Arrive at your hotel in Mestre on the mainland. Take time to explore beautiful and historic downtown Venice. Further information about public transport in the area will be included in your arrival pack, which will also contain your route notes and destination manual. Your bike will arrive today or tomorrow.
The numerous cycle paths that run over the coastline provide the perfect means of exploring the stunning landscape. You can choose between two different routes. The shorter coastal route will take you from Mestre into Venice. From there the Vaporetto boats will take you across the enchanting Venetian Lagoon to Punta Sabbioni, where you may wish to visit the nearby ‘Pagoda’ lighthouse. Your ride will take you along the Litorale di Cavallio, a piece of land suspended between the sea and the lagoon. The sandy shores and vast stretches of water provide the perfect spot to relax and swim. You will continue onto the picturesque harbour and centre of Caorle.
Today’s ride is approximately 80km with a 115m total ascent (longer route) or 60km with a 180m total ascent (shorter route).
Today you will travel inland towards the spectacular Julian Alps. As you ride through the vast fields and waterways, you will arrive at the elegant town of Portogruaro. Portogruaro was born as a river port in the 12th century and maintains the look and feel of a Venetian city with meandering waterways, narrow streets and majestic palaces.
Today’s ride is approximately 30km with a total ascent of just 40m.
Today you will either ride or take the train to Latisana, whichever you prefer.
From Latisana you can take a detour to Palmanova, a fantastic example of the star forts of the late Renaissance era. From here you will ride through acres of farmland, passing small churches until you arrive at Aquileia. Marvel at the archaeological merits of this Roman city - where you will be able to visit the impressive open excavation sites and museums.
After Aquileia you will ride to the coastal town of Grado which has a working fishing port and picturesque historic town centre . Your accommodation will be in Grado, Aquileia or Palmanova.
Today’s ride is approximately 95km with a 405m total ascent (longer route) or 85km with a 345m total ascent (shorter route).
Today you will explore the natural beauty of the delta of the River Isonzo, a protected wetland area. You will ride along the coast and then on the river dike before the heading into Monfalcone. From Monfalcone you will travel by train to Trieste. Alternatively you can ride to Trieste, passing the villages of Duino and Sistiana and the stunning grounds surrounding the palace of Miramare, above the bay of a Grignano. Once you arrive at Trieste, the Italian port nestled into the Slovenian border, enjoy the lively atmosphere over a late afternoon aperitivo.
Today’s ride is approximately 65km with a 225m total ascent (longer route) or 35km with a 75m total ascent (shorter route).
Take the boat to Muggia and follow the coastline into Slovenia. You will pass the villages of Koper (Capodistria), Izola (Isola d´Istria) and Piran (Pirano) until finally arriving at the seaside resort and spa town of Portoroz.
Today’s ride is approximately 35km with a total ascent of 350m.
You will ride to the salt lakes of Secovlje, home of the largest Slovenian salt pond. Passing Secovlje you will cross into Croatia where you will take the famous Parenzana route, once a disused railroad track that has been converted into a cycle path, into the heart of the Istrian peninsula. You will pass Buje, before heading back to the coast towards the medieval coastal town of Porec. Take some time to visit Porec’s major landmark, the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica, a designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today’s ride is approximately 60km with a total ascent of 475m.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.
The waterways and canals of Venice are something to behold. Reflecting the stunning architecture of the grand Venetian buildings that line the banks, you can lose yourself in the romance and beuaty of this unique city. Riding from Venice towards Croatia, you will skirt beautiful bays, medieaval cities as you head toward Trieste and the Slovenian border. From there, you ride across the Istrian Peninsular. Rolling hills and fertile plains attract cyclists and hikers to explore hilltop villages, famrhouses and sun drenched coastlines.
Venice, Trieste and the Istrian Peninsular are best ridden outside peak seasons. Spring and Autumn are perfect times to explore this stunning coastline and you will enjoy clear warm days, perfect for cycling. As the region moves through the summer, it becomes hot and July an August tend to be extremely warm with many tourists so we recommend avoiding the peak summer times.