Venice to Porec

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Visiting: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £475 to £983pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Superior, Comfort i
Code IT019
Good For Coasts and Islands, Multi-Country, Riverside Routes
Distance 202mi/325km !
Runs Apr - Oct
Departs Sat - Sun
Fly to Venice
Return from Venice


What to expect

Experience three countries in a week, cycling from the islands of Venice and past the golden beaches of Slovenia, to reach Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula. Start off with a ferry and vaporetto ride in Venice before enjoying a few days of easy cycling along the coastline to colourful towns and pretty piazzas. Cross your second border to Croatia for some slightly hillier cycling, stopping off on route to swim in the Adriatic.

As you ride across green plains and pedal towards the Julian Alps, you’ll 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 – don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to stay longer.

  • World heritage architecture, grand piazzas and vaporettos in Venice.
  • Golden beaches, historic salt mines and holiday hotspots in Slovenia
  • Pebbly coves, plunging cliffs and lively tourist towns in Croatia
  • A few days of easy, flat cycling followed by three slightly hillier days

The Trip



  • Day 1: Arrive in Mestre (mainland Venice)

    Discover the beautiful city of Venice with its numerous canals, famous bridges and beautiful architecture.

  • Day 2: Mestre/Venice - Jesolo/Caorle 25/40 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 private transfer for tours starting on July 14th.

  • Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle - Portogruaro 37/25 miles (60/40 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 4: 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 20km by taking the train on this day from Portogruaro to Latisana.

  • Day 5: 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 17 miles (30km) by taking the train at the end of the day from Monfalcone to Trieste on this day.

  • Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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.


3* & 4* Hotels

We use a pool of 3* & 4* hotels all with air-conditioning 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
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

3* Hotels

We use a pool of 3* 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* Hotels
  • Breakfast included
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

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

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 & 4 star hotels or 3 star hotels
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transport
  • Travel guide, maps & route notes (GPS tracks available on request)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • Ferry transfer on day two - bike not included approx. €4 (or a road transfer for arrivals on July 14th)

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets
  • Tourist tax (10- 15 euros for the week- payable locally)

Extra nights

  • Porec - for extra night prices, please enquire

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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. 

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Bike hire

Hybrid bike with 27 gears

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E-bike hire


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Porec to Venice - Saturday/Sunday ferry

Extra nights

Mestre: Double room (B&B)
Mestre: Single room (B&B)

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Venice, Treviso or Verona.

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

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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out of 5

This was our first cycling holiday and we loved it! Our pre and post booking queries were answered promptly and very helpfully. We both cycle (road bikes) at home, my partner much more than me, so this was pretty easy going for him and mostly so for me - though the last two days had their moments with a couple of short sharp inclines! We used a combination of the GPX routes on a Garmin and the route guide book and the combination worked well - one supporting the other where we weren’t sure (with the odd contradiction!). For novices and not having the best sense of direction, we found our way around fine. The hotels and overnight stops were a compete mix, some hotels much better than others, but all adequate for an overnighter and breakfast and some much more so. We loved the change from big city to small town and not really knowing what to expect next. Crossing the borders added to the fun! My only disappointment was the last hotel at Porec wasn't actually in Porec but 3 miles out in a huge resort complex which was aimed at family holidays and just didn’t seem to fit with the tour. We had booked an extra day here and probably wouldn’t have done so knowing that. Not our scene at all. That said a tourist train ran into Porec every 30-40 minutes and took only 15 mins so it was easy enough to get out and about. Overall it was a fabulous experience and we would both definitely do another.

Tracey Robinson, UK, July 2019
out of 5

Very well organised company, informative briefing and a handy wallet given containing all relevant maps and paperwork. Bikes are very good condition.

Paula Reynolds, UK, June 2019

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