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Cycling the Adriatic: Venice to Porec

Following the northernmost tip of the Mediterranean, this self-guided cycle ride takes you through three countries in one week! Starting in Venice, the route heads eastwards, hugging the beautiful golden beaches of the Adriatic coast. Heading into the region of Friuli, you will pass sleepy fishing communes and the fascinating star-shaped city of Palmanova before turning south. Crossing the borders of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, it is hard to find a more fascinating concentration of culture anywhere else along the Adriatic.

Quick Facts

  • Cycling
  • Road Cycling
  • Self-Guided Cycling
  • Multi-Country Cycling Holidays

Whats Included

All accommodation, All listed activities, All transport, Tour leader (on guided trips), Some meals (details available on request)

What to expect

* 7 nights comfortable hotels with an option to upgrade to a higher standard * 6 days cycling with luggage transfers * 92% paved roads, 8% unpaved * Gentle undulations throughout * Self-guided holiday. Min age 14yrs

Cycle through three different countries: Italy, Slovenia & Croatia

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Days : 8

Price : From AED 4,115*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights

Trip Style : Classic

Trip Type : Self guided

Physical Grading : 3

Trip Map

Itinerary Land Only

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Day 6
Day 7
Day 8

Reviews

Title : Cycling from Venice to Porec - self guided
Summary : This bike ride is amazing. The routes are scenic and varied and pass through three countries and some very interesting, historical towns. The cycling is a good challenge, very doable and mainly flat or undulating but with some bigger hills that test your stamina! The coastal scenery is beautiful as is the countryside and wetlands you ride through. No shortage of places to stop for coffee, cake or lunch. Highly recommend it!
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Cycling into Piran then climbing the newly refurbished bell tower! Amazing views from the top!
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : N/A
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Do it! You won't regret it!

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Title : Cycling from Venice to Porec - self guided
Summary : This bike ride is amazing. The routes are scenic and varied and pass through three countries and some very interesting, historical towns. The cycling is a good challenge, very doable and mainly flat or undulating but with some bigger hills that test your stamina! The coastal scenery is beautiful as is the countryside and wetlands you ride through. No shortage of places to stop for coffee, cake or lunch. Highly recommend it!
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Cycling into Piran then climbing the newly refurbished bell tower! Amazing views from the top!
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : N/A
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Do it! You won't regret it!

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Title : Venice to Porec
Summary : Generally good trip. Scenery worth cycling through and routes good. Distances easily achieved. We found towns and villages along the way, so coffee and food was not a problem. Routes often used good quality cycle paths. Previous comments about unclean hotels not experienced. Most hotels excellent, although a couple were a bit old and cramped. We would recommend this trip.
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Many other riders from several countries are doing this route with the same land agents and their company was great. Finding our way with the directions provided was sometimes a challenge but it was great when it worked.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : N/A as self led
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : We always buy maps of an area before any departure and mark up the route, even if guided. This helps to show what is happening and especially helps when self guided routes are not totally correct. The trip was stated on the Exodus website as 100% on tarmac which we found to be incorrect, although trip notes stated some off road. At least the route maps provided showed off road sections. As we were not on mountain bikes we then used our own maps to detour round one or two long off road sections.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : We agree with previous comments that in spite of (or maybe because) the land agent is providing tours for several companies, they did not always meet our expectations. This is a tough commercial world and other land agents would surely be willing to replace them. The website states some gentle ascents. On the last day there are some tough hills, which most people finished up walking.

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Title : Just the right level of challenge
Summary : Four days of flat cycling through Italy followed by more hilly terrain on the final two through Slovenia/Croatia. The scenery and little towns we passed through were delightful - we saw many areas you perhaps wouldn't ever have visited in isolation unless touring. Bikes and equipment provided were solid and in good condition.
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : There were some really exceptional routes via bridges across water, and paths alongside the sea; and some very enjoyable downhill rides after tough climbs in Croatia and Slovenia. A restaurant called Valentino's in Portoguaro who served us, their sole customers, superb food very late on a Monday night, when we feared we'd go to bed hungry because we'd arrived so late!
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : This was a self guided holiday, so the cycle route guides were effectively our leader! These instructions were mostly very good with maybe two or three lapses. Several groups seemed to miss the Grado turn-off because of ambiguous instructions - and oddly this detour alone was not described in full. We got lost leaving Aquileia, heading at right angles to the correct route despite our best efforts! And a couple of times the instructions lapsed into different languages which provided an extra challenge. We felt the quality of the instructions was a little inconsistent, and less detailed as we left Italy There also seemed to be less arrow-stickers posted. The baggage transfer between hotels was seamless, with no problems at all.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : A cycle mirror mounted on your left handlebar will help on the very skinny fast Italian roads where one has to cycle right in the gutter, with cars passing very close. I bought one over there but it wasn't as good as my small tilt-able mirror at home. Padded cycle shorts are essential and I was glad I took an extra padded cycle cover too. A simple compass might have helped when we felt we were very offtrack! We managed with the maps provided but they are not that detailed, and often don't reference the same road names as the instructions do, so if you are concerned about your routefinding abilities, it may be worth bringing your own detailed maps, or downloading a GPS app. I was very bitten badly the first few days by mosquitoes, never usually a problem for me. I was using Jungle formula for Northern Europe, strength 3 until I switched to my friend's stronger version with 50% DEET. It didn't seem to be possible to get very strong repellent in Italy, so recommend you take a killer formula with you. Lastly, we didn't do this but it might have been sensible to check out the first few steps of the next day's route and just get oriented re the right direction to set off, before putting the bikes to bed for the night.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : We added two days in Venice at the start of our trip, which I'd recommend.

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Title : CYCLE THE ADRIATIC: VENICE TO POREC
Summary : Before booking the trip, I'd never even contemplated a cycling holiday before.  Yes I am reasonably fit and I do a fair bit of cardio-vascular work at the gym, but I'd never really used my third or fouth hand BMX, which is still sitting in my kitchen gathering dust!  However I fancied trying something different and challenging myself a little, and I liked the idea of seeing 3 different countries in one trip away.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I completed over 80kms on the first day, much of it into a 14kph head-wind.  Yes I was tired, but it wasn't a struggle as I suspected it might be.  So, the beauty of this trip is that it is suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness who fancies a holiday that takes it some beautiful and ever-changing scenery, whilst at the same time keeping you fit!  I loved the freedom a self-guided cycling trip gives you - the ability to stop whenever and wherever you want, not being limited on the amount of time you stop somewhere & the option to go at your own pace.  Also the general quality of the hotels used was excellent and mostly central to the town (with the exception of Caorle) & the buffet breakfasts were enough to fill me up for the majority of the day.  The 27 speed bikes were of excellent quality and made the ride smooth and hassle-free. The waterproof paniers supplied were spacious and easy to attached and detatch, and the waterproof box on the front of the bike was exactly the right size for my camera.  The routes chosen generally avoided main roads, which was great if you're not a confident cyclist and also meant that you experienced the real heart and culture of each country, travelling on country roads through quaint little villages and pretty coastal towns.  My only negative comment is that the directions given were sometimes vague and ambiguous, resulting in us covering a vastly increased distance on the first day, not reaching our destination until 10pm, and not having any time to stop at any of the towns/villages on route.  We did get used to the way they were written and learned to interpret them accordingly as the trip went on, but there were still times we resorted to using a map and picking our own route to the next place named on our itinerary!  Also I would suggest that Piran would be a much nicer final destination on day 5 of the trip, instead of Portoroz.  It's only about 5/6kms away and is a much prettier town with a lot more to see.  Overall though, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I would definitely do it again.
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Finding out that I was actually capable of cycling that sort of distance!The views down into Piran after covering a good few kilometres of cycling on winding uphill roads, which was starting to take it's toll on my knees!
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : N/A
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Make sure you take a good pair of padded cycling shorts, or a padded seat cover.

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Start Date - End DateAvailabilityPrice
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
2019-04-06 - 2019-04-136 AED 4,115
2019-04-13 - 2019-04-206 AED 4,630
2019-04-20 - 2019-04-276 AED 4,630
2019-04-27 - 2019-05-046 AED 4,630
2019-05-04 - 2019-05-116 AED 4,630
2019-05-11 - 2019-05-186 AED 4,630
2019-05-18 - 2019-05-256 AED 5,145
2019-05-25 - 2019-06-016 AED 5,145
2019-06-01 - 2019-06-086 AED 5,145
2019-06-08 - 2019-06-156 AED 5,145
2019-06-15 - 2019-06-226 AED 5,145
2019-06-22 - 2019-06-296 AED 5,145
2019-06-29 - 2019-07-066 AED 5,145
2019-07-06 - 2019-07-136 AED 5,145
2019-07-13 - 2019-07-206 AED 5,145
2019-08-17 - 2019-08-246 AED 5,145
2019-08-24 - 2019-08-316 AED 5,145
2019-08-31 - 2019-09-076 AED 5,145
2019-09-07 - 2019-09-146 AED 5,145
2019-09-14 - 2019-09-216 AED 4,630
2019-09-21 - 2019-09-286 AED 4,630
2019-09-28 - 2019-10-056 AED 4,115