Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike

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traveller reviews

  • The connection of historic places through a well planned bike trail offered a great mix of experiences - slow travel engaging with the local place and people. Well organised with good local operator and extensive support information. J. Hepper. Hobart, TAS Australia
  • The first three days of the Venice > Porec bike ride lulled us into a false sense of security: the last three days were much more demanding but not difficult (at least we didn't think so). The places and people we met were terrific. B. & E. Christison. Vermont South, VIC Australia
  • Fantastic scenery F. Szanto. Sydney, NSW Australia
Explore three countries by bike in one week, cycling between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. The history of the Republic of Venice provides the background to the entire trip. From the canal city of Venice, pass beaches, simple fishing villages and grand palaces as you make your way along the coastline and to the plain of Friuli. Ancient Roman towns and numerous castles are dotted on the route to the lively harbour city of Trieste. With two border crossings to cycle through, the journey ends on the beautiful Croatian coastline in the town of Porec. Staying in specially chosen hotels in the historic centres or along the coastline, this cycle journey offers a perfect combination of historic towns and seaside landscapes.
brief itinerary
DAY 1 Arrive Venice / Mestre DAY 2 Ferry to Punta Sabbioni then cycle to Caorle or surrounding coastline (40 or 65km/25 or 40mi) DAY 3 Head north towards the Julian Alps to Portogruaro (60 or 40km/40 or 25mi) DAY 4 Cycle among rivers, canals and ancient Roman towns to Aquileia / Palmanova (60 or 70km/37 or 43.5mi) DAY 5 Cross the river Isonzo and cycle towards the gulf of Trieste (70 or 50km/43.5 or 31mi) DAY 6 Cycle across the Slovenian border to the spa town of Portorož (45km/28mi) DAY 7 Continue through the salt mines of Secovlje and across the Croatian border to Porec (55km/34mi) DAY 8 Trip concludes
trip dates
Weekly on Saturday from 7 Apr to 14 Jul & 18 Aug to 29 Sep & on Sunday from 13 May to 8 Jul and 2 to 23 Sep
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High season is from 19 May to 14 Jul and 18 Aug to 14 Sep - supplement applies. Due to logistics this trip is not suitable for solo travellers. It can be possible for single travellers to book on a date which already has bookings. Contact our team for more details.

what's included
MEALS: *7 breakfasts ACCOMMODATION: *7 nights in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow €10-15) - upgrade to Category A hotels (3-4 star) - supplement applies BACKUP & SUPPORT: *welcome briefing *information pack including route notes & maps per room booked *luggage transfer *emergency hotline TRANSPORT: *ferry and vaporetto transfers (except private transfer for 14 Jul departure) from Venice to Punta Sabbioni - excludes bike, allow €4 (train transfers extra - allow €13) EQUIPMENT: *27 speed bike rental with pannier, puncture resistant tyres, gel saddle and helmet (electric bike available on request - supplement applies)
Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike
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trip grading:
introductory to moderate
8 days
trip code:
US $1,140
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