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Cycling the Adriatic: Venice to Porec

Cycling the Adriatic: Venice to Porec

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  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From $1235per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2019  
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays from 25 May '19 to 28 Sep '19
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by our sister company, Exodus
  • Route directions and maps
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Route notes and maps
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Upgrade to higher stadard hotels - ask for details
  • E bikes on request subject to availibility
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, swimming opportunities, solo travellers, couples, coastal routes

Italy: Veneto

Cycling the Adriatic: Venice to Porec

  • Cycle through three different countries
  • Visit the stunning city of Venice
  • Follow the idyllic Istrian Peninsula
  • 6 days cycling with luggage transfers
  • 92% paved roads, 8% unpaved
  • Gentle undulations throughout

Following the northernmost tip of the Mediterranean, this self-guided cycle ride takes you through three countries in one week! Starting in Venice, the route heads eastwards, hugging the beautiful golden beaches of the Adriatic coast. Heading into the region of Friuli, you will pass sleepy fishing communes and the fascinating star-shaped city of Palmanova before turning south. Crossing the borders of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, it is hard to find a more fascinating concentration of culture anywhere else along the Adriatic.


In Veneto, Friuli and the Adriatic Coast in Slovenia and Croatia the temperatures are cool/mild in spring and autumn and warm/humid in summer, with potential summer storms. You can find more information on the weather in Veneto on www.arpa.veneto.it, and on the climate in Friuli at www.osmer.fvg.it). In Istria, and in general on the Adriatic Coast, the climate is milder in winter and always breezy because of the sea currents.

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Day-by-day itinerary

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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Arrive Mestre

Your trip begins at your hotel in Mestre (the mainland of Venice). At around 6pm a representative will deliver the hire bikes to the hotel and go through the details of the trip. It is important to attend this as it will be your opportunity to check the bikes are all set up correctly and also to go over any questions you have about the route.If you haven't already received your documents before departure you will find a welcome pack at your first hotel. At this point it is important to just check through all your documents and ask the representatives if you have any questions. If you cannot make this briefing, you will find your welcome pack at reception and your bike in the garage.

If you have arrived early enough, it is very easy to catch the bus to Venice (approx. 15min). Venice, also known as the 'floating city', needs little introduction. If you have time, make sure you visit the Basilica of San Marco and Doge's palace. We can help you book pre or post-tour accommodation should you wish to take more time to explore this wonderful city; if you can take the time this is something we would strongly recommend either before or after your trip.

Day 2: To Caorle 65km/40mi

Today is the first full day of cycling. Ride across the Ponte della Liberta, the bridge which connects Venice to the mainland and arrive at the ferry port which will take you to Punta Sabbioni to start the main part of today's ride. The ferry passes in front of the Piazza San Marco and gives a great view of Venice from the water - have your camera ready. From Punta Sabbioni you cycle towards Caorle. The first section of the ride is through pretty wetland, following canals which will then lead you back to the Adriatic Coast. On this last section of the ride there are many opportunities stop off for a dip in the sea. Caorle is a beautiful town with a historic centre made up of little houses painted in various colours and a cathedral with a curious cyclindrical bell tower. In high season the hotels get very busy so we have alternative hotel options for this evening: please check your hotel list to make sure you follow the instructions to the correct hotel. In some instances you may be staying in Jesolo, which will make your total distance 45km today (and will add the remainder to your journey tomorrow morning). In this area we use hotels on the coast and also in the town itself; if you are staying on the coast you will be able to take advantage of the beaches and you will cycle through Caorle town tomorrow morning so you will not miss out visiting this pretty town.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3: To Portogruaro 65km/40mi

Leaving Jesolo/Caorle the route heads north away from the Adriatic coast, following cycleways and quiet roads. You will pass numerous Valli da Pesca, which are stretches of lagoon that are enclosed by dykes for the use of fish farming. Along these lagoons you can also spot the famous Casoni constructions that are unique to this area. Made from cane these structures used to house families during the war but today are a favourite spot for fishermen. Your stop for this evening is in the impressive town of Portogruaro, a once dominant feature of the Serenissima republic of Venice. It is a lovely town, full of character with a leaning bell tower and watermills along the river which runs right through the town centre. The ride today is quite flat so you may find that you get through the distance quite quickly, if so you can then enjoy a relaxing drink in the town square or next to the river.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4: To Palmanova 70km/27mi

Most of the journey today is spent in the midst of the plains of the eastern border between the region of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. This area is particularly recognised for its abundant waterways, canals, rivers and ancient Roman towns. Depending on availability, your stop for the night will either be in Aquileia or Palmanova. Each of the towns are as fascinating as the other, and if you are staying in Aquileia then the route gives you the option to extend your journey and visit Palmanova so you don't miss out. Alternatively, you can shorten the ride and not visit Palmanova: the notes give directions for both options. Again the riding is flat so you have plenty of time to fit in the longer route without rushing around. Aquileia famed for its many Roman excavations and has a beautiful church at its centre with an incredibly well preserved mosaic covering the floor. Palmanova is aptly named the 'starry city' due to the shape of the city resembling a 9-pointed star from the air. It is a remarkable structure and the town Piazza is a wonderful place to enjoy a drink in the sun.

If you are staying in Palmanova, your cycling distance will be shorter today, but you will cover the distance to Aquileia in the morning, which will also give you the opportunity to look in the church.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5: To Trieste 70km/43mi

Today's ride begins with a highly recommended option to visit the lagoon port of Grado, reached by a long causeway. Beyond Grado another option is to visit the Valle Cavanata nature reserve, where the cycleway is right next to the sea.

You then cross the river Isonzo, which holds huge historical significance as it was the setting for the infamous '12 battles of Isonzo' during the First World War. From here you head towards the sea once again, and on to the Gulf of Trieste. Before reaching Trieste itself there are numerous places to visit on the way such as Duino with its two castles, Sistiana with its fantastic bay and Miramare with its famous castle, built according to the wishes of the Hapsburg Emperor Maxmillian. Trieste itself is a vibrant city and has many impressive buildings and piazzas which date from when it was the only port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Be sure to visit the Piazza Unita d'Italia, said to be the largest waterside square in the world.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6: Slovenia 45km/27mi

After seeing more of Trieste in the morning you soon reach your first border, taking you into Slovenia. The cycling today is fantastic, there are some hills but also long stretches right next to the sea. The cycle path is often on the track of the old Parenzana railway which ran from Trieste to Pula. The route takes you through several popular resorts, one of which is Piran. Often described as an 'open-air museum', Piran's mediaeval architecture, rich cultural heritage and narrow streets gives this town its own special charm. It is worth planning some time to stop here so you can have a look around and enjoy its atmosphere. From here you will cycle just a few more kilometres on to Portoroz, which is famous for its spa and bathing facilities, the perfect antidote to a long day's ride. If your accommodation tonight is in Piran you will cycle through Portoroz tomorrow.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7: On to Croatia 55km/34mi

With the Istrian Coast just around the corner, you now head towards Croatia. Before you arrive at the border you will pass the fascinating town of Secovlje. Once a thriving sea salt producing town, Secovlje now relies on tourism as its main source of income as the area of the salt lagoons has now become a nature park, attracting an array of migratory birds. Crossing the border into Croatia you have a climb to the attractivre old town of Buje and then coast down to Novigrad in time for coffee or lunch and to enjoy the holiday atmosphere of this pretty fishing town. The route then crosses a lagoon and climbs a little to Tar before a final downhill to Porec. It is worth aiming to arrive into Porec by early afternoon if you are catching the ferry in the morning as this will give you the chance to wander the narrow streets of the town and visit the UNESCO Euphrasian Basilica with its superb mosaics.

Cycle approx. 55km

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8: Leave Porec

Meals included: breakfast

Cycling Conditions

92% paved roads, 8% unpaved Gentle undulations throughout

This is a self-guided cycling trip for those who like to cycle independently, but with back up to take out the hard work and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)

Average daily distance: 57km (35 miles). Please note that this is the average of the shortest distances, on most days there is the option to extend the rides, and in some instances the location of the hotels will make a difference to the total distance covered on a particular day.

No. of days cycling: 6

Terrain and route:

The terrain on the first 4 days is flat, mostly on quiet roads with some sections on gravel tracks. The last two days through Slovenia and Croatia are more undulating with a couple of challenging climbs. There are some sections where the route has to go on busier roads, but there is nearly always a public transport alternative to avoid this if you prefer.

Vehicle Support

Bags are transported from one hotel to the next by van.

Please note that this trip ends in Porec: if you wish to return to Venice we can arrange this for you. Please see more details in the 'Extra expenses' section of these notes.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes: we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, but on occasion we have to use busier routes. As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes include a emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.


Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. As a guide we have suggested that 14 yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities.



All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.


All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.



Visas are not required by the following nationalities: British and other EU countries, Nationals of Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. Other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities.


No visa required for British passport holders. Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.


Most European nationals, and nationals of Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada do not require a visa for Slovenia. Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.



There are no specific health risks.


There are no specific health risks.


There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad. The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary. For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Hotels , Venice to Porec

You will spend 7 nights in 3 star hotels. These include a variety of tourist-class hotels in cities and charming hotels in the countryside. All rooms have en suite facilities. Some cities charge a tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by the customer at check in or check-out at the hotels. On this trip it is possible to upgrade to a higher category of hotel from £80 - £100 per person, please speak to your sales consultant for more

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

Eating and Drinking

The price includes 7 breakfasts, which are taken in the hotels.

Self-guided routes are perfect for making up picnics and then finding a lovely spot to enjoy your lunch. However, on this trip you will also find lots of cafes in the towns you pass through to enjoy a local lunch. As you are in Italy for much of the ride you will be able to stop for really good coffee in the morning to give you a boost. If you are going to buy things to make your own lunch, be aware that shops often close 12 - 3pm so don't get caught out.

This tour passes through different regions and three different states, so you will find a wide variety of dishes. However, fish will feature highly on many of the menus due to your proximity to the sea. On the coast you will find Italian 'sardine in saor' (sardines cooked in onions), and several dishes with mussels and clams. In Slovenia and Croatia there are the famous cevapcici (small spicy meatballs) and 'buzara' prawns. Do not miss the famous zaeti (cornmeal biscuits with raisins) and in Croatia the palacinche (sweet crepes). All served with good wines such as Prosecco or Teroldego.


Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com to arrange flights and connecting transfers to your hotel.


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Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

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This 7 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels

All breakfasts

Management by our sister company, Exodus

Route directions and maps

High quality bikes

Luggage transfers between hotels

Route notes and maps

How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed by our sister company, Exodus.

Selected Saturdays from 25th May 2019 to 28th Sep 2019, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

All breakfasts

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