Italy / Slovenia / Croatia : Veneto

Adriatic Coast - Venice to Poreč Ride

Trip code: C07VP

Self-guided cycling

7 nights,

Level: 2

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  • Fishing villages and crystal-clear coastlines
  • Explore Venice's iconic landmarks, Rialto Bridge and Doge's Palace
  • Indulge in Istrian cuisine, fresh seafood, truffles and wines
  • Cycle Italy, Slovenia and Croatia


  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Bike fitting at the start of your holiday
  • Navigation app
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Boat ticket on day 4


Begin your journey exploring the 'The Floating City', wander the enchanting alleyways of Venice and enjoy an aperitivo in St Mark's Square. Your week's adventure takes you through the captivating regions of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. This unforgettable journey promises a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural splendour.

Embark on the initial part of your cycling adventure along the Venetian coastline, where you'll find plenty of chances to take a dip along the 15km expanse of golden shoreline. As you venture further into Friuli Venezia Giulia, treat yourself to the region's famous aromatic white wines, such as the much-loved Pinot Grigio. Amidst the picturesque landscape, encounter medieval fortress towns and uncover Roman archaeological excavations before beginning the second leg of your journey along rocky caverns above the Gulf of Trieste.

As you conclude your journey, pedal into Slovenia and down to Croatia until you arrive at your final destination, Poreč. Here, the beauty of Istria beckons with its historic allure, stunning beaches, and delectable cuisine.

Staying at 3* accommodations just a stone's throw from bustling, central piazze, you will have an array of dining choices, ranging from traditional Italian pizza to squid ink risotto and hearty yet flavoursome goulash.


Routes are mostly flat, with only a few short climbs and riding on secondary roads with low traffic or paved bike paths.




Day 1: Arrive in Venice/Mestre

Begin your Italian escapade, where the allure of Venice awaits. Cross the iconic Rialto Bridge, an architectural masterpiece that has stood the test of time, offering breathtaking views of the Grand Canal and bustling activity below. As the day unfolds, take a moment to relax and enjoy a coffee in one of the many delightful piazzas scattered throughout Venice.

You stay at Selected hotels.

hotel details

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Hotels , Venice to Poreč

You will stay in a selection of 3 and 4 star hotels. The hotels are chosen for their facilities and proximity to local sites as well as their welcoming hospitality. Each room has its own en-suite facilities.

Breakfasts are included and usually consist of a continental style spread along with a buffet.

We can book additional accommodation in Venice Mestre or Poreč (subject to availability). Please notify us at the time of booking and we will provide up-to-date prices.

Day 2: Mestre to Jesolo - 30km or an optional 80km

Take a local ferry across the lagoon and enjoy the stunning views of Venice as you pass through the Grand Canal on your way to Punta Sabbioni. Continue your cycle along the golden beaches, passing endless fishing boats, cafes and restaurants with ample opportunities to take a dip in the cool water.

For a longer cycle take the alternative route beside the tranquil river Sile and pass the ruins of Torre Caligo, an ancient fort once used as a toll station for those wishing to enter the lagoon.

Both routes will lead you to Jesolo renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches that stretch for 15km along the coastline.

Cycle Option 1 - Take a boat across the lagoon to Punta Sabbioni and cycle from Punta Sabbioni to Jesolo (30km). Ferry ticket not included
Cycle Option 2 - Cycle from Mestre to Jesolo (80km).

Day 3: Jesolo via Caorle to Portogruaro - 62km

Bid farewell to the Venetian fishing villages and journey towards inland Veneto with the majestic Julian Alps on the horizon. On the way make sure to visit Caorle a traditional Italian fishing village with a charming historic centre, picturesque lighthouse and 'Casoni' - ancient fishermen's houses made with reeds and wood.

Arrive at Portogruaro, once a bustling river port, now a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Its abundance of Gothic-style palaces has earned it the nickname 'La Piccola Venezia' or 'The Little Venice'.

Day 4: Portogruaro via Aquileia to Grado - 45km or an optional 65km and 85km

Leaving Veneto behind, journey into the Friuli Venezia Giulia region steeped in history with remnants of former Roman cities, ancient churches and breathtaking views. Begin by descending back to the coast where a short boat ride takes you across the Marano Lagoon. From there, venture to Aquileia, once one of the largest and most prosperous cities of the early Roman Empire. Explore the city's rich history by visiting its many historical sites, perhaps starting with the Basilica, renowned for its impressive mosaic floor or the Roman Forum that was declared a World Heritage Site in 1998.

Your final destination for the day is Grado, a fishing port with a lovely historic centre; why not grab a gelato and explore its pretty medieval quarter?

Cycle Option 1 - Take a short train ride to Latisana, a boat ride across the lagoon and cycle from the marina to Grado (45km).
Cycle Option 2 - Cycle Portogruaro to Marano Lagunare, a boat across the lagoon and cycle from the marina to Grado (65km).
Cycle Option 3 - Cycle the entire route from Portogruaro to Grado with no other transport (85km).

Day 5: Grado to Trieste - 40km or an optional 80km

Today's itinerary brings you to Trieste, the capital of the region and a significant port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the past. Your cycling route will showcase a dramatic change in landscape, from rocky caverns to the shimmering coastline.

Following the coastal roads, you'll pass through Duino and Sistiana, with a must-stop visit at Castello Miramare, the former cherished residence of Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg. After a day of exploration, immerse yourself in the cafe culture of Trieste, following in the footsteps of James Joyce. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere in one of the many spots in Piazza Unita.

Cycle Option 1 - Cycle from Grado to Monfalcone and take a train from Monfalcone to Trieste (40km).
Cycle Option 2 - Cycle the entire route Grado to Trieste (80km).

Day 6: Trieste to Piran/Portorož- 35km or an optional 65km

Leaving the beautiful Italian coastline behind, pedal your way into Slovenia and follow scenic cycle paths to the historic seaside resort of Koper. Climb the Bell Tower in Tito Square for amazing views over Koper before recharging your batteries in one of the numerous restaurants around the marina.

Continue your journey along the Adriatic coast, making a brief stop at Izola, a delightful old fishing village. Visit the marine museum to delve into Izola's fascinating heritage, before continuing to Piran, renowned as the most beautiful city along the Slovenian Coast. Explore the vibrant Tartini Square adjacent to the picturesque port, and discover its ancient city walls boasting wonderful views as far as Trieste.

Cycle Option 1 - Take a boat from Trieste to Muggia, and cycle from Muggia to Piran/Portoroz (35km).
Cycle Option 2 - Cycle from Trieste to Piran/Portoroz (65km).

Day 7: Piran/Portorož to Poreč- 70km

Begin your morning with a scenic route along the coastline, circling the Secovlje Salina Nature Park, where age-old salt harvesting methods are still used. Crossing into Croatia your route undulates its way through the countryside, past pretty villages, to your final destination, the beautiful coastal town of Poreč, known for its stunning beaches, rich history, and well-preserved Roman architecture. As evening falls, indulge in a wide range of culinary delights in local taverns, konobas, and restaurants.

Day 8: Leave Poreč

Depart from the hotel after breakfast.



These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $279.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from $279.


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Great service although the phone lines were not that great which was a bit frustrating for both sides

17 Nov 2023

Service and help from the agent, Helen, was excellent. Everything was made very clear with helpful suggestions over flight alternatives to enable me to get what I needed.
A little disappointed with the e-mail information that was sent as it laclked any mention of the luggage allowance that was included and whether I would to pay anything extra to get what I wanted.

Ian Richards, 17 Nov 2023

Prompt contact and delivery of service. Friendly and accommodating.
Andrew reassured us when going through the details, offered support if ever we should need it.

12 Nov 2023

Very helpful and patient

11 Nov 2023

Self-guided cycling

7 nights,

Level: 2

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