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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
The trip ends after breakfast, you can choose to return to Venice by boat or fly from Pula.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can start only on Wednesdays or Saturdays, 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
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GPS tracks are available on request.
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