Today’s ride is dedicated to the wild and varied natural habitat of the delta of the River Isonzo a protected wetland area. You skirt the coastline then ride on the river dike before the final stretch into Monfalcone where you take the train to Trieste  

You can extend the ride by cycling to Trieste passing by the villages like Duino, Sistiana, It’s worth visiting the seaside palace of Miramare located above the bay of Grignano surrounded by a beautiful park with more than 2000 different species of plants and a protected marine area. Spend the afternoon and evening soaking in the Habsburg period atmosphere as you wonder through the streets, plazas and coastal promenade of Trieste lined with grand and imposing palaces.

Challenge: 37/65 km, 75/225m ascent, 25/225m descent

 

Day 6:    Boat from Trieste to Muggia and ride from Muggia to Portoroz (36 km)

A short boat ride takes you to Muggia and after a few kilometres following the coastline you ride into Slovenia! Continuing alng the coast you reach the well-known villages of Koper (Capodistria), Izola (Isola d´Istria) and Piran (Pirano) until you reach the well known resort of Portoroz on the Slovenian Riviera.

Challenge: 36 km, 350m ascent, 350m descent 

Day 7:    Ride from Portoroz to Porec (60 km)

Firstly you ride along the coast to the salt lakes of Secovlje, where sea salt is extracted through natural evaporation. Next you cross the border into Croatia where the famous Parenzana route (a disused railway line converted into a gravel cycle path) gently meanders through the Istrian hills to Buje, where a fast descent then takes you back to the coast for a final ride to the bustling medieval seaside town of Porec. Here, the UNESCO heritage Euphrasius Basilica is a sight not to be missed.

Challenge: 60 km, 475m ascent, 475m descent

 

Day 8:    Arrivederci Porec!

 The trip ends after breakfast, you can choose to return to Venice by boat or fly from Pula.

 

accommodation

All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

We choose comfortable 3* and 4* hotels, farmhouses and B&Bs where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.

You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel President (Mestre)
Hotel President (Mestre)

Hotel President is located near the center of Mestre, a 10-minute bus ride from Venice. Furnished in a classic and cared for, offers soundproofed rooms with TV, air conditioning, minibar, free Wi-Fi. Breakfast buffet is appreciated for its quality and quantity. The staff is friendly and helpful.

www.hotelpresidentvenezia.it

Hotel Cleofe (Caorle)
Hotel Cleofe (Caorle)

Hotel Cleofe is in the center of Caorle, a 5-minute walk from the beach. The property offers free bike rental and a terrace with a hot tub, Turkish bath and sun loungers on a private beach. Rooms are furnished in a simple style but particularly appreciated for cleaning, and offer: TV, air conditioning, private bathroom. Breakfast is rich and very good.

www.hotelcleofe.it

Hotel Alla Botte (Portogruaro)
Hotel Alla Botte (Portogruaro)

Hotel Ristorante alle Botte is located 5 minutes’ walk from the center of Portogruaro and only 500m from the nearest train station. The property includes a restaurant serving typical Veneto and Friuli cuisine. There is no lift to reach the rooms on the upper floors. Rooms are furnished in a simple but neat style, are air conditioned and equipped with TV, private bathroom, free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is good but not varied. The staff is friendly and helpful.

www.allabotte.it

Hotel Villa Rosa (Grado)
Hotel Villa Rosa (Grado)

 

Hotel Villa Rosa is located a few steps from the beach and the historic center in a quiet position behind principal hotel, Hotel Diana. Rooms are decorated in a simple way with air-conditioning/heating, TV, free Wi-Fi and a little balcony. Breakfast is savory and sweet, and it's served at Hotel Diana. 

www.hotelvillarosa-grado.it

Hotel Abbazia (Trieste)
Hotel Abbazia (Trieste)

 

Hotel Abbazia is in the center of Florence, a short distance from the city's train station. The property offers temporary art exhibitions, bicycle rental, a bar, and an elevator are available. Room service is available. Rooms are furnished in a classic but not very well maintained and a little 'Spartan, and offer air conditioning, a private bathroom not particularly spacious. Breakfast is normal, the staff is friendly and helpful.

www.hotelabbaziatrieste.it

Hotel Marko (Portoroz)
Hotel Marko (Portoroz)

 

Hotel Marko is in the center of Portorož, close to the promenade and just a few steps from the beach. The structure has a private garden, a restaurant, a good coverage Free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Rooms are classically furnished and equipped with TV, balcony, air conditioning, safe, private bathroom. Breakfast buffet is good and varied, the staff is friendly and helpful.

www.hotel-marko.si

Hotel Flores (Porec)
Hotel Flores (Porec)

Hotel Flores is in Poreč, 400m from the historic center and a few steps from the beach. The structure has an outdoor and indoor pool, restaurant, bar, spa, massage service, some leisure areas. Rooms are modern in style and are spacious. They include a TV, a seating area, a desk, a minibar and a private bathroom. Breakfast buffet is good and varied.

www.hostin.hr/hotel-flores-porec-282

practical info

You can start only on Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays, subject to availability

The closest airport to Venice is Venice Marco Polo airport (VCE).

From Venezia Marco Polo Airport (VCE), get to Venezia Santa Lucia railway station by bus.

On departure, you can

  • leave from Pula airport (PUY). To get there, you need to take a bus from Porec to Pula and then either a bus or a taxi to the airport;
  • leave from Trieste airport (TRS). To get there, you need to take a bus to Trieste Bus station and then another bus to the airport;
  • leave from Venice airport (VCE). To get there, you take a boat from Porec to Venice San Basilio (only one morning ferry ride). From San Basilio, you can either walk or take a taxi to Santa Lucia train station, and then reach the airport by bus.

HYBRID RENTAL BIKES

  • Bike model:     LONGO
  • Bike Type:       HYBRID
  • Frame:             Alluminium 7005 DB- 1450 gr
  • Fork:                Carbon F04 UDC 11/8"
  • Crank:              Shinamo Ultegra 29-39-52
  • Brakelevers:    Shinamo Tiagra
  • Tires:                Vittoria Randonneur, 700x25c
  • Weight:            11 kg
  • Frame sizes:    XS, S, M, L, XL

 

                     

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 7 Nights in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Bike delivery to Mestre, theft insurance and collection from Porec
  • Luggage transfer DAY 2 to DAY 7
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Touristic city taxes
  • Bike rental
  • Travel to Mestre and from Porec
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners not specifically mentioned
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Biek rental with map holder for every 2 bikes, 1 front bag, 1 rear bag, odometer, 1 repair kit, 1 padlock, lights
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfer from airport to Mestre
  • Transfer from Porec to airport
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