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. With easy cycling and so much variety, Venice to Porec is the ultimate cycling experience. Start off with a ferry and vaporetto ride in Venice before following the coastline to colourful towns and pretty piazzas, 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.
At a glance
- 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
Arrive in Mestre (mainland Venice)
Discover the beautiful city of Venice with its numerous canals, famous bridges and beautiful architecture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 - 2019 dates on sale
- 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)
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
- Tourist tax (10- 15 euros for the week- payable locally)
Bike Hire & Extras
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.
Hybrid bike with 27 gears
You can add these when you price your trip
How to Get There
Fly to Venice, Treviso or Verona.
Take the train (Trenitalia) from your airport to Venice/Mestre.
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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What other customers have said
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We loved the trip, cycling through the countryside was such a fantastic way to see the world.Catherine Bethell, NZ, July 2018
Our trip was exceptionally well organised down to the last detail. From before we left the UK, Freedom Treks was attentive, sending emails with comprehensive information about our travel and arrival, what to do at each stage and when. The bikes were waiting for us, each one fitting individual party members, each one clean and equipped to a high standard with milometer, bags, lock, and new waterbottle. All our hotels were tasteful and well-located with out bags waiting for us when we arrived, either in the lobbies or in the rooms. Some of the ensuite bathrooms were exceptional and felt very luxurious. We loved every moment of our trip, cycling through beautiful countryside on very robust bikes, and passing through interesting villages and towns, discovering places and things we didn't know existed. Even the city of Trieste was a gem, such a surprise, full of beautiful buildings and history. The books and maps we were given were very accurate and complemented one party member's GPS on his mobile phone. We couldn't have wished for more, and we will definitely be booking another trip with Freedom Treks in the future. So many routes to choose from, the only problem may be deciding which one next!Rob McIntyre, UK, October 2017