Croatia, Italy, Slovenia
Venice to Poreč
The lands of the Ancient Republic of Venice
from 540 €
8 Days / 7 Nights, Cat. B
Web code IT004
SA 4.04 - 18.07 and 22.08 - 3.10.2020
SU 17.05 - 12.07 and 30.08 - 20.09.2020
Special departure dates for at least 5 people.
Season 1: 4.04 and 3.10.2020
Season 2: 5.04 - 15.05 and 12.09 - 2.10.2020
Season 3: 16.05 - 18.07 and 22.08 - 11.09.2020
Price per person
540 € in double room, Cat. B: 3* hotels
630 € in double room, Cat. A: mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Breakfast buffet
- Welcome briefing in English
- Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
- Luggage transportation
- Hotline service
- Ferry transfer on day 2 (bike not included). Except departure of 19.07.2020, when the ferry boat transfer will be replaced by a private transfer.
- Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)
- Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”
Supplements per person
180/230 € single room (Cat. B/A)
100 € Season 2
150 € Season 3
Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
55/85 € in Mestre Cat. B
70/100 € in Mestre Cat. A
from 65/85 € in Porec Cat. B+A
from 90/150 € in Venice
FERRY BOAT TRANSFER
To be confirmed when booking the tour:
Transfer Porec-Venice by boat around 7-8 am (approx. 4 hours). Price 65-85 € p.p. (+10 € for own bikes), depending on the season.
If the ferry boat is not available the service will be replaced by a private transfer.
The booking (complete with full names, passport number/ID card number, nationality, date of birth) is compulsory when sending the reservation. Passport expiry date should be 90 days past your return travel date from Croatia.
Girolibero rental bikes including insurance against theft and damage:
85 € Touring bike
125 € Hybrid bike
195 € E-bike
170 € Tandem
Additional bike accessories on demand:
15 € helmet (head circumference from 54 to 61 cm)
100/130 € 3rd person in room (Cat. B/A)
Day by Day
Individual arrival in Mestre (the mainland of Venice). The city of Venice will captivate you with its splendour, acknowledged worldwide.
2. Mestre – Jesolo/Caorle/seacoast (40/65 km)
After a few kilometres by bike, you take the ferry and then the vaporetto, passing in front of Piazza San Marco. Then you will reach Punta Sabbioni, the furthest south 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. The overnight will be in one of the places along this famous coastline.
3. Jesolo/Caorle/seacoast – Portogruaro (60/40 km)
Leaving the sea behind you, you will 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 fishermen in the past during the fishing season). Afterwards you will go to the town of Portogruaro, one of the main centres in the times of the “Serenissima Republic of Venice”, which is impressive even today with its glorious “Palazzi” or “palaces”.
4. Portogruaro – Palmanova/Aquileia (60/70 km)
The trip can be shortened by 20 km by taking a train from Portogruaro to Latisana. You will spend the day 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 will be Aquileia, with its Roman excavations, or Palmanova, named “the starry city” because from above the town resembles a 9-pointed star.
5. Palmanova/Aquileia – Trieste (70/50 km)
The trip can be shortened by 30 km by taking a train at the end of the stage from Monfalcone to Trieste. You will once again head towards the sea: the gulf of Trieste awaits you, with many possible stops along the way, such as Duino with its two castles, Sistiana with its characteristic bay and Miramare with its famous white castle built according to the wishes of Maximilian of Augsburg, situated in a beautiful park of more than 20 hectares in size. Just a few kilometres lie between you and Trieste, the ancient port of the Asburgic Empire, which has much to offer as regards attractions and history.
6. Trieste – Piran/Portorož (45 km)
After a few kilometres you will cross over into Slovenia, often cycling along cycle paths through famous holiday resorts such as Koper, first for a long time a Venetian and then Austrian town, and Piran, another important centre which was ruled over for a long time by Venice. You then finally arrive in Portorož, a town renowned for its spa and bathing facilities.
7. Piran/Portorož – Porec (55 km)
Cycling southwards, you will pass through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large Slovenian town with a humid environment, which is a key area as regards ornithology. Some kms later you will cross the Croatian border down along Istria, the Adriatic sea’s largest peninsula. In the end you will reach Porec, the tourism capital of Croatia, with its Eufrasian Basilica, which was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.
After breakfast, end of services. Possibility to return to Venice by boat.
Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.
- Total length: 315/340 km
- Total vertical up: 1,390 m
- Terrain: 92% tarmac, 8% unpaved
- Train connection among the overnight stays: NO
- Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 4 and 5.
You will ride the first three stages along flat roads, across the Veneto and Friuli plain, and the last three on slightly hillier sections.
Leisure to Moderate: some days the itinerary will be flat, others it will present some hills. Suitable for everyone in good physical condition and with some cycling experience .
How to get there
Mestre is connected with the following airports:
Venice: 10 km, Treviso: 35 km, Verona 120 Km, Trieste 120 km.
For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.
Accommodation and meals
We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.
According to your category of choice you will be accommodated in:
- Cat. A: mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels
- Cat. B: 3* hotels
All rooms have en suite facilities. All category A hotels have air conditioning while in category B there may be some cases of accommodation without air conditioning.
This is a very popular area for tourism so we have a range of hotels that we use. On some days this may alter the distances you cycle and the towns you sleep in. However, the route notes give full descriptions of all the routes and 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.
When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
- double room is a room with one double bed
- twin room is a room with two single beds
- triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.
Bikes and accessories
Girolibero bikes are available in different sizes and frames:
- Touring bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
- Touring bike 7-gear Shimano Nexus with back-pedal brake
- Hybrid bike 27-gear Shimano
- E-bike 9-gear Shimano
- Tandem www.pedalpower.de
- aluminium frame
- mudguard (not for Hybrid)
- rear rack
- comfort gel saddle www.selleroyal.com (different model for Hybrid)
- anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
- ergonomic bicycle grips
- Speed Lifter system
An insurance against theft and damage is included in the rental bike price. In cases of careless or improper behavior the insurance will not cover the costs.
All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
1 cycle computer
1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
1 water bottle (0.75 l)
1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
1 combination bike lock
At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61 cm. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.
The Information Pack (one per room) includes:
- final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
- luggage labels to be attached to each piece of luggage to be transported
- hotel vouchers to be handed in to the hotel reception upon arrival
- 24 hours ACTV ferry ticket (bike transport not included).
Girolibero Greens booklets:
1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and places of interest of the areas you pass through during your tour.
Plus: local events, fun facts, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
2) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you will visit.
3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.
By your side
In Mestre you will meet our representative who:
- will illustrate you the tour
- will deliver your bikes
- will be available (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.
The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.
For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us as follows:
- office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
- emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
22 Client reviews
Departure 14-21 September 2019
Online from 26 September 2019We were six in our group with an age range from 32 to 72. I can speak for all of us when I say that from meeting with Rafael the first evening in Mestre to the last kilometer in Poreç, we had a wonderful time.
The scenery was often spectacular, the towns lovely, people friendly, and the route well thought out.
Departure 08-15 September 2019
Online from 20 September 2019Very enjoyable — a great way to see the northern Adriatic coast.
Departure 31 August - 07 September 2019
Online from 13 September 2019Percorso interessante, peccato la frequenza di tratti su strade molto trafficate specialmente nella parte croata
Departure 17-24 August 2019
Online from 02 September 2019Percorso impegnativo ma magico! Coniuga pedalate lungo ciclabili che attraversano paesaggi lagunari, riserve naturali, vigneti e uliveti, con attrazioni culturali ed artistiche uniche al mondo.
Percorso vario che passa dalla laguna, alle colline per raggiungere le bianche spiagge croate.
Intenso ma appagante al 100%!!!
Departure 17-24 August 2019
Online from 01 September 2019Very, very good.
Departure 13-20 July 2019
Online from 27 July 2019Percorso molto bello e giro ben organizzato. Solo un poco di incertezza a Venezia visto i molto turisti dovendo prendere dei mezzi pubblici.
L'unica vera nota negativa da rilevare è che sono state toccate alcune zone trafficate. Per fortuna non molte.
Queste situazioni erano indicate nelle varie informative, ma purtroppo vivendole creano un poco di malumore in particolare a Trieste.
Departure 29 June - 06 July 2019
Online from 17 July 2019This was amazing tour.
Departure 15-22 June 2019
Online from 29 June 2019The cycling worked perfectly for us and we had a great time thanks to the excellent organisation and attention to detail. Thank you
Departure 15-22 June 2019
Online from 28 June 2019It was very nice, unforgetable.
Departure 26 May - 02 June 2019
Online from 10 June 2019We were travelling as a family of 5 and enjoyed our trip very much. Were a bit unlucky with the weather on days 1 and 2 (very heavy rain and wind), but that is just how it is and it did not prevent us from enjoying the experience.
Everything was according to what had been promised and described prior to our arrival.
Personally, I prefer the smaller hotels to the big resort ones. The one in Porec was however good to end in, especially since there were not that many guests at the time. The Marigolf hotel in Caorle, while clean and friendly, was a bit off for me as was the surrounding area.
All in all, we enjoyed the trip very much and would definitely use Girolibero again :)
Departure 18-25 May 2019
Online from 31 May 2019My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
The route and materials were well organized, the quality of accommodations and breakfasts was very good.
We especially appreciated the hard work of the staff when our luggage went missing. They were persistent in solving the problem and communicated well throughout the process.
Thank you so much for taking such good care of us.
Departure 20-27 April 2019
Online from 12 May 2019Abbiamo trovato questo viaggio molto interessante, abbiamo attraversato posti bellissimi e lo raccomando.
Online from 03 May 2019We were a group of 4 and this was our first trip with Girolibero but I don’t think it will be our last.
Everything went very well, we were very pleased with all aspects of the holiday; communication was good, always in English, the bikes were in first class condition, the accommodation was all to a high standard and the information was very clear and detailed.
Departure 07-14 July 2018
Online from 04 October 2018con un po' di spirito di avventura si risolve tutto
Departure 18-25 August 2018
Online from 27 September 2018da consigliare
Departure 07-14 July 2018
Online from 26 September 2018è un viaggio da consigliare che merita essere fatto per la bellezza dei luoghi
Departure 25 August - 01 September 2018
Online from 25 September 2018Viaggio alla portata di tutti per i pochi dislivelli e le tappe non troppo lunghe con la possibilità di coniugare buona tavola, mare e cultura.
Online from 04 August 2017Everyone had a great trip! They’re ready to do it again!
We had no real problems on either trip! We had a great time.
We owned the Lake Garda ferry. It was like a private excursion! Very few other people. It was very pleasurable!
Sometimes we couldn’t locate a hotel but with GPS and phones we worked through those issues. A couple of hotels were a little warm because
of the hot weather and their weak AC systems. But food and wine solves those problems quickly!
We did have to split the group on the 2nd ferry crossing going from Venice. It would have been very difficult if we travelled on a busy day! The first ferry from Venice was very confusing for us as there was at least a .5 Km line of traffic stopped to pay tolls and waiting in line. We just pushed through on our bikes and walked up to the toll station to get our bike tickets. I would recommend that you tell your customers to do this as there was no guidance or information for bikers. Just push through, get your ticket, then wait by the ramp/boarding area. The second crossing utilizes a large and a small ferry. We needed to split into 2 groups to cross at this point. No problem. It just takes time.
Porec was beautiful and the hotel was very nice, Great buffet for breakfast and supper! Actually, the hotels were all very good. We didn’t want to leave Hotel Rosa or Crystal Hotel. Beautiful and so relaxing! The staff at Hotel Al Pini were super helpful and patient with us.
You (and company) did a fantastic job with reservations and taking care of the electric bike switch for three of us. Your attention to detail is commendable as we had no reservation problems. And that was a lot of rooms to get right!
The bikes worked well and were in excellent shape. All of the restaurant reservations went smoothly and the food was fine and Ristorante Paccagnella was the stand-out favorite. They had some really special foods for us.
The guide books worked well especially once we realized to read them carefully in advance! In English we put our adjectives before the noun but in Italian the adjective goes after the noun - and remains like that in the translation.
That’s where we had some confusion if we read to quickly while biking. It's a little thing but it can cause a few problems! Nice job on the arrows. A few had become hidden but we worked through that problem with guide.
So, we thank you for all the work you did and for ordering the beautiful weather ( a little hot some days!) That’s two years that we carried our raincoats and didn’t need them.
I hope we can meet again. I’m working on 2018 trip now. Some people want to get to Norway, Sweden, Finland. Some want France, Spain. Who knows where we will end up!
Departure 24 June - 01 July 2017
Online from 10 July 2017Primo viaggio tra i tanti gia fatti con girolibero che facciamo in Italia. Organizzazione come sempre ottima, la parte ciclistica è il vostro punto forte. Alberghi italiani secondo me di qualità inferiore a quelli di Francia o Austria, a parita di categoria.
Punti di forza del tracciato il ponte sulla laguna di Venezia ed i due passaggi in ferry e motobattello, Lio Piccolo con la sua laguna, Aquileia e le due tappe in terra straniera, Slovenia e Croazia. A me è molto piaciuta Torviscosa, ma è un parere molto personale in quanto amo l'archeologia industriale. Bellissima Parenzo e anche il rientro con un battello velocissimo, credo un catamarano, in due ore e quarantacinque eravamo gia' a Venezia.
Da migliorare: alcuni alberghi sono davvero troppo lontani dal paese, forse quando si chiede se A o B bisognerebbe avvisare che è possibile essere dislocati fuori paese, e avere piu' spiegazioni per ricongiungersi dal tratto che porta a Grado. Ci siamo persi ed abbiamo trovati altri stranieri in difficolta'.
Girolibero rispondeGrazie del riscontro Carla Agnese!!
Departure 20-27 August 2016
Online from 12 September 2016Vacanza bellissima, abbiamo visto città meravigliose che non conoscevamo prima ( soprattutto in Italia) e paesaggi sempre stupendi. E' stato divertente fare nuove amicizie on the road.
Abbiamo adorato le tappe il Slovenia e Croazia per i saliscendi che, nonostante la fatica, ci hanno entusiasmato e messo alla prova il nostro allenamento. Il chilometraggio è adeguato ( abbiamo fatto tutte le deviazioni consigliate, oltre ai chilometri stabiliti al giorno, quindi abbiamo pedalato un pò di più). Gli itinerari suggeriti dalle deviazioni sono stati, tra l'altro, tra i più incantevoli (Lio Piccolo indimenticabile). In alcuni tratti abbiamo però pedalato in mezzo a tanto traffico. Gli hotel dove siamo stati sistemati erano quasi tutti belli, puliti e con personale gentile.
Online from 29 July 2016"Hi Anna, I am writing to you to thank you and Girolibero for another wonderful cycling trip, this time from Venice to Porec. Everything worked out amazingly, we enjoyed the cycling very much, the hotels were great and the company along the way was also great fun."
Online from 15 July 2016Hi Katia:
Just a quick note to say that my family and I had a wonderful time on our Venice -- Porec cycling trip. The weather was great (but a little too hot), the hotels and food were excellent, and I've become a big fan of spritz Aperol. We're already looking forward to our next Girolibero trip!.