8 Days Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia

Leisure Cycling Holiday Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia

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Enjoy a great cycling tour from Venice to Trieste and Istria and experience a great holiday as you take in the beauty of the beaches of the Adriatic Sea in Italy to Slovenia and Croatia. Cycling past the beaches of the classical holiday resorts of Jesolo and Caorle on the Italian Adriatic, an opportunity always presents itself to take a refreshing swim in the sea.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Terrain: Mostly paved, mostly flat
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day) to challenging (cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance (longer route): 266 miles / 430 kilometers
  • Total distance (shorter route): 159 miles / 255 kilometers
  • E-bike: Available for rent at 170 EUR

Highlights

  • Self-guided cycling rides
  • Cycling on the well-planned routes
  • Chance to take a refreshing swim in the sea
  • Breathtaking views and landscapes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Luggage support van
  • Daily breakfast

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6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

You will be provided seven nights of accommodation in three-star and four-star hotels. FUNActive Tours carefully choose all the hotels and guesthouses, mainly three-star establishments. All rooms are with shower or tub bath and toilet. As you will only ever stay one night in any hotel, some changes may occur. In this case, you will be told about it upon arrival.

Category A accommodations will be in four-star hotels and partially three-star hotels, while category B accommodations will be in three-star hotels.

FUNActive Tours Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia Cycling Holiday Program

The starting point of this cycle tour is La Serenissima, Venice, the lagoon city on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. Besides these beaches, the inland regions of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia offer countless sites with very special charm waiting to be discovered, mediaeval fortress towns, Roman archaeological excavations, and typical Italian Piazzas and buildings embossed with Venetian influences causing the visitor to forget time and space.

While on the one side, the Adriatic stretches calmly and silently, and the Julian Alps rise majestically to the north. Finish with a trip down the beautiful Croatian peninsula of Istria. The return journey to Venice can be done by boat.

Characteristics of the route

The cycle trip to Istria is flat until shortly before Trieste, then it continues slight hilly until Porec. The tour is suitable for children from the age of 14.

Rental bike information

  • 21-gear women‘s or men‘s bicycle
  • 7-gear unisex bicycle with back pedal
  • Electro bike (unisex bike)

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Venice mainland (Mestre)

You will arrive at the hotel on the mainland of Venice (Mestre). The “Serenissima”, with all its splendid buildings, invites to a primary inspection. The city of Venice has a well-organized and easily accessible public transport system. There is a bus or train stop near the hotel.

Day 2: Venice mainland (Mestre) to Jesolo/Caorle

On this day, you have two possibilities, either you will cycle along the dam and the lagoon to Venice or you will cycle through the back-country following the river Sile to reach Jesolo or Caorle.

The first few kilometers in the lagoon city are carried out by bicycle. Then, you will take a ferry across to Punta Sabbioni (ticket not included in the package price). On the endless beaches at Litorale di Cavallino, a spit of land in the north of the lagoon, the route is lined by numerous fishing boats and souvenir stalls.

Before you leave Venice through the “backdoor”, the opportunity exists for an excursion to the lighthouse at the outmost end of the island for a last view of the lagoon city and the surrounding islands. On the way to Jesolo, one can hardly resist the opportunity to have a refreshing dip into the cool wet.

You will spend the night in Jesolo or Caorle. If you choose the alternative through the hinterland, you will cycle along the river Sile. This natural river carries always a constant amount of water and flows quietly, and that is why its name is derived from the Latin word “silet,” which means “keep silent”.

Passing the ruins of Torre Caligo, a tower from the Middle Age which is situated near the homonymous canal “Caligo”, you will directly reach Jesolo. If you will spend the night in Caorle, you can continue cycling along.

  • Bike distance (shorter route): Approximately 35 kilometers / 22 miles
  • Bike distance (longer route): Approximately 80 kilometers / 50 miles

Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle to Concordia Sagittaria/Portogruaro

Along the coast and once you have passed the last fishermen’s cottages, you will reach Caorle, a wonderful, small seaside resort with a historical center. On reaching this destination, it signifies leaving the sea for a while as the direction is dictated by the mainland in the direction of the Julian Alps on the horizon.

During the spring period of the Venetian Republic, it was convenient for the interior to encompass Portogruaro as a very important River harbor in the “Serenissima”. Even today, there are those in Portogruaro who regard their city as the most Venetian. They are not entirely incorrect when you look at the Venetian embellishments of the magnificent buildings and places.

  • Bike distance: Approximately 30 kilometers / 19 miles to 50 kilometers / 31 miles

Day 4: Concordia Sagittaria/Portogruaro to Grado/Aquileia

Besides the beaches of the Adriatic, there is a lot to discover, including ruins of former Roman cities, ancient churches, and lonely landscapes on the edge of the lagoon. From Marano Lagunare, you will take the boat until short before Aquileia, once a large city of the Roman Empire.

The excavations of the Roman city can be seen in the open-air-site and in two museums. Ship transfer is included in the cost but is not always guaranteed, especially in the beginning and in the end of the season.

  • Bike distance (with a ship from Marano Lagunare): Approximately 65 kilometers / 40 miles
  • Bike distance (if the first part is shortened by train to Latisana): Approximately 45 kilometers / 28 miles
  • Bike distance (without ship): Approximately 85 kilometers / 53 miles

Day 5: Grado/Aquileia to Trieste

On this day, you will continue through the hinterland of Trieste, soaked in a meagre barren landscape of rocky caverns before returning to the sea and a coastline of unique beauty, where the elevated plateaus plunge into the deep blue water and the white precipices stand upright jutting towards the heavens.

The coastal road follows through suggestive resorts like Duino, Sistiana, Miramare, and Barcola. You should take time to visit the romantic castle of Miramare above the Bay of Grignano situated in the middle of a beautiful park in which a multiplicity of more than 2,000 plants prosper.

Above the Gulf of Trieste entrenched is a city bearing the same name, once a harbor metropolis of the Habsburgs Empire, and this is where you will be spending the night.

  • Bike distance (shorter route): Approximately 40 kilometers / 25 miles (train ticket not included)
  • Bike distance (longer route): Approximately 70 kilometers / 43 miles to 80 kilometers / 50 miles

Day 6: Trieste to Piran/Portorož

Only after a few kilometers today, you will take leave of Italy. In Slovenia, the route continues predominantly on cycle paths through well-known seaside resorts like Koper (Capodistria) and Izola (Isola d’ Istria), to Piran (Pirano) or to Portorož (Portorose), a spa resort on the Slovenian Riviera.

There is a little bit longer alternative of this stage which passes along the valley “Rosandra” in the back country. Ferry tickets are not included in the price of the package.

  • Bike distance (with a ferry from Trieste to Muggia): Approximately 35 kilometers / 22 miles
  • Bike distance (depending on the chosen variant): Approximately 65 kilometers / 40 miles

Day 7: Piran/Portorož to Porec

Cycling past the salt gardens of Secovlje where on enormous surfaces and through natural vaporisation sea salt is recovered, you will cross over the border into Croatia.

For a distance, the route goes through the Croatian part of Istria, the largest peninsular on the Adriatic with its slightly hilly terrain on the way to Porec, the most important coastal city on the west coast of Istria. It is certainly worth a visit to Euphrasian-Basilica which has been taken up by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

  • Bike distance: Approximately 70 kilometers / 43 miles

Day 8: Departure

This marks the end of the tour and you will depart to your onward flight home or plan an extension of your stay in Porec. If you return with the ferry (ticket not included in the package price), you can sit back and review again the saddled distance covered as the boat continues on route to the lagoon city.

Location

This cycling holiday will be held in Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. In Italy, you will cover places including Mestre, Jesolo, Carole, Punta Sabbioni, Litorale di Cavallino, Caorle, Marano Lagunare, Aquileia, Latisana, Trieste, and Miramare. In Slovenia, the tour will cover Koper (Capodistria), Izola (Isola d’ Istria), Piran (Pirano), Portorož (Portorose), and Secovlje, and in Croatia, the tour will take place in Istria and Porec.

Food

Daily breakfast is included in the cost of the packages. You will be served breakfast buffet or a full breakfast during the tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Take an excursion to the lighthouse at the outmost end of the island for a last view of the lagoon city and the surrounding islands
  • Visit the ruins of former Roman cities, ancient churches, and lonely landscapes on the edge of the lagoon
  • Take time to visit the romantic castle of Miramare above the Bay of Grignano
  • Visit the Euphrasian-Basilica

What's included

  • All cycling rides
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Personal tour information
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Ship transfer on Day 4 (category A)
  • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places of interest, important telephone numbers)
  • Telephone service hotline for during the entire tour

What's not included

  • Extra meals
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Travel insurance
  • All items not expressly mentioned under inclusions
  • Arrival transfer to the starting point of the tour
  • Departure transfer at the end of the tour

How to get there

Driving directions from Brenner Highway (A22)

  • Take the Brenner Highway (A22) from Innsbruck to Verona.
  • Continue to Venice mainland/Meste

Driving directions from Villach

  • Drive over the border crossing point Arnoldstein to Udine and continue to Venice mainland/Mestre.

Arrival by airplane

Low cost flights are available to Sant‘Angelo airport in Treviso and to the Marco Polo airport in Venice, which offer an excellent airport shuttle to and from Venice mailnland/Mestre.

Arrival by train

Take the train to the main station in Mestre and either a bus or a taxi to the hotel.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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