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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daily breakfast is included in the cost of the packages. You will be served breakfast buffet or a full breakfast during the tour.
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.
Take the train to the main station in Mestre and either a bus or a taxi to the hotel.
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