SIGN UP FOR OFFERS!

0207 157 1519 info@lovevelo.co.uk
This trip is Self Guided allowing you to discover the area and explore on your own but we can arrange guiding if you prefer.
This trip is ideal for Cycling Breaks with Friends & Seasoned Cyclists
British Cycling say: Don’t let the breeze disguise the heat. Check out our advice on cycling in the heat. 
Trustpilot

Tailor-Made Experiences

We can tailor this trip to meet your requirements. If you are looking for a different duration, itinerary or other services please enquire today and get a truly unique experience.

from £795.00 per person

Enquire

Choose your departure date:

TRIP HIGHLIGHT WHAT WE LOVE

Explore the sights and sounds of the floating city of Venice.  Cycle along stunning coastlines and through rural Croatian countryside.  Visit the Roman ruins in Aquileia and soak up the atmosphere in Trieste, whilst sampling arguably the finest coffee in the country.  Take a dip in the Adriatic sea at Porec before heading home after an incredible adventure.
DAY 1Arrival

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.

DAY 2Venice to Caorle

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).

DAY 3Caorle to Portogruaro

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.

DAY 4Cycling from Portogruaro to Grado

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).

DAY 5Ride to Monfalcone and train to Trieste

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).

DAY 6Boat to Muggia and ride to Portoroz

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.

DAY 7Ride to Porec

​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.

DAY 8Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward travel.

AREA
INFORMATION

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. 

Weather
INFORMATION

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.

PACKAGE DETAILS MORE INFORMATION

Your accommodation will be in small family run hotels and farmhouses.
You will be met and collected at Venice airport before being whisked away to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. On your final day, you will be transferred to Porec airport. 
Your trip will be bed and breakfast but we can upgrade you to half board if you prefer. Please just let our cycling experience team know when you enquire. 
The holiday is a self guided holiday allowing you to explore Italy and Croatia at your own pace. You will receive a detailed information pack on arrival which includes route notes and detailed tracks for you to follow. 
If you choose not to have a guide, you will want to know that your bike is in great condition and that you won’t have any mechanical problems during your ride. Our bikes are extremely well serviced and maintained but in the very unlikely event there is a mechanical issue with the bike (not including basic maintenance such as slipped chains or punctures), we will provide you with an emergency number for someone to come out and repair or replace your bike. 
You can choose between hybrid bikes and e-bikes for this trip. 
Your bike will come equipped with essential tools for you to repair a puncture, replace an inner tube or fix a slipped chain. 
Your bags will be collected each morning and taken from your accommodation to the next night’s accommodation. We suggest you keep a day bag with you for all your essentials. 
Travel to Venice and return from Porec is not included but please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to book flights for you.   
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.