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Venice - Istria

Along the Adriatic Coast, 1 beach - 3 countries

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Route

Tour profile: Level 1-2

The cycle trip to Istria is flat until shortly before Trieste, then it continues slight hilly until Poreč. The tour is suitable for children from 14 years on.

Day 1: Venice (main land)

Individual arrival at the hotel on the mainland of Venice from where the tour will commence. The "Serenissima" with all its splendid buildings invites to a primary inspection. The city of Venice has a well organised and easily accessible public transport system. (bus or train stop near to the hotel)

Day 2: Venice/Mestre (main land) – Jesolo/Caorle, approx. 30 - 80 km

This day you have two possibilities, either you cycle along the dam and the lagoon to Venice or you cycle through the back-country following the river Sile to reach Jesolo/Caorle. The first few kilometres/miles in the lagoon city are carried out by bicycle. Then you take a ferry across to Punta Sabbioni (ticket not included in the "package-price"). On the endless beaches at Litorale di Cavallino, a spit of land in the north of the lagoon, the route is lined by numerous fishing boats and souvenir stalls city and the surrounding islands. On the way to Jesolo one can hardly resist the opportunity to have a refreshing dip into the cool wet. You spend the night in Jesolo or Caorle.

Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle – Concordia Sagittara/ Portogruaro, approx. 30 - 35 km

Along the coast and passed the last fishermen’s cottages, you cycle through wonderful, small seaside resorts with historical centres. On reaching few destinations, it signifies leaving the sea for a while as the direction is dictated by the mainland in the direction of the Julian Alps on the horizon. During the spring period of the Venetian Republic, it was convenient for the interior to encompass Portogruaro as a very important River harbour in the "Serenissima". Even today there are those in Portogruaro who regard their city as the most Venetian. They are not entirely incorrect when you look at the Venetian embellishments of the magnificent buildings and places.

Day 4: Concordia Sagittaria/Portogruaro – Aquileia/Grado, approx. 45 - 65 km

Besides the beaches of the Adriatic, there is a lot to discover; ruins of former Roman cities, ancient churches and lonely landscapes on the edge of the lagoon. Visiting Aquileia, once a large city of the Roman Empire, excavations of the Roman city can be seen in the open-air-site and in two museums. As an alternative you can shorten the first part of the tour by train to Latisana. (not incl.) If you book Category A you take the boat from Marano to Lagunare until short before Aquileia. (possible only in season 3 )

Day 5: Aquileia/Grado – Trieste, approx. 40 - 70 km

Today’s stages continues through the hinterland of Trieste, soaked in a meagre barren landscape of rocky caverns before returning to the sea and a coastline of unique beauty. Where the elevated plateaus plunge into the deep blue water and the white precipices stand upright jutting towards the heavens; and then the coastal road follows through suggestive resorts like Duino, Sistiana, Miramare, and Barcola. You should take time to visit the romantic castle of Miramare above the Bay of Grignano situated in the middle of a beautiful park in which a multiplicity of more the 2000 plants prosper. Above the Gulf of Trieste, entrenched is a city bearing the same name, once a harbour metropolis of the Habsburgs Empire and where you will be spending the night. Possiblity to shorten the stage after 40 km by train to Trieste. (not incl.)

Day 6: Trieste – Piran/Portorož, approx. 35 - 65 km

Only after a few kilometres/miles today, we take leave of Italy. In Slovenia, the route continues predominantly on cycle paths through well-known seaside resorts like Koper (Capodistria) and Izola (Isola d’ Istria), to Piran (Pirano) or to Portorož (Portorose), a spa resort on the Slovenian Riviera. There is a little bit longer alternative of this stage which passes along the valley "Rosandra" in the back country. Possiblity to shorten the stage by using the ferry from Trieste to Muggia. (not incl.)

Day 7: Piran/Portorož – Poreč, approx. 70 km

Cycling past the salt gardens of Secovlje where on enormous surfaces and through natural vaporisation, sea salt is recovered, you cross over the border into Croatia. For a distance, the route goes through the Croatian part of Istria, the largest peninsular on the Adriatic with its slightly hilly terrain on the way to Porec, the most important coastal city on the west coast of Istria. It is certainly worth a visit to Euphrasian-Basilica which has been taken up by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

Day 8: Poreč

Individual trip home or extended stay at Poreč. If you return back to Venice by ferry (not incl., for supplement) you can sit back and review again the saddled distance covered as the boat continues on route to the lagoon city.

Services

  • 7 nights in rooms with private facilities in 3* and 4* hotels

  • Daily breakfast

  • Video briefing

  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

  • Boat ride on day 4  

  • Map material per room

  • Cycling app

  • Service hotline

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    Information
    Booking
    • S1   17.04. - 17.04.24
    • 8 days / Venice - Porec
    • S2   18.04. - 24.05.24
    • 8 days / Venice - Porec
    • every WED/SAT
    • S3   25.05. - 30.07.24
    • 8 days / Venice - Porec
    • every WED/SAT
    • S3   28.08. - 11.09.24
    • 8 days / Venice - Porec
    • every WED/SAT
    • S2   12.09. - 27.09.24
    • 8 days / Venice - Porec
    • every WED/SAT
    • S1   28.09. - 28.09.24
    • 8 days / Venice - Porec

    Extras

    Discount 3rd person in room with 2 full paying adults
    12-14,99 yrs -25%
    15-99 yrs -10%
       
    Bikes & Equipment
    21-speed 99
    TOP-bike 169
    E-bike 249
    Helmet 25
       
    Extra nights
    Venice (dbl/sgl) 89/118
    Porec (dbl/sgl) 89/128
     
    Transfer
    Porec - Venice ferry (Thursday and Saturday)
         S1 (27.04.-28.06 + 01.09.-05.10.) 74
         S2 (29.06.-31.08) 84
    own bike on ferry (E-Bike on request!) 15
    Transfer bus (if ferry is not operating) 95
    own bike on tranfser bus 39

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Accommodation


    Hotel samples

    You will stay in selected hotels in the 3*** to 4**** category.


    Venice/Mestre: Hotel Elite / Smarthotel / Hotel Villa Costanza / Hotel Alexander

    Jesolo/Caorle: Hotel Marco Polo / Smeraldo

    Concordia Sagittaria/Portogruaro: Hotel Spessotto

    Aquileia/Grado: Hotel Diana / Villa Rosa / Hotel Regina

    Trieste: B&B Trieste / Hotel Victoria / Hotel Coppe / Best Western San Giusto / Hotel Milano

    Piran/Portoroz: Barbara / Hotel Piran

    Porec: Hotel Flores/ Hotel Porec


    Note: Please be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.

    Bicycle

    Bicycle incl. panniers (reservation in advance and for charge)

    The following bicycles are available

    • 21-speed bike men or ladies frame
    • Rental bike TOP (aluminium frame, 21 speed)
    • E-bikes (unisex frame) - limited availability

    E-bikes

    With an E-bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern electro bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.

    Note: E-bikes are a great development, but should be - due to their driving characteristics (high weight + high speed) - booked only by very safe and experienced cyclists with a very good sense of balance. Not suitable are electric bikes for people who rarely ride a bicycle

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Venice (VCE), Treviso (TSF)
    Low cost flights are available to Sant’Angelo airport in Treviso and to the Marco Polo airport in Venice which offers an excellent airport shuttle to/from Venice mainland.


    Arrival by car

    Parking: Parking at the hotel possible, reservations not possible, payable localy.

    For arrival by car take the Brenner Highway (A22) from Innsbruck (Austria) to Verona and continue to Venice or drive from Villach (Austria) over the border crossing point Arnoldstein to Udine and continue to Venice.


    Arrival by train

    Train station:  Mestre
    Take a train to the main Station in Mestre and either a bus or take a taxi to the hotel from where the tour commences from.


    Transfer

    For prices, see "Dates and prices" - reservation required in advance when booking! Please provide us with your passport details when booking a transfer. Name, date of birth, document type, number and expiry date are required.

    By ferry (Thursday and Saturday)
    from Porec to Venice: limited transport of own bikes for an extra charge. (max. 4) E-bikes only on request!
    Saturday departure 6:30, stopover in Prian, arrival Venice approx. 11.30
    Thursday departure 07:30 - direct to Venice - arrival at 10:30

    By transfer bus (Wednesday)
    for a minimum of 4 people (for prices see dates and prices)

    on your own by public transport - information under www.crnja-tours.hr/vozni-red-autobusa/ or www.flixbus.de

    TIP: We recommend that you do not bring your own bike if you book a return transfer by ferry. A rental bike can be conveniently left at the hotel in Porec, whereas the journey/walk from the port in Venice to the starting hotel, train station or airport with your own bikes and luggage is very difficult. In addition, there is only a very limited possibility to take bikes on the ship.


    Participants

    Minimum:  2 persons
    1 person up on request


    Additional information

    Local taxes not included in the price / if requested, payable on the spot.

    Videos

    Travel stories

    4,9 of 6 Stars | 23
    Another great trip with Rad and Reisen (#6 for me). The equipment, route, and coordination were excellent....L.G. 07/19
    5 22.09.2023 | Teresa H. Venice - Istria

    Venice to Poréc

    It was a good trip. We loved the Istrian countryside and the sea coast. Our concerns were: 1. All the rides were 60km+ with the exception of the ride into Portoroz. That was not clear from the description. It appeared there were different ride choices. ...
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 3
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 4
    • Route-character 4
    • Bicycle + equipment 3
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5.3 29.07.2019 | Neil B. Venice - Istria

    Route stickers.

    Excellent support and great stickers to show the route at each turn. Great maps. Route in Croatia (last day) from Tar was posted with route stickers which took us to Santa Marina instead of to Poreč. Otherwise, route stickers were very helpful.
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 5
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 5
    • Price-performance ratio 4
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    5.6 11.07.2019 | David M. Venice - Istria

    A fun ride along the Adriatic coast

    We are a group of eight that combined two of the standard tours and rode from Venice to Pula. We had great time swimming in the sea, staying at resort hotels, tasting the local food and wine and visiting the cities along the way. The equipment worked ...
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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    5.5 09.07.2019 | Loofie G. Venice - Istria

    Venice to Pula Bike Ride

    Another great trip with Rad and Reisen (#6 for me). The equipment, route, and coordination were excellent. Two of the hotels could have been better and two hotels did not have the confirmation of a paid dinner but overall, another great experience.
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
    • Accomodation 4
    • Board 5
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 4
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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