Venice to Porec Cycling Holiday

  • 4.0
    (4 reviews)
  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely to Moderate
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Venice / Porec
  • Distance

    204 miles/328 kms
  • Themes

    CoastalEbike
  • Accommodation

    Comfort to Superior
  • Tour code

    019-116CIT
Price From £474

Overview

This popular cycling holiday leads you around the northern shoreline of the Adriatic Sea from Venice, through the Friuli plains into Slovenia and finally to Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula. A pleasant mix of history, culture, coastal towns and wonderful sea views await on this enjoyable cycle tour.

Highlights of this cosmopolitan cycling holiday are many and varied. To start with there are the sights and sounds of captivating Venice. Then there’s the beaches and sea views between Lido di Jesolo and Caorle, the beautiful historic towns of Portogruaro, Aquileia and Palmanova and the ancient hilltop castles of Duino and Miramare.

Piran - Slovenia

Piran

In Slovenia you will love wandering the narrow streets of picturesque Piran and Portoroz and finally a wonderful ride through the beautiful countryside of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula brings you to bustling Porec with its 6th century Euphrasian Basilica and charming old town.

This is definitely a tour of two halves. The first three days are along relatively flat paths and lanes while the last three stages are noticeably more undulating. Its not too bad however and over the whole tour you will only ascend a total of 1390 meters in total. There is also the option to shorten days 4 and 5 with a train ride.

 

Itinerary & Map

This is definitely a tour of two halves. The first three days are along relatively flat paths and lanes while the last three stages are noticeably more undulating. Its not too bad however and over the whole tour you will only ascend a total of 1390 meters in total. There is also the option to shorten days 4 and 5 with a train ride.

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Day 1: Arrive into Venice/Mestre

Gondolas

Venice

On arrival into Mestre/Venice, make your way to your hotel, which is located in Mestre on the mainland opposite Venice itself. After checking-in, it will take around 20 minutes to get into Venice itself by bus or train. There is much to see and do in Venice and besides visiting the well known landmarks, we highly recommend losing yourself in the quieter backstreets to get a real flavour of this most unique of cities.

Day 2: Mestre – Jesolo/Caorle, 25 to 41 miles/40 to 65 kms

Lido di Jesolo beach - Veneto - Italy*

Lido di Jesolo

After a short cycle ride you catch a ferry and then a Vaporetto past St Mark’s Square to Punta Sabbioni on the edge of the Venetian Lagoon. You then have a wonderful ride along the Adriatic Coast, passing through Lido do Jesolo to the town of Caorle where you will spend the night. There are plenty of inviting beaches along the way so remember to pack your swim things.

Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle – Portogruaro, 25 to 38 miles/40 to 60 kms

Portogruaro - Veneto - Italy*

Portogruaro

Your destination today is the stylish town of Portogruaro. Your ride takes you away from the coast past a network of freshwater lakes towards the Julian Alps. Once you have settled into your hotel in Portogruaro take stroll around this Venetian town with its many glorious buildings and palaces.

Day 4: Portogruaro – Palmanova/Aquileia, 38 to 44 miles/60 to 70 kms

Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta - Aquileia

Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta – Aquileia

Today you can either ride the the full 60 kms or shorten the route to 40 kms by catching a local train. (Train ticket is to be purchased locally). Today sees you cycling between the Veneto and Friuli regions riding alongside rivers and canals past ancient roman towns to either the town of Palmanova, known as the ‘starry city’ as its layout is like a 9 pointed star or Aquilea with its roman excavations.

Day 5: Palmanova/Aquileia – Trieste, 32 to 44 miles/50 to 70 kms

Duino Castle - Gulf of Trieste - Italy*

Duino Castle

Today you head back towards the sea and the gulf of Trieste.  En-route consider visiting Duino which has two castles, Miramare with its castle set in a huge park, and the ancient port of Asburgic Empire which has many attractions. Again today you can shorten your ride if you wish by taking a train from Monfalcone to Trieste for the last stage. (Train ticket is to be purchased locally).

Day 6: Trieste – Piran – Portorož, 28 miles/45 kms

Piran - Slovenia

Piran

Cross the border today into Slovenia and enjoy riding along cycle paths through beautiful coastal towns such as Koper and Piran. In particular be sure to allow time for a stroll around the narrow streets of Piran, stopping also to admire the lovely square. You will spend the night in nearby Portorož renowned for its spa treatments and well-kept beaches.

Day 7: Portorož – Porec, 35 miles/55 kms

Porec - Croata*

Porec

We suggest an early start today so that you can have time to explore Porec, your final destination. Cross yet another border today as you leave Slovenia and cycle into Croatia. Ride through the glorious countryside of the Istrian Peninsula to the picture-postcard setting of Porec. Take time to explore the gorgeous old town with its narrow alleys, churches and of course the Basilica Euphrasis with its wonderful mosaics.

Day 8: End of trip

After breakfast it’s time to check-out and head for home or your next adventure. A fast ferry service connects Porec to Venice  – ask for details at the time of booking.

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September17, 814, 1521, 2228

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2019 Prices
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Deposit per person £125

Price Includes

7 nights accommodation. See practical information
7 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
Ferry transfer day 2 excluding bike (bike cost approx €4. 20 July ferry replaced by road transfer)
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements)
Tourist tax (approximately €10-15 payable locally)
Optional trains on days 4 and 5
Ferry Porec - Venice (see supplements)

Supplements

Extra night Mestre, double/twin, comfort (£51)
Extra night Mestre, single, comfort (£74)
Extra night Mestre, double/twin, superior (£60)
Extra night Mestre, single, superior (£83)
Extra night Porec, double/twin, comfort (£60)
Extra night Porec, single, comfort (£83)
Ferry Porec - Venice 4 hours (Departs around 7-8am, to be confirmed at time of booking) (£87)
Bike with pannier & lock. See practical information. (£66)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£156)
Helmet (£16)

Practical Information

Bikes

Unisex bike

Example of bike used on this tour

The bikes provided on this tour are modern alloy framed, 27-gear city bikes with comfortable gel saddle and upright riding position.
The bikes come equipped with pannier, handlebar bag, water bottle, water bottle holder, odometer and lock plus one repair kit per room.

Electric bikes are also available to rent.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. Alternatively, helmets are available for rent at the time of booking.

 

See the gallery for images of all bikes available.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the accommodations typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Comfort: Comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

Mestre: Hotel Venezia (Mestre)
Jesolo: Hotel Rosa
Portogruaro: Hotel Ristorante Alla Botte
Aquileia: Hotel Patriarchi
Trieste: Hotel Italia Trieste
Portoroz: Remisens Hotel Lucija
Porec: Hotel Plavi

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Venezia: Best Western Quid Hotel Mestre
Caorle: Hotel International Beach
Portogruaro: Hotel Spessotto
Aquileia: Hotel Partriarchi
Trieste: Nh Trieste
Portoroz: Remisens Premium Casa Rosa Annexe
Porec: Valamar Hotel

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night

Getting There

Fly into Venice and out of either Trieste or Pula. You can also arrange return flights to Venice and take the hi-speed ferry back to Venice from Porec after your tour. Full details on request.

Research flights from the UK here.

 

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 4 reviews 4.0
  • Date - 22/08/2017
  • Name - Nick Page
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Very responsive, and flexible.
  • Product rating -
    4.0
  • Product comment - We enjoyed it but thought some of the hotels were a bit more "average" than our last booking in Puglia. They were large and impersonal, particularly that in Porec itself. WE thought the second hotel in Creole, the people were very nice and helpful.
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks for the feedback Nick. Sometimes, paricularly in larger cities, the choice of suitable hotels is limited as we need to find properties where bikes can be stored securely. That said we've got the message about Porec and see what alternatives we can find.
  • Date - 10/07/2017
  • Name - Carole Davis
  • Service rating -
    3.0
  • Service comment - My pre trip service was excellent
    Arranging E bike was easy and any queries were answered quickly
  • Product rating -
    2.0
  • Product comment - Too many roads. Scenery was very average first 4 days in cycle way too much road for me. Villages at night were good. Scenery last 2 days was better but I have done a few of these cycle trips and wouldn't recommend this trip
  • Flexitreks response - We appreciate the feedback Carole and I'm sorry you weren't that taken with the scenery on this particular route.
  • Date - 02/09/2016
  • Name - Mark
  • Service rating -
    4.0
  • Service comment - Everything worked very well and efficiently. Bikes were great, local support was very helpful, maps and instructions were comprehensive and suitcases always arrived at destination hotel. Some hotels better than others but all were acceptable considering the price
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - This is a great route. Mostly following the coast and great to visit three countries in on cycle trip. Some hills on the last two days but nothing to daunting if you have a reasonable level of fitness.Trieste was probably the highlight for me
  • Flexitreks response - Thanks Mark. We're glad you enjoyed your cycling holiday in Italy, Slovenia and Croatia!
  • Date - 20/07/2016
  • Name - Leigh
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - Ally was extremely helpful with securing ferry tickets for us so that we could get back to Venise from Porec plus, she helped us figure out transportation to and from the Dolemites, where we spent the first 9 days. She addressed and replied to all our questions quickly and thoroughly.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - We found all the accommodations very adequate, especially the last three days of the trip we we stayed at some very nice hotels. All the breakfasts were excellent. My wife and I felt the tour was an excellent value and would travel with Flexitreks again.
  • Flexitreks response - We really appreciate the lovely review Leigh and we look forward to helping you plan your next cycling holiday.