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Showing reviews for Cycling the Adriatic: Venice to Porec

Number of Reviews: 5 Overall score: *****
The coastal town of Piran, Slovenia
Review posted by Heather Middleton
***** Written

Just the right level of challenge

Four days of flat cycling through Italy followed by more hilly terrain on the final two through Slovenia/Croatia. The scenery and little towns we passed through were delightful - we saw many areas you perhaps wouldn't ever have visited in isolation unless touring. Bikes and equipment provided were solid and in good condition.
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The coastal town of Piran, Slovenia
Review posted by Josephine Millgate
***** Written

Mrs Josephine millgate

We were very disappointed with the accommodation generally. The rooms were very cramped, and several were not clean ie bathrooms and dirty socks found in room. Also burns in bed linen that had to be changed! It was our second time to use exodus and previously we were very satisfied with rooms. Some of the directions were difficult to follow I.e. Aroad had been closed and our map did not show this, although some people on the trip were aware of this.
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Exodus Response

We are very glad that Josephine enjoyed the cycling and the cycling routes throughout this trip, but we are very sorry to learn that she was disappointed with the trip accommodation. The properties on this trip are well located for the cycling route and combine friendly hospitality with good bike storage facilities which is essential for this trip. The hotels are normally well received, but we sincerely regret that Josephine’s experience was not so positive; we have raised this with the local operator to ensure that Josephine’s experience isn't repeated.

The route notes take cyclists through the best areas of the region and although the notes are detailed and require some careful attention when following them, they are checked every season by our local partner. A briefing is given at the beginning of each trip to explain how best to use the notes and maps provided.

Charlotte Taylor - Product Manager for Self-Guided Cycling
The coastal town of Piran, Slovenia
***** Written

CYCLE THE ADRIATIC: VENICE TO POREC

Good cycling and sight seeing somewhat spoilt by too detailed and useless route guide though necessary maps saved the day . Many of us got lost coming out of Trieste. Three other cycling companies were using the same material and hotels. Start from Mestre a bad idea  
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The coastal town of Piran, Slovenia
***** Written

CYCLE THE ADRIATIC: VENICE TO POREC

I'd consider myself an avid cyclist.  This is my 3rd cycle tour and the 1st time I've booked through Exodus.  The route selected for the trip allowed us to cycle through some beautiful countryside and see some stunning scenery!!  I loved the opportunity to cycle through 3 different countries.  I was suprised and pleased to see so many nice, paved bicyle paths for us to cycle across.I will say that we struggled, almost daily, to follow the route directions given to us.  Some of the directions were more vague than I would have like.  The very first day we cycled, it took us almost 20 minutes to find the streets that were named in the route guide, in order for us to get out of the plaza.  In all fairness, there was some construction in the plaza that might not have been there when the directions were written, but unfortunately, we experienced this same frustration almost daily.  It seemed to be worse when leaving town.  After we got out of town, things were better.  The tour company had posted their "orange arrow" along the route to let us know we were going in the right direction.  I SO appreciated seeing those and wish there were more.  The hotels booked for us along the way were very disappointing!  They were at best, in my opinion, 2-3 star hotels.  For the most part, they were clean, but very old, offered little in the way of ammenties, and were not in prime locations.  The last hotel we were booked in, Hotel Pical, didn't even have air conditioning.  After cycling for 6 days in 95 degree weather, this was a HUGE disappointment.  We stayed in a couple of beach villages.  I would have LOVED to have been booked in a hotel on the beach, rather than in a quiet corner of town. 
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The coastal town of Piran, Slovenia
***** Written

CYCLE THE ADRIATIC: VENICE TO POREC

Before booking the trip, I'd never even contemplated a cycling holiday before.  Yes I am reasonably fit and I do a fair bit of cardio-vascular work at the gym, but I'd never really used my third or fouth hand BMX, which is still sitting in my kitchen gathering dust!  However I fancied trying something different and challenging myself a little, and I liked the idea of seeing 3 different countries in one trip away.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I completed over 80kms on the first day, much of it into a 14kph head-wind.  Yes I was tired, but it wasn't a struggle as I suspected it might be.  So, the beauty of this trip is that it is suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness who fancies a holiday that takes it some beautiful and ever-changing scenery, whilst at the same time keeping you fit!  I loved the freedom a self-guided cycling trip gives you - the ability to stop whenever and wherever you want, not being limited on the amount of time you stop somewhere & the option to go at your own pace.  Also the general quality of the hotels used was excellent and mostly central to the town (with the exception of Caorle) & the buffet breakfasts were enough to fill me up for the majority of the day.  The 27 speed bikes were of excellent quality and made the ride smooth and hassle-free. The waterproof paniers supplied were spacious and easy to attached and detatch, and the waterproof box on the front of the bike was exactly the right size for my camera.  The routes chosen generally avoided main roads, which was great if you're not a confident cyclist and also meant that you experienced the real heart and culture of each country, travelling on country roads through quaint little villages and pretty coastal towns.  My only negative comment is that the directions given were sometimes vague and ambiguous, resulting in us covering a vastly increased distance on the first day, not reaching our destination until 10pm, and not having any time to stop at any of the towns/villages on route.  We did get used to the way they were written and learned to interpret them accordingly as the trip went on, but there were still times we resorted to using a map and picking our own route to the next place named on our itinerary!  Also I would suggest that Piran would be a much nicer final destination on day 5 of the trip, instead of Portoroz.  It's only about 5/6kms away and is a much prettier town with a lot more to see.  Overall though, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I would definitely do it again.
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