Bolzano to Venice and on to Porec

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Visiting: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia

Hotel & Bike

14 nights from £1031 to £1844pp
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Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Comfort, Superior i
Code IT011E
Good For Coasts and Islands, Multi-Country
Distance 385mi/620km
Runs Apr - Sep
Departs Saturday
Fly to Verona !
Return from Venice

Overview

What to expect

During the first week of this exciting tour you will cycle from the mountain city of Bolzano to Venice's famous canals and bridges via the glistening shores of Lake Garda. Touring through Veneto’s green landscapes, you’ll bike along riverside paths, picturesque tracks and quiet country roads with a backdrop of mountain peaks. Cooling off in Lake Garda’s clear waters makes a welcome halfway treat and taking a break in Verona to see the pink-hued streets and Roman Arena is very enjoyable.

On your second week, cycle from the islands of Venice, where you can experience a Vaporetto ride, and ride across green plains towards the Julian Alps. Cycle pass blue lagoons and sparkling rivers, Roman towns and historic fishing huts, plus one of Northern Italy’s most important archaeological ruins. Slovenia’s top beach resorts, historic salt mines and wildlife-rich wetlands are something to look forward to towards the end of the tour and the Croatian town of Porec is a lively place to finish.

  • 2 for 1 hybrid bike hire  - discount applied when we confirm your tour
  • World heritage architecture, grand piazzas and vaporettos in Venice
  • Glistening waters of Lake Garda and therapeutic thermal springs
  • Golden beaches, historic salt mines and holiday hotspots in Slovenia

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Bolzano

    Explore the bilingual streets of Bolzano and experience the unique blend of Italian and Austrian cultures in the city's medieval centre.

  • Day 2: Bolzano - Trento 40/44 miles (65/70km)

    Ride through vineyards and sprawling orchards along the banks of the Adige River, passing typical South Tyrol villages. Visit the sophisticated city of Trento and see ancient palaces, frescoed facades and the church of Santa Maria Maggiore.

    There is the possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train today.

  • Day 3: Trento - Peschiera/Desenzano 31 miles (50km)

    Pedal through the ancient fortress city of Roverto and visit the popular tourist town of Riva on the north shore of Lake Garda. Relax by the lakeside before cruising across to the southern shore by ferry.

  • Day 4: Peschiera/Desenzano - Verona 22/38 miles (35/60 km)

    Cycle through green vineyards to the stunning city of Verona and step inside the Roman Arena, Juliet's House and the Church of San Zeno.

    If you want more time in Verona request to stay in Peschiera on day 3. 

  • Day 5: Verona - Vicenza 47/25 miles (75/40 km)

    Marvel at the mountains of Monti Berici and take in the views of Vicenza city, home to 16th century palaces designed by Andrea Palladio. Cycle here from Verona or take it easy and travel the first half by train.

    There is the possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train today.

  • Day 6: Vicenza - Padova 31 miles (50km)

    Pass the impressive Palladian Villa Rotonda and cycle alongside the Bacchiglione River. You will then continue to the fascinating city of Padova with its famous Giotto’s Chapel and one of the biggest squares of Europe “Prato della Valle”.

  • Day 7: Padova - Mestre/Venice 25 miles (40km)

    Enjoy an easy ride through rural Veneto as you cycle alongside the Brenta Canal with the breeze on your back. Pass the villas of Venetian nobles as you pedal into the astounding island city of Venice.

  • Day 8: Mestre/Venice - Rest day

    Relax in Mestre, the mainland area of Venice, and stroll around the attractive town square or take the shuttle to Venice proper to start exploring the watery World Heritage city's magnificent canals, architecture and marble bridges.

  • Day 9: Mestre/Venice - Jesolo/Caorle 25/37 miles (40/65 km)

    After a short cycle, take the *ferry and vaporetto, passing the famous Piazza San Marco. Reach the wide beach at Punta Sabbioni and cycle northwards along the Adriatic coast, stopping off for refreshments or a dip in the sea.

    *The ferry is replaced by a road transfer for tours starting on July 16th

  • Day 10: Jesolo/Caorle - Portogruaro 44/25 miles (65/40 km)

    Ride away from the sea and cycle north towards the Julian Alps. Pass historic fishermen’s huts and blue lagoons enclosed by earthen dikes. Reach the town of Portogruaro, home to glorious palaces.

  • Day 11: Portogruaro–Palmanova/Aquileia 37/43 miles (60/70 km)

    Cycle across the plain of Friuli, passing canals and Roman towns. Ride to the city of Aquileia, where the Roman excavations here are one of the main archaeological sites in Northern Italy. Alternatively, pedal to the city of Palmanova which, from above, resembles a 9-point star or on to the coastal lagoon of Grado.

    There is the possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train on this day.

     

  • Day 12: Palmanova/Aquileia -Trieste 43/31 miles (70/50 km)

    Cross the River Isonzo at a World War I battleside and head back towards the sea to reach the Gulf of Trieste. Take your pick of places to stop at en route, such as the castles at Duino and Miramare or the beautiful bay at Sistiana. Spend the night near to the ancient port city of Trieste.

    There is the possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train on this day.

  • Day 13: Trieste - Portorož 28 miles (45 km)

    Cross the border into Slovenia and cycle through famous holiday resorts such as Koper and Piran. Arrive in Portorož, a town renowned for its spa and Adriatic beachfront.

  • Day 14: Portorož - Porec 34 miles (55 km)

    Cycle southwards past the salt mines of Secovlje, a large Slovenian town with wildlife-rich wetlands. Cross into Croatia and cycle along the Istrian Peninsula to reach the tourist hotspot of Porec, with Gothic architecture and a UNESCO listed basilica.

  • Day 15: Depart from Porec

    Check out after breakfast and return to Venice by boat (we can arrange this for you when you book your holiday) or extend your stay in Porec.

    Please note: Daily distances are dependent on the location of your overnight accommodation.

Accommodation

3* & 4* Hotels

We use a pool of 3* & 4* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • 3* & 4* Hotels
  • Breakfast included
  • Luggage transferred each day
  • Secure bike storage

Mainly 3* & some 2* hotels

We use a pool of mainly 3* Hotels and some 2* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • Mainly 3* Hotels and some 2* Hotels
  • Breakfast included
  • Luggage transferred each day
  • Secure bike storage

Dates & Prices

Please choose your hotel category, then click on a departure date for price options at a glance

  • 2 for 1 hybrid bike hire 

Price includes

  • 14  nights accommodation in your chosen category​
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation
  • Maps and route information
  • Welcome meeting
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • Ferry cruise on Lake Garda
  • Entrance to Villa Valmarana ai Nani
  • Ice cream in Vicenza
  • Ferry transfer on day nine - bike not included approx. €4 (or a road transfer for arrivals on July 16th)

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets
  • Tourist tax (1 - 4 euros per night depending on star rating/location of hotel - payable locally)

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Pannier, handlebar bag or map holder and lock all included at no extra cost when you hire a bike. The bikes are also equipped with puncture-resistant Schwalbe tyres. One repair kit per room is provided and includes a spare inner tube, glue, patch, pump, allen keys and tyre levers. 

Mens Hybrid Bike
Bike hire
£144

Hybrid bike with 27 gears

E bike
E-Bike hire
£290
Mens Hybrid Bike
2 for 1 bike hire (only applies to hybrid bikes) 
£144

Extras

You can add these when you price your trip

Transfers

Porec to Venice - Saturday/Sunday ferry
£77pp

Extra nights

Bolzano: Double room (B&B)
£64pp
Bolzano: Single room (B&B)
£83pp
Porec: Double room (B&B)
£64pp
Porec: Single room (B&B)
£83pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Verona, Venice or Innsbruck

Take the train (Trenitalia) to Bolzano.

Getting back

Take the ferry to Venice and then the train (Trenitalia) from Venice/Mestre to your airport.

Fly from Venice, Treviso or Verona

If you wish to stay longer in Porec, we suggest flying back from Pula in Croatia or Trieste in Italy.

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