Flyover in Trieste, region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Giulio

Seafood lunch in Piran, Slovenia. Photo via Flickr:Toni Krasnic
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Venice to Poreč

Italy, Slovenia, Croatia Bike Tours

Bike tour in Venice and along the Croatian Coast!

  • This bike tour in Europe takes you through three countries in one week! You will bike in Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. The history of the Republic of Venice provides the backdrop for this exciting adventure. Initially formed by scattered marsh islands inhabited by refugees, Venice became one of the Mediterranean's great powers. Today, still lovely, mystical and romantic, this city on water will fascinate! Biking the outskirts of Venice, you will leave the famous city and cycle along the beaches of the coastline and up to the plain of Friuli, exploring this area that has always been a bridge between the Mediterranean world and central Europe. The bike route then leads to the fascinating town of Trieste, culminating in cycling the beautiful Istrian coast in Croatia! The landscape is geographically complex; alps, limestone plateau, alluvial plain, and shelving coastlands. The culture, diverse as well, and cycling immerses you in it all.

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  • 2019 Prices

     Category ACategory B
    Season 1:  £ 586 $ 1,300 690 $ 1040 NOK 6498 kr 5998 $ 780 £ 527 $ 1,168 620 $ 934 NOK 5838 kr 5389 $ 701
    Season 2:  £ 671 $ 1,488 790 $ 1190 NOK 7439 kr 6867 $ 893 £ 612 $ 1,356 720 $ 1085 NOK 6780 kr 6258 $ 814
    Season 3:  £ 714 $ 1,582 840 $ 1266 NOK 7910 kr 7302 $ 949 £ 654 $ 1,450 770 $ 1160 NOK 7251 kr 6693 $ 870
    Single Supplement:  £ 195 $ 433 230 $ 347 NOK 2166 kr 1999 $ 260 £ 153 $ 339 180 $ 271 NOK 1695 kr 1565 $ 203

    Season 1: April 6 and September 28, 2019
    Season 2: April 7 to May 17 and September 14 to September 27, 2019
    Season 3: May 18 to July 13 and August 17 to September 13, 2019

    extra options

    Ferry boat transfer (Porec to Venice), approximately: £ 72 $ 160 85 $ 128 NOK 800 kr 739 $ 96 *

    *Price depends on season, price will be confirmed upon booking. If the ferry boat is not available the service will be replaced by a private transfer. The booking (complete with full names, passport number, nationality, date of birth) is compulsory when sending the reservation.

    Electric bike rental: £ 93 $ 207 110 $ 166 NOK 1036 kr 956 $ 124

    Helmet rental: £ 13 $ 28 15 $ 23 NOK 141 kr 130 $ 17

    Extra nights:
    Mestre Cat. A:  £ 55 $ 122 65 $ 98 NOK 612 kr 565 $ 73

    Single room: £ 76 $ 170 90 $ 136 NOK 848 kr 782 $ 102

    Mestre Cat. B:  £ 47 $ 104 55 $ 83 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62

    Single room: £ 68 $ 151 80 $ 121 NOK 753 kr 695 $ 90

    Porec:  £ 55 $ 122 65 $ 98 NOK 612 kr 565 $ 73

    Single room: £ 72 $ 160 85 $ 128 NOK 800 kr 739 $ 96

    Venice (from):  £ 76 $ 170 90 $ 136 NOK 848 kr 782 $ 102

    Single room (from): £ 127 $ 283 150 $ 226 NOK 1413 kr 1304 $ 170

    please note

    Reducation for 3rd/4th person in same room

    Cat. A: £ 110 $ 245 130 $ 196 NOK 1224 kr 1130 $ 147

    Cat. B: £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Venice Marco Polo Airport

    Local Travel

    From Venice Marco Polo Airport, the easiest way to reach downtown Mestre is on the ATVO Fly Bus, which runs between the airport and the Mestre railroad station. The buses run from early in the morning until late evening, with several departures every hour during most of the day. Travel time is only 17 minutes, and the cost is approximately €5.


    The average high/low temperatures in °F for the region 55°/40 °for March, 61°/46° April, 70°/55° May, 76°/61°June, 81°/65 July, 81°/64° August, 74°/59° September, and 64°/50 for October.


    Regarding ferry transfer, this must be reserved at time of booking: check in at 6.15 a.m. in Porec - boarding at 7:00 - departure at 7.15 a.m. - arrival in Venice at 11.00. Luggage restrictions apply. One stored bag and one carry on allowed not to exceed 10 kg in weight and no more than 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm. If you will have more than one piece of luggage, additional pieces are €5 per piece at the time of booking or €10 at the time of boarding.

Where You’ll Stay

Category A: 3 and 4 star hotels
Category B: 3 star hotels

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Tour information and route descriptions
  • Informational meeting
  • Bike rental with handlebar bag and pannier
  • Luggage transfer
  • *Ferry transfer on Day 2 (bike not incl. approx. €4)
  • 7-day service hotline
  • *On July 20, the ferry service is not available and will be replaced by a private transfer.

What’s Not Included

  • All other meals other than breakfast
  • Local hotel taxes (10 to 15 €)
  • Train tickets for day 4 (approx. €6) and day 5 (€7)
  • Boat transfer from Porec to Venice (approx. €65-85/person)
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TypeSelf Guided
Length8 days
From620 Rates
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Tour Dates


Departures on Saturdays, April 6 to July 14 and August 17 to September 28, 2019

Departures on Sundays, May 12 to  July 7 and September 1 to September 22, 2019

*Special departure dates for at least 5 people.

Skill Level

This self-guided tour entails 300 km of riding over 6 days. The first three days are mainly on flat roads across the Veneto and Friuli plain. The last three days you will encounter a few more hills but nothing extreme. During the high season, you will encounter more traffic on the coast.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Venice to Poreč Map

Day 1: Arrival in Mestre/Venice
Day 2: Mestre/Venice - Jesolo/Caorle/coast, 25/40 mi. (40/65 km)
Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle/coast - Portogruaro, 25/37 mi. (40/60 km)
Day 4: Portogruaro - Aquileia/Palmanova, 37 or 43 mi. (60 or 70 km)
Day 5: Aquileia/Palmanova - Trieste, 31 or 43 mi. (50 or 70 km)
Day 6: Trieste - Portorož/Piran, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Portorož/Piran - Poreč, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 8: Poreč

Day 1: Individual arrival in Mestre/Venice
The city of Venice will captivate you with its charm and splendor. Venice is still a monument to the glory days of the Renaissance. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and others.

Day 2: Mestre/Venice - Jesolo/Caorle/coast, 25 or 40 mi. (40 or 65 km)
After a few kilometers, your bicycle tour in Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia continues by ferry and then by Vaporetto. You will pass in front of Piazza San Marco, one of the most beautiful squares in the world.  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.

Day 3: Jesolo/Caorle/coast - Portogruaro, 25/37 mi. (40/60 km)
Upon departing from Caorle, with its wonderful historical center, the route leads north towards the Julian alps. You will leave the sea behind you arriving in Portogruaro, one of the main centers in the period of Serenissima Republic of Venice, still impressive with its glorious Palazzi. Portogruaro was officially founded in 1140 by a group of fishermen who settled there and built a river port.

Day 4: Portogruaro - Aquileia/Palmanova, 37 or 43 mi. (60 or 70 km)
The day is spent cycling 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 city resembles a 9-pointed star. You can shorten the stage by about 20 km by train from Portogruaro to Latisana.

Day 5: Aquileia/Palmanova - Trieste, 31 or 43 mi. (50 or 70 km)
The route leads once again towards the sea and the gulf of Trieste awaits you. However,  there are many opportunities to explore along the way! Duino with its two castles, Sistiana with its characteristic bay and Miramare with its famous castle built according to the wishes of Massimiliano d’Asburgo, situated in a beautiful park of more than 20 hectares in size, are all worth a detour!  Just a few kilometers lie between you and Trieste, the ancient port of the Asburgic Empire, which has much to offer in the way of attractions. It is possible to reduce the daily mileage of about 30 km with a train transfer from Monfalcone to Trieste at the end of the stage.

Day 6: Trieste - Portorož/Piran, 28 mi. (45 km)
After a few kilometers, you will cross over into Slovenia, often cycling along cycle paths through famous holiday resorts such as Koper, first Venetian, and then Austrian, and Piran, another important town which was ruled over for a long time by Venice. The destination today is Portorož, a town renowned for its spa and bathing facilities. 

Day 7Portorož/Piran - Poreč, 34 mi. (55 km) 
Cycling in Slovenia towards the south, you will pass through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large town known for its salt works and a key area as regards ornithology. Some kilometers later you will cross the Croatian border down along Istria, the Adriatic sea’s largest peninsula. In the end, you will reach Porec, the tourist capital of Croatia, with its Eufrasian Basilica, which in 1997, was declared Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO.

Day 8: Poreč
Departure after breakfast. Return to Venice by boat available for a supplement.

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Tour Reviews

  • Larry Hinzman 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    We were a group of eight old friends and found this trip very enjoyable. The tour organizer, Klemen Stular was very responsive to our questions and preferences, and even worked to adapt the route to accommodate our request to visit a winery! The trails had some loose gravel so it required extra caution (and muscle) on steep hills, but the off-road trails made this particular tour the most special. The equipment was well-maintained, easy to use, and reliable. The tour operator was very conscientious about making certain everything fit the rider. The scenery was glorious and the people warm and welcoming.

  • Wes J. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Great scenery and a very good vacation. I recommend taking the boat out of Trieste to avoid the traffic.

  • MARCOS FERRAZ 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Estamos super-satisfeitos com voces e a Giro Libero. Tudo transcorreu muito bem de forma profissional e organizada, superando ate nossas expectativas.
    O material distribuido (mapas e guias) foi otimo; as bikes todas aguentaram bem sem darem qq problema, em otimo estado de manutencao e apropriadas ao trajeto; o percurso muito bem marcado; o funcionario da reuniao inicial foi pontual e nos atendeu muito bem e orientou sobre tudo; os hoteis super de acordo com o contratado, bem localizados e confortaveis; enfim, um passeio que nos alegrou em muito com paisagens lindas e repleto de experiencias culturais.

  • Kristine Johnson 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Traveling from Venice through northeast Italy and Trieste into Slovenia and Croatia was beautiful and culturally rich.

  • Magdalena Cheung 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    I found the trip operator a bit disorganized. Nobody told us that the tour guides & map etc were put in our room, and we did not know until the briefing time. During the briefing we went through the material kit, but we were not offered any additional info. The options re the accessories with the bike were not chosen by us, but the operator insisted we chose it and refused to exchange reading board for bike bag.
    The map and guide do not always match. We expected bike route would be traffic free and for bike only, but apparently 90% of the time it was not the case. The bike was a bit heavy for me, especially I am only slightly over 100lbs.

  • Al E. 4 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    This was our 13th Tripsite Tour and as always, it was exceptional. The bike route was well marked, the bikes were new and well serviced and the Hotels were excellent. It was a very interesting ride. Thanks to Hennie and Carla for recommending the Tour.
    Al and Sue

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