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Tours

Venice to Dubrovnik – 2020

£1,595.00

TOUR REF: VB20
TYPE: Road Cycling
LEVEL: Challenging
DATES: 
08 Sept – 16 Sept 2020
DURATION: days / 8 nights (7 riding days)
ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: Standard/High

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This shorter trip along the stunning Adriatic coast is book-ended by two of the most incredible cities Southern Europe has to offer. The azure Adriatic is dotted with over 1300 islands, mostly along the Croatian coast, and we will see many from our mainland vantage point.

Those who have never seen Venice may wish to arrive a day or two early to explore but the group will assemble on the Sunday and we will overnight on, or very near, Venice island. Sadly, cycling is not permitted on the island itself.

Our first day offers a gentle warm-up across the Italian flatlands around the head of the Adriatic and our second is spent traversing Trieste then crossing the Istrian peninsula, briefly passing through Slovenia, before arriving in Croatia where we will spend the remaining 5 days.

Our route hugs the coast but we cross to Pag, one of the larger islands, for some fascinatingly different scenery, then on through Split before arriving in magnificent Dubrovnik (now known by all teenagers as the location for much of Game of Thrones).

This is a moderately challenging route with daily mileages of between 60 and 80 miles. As with all coastal routes, the terrain is mixed with plenty of hills but no especially demanding climbs. We spend our last night in Dubrovnik and, again, people may wish to extend their stay to see more of the incredible old walled city.

NB – On previous trips, on certain days/times, we have experienced high volumes of traffic. If you are uncomfortable cycling near traffic please be aware that this MAY occur.  

For those looking for a truly epic challenge London to Venice connects with this route, creating the possibility for a 1600 mile trip of a lifetime!

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

Day 0 – Arrive in Venice

We will meet you from Venice airport or station for the short transfer to your hotel. Depending on the specific hotel used this may be by public transport.

Day 1 – Venice to Monfalcone – 75 miles

Cycling is not permitted on Venice Island so you will take the short ferry ride across the lagoon to Cabellino-Treporti where we will meet you with your bikes. Our day is spent a little inland, skirting the head of the Adriatic, on some of the flattest roads you will have ever experienced. We spend the night in Monefalcone.

Day 2 – Rijeka – 70 Miles

A three country day! We quickly return to the coast, where we remain as far as Trieste before starting a climb up and over the Istrian Peninsula – a wonderfully green and scenic route and well worth the effort. For those who like to collect countries we spend a few miles passing briefly through Slovenia then enjoy a plunge back to the coast for a night in the seaport of Rijeka (Croatia’s 3rd largest city).

Day 3 – Novalja – 80 Miles

We are now in Croatia, home to some of the best roads we have ever experienced; the tarmac is almost always creamy smooth and a joy to ride on. Today we follow the coast before a brief ocean voyage on the ferry across to Pag, the fifth largest of the some 1300 islands that dot the Adriatic. We spent the night in the resort town of Novalja.

Day 4 – Vodice – 80 Miles.

The first part of our day is spent riding the length of Pag, a fascinating experience despite the almost complete absence of vegetation! Excellent training for anyone contemplating a lunar expedition. The return to the mainland is via a bridge.

Riding through Croatia it is usually hard to imagine that there was a very ugly war there just 12 years ago but as we ride south towards Vodice there are still traces of the conflict, with bullet-ridden houses and moving memorials.

We overnight in Vodice, a popular tourist destination.

Day 5 – Omis – 65 Miles

A mixed day with some semi-urban riding past Split but also some magnificent views of the Dalmation coast from our vantage point a couple of hundred feet above sea level. Our destination is the port town of Omis

Day 6 – Opuzen – 65 Miles

A truly stunning day! The roads are smooth, the riding is varied but always excellent, the sea glitters and everything seems right with the world. To cap it all we bag another country – Bosnia has a tiny stretch of coast embedded within Croatia. Our stopping point is Opuzen, a small place but with a very nice hotel and restaurant.

Day 7 – Dubrovnik – 60 Miles

Another glorious day along the coast before approaching Dubrovnik where, inevitably, the roads become a little busier. We will stay within Dubrovnik and close to the old walled city.

Day 8 – Depart

We will provide transfers to Dubrovnik Airport, about 10 miles south of the city.

 

 

Tour Price includes:

Hotel accommodation
Breakfast
Vehicle support
Services of leader/mechanic
Local transfers
Route information
Local transfers to/from airport/railway station

Tour Price does not include:

Lunches or evening meals
Snacks or drinks required during the day
Travel to Venice/from Dubrovnik
Cost of any optional excursions, entrance fees etc

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