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Trip Highlights
  • The sights and sounds of the floating city of Venice
  • Stunning coastlines overlooking the tranquil Adriatic
  • Enchanting, picturesque cities of Aquileia and Trieste
  • Riding through the Croatian countryside on dedicated cycleways
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Venice to Croatia Cycling Holiday

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What we love About Venice to Croatia Cycling Holiday

We love...The Views
The Istria Peninsula is home to outstanding natural scenery whilst the city of Venice is famously known for its beautiful canals and stunning buildings. There are exceptional views throughout this trip with a perfect balance between nature and architecture.
We love...Countryside
The beautiful Italian and Croatian countryside provides the perfect riding environment for all levels of riders. The smooth roads and rolling hills run through picturesque fields and waterways, leading you into quaint villages and towns.
We love...Istria Wine
As you enter into Croatia, you will be provided with various opportunities to try the local wine with the small village of Porec a particularly popular place to do this. You will also be spoilt for choice for food with a magnitude of relaxing spots to stop and eat at along your trip.

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Day by Day

Day 1Arrival

Arrive at your hotel in Mestre on the mainland.  Take time to explore the 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
Total distance80kmTotal climb115m

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. The shorter route is 60km with a total ascent of 190m.

Day 3Caorle to Portogruaro
Total distance30kmTotal climb40m

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.

Day 4Cycling from Portogruaro to Grado
Total distance95kmTotal climb405m

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. The shorter route is 85km with a total ascent of 345m.

Day 5Ride to Monfalcone & Train to Trieste
Total distance65kmTotal climb225m

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 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. The shorter route is 35km with a total ascent of 75m.

Day 6Boat to Muggia & Ride to Portoroz
Total distance35kmTotal climb350m

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.

Day 7Ride to Porec
Total distance60kmTotal climb475m

​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 UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8Departure

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

Key Stats

8day holiday
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50km avg
Expect to ride an average of 50km per day
265m avg
Expect to climb an average of 265m per day

How's the Weather? in Venice to Croatia

The SpringMarch to May
Venice, Trieste and Istria generally have a mild climate so Spring is a very pleasant time to ride, especially as you move through April into May. Temperatures are not sweltering and the summer crowds have not descended. These areas are also best explored outside peak season making Spring and Autumn the best times to visit.
The SummerJune to August
The summer is hot and you're likely to experience good weather with warm temperatures. July & August are exceptionally warm and you are likely to want to ride early and stay out of the midday sun.
The AutumnSeptember to November
September is a great time to visit Croatia as temperatures drop from the stifling summer heat. Cycling will be hugely enjoyable in the early Autumn. November has the most rainfall so plan your trip to be home before then.
The WinterDecember to February
The winter is best avoided for cycling in this region as you're likely to experience cold weather and rain.

Area InformationFor Venice to Croatia

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 beauty of this unique city. Riding from Venice towards Croatia, you will skirt beautiful bays and medieval 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, farmhouses and sun drenched coastlines.

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