Venezia - Trieste - Istria (7/6)
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7 days | difficulty level

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Venice – Trieste – Istria ( 7 days / 6 nights)
From the beaches of the adriatic sea in Italy to Slovenia and Croatia

Difficulty Level:
Duration: 7 days
Distance: 185 - 360 km
Landscape:

The starting point of this cycle tour is “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 to Trieste, the former Habsburg seaport seated at the foothills of the Karst. Finish with a trip down the beautiful Croatian peninsula of Istria. An opportunity always presents itself to take a refreshing swim in the sea.

Due to this fact, you should never forget to pack your swim gear. Besides these beaches, the inland regions of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia offer 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 return journey to Venice can be done by boat.
The cycle trip to Istria is flat until shortly before Trieste, then it continues slight hilly until Porec.

HIGHLIGHTS
ON THE PATH

Aquileia
Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta
Aquileia
Marvel at the festive backdrop provided by the enormous patriarchal basilica with its baptistery and 73-metre tower.
Concordia Sagittaria
Concordia Sagittaria
Concordia Sagittaria
On the river Lemene lies this former Roman colony, rich in history, excavations, culinary specialities and good wines.
Grado
Boat trip to the island of Anfora to the Osteria Ai Ciodi
Grado
The island of Anfora is a picturesque fishing village in the heart of the Grado lagoon. It is advisable to combine the island trip with a stop at the Osteria Ai Ciodi.
Trieste
Castello di Miramare
Trieste
Admire the botanical variety in the park surrounding the Castle or enjoy the view over the Gulf of Trieste!
Piran
Piazza Tartini and Piran harbour
Piran
The square was named after the virtuoso Giuseppe Tartini.
Venice
"Cannaregio" district
Venice
The former ghetto is full of treasures. After a coffee at Campo di Ghetto, let yourself be inspired in the Bragorà handicraft shop!
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TRAVEL ITINERARY

7 days / 6 nights

Day 1

Individual arrival at the hotel on the mainland of Venice. The “Serenissima” with all its splendid buildings invites to a primary inspection. The city of Venice has a well organised and easily accessible public transport system, there is a bus or train stop near to the hotel.

Day 2

(approx. 35 km or approx. 80 km)

Today 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/Caorle. The first few kilometres in the lagoon city are carried out by bicycle. Then you take a ferry across to Punta Sabbioni (ticket not included in the “package-price”). On the endless beaches at Litorale di Cavallino, a spit of land in the north of the lagoon, the route is lined by numerous fishing boats and souvenir stalls. Before you leave Venice through the “backdoor”, the opportunity exists for an excursion to the lighthouse at the outmost end of the island for a last view of the lagoon city and the surrounding islands. On the way to Jesolo one can hardly resist the opportunity to have a refreshing dip into the cool wet. You spend the night in Jesolo or Caorle. If you choose the alternative through the hinterland you cycle along the river Sile. This natural river carries always a constant amount of water and flows quietly; that’s why its name is derived from the Latin word “silet” what means “keep silent”. Passing the ruins of Torre Caligo, a tower from the Middle Age which is situated near the homonymous canal “Caligo”, you reach directly Jesolo. If you will spend the night in Caorle you continue cycling along.

Day 3

(approx. 30 - 35 km)

Along the coast and once you have passed the last fishermen’s cottages, you reach Caorle, a wonderful, small seaside resort with a historical centre. On reaching this destination, it signifies leaving the sea for a while as the direction is dictated by the mainland in the direction of the Julian Alps on the horizon. During the spring period of the Venetian Republic, it was convenient for the interior to encompass Portogruaro as a very important River harbour in the “Serenissima”. Even today there are those in Portogruaro who regard their city as the most Venetian. They are not entirely incorrect when you look at the Venetian embellishments of the magnificent buildings and places.

Day 4

(approx. 65 km + boat from Marano Lagunare or approx. 45 km, if the first part is additionally shortened by a train ride to Latisana; approx. 85 km without boat)

Besides the beaches of the Adriatic, there is a lot to discover; ruins of former Roman cities, ancient churches and lonely landscapes on the edge of the lagoon. From Marano Lagunare you take the boat until short before Aquileia, once a large city of the Roman Empire, excavations of the Roman city can be seen in the open-air-site and in two museums.

Day 5

(approx. 40 - 80 km; short variant by using the train; ticket not included)

Today’s stage continues 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 above the Bay of Grignano situated in the middle of a beautiful park in which a multiplicity of more the 2000 plants prosper. Above the Gulf of Trieste, entrenched is a city bearing the same name, once a harbour metropolis of the Habsburgs Empire and where you will be spending the night.

Day 6

(approx. 35 km + ferry Trieste-Muggia* or approx. 65 km, depending on the chosen variant)

Only after a few kilometres today, you leave Italy. In Slovenia, the route continues predominantly on cycle paths through well-known seaside resorts like Koper (Capodistria) and Izola (Isola d’ Istria), to Piran (Pirano) or to Portorož (Portorose), a spa resort on the Slovenian Riviera. There is a little bit longer alternative of this stage which passes along the valley “Rosandra” in the back country. *Tickets not included

Day 7

Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay in Piran/Portoroz

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Prices and dates

Standard
Double room rate Arrivals on 10/04/2021 and 02/10/2021 639 €
Double room rate From 17/04/2021 to 29/09/2021 679 €
High season supplement From 19/06/2021 to 11/09/2021 50 €
Single room supplement 119 €

Il 10/04/21, from 11/04/21 to 18/06/21, from 12/09/21 to 01/10/21, il 02/10/21 arrival is always possible on Saturday.

From 01/05/21 to 18/06/21, from 12/09/21 to 30/09/21 arrival is always possible on Wednesday.

From 19/06/21 to 11/09/21 arrival is always possible on Wednesday, Saturday.

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

Price per night and person in double room Venezia 69 €
Single room supplement per night Venezia 23 €

Il 10/04/21, from 11/04/21 to 18/06/21, from 12/09/21 to 01/10/21, il 02/10/21 arrival is always possible on Saturday.

From 01/05/21 to 18/06/21, from 12/09/21 to 30/09/21 arrival is always possible on Wednesday.

From 19/06/21 to 11/09/21 arrival is always possible on Wednesday, Saturday.

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

21-gears women‘s or men‘s bicycle 79 €
E-bike 169 €
Rental bike TOP 119 €

Il 10/04/21, from 11/04/21 to 18/06/21, from 12/09/21 to 01/10/21, il 02/10/21 arrival is always possible on Saturday.

From 01/05/21 to 18/06/21, from 12/09/21 to 30/09/21 arrival is always possible on Wednesday.

From 19/06/21 to 11/09/21 arrival is always possible on Wednesday, Saturday.

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

General information

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By car: Take the Brenner Highway (A22) from Innsbruck to Verona and continue to Venice mainland/Mestre or drive from Villach over the border crossing point Arnoldstein to Udine and continue to Venice mainland.
By train: Take a train to the main station in Mestre and either a bus or a taxi to the hotel. Timetable available on: www.deutschebahn.de, www.oebb.at, www.trenitalia.com
By plane: Low cost flights are available to Sant’Angelo airport in Treviso, Ronchi dei Legionari airport in Trieste and to the Marco Polo airport in Venice which offer an airport shuttle (Venice and Treviso) to and from Venice mainland/Mestre.

Hotels 3*** and 4**** category.
Attention: Tourist tax – if requested – has to be paid on the spot!

Depending on the start hotel, parking facilities are available. Some hotels may require an obligatory fee of approx. € 30.00 - € 50.00 per week payable on the day of arrival (reservation not possible).

A ferry boat leaves Poreč every Wednesday and Saturday and according to the timetable approx. at 7.00-8.00 a.m. (depending on the timetable the ferry may leave also earlier or later) and arrives at approx. 10.45 a.m. in Venice (depending on departure time from Porec).
Price per person from Porec: approx. € 65.00 – € 85.00 (depending on the season). Price per person from Piran: approx. € 60.00 – € 80.00 (depending on the season, departure on Satuday). Price per bicycle: approx. € 10.00 (limited space for 4 bikes available). Rental bikes can be left at no charge at the last Hotel in Piran/Portorož or Porec and do not have to be transported on the ship. It is necessary to book and fully prepay the ferry transfer at the moment of the tour booking. The cost for the boat is subject to payment on confirmation of the travel booking, as the ferry has to paid in full. Following details are needed for the ferry ticket: First name, surname, date of birth, nationality, official document (passport or ID) document number and validity date. If the ferry transfer is cancelled for any reason (technical problems, logistic reasons of the owner, weather etc.), we will organise a bus transfer instead. The ferry ticket is non-refundable and the customer is not entitled to any compensation in this case.
We would like to inform you that the return journey from the harbour in Venice Terminal San Basilio to Venice train station, Venice mainland/Mestre or Venice airport with own bikes and luggage is quite difficult. Transfer from the harbour in Venice to the first hotel: There are many possibilities with public taxis, price is approx. € 45.00 – 55.00 – the transfer can be booked during the briefing before the tour start and has to be paid directly to the driver at the ferry terminal San Basilio on arrival.
On the first and last starting date, where is no ferry transfer between Porec and Venice, we can offer on request a privat transfer at the price of € 345.00 per minivan (1-8 persons) - to be booked in advance. Transfer from Porec to Triest with public transport: www.crnja-tours.hr/vozni-red-autobusa/, www.flixbus.de.

• 21-gears women‘s or men‘s bicycle
• Rental bike TOP
• E-bike (UNISEX bike, 500 W battery; range up to 100 km)

• Accomodation in hotels 3*** and 4**** category

• Breakfast buffet or full breakfast

• Personal tour information

• Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

• Ship transfer on Day 4

• Well planned routes

• Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)

• Telephone service hotline for the entire tour

• Arrival to the starting point of the tour

• Departure at the end of the tour

• Drinks, tourist tax and all extras

• Lunch, Dinner

• Not mentioned entries

• Rental bikes and travel insurance

• All not expressly mentioned under the item „Included services“

FAQ

Questions and answers

Cycling: cycle the entire route. Portogruaro-Aquileia (about 75 km) or Portogruaro-Grado (about 85 km)
Bike + boat + bike: cycle from Portogruaro to Marano Lagunare (about 42 km) and then continue by boat to just before Aquileia and then cycle again to Aquileia (about 14 km) or Grado (about 24 km).
Train + bike + boat + bike: take the train from Portogruaro to Latisana and from Latisana continue by bike until Marano Lagunare (about 21 km). From Marano take the boat to just before Aquileia and then cycle to Aquileia (about 14 km) or Grado (about 24 km).
Boat transfer: the boat transfer from Marano Lagunare to just before Aquileia takes place only in good weather and can be cancelled due to bad weather. A maximum of 12 people can be transported in one boat trip. At the briefing you must informed us if you want to take the boat transfer or not.
Train Cervignano/Aquileia/Grado + bike: Take the train from Portogruaro to Cervignano/Aquileia/Grado and then continue by bike to Aquileia (about 8 km) or Grado (about 18 km).

Every Wednesday and Saturday is possible a return transfer by boat from Poreč to Venice. Departure from Poreč at approx. 07.00-08.00 and arrival in Venice at approx. 10.45 (depending on the departure time in Porec).
Booking of the boat trip is absolutely necessary at the moment of you trip booking,  payment for the boat trip must be made in advance when booking the trip.
We advice you that it is difficult to return from the port of Venice to the starting hotel on your own bikes. There are several public taxis available, the transfer can be booked at the briefing  before the tour. Payable directly to the driver.

Depending on the departure hotel you can either use the hotel car park or the hotel garage at a price of approx. 30.00 € to 50.00 € per week. Payable on site, reservation not possible.

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