Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike

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Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike information and booking

  • Duration
    8 days
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

  • 7 nights in 2-3 star hotels
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, bike helmet and sun hat. A detailed gear list is included in the pre departure information provided on booking.


  • Exploring the magical city of Venice
  • Cycling along the Adriatic coast and across two European borders
  • Discovering the history of the Venetian Republic
  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as marinated sardines and spicy meatballs

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Explore three countries by bike in one week between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. The history of the Republic of Venice provides the background to the entire trip. From the canal city of Venice, pass beaches, simple fishing villages and grand palaces as you make your way along the coastline and to the plain of Friuli. Ancient Roman towns and numerous castles are dotted on the route to the lively harbour city of Trieste. With two border crossings to cycle through, the journey ends on the beautiful Croatian coastline in the town of Porec. Staying in specially chosen hotels in the historic centres or along the coastline, this cycle journey offers a perfect combination of historic towns and seaside landscapes.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts - varied buffet breakfasts are served
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels
  • 27 speed bicycle with pannier, puncture resistant tyres, gel saddle and helmet
  • Information pack including route notes and maps
  • Luggage transfers
  • Ferry and vaporetto transfers on day 2 from venice to punta sabbioni (bike not included - allow eur4) *note 18 jul departure, ferry replaced by bus
  • 7-days hotline service


Day 1 Arrive Mestre / Venice
Make your own way to Mestre on the mainland of Venice. On arrival at the first hotel you will be given your hotel vouchers, route information and maps. From here it is easy to venture into the famous canal city for your own personal exploration – note that bikes (like cars) are not allowed on the island. The city of Venice will captivate you with its splendour.
Day 2 Ferry to Punta Sabbioni then cycle to Jesolo/Caorle (40/65km)
This morning you will meet with a local representative who will describe the tour, deliver your bikes and answer any of your questions. After a short cycle you take the ferry and then the vaporetto, passing in front of Piazza San Marco, to Punta Sabbioni. From here you cycle towards Caorle along the Venetian Adriatic coast, with numerous opportunities for a refreshing bathe in the sea. Overnight on the outskirts of Jesolo/Caorle. Elevation +0m
Day 3 Head north towards the Julian Alps to Portogruaro (65/40km)
Today you will leave the sea behind and 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 fisherman in the past during fishing season.) Continue to the town of Portogruaro, one of the main centres in the 'Serenissima Republic of Venice' period. This town is still impressive today with its glorious 'palazzi' or palaces. Elevation +0m
Day 4 Cycle among rivers, canals and ancient roman towns to Aquileia/Palmanova (60/70km)
Spend the day cycling in the midst of the plain on the eastern border 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 for the day will be Aquileia, with its Roman excavations, or Palmanova, named the starry city because from above it resembles a 9-pointed star. You can shorten the stage by about 20km by catching the train from Portogruaro to Latisana. (Elevation +30m)
Day 5 Cross the river Isonzo and cycle towards the Gulf of Trieste (70/50km)
This morning, cross the Isonzo river, the scene of important battles during the First World War. You will then head, once again, towards the sea. The Gulf of Trieste awaits you with many possible stops along the way. Visit Duino with its two castles, Sistiana with its characteristic bay, and Miramare with its famous castle built according to the wishes of Maximilian I of Augsburg, situated in a beautiful park of more than 20 hectares in size. A few kilometres further is Trieste, once the only sea port of the Hapsburg Empire. Trieste has a lot to offer in the way of attractions. It is possible to shorten the cycle by about 30km with a train transfer from Monfalcone to Trieste. Elevation +420m
Day 6 Cycle across the Slovenian border to the spa town of Portorož (45km)
Today you will cross over the border into Slovenia. Continue cycling through famous holiday resorts such as Koper - originally a Venetian town and then Austrian - and Piran, another important town which was ruled for a long time by the Venetians. You will finally arrive in Portorož, a town renowned for its spa and bathing facilities. Elevation +470
Day 7 Continue to the salt mines of Secovlje & across the Croatian border to Porec (55km)
Today's cycle takes you through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large Slovenian town where a unique habitat has formed for halophytic plants and animals and migrating birds. Later you will cross the Croatian border along Istria, the Adriatic Sea's largest peninsula. Your destination is Porec, the tourism capital of Croatia. You should take the time to see its Eufrasian Basilica, which was declared Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 1997. Elevation +470m
Day 8 Trip concludes
After breakfast the trip concludes.