Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

IT004

Croatia, Italy, Slovenia / Venice to Poreč

The lands of the Ancient Republic of Venice

Three countries in one week between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. The history of the ancient Republic of Venice, the so called “Serenissima” Republic, provides the background to the entire trip. From the wonderful Venice, you will cycle through the beaches on the coastline up to the plain of Friuli and then continue with the fascinating town of Trieste, finishing with the beautiful Istrian coast, a sight which is truly to be treasured.
  • Day by Day

    1. Mestre/Venice.
    Individual arrival in Mestre (the mainland of Venice). The city of Venice will captivate you with its splendour, acknowledged worldwide.
     
    2. Mestre – Jesolo/Caorle/seacoast (40/65 km)
    After a few kilometres by bike, you take the ferry and then the vaporetto, passing in front of Piazza San Marco. Then you will reach Punta Sabbioni, the furthest south area of the Adriatic coast, which is north of Venice. From here you cycle along the stunning seacoast, with various opportunities for a refreshing bath in the sea. The overnight will be in one of the places along this famous coastline.
     
    3. Jesolo/Caorle/seacoast – Portogruaro (65/40 km)
    Leaving the sea behind you, you will head north towards the Julian Alps. 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). Afterwards you will go to the town of Portogruaro, one of the main centres in the times of the “Serenissima Republic of Venice”, which is impressive even today with its glorious “Palazzi” or “palaces”.
     
    4. Portogruaro – Palmanova/Aquileia (60/70 km)
    The trip can be shortened by 20 km by taking a train from Portogruaro to Latisana. You will spend the day 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 will be Aquileia, with its Roman excavations, or Palmanova, named “the starry city” because from above the town resembles a 9-pointed star.
     
    5. Palmanova/Aquileia – Trieste (70/50 km)
    The trip can be shortened by 30 km by taking a train at the end of the stage from Monfalcone to Trieste. 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 white castle built according to the wishes of Maximilian of Augsburg, 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 Asburgic Empire, which has much to offer as regards attractions and history.
     
    6. Trieste – Piran/Portorož (45 km)
    After a few kilometres you will cross over into Slovenia, often cycling along cycle paths through famous holiday resorts such as Koper, first for a long time a Venetian and then Austrian town, and Piran, another important centre which was ruled over for a long time by Venice. You then finally arrive in Portorož, a town renowned for its spa and bathing facilities.
     
    7. Piran/Portorož – Porec (55 km)
    Cycling southwards, you will pass through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large Slovenian town with a humid environment, which is a key area as regards ornithology. Some kms later you will cross the Croatian border down along Istria, the Adriatic sea’s largest peninsula. In the end you will reach Porec, the tourism capital of Croatia, with its Eufrasian Basilica, which was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.
     
    8. Porec
    After breakfast, end of services. Possibility to return to Venice by boat.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
    Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

     

    Ferry boat from Porec to Venice
    Transfer Porec-Venice by boat, to be confirmed when booking the tour.
    Departure around 7-8 a.m. (approx. 4 hours). Price 65-85 € per person (+10 € for own bikes), depending on the season.
    If the ferry boat is not available the service will be replaced by a private transfer.
    The booking (complete with full name, passport number, nationality, date of birth) is compulsory when sending the reservation.


     

  • Route profile

    Total length: 315/340 km
    Total vertical up: 1,390 m
    Terrain: 92% tarmac, 8% unpaved
    Train connection among the overnight stays: NO
    Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 4 and 5.

    You will ride the first three stages along flat roads, across the Veneto and Friuli plain, and the last three on slightly hillier sections.

    Easy to Moderate: some days flat, others with some hills. Suitable for everyone with some cycling experience and a few physical condition.

     

     

  • How to get there

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

     

  • 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. The hotels of this tour are:

    • Category A: 3* and 4* hotels
    • Category B: 3* hotels


    All rooms have en suite facilities. All category A hotels have air conditioning while in category B there may be some cases of accommodation without air conditioning.

    This is a very popular area for tourism so we have a range of hotels that we use. On some days this may alter the distances you cycle and the towns you sleep in. However, the route notes give full descriptions of all the routes and where a route may be longer or shorter on one day, the distance will be adjusted the following day so you will still cover the same route.

    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 rollaway.

     

  • 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
    • Electro-bike
    • Tandem

     

    Features:

    • aluminium frame
    • mudguard
    • rack
    • comfort gel saddle
    • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    • ergonomic bicycle grips
    • Speed Lifter system (only for city bikes)

     

    Accessories:

    • 1 cycle computer
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
    • a water bottle (0.75 l)
    • 1 repair kit per room (which includes 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 (1 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 fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
    • hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival
    • 24 hours ACTV ferry ticket (bike transport not included).
    • Girolibero Greens booklets:
      1) Travel Guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and natural treasures of the areas visited on the tour. Plus: local events, some great anecdotes, 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 would visit.
      3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

     

  • By your side

    In Mestre you will meet our representative who:

    • will present you the tour
    • will deliver you the bikes
    • will be at your disposal (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.

     

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • 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.
  • 6 Client reviews
    • Michael, USA

      Departure 2017

      Online from 04 August 2017

      Everyone had a great trip! They’re ready to do it again!

      We had no real problems on either trip! We had a great time.

      We owned the Lake Garda ferry. It was like a private excursion! Very few other people. It was very pleasurable!

      Sometimes we couldn’t locate a hotel but with GPS and phones we worked through those issues. A couple of hotels were a little warm because
      of the hot weather and their weak AC systems. But food and wine solves those problems quickly!

      We did have to split the group on the 2nd ferry crossing going from Venice. It would have been very difficult if we travelled on a busy day! The first ferry from Venice was very confusing for us as there was at least a .5 Km line of traffic stopped to pay tolls and waiting in line. We just pushed through on our bikes and walked up to the toll station to get our bike tickets. I would recommend that you tell your customers to do this as there was no guidance or information for bikers. Just push through, get your ticket, then wait by the ramp/boarding area. The second crossing utilizes a large and a small ferry. We needed to split into 2 groups to cross at this point. No problem. It just takes time.

      Porec was beautiful and the hotel was very nice, Great buffet for breakfast and supper! Actually, the hotels were all very good. We didn’t want to leave Hotel Rosa or Crystal Hotel. Beautiful and so relaxing! The staff at Hotel Al Pini were super helpful and patient with us.

      You (and company) did a fantastic job with reservations and taking care of the electric bike switch for three of us. Your attention to detail is commendable as we had no reservation problems. And that was a lot of rooms to get right!
      The bikes worked well and were in excellent shape. All of the restaurant reservations went smoothly and the food was fine and Ristorante Paccagnella was the stand-out favorite. They had some really special foods for us.

      The guide books worked well especially once we realized to read them carefully in advance! In English we put our adjectives before the noun but in Italian the adjective goes after the noun - and remains like that in the translation.
      That’s where we had some confusion if we read to quickly while biking. It's a little thing but it can cause a few problems! Nice job on the arrows. A few had become hidden but we worked through that problem with guide.

      So, we thank you for all the work you did and for ordering the beautiful weather ( a little hot some days!) That’s two years that we carried our raincoats and didn’t need them.

      I hope we can meet again. I’m working on 2018 trip now. Some people want to get to Norway, Sweden, Finland. Some want France, Spain. Who knows where we will end up!
    • Carla Agnese

      Departure 24 June - 01 July 2017

      Online from 10 July 2017

      Primo viaggio tra i tanti gia fatti con girolibero che facciamo in Italia. Organizzazione come sempre ottima, la parte ciclistica è il vostro punto forte. Alberghi italiani secondo me di qualità inferiore a quelli di Francia o Austria, a parita di categoria.
      Punti di forza del tracciato il ponte sulla laguna di Venezia ed i due passaggi in ferry e motobattello, Lio Piccolo con la sua laguna, Aquileia e le due tappe in terra straniera, Slovenia e Croazia. A me è molto piaciuta Torviscosa, ma è un parere molto personale in quanto amo l'archeologia industriale. Bellissima Parenzo e anche il rientro con un battello velocissimo, credo un catamarano, in due ore e quarantacinque eravamo gia' a Venezia.
      Da migliorare: alcuni alberghi sono davvero troppo lontani dal paese, forse quando si chiede se A o B bisognerebbe avvisare che è possibile essere dislocati fuori paese, e avere piu' spiegazioni per ricongiungersi dal tratto che porta a Grado. Ci siamo persi ed abbiamo trovati altri stranieri in difficolta'.

      giroliberoGirolibero risponde

      Grazie del riscontro Carla Agnese!!
    • Carmen

      Departure 20-27 August 2016

      Online from 12 September 2016

      Vacanza bellissima, abbiamo visto città meravigliose che non conoscevamo prima ( soprattutto in Italia) e paesaggi sempre stupendi. E' stato divertente fare nuove amicizie on the road.
      Abbiamo adorato le tappe il Slovenia e Croazia per i saliscendi che, nonostante la fatica, ci hanno entusiasmato e messo alla prova il nostro allenamento. Il chilometraggio è adeguato ( abbiamo fatto tutte le deviazioni consigliate, oltre ai chilometri stabiliti al giorno, quindi abbiamo pedalato un pò di più). Gli itinerari suggeriti dalle deviazioni sono stati, tra l'altro, tra i più incantevoli (Lio Piccolo indimenticabile). In alcuni tratti abbiamo però pedalato in mezzo a tanto traffico. Gli hotel dove siamo stati sistemati erano quasi tutti belli, puliti e con personale gentile.
      Consigliato.
    • John, Ireland

      Departure 2016

      Online from 29 July 2016

      "Hi Anna, I am writing to you to thank you and Girolibero for another wonderful cycling trip, this time from Venice to Porec. Everything worked out amazingly, we enjoyed the cycling very much, the hotels were great and the company along the way was also great fun."
    • Gary, Canada

      Departure 2016

      Online from 15 July 2016

      Hi Katia:

      Just a quick note to say that my family and I had a wonderful time on our Venice -- Porec cycling trip. The weather was great (but a little too hot), the hotels and food were excellent, and I've become a big fan of spritz Aperol. We're already looking forward to our next Girolibero trip!.

      best
    • Elisa, Pergine Valsugana (Tn)

      Departure 2015

      Online from 29 December 2015

      Davvero bello per quanto riguarda il paesaggio, soprattutto la costa istriana, ma ottima anche l'accoglienza e l'organizzazione.
      mi sono davvero divertita e rilassata.
      unica pecca: il mio inglese....che non mi ha permesso tanto di socializzare con i tanti turisti stranieri che hanno condiviso con noi questo splendido viaggio.
      un augurio di buone feste allo staff!
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Tour details

 

from 520 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, Cat. B

Tour type

Self-guided

 

Departures

SA 7.04-14.07 and 18.08-29.09.2018 and additionally SU 13.05-8.07.2018 and 2.09-23.09.2018
Special departure dates for at least 5 people.

 

Seasons

Season 1: 7.04 and 29.09.2018
Season 2: 8.04-18.05 and 15.09-28.09.2018
Season 3: 19.05-14.07 and 18.08-14.09.2018

 

Price per person

520 € in double room, Cat. B

590 € in double room, Cat. A

 

Included

 

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Luggage transportation
  • Ferry transfer on day 2 (bike not included). Except departure of 14.07.2018, when the ferry boat transfer will be replaced by a private transfer.
  • Hotline service

 

Not included:

  • Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “included”

 

Supplements

180/230 € single room (Cat. B/A)
100 € Season 2
150 € Season 3
 80 € Girolibero bike
190 € electro-bike
 15 € helmet

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
65/85 € in Mestre or Porec
from 90/150 € in Venice

FERRY BOAT TRANSFER
To be confirmed when booking the tour:
Transfer Porec-Venice by boat around 7-8 am (approx. 4 hours). Price 65-85 € p.p. (+10 € for own bikes), depending on the season.

 

 

Reductions

100/130 € 3rd/4th person in room (Cat. B/A)

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