3 Countries Italy, Slovenia and Croatia
Venice, Italy to Porec, Croatia
Type of tour: Guided
Level: Leisurely/Avg cycling distance 27 miles a day
Duration: 9 Nights/10 days
Dates: Arrive in Venice/Maestre April 13th, 2013
Start city:Venice, Italy
End city: Venice/Maestre, Italy
Price: Total Cost 1365. Euro’s (per person double occupancy)
Euro Converted to dollars $1797. (subject to change based on currency fluctuations)
UPON SIGN UP YOUR NAME WILL GO ON THE WAITING LIST UNTIL YOU PAY THE $230 DEPOSIT. YOU WILL HAVE 1 WEEK TO PAY YOUR DEPOSIT FROM TIME OF SIGN UP.
Hi! Everyone please join me on this fabulous bike trip in Europe..we will start in Venice, Italy and ride all along the Adriatic Sea.. As we ride we will go to three countries. The cycling portion of the trip ends in Porec, Croatia where we will stay one night and then take a ferry back across the Adriatic to spend one more night in Venice.
Three countries in one week between, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. The history of the Republic of Venice provides the background to the entire trip. Ride mostly along the Adriatic Sea from the wonderful Venice, you will pass through the beaches on the coastline up to the plain of Friuli and then you will continue with the fascinating town of Trieste, finishing with a trip to the beautiful Istria county coast in Croatia, a sight which is truly to be treasured.
Surface and Terrain: Guided, You will ride for approximately 186 miles/300 km in 6 stages. The first three days are mainly on flat roads, across the Veneto and Friuli plain, while the last three stages are slightly more hilly.
·Venice - the city of "calle" or canals.
· Caorle: one of the most important city in the Adriatic coast
· Portogruaro: one of the important centers in the "Serenissima Republic of Venice"
· Palmanova: the "starry" city
· Trieste: Piazza Unità d'Italia. the harbour, the Miramare castle
· Portoroz: Koper: renowed for its spa and bathig facilities
· Porec: the tourism capital of Croatia
Whats Included :
• 9 nights hotel accommodations
• Breakfast buffet every morning
• 3 Group dinners
• Guide cycling with you
• Bike rentals (hybrid touring bike, 27-speed free wheel)
• Luggage transfers
• Route descriptions and maps
• Vaporetto and ferry transfer from Venice to Punta Sabbioni
• Ferry transfer From Porec to Venice
Single Supplements are available and so are extra nights in Venice..
Not Included: Airfare
· Day 1: Mestre/Venice
Individual arrival in Mestre (the mainland of Venice). The city of Venice will captivate you with its splendour, acknowledged worldwide.
· Day 2: Mestre/Venice–Caorle / outskirts (approx. 38 miles/60 km)
After a few kilometres on bike, you take the ferry and then the vaporetto, passing in front of Piazza San Marco. Then you will reach Punta Sabbioni, the area furthest south of the Adriatic coast, which is to the north of Venice. From here you cycle towards Caorle along the Venetian Adriatic coast, with numerous opportunities for a refreshing bath in the sea.
Overnight in Caorle.
· Day 3: Caorle outskirts–Portogruaro (approx. 22 miles/35 km)
When you have left Caorle, with its characteristic historic centre, made up of little houses painted various colours that look out onto the piazzas and streets of the town, you will then head north towards the Julian Alps, leaving the sea behind you. You will be passing through an area with a multitude of ‘Valli da pesca’ (stretches of lagoon enclosed by earthen dikes where extensive fish farming is practised) and ‘casoni’ (constructions used by fishermen in the past during the fishing season). Next you will go to the town of Portogruaro, one of the main centres in the period of the ‘Serenissima Republic of Venice, which is still impressive even today with its glorious ‘Palazzi’ or ‘palaces’. Overnight in Portogruaro.
· Day 4: Portogruaro–Aquileia/ Palmanova (approx. 31 miles/50 km)
Today you will spend the day in the midst of the plain on the eastern border 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 for the the day will be Aquileia, with its Roman excavations, or Palmanova, named ‘the starry city’ because, from above, the city resembles a 9-pointed star. Overnight in Aquileia/Palmanova.
· Day 5: Aquileia/Palmanova–Trieste (approx. 34 miles/55 km)
For today’s stage, you will cross the river Isonzo, by which numerous important battles took place during the First World War. Then, you will once again head towards the sea: the gulf of Trieste awaits you, with many possible stops along the way, such as 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. Just a few kilometres lie between you and Trieste, the ancient port of the Asburgic Empire, which has much to offer in the way of attractions. Overnight in Trieste.
· Day 6: Trieste–Portoroz (approx. 31 miles/50 km)
Having left Trieste behind you, after a few kilometres you will pass the first of two borders that are key to this trip. You will cross over into Slovenia, often cycling along cycle paths through famous holiday resorts such as Koper, first for a long period a venetian town, and then Austrian, and Piran, another important town which was ruled over for a long time by Venice. You then finally arrive in PortoroÅ¾, a town renowned for its spa and bathing facilities. Overnight in Portoroz.
· Day 7: Portoroz–Porec (approx. 34 miles/55 km)
Cycling southwards, you will pass through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large Slovenian town with a humid environment which is a key area as regards ornithology. Some kilometres later you will cross the last border going into Croatia down along Istria county, the Adriatic sea’s largest peninsula. In the end you will reach Porec, the tourism capital of Croatia, with its Eufrasian Basilica, which, in 1997, was declared Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. Overnight in Porec.
· Day 8: Porec
After breakfast, end of services. Return to Venice by boat for 2 more night to enjoy the City of Canals
Day 9: Venice/Maestre... Take the time to enjoy Venice & all it offers.
Day 10: Breakfast and time to head home!
The DEADLINE to sign up & pay your $230 is December 31, 2012.
What’s required to Book this trip!
Deposit of $200 Dollars, plus a $30 Non-refundable booking fee (Charged by the tour operator). Due at time of booking. (this is due within a week of sign up on this meetup site)
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