Summary

Travel Style: ,
Destinations: Europe
  • 8 Days From
    R 15200
  • Trip code: LSP
  • Activity: Cycling, Road Cycling, Self-Guided Cycling, Multi-Country Cycling Holidays
  • Min age: 14
  • Group size: -
Moderate

Cycle through three different countries: Italy, Slovenia & Croatia

Following the northernmost tip of the Mediterranean, this self-guided cycle ride takes you through three countries in one week! Starting in Venice, the route heads eastwards, hugging the beautiful golden beaches of the Adriatic coast. Heading into the region of Friuli, you will pass sleepy fishing communes and the fascinating star-shaped city of Palmanova before turning south. Crossing the borders of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, it is hard to find a more fascinating concentration of culture anywhere else along the Adriatic.

Key information
  • 7 nights comfortable hotels
  • 6 days cycling with luggage transfers
  • 92% paved roads, 8% unpaved
  • Gentle undulations throughout
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 14yrs
Activities
  • 7 nights comfortable hotels
  • 6 days cycling with luggage transfers
  • 92% paved roads, 8% unpaved
  • Gentle undulations throughout
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 14yrs
Highlights
  • Cycle through three different countries
  • Visit the stunning city of Venice
  • Follow the idyllic Istrian Peninsula
What's included
  • Food

Highlights

  • Cycle through three different countries
  • Visit the stunning city of Venice
  • Follow the idyllic Istrian Peninsula

Dates & Pricing

 
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29 Jun 2019
06 Jul 2019
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R 19100
 
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06 Jul 2019
13 Jul 2019
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R 19100
 
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13 Jul 2019
20 Jul 2019
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R 19100
 
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17 Aug 2019
24 Aug 2019
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R 19100
 
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24 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
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R 19100
 
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31 Aug 2019
07 Sep 2019
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R 19100
 
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07 Sep 2019
14 Sep 2019
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R 19100
 
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14 Sep 2019
21 Sep 2019
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R 17200
 
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21 Sep 2019
28 Sep 2019
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R 17200
 
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28 Sep 2019
05 Oct 2019
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R 15300

Reviews

Cycling from Venice to Porec - self guided

This bike ride is amazing. The routes are scenic and varied and pass through nthree countries and some very interesting, historical towns. The cycling is a ngood challenge, very doable and mainly flat or undulating but with some nbigger hills that test your stamina! The coastal scenery is beautiful as is nthe countryside and wetlands you ride through. No shortage of places to stop nfor coffee, cake or lunch. Highly recommend it!

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Cycling into Piran then climbing the newly refurbished bell tower! Amazing nviews from the top!

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • N/A

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Do it! You won't regret it!

Cycling from Venice to Porec - self guided

This bike ride is amazing. The routes are scenic and varied and pass through nthree countries and some very interesting, historical towns. The cycling is a ngood challenge, very doable and mainly flat or undulating but with some nbigger hills that test your stamina! The coastal scenery is beautiful as is nthe countryside and wetlands you ride through. No shortage of places to stop nfor coffee, cake or lunch. Highly recommend it!

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Cycling into Piran then climbing the newly refurbished bell tower! Amazing nviews from the top!

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • N/A

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Do it! You won't regret it!

Venice to Porec

Generally good trip. Scenery worth cycling through and routes good. Distances neasily achieved. We found towns and villages along the way, so coffee and nfood was not a problem. Routes often used good quality cycle paths. Previous ncomments about unclean hotels not experienced. Most hotels excellent, nalthough a couple were a bit old and cramped.nWe would recommend this trip.

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Many other riders from several countries are doing this route with the same nland agents and their company was great.nFinding our way with the directions provided was sometimes a challenge but it nwas great when it worked.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • N/A as self led

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • We always buy maps of an area before any departure and mark up the route, neven if guided. This helps to show what is happening and especially helps nwhen self guided routes are not totally correct. The trip was stated on the nExodus website as 100% on tarmac which we found to be incorrect, although ntrip notes stated some off road. At least the route maps provided showed off nroad sections. As we were not on mountain bikes we then used our own maps to ndetour round one or two long off road sections.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • We agree with previous comments that in spite of (or maybe because) the land nagent is providing tours for several companies, they did not always meet our nexpectations. This is a tough commercial world and other land agents would nsurely be willing to replace them.nThe website states some gentle ascents. On the last day there are some tough nhills, which most people finished up walking.

Just the right level of challenge

Four days of flat cycling through Italy followed by more hilly terrain on the nfinal two through Slovenia/Croatia. The scenery and little towns we passed nthrough were delightful - we saw many areas you perhaps wouldn't ever have nvisited in isolation unless touring. Bikes and equipment provided were solid nand in good condition.

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • There were some really exceptional routes via bridges across water, and paths nalongside the sea; and some very enjoyable downhill rides after tough climbs nin Croatia and Slovenia. A restaurant called Valentino's in Portoguaro who nserved us, their sole customers, superb food very late on a Monday night, nwhen we feared we'd go to bed hungry because we'd arrived so late!

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • This was a self guided holiday, so the cycle route guides were effectively nour leader! These instructions were mostly very good with maybe two or three nlapses. Several groups seemed to miss the Grado turn-off because of ambiguous ninstructions - and oddly this detour alone was not described in full. We got nlost leaving Aquileia, heading at right angles to the correct route despite nour best efforts! And a couple of times the instructions lapsed into ndifferent languages which provided an extra challenge. We felt the quality of nthe instructions was a little inconsistent, and less detailed as we left nItaly There also seemed to be less arrow-stickers posted. The baggage ntransfer between hotels was seamless, with no problems at all.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • A cycle mirror mounted on your left handlebar will help on the very skinny nfast Italian roads where one has to cycle right in the gutter, with cars npassing very close. I bought one over there but it wasn't as good as my small ntilt-able mirror at home. Padded cycle shorts are essential and I was glad I ntook an extra padded cycle cover too. A simple compass might have helped when nwe felt we were very offtrack! We managed with the maps provided but they are nnot that detailed, and often don't reference the same road names as the ninstructions do, so if you are concerned about your routefinding abilities, nit may be worth bringing your own detailed maps, or downloading a GPS app. I nwas very bitten badly the first few days by mosquitoes, never usually a nproblem for me. I was using Jungle formula for Northern Europe, strength 3 nuntil I switched to my friend's stronger version with 50% DEET. It didn't nseem to be possible to get very strong repellent in Italy, so recommend you ntake a killer formula with you. Lastly, we didn't do this but it might have nbeen sensible to check out the first few steps of the next day's route and njust get oriented re the right direction to set off, before putting the bikes nto bed for the night.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • We added two days in Venice at the start of our trip, which I'd recommend.

CYCLE THE ADRIATIC: VENICE TO POREC

Before booking the trip, I'd never even contemplated a cycling holiday nbefore.  Yes I am reasonably fit and I do a fair bit of cardio-vascular nwork at the gym, but I'd never really used my third or fouth hand BMX, nwhich is still sitting in my kitchen gathering dust!  However I fancied ntrying something different and challenging myself a little, and I liked the nidea of seeing 3 different countries in one trip away.  I was pleasantly nsurprised.  I completed over 80kms on the first day, much of it into a n14kph head-wind.  Yes I was tired, but it wasn't a struggle as I nsuspected it might be.  So, the beauty of this trip is that it is nsuitable for anyone of reasonable fitness who fancies a holiday that takes it nsome beautiful and ever-changing scenery, whilst at the same time keeping you nfit!  I loved the freedom a self-guided cycling trip gives you - the nability to stop whenever and wherever you want, not being limited on the namount of time you stop somewhere & the option to go at your own npace.  Also the general quality of the hotels used was excellent and nmostly central to the town (with the exception of Caorle) & the buffet nbreakfasts were enough to fill me up for the majority of the day.  The n27 speed bikes were of excellent quality and made the ride smooth and nhassle-free. The waterproof paniers supplied were spacious and easy to nattached and detatch, and the waterproof box on the front of the bike was nexactly the right size for my camera.  The routes chosen generally navoided main roads, which was great if you're not a confident cyclist and nalso meant that you experienced the real heart and culture of each country, ntravelling on country roads through quaint little villages and pretty coastal ntowns.  My only negative comment is that the directions given were nsometimes vague and ambiguous, resulting in us covering a vastly increased ndistance on the first day, not reaching our destination until 10pm, and not nhaving any time to stop at any of the towns/villages on route.  We did nget used to the way they were written and learned to interpret them naccordingly as the trip went on, but there were still times we resorted to nusing a map and picking our own route to the next place named on our nitinerary!  Also I would suggest that Piran would be a much nicer final ndestination on day 5 of the trip, instead of Portoroz.  It's only nabout 5/6kms away and is a much prettier town with a lot more to see.  nOverall though, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I would ndefinitely do it again.

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Finding out that I was actually capable of cycling that sort of distance!The nviews down into Piran after covering a good few kilometres of cycling on nwinding uphill roads, which was starting to take it's toll on my knees!

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • N/A

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Make sure you take a good pair of padded cycling shorts, or a padded seat ncover.

Accommodation

Hotels

You will spend 7 nights in 3 star hotels. These include a variety of tourist-class hotels in cities and charming hotels in the countryside. All rooms have en suite facilities. Some cities charge a tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by the customer at check in or check-out at the hotels. On this trip it is possible to upgrade to a higher category of hotel from £80 - £100 per person, please speak to your sales consultant for more 

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

Essential Info

Eating and Drinking

The price includes 7 breakfasts, which are taken in the hotels.

Self-guided routes are perfect for making up picnics and then finding a lovely spot to enjoy your lunch. However, on this trip you will also find lots of cafes in the towns you pass through to enjoy a local lunch. As you are in Italy for much of the ride you will be able to stop for really good coffee in the morning to give you a boost. If you are going to buy things to make your own lunch, be aware that shops often close 12 - 3pm so don't get caught out.

This tour passes through different regions and three different states, so you will find a wide variety of dishes. However, fish will feature highly on many of the menus due to your proximity to the sea. On the coast you will find Italian 'sardine in saor' (sardines cooked in onions), and several dishes with mussels and clams. In Slovenia and Croatia there are the famous cevapcici (small spicy meatballs) and 'buzara' prawns. Do not miss the famous zaeti (cornmeal biscuits with raisins) and in Croatia the palacinche (sweet crepes). All served with good wines such as Prosecco or Teroldego.

Is this trip for you?

*Cycling Conditions* This is a self-guided cycling trip for those who like to cycle independently, but with back up to take out the hard work and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. *Classification:* Self-Guided *Activity Level:* 3 (Moderate) *Average daily distance*: 57km (35 miles). Please note that this is the average of the shortest distances, on most days there is the option to extend the rides, and in some instances the location of the hotels will make a difference to the total distance covered on a particular day. *No. of days cycling*: 6 *Terrain and route*: The terrain on the first 4 days is flat, mostly on quiet roads with some sections on gravel tracks. The last two days through Slovenia and Croatia are more undulating with a couple of challenging climbs. There are some sections where the route has to go on busier roads, but there is nearly always a public transport alternative to avoid this if you prefer. *Vehicle Support*: Bags are transported from one hotel to the next by van.

Please note that this trip ends in Porec: if you wish to return to Venice we can arrange this for you. Please see more details in the 'Extra expenses' section of these notes.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes: we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, but on occasion we have to use busier routes.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes include a emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

*Families* Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. As a guide we have suggested that 14 yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities.