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Venice to Trieste and Istria

“Simply a magnificent ride.” — A.S.

“Simply a magnificent ride.” — A.S.

“Simply a magnificent ride.” — A.S.

“Simply a magnificent ride.” — A.S.

“Simply a magnificent ride.” — A.S.
  • 7 nights | 30 miles/day
  • Self-guided from: €599
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  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 Julian Alps on the horizon.

During the period of the Venetian Republic, it was convenient for the interior to encompass Portogruaro as a very important River harbor 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) + boat transfer (ticket included in the tour price)
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 until shortly 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.

*You have the option to shorten the first part of the day by a train ride to Latisana before hopping on your bike (ticket not included in tour cost). You may also lengthen today's cycling to 50 miles/80km by skipping the boat transfer.
Overnight in Aquileia/Grado.

Day 5: Aquilea/Grado – Trieste (50 miles/80 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 miles/35 km + ferry Trieste-Muggia, ticket not included or 40 miles/65 km)
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 backcountry.
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.

Route map

Maps reflect your approximate overnight locations and do not reflect your actual cycling route.


Saturdays: Apr 18-Jul 18 and Aug 22-Sep 26, 2020; Wednesdays: May 6-Jul 22 and Aug 26-Sep 30, 2020 (additional dates available for groups of 5 or more)
Low season: Apr 18, 2020 - Jun 19, 2020 , Sep 13, 2020 - Oct 02, 2020
High season: Jun 20, 2020 - Sep 12, 2020



We price in local currencies to save you money. How?

Prices are shown in the local currency EUR.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

Prices other than in the local currency are based on current exchange rates and will vary.

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)
€ 169
Bike Rentals
Trekking bike, 21-gear unisex frame
€ 85
Trekking bike, 21-gear men's frame
€ 85
Electrically assisted bike
€ 170
Extra Nights, Porec
Per person, double occupancy
€ 69
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€ 35
Extra Nights, Venice (mainland)
Per person, double occupancy
€ 69
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€ 23
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.


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.

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