Gondolas, Venice, Italy

Headwater - Cycle the Adriatic: Venice to Porec Self-Guided Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Destinations:
Croatia, Italy, Slovenia
Programmes:
Cycling
Trip Code:
LSP
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

8 Days Land only
Min age: 14

Trip Overview

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.

At a Glance

  • 7 nights comfortable hotels with an option to upgrade to a higher standard
  • 6 days cycling with luggage transfers
  • 92% paved roads, 8% unpaved
  • Gentle undulations throughout
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 14yrs

Trip Highlights

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

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.

Group

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. Your luggage is transferred and route notes and maps are provided. The routes notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number. In emergency, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Adult min age:
14

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Venice
End City:
Porec

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Mestre, the mainland of Venice

    Your trip begins at your hotel in Mestre (the mainland of Venice). At around 6pm a representative will deliver the hire bikes to the hotel and go through the details of the trip. It is important to attend this as it will be your opportunity to check the bikes are all set up correctly and also to go over any questions you have about the route.If you haven't already received your documents before departure you will find a welcome pack at your first hotel. At this point it is important to just check through all your documents and ask the representatives if you have any questions. If you cannot make this briefing, you will find your welcome pack at reception and your bike in the garage.

    If you have arrived early enough, it is very easy to catch the bus to Venice (approx. 15min). Venice, also known as the 'floating city', needs little introduction. If you have time, make sure you visit the Basilica of San Marco and Doge's palace. We can help you book pre or post-tour accommodation should you wish to take more time to explore this wonderful city; if you can take the time this is something we would strongly recommend either before or after your trip.

  • Day 2

    Leave Venice by bike and vaporetto towards the city of Caorle; chance to swim in the sea en route

    Today is the first full day of cycling. Ride across the Ponte della Liberta, the bridge which connects Venice to the mainland and arrive at the ferry port which will take you to Punta Sabbioni to start the main part of today's ride. The ferry passes in front of the Piazza San Marco and gives a great view of Venice from the water - have your camera ready. From Punta Sabbioni you cycle towards Caorle. The first section of the ride is through pretty wetland, following canals which will then lead you back to the Adriatic Coast. On this last section of the ride there are many opportunities stop off for a dip in the sea. Caorle is a beautiful town with a historic centre made up of little houses painted in various colours and a cathedral with a curious cyclindrical bell tower.

    In high season the hotels get very busy so we have alternative hotel options for this evening: please check your hotel list to make sure you follow the instructions to the correct hotel. In some instances you may be staying in Jesolo, which will make your total distance 45km today (and will add the remainder to your journey tomorrow morning). In this area we use hotels on the coast and also in the town itself; if you are staying on the coast you will be able to take advantage of the beaches and you will cycle through Caorle town tomorrow morning so you will not miss out visiting this pretty town.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 65 km / 40 miles
  • Day 3

    Leave the coast and pedal north towards an area known for its lagoons to reach the beautiful little town of Portogruaro

    Leaving Jesolo/Caorle the route heads north away from the Adriatic coast, following cycleways and quiet roads. You will pass numerous Valli da Pesca, which are stretches of lagoon that are enclosed by dykes for the use of fish farming. Along these lagoons you can also spot the famous Casoni constructions that are unique to this area. Made from cane these structures used to house families during the war but today are a favourite spot for fishermen. Your stop for this evening is in the impressive town of Portogruaro, a once dominant feature of the Serenissima republic of Venice. It is a lovely town, full of character with a leaning bell tower and watermills along the river which runs right through the town centre. The ride today is quite flat so you may find that you get through the distance quite quickly, if so you can then enjoy a relaxing drink in the town square or next to the river.


    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 65 km / 40 miles
  • Day 4

    Continue to Palmanova and the ancient city of Aquileia. Lunch by the sea at Marano Lagunare is highly recommended

    Most of the journey today is spent in the midst of the plains of the eastern border between the region of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. This area is particularly recognised for its abundant waterways, canals, rivers and ancient Roman towns. Depending on availability, your stop for the night will either be in Aquileia or Palmanova. Each of the towns are as fascinating as the other, and if you are staying in Aquileia then the route gives you the option to extend your journey and visit Palmanova so you don't miss out. Alternatively, you can shorten the ride and not visit Palmanova: the notes give directions for both options. Again the riding is flat so you have plenty of time to fit in the longer route without rushing around. Aquileia famed for its many Roman excavations and has a beautiful church at its centre with an incredibly well preserved mosaic covering the floor. Palmanova is aptly named the 'starry city' due to the shape of the city resembling a 9-pointed star from the air. It is a remarkable structure and the town Piazza is a wonderful place to enjoy a drink in the sun.

    If you are staying in Palmanova, your cycling distance will be shorter today, but you will cover the distance to Aquileia in the morning, which will also give you the opportunity to look in the church.


    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 70 km / 43 miles
  • Day 5

    Option of a beautiful ride to the lagoon port of Grad, then a more hilly coastal ride through Duino, Sistiana and Miramare; arrive at Trieste

    Today's ride begins with a highly recommended option to visit the lagoon port of Grado, reached by a long causeway. Beyond Grado another option is to visit the Valle Cavanata nature reserve, where the cycleway is right next to the sea.

    You then cross the river Isonzo, which holds huge historical significance as it was the setting for the infamous '12 battles of Isonzo' during the First World War. From here you head towards the sea once again, and on to the Gulf of Trieste. Before reaching Trieste itself there are numerous places to visit on the way such as Duino with its two castles, Sistiana with its fantastic bay and Miramare with its famous castle, built according to the wishes of the Hapsburg Emperor Maxmillian. Trieste itself is a vibrant city and has many impressive buildings and piazzas which date from when it was the only port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Be sure to visit the Piazza Unita d'Italia, said to be the largest waterside square in the world.


    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 70 km / 43 miles
  • Day 6

    Time to explore impressive Trieste, then cross into Slovenia; pass through Koper and Piran before reaching the spa town of Portoroz

    After seeing more of Trieste in the morning you soon reach your first border, taking you into Slovenia. The cycling today is fantastic, there are some hills but also long stretches right next to the sea. The cycle path is often on the track of the old Parenzana railway which ran from Trieste to Pula. The route takes you through several popular resorts, one of which is Piran. Often described as an 'open-air museum', Piran's mediaeval architecture, rich cultural heritage and narrow streets gives this town its own special charm. It is worth planning some time to stop here so you can have a look around and enjoy its atmosphere. From here you will cycle just a few more kilometres on to Portoroz, which is famous for its spa and bathing facilities, the perfect antidote to a long day's ride. If your accommodation tonight is in Piran you will cycle through Portoroz tomorrow.


    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 45 km / 27 miles
  • Day 7

    Cycle past the salt mines of Secovljie, then enter Croatia and tackle a few hills, passing the ancient port of Novigrad on the Istrian Coast before reaching Porec.

    With the Istrian Coast just around the corner, you now head towards Croatia. Before you arrive at the border you will pass the fascinating town of Secovlje. Once a thriving sea salt producing town, Secovlje now relies on tourism as its main source of income as the area of the salt lagoons has now become a nature park, attracting an array of migratory birds. Crossing the border into Croatia you have a climb to the attractivre old town of Buje and then coast down to Novigrad in time for coffee or lunch and to enjoy the holiday atmosphere of this pretty fishing town. The route then crosses a lagoon and climbs a little to Tar before a final downhill to Porec. It is worth aiming to arrive into Porec by early afternoon if you are catching the ferry in the morning as this will give you the chance to wander the narrow streets of the town and visit the UNESCO Euphrasian Basilica with its superb mosaics.

    Cycle approx. 55km

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 55 km / 34 miles
  • Day 8

    End Porec; optional ferry back to Venice

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

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.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Food & Transport

Eating & 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.

Transportation

Your luggage will be transported between the hotels by taxi or minibus. You will be pedaling under your own steam but the emergency number for our local operator is in the trip notes if you need assistance.

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

In Veneto, Friuli and the Adriatic coast in Slovenia and Croatia the temperatures are cool/mild in spring and autumn and warm/humid in summer, with potential summer storms. You can find more information on the weather in Veneto on www.arpa.veneto.it, and on the climate in Friuli at www.osmer.fvg.it. In Istria, and in general on the Adriatic coast, the climate is milder in winter and always windy because of the sea currents.

Weather Information

In Veneto, Friuli and the Adriatic Coast in Slovenia and Croatia the temperatures are cool/mild in spring and autumn and warm/humid in summer, with potential summer storms. You can find more information on the weather in Veneto on www.arpa.veneto.it, and on the climate in Friuli at www.osmer.fvg.it). In Istria, and in general on the Adriatic Coast, the climate is milder in winter and always breezy because of the sea currents.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Venice and ending in Porec

Full joining instructions including route notes, hotel list, map and local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Flights from the UK
We do not offer any package flights on this trip. You can fly to Venice airports with several different carriers from a number of different UK destinations. Please ask your sales consultant if you would like help in booking your international flights.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Mestre, on the mainland opposite Venice, has easy access to Venice itself. To reach the first hotel from Venice Marco Polo airport, you can take the shuttle bus to Mestre, which will take 17 minutes and cost approx. €6. From Treviso Airport, you can take the shuttle bus to Mestre, which will take 70 minutes and cost approx. €7.
The trip ends in Porec. If you wish to return to Venice there is a ferry which departs every Saturday at 08.00 and costs approx. £60. Departure days of the ferry are also more frequent in high season, so please get in touch with us if you would like more details. We can make the booking for you, but it is important that you let us know in advance so we can make the reservation: we will need your passport details to do this, so please have these ready. Please note that the ferry generally operates between April to September so passengers travelling out of these times it is advisable to double check the ferry schedules before booking.

Location start:
Venice
Location end:
Porec

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Local Self-Guided Bikes

All bikes are supplied with:
- 1 front bar bag with a plastic folder for your route notes and maps - 1 per 2 people (if you are travelling together)
- 1 set of rear panniers
- 1 bike lock per 2 people
- 1 repair kit per 2 people, which includes 1 spare inner tube and a pump, plus a lock
- Front and rear lights

Seat and handlebar heights will have been set up in advance from the heights you have given us on booking. However, when you receive your bike there will be the opportunity to test and adjust. Electronic bikes are available for this trip, please request one as early as possible as they are subject to availability. Helmets can be requested if you wish, but please be aware we can never guarantee the quality of these so we do recommend bringing your own. 

We recommend you bring the following items: 
Normal daily clothes 
Padded cycling shorts 
Cycling gloves 
Water bottles 
Breathable cycling top 
Cycling helmet (compulsory on this trip) 
A couple of warm layers
Sunglasses, sun cream and sunhat
Stiff-soled shoes suitable for cycling 
Waterproofs and long cycling trousers
For earlier departures you may need some warmer layers
Mobile phone with roaming capabilities 

 

Bike Repairs
As you are riding unaccompanied, it is wise to know at least how to repair or change an inner tube before setting off on your bike!  Please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QSjw0iDs98&t=3s for a comprehensive guide on fixing a puncture.

The bikes are serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems - however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.

Optional Equipment

You may find that you want to take some cycle-specific clothing such as cycle gloves and padded cycling shorts. In addition to this it is worth taking some leggings and long sleeved tops for the mornings and evenings when it may be cooler. It is also recommended that you take a swimming costume so you can take advantage of any bathing opportunities that come your way.

Local Bike Details

A quality local hire bike is included in the overall price of our cycling holidays. At the time of booking we will take your height in order to reserve equipment. There may on occasions be insufficient bikes available in the correct size; we will endeavour to find suitable alternative equipment but this cannot be guaranteed. We will tell you before you book whether suitably sized bikes are available.

Conditions 

1. The equipment remains the property of the supplier and you may not sell, hire out or part possession with the equipment.
2. You must not misuse the equipment and must return it in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The supplier is entitled to charge for any damage caused to the equipment during the period of hire.
3. You must ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use. In the event of the equipment being lost or stolen, you may be liable for the replacement value of the equipment
4. You must not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and should immediately notify the Supplier in the event of breakdown or loss.

Bringing Your Own Bike

If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may, of course, bring it along. Please advise us at the time of booking and you will receive a discount off the price of the holiday, as specified above. You will be responsible for any extra baggage charges, please speak to our Sales team for individual airline fees. You will also be responsible for assembling and disassembling your bike as well as bringing along spare parts and any tools specific to it. Our cycling team only carry the relevant spares for the hire fleet. Any clients bringing their own bike should ensure they have adequate cover for loss, damage or theft under their travel, home contents or a specialist insurance policy. If Exodus is confident that we have taken all reasonable care to ensure the safety of your bike, in the rare event of loss, damage or theft you will need to claim under your own insurance policy.

Extra Bike Bits

You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. We encourage this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. We cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.

Exodus Policy on Cycling Helmets

Wearing a helmet is mandatory for anyone taking part in any guided Exodus cycling holiday. Group members must bring their own helmets, as they are not available for hire, even if they are hiring a bike from Exodus.

For self-guided cycling holidays wearing a helmet is highly recommended. Customers who choose to ignore our advice do so entirely at their own risk and on the understanding that it may affect the validity of their travel insurance. It should also be noted that in some countries we travel to wearing a helmet is already a legal requirement.

Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.

Recommended Cycling Clothing

Padded cycling shorts (with loose 'over-shorts' where recommended), breathable clothing, and a lightweight waterproof/windproof top. Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking, but are not essential unless you are cycling long distances. Most people want to carry certain items with them during the day while cycling, for this we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting daysack.

E-Bikes Available

Electric bikes offer all the thrills and healthy exercise of a regular bike, but with one crucial difference - power! A tiny electric motor (capped at 25mph) assists your pedalling, allowing you to make molehills out of mountains. Cycle further, see more, have more fun. They are just perfect if you want to try a trip with companions of differing fitness level - or a trip at a slightly harder grade - and want to know there’s a bit of motor power available if you need it.

Practical Information

Passport

Croatia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Italy

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Croatia

Visas are not required by the following nationalities: British and other EU countries, Nationals of Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. Other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities.

For further Brexit travel advice please visit https://www.abta.com/tips-and-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers

Italy

Slovenia

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Croatia

There are no specific health risks.

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Slovenia

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance.

Local Time

Croatia's Timezone:
Europe/Zagreb CET (GMT +01:00)
Italy's Timezone:
Europe/Rome CET (GMT +01:00)
Slovenia's Timezone:
Europe/Ljubljana CET (GMT +01:00)

Electricity

Croatia's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Italy's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins.

Slovenia's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins.

220V 50 Hz AC,

Money

Croatia's Currency

The national currency of Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (HRK), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (November 2018) of approximately 8.3 to the GBP,  6.5 to the USD, 4.9 to the CAD, 7.4 to the EUR, 4.8 to the AUD and 4.5 to the NZD.

Italy's Currency

The national currency of Italy is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 1.2 to the UK£ and 0.9 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

 

Slovenia's Currency

The national currency of Slovenia is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 1.2 to the UK£ and 0.9 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

ATM Availability

ATMs dispensing Euros can be found in all towns on the trip in Italy and Slovenia. ATMs in Croatia dispense Kunas, and these can be found in Buje, Novigrad and Porec. Credit Cards are widely accepted. Travellers cheques are not recommended.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

For lunches and dinners not included allow about €200 - €250 per person, depending on the standard of restaurant chosen. You will need more if you intend to buy wine at the table each evening.

The tour ends in Porec, but if you have made your travel arrangements in and out of Venice then it is possible to return to Venice via ferry or bus. The ferry operates every Saturday, departing at 8am. In high season there are more frequent departures, so please get in touch with us if you would like more details. The cost of this is approx. £60 (pre booked through Exodus) and a taxi to the ferry terminal is €15 per vehicle. We can book the ferry for you, but it is important that you make us aware of this in advance so we can confirm the reservation. Your final hotel will help you arrange a taxi to the ferry terminal. Please note that ferries generally start operating at the end of April, until September.

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. This fee varies depending on the hotel category, the season and number of days of stay andduring the season some variations may occur:
Mestre: 3* hotels 2.40 €, 4* hotels 3.10 €;
Venice: 3* hotels 3.50 €, 4* hotels 4.50 €;
Jesolo: 3* hotels 1,50 €; 4* hotels 2,50 €;
Caorle: 3* hotels 1 €; 4* hotels 1,50 €;
Aquileia: 3* hotels 0,80 €;
Trieste: 3* hotels 2 €; 4* hotels 2,20 €;
Portoroz: 1,27 €;
Piran: 2,50€
Porec: ca. 0,95-1,30€

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.