Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike

Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike

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Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike

8 Days Starting in Venice / Mestre and ending in Porec

Visiting: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia

Tour operator:

UTracks

Tour code:

AVE

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 15

Physical rating:

introductory to moderate

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Tour Overview

Explore three countries by bike in one week, cycling 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.

Highlights

  • Exploring the magical city of Venice

  • Discovering the history of the Venetian Republic

  • Cycling along the Adriatic coast and across two European borders

  • Enjoying the culinary specialties such as marinated sardines and spicy meatballs

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Mestre/Venice

Make your own way to Mestre on the mainland of Venice. On arrival at your hotel you will find your luggage labels and ferry ticket. From here it is easy to venture into the famous canal city. On the morning of day 2 you will collect your rental bike - note that bikes (like cars) are not allowed on the island (in Venice the transit with bicycles is forbidden even when pushed by hand. By bike it is only possible to reach Piazzale Roma or the train station Santa Lucia). The city of Venice will captivate you with its splendour and history.

Day 2 : Ferry To Punta Sabbioni, Cycle To Caorle Or Surrounds (40 Or 65Km/25 Or 40Mi)
Meals Included: B

Today you collect your bike, then after a short ride you take the ferry and then the vaporetto, passing in front of Piazza San Marco. The first part of the day will guide you from Mestre to Tronchetto island, where you will take a ferry to reach the island of Lido. From Lido a motorboat will take you to Punta Sabbioni, the southern-most 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. Stay overnight in a town along this famous coastline, eg Jesolo or Caorle.
By boat (included): about 35 minutes Tronchetto to Lido S.Niccolò, about 25 minutes S.Maria Elisabetta to Punta Sabbioni (this is a smaller boat (motonave) and it is the captain’s decision re the number of bikes accepted on board. It may happen that you have to wait for the next ferry.)
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Day 3 : Head North Towards The Julian Alps To Portogruaro (60 Or 35Km/37 Or 21.8Mi)
Meals Included: B

Leaving the sea behind you head north towards the Julian Alps. The route follows quiet country roads, traversing a land that is rich in water. 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). There is a small section (1.8km) along a dirt road near the village of Torre di Mosto. Continue to the town of Portogruaro, one of the main centres during the 'Serenissima Republic of Venice' period and still impressive today with its glorious 'palazzi'.
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Day 4 : Cycle By Ancient Roman Towns To Aquileia (70Km/43.5Mi)
Meals Included: B

You will continue eastward, traversing the countryside and small villages as far as the city San Michele and the Tagliamento river: its peaceful course marks the border between the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions. Take a break in the beautiful ancient village of Precenicco then will cross the pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Stella river and continue towards the coast of the Adriatic Sea. You will find a short section of unpaved road at the Palmanova exit and need to pay attention to the traffic in crossing Cervignano del Friuli. Overnight Aquileia.
You can shorten the stage by about 20km/12.5mi by catching the train from Portogruaro to Latisana.
Elevation +30m/98ft

Day 5 : Cross The River Isonzo And Cycle Towards The Gulf Of Trieste (55Km/34Mi)
Meals Included: B

This morning you cross the Isonzo (Soca) river, the scene of important battles during the First World War, before heading 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 white castle built according to the wishes of Maximilian I of Augsburg, situated in a beautiful park of more than 20 hectares. 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/18.5mi with a train transfer from Monfalcone to Trieste. This also avoids the quite busy 'Strada Statale 14'. Or you can cycle a longer version (extra 24km) and discover Grado in the Marano lagoon, an ancient fishing village with an historic centre.
Elevation +420m/1378ft

Day 6 : Cycle Across The Slovenian Border To The Spa Town Of Portorož (45Km/28Mi)
Meals Included: B

Today is a more demanding stage than the preceding days. Leaving Trieste, you will face some short but demanding ascents and ride through some stretches of moderate traffic. After a few kilometres the Porec cycle path starts in Rabuiese right before the Italian-Slovene border. The remaining part of the route is often on cycling paths through famous holiday resorts such as Koper, first for a long time a Venetian and then an Austrian town, and Piran, another important centre which was ruled for a long time by Venice. The terrain is a little hilly and there's a 2km ascent to reach Piran. You will finally arrive in Portorož, renowned for its spa and bathing facilities.
Elevation +470/1542ft

Day 7 : Continue To Secovlje, Cross The Croatian Border To Porec (55Km/34Mi)
Meals Included: B

Today's cycle takes you south through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large Slovenian town with a humid environment and a key area for ornithology. To reach the lagoon of Secovlje you have a steep downhill on a dirt road. Cross the Croatian border at Istria, the Adriatic Sea's largest peninsula, where the terrain becomes hilly, with small villages and vast forests. Your destination is Porec, the tourism capital of Croatia. We recommend visiting the UNESCO World Heritage listed Euphrasian Basilica complex, dating from the 6th-century and famous for its Byzantine mosaics.
Elevation +470m/1542ft

Day 8 : Trip Concludes
Meals Included: B

After breakfast the trip concludes in Porec.
It's possible to return to Venice by ferry or by van - please ask for our rates (vary by service and season) - must be requested at time of booking.
Ferry transfer details: Porec-Venice (San Basilio). Only for passengers, no bikes. Boarding is at 6-7 am, departs at around 7-8 am, travel time is approx. 4 hours. (If the ferry boat is not available the service will be replaced by a land transfer.)

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    7 nights in 3 star hotel

  • 7 breakfasts - varied buffet breakfasts are served

  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to Category A hotels (mainly 4 star) - supplement applies)

  • Bike insurance for theft and damage

  • 27 speed touring bike rental with pannier, puncture resistant tyres, gel saddle and helmet (electric bike available on request - supplement applies. Tandem bike available on request)

  • Welcome briefing

  • Digital information pack including route notes, maps, navigational App (can be used offline), GPS Tracks and travel guide per room booked

  • Luggage transfers

  • Day 2 ferry/vaporetto transfers Tronchetto to Lido and Lido to Punta Sabbioni, note bike not included, allow EUR4 (except private transfer for 17 Jul departure)

  • Emergency hotline

  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (upgrade to Category A hotels - mainly 4 star - supplement applies)

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What's Not Included

  • Transport to Mestre/Venice and from Porec

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks

  • Local hotel taxes

  • Tour guide - this is a self guided tour

  • Items of a personal nature including optional train tickets

  • Travel insurance - mandatory

  • Ferry from Porec to Venice at the end of the tour - ask for our rates.

  • Hotel taxes (allow €10-15pp, payable locally)

  • Venice Municipality Access Fee: it is expected to apply from January 1st, 2023 (approx. 3-10€/day, to be paid on site)

  • We recommend bringing a holder for your mobile phone to fix to the handlebar to cycle smoothly following the app

  • Meals not listed as included, drinks

  • Guide - this is a self guided tour

  • A supplement will apply if you are booking a single room

  • Entrance fees

  • Transfers not listed as included

  • Excess luggage

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Venice Municipality Access Fee: it is expected to enter into force in Spring 2024 (approx. 3-10 €/day to be paid on site)

  • Hotel taxes (allow €13-18pp, payable locally)

  • Ferry from Porec to Venice at the end of the tour - ask for our rates. Must be requested at time of booking.

  • Travel to Mestre/Venice and from Porec

  • Guide - this is a self guided cycling holiday

  • Entrance fees not listed as included

  • Transfers by taxi or public transport if you need to skip a stage

  • We recommend bringing a handlebar phone holder - to follow the route more easier using the app/GPX files

  • Venice Access Fee: effective from Spring 2024 (approx. 5 €/day, if applicable) to be paid on site

  • Optional transfer from Porec to Venice at the end of the tour is available - by ferry, or early and late in the season by coach - is available, please ask for our rates. Must be requested at time of booking - see below for information needed to book.

Accommodation

7 nights in 3 star hotel
On this trip you will stay in 3 star hotels, mainly in the historic centre except for Caorle where we offer various options along the coast. All rooms have en suite facilities. All category A hotels have air conditioning while in category B (standard trip) some accommodations are without air conditioning. All accommodations have been chosen for their comfort as well as their proximity to cycling paths and local sites.

Grading

The cycling is introductory to moderate (2) grade with daily cycles of around 40 to 70km/25 to 43.5mi. The accent is on keeping a steady pace with time to stop and take photos (subject to weather conditions). You will need a reasonable level of cycling fitness to participate fully in this adventure. The first three days are mainly on flat roads, across the Veneto and Friuli plain, while the last three stages are slightly hillier. This is a popular area so we have a range of hotels - on some days this may alter the distances cycled and the towns you sleep in. 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. You need only carry your camera and water bottle as your luggage is transported for you between hotels. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.

What You Carry

During the cycle day you will carry your daily requirements in the pannier provided with the bike. This may include your lunch, wet weather gear, mobile phone and water. A small daypack which can be kept inside the pannier is useful for sightseeing.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

N. Robinson(Richmond, New Zealand)  

Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike

31 Oct 2022

Great history, easy cycling and interesting places.

F. Hulme-Moir(Greenhithe, New Zealand)  

Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike

16 Oct 2022

Well organized great way to see the country up close. Easy riding on good bikes. Accommodation was overall excellent. The side trips and detours are well worth doing.

J. Ramos(Wailuku, United States)  

Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike

18 Jul 2023

Amazing trip! Lots of dedicated bike trails in the middle of fields, boardwalks and gravel paths. Some side of road riding, but drivers in that part of the world are really mindful of cyclists. Nice to meet up with your luggage at the end of day without having to lug it around with you. Hotel rooms in general were very small and basic. Breakfasts were abundant, but not always healthy choices outside of fruit.

C. Schott(Arizona, USA)  

Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike

12 Oct 2022

My husband and I rode on a self-guided bicycle trip on a tandem bike. We have done a lot of touring by bicycle on our own but this trip was very special for us. The route was very beautiful and easy. The app for the route worked well. The accommodations were very nice, even with rain it felt safe on mostly cycle paths that had good surfaces. The food at all the breakfasts was scrumptious, varied and plenty to fuel your day's ride! We had very good and professional communications from the staff, especially Ed who helped us solve a small problem. I would recommend this to anyone. Thanks for the great ride!

S. Trillia(Richmond, United States)  

Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike

11 Jul 2023

Great trip very well organized.

G. Jefferies(Calgary, Canada)  

Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike

12 Jun 2023

Lovely route, the e-bikes were great. We had fantastic weather and the hotels were comfortable, food options were excellent. Had a small hiccup with baggage transfers on the last 2 nights.

I. Lloyd(Mylor, South Australia)  

Ancient Venetian Empire by Bike

11 Oct 2018

I was very happy with the Ancient Venetian Empire trip. The journey from Mestre to the mainland via ferries was very exciting and the country side and township were beautiful.

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