• Travelcode: 184

    Venice - Istria

    Along the Adriatic Coast, 1 beach - 3 countries

    • Beach in JesoloThe starting point of this cycle tour is "la Serenissima", Venice the lagoon city on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. Cycling past the beaches of the classical holiday resorts of Jesolo and Caorle on the Italian Adriatic, an opportunity always presents itself to take a refreshing swim in the sea.
      Due to this fact, you should never forget to pack your swim gear. Besides these beaches, the inland regions of the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia offer countless sites with very special charm waiting to be discovered; Mediaeval fortress towns; Roman archaeological excavations; typical Italian Piazzas and buildings embossed with Venetian influences causing the visitor to forget time and space.

      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 - 50 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 km - 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.

    • 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 approx.€ 30 -  50, 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

      Transfer by ferry* All ferry rates published on our website has been carefully researched. We would like to point out that the prices on our website are possibly higher than the prices of the operator of ferries Venezialines. We therefore recommend to book directly through  Venezialines to avoid any misunderstandings.

      For transfer reservation by ferry passport details are required from each participant.

      We do NOT suggest you to bring your own bikes in case you want to reserve the return cruise by ferry. Rental bikes can be left in the hotel in Poec whereas your own bikes have to be transported via ferry back to Venice. The return journey from the port in Venice / Terminal San Basilio to Venice tran station, Venice mainland or Venice airport with own bikes and luggage is very uncomfortable.

      *If the ferry will be cancelled (technical problems, logistic reasons,...) there will be organized a transfer by bus - the reserved ferry ticket cannot be refunded and is not possible to complain compensation.

      Transfer from the harbour in Venice to the first hotel: public taxi approx. EUR 45 - EUR 55. The transfer can be booked during the briefing at the beginning of the tour start. Payment directly to the taxi driver in cash.

      Transfer by taxi from Porec to Venice cost approx. € 65 - 75 per person, min. 4 pax. up on request.


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum:  2 persons / 1 person up on request


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

      Book here your discounted train ticket... Book your flights online... Book here your bus ticket... Book your hotel online...
    • Included services:  

      • 7 nights in rooms with private facilities, breakfast
      • Briefing at the beginning of the tour

      • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
      • Map material per room
      • Service hotline

      add. included in Cat. A:

      • Boat ride on day 4 (in Season 3)
    • Choose Categories

      S1 11.04. - 11.04.20 6 nights every SAT
      S2 12.04. - 30.04.20 6 nights every SAT
      S2 01.05. - 19.06.20 6 nights every WED/SAT
      S3 20.06. - 24.07.20 6 nights every WED/SAT
      S3 22.08. - 12.09.20 6 nights every WED/SAT
      S2 13.09. - 30.09.20 6 nights every WED/SAT
      S2 01.10. - 02.10.20 6 nights every SAT
      S1 03.10. - 03.10.20 6 nights every SAT
      S1 11.04. - 11.04.20 7 nights every SAT
      S2 12.04. - 30.04.20 7 nights every SAT
      S2 01.05. - 19.06.20 7 nights every WED/SAT
      S3 20.06. - 24.07.20 7 nights every WED/SAT
      S3 22.08. - 12.09.20 7 nights every WED/SAT
      S2 13.09. - 30.09.20 7 nights every WED/SAT
      S2 01.10. - 02.10.20 7 nights every SAT
      S1 03.10. - 03.10.20 7 nights every SAT

      Extras

      Discount extra bed*    
      3. person 15-99 yrs   - 10 %
      *in a DZZ with 2 full paying persons    
           
      Bikes & Equipment    
      7-/21-speed   85
      E-bike   170
      Rental helmet   10
           
      Extra nights    
      Venice 4* /(dbl/sgl)   61/84
      Porec 3* / (dbl/sgl)   65/100
      Porec 4* / (dbl/sgl)   79/114
           
      Transfer    
      Porec - Venice* (Saturday)   65-80
      *Passportdetails required, reservation at booking, own bike not incl. (app. Euro 10)

      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

    • Category A:

      Well-chosen, modern 3-4 star hotels with all conceivable comfort, sometimes also with wellness facilities, for example swimming pool and/or sauna and jacuzzi.

      Venice Mestre: Hotel Elite****

      Jesolo: Bali Boutiquehotel***

      Concordia Sagittarria: Hotel Lulea***

      Grado: Hotel Hannover****

      Trieste: Hotel Victoria****

      Pirano: Hotel Tartini***

      Poreč: Hotel Flores****


      Category B:

      Predominantly well-chosen 3-star hotels with comfort

      Venice Mestre: Hotel Alexander****

      Jesolo: Hotel Bali***

      Concordia Sagittarria: Hotel Lulea***

      Grado: Hotel Villa Rosa***

      Trieste: Hotel Abbazia***

      Pirano: Hotel Tartini***

      Poreč: Hotel Porec***


      Please note that the listed hotels are only hotel samples and subject to change. You will find your definite hotel in the hotel list, which you receive after booking/before departure.
    • Bicycle incl. panniers (reservation in advance and for charge)

       

      + 21-speed  bike (women´s or men´s frame)

      + E-bikes (unisex frame) - limited availability

        

      E-bike:

      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.

       

    • 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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      5,2 22.10.2018 | Edward B. Venice - Istria

      Venice-Istria 2018

      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 4
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5
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      5,3 16.10.2018 | Stephen S. Venice - Istria

      A Very Nice Ride Though the Country Side

      Very beautiful route that for the most part was ridiculously easy cycling. The ease of cycling was due to how flat the country side is. The last two days were more difficult to to the climb necessary to get to Porec. Well placed turn markers along ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 4
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 6
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 4
      • Price-performance ratio 5
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      4,8 08.07.2018 | Bjørn Erik A. Venice - Istria

      Nice bike holliday

      Quite long distance for biking
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 4
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 5
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 4
      • Bicycle + equipment 4
      • Price-performance ratio 4
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      5,7 02.07.2018 | Heather S. Venice - Istria

      Venice to Istria

      This tour has varied terrain. Loved cycling the old rail ways that have become pathways. Enjoyed bavkkanes, seeing the countryside, varied trails. The route explanation was very good and the tour guide at the beginning was empathetic and eager to share ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5
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      5,5 05.06.2018 | Helen R. Venice - Istria

      Excellent cycling holiday

      This was a great cycling holiday with good hotels throughout. The company who looked after us in Venice at the start of the holiday were excellent. They gave us a thorough briefing in English which was very informative and even checked up on us when ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 4
      • Travel documents 4
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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      4,2 05.06.2017 | Gerard H. Venice - Istria

      Venice to Porec

      This tour is described as ’slightly hilly up to Porec’ - however we found it rather more challenging. The distances were longer than listed with our total cycle amounting to 420 km. We took the train into Trieste whips is recommended as traffic is difficult ...
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 2
      • Accomodation 4
      • Board 4
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 1
      • On-site assistance 4
      • Route-character 4
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 5
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      5,6 17.06.2016 | David J. Venice - Istria

      Thank you

      for organising a very enjoyable experiance
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5
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      5,4 10.06.2016 | Susan R. Venice - Istria

      Great Ride to Porec

      Great trip. Great route, good hotels.
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 5
      • Route description 4
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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      5,1 16.09.2015 | Ann-Cathrin K. Venice - Istria

      General we were satisfied with everything.

      The fun-active gay at the information meeting seemed not to be so prepared.The part Jesolo-Concordia-Sagittaria was not so good bad paths no bars open no shops...We would ratherd stayed in Portogruaro than in Concordia Sagittaria.The hotel Porec not ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 5
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 5
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      4,9 25.06.2015 | Kathie N. Venice - Istria

      Great trip but.....

      Setting up the trip through Rad Reisen was excellent - Theresa was prompt with communications and information was very helpful. The trip was amazing. Our only issues with the tour were the orientation by FunActiveVacations, the confusing set up of the ...
      • Overall satisfaction 6
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 3
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 3
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 3
      • On-site assistance 3
      • Route-character 6
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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