The Lands of the Ancient Republic of Venice Venice
Price : £469
Category :
Self Guided
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 199-212m/320-340km
Tour Code : GL010
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

Venice is known as the city of love, and it certainly doesn’t fall short of romance. Described as one of the most beautiful cities built by man, it is not only known for its art, architecture and culture, but also for its intricate streets and winding canals. Spread over 118 islands, the whole city is an architectural masterpiece of unrivalled beauty that has inspired artists and writers for centuries. The perfect starting point for this tour of the Italian coastline, through Slovenia and into Croatia where you’ll finish in Porec, Croatia’s most popular destination with nearly 2000 years of history under its belt.

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Venice is known as the city of love, and it certainly doesn’t fall short of romance. Described as one of the most beautiful cities built by man, it is not only known for its art, architecture and culture, but also for its intricate streets and winding canals. Spread over 118 islands, the whole city is an architectural masterpiece of unrivalled beauty that has inspired artists and writers for centuries. The perfect starting point for this tour of the Italian coastline, through Slovenia and into Croatia where you’ll finish in Porec, Croatia’s most popular destination with nearly 2000 years of history under its belt.

Following the coastline whilst occasionally jutting back towards the Alps, this route will have you cycling through some of the most picturesque and historic hotspots of the farthest northeastern region of Italy. From Aquileia – an ancient Roman city known for its vast Roman excavations – to Miramare – home to its famous castle, built according to the wishes of Maximilian of Augsburg and situated in a beautiful park more than 20 hectares in size. Crossing into both Slovenia and Croatia you’ll also have a chance to take in the varied cultures and history between these 3 wonderful countries.

Dominated by arresting coastal trails, the tour also sees its historic stopping points interspersed with areas of stunning natural beauty. The lagoons or Valli da Pesca just north of Caorle being just one of the many highlights you’ll encounter on your way to the finish line.

  • Venice – the city of love

  • Aquileia – an ancient Roman city known for its vast Roman excavations

  • Porec – Croatia’s most popular destination with nearly 2000 years of history under its belt;

The Trip

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Itininerary:

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Day 1: Mestre/Venice

Day 2: Mestre – Jesolo/Cairle/SeaCoast: 40/65km

Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle/SeaCoast – Portogruaro: 65/40km

Day 4: Portogruaro – Palmanova/Aquileia: 60/70km

Day 5: Palmanova/Aquileia – Trieste: 70/50km

Day 6: Trieste – Portoroz: 45km

Day 7: Portoroz – Porec: 55km

Day 8: Depart from Porec

Day 1: Mestre/Venice

Arriving in Mestre (mainland Venice), should you find you have the time to explore the islands, the beautiful churches and palaces and the famous Peggy Guggenheim Collection are highly recommended. Take a romantic gondola ride along the canal or simply relax in one of the many coffee shops and soak in the atmosphere for which Venice is loved.

Day 2: Mestre – Jesolo/Cairle/SeaCoast: 40/65km

Leaving Mestre, you’ll cycle a few short kilometres before taking a ferry and vaporetto ride to Punta Sabioni via the Piazza San Marco. From here the days cycle is dominated by stunning coastal views, with various opportunities for a refreshing bath in the Adriatic Sea. Your overnight stay will be along this famously beautiful coastline.

Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle/SeaCoast – Portogruaro: 65/40km

Heading north towards the Julian Alps with the wind and sea behind you, today you’ll pass through a multitude of ‘Valli da pesca’ – stretches of lagoon where extensive fish farming is practiced. Carrying on your journey you’ll arrive in the town of Portogruaro, one of the main centres in the period of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, still a most impressive area with its mesmerising Palazi or Palaces taking centre stage.

Day 4: Portogruaro – Palmanova/Aquileia: 60/70km

Today’s stage is spent between the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, cycling amongst the areas many canals, rivers and ancient Roman towns. The history of these regions is vastly rich, and nowhere is this more evident than the stage’s two possible destinations. Aquileia – known for its many Roman excavations, and Palmanova – for its unique footprint, which from above resembles a 9-pointed star and is referred to as ‘The Starry City’. The stage can be reduced by 20km by taking a train from Portogruaro to Latisana.

Day 5: Palmanova/Aquileia – Trieste: 70/50km

Heading back towards the sea, the gulf of Trieste awaits you as you pass through many grand and historic points of interest. The characteristic bay of Sistiana, and the famous castle at Miramare – built to the wishes of Miximilian of Augsburg and situated in a beautiful park more than 20 hectares in size – just two possible resting points on this fabulous stage, ending along the coast in one of the most underrated destinations in Italy, Trieste. The ancient port of the Asburgic Empire, Trieste is filled with piazze surrounded by inspiring traditional architecture of Italy and is a great place to do some shopping, or wonder the streets taking in some of its many attractions. It is also possible to shorten this stage of the journey by 30km by taking a train at the end of the stage from Monfalcone to Trieste.

Day 6: Trieste – Portoroz: 45km

Cycling further south you’ll soon cross over the border and into Slovenia, mainly riding along well known cycle paths and through famous holiday resorts such as Koper – first a Venetian town before becoming Austrian and then Slovenian – and Piran – an important town ruled for a long time by Venice. Finally, arriving in Portoroz, take the evening to enjoy some of the spa and bathing facilities of which the town is renowned for.

Day 7: Portoroz – Porec: 55km

Leaving Portoroz in the direction of the Croatian border, today you’ll pass through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large, humid town and key area in regards to Slovenian ornithology. After some kilometres you’ll then cross the Croatian border and cycle down along Istria, the Adriatic Sea’s largest peninsula. The home stretch concludes in the tourism capital of Croatia, Porec, where lies the Euphrasian Basicalla, one of the best examples of early Byzantine architecture in the Mediterranean and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8: Depart from Porec

After breakfast your tour officially comes to an end. A boat will take you back to Venice but if you wish to continue your tour of the region, you can combine it with one of the following tours: Venice – Mantova or Bolzano – Verona – Venice. Buon viaagio!

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation

  • Welcome briefing in English

  • Luggage transportation

  • Cycling guide

  • Road-book & maps

  • 7-days emergency hotline service

  • Ferry transfer on day 2 (bike not included, approx. 4 €). Except departure of 16.07, when the ferry boat transfer will be replaced by a private transfer;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Local taxes (approx. €10-15)

  • Train transfer from Monfalcone–Trieste (approx. 25 min, 7 € per person)


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • To be confirmed when booking the tour – transfer Porec-Venice by boat around 7-8 am (approx. 150 min.). Price approx €60-65 per person (+€10 for own bikes), depending on the season

  • Train transfer from Portogruaro–Latisana (approx. 10 min and €6 per person)

  • Train transfer from Monfalcone–Trieste (approx. 25 min and €7 per person)

  • Extra B&B night in Venice

  • Extra B&B night in Mestre

  • Extra B&B night in Porec

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Venice

From Venice airport get a water bus service, shuttle bus or taxi to your hotel (approx 10-15 minutes).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Venice

From Porec get a bus to Trieste, then a train to Venezia Mestre and another bus to Venice airport (approx 3 1/2 hours).

Price : £469
Category :
Self Guided
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 199-212m/320-340km
Tour Code : GL010
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

Venice is known as the city of love, and it certainly doesn’t fall short of romance. Described as one of the most beautiful cities built by man, it is not only known for its art, architecture and culture, but also for its intricate streets and winding canals. Spread over 118 islands, the whole city is an architectural masterpiece of unrivalled beauty that has inspired artists and writers for centuries. The perfect starting point for this tour of the Italian coastline, through Slovenia and into Croatia where you’ll finish in Porec, Croatia’s most popular destination with nearly 2000 years of history under its belt.

Read More

Venice is known as the city of love, and it certainly doesn’t fall short of romance. Described as one of the most beautiful cities built by man, it is not only known for its art, architecture and culture, but also for its intricate streets and winding canals. Spread over 118 islands, the whole city is an architectural masterpiece of unrivalled beauty that has inspired artists and writers for centuries. The perfect starting point for this tour of the Italian coastline, through Slovenia and into Croatia where you’ll finish in Porec, Croatia’s most popular destination with nearly 2000 years of history under its belt.

Following the coastline whilst occasionally jutting back towards the Alps, this route will have you cycling through some of the most picturesque and historic hotspots of the farthest northeastern region of Italy. From Aquileia – an ancient Roman city known for its vast Roman excavations – to Miramare – home to its famous castle, built according to the wishes of Maximilian of Augsburg and situated in a beautiful park more than 20 hectares in size. Crossing into both Slovenia and Croatia you’ll also have a chance to take in the varied cultures and history between these 3 wonderful countries.

Dominated by arresting coastal trails, the tour also sees its historic stopping points interspersed with areas of stunning natural beauty. The lagoons or Valli da Pesca just north of Caorle being just one of the many highlights you’ll encounter on your way to the finish line.

  • Venice – the city of love

  • Aquileia – an ancient Roman city known for its vast Roman excavations

  • Porec – Croatia’s most popular destination with nearly 2000 years of history under its belt;

The Trip

null

Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Mestre/Venice

Day 2: Mestre – Jesolo/Cairle/SeaCoast: 40/65km

Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle/SeaCoast – Portogruaro: 65/40km

Day 4: Portogruaro – Palmanova/Aquileia: 60/70km

Day 5: Palmanova/Aquileia – Trieste: 70/50km

Day 6: Trieste – Portoroz: 45km

Day 7: Portoroz – Porec: 55km

Day 8: Depart from Porec

Day 1: Mestre/Venice

Arriving in Mestre (mainland Venice), should you find you have the time to explore the islands, the beautiful churches and palaces and the famous Peggy Guggenheim Collection are highly recommended. Take a romantic gondola ride along the canal or simply relax in one of the many coffee shops and soak in the atmosphere for which Venice is loved.

Day 2: Mestre – Jesolo/Cairle/SeaCoast: 40/65km

Leaving Mestre, you’ll cycle a few short kilometres before taking a ferry and vaporetto ride to Punta Sabioni via the Piazza San Marco. From here the days cycle is dominated by stunning coastal views, with various opportunities for a refreshing bath in the Adriatic Sea. Your overnight stay will be along this famously beautiful coastline.

Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle/SeaCoast – Portogruaro: 65/40km

Heading north towards the Julian Alps with the wind and sea behind you, today you’ll pass through a multitude of ‘Valli da pesca’ – stretches of lagoon where extensive fish farming is practiced. Carrying on your journey you’ll arrive in the town of Portogruaro, one of the main centres in the period of the Serenissima Republic of Venice, still a most impressive area with its mesmerising Palazi or Palaces taking centre stage.

Day 4: Portogruaro – Palmanova/Aquileia: 60/70km

Today’s stage is spent between the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, cycling amongst the areas many canals, rivers and ancient Roman towns. The history of these regions is vastly rich, and nowhere is this more evident than the stage’s two possible destinations. Aquileia – known for its many Roman excavations, and Palmanova – for its unique footprint, which from above resembles a 9-pointed star and is referred to as ‘The Starry City’. The stage can be reduced by 20km by taking a train from Portogruaro to Latisana.

Day 5: Palmanova/Aquileia – Trieste: 70/50km

Heading back towards the sea, the gulf of Trieste awaits you as you pass through many grand and historic points of interest. The characteristic bay of Sistiana, and the famous castle at Miramare – built to the wishes of Miximilian of Augsburg and situated in a beautiful park more than 20 hectares in size – just two possible resting points on this fabulous stage, ending along the coast in one of the most underrated destinations in Italy, Trieste. The ancient port of the Asburgic Empire, Trieste is filled with piazze surrounded by inspiring traditional architecture of Italy and is a great place to do some shopping, or wonder the streets taking in some of its many attractions. It is also possible to shorten this stage of the journey by 30km by taking a train at the end of the stage from Monfalcone to Trieste.

Day 6: Trieste – Portoroz: 45km

Cycling further south you’ll soon cross over the border and into Slovenia, mainly riding along well known cycle paths and through famous holiday resorts such as Koper – first a Venetian town before becoming Austrian and then Slovenian – and Piran – an important town ruled for a long time by Venice. Finally, arriving in Portoroz, take the evening to enjoy some of the spa and bathing facilities of which the town is renowned for.

Day 7: Portoroz – Porec: 55km

Leaving Portoroz in the direction of the Croatian border, today you’ll pass through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large, humid town and key area in regards to Slovenian ornithology. After some kilometres you’ll then cross the Croatian border and cycle down along Istria, the Adriatic Sea’s largest peninsula. The home stretch concludes in the tourism capital of Croatia, Porec, where lies the Euphrasian Basicalla, one of the best examples of early Byzantine architecture in the Mediterranean and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8: Depart from Porec

After breakfast your tour officially comes to an end. A boat will take you back to Venice but if you wish to continue your tour of the region, you can combine it with one of the following tours: Venice – Mantova or Bolzano – Verona – Venice. Buon viaagio!

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation

  • Welcome briefing in English

  • Luggage transportation

  • Cycling guide

  • Road-book & maps

  • 7-days emergency hotline service

  • Ferry transfer on day 2 (bike not included, approx. 4 €). Except departure of 16.07, when the ferry boat transfer will be replaced by a private transfer;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Local taxes (approx. €10-15)

  • Train transfer from Monfalcone–Trieste (approx. 25 min, 7 € per person)


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • To be confirmed when booking the tour – transfer Porec-Venice by boat around 7-8 am (approx. 150 min.). Price approx €60-65 per person (+€10 for own bikes), depending on the season

  • Train transfer from Portogruaro–Latisana (approx. 10 min and €6 per person)

  • Train transfer from Monfalcone–Trieste (approx. 25 min and €7 per person)

  • Extra B&B night in Venice

  • Extra B&B night in Mestre

  • Extra B&B night in Porec

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Venice

From Venice airport get a water bus service, shuttle bus or taxi to your hotel (approx 10-15 minutes).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Venice

From Porec get a bus to Trieste, then a train to Venezia Mestre and another bus to Venice airport (approx 3 1/2 hours).

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