The water kingdom along the northern Adriatic coast

On demand

CYCLING

UNSPOILED NATURE

LOCAL CUISINE

The mountain massif of the Alps, which encloses the vast Po Valley in the north, pours from its white peaks extensive water masses that gather on a large plain into numerous watercourses. The most famous is Po, which gave the whole lowland its name. After several kilometers of flowing, the water rivers are stopped and absorbed by the Adriatic Sea, spilled into fan-shaped deltas.. 

They just “burst” from life. This is a place where many birds find shelter for rest or nesting, where there is an abundance of fish and where we humans have cut off fertile land for agriculture, too. Only few settlements are there, mostly inhabited by anglers and farmers who make a living from this wealth of life.

It is a completely different Italy, away from the hustle and bustle of big cities and shopping malls, where narrow paths lead past flooded fields. Passing by on an almost perfect plain we will enjoy melancholic views, peace and indescribable beauty through wetlands, oases or Mediterranean forests. A special “dessert” will be the encirclement of the timeless Venice by a cycling path on the lagoon surrounding islands.

Lenght:7 days
Total distance:525 km
Avg. distance:75 km
Total height:809 m 
Bicycle type:trekking or gravel
Countries:Italy
Begin/End:Ljubljana train station
Price (guided / self-guided):from 860 €

Highlights:

  • Cities: Ravenna, Commachio, Goro, Adria, Chioggia, Jesolo, Caorle, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Aquileia, Grado
  • Nature reserve Duna Costiera and Isola della Cona
  • Lagoon Pialassa della Baiona
  • A natural oasis of Boscoforte
  • Remnants of World War I
  • Important posts and routes of the Roman Empire

Guided tour ncludes:

  • 7 days
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • transport from Ljubljana train station and back
  • breakfast
  • lunchtime snacks
  • dinner
  • boat transport
  • entrance fees to attractions during the programe

The trip will be conducted in English.

Self-guided tour includes:

  • 7 days
  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • transport of luggage between accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Info package with tour map

Overall Tour Level

Daily Ride Summary

DayDistance / GainTerrain
SurfaceDay Level
114 km / 21 masphalt
2116  km / 134 masphalt / gravel
3117 km / 161 masphalt / gravel
473.4 km / 90 masphalt / gravel
598,8 km/  76 masphalt / gravel
646 km / 38 masphalt / gravel
763 km / 212 masphalt / gravel

The trips are planned very carefully, but we cannot predict unforeseen events or road works, so minor deviations or adjustments of routes are also possible.

DAY 1:

To Ravenna and the Sea Coast

Highlights:

  • Ravenna – a city of mosaics

The drive from Ljubljana to Ravenna will only take us a good 5 hours, so we will be in Ravenna early enough to enjoy a short sightseeing tour of this very special city, which reached its “big” moment during the disintegration of the Roman Empire, when Emperor Honorius transferred the capital there. Today, the city is famous for its many breathtaking mosaics, created in majority during the reign of Theodore the Great and under strong Byzantine influence. At the end of the day, we will cycle only few kilometers to the seaside resort Marina di Ravenna. Despite the short distance, our eyes will be delighted by the first natural beauties in the Pialassa della Baiona lagoon and the Duna Costiera nature reserve already.

Distance:14 km
Gain:21 m
Terrain: 
Surface:asphalt
Day Level:
Meals:lunchtime snacks, dinner
Accommodation:hotel, Marina di Ravenna  


DAY 2:

Between aquaculture fields, beaches and pine forests

Highlights: 

  • Fishing towns Commachio and Gora, flamingo nests, wild horses…

From resorts with sandy beaches and shady pine forests, we will first cycle near the natural oasis of Boscoforte, the saltpan where flamingos nest, and a vast wetland to the Etruscan fishing town of Commachio. After lunch, we will return to the resort’s “lido” and dive again in the beauty of the wild nature formed by the various arms of the Po delta. We will spend the evening on the embankment of the central arm of the Po, named after Venice – the Venetian Po.

Distance:116 km
Gain:134 m
Terrain: 
Surface:asphalt / gravel
Day Level:
Meals:breakfast, lunchtime snacks, dinner
Accommodation:hotel, Ca’ Tiepolo


DAY 3:

Through the arms of the Po River

Highlights:

  • The town of Adria, aquaculture fields, water pumping devices

The river Pad delta is a territory of which a good part is in so called “depression”, means that the water level in the fields is below sea level. This requires the construction of embankments and devices for pumping and regulating water levels. In the morning, we will first visit a dedicated museum to see and understand the functioning. In the more “continental” part of the Po delta, we will visit a few smaller towns, including Adria, which gave its name to the Adriatic Sea. The closer we will be getting to the sea, the less dry land there will be. We will drive along many embankments and enjoy the scenes of fishing huts and devices set up by anglers to make their catch easier.

Distance:117 km
Gain:161 m
Terrain: 
Surface:asphalt / gravel
Day Level:
Meals:breakfast, lunchtime snacks, dinner
Accommodation:hotel, Rossolina Mare


DAY 4:

Across the Venetian Islands

Highlights:

  • the fishing “capital” of Chioggia, views of Venice from the Venetian islands, the islands of Murano and Burano

In the morning, we will have only a few kilometers of cycling from the resort of Rossolina mare to Chioggia, a city that has been breathing and living by fishing for centuries. Here is also the port of a motor boat that will take us to the first Venetian island of Pellestrina. The second one will follow much more famous Lido – who does not know the famous Venice Film Festival, which attracts so many celebrities from the world of film every year? Our accommodation will be not far from the port, so we will took advantage to visit another two very famous Venetian islands Murano and Burano.

Distance:73 km
Gain:90 m
Terrain: 
Surface:asphalt / gravel
Day Level:
Meals:breakfast, lunchtime snacks, dinner
Accommodation:turistično naselje, Cavallino Treporti 


DAY 5:

To the Golden Sands of Lignano Sabbiadoro

Highlights:

  • the rivers of Piave, Sila and Lemene, the towns of Jesolo and Caorle

We will leave surroundings of Venice through the town of Jesolo and cycle along the Piave River, where one century ago the Austro-Hungarian army moved the Isonzo Front after the “Miracle at Kobarid”. This was the end of the first world war. The famous writer Ernest Hemingway was a volounteer of the First World War, too, and has been even wounded there. However, he lived for some time in a yellow brick house near a channel, which we will visit. We will end our day by cycling through the nature park to the “golden” sandy beaches of the resort town of Lignano Sabbiadoro.

Distance:99 km
Gain: 76 m
Terrain: 
Surface:asphalt / gravel
Day Level:
Meals:breakfast, lunchtime snacks, dinner
Accommodation:hotel, Lignano Sabbiadoro 


DAY 6:

By Land and Sea Past the Golden Dunes

Highlights: 

  • The resort town of Lignano Sabbiadoro, remnants of World War I, important outposts and roads of the Roman Empire

We will start the morning with a “cycling parade” along the golden sands of Lignano Sabbiadoro. Afterwards, the path will lead us through the Stella River Nature Reserve to the Marano Maritime fishing village, where we will board to a motor boat that will take us to the sea part of the lagoon. By richness of its flora and fauna, it is very attractive though it can be admired otherwise only from the plane while landing to the Venice airports. We will drive directly to Aquileia, a city that was the main outpost for the conquest of eastern territories during the Roman Empire. After the visit, we will have only a handful of kilometers to Grado, where we will spend the night.

Distance:46 km
Gain:38 m
Terrain:
Surface:asphalt / gravel
Day Level:
Meals:breakfast, lunchtime snacks, dinner
Accommodation:turistično naselje, Grado – Gradež


DAY 7:

To the Delta of the Isonzo River and a Little Turther Along it

Highlights:

  • the resort town of Grado, a nature reserve in the Isonzo river delta

The last day we will start again with a cycling promenade, this time of the well-known and popular resort of the Grado. We will continue along the picturesque bike path along the dunes and the ridge to the last river delta along our path – the Isonzo river delta. We find there a nature reserve where hundreds of birds live and nest. We will end the route by following the river Isonzo – Soča along its embankments all the way to Gorizia, where we our van will be waiting be transport us to Ljubljana.

Distance:63 km
Gain:212 m
Terrain:
Surface:asphalt / gravel
Day Level:
Meals:breakfast, lunchtime snacks, dinner

DON'T FORGET BEFORE YOU LEAVE TO TRAVEL:


Upon registration:

  • Pay the mandatory 30% of advance payment at the time of booking
  • Check the contents of the confirmation email
  • Meet any requirements from the confirmation email

At least one month before the trip:

  • Arrange insurance (Coris or similar)
  • Carefully read the travel confirmation email, as it may contain very important information
  • Pay the last installment

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PRICE IN DETAILS

Guided travel is suitable for those who want their trip to be as carefree and relaxing as possible: we take care of your accommodation, arrange for you in advance cyclists tailored, indigenous and healthy meals, book tours (even in attractions that are open only on request or occasionally), we transport your luggage and come to the rescue in case of technical problems with the bike or other equipment.

An experienced cycling guide take care of you not to lose your way and helps you communicate with the locals. Above all, the advantage of traveling within a guided group is to meet new, similar cycling enthusiasts and make contacts for possible later gatherings.


Surcharges:

  • Surcharge for single room 180 €
  • rental of bicycles or other equipment (on request)


NOT INCLUDED in the price

  • accident insurance and travel cancellation insurance
  • personal safety and cycling equipment
  • drinks with meals included in the package
  • anything else that is not stated to be included

We recommend self-guided tours for travelers who know how to navigate a route based on a map or GPS track and already have experience with self-guided travel. If the above description does not apply to you, a guided tour is likely to be more enjoyable and relaxing. 

The prices of self-guided tours depend on the number of travelers traveling together in the same period and destinations. The price below is based on the calculation of prices for two people sleeping in double room in high season (June – September). In case of other wishes, contact us for a customized offer.


The price of a self-guided trip  "The water kingdom along the northern Adriatic coast" is:  860 € (accommodation in double room). If you have different wishes or needs, send a request for a special offer


The price INCLUDES

  • 7 days of cycling
  • 6 nights in 3/4 star hotels or accommodation of same quality
  • 6 breakfasts
  • transport of luggage between accommodation
  • a navigation package containing GPS tracks, maps and a guide with a description of the route and attractions


Surcharges:

  • Surcharge for single room 180 €
  • rental of bicycles or other equipment (on request)


NOT INCLUDED in the price:

  • accident insurance and travel cancellation insurance
  • personal safety and cycling equipment
  • drinks with meals included in the package
  • anything else that is not stated to be included

Do you want a trip tailored to your capabilities and desires?

Would you like to choose another starting point or the end of the route; are you worried that your fitness routine is not sufficient?

Send us an inquiry to our e-mail address or via the website and we will do our best to meet your wishes and expectations. 


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    Mostly flat terrain, only shorter lower hills are possible
    Slightly hilly terrain, ascents and descents are shorter and technically and fitness-wise undemanding
    Hilly terrain, ascents and descents can be longer and steeper
    Hilly terrain, ascents and descents can be very long and technically demanding
    Mountainous terrain, very demanding ascents and descents on single tracks, tows or otherwise demanding trails that require a high level of fitness and technical skills

    EASY: Relaxed cycling, suitable for beginners and families who want cycling experiences. There is a lot of time and opportunities on the way to stop and relax, and the terrain is undemanding in terms of altitude – mostly flat or with gentle slopes. The road surfaces are also undemanding – asphalt or well-paved and smooth gravel. As a rule, the lengths of daily sections do not exceed 35 kilometers.
    MEDIUM EASY: Suitable for occasional cyclists – mostly undemanding cycling, but some days can also contain longer easy ascents or descents or shorter more demanding ascents or descents. The lengths of the daily sections are on average between 25 and 55 kilometers per day.
    MEDIUM DEMANDING: Suitable for cyclists with an active lifestyle who cycle regularly. The cycling sections are longer and more demanding in terms of fitness. Medium-demanding terrain can also contain longer and steeper ascents and descents. The lengths of daily sections of mostly road-cycling tours are on average between 45 and 75 kilometers, and touring-cycling tours more than 30 kilometers.
    DEMANDING: Suitable for very active and well-prepared cyclists who want more demanding cycling challenges. Medium to very demanding terrains can also contain longer and steeper ascents and descents. The lengths of daily road and cycling sections are on average between 65 and 85 kilometers, while touring cycling sections are correspondingly shorter, but at least more than 40 km.
    VERY DIFFICULT: The most demanding cycling challenges. Suitable for excellent cyclists with high fitness level for longer cycling tours. These can be either typical road-cycling tours with daily sections longer than 85 kilometers or cycling tours on demanding terrains where the daily sections are shorter, but in any case longer than 50 kilometers and demanding both in height gain and surfaces.

    DATE

    On demand


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