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Starts
Mestre
+16 Destinations
Adriatic
Ends
Venice
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Highlights

  • Explore Venice
  • Visit the lagoon port of Grado
  • Cycle into Slovenia
  • Discover Croatia
Age range
14 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Bicycle
Start in Mestre and end in Venice! With the self-guided tour Cycle the Adriatic: Venice to Porec Self-Guided, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Mestre, Italy and 16 other destinations in Europe. Cycle the Adriatic: Venice to Porec Self-Guided includes accommodation in a hotel as well as meals, transport and more.

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  • Cycle the Adriatic: Venice to Porec Self-Guided reviewer 1
    Written on October 7, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    Good cycling and sight seeing somewhat spoilt by too detailed and useless route guide though necessary maps saved the day . Many of us got lost coming out of Trieste. Three other cycling companies were using the same material and hotels. Start from Mestre a bad idea 

  • Cycle the Adriatic: Venice to Porec Self-Guided reviewer 2
    Written on October 7, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    Good cycling and sight seeing somewhat spoilt by too detailed and useless route guide though necessary maps saved the day . Many of us got lost coming out of Trieste. Three other cycling companies were using the same material and hotels. Start from Mestre a bad idea 

  • Cycle the Adriatic: Venice to Porec Self-Guided reviewer 3
    Written on June 27, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    I'd consider myself an avid cyclist.  This is my 3rd cycle tour and the 1st time I've booked through Exodus.  The route selected for the trip allowed us to cycle through some beautiful countryside and see some stunning scenery!!  I loved the opportunity to cycle through 3 different countries.  I was suprised and pleased to see so many nice, paved bicyle paths for us to cycle across.I will say that we struggled, almost daily, to follow the route directions given to us.  Some of the directions were more vague than I would have like.  The very first day we cycled, it took us almost 20 minutes to find the streets that were named in the route guide, in order for us to get out of the plaza.  In all fairness, there was some construction in the plaza that might not have been there when the directions were written, but unfortunately, we experienced this same frustration almost daily.  It seemed to be worse when leaving town.  After we got out of town, things were better.  The tour company had posted their "orange arrow" along the route to let us know we were going in the right direction.  I SO appreciated seeing those and wish there were more.  The hotels booked for us along the way were very disappointing!  They were at best, in my opinion, 2-3 star hotels.  For the most part, they were clean, but very old, offered little in the way of ammenties, and were not in prime locations.  The last hotel we were booked in, Hotel Pical, didn't even have air conditioning.  After cycling for 6 days in 95 degree weather, this was a HUGE disappointment.  We stayed in a couple of beach villages.  I would have LOVED to have been booked in a hotel on the beach, rather than in a quiet corner of town.  What did you think of your group leader?This was a self-guided tour, so there was no group leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you take your own pedals, as I did, be forewarned there is noone at the last hotel to help you get them off.  Unfortunately, I was unable to get mine off and had to leave them on the bike. 

  • Cycle the Adriatic: Venice to Porec Self-Guided reviewer 4
    Written on June 27, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    I'd consider myself an avid cyclist.  This is my 3rd cycle tour and the 1st time I've booked through Exodus.  The route selected for the trip allowed us to cycle through some beautiful countryside and see some stunning scenery!!  I loved the opportunity to cycle through 3 different countries.  I was suprised and pleased to see so many nice, paved bicyle paths for us to cycle across.I will say that we struggled, almost daily, to follow the route directions given to us.  Some of the directions were more vague than I would have like.  The very first day we cycled, it took us almost 20 minutes to find the streets that were named in the route guide, in order for us to get out of the plaza.  In all fairness, there was some construction in the plaza that might not have been there when the directions were written, but unfortunately, we experienced this same frustration almost daily.  It seemed to be worse when leaving town.  After we got out of town, things were better.  The tour company had posted their "orange arrow" along the route to let us know we were going in the right direction.  I SO appreciated seeing those and wish there were more.  The hotels booked for us along the way were very disappointing!  They were at best, in my opinion, 2-3 star hotels.  For the most part, they were clean, but very old, offered little in the way of ammenties, and were not in prime locations.  The last hotel we were booked in, Hotel Pical, didn't even have air conditioning.  After cycling for 6 days in 95 degree weather, this was a HUGE disappointment.  We stayed in a couple of beach villages.  I would have LOVED to have been booked in a hotel on the beach, rather than in a quiet corner of town.  What did you think of your group leader?This was a self-guided tour, so there was no group leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you take your own pedals, as I did, be forewarned there is noone at the last hotel to help you get them off.  Unfortunately, I was unable to get mine off and had to leave them on the bike. 

  • Cycle the Adriatic: Venice to Porec Self-Guided reviewer 5
    Written on June 2, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    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. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?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!What did you think of your group leader?N/ADo you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you take a good pair of padded cycling shorts, or a padded seat cover.

  • Cycle the Adriatic: Venice to Porec Self-Guided reviewer 6
    Written on June 2, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    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. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?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!What did you think of your group leader?N/ADo you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you take a good pair of padded cycling shorts, or a padded seat cover.

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  1. Day 1: Start Mestre, the mainland of Venice
  2. Day 2: Leave Venice by bike and vaporetto towards the city of Caorle; chance to swim in the sea en route
  3. Day 3: Leave the coast and pedal north towards an area known for its lagoons to reach the beautiful little town of Portogruaro
  4. Day 4: Continue to Palmanova and the ancient city of Aquileia. Lunch by the sea at Marano Lagunare is highly recommended
  5. Day 5: Option of a beautiful ride to the lagoon port of Grad, then a more hilly coastal ride through Duino, Sistiana and Miramare; arrive at Trieste
  6. Day 6: Time to explore impressive Trieste, then cross into Slovenia; pass through Koper and Piran before reaching the spa town of Portoroz
  7. Day 7: Cycle past the salt mines of Secovljie, then enter Croatia and tackle a few hills, passing the ancient port of Novigrad on the Istrian Coast before reaching Porec.
  8. Day 8: End Porec; optional ferry back to Venice

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 342 km.
    • Mestre (Italy)
    • 8 km
    • Venice (Italy)
    • 9 km
    • Punta Sabbioni (Italy)
    • 39 km
    • Caorle (Italy)
    • 20 km
    • Portogruaro (Italy)
    • 39 km
    • Palmanova (Italy)
    • 16 km
    • Aquileia (Italy)
    • 10 km
    • Grado (Italy)
    • 20 km
    • Duino (Italy)
    • 3 km
    • Sistiana (Italy)
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