Day 1 Arrive Mestre, Venice:
Briefing and bike delivery between 6 and 7 p.m
Day 2 Mestre/Venice - Jesolo surroundings:
This day you have two possibilities, either you cycle along the dam and the lagoon to Venice or you cycle through the back-country following the river Sile to reach Jesolo/surroundings. Cycling Approximately 35/65 km
Day 3 Jesolo surroundings - Portogruaro:
Cycle along the coast to Carole - a charming historic centre, made up of little houses painted in various colours that look out to the piazzas and streets of the town. Head north towards the Julian Alps alongside dikes and fishing villages, leaving the sea behind you. Arrive Portogruaro, impressive with its glorious ‘Palazzi’ or ‘palaces’.Cycling: Approximately 59 km
Day 4 Portogruaro – Aquileia / Grado:
Cycle from the region of Veneto and through Friuli Venezia Giulia, among rivers, canals and ancient Roman towns.. Your destination will be Aquileia, also with Roman excavations or Grado an Italian seaside town . Option to shorten this stage by 25km by train. Cycling Approximately 45/ 55 km
Day 5 Aquileia / Grado - Trieste:
To begin with today’s stages which continue through the hinterland of Trieste, soaked in a meagre 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; and then the coastal road follows through suggestive resorts like Duino, Sistiana, Miramare, and Barcola. You should 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 a multiplicity of more the 2000 plants prosper. Cycling Approximately 63/73 km
Day 6 Trieste – Portorož/Piran:
Today, cross the border into Slovenia, cycling along cycle paths through holiday resorts and the historic town of Koper, originally a Venetian town, and later part of Austrian, and on to Piran. Arrive the exclusive seaside resort of Portorož or take the longer option and cycle to Piran and old Venetian town on the coast. Cycling: Approximately 31 /56 km
Day 7 Portorož/Piran - Poreč:
Cycling southwards, pass the salt mines of Secovlje, a large Slovenian town and a key area for ornithology. Cross the border into Croatia, and continue down Istria, the Adriatic Sea’s largest peninsula to reach Poreč, the tourism capital of Croatia, with its Eufrasian Basilica, which, in 1997 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cycling Approximately: 63 km
Day 8 Poreč:
After breakfast the tour finishes. Return to Venice by boat (ticket not included) or stay on in Croatia for extra nights.
You will ride for approximately 300km in 6 stages. The first three days are mainly on flat roads, across the Veneto and Friuli plain, while the last three stages are slightly hillier.
The starting point of this cycle tour begins with “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, an opportunity always presents itself to take a refreshing swim in the sea. Besides these beaches, the inland regions of the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia offers countless sites with very special charm waiting to be discovered; Mediaeval fortress towns; Roman archaeological excavations; typical Italian Piazzas and buildings embossed with Venetian influences causing the 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 terminates on the Croatia peninsular. The return journey to Venice by boat is the final crowning concluding the week long cycling tour.