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We enjoyed this self guided cycle trip.The first 3 days are totally flat with the hills starting after Trieste. The hotel in Mestre was not great, the room was small and stuffy room with ineffective air-conditioning. We agree with previous comments about the written instructions, they are too wordy and therefore difficult to follow. We gave up on them after the first day and used the maps provided and followed the arrows placed along the route.When that failed we backed up with the map app on the smartphone.
I disagree with a previous review that said don't start in Mestre, as the ride across to to Venice is dangerous. For us it was a Sunday morning( little traffic) and on a cycle path most of the way, the view of the city is great and the only downside were the swarms of flies so essential to keep your mouth closed. Lido di Jesolo was fine (big resort) but Caorle is a much smaller, prettier town and we would have preferred to stay there. Portogruaro, nice hotel and small town. Alquilea , hotel not so great but fantastic Basilica with mosaic floors. Trieste is an interesting city but busy traffic. The route out is hilly but actually takes small backroads so wasn't as bad as expected.Into Slovenia, lovely lush farmland often on dedicated cycle track but with a few more hills ( some steep but short) we stayed in Portoroz which is a large resort, the hotel was fine but for us Piran would have been a much nicer place to spend the night as prettier and smaller. On into Croatia where the route is on a busier road at times but the coastal scenery was beautiful and the hotel in Porec was the most comfortable of the whole trip. We averaged about 40 miles a day so had usually arrived at the destination by mid afternoon giving us time to explore.
Cycling towards Venice and through lush farmland. The Basilica in Aquilea is well worth a look. Italian ice cream and fantastic fresh fish in the restaurants en route.
We only encountered him once when the bikes were delivered to the hotel, so can't really comment. The luggage transfer was very efficient.
The hire bikes were very good but the female bikes are more " sit up and beg" style. I asked to change to the bike given to men (as I prefer that cycling position) so ended up with a frame that was slightly too large as that was all they had. So women travellers.....check the style of the bike you prefer ( look more closely at the photos than I did!) and relay that to Exodus before you travel so hopefully you will get the best bike fit for you. Also mosquito repellant, antihistamine cream for bites is useful.
Better accommodation in some places would definitely have improved the rating of this holiday for us.
Generally good trip. Scenery worth cycling through and routes good. Distances easily achieved. We found towns and villages along the way, so coffee and food was not a problem. Routes often used good quality cycle paths. Previous comments about unclean hotels not experienced. Most hotels excellent, although a couple were a bit old and cramped.
We would recommend this trip.
Many other riders from several countries are doing this route with the same land agents and their company was great.
Finding our way with the directions provided was sometimes a challenge but it was great when it worked.
N/A as self led
We always buy maps of an area before any departure and mark up the route, even if guided. This helps to show what is happening and especially helps when self guided routes are not totally correct. The trip was stated on the Exodus website as 100% on tarmac which we found to be incorrect, although trip notes stated some off road. At least the route maps provided showed off road sections. As we were not on mountain bikes we then used our own maps to detour round one or two long off road sections.
We agree with previous comments that in spite of (or maybe because) the land agent is providing tours for several companies, they did not always meet our expectations. This is a tough commercial world and other land agents would surely be willing to replace them.
The website states some gentle ascents. On the last day there are some tough hills, which most people finished up walking.
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.
There were some really exceptional routes via bridges across water, and paths alongside the sea; and some very enjoyable downhill rides after tough climbs in Croatia and Slovenia. A restaurant called Valentino's in Portoguaro who served us, their sole customers, superb food very late on a Monday night, when we feared we'd go to bed hungry because we'd arrived so late!
This was a self guided holiday, so the cycle route guides were effectively our leader! These instructions were mostly very good with maybe two or three lapses. Several groups seemed to miss the Grado turn-off because of ambiguous instructions - and oddly this detour alone was not described in full. We got lost leaving Aquileia, heading at right angles to the correct route despite our best efforts! And a couple of times the instructions lapsed into different languages which provided an extra challenge. We felt the quality of the instructions was a little inconsistent, and less detailed as we left Italy There also seemed to be less arrow-stickers posted. The baggage transfer between hotels was seamless, with no problems at all.
A cycle mirror mounted on your left handlebar will help on the very skinny fast Italian roads where one has to cycle right in the gutter, with cars passing very close. I bought one over there but it wasn't as good as my small tilt-able mirror at home. Padded cycle shorts are essential and I was glad I took an extra padded cycle cover too. A simple compass might have helped when we felt we were very offtrack! We managed with the maps provided but they are not that detailed, and often don't reference the same road names as the instructions do, so if you are concerned about your routefinding abilities, it may be worth bringing your own detailed maps, or downloading a GPS app. I was very bitten badly the first few days by mosquitoes, never usually a problem for me. I was using Jungle formula for Northern Europe, strength 3 until I switched to my friend's stronger version with 50% DEET. It didn't seem to be possible to get very strong repellent in Italy, so recommend you take a killer formula with you. Lastly, we didn't do this but it might have been sensible to check out the first few steps of the next day's route and just get oriented re the right direction to set off, before putting the bikes to bed for the night.
We added two days in Venice at the start of our trip, which I'd recommend.
Then you will need to make your own way to the next hotel by public transport, or pay for a taxi. Please remember you will also have your bikes, which need to be safely transported as well. You can also phone the local taxi company (details in route notes) who transport your luggage, and see if they can give you a lift. Please note this may not always be possible.
Usually by a local representative or a taxi company. You will need to leave your luggage at the hotel reception between 08:00hrs and 10:00hrs on days of hotel change - the route notes you receive with your final documents will confirm the exact time. It must be marked with the luggage labels (provided by Exodus or at the start hotel), CLEARLY VISIBLE, showing your name and the total number of bags that you are having transferred.
In country bike hire should be arranged at the time of booking, and the cost will be added to your invoice. Please note that there are a limited number of bikes available locally. We always have to match a person's height to the bike frame size, and as there are limited amounts of each size, we cannot always guarantee availability of the correct frame. Therefore it is recommended you add the local bike hire as early as possible.
Although we do not have a 'group flight' as we would normally do on our guided trips, we will do our best to provide as much information as possible on helping you get to the start point, whether that is by train, bus, aeroplane or car. Please consult the trip notes for more details or ask a sales consultant.
Not at all. With self-guided cycling you have the whole day and can take things at your own pace, and stop wherever you choose to. The route notes will make suggestions, but in the end you can go as slowly or as quickly as you like!
On a small amount of our self-guided trips there are wearable GPS devices for hire locally - please consult the trip notes or speak to a sales consultant for more details. If there is no device to hire, the GPX routes may be available to download on your smart phone or portable device - more information on this will be sent before you depart.
No, a quality local hire bike is included in the overall price of this cycling holiday.
If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may of course bring it along. A discount of GBP90 will apply if you do so.
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