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  • 7 nights | 30 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €719
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This cycling tour begins at "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, you will have an opportunity to take a refreshing swim in the sea. Don't forget to pack your swimming gear!

The inland regions of the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia offer countless sites with very special charm waiting to be discovered; Medieval fortress towns, Roman archaeological excavations, Italian Piazzas, and buildings embossed with Venetian influences will help any 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.

The tour ends on the Croatia peninsula. The return journey to Venice by boat is the final crown concluding this week-long cycling tour.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival in Venice (mainland Mestre)
You arrive independently at the hotel on the mainland of Venice. The "Serenissima" has many splendid buildings worth visiting and the city of Venice provides a well-organized, easily accessible public transportation system.
Overnight in Venice

Day 2: Venice mainland/Mestre – Jesolo/Caorle (22 or 50 miles/35 or 80 km)
This day you have two possibilities: either you cycle along the dam and the lagoon to Venice or you cycle through the backcountry following the river Sile to reach Jesolo/Caorle.

The first few kilometers in the lagoon city are traveled by bicycle, then you take a ferry across to Punta Sabbioni (ticket not included in tour 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 water.

If you choose the alternative through the hinterland, you cycle along the river Sile. This natural river carries a constant amount of water and flows quietly; that's why its name is derived from the Latin word "silet" which means "keep silent." Passing the ruins of Torre Caligo, a tower from the Middle Ages which is situated near the homonymous canal "Caligo."
Overnight in Jesolo/Caorle.

Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle – Concordia Sagittaria/Portogruaro (19 or 31 miles/30 or 50 km)
Cycling along the coast and past the last fishermen's cottages, you reach Caorle, a wonderful, small, seaside resort with a historical center. On reaching this destination, you leave the sea for a while and head to the the mainland toward the horizon of the Julian Alps.

During the 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.
Overnight in Concordia Sagittaria/Portoguaro.

Day 4: Concordia Sagittaria/Portogruaro – Aquileia/Grado (28 or 55 miles/45 or 65 km) + ship
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 (included in Category 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.
Overnight in Aquileia/Grado.

Day 5: Aquilea/Grado – Trieste (43 miles/70 km or 25 miles/40 km) + train - ticket not included
Today's route continues through the hinterland of Trieste and a 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. The coastal road then follows through scenic resorts like Duino, Sistiana, Miramare, and Barcola. Take time to visit the romantic castle of Miramare high above the Bay of Grignano situated in the middle of a beautiful park in which more the 2000 plants prosper.

High above the Gulf of Trieste is an entrenched city bearing the same name. Once a harbor metropolis of the Habsburgs Empire, Trieste is where you will be spending the night.
Overnight in Trieste.

Day 6: Trieste – Portorož/Piran (21 or 40 miles/35 or 65 km) + ferry Trieste-Muggia - ticket not included
Only after a few kilometers 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.
Overnight in Portoroz/Piran.

Day 7: Portorož/Piran – Poreč (43 miles/70 km)
Cycling past the salt gardens of Secovlje where sea salt is recovered through natural vaporization, you cross over the border into Croatia. The route travels through the Croatian part of Istria, the largest peninsula 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.
Overnight in Porec.

Day 8: Departure from Porec
Individual departure. If you return by ferry to Venice (ticket not included in the package price), you can sit back and review your memories of the tour as the boat continues to the lagoon city.

Dates

Saturdays: Apr 14-Jul 21, Aug 25-Sep 29, 2018; Wednesdays: May 2-Jul 25, Aug 29-Sep 26, 2018; Sundays: May 6-Jun 24, 2018 (additional dates available for groups of 5 or more)
Low season: Apr 14, 2018 - Jun 15, 2018, Sep 16, 2018 - Sep 29, 2018
High season: Jun 16, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018

Prices

Tour package

Please provide at booking: date of birth, nationality, passport numbers and validity date.

Per person, double occupancy
€719
High season surcharge
€69
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€149
Bike Rentals
Trekking bike, 21-gears
€85
Electrically assisted bike
€170
Extra Nights, Porec
Per person, double occupancy
€74
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€35
Extra Nights, Venice (mainland)
Per person, double occupancy
€61
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€23
Transfer
From Porec to Venice via ferry boat (Saturdays), per person, excluding bike, prices from
€65
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

FunActive Tours GmbH Terms and Conditions

Contents of Contract
Booking includes the following elements: group or client’s name, arrival and departure date, number and type of reserved rooms, description of package, content and type of booked package, description of the accommodation, prices, surcharges and reductions. If there are no extra conditions included in the booking, then the general regulations apply. All prices are in Euro or in the additional currency and include VAT and all other taxes. Extra conditions and changes in the booking must be confirmed in writing by the tour operator.

Client withdrawal / Substitute client / Booking change
Withdrawal: Before the start of the tour the client can withdraw from the contract at any time. The client has to confirm the withdrawal in writing. In the case of a withdrawal or no show, the following charges will be charged to the client:

  • Up to 28 days before tour start: 20% of tour cost
  • From the 27th to the 14th day before tour start: 30% of tour cost
  • From the 13th day to 8th day before tour start: 50% of tour cost
  • From the 7th day to 4th day before tour start: 70% of tour cost
  • From the 3th day before tour start or no show: 90 % of tour cost
  • Early departure from already started bike tour / hiking tour / cross country ski tour: 100% of tour cost

The tour operator recommends taking out travel insurance.

Substitute Client: Each client can nominate a third person to take their place if this is done at least three days before tour begin. The tour operator can refuse this person if there are important reasons. If a third party takes over this does not affect the original contract and the original withdrawal clauses apply. A fee of € 50,00 is charged for changing the name of the client.

Booking Change: Changes in the booking regarding number of rooms, type of hotel and catering (if available) are allowed up to 28 days before tour start. A fee of € 50,00 will be charged for each alteration. After this the condition of cancellation are available. Such a booking change can take place only in accordance with the possibilities of individual cases;the customer has no claim. A booking change by customer to another tour is only possible in the form of a cancellation (according to the conditions of cancellation) and subsequent new booking.

Reduction for children in a room with parents

Reduction for children to the 4th birthday, with breakfast (consumption extra): 100% Reduction for children from 4 years to their 11th birthday, with breakfast: 50% Reduction for children from 11 years to their 14th birthday, with breakfast: 25% Reduction for additional beds in double rooms for children over 14 years of age and adults: 15%

A reduction in cost applies for a third and fourth bed in a room for both adults and children when sharing with two full paying adults. The reduction only applies to the package price on offer which includes breakfast and cannot be used in conjunction with any additional services.

Half board can be booked for children from the age of 4 (for those trips where the possibility of a reservation for half board exists). Dinner and other consumables required by children under the age of 4 can be ordered and paid for directly at the location.

General

Changes in prices and performance are at our discretion as well as minimal changes in the routes if necessary. You will naturally be informed of any changes immediately. Our prices are minimal prices and cannot be reduced. Legal seat is Bozen.

Information for bike tours/hiking tours/cross country safari

Approximately 30 days before the start of the tour guests will receive general information of the tour and how to get there as well a hotel list by e mail. Detailed information (voucher, luggage labels, route description, maps etc) will be handed out to the guest at their arrival at the reception of the first hotel.

Our information is usually in German. For some of the tours we also have information in other languages. Consult the single offers for detailed information about the available language.

Information talk

For almost all tours we offer our guests the possibility to take part in our information talk on arrival day in the evening or in the next morning. One of the tour operator employees will provide the guests with all the necessary information about the route and answer any questions.

Subsequently the guest will also receive any articles he has booked (rental bikes etc).

Telephone Service Hotline

We offer our guests a service hotline from 8.30 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. during the whole tour. A tour operator employee who speaks German, Italian and English is there to help with any problems or to answer any questions.

Bikes and extra equipment

All rental bikes are 21 gear tour bikes especially built for our tours (ladies’ or men’s bike). A limited number of 7 gear bikes with back pedalling brakes (only unisex bikes) is available on request for some tours. Our team member will hand over the bikes at the starting hotel. Please state the height of the clients when booking the tour.

All bikes come with a saddlebag. In addition clients receive for each booked room one handlebar bag, a bicycle computer, a lock, one air pump, inner tubes and a tool kit.

On most of our tours are available electro bikes (limited availability) on request. Consult the single offers for detailed information.

All photos used by permission. ©FunActive Tours GmbH

Ratings

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  • 4 Star 3
  • 3 Star 2
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.2

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 4.4
  • Included meals 4.6
  • Bikes & equipment 4.2
  • Hotels or boat 4.8
  • Scenery 4.4
  • Ease of navigation 2.9
  • Tour documents 3.7
  • Local tour company services 4.3
  • Route selection 3.9

Reviews

alda December 19, 2017

absolutely fabulous

What a wonderful itinerary with varied scenery from the lagoons and beaches of Italy to the more mountainous coast of Istria. Going through three countries was very interesting and the accomodations and places we visited were top notch.

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany August 21, 2018
We're glad to hear you had a fantastic time on tour. Thank you for your review!
Cycle2017 September 25, 2017

Our Venice to Porec Challenge

This tour proved to be more challenging than anticipated, partly due to torrential rains on 2 days and windy conditions most of the week. Concerns included long riding distances with limited facilities between some of the planned stops -e.g. -few restaurants or stores to purchase snacks and more water. The signage didn't always match the tour directions, creating confusion and likely longer rides than planned. The final day -70 km, with 50% uphill is a challenge for casual riders. Casual recreational riders will find some of the days long and some of the terrain challenging. The local provider provided excellent support when we were flooded out of a hotel and unable to ride due to area flooding, and also assisted with transportation for the final transfer when a member of the group was ill, and weather conditions were miserable. Despite this, our group, 3 recreational riders and 1 experienced rider, enjoyed visiting the beautiful cities along the route -when the weather cooperated.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, founder and president August 21, 2018
Janet, thank you for your valuable feedback, which we will pass along to the local tour company. We'll also take your comments into consideration when advising future clients.
MarknPat September 9, 2017

Expectations Exceeded

We spent a few extra days in Venice to start and 5 extra days in Porec at the end. Really glad we spent the extra time. Extending the bike rental was not a problem.
The tour in between was awesome. Accommodations were better than expected and all the towns were charming.

I had a little trouble with my bike. The front hub was a little tight so the wheel didn't spin as freely as it should have. I noticed when we picked up the bikes but didn't think too much of it. After a couple days I contacted the tour company and they brought me a different and better bike. Kudos to the tour operator.

At one hotel there was confusion about a reservation for someone travelling with us. Again, the tour company stepped up. The real measure of the tour company is how they handle problems. They were terrific.

Had a couple directional issues. We have T-Mobile so GPS worked perfectly. Previously we had AT&T with the international package. It was underwhelming to say the least. I highly recommend T-Mobile.

Final day was a bit of a climbing challenge for Mrs. But we managed. The highlights of the tour were riding along the Adriatic, taking the occasional swim and the people we met.

Garbo 55 June 17, 2017

With this being our very first bike tour, and we had chosen the self-guided option we found the adjustment to the directions a little difficult (some vital information was lost in translation) but having said that, there was an incredible sense of accomplishment after completing each day. We also were not prepared for the climate we encountered, we had looked at the temps. before we left and it looked like 22/24 C., but ended up being in the high 20's and low 30's, this really depleted our energy levels. The destinations could not have been more diverse with each one having its own unique quality we really enjoyed. They all had an amazing breakfast to start the day with and were very helpful with storing the bikes etc... The journey through the countryside and along the coast was so spectacular, our only wish I guess would have been to have had more time to enjoy each day. After our first couple of days we were a little overwhelmed with trying to stay on track rather then enjoying the moment. Having been home for a couple of weeks now however and looking back we would challenge ourselves again in a different place.

kiki1970 October 22, 2016

The overall experience on this bike trip was good. The rain that occurred on 4 of the 7 days of the trip was unexpected. The locals informed us that it hadn't rained in 2 months so it caught up to us. The accommodations and food were excellent. The real problems were the maps that were provided. They need to be more tour specific. When arriving in the destination city, specific directions should be included in finding that hotel. We spent too much time looking for our hotel for the evening. Also the written instructions are a translation from the German guide. In some cases the instructions didn't match what we saw on the ground or what the sign posts indicated. In general, the people that we dealt with in the States and Italy were great. I only wish that we would have taken a day break some where in the middle(Trieste?) to refresh and recuperate. We didn't know we could do it. I highly recommend this before heading into Croatia.

artnscience December 30, 2015

Wonderful Coastal Trip around the upper Adriatic Sea

The route, maps, bicycles, accommodations and weather were perfect for our self-guided trip. We were lucky to be able to attend a Vivaldi Concert at the Cathedral in Grado. It was a one night only performance and our hotel host provided us with tickets. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOVdH6klghY5LXY0xRnJXgs3V22UOQqIrSTQtIZk-iBfOPD-HVh2ajAjWPV0rspkQ/photo/AF1QipMEguGCko9YGrAFg6YkROa7LLFyKdtTuGCFsTg?key=MEQzNXNiWEVwM2MwSV8ycVExcWg4ZmFUU2kzM3h3
Crossing the borders between Italy and Slovenia and between Slovenia and Croatia by bicycle was a fun experience as was seeing Piran and Porec. A car rally was going on in Porec which made it even more interesting.
We had one confusing route situation. The arrows and cue sheet had us going right and then left onto a farm road (see linked photo) when it should have said left and then right. Other than that our directions were perfect. https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOVdH6klghY5LXY0xRnJXgs3V22UOQqIrSTQtIZk-iBfOPD-HVh2ajAjWPV0rspkQ/photo/AF1QipP8bWrmMDfBuhWBGxWQjo53m6mNt4CmrDNpQfs?key=MEQzNXNiWEVwM2MwSV8ycVExcWg4ZmFUU2kzM3h3

Pedalann December 29, 2015

Interesting Tour around Part of the Adriatic Sea

This tour gave us a chance to see much of the coastal region of the old Venice/Roman Empire. We enjoyed the lovely towns, pastoral countryside and views of the Adriatic. We sometimes had difficulty navigating as the cue sheets. maps and route marks did not always agree. The tour operators had warned us that some of the routes were being revised. However, we are good navigators and did find our way without too much back tracking. Concordia, Grado, Trieste, Piran and Porec were wonderful to visit. The new sections of bike trails were joys to ride.

Alpskier November 14, 2015

I've Done 8 Trips. Here's My Favorite!

It's simply a magnificent ride. You begin in Venice, ride along the coast, passing beautiful beaches, going inland through rural farmland, and finally reaching Trieste, an old city that has a lot to offer. And that's just the Italian portion. The ride then takes you into Slovenia and ends in Croatia. For me, the century-old towns of Piran, Slovenia, and Porec, Croatia were magical - adult Disneyland. They are well-preserved and inviting as you aimlessly walk through narrow streets with stunning architecture. Locals were great. The ride is well-marked and the road book you're given is easy to follow. The local tour operator is most helpful. Most of the ride is easy, flat, doable miles per day - about 35. Once you get into Slovenia, you follow a beautiful paved bikeway along the rugged coast that brings you through one picturesque town after another. Finally, the last ride is a bit challenging as you reach hilly, yet doable terrain. I loved the hotels as they all were family-run and charming beyond belief. I guess it's the diversity of the journey. And riding a bike through a country is simply the best way to connect to the culture, people, and the land. Book this one. You won't be disappointed.

Two Michiganders November 5, 2015

Lost in Translation

This was our fourth tour with Bike Tours and the first with an Italian outfitter. Maybe that's where the trouble started.
We're not novices to this kind of travel and expect to spend some time lost and wandering--that's okay--to some extent. The directions for this trip were oddly and sometimes poorly translated, and there were occasions that though we'd asked for the English version, the notes were in German. The sticker signage was missing and incorrect at several critical junctures--crossing into Croatia from Slovenia, for instance. I know we weren't the only people who missed it--others at the hotel mentioned the same confusion.
I think that this part of Italy isn't quite as used to cycling (fewer cycle paths) and there were long stretches where we were riding with heavy traffic on 50-70k speed roads. The last day was very hilly (we were aware of this) and included some long slogs through unmarked Croatian campgrounds/resorts which were not mentioned in the directions. Despite the directions, knowing that you needed to be near the sea for most of the trip was helpful.
Navigation being my only caution, this was a lovely and fun trip. The towns and sites along the way were quaint and it was relaxing when we were off the main roads. I appreciated the towns we stayed in, Sagittaria Concordia, Trieste and Piran were especially memorable for the sites and ambiance of each place. The ruins in Aguilia were amazing. The hotels were all excellent, breakfasts hearty and our bags were moved as promised.
I'd recommend this to someone, but with caution regarding navigation.

Responses from Biketours.com

Richie August 21, 2018
Hi! Thank you for bringing the issues with tour documents and signage to our attention. I was on a tour with this operator in August and did not have these issues. However, I was on a different tour. Part of the tour I was on overlapped with this tour in Trieste. There is quite a bit of traffic getting in and out of Trieste and that is worth being aware of. I have passed your comments about the tour documents and signage on to the tour operator. It is important that they are aware of the sticker situation so that they can go through the route and fix the stickers where they are missing or incorrect. It is also important that they are aware of the translation issues with the documents themselves. I do know that they go over their documents and make improvements every off season. This information will be useful to them as they are going through this process. Thank you again for taking the time to provide feedback (and the beautiful photos!)! We are looking forward to helping you arrange your next trip. —Richie