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:  £ 591 $ 1,192 690 $ 1049 NOK 6555 kr 6051 $ 787 £ 531 $ 1,071 620 $ 942 NOK 5890 kr 5437 $ 707
    Season 2:  £ 677 $ 1,365 790 $ 1201 NOK 7505 kr 6928 $ 901 £ 617 $ 1,244 720 $ 1094 NOK 6840 kr 6314 $ 821
    Season 3:  £ 720 $ 1,451 840 $ 1277 NOK 7980 kr 7366 $ 958 £ 660 $ 1,330 770 $ 1170 NOK 7315 kr 6752 $ 878
    Single Supplement:  £ 197 $ 397 230 $ 350 NOK 2185 kr 2017 $ 262 £ 154 $ 311 180 $ 274 NOK 1710 kr 1578 $ 205

    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: £ 73 $ 147 85 $ 129 NOK 808 kr 745 $ 97 *

    *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: £ 94 $ 190 110 $ 167 NOK 1045 kr 965 $ 125

    Helmet rental: £ 13 $ 26 15 $ 23 NOK 143 kr 132 $ 17

    Extra nights:
    Mestre Cat. A:  £ 56 $ 112 65 $ 99 NOK 618 kr 570 $ 74

    Single room: £ 77 $ 155 90 $ 137 NOK 855 kr 789 $ 103

    Mestre Cat. B:  £ 47 $ 95 55 $ 84 NOK 523 kr 482 $ 63

    Single room: £ 69 $ 138 80 $ 122 NOK 760 kr 702 $ 91

    Porec:  £ 56 $ 112 65 $ 99 NOK 618 kr 570 $ 74

    Single room: £ 73 $ 147 85 $ 129 NOK 808 kr 745 $ 97

    Venice (from):  £ 77 $ 155 90 $ 137 NOK 855 kr 789 $ 103

    Single room (from): £ 129 $ 259 150 $ 228 NOK 1425 kr 1315 $ 171

    please note

    Reducation for 3rd/4th person in same room

    Cat. A: £ 111 $ 225 130 $ 198 NOK 1235 kr 1140 $ 148

    Cat. B: £ 86 $ 173 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114

    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

    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

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

  • MARCOS FERRAZ 3 years ago

    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

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

  • Magdalena Cheung 4 years ago

    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

    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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