Bike trip from Venice to Istria: three countries, one coast, one week

8 Days

Your trip

Three countries in one week: this trip invites you to a spectacular experience of Mediterranean port cities along beautiful coasts of the Adriatic Sea – through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.

You cycle between the sea and the southern foothills of the Julian Alps, from the famous city of Venice through the Friulan plain with its medieval towns. Finally, you will approach the proud port city of Trieste. Up to here, your path is mostly flat. You continue to follow the coast of Istria south, now through slightly hilly terrain. A real pearl!

The return from Porec to Venice is possible by boat or by bus.

Accommodation

You can choose between two hotel categories on this bike tour:

> Category B : 3*** Hotels

> Category A : Mostly 4**** hotels with some 3*** hotels – please select “Comfort” when booking.

All rooms have shower and toilet. In the category A hotels, the rooms are equipped with air conditioning. In the hotels of category B, the air conditioning can sometimes be absent. When booking the trip we offer different types of rooms:

> A double room is a room with a double bed.

> A 2-bed room is a room with two separate beds.

> A 3-bed or multi-bed room is usually a room with a double bed and an extra bed or sofa bed.

Note: On this tour, rich in popular excursion sites and seaside resorts, we cooperate with several hotels. This may affect the length of the stage on some days, as well as change the stage finish. In any case, the route description will give you detailed information about all the routes. If a route is shorter one day, then the next one is correspondingly longer the day after. In total you cycle the same route.

The route

The first 3 days are mostly flat through the Venetian and Friulian plains. The last 3 stages are a bit hillier.

You will cycle about 300 – 350 km in 6 stages. Most of the route is on paved roads, with just under 10% on dirt roads. You’ll be riding uphill for just under 1,400 meters of elevation gain over the entire route.

There are no direct train connections between the overnight destinations. You can, however, select the stages on the 4. and 5. day shorten by train or boat.

Unfortunately, the trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Please note: For organizational reasons, due to weather conditions or according to regulations of local authorities, some changes in the tour itinerary could occur before or during the vacation. Along the route, for example, you might find detours due to construction work that we cannot foresee. Please follow the instructions on site.

Bicycles

Touring / trekking bike for women, men:

If you would like to rent a bike from us, you will receive a very good unisex touring bike with either Shimano Deore / Alivio 27-speed derailleur gears and freewheel or 7-speed Shimano Nexus gears with coaster brake and Royal saddle. Also available as a men’s bike.

Sport touring bike:

Sporty high-quality unisex touring bike 27-speed Shimano, aluminum frame, comfort gel saddle, ergonomic hand grips, speed lifter system.

Sports bike unisex

E-bikes:

You can also hire an electric bike for this trip. These are equipped with 9-speed gears and assistance up to 25km/h. Performance: approx. 90 km (depending on driving style).

The bikes of sizes S – XL and the corresponding equipment such as repair kit, air pump, spare tube, bike lock, saddle bag, handlebar bag, bike computer are ready for you at the arrival hotel. At the end of your bike tour, simply drop off the rental bike at the last hotel. Return transportation is provided. Models may vary depending on region and availability.

Please indicate your age and height when booking!

Own bikes

It is possible to bring your own bikes, but at your own risk. For possible damages etc. on the own bike during the whole bike trip as well as during transport trips can not be liable.

In Italy, helmets are not compulsory. However, we recommend that you always wear a bicycle helmet on all bicycle tours. You are also welcome to rent it for the duration of the trip.

Arrival

by train:

Mestre and Venice are very easy to reach by train. Further information is also available from the Deutsche Bahn travel information service or from TrenItalia.

by car:

Drive to Venice mainland / Mestre. Depending on the hotel, you can park either in a hotel parking lot or garage at a price of approximately € 30.00 to € 50.00 per week. Please pay directly on site. Reservation is neither possible nor necessary.

by plane:

Venice Airport (VCE) can be reached from Germany by several airlines. From the airport you can get to Mestre by bus, for example.

Mestre is also well connected with the airports of Treviso (TSF), Verona (VRN) and Trieste (TRS).

Return transfer from Porec to Venice

The return transfer from Porec-Venice is by boat. The beautiful crossing takes about 4 hours. Unfortunately, the return transfer by ferry has only been available to a limited extent since 2024.

The return transfer is by ferry on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Please refer to the timetable for prices. The surcharge for transporting your own bike is €30 per bike, with a maximum of 4 bikes (e-bikes on request).

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the ferry departs from Poreč at 7:30 am .
Arrival at 10:30 a.m. in Venice.

On Saturdays, the ferry departs from Poreč at 6:30 am .
Arrival at 11:30 a.m. in Venice. The ferry stops in Piran.

For a return transfer by ferry we absolutely need the ID data of each participant! Please provide us with the full name, date of birth, type of document, document number, validity date for all fellow travelers.

Please refer to the following timetable (as at the beginning of 2024). Please always check the latest version of the timetable on the website of the ferry operator Adriatic Lines:

Timetable ferry Porec - Vendig

Please make sure you are at the quay in good time. The ferry usually opens its doors for embarkation between 07:00 and 08:00. However, this may vary from day to day. Please refer to your travel documents for details and any updates!

In Venice, the ferry docks at the San Basilio pier in the old town of Venice. A fee is payable for entry to the old town of Venice on most days: It is approximately from 5 € / day and person. Ordering and payment is possible at https://cda.ve.it/de/.

Please book “Transfer Person” for the return transfer. If you bring your own bike, please book additionally “Transfer bike” (about € 30 for your own bike). A reservation for the return trip with name, ID number, nationality and date of birth is absolutely necessary already when booking the trip! Please note: Your ID must be valid for at least 90 days after your departure date from Croatia.

If for any reason (technical problems, organizational problems of the operator, …) the liner does not sail, a transfer by bus will be organized. The booked ship ticket can not be refunded.

We point out that the return trip from the port in Venice to the starting hotel with your own wheels is difficult. Transfer possibility from the port in Venice to the starting hotel: there are several public cabs available, price about 45,00 – 55,00 €. The transfer can be booked at the information meeting before the tour. Payable directly to the driver at the port in Venice Terminal San Basilio.

We offer this trip in two largely identical variants. You will therefore find further dates under the travel offer 12.

Country information and tips on package tours

Information on entry requirements to Austria and Italy can be found on our page under country information. Please read our notes on package tours on the ARB page.

Please note: This trip is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. We recommend that you take out international health insurance and travel cancellation insurance.

Unforgettable

  • The crossing to Venice by bike over the Ponte della Libertà
  • Venice, St. Mark's Square with the vaporetto
  • The ancient Roman cosmopolitan city of Aquileja
  • The port city of Trieste
  • The white castle to Miramare near Trieste
  • A detour to the Rosandra Valley, Val Rosandra near Trieste
  • The port city of Porec, your destination

Day by day

Individual arrival to Mestre (Venice) :
Day 1

Individual arrival to Mestre (Venice)

Individual arrival to Mestre (Venice mainland). The city of Venice will enchant you with its world-famous beauty.

Dinner
Hotel
Mestre - Jesolo, about 50 - 60 km :
Day 2

Bike tour Mestre – Venice – Jesolo along the sea coast, approx. 50 – 60 km

After a few – but extremely spectacular – kilometers by bike, first the ferry and then the vaporetto (regular boat in Venice) will take you through the lagoon city at St. Mark’s Square. You will receive detailed information about this with the travel documents. With this travel option, the ferry fare is included in the travel package for you as a person. For your bike please pay extra on site. On the endless bathing beaches at the Litorale di Cavallino – a headland in the northwest of the lagoon – numerous fishing boats and souvenir stands line your path. Before leaving Venice through the “back entrance”, there is still the possibility to make a detour to the lighthouse at the far end of the island.

You will then reach Punta Sabbioni, the southern limit of the Adriatic coast north of Venice. From here you will continue along the fantastic sea coast.

I bet you won’t be able to resist the temptation of the sea until the evening. Why should you? Take a little time for refreshment in the water.

You will spend the night in one of the places along the famous coast.

Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel
Jesolo - Portogruaro, about 40 - 60 km :
Day 3

Jesolo – Caorle – Portogruaro, approx. 40 – 60 km

Our route first takes us back to the sea via Cortellazo and follows the coast along idyllic fishing ports to the old town of Caorle and the Campanile Romanico. Then we leave the coast again and cycle through a typical lagoon landscape rich in waters and small huts towards the Julian Alps on the horizon to the old Venetian trading town of Portogruaro.

In the heyday of the Venetian Republic, Portogruaro was an important river port of the “Serenissima”. Even today, friends of the town claim that Portogruaro is probably the inland town that has preserved the most Venetian flair. True enough. Take a little time for the many magnificent buildings and stone witnesses of the city.

Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel
Portogruaro - Aquileia, about 60 - 70 km :
Day 4

Portogruaro – Palmanova / Aquileia, about 60 – 70 km

It will not surprise you: you will learn history on this tour. Today we cycle back in time from the Serenissima, the proud epoch of republican Venetian Renaissance to antiquity. But first cross the plains on the eastern border between Veneto and Friuli. You will pass through an area rich in water and history along rivers, canals and ancient Roman cities. So there is also a lot to discover away from the beaches: Roman ruined cities, ancient churches and lonely landscapes at the edge of the lagoon.

From Marano Lagunare a boat will take you – on request and at your own expense – to just before Aquileia. This golden name once belonged to a great cosmopolitan city of the Roman Empire. You can visit excavations of the Roman city in two open-air museums.

As an alternative to the boat, you will cycle via Porto Nogaro, Cervignano del Friuli in the direction of Grado to Aquileia. The total cycling distance without train and boat is about 70 km.

By the way: you will hardly want to ;-), but today you can shorten the distance by 20 km not only by boat but also additionally by train: buy a ticket and take the train from Portogruaro to Latisana.

Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel
Aquileia - Trieste, about 50 - 70 km :
Day 5

Palmanova / Aquileia – Trieste, about 50 – 70 km

On our bike trip today we cross the river Isonzo and through the hinterland of Trieste we come to a barren rocky landscape dotted with caves.

Further it goes now finally again in the direction of the sea. We reach a coastal landscape of unique beauty. Where the karstic plateau dips into the deep blue water, where the white cliffs rise vertically above the sea towards the sky, we follow the coastal road. The Gulf of Trieste is waiting for you – and invites you to rest:

Duino with its two castles, Sistiana with its characteristic bay and Miramare with the famous white castle built at the request of Maximilian of Habsburg. For the wildly romantic castle overlooking the bay of Grignano you should take some time. Visit its magnificent parks with more than 2000 species of plants.

Recovered, you will reach Trieste with its old port from the Habsburg Empire and all its sights.

Oh, and once again, this day also offers you the possibility to shorten the stage by 30 km. To do this, buy a ticket and take a train from Monfalcone to Trieste.

Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel
Bike tour Trieste - Piran, about 45 km :
Day 6

Bike tour Trieste – Piran / Portorož, approx. 50 km

After a few kilometers you cross the border with Slovenia. In Slovenia you cycle mainly on cycle paths through famous seaside resorts like Koper (Capodistria) and Izola (Isola d’Istria) to Piran (Pirano) or Portorož (Portorose). The slightly longer – and scenically highly recommended – variant of this stage leads through the “Val Rosandra” valley in the hinterland.

At the end you will reach Portorož, a famous bathing and spa resort on the Slovenian Riviera.

Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel
Bike tour Piran - Porec, about 55 km :
Day 7

Bike tour Piran / Portorož – Poreč, approx. 60 km

The last big cycling stage leads us today along the coast always south to Croatia – past the “salt gardens” of Sečovlje. Here on huge areas extracted by natural evaporation sea salt. Cheers! Secovlje is also the largest wetland in Slovenia and a famous place among ornithologists.

After a few kilometers you will cross the Croatian border and cycle down to Istria, the largest peninsula of the Adriatic Sea. Through slightly hilly terrain you will drive to Poreč, the most important coastal town on the west coast of Istria. Take some time for the impressive Euphrasius Basilica, since 1997 UNESCO – World Heritage Site.

Congratulations on the arrival!

Breakfast, Dinner
Ship
Porec :
Day 8

Porec – extension or boat trip to Venice

Departure. It is possible to extend the stay in Porec or return to Venice by boat.

Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel

Services

contain

  • 7 x overnight stays in selected hotels of the 3*** or 4**** category with rich breakfast buffet
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Ferry transfers on the 2nd day in and to Venice, note: bike not included. Please pay separately on site.
  • Well-prepared route guidance, digital tour information, video briefing at the start of the tour
  • App with maps, route description, points of interest and GPS data
  • Telephone service hotline for the duration of the bike tour

not included

  • Tourist tax to be paid directly on site in almost all accommodation along the route, approx. 10 - 20 € / day
  • Entrance fee of the city of Venice: about € 3-10 / day, to be paid on the spot.
  • Ferries and train rides on request in addition to the return transfer (as booked) and to day 2 in Venice.
  • Bike ticket for ferry in Venice on day 2
  • Arrival and parking
  • Drinks, lunch, dinner and all extras
  • Everything not expressly mentioned under the item "Included services

Dates and prices

Departure 2024 each Sat in …
Season 1 30.03. – 19.04. and 05.10. – 05.10.
Season 2 20.04. – 17.05., and 21.09. – 04.10.
Season 3 18.05. – 13.07. and 24.08. – 20.09.
The day of arrival determines the season. Special appointments from 6 pers. Possible on request.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package cat. B, standard Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
Double room w. breakfast 820 € 950 € 1.000 €
Single room w. breakfast 1.100 € 1.230 € 1.280 €
3rd pers. in a double room 630 € 760 € 810 €
Travel Package Cat A, Comfort
Double room w. breakfast 920 € 1.050 € 1.100 €
Single room w. breakfast 1.240 € 1.370 € 1.420 €
3rd pers. in a double room 730 € 860 € 910 €
Additional nights Cat A & B, Standard & Comfort
Mestre (starting point): Double room with breakfast 100 € 100 € 100 €
Mestre (starting point): Single room with breakfast 140 € 140 € 140 €
Porec: double room with breakfast on request
Porec: Single room with breakfast on request
Additional nights are possible in Mestre (additional night starting point) and in Porec (additional night). If necessary, please indicate in the comments field of the booking how many additional nights you want and at which location.
Rental bikes
E-bike 300 € 300 € 300 €
Hybrid wheel 200 € 200 € 200 €
Touring bike 150 € 150 € 150 €
Helmet 15 € 15 € 15 €
Additional services
Return transfer person by ship,
only possible WITHOUT your own bike.
110 € 110 € 110 €
Return transfer person by bus 100 € 100 € 100 €
Return transfer bike WITHOUT insurance 20 € 20 € 20 €
Return transfer by boat: depending on the season; embarkation between 6 and 7 am, departure between 7 and 8 am, duration: approx. 4 hours. If the ferry is not available, the service will be provided by a
Land transfer replaced.
Otherwise transfer by van from the hotel in Porec to the hotel in Mestre from 4 pers.

Questions

Helmet obligation?

Helmet compulsory! The three countries handle this differently. In Italy, helmets – which are strictly controlled – are compulsory for children and young people. In Croatia, helmets are compulsory for everyone. Slovenia provides it for children. We recommend throughout the tour: wear a comfortable, airy bike helmet and please put on edge gloves.

Cycles?

Bicycles can be rented or you can bring your own. If you cycle your own bikes, please book the option “Transport own bike” for the return transfer.

Ferries and ships

This tour includes two boat trips; the first and the last day both to Venice. In between, you sometimes have the opportunity to shorten bike kilometers by boat. Please refer to your travel documents for details and departure times. The return transfer on the last day, if you want to use it, please be sure to book in advance with the travel booking. Any boat tours in between can be purchased locally as a supplement if needed. Bicycles are always taken along, provided that there are free capacities. This itinerary includes the price of the ferry transfer on day 2 to, in and around Venice for you as a person. Please buy a ticket for your bike on the spot.

Please note: Depending on the accommodations we book for you, the overnight stops may differ from those indicated in the route plan. Please refer to your individual hotel list for accommodation locations! Also, in many places you have freedom to shorten the path or make it different. The proposal presented here is therefore more for inspiration and orientation than for compulsive imitation. If you like - download the komoot app on your phone, search for this trip and let the app be your navigator and inspirer.

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