8 day Independent Tour The lands of the ancient Republic of Venice. Three countries in one week – Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. The history of the Republic of Venice provides the background to the entire trip. From the wonderful Venice, you will pass through the beaches on the coastline up to the plain of Friuli […]
8 day Independent Tour
The lands of the ancient Republic of Venice. Three countries in one week – Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.
The history of the Republic of Venice provides the background to the entire trip. From the wonderful Venice, you will pass through the beaches on the coastline up to the plain of Friuli and then you will continue with the fascinating town of Trieste, finishing with a trip to the beautiful Istrian coast in Croatia, a sight which is truly to be treasured.
Day to Day Itinerary
Individual arrival in Mestre (the mainland of Venice). The city of Venice will captivate you with its splendour, acknowledged worldwide.
Mestre/Venice–Caorle / outskirts (approx. 60 km).
After a few kilometres on bike, you take the ferry and then the vaporetto, passing in front of Piazza San Marco. Then you will reach Punta Sabbioni, the area furthest south of the Adriatic coast, which is to the north of Venice. From here you cycle towards Caorle along the Venetian Adriatic coast, with numerous opportunities for a refreshing bathe in the sea.
Day Caorle outskirts –Portogruaro (approx. 35 km).
When you have left Caorle, with its characteristic historic centre, made up of little houses painted various colours that look out onto the piazzas
and streets of the town, you will then head north towards the Julian Alps, leaving the sea behind you. 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 fishermen in the past during the fishing season). Next you will go to the town of Portogruaro, one of the main centres in the period of the ‘Serenissima Republic of Venice, which is still impressive even today with its glorious ‘Palazzi’ or ‘palaces’.
Portogruaro–Aquileia/ Palmanova (approx. 50 km).
Today you will spend the day 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 for the the day will be Aquileia, with its roman excavations, or Palmanova, named ‘the starry city’ because, from above, the city resembles a 9-pointed star.
Aquileia/Palmanova–Trieste (approx. 55 km)
For today’s stage, you will cross the river Isonzo, by which numerous important battles took place during the First World War. Then, you will once again head towards the sea: the gulf of Trieste awaits you, with many possible stops along the way, such as Duino with its two castles,
Sistiana with its characteristic bay and Miramare with its famous castle built according to the wishes of Massimiliano d’Asburgo, situated in a beautiful park of more than 20 hectares in size. Just a few kilometres lie between you and Trieste, the ancient port of the Hapsburg Empire, which has much to offer in the way of attractions.
Trieste–Portoroz (approx. 50 km).
Having left Trieste behind you, after a few kilometres you will pass the first of two borders that are key to this trip. You will cross over into Slovenia, often cycling along cycle paths through famous holiday resorts such as Koper, first for a long period a Venetian town, and then Austrian, and Piran, another important town which was ruled over for a long time by Venice. You then finally arrive in Portoroz, a town renowned for its spa and bathing facilities.
Portoroz–Porec (approx. 55 km).
Cycling southwards, you will pass through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large Slovenian town. Some kilometres later you will cross the last border going into Croatia down along Istria county, the Adriatic sea’s largest peninsula. In the end you will reach Porec, the tourism capital of Croatia, with its Eufrasian
Basilica, which, in 1997, was declared Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO.
After breakfast, end of services. Return to Venice by boat if you haven’t booked any extra nights in Croatia. A transfer by ferry is available (fee applies).
|Rating: Easy to Intermediate|
You will ride for approximately 300km in 6 stages. The first three days are mainly on flat roads, across the Veneto and Friuli plain, while the last three stages are slightly more hilly… A reasonable level of fitness is required.
|Airport / Transfers|
The nearest inernational airport is Venice.
Schedule & Price
Every Saturday from mid-April to end-September (except from July 26th to August 16th)
|Price per person, double occ||CAD $1140|
|Single room surcharge||$340|
|June to mid-September departure surcharge||$120|
|Optional Electro Bike||$130|
|This tour includes:|
• accommodation in hotels or agriturismo, all rated 2 or 3 star, all rooms with private facilities
• buffet breakfasts
Transfer Porec-Venice possible by boat on Saturday (approx. 150 min.). Prices from €65. Pre-booking is compulsory.