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  • self guided cycle
  • 7 nights in 3 star hotel
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days£940GBP


Trip Code: AVE

Trip highlights

  • Exploring the magical city of Venice
  • Cycling along the Adriatic coast and across two European borders
  • Discovering the history of the Venetian Republic
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as marinated sardines and spicy meatballs

Explore three countries by bike in one week, cycling between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. The history of the Republic of Venice provides the background to the entire trip. From the canal city of Venice, pass beaches, simple fishing villages and grand palaces as you make your way along the coastline and to the plain of Friuli. Ancient Roman towns and numerous castles are dotted on the route to the lively harbour city of Trieste. With two border crossings to cycle through, the journey ends on the beautiful Croatian coastline in the town of Porec. Staying in specially chosen hotels in the historic centres or along the coastline, this cycle journey offers a perfect combination of historic towns and seaside landscapes.


Italy, Slovenia, Croatia

Starting Point:

Venice / Mestre

Finishing Point:



Make your own way to Mestre on the mainland of Venice. On arrival at your hotel you will find your luggage labels and ferry ticket. From here it is easy to venture into the famous canal city – note that bikes (like cars) are not allowed on the island (in Venice the transit with bicycles is forbidden even when pushed by hands. By bike it is only possible to reach Piazzale Roma or the train station Santa Lucia). The city of Venice will captivate you with its splendour and history. On the morning of day 2 you will collect your rental bike.

Meals:  Nil

Today you collect your bike, then after a short ride you take the ferry and then the vaporetto, passing in front of Piazza San Marco. The first part of the day will guide you from Mestre to Tronchetto island, where you will take a ferry to reach the island of Lido. From Lido a motorboat will take you to Punta Sabbioni, the southern-most area of the Adriatic coast, which is north of Venice. From here you cycle along the stunning seacoast, with various opportunities for a refreshing bath in the sea. Stay overnight in a town along this famous coastline, eg Jesolo or Caorle. By boat (included): about 35 minutes Tronchetto to Lido S.Niccolò, about 25 minutes S.Maria Elisabetta to Punta Sabbioni (this is a smaller boat (motonave) and it is the captain’s decision re the number of bikes accepted on board. It may happen that you have to wait for the next ferry.) Elevation +0m/0ft

Meals:  B

Leaving the sea behind you head north towards the Julian Alps. The route follows quiet country roads, traversing a land that is rich in water. You will be passing through an area with a multitude of 'Valli da pesca' (stretches of lagoon enclosed by earthen dikes where extensive fish farming is practised) and 'casoni' (constructions used by fisherman in the past during fishing season). There is a small section (1.8km) along a dirt road near the village of Torre di Mosto. Continue to the town of Portogruaro, one of the main centres during the 'Serenissima Republic of Venice' period and still impressive today with its glorious 'palazzi'. Elevation +0m/0ft

Meals:  B

Spend the day cycling in the midst of the plain on the eastern border between the region of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, passing through an area abundant in water and history, among rivers, canals and ancient Roman towns. Your destination is Aquileia, with its Roman excavations, or Palmanova, named "the starry city" because from above it resembles a 9-pointed star. You can shorten the stage by about 20km/12.5mi by catching the train from Portogruaro to Latisana. Elevation +30m/98ft

Meals:  B

This morning you cross the Isonzo (Soca) river, the scene of important battles during the First World War, before heading towards the sea: the Gulf of Trieste awaits you with many possible stops along the way. Visit Duino with its two castles, Sistiana with its characteristic bay, and Miramare with its white castle built according to the wishes of Maximilian I of Augsburg, situated in a beautiful park of more than 20 hectares. A few kilometres further is Trieste, once the only sea port of the Hapsburg Empire. Trieste has a lot to offer in the way of attractions. It is possible to shorten the cycle by about 30km/18.5mi with a train transfer from Monfalcone to Trieste. This also avoids the quite busy 'Strada Statale 14'. Elevation +420m/1378ft

Meals:  B

Today is a more demanding stage than the preceding days, with some short ascents. You'll ride mainly on cycle paths with some short stretches on roads with traffic. After a few kilometres you will cross over the border into Slovenia. Continue cycling through famous holiday resorts such as Koper, originally a Venetian and then an Austrian town, and Piran, another important town which was ruled for a long time by the Venetians. You will finally arrive in Portorož, a town renowned for its spa and bathing facilities. Elevation +470/1542ft

Meals:  B

Today's cycle takes you through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large Slovenian town where a unique habitat has formed for halophytic plants and animals and migrating birds. To reach the lagoon of Secovlje you have a steep downhill on a dirt road. Cross the Croatian border at Istria, the Adriatic Sea's largest peninsula, where the terrain becomes hilly, with small villages and vast forests. Your destination is Porec, the tourism capital of Croatia. We recommend taking the time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Euphrasian Basilica complex, dating from the 6th-century and famous for its Byzantine mosaics. Elevation +470m/1542ft

Meals:  B

After breakfast the trip concludes. It's possible to return to Venice by ferry - please ask for our rates.

Meals:  B



The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


  • 7 breakfasts - varied buffet breakfasts are served
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to Category A hotels (mainly 4 star) - supplement applies)
  • 27 speed touring bike rental with pannier, puncture resistant tyres, gel saddle and helmet (electric bike available on request - supplement applies. Tandem bike available on request)
  • Bike insurance for theft and damage
  • Welcome briefing
  • Digital information pack including route notes, maps, navigational App (can be used offline), GPS Tracks and travel guide per room booked
  • Luggage transfers
  • Day 2 ferry/vaporetto transfers Tronchetto to Lido and Lido to Punta Sabbioni, note bike not included, allow EUR4 (except private transfer for 17 Jul departure)
  • Emergency hotline

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks
  • Transport to Mestre/Venice and from Porec
  • Local hotel taxes
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided tour
  • Items of a personal nature including optional train tickets
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Ferry from Porec to Venice at the end of the tour - ask for our rates.
  • Hotel taxes (allow €10-15pp, payable locally)
  • We recommend bringing a holder for your mobile phone to be fixed to the handlebar to cycle smoothly following the app

Bike information


introductory to moderate


The cycling is introductory to moderate (2) grade with daily cycles of around 40 to 70km/25 to 43.5mi. The accent is on keeping a steady pace with time to stop and take photos (subject to weather conditions). You will need a reasonable level of cycling fitness to participate fully in this adventure. The first three days are mainly on flat roads, across the Veneto and Friuli plain, while the last three stages are slightly hillier. This is a popular area so we have a range of hotels - on some days this may alter the distances cycled and the towns you sleep in. Where a route may be longer or shorter on one day, the distance will be adjusted the following day so you will still cover the same route. You need only carry your camera and water bottle as your luggage is transported for you between hotels. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.

Departure dates


High Season
High season is from 21 May to 9 Jul and 27 Aug to 9 Sep - supplement applies.
Due to logistics this trip is not suitable for solo travellers. It can be possible for single travellers to book on a date which already has bookings. Contact our team for more details. Price is based on category B accommodation (3* hotels) - upgrade to category A (mainly 4* hotels with some 3*) is available - supplement applies
Custom departure dates are available for groups of 6 or more.

Total Priceper person from


Options & Supplements*
  • Upgrade to Category A hotelsGBP£90
  • Electric Bike SupplementGBP£110
*Prices listed are per person

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