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Croatia - Italy

Croatia - Italy

Degree of difficulty - C

This is a wonderful cycle through Croatia, Slovenia and Italy.

There is a rich history to the region and many different types of landscape to be explored, from Coastal riding to Alpine valleys to rich farmland and of course vineyards. The area is not that well known to Irish people and each day provides a new perspective as you criss-cross the borders.

Day 1 Sat 13th May – Arrival in Venice Treviso/Rovinj
Arrival by direct Ryanair flight from Dublin to Venice Treviso. We will arrange a private coach to transfer from this flight to Rovinj, around 2 hours away. The star attraction of the Istrian peninsula, Rovinj is the one last true Mediterranean fishing port and a beautiful sight to behold. Our hotel is a short stroll along the sea front to the heart of the old town.

Day 2 Sun 14th May – Rovinj to Piran (107km/1020m)
The cycle is an easier one as it essentially follows the Istrian coastline. Along the way you visiting the pretty seaside towns of Umag, Novigrad and the UNESCO Listed Porec (a great place to stop for a coffee en-route). The only real climb of the day is navigating the Limski fjord which offers some fine views. We cross the border into Slovenia and experience (at only 46km) the small (but wonderful) coastline. Piran is one of the best preserved historic towns in the Adriatic with wonderful Venetian Gothic Architecture and tempting seafood restaurants.

Day 3 Mon 15th May – Piran to Opatija(94km/1900m or 93km/2150m)
Today is the toughest day of climbing as we traverse the Istrian peninsula, thankfully the distance is short and the roads very quiet in this interesting interior region. You begin gently climbing away from the coast, which sees some lovely quiet tree lined roads.

Soon we cross the border back into Croatia. The rural nature of this landscape is quite a contrast with the cosmopolitan coastline.

Finally we tackle the “Ucka”. This climb is only 7km long from this side, however the gradient rarely falls below 10% (with a 1km section at 15%) and topping out at 1372m. There are great views between the trees to the sea far below and our destination Opatija which is 17km of downhill freewheeling away. This was the most fashionable of seaside towns of the Austro-Hungarian Empire evidenced by the belle époque villas and spas all positioned in a spectacular location

Day 4 Tue 16th May – Opatija to Ljubljana (127km/1310m or 134km/1450m)
Leaving the coast once more you gently climb back to the border with Slovenia. Once across the border a wonderful Alpine valley stretches out before us dotted with pretty towns and villages.

You then head north crossing the Karst region to Postojna, home to one of the best known cave systems in the world.

Our destination is the beautiful capital Ljubljana – virtually traffic free city centre streets lined with cafes, beautiful bridges crossing the river and dominated by a hilltop castle. It is also a lively city with 64,000 students giving the place a buzz and atmosphere to match the surroundings,

Day 5 Wed 17th May –Ljubljana to Cividale (131km/1450m or 132km/1910)
Being a small city it is quick and easy to be back into the countryside. This part of Slovenia is close to the Julian Alps, where the architecture and scenery are Alpine in nature – a very pristine environment. A nice coffee stop in the pretty and historic Skofja Loka adds to the atmosphere of what for many is the highlight in terms of scenery and cycling.

After lunch you cross into your third country of the tour, following a wonderful small road that descends gently whilst hugging the Italian and Slovenia border. The devils bridge is the symbol of Cividale, a typical medieval Italian city with a piazza and Duomo at the base of the foothills of the Eastern Alps. It was founded in 50BC and part of the city is UNESCO listed.

Optional climb: Castelmonte
This 9km climb starts soon after the border and brings you to the impressive Monastery Beata Vergine. It averages 5.4% but does have a couple of short sharp 12% sections

Day 6 Thur 18th May –Cividale to Treviso (142km/460m)
Today is the easiest cycle as we head to the Veneto, which is flat terrain. There are many attractive small towns and villages, joined together with many small quiet roads. Palmanova is a utopian development that has a wonderful star shaped piazza and a perfect place to enjoy a coffee.

The rest of the day follows quiet flat roads of rich farming land and vineyards to bring you to the finish at Treviso. This city is often overlooked due to its proximity to Venice, however Treviso has everything you could want from a mid-sized Veneto city: medieval city walls, pretty canals, narrow cobbled streets and frescoed churches. If you want to experience authentic Veneto life away from the tourist crowds, this is a great place to come.

Optional climb: Madonnina del Domm
This small road brings you to a tiny church on top of a hill with great views of the surrounding region.
Like many Italian climbs it has some tough sections (11%+12%). The overall stats are 11km, gaining 775m, average 7.1% with a top at 960m.

Day 7 Fri 19th May – Treviso to Dublin
The Ryanair airport is a very short bus journey away or if you wish to stay on the city of Venice can easily be reached by bus or train in 20 minutes.

2017 Price
€1350.00 per person sharing

Tour Includes

* 6 x accommodation in minimum 3 star hotels (some 4 star)
* 6 x dinners
* 5 x Lunch
* Snacks on route
* Cycling Guides (2 or 3 depending on numbers)
* Support vehicle carrying luggage with Bike Mechanic
  (2 depending on numbers)
* Transfer from Venice Treviso to Rovinj
* Careful Transportation of bikes to and from Dublin
* Fully Researched cycle routes
* Insurance for bike transportation

Self Guided Tour Information

This tour is not available on a self guided basis

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