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Adria: 3 countries tour Venice - Istria

Crystal clear and yet so beautiful

Bike tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
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easy to moderate
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This bike tour will inspire you. The round trip leads from St. Mark's Basilica in Venice from one seaside resort to the other, including rewarding trip through the quiet hinterland and the famous Aquileia with its interesting excavations and to Trieste in the east of Italy. In Slovenia you cycle on a wonderful bike trail which used to be a railway line and in Croatia (Istria) you experience first hand the varied coastline. Discover the isolated bays and worth seeing towns like Umag and Porec with the Euphrasian basilica, which was included by UNESCO in the World Heritage Site. The return trip to Venice by ship is the crowning final of the bike week.

Highlights

Miramare Castle
Miramare Castle is surrounded by a flourishing park full of precious botanic species, and has a charming panoramic view, given its location on a cliff high above the sea.

Miramare Castle

Trieste
Blending into the smoky stone edifice of Caffè Stella Polare, a tiny plaque, barely 3 inches across, announces that this is a caffè filosofico, a salon of sorts for philosophical debate.

Trieste

Piran
One of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean, Piran has preserved its unsurpassed charm.

Piran

Porec
The peninsula on which the Poreč's rich old city developed and was preserved has been inhabited for thousands of years and is today often called a cultural landmark.  The historical centre, once encircled by walls and towers is today conserved in valuable remains.

Porec

Porec Euphrasius basilica
The group of religious monuments in Porec, where Christianity was established as early as the 4th century, constitutes the most complete surviving complex of its type.

Porec Euphrasius basilica

Adria: 3 countries tour Venice - Istria

easy to moderate
Bike tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
individual tour
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699.00 €
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Tour

Arrive early, because you can quickly reach the center of Venice from the bus stop near the hotel or by train. The "Serenissima" with all its magnificent buildings invites you to a first visit. The canals are so tempting - waterways that have remained mysterious to this day, the Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica, which formed the secular and spiritual center of Venice, as well as the Rialto Bridge and gondoliers.

Take your time for Venice, because your destination for the day can be reached quickly and easily. You cycle the first kilometers of your beauful bicycle tour into the lagoon city before you leave the city "through the back exit" and ferry. From Punta Sabbioni, make a short detour to the lighthouse at the extreme end of the narrow headland and once again enjoy a wonderful view of Venice. You cycle wonderfully flat from one seaside resort to the next, past numerous fishing boats, souvenir stands and promising cafes or through the hinterland along the Sile river (long variant) in the direction of Jesolo. Overnight in Jesolo or Caorle.

Today you follow the wide shallow coast, enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea, admiring the colorful fishermen's cottages and let yourself be tempted by a café in the historic center of Caorle. Now there is a change of direction and scenery. You roll flat and relaxed inland towards the Julian Alps. Look forward to Portogruaro, which was during the heyday of the Venetian Republic a major river port of Venice. Take a walk and discover the ancient splendor of the many magnificent buildings and palaces of the city.

There is also a lot to discover beyond the beaches on the Adriatic Sea: Roman ruined cities, ancient churches and lonely landscapes on the edge of the lagoon. From Marano Lagunare you go by ship to just before Aquileia, once a great city of the Roman Empire. Excavations of the Roman city can be viewed in the open-air site and in two museums. Alternatively, you can shorten the route by taking the first stretch to Latisana by train. Or you can cycle the entire route and cover approx. 85 km.

The varied landscape awaits you today. You cycle through barren rocky landscape crisscrossed by caves, before coming back to the sea and a coastline of outstanding beauty. There, where the Karst plateau dips into the deep blue water and the white cliffs rise vertically from the sea to the sky, you follow the coast road through small towns like Duino, Sistiana and Miramare. Take a break and visit the Miramare Castle.
Now there are only a few cycle-kilometers to the interesting town of Trieste that is easily reached on the beautiful beach promenade. Stroll through the Piazza dell'Unita, along the Grand Canal and visit the Serbian Orthodox Church San Spiridone and the historic Cafe San Marco. At the evening you can enjoy on of the fantastic italian restaurants in the old town of Trieste.

You cycle only a few more kilometers in Italy, then you follow the beautiful coast in Slovenia, mainly on well-developed paved cycle paths. Discover well-known seaside resorts such as Koper, Izola, Piran and Portoroz, the charming spa town on the Slovenian Riviera. If you don't shy away from the hills, you can cycle the longer variant through the hinterland in the "Val Rosandra".

Today, you can discover the salt marshes of Secovlje, where sea salt is produced on vast areas through natural evaporation. Then, you will then cycle across the border into Croatia. Enjoy the Croatian part of Istria. Varied you cycle up and down to Porec. Visit the pretty seaside town, and definitely discover the Euphrasian basilica, which was included by UNESCO in the World Heritage Site.

The trip ends after breakfast at the hotel in Porec.

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Prices/Dates

Prices per person in EUR

SERVICES/INFO

All-carefree service
    • Overnight stay with breakfast
    • room with D/bath/WC
    • luggage transport
    • Cycling map with marked route
    • Digital route guidance via smartphone app
    • Tips for trip preparation
    • Tourist information
    • 7-day hotline service
Things to know about your trip:

Below you will find specific information about the bike trip Venice - Istria. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 0049 – (0)6421 – 886890.

Arrival by plane

You can arrive at airport Treviso, Ronchi dei Legionari (Trieste) or Venice Marco Polo. Here you will find shuttle buses to Venice/Mestre.

Arrival by train

You can also take the train to the main station Mestre and further on a taxi or a bus to the first hotel. Current timetable information and pricing information can be found at:

Train schedule information Deutsche Bahn

Train schedule information ÖBB

Train schedule information Trenitalia

Parking facilities at the starting hotel

In the starting hotel, there will either be parking facilities in the hotel's own outdoor parking spaces or a hotel garage. However, these are usually chargeable (approx. EUR 30 to 50 per week), cannot be reserved in advance and are payable on site. You will find more detailed information in the travel documents.

Condition of cycle paths

The route runs 27% on bike paths and 70% on beautiful, little-traveled back roads. Only about 3% is on roads with more traffic (mostly city entrances). The paths are flat until shortly before Trieste, then it continues hilly to Porec. Before Trieste there is an approx. 4 km long ascent (which can be bypassed by train) and on the last day an approx. 3 km long ascent has to be mastered.

Available rental bikes

We provide 21-speed gear shift women's and men's bikes with freewheel. Electric bikes are also available (unisex, 500 watt battery, up to 100 km sufficient). The rental bikes are equipped with a waterproof saddlebag, a handlebar bag and a speedometer.

Transfer back from Porec to Venice

On Wednesday there is a return transfer by minibus. The minimum number of participants is 4 people. You can bring your own bikes for an extra charge.

On Saturday the return transfer is by ferry. Departure from Porec is at 06:30. Arrival in Venice is at approx. 11:30 am. It is possible to take a maximum of 4 of your own bikes with you for an additional charge. Please note that e-bikes can only be taken on request.

For the return journey by ferry, we require the ID or passport details of each participant (full name, date of birth, type of document, document number and expiry date).

Extra costs that are not included in the tour price

The ferry from Venice to Punta Sabbioni is not included in the tour price (costs approx. EUR 15 per person). The train journeys (if they are used) are not included in the travel price. Any tourism tax that may be incurred is not part of the tour price and must therefore be paid on site at the hotel.

7 days hotline service

Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

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I provide you with advice and assistance

Siriphon Nuphim

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