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Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT253

Italy / From Venice to Trieste

Towns and beaches of the ancient Serenissima Republic

A journey across the history of the Republic of Venice, cycling through the ancient domains and towns which still show its traces. Starting out from Venice, you will cycle on a part of the Adriatic Cycle Route, mainly along the seacoast, passing through Jesolo and beautiful Caorle, up to Aquileia, Grado and finally Trieste.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Mestre

    Individual arrival in Mestre, the mainland of Venice. 

     

    2. Mestre – Caorle or surroundings (65 km)

    After a few kilometres by bike, you will take the ferry and then the vaporetto to reach Punta Sabbioni, north of Venice. From here you will cycle along the stunning seacoast and will have the chance to take a refreshing swim in the sea. The cycling route goes across the plains and the coast, among reeds and old “casoni” (constructions used by fishermen in the past during the fishing season). 

    The arrival into Caorle is wonderful, with its Sanctuary of our Lady of the Angel along the sea. Don’t miss a walk on the seaside, where famous artists carve the rocks every two years.

     

    3. Caorle or surroundings  – Marano Lagunare (60 km)

    Today you will cycle between Veneto and Friuli, in a land rich in water and history. At the beginning, for a few kilometers you will follow the Livenza river, bordering the Ca’ Corniani property and its imposing farm (dating back to the end of the XIX century). 

    Past the hamlet La Salute di Livenza, you will come through a wide reclamation area north of Caorle lagoon and, once passed the Bosco delle Lame, you will head again towards the seacoast.

    At the mouth of the Tagliamento river you will get to the sandy beaches of Bibione and, once at the dock of Lignano, you will take a private motorboat towards Marano Lagunare, ancient fishing village overlooking the lagoon. It is also possible to reach Lignano with the seasonal ferry leaving from Bibione.

     

    4. Marano Lagunare– Aquileia/Grado (35/50 km)

    In the rich and fertile plains of the Bassa Friulana you will get to Aquileia, whose important past is still visible between the imposing columns of its Roman Forum and the artworks of its ancient basilica. Guided by the scent of the sea, you will reach the sandy beach of Grado, the ancient harbour of Aquileia and famous for its Sea Thermal Baths since the XIX century.

     

    5. Aquileia/Grado – Trieste (50/60 km)

    A beautiful cycle route will lead you through the Nature Reserve of Valle Cavanata and the mounth of the Isonzo river, before reaching the beach of Marina Julia and then Monfalcone. Cycling on the panoramic coastal road, you will get to the Duino and Miramare castles, and will finally reach Trieste, the ancient port of the Habsburg Empire. You can shorten the stage by 30 km by taking the train from Monfalcone to Trieste (ticket not included in the tour price).

     

    6. Trieste

    After breakfast, end of services.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.

     

  • Route profile
    • Total length: 210/235 km
    • Total vertical up: 300 m
    • Terrain: 85% tarmac, 15% unpaved
    • Train connection among the overnight stays: NO
    • Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 5.

    You will ride the first three stages along flat roads, across the plains of Veneto and Friuli, while in the last stage you will face a slight climb short after Monfalcone. Most of the tour is on secondary roads or cycle paths and follows regional cycling routes, all of them well indicated.

     

    Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only a few short ups and downs. Little effort required, suitable for everyone.

     

     

  • How to get there

    Mestre is connected with the following airports:
    Venice: 10 km, Treviso: 35 km, Verona 120 Km, Trieste 120 km.

     

    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

     

    You will be accommodated in 3* hotels.

     

    All rooms have en suite facilities. Some smaller hotels could be without air conditioning.

     

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
    - double room is a room with one double bed
    - twin room is a room with two single beds
    - triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. At the moment of booking, you can choose from the following bikes: 
    - City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    - City bike 7-gear Shimano Nexus with back-pedal brake
    - Standard road bike with carbon fork
    - E-bike
    - Tandem

     

    Features:
    - aluminium frame
    - mudguard
    - rear rack
    - comfort gel saddle
    - anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    - ergonomic bicycle grips
    - Speed Lifter system

     

    Accessories
    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
    1 cycle computer  
    1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    1 front bar bag or 1 map holder 
    1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers 
    1 combination bike lock

     

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

     

    - final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    - luggage labels to be attached to each piece of luggage to be transported
    - hotel vouchers to be handed in to the hotel reception upon arrival
    - 24 hours ACTV ferry ticket (bike transport not included).

     

    Girolibero Green booklets:
    1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and places of interest of the areas you pass through during your tour.
    Plus: local events, fun facts, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
    2) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you will visit.
    3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

     

  • By your side

    Welcome briefing

    In Mestre you will meet our representative who:
    - will illustrate the tour
    - will deliver your bikes
    - will be available (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

     

    Staff support

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us as follows:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

Tour details

 

from 490 €

6 Days / 5 Nights, 3* hotels

Tour type

Self-guided

 

Departures

SA 6.04-13.07 and 17.08-28.09.2019.
Special departure dates for at least 5 people.

 

Seasons
Season 1: 6.04 and 28.09.2019
Season 2: 7.04-17.05 and 14.09-27.09.2019
Season 3: 18.05-13.07 and 17.08-13.09.2019

 

Price per person
490 € in double room, 3* hotels

 

Included

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service
  • Ferry transfer on day 2 from Venice to Punta Sabbioni (bike not included)
  • Private transfer by motorboat on day 3 from Lignano Sabbiadoro to Marano Lagunare (bike included)

Not included

  • Local taxes (approx. 10 €)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

 

Supplements per person
170 € single room
70 € Season 2
110 € Season 3
70 € Girolibero bike
160 € e-bike
15 € helmet

 

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
65/90 € in Mestre
Trieste on request

 

Reductions
90 € 3rd person in room

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