The starting point of this cycle tour is “la Serenissima”, Venice the lagoon city on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. 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. Due to this fact, you should never forget to pack your swim gear.
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; 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, 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.
A day by day account of the route
Day 1: Arrival in Venice (main land)
Individual arrival at the hotel on the mainland of Venice from where the tour will commence. The “Serenissima” with all its splendid buildings invites to a primary inspection. The city of Venice has a well organised and easily accessible public transport system. (There is a bus or train stop near to the hotel).
Day 2: Venice (main land) – Jesolo/Caorle (approx. 30 km or approx. 75 km depending on the variant)
This day you have two possibilities, either you cycle along the dam and the lagoon to Venice or you cycle through the back-country following the river Sile to reach Jesolo/Caorle.
The first few kilometres in the lagoon city are carried out by bicycle. Then you 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 spend the night in Jesolo or Caorle.
If you choose the alternative through the hinterland you cycle along the river Sile. This natural finish river carries always a constant amount of water and flows quietly; that’s why its name is derived from the Latin word “silet” what means “keep silent”. Passing the ruins of Torre Caligo, a tower from the Middle Age which is situated near the homonymous canal “Caligo”, you reach directly Jesolo.
Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle – Portogruaro/Bibione (approx. 50 - 60 km)
Along the coast and passed the last fishermen’s cottages, you reach Caorle, a wonderful, small seaside resort with a historical centre. 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 harbour 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.
Day 4: Portoguaro/Bibione – Aquileia/Grado (approx. 65 km + ship from Marano Lagunare Cat. A or approx. 45 km, if additionally the first part is shortened by train to Latisana)
Besides the beaches of the Adriatic, there is a lot to discover; ruins of former Roman cities, ancient churches and lonely landscapes on the edge of the lagoon. From Marano Lagunare you take the boat (Cat. A) until short before Aquileia, once a large city of the Roman Empire, excavations of the Roman city can be seen in the open-air-site and in two museums.
Day 5: Aquileia/Grado – Trieste (approx. 70 km or approx. 40 km + train ticket not included)
Today’s stages continues 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; and then 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 the 2000 plants prosper.
Above the Gulf of Trieste, entrenched is a city bearing the same name, once a harbour metropolis of the Habsburgs Empire and where you will be spending the night.
Day 6: Trieste – Piran/Portorož (approx. 35 km + ferry Trieste-Muggia* or approx. 60 km, depending on the chosen variant)
Only after a few kilometres today, we 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.
*ticket not included.
Day 7: Piran/Portorož – Poreč (approx. 70 km)
Cycling past the salt gardens of Secovlje where on enormous surfaces and through natural vaporisation, sea salt is recovered, you 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.
Day 8: Departure
Individual departure or possibility to extend 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.
|Package price per person in a double room with breakfast - Category A - arrival on 09/04 and 01/10
|Package price per person in a double room with breakfast - Category B - arrival on 09/04 and 01/10
|Package price per person in a double room with breakfast - Category A
|Package price per person in a double room with breakfast - Category B
|Single room supplement
|High season* supplement
|E-Bike (on request, limited availability)
|Additional nights in Venice (mainland); Hotel 4****stars
|Per person and night, double room with breakfast
|Single room surcharge per person and night, with breakfast
* High season: from 24/06/2016 to 10/09/2016 (included)
Starting dates 2016, self-guided tour:
Arrivals every Wednesday (May to September) and Saturday from 09/04/2016 (first available date) to 01/10/2016 (last available date)
In June and July possibility to start on Fridays too! (no start date on 29/07/2016)
Exception: arrival from Saturday, 30/07/2016 to 20/08/2016 (incl.) - not possible
Minimum number of participants: 2 persons
- With a minimum of 5 persons we can organize a start of a tour on every other day (only on request and depending on the availability).