Venice to Porec Cycling Holiday

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

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.

Venice to Porec Cycling Holiday

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

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

Day 1 : Arrive into Venice/Mestre

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

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

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

Today you can either ride the the full route or shorten the route 20 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

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

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

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.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

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

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 Maregolf

Portogruaro: Hotel Spessotto

Aquileia: Hotel Patriarchi

Trieste: Hotel Roma

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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