Self-guided Bike Tours

Cycling along the Istrian peninsula

Tour Start
Porec

Type
Self-Guided

Duration
8 days

Level
Level 3: Moderate

TOUR INFO

Discover Istrian peninsula, its west and east coast and the most interesting part – magical inland of Istria. 

 

Cycle through beautiful landscapes dotted with old villages and picturesque towns. Explore medieval towns located on hilltops such as Groznjan and Motovun. Cycle along vineyards and olive groves, trademarks of green Istria. Visit ancient Roman colonies of Porec and Pula, located on the shores of so-called blue Istria. Among the charms of culture and the beauty of nature, enjoy the richness of flavors of local Istrian cuisine, excellent Istrian wines and olive oil. 

 

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HIGHLIGHTS: 
 

  • Beautiful landscapes of inland (Green) and coastal (Blue) Istria  
  • Croatian Tuscany 
  • Motovun, Groznjan, Vodnjan, Pula, Rovinj and Porec 
  • Gastronomy of Istria: Extra virgin olive oil, great local wines, Boškarin – traditional cattle and homemade pasta 
  • Local expertise 

GENERAL TOUR INFO: 
 

  • Number of nights: 7
  • Tour commences: Porec, Croatia. Start between 5 and 8 PM (time can be adjusted) 
  • Tour ends: Porec, Croatia.  After breakfast 
  • Average daily cycling distance: 30 km 
  • Road Surface: paved 
  • Tour rating: moderate
  • Suitable for families: yes 


ITINERARY

  • 1
    Day 1

    Arrival

    Arrival to Poreč. Welcome meeting with our representative will be at 7:00 pm at the hotel reception area where we will provide the package including hotel vouchers, bicycle with all equipment, maps and a road book. 

    Meals: - 
    Distance biked:
     0 km
    Overnight: Porec
    Highlights: Porec town, Euphrasian Basilica 


  • 2
    Day 2

    Porec to Buje

    Our cycling tour of Istria will start with a ride from Poreč, the town where you can find material and spiritual evidences of great cultures at every step. Walk along the old city center and you will find there the Roman Forum, magnificent palaces from different historical periods, and to top it all, the famous Euphrasian Basilica (Euphrasiana). You will be riding along the coastline with beautiful bays where you can enjoy the breathtaking Mediterranean landscape with green vineyards and olive groves and taste home made food, wine, brandy and honey produced in this area. Continuing along the trail, you will reach Višnjan, a little place that vaunts an astronomical observatory ranked among the 5 most important observatories in the world. Passing by Mirna river delta and Novigrad you will arrive to Umag, a town that, apart for its incandescent Riviera, vaunts a rich historical heritage and a unique event – the festival of the traditional organ (Organum Histriae). Umag is situated on a peninsula, founded in the transitional period from late antiquity into the early middle age, with the historic center that loudly speaks with the spirit of the old Venetian Republic. Continuing to northern most point of Istria (Savudrija) and finishing first day in Buje area.

    Meals: breakfast 
    Distance biked: 70 km  
    Overnight: Guesthouse in Kaldanija 
    Highlights: Poreč, Višnjan (wine cellars), Mirna river delta, City of Novigrad, City of Umag, Savudrija


  • 3
    Day 3

    Buje to Buzet

    On the way to Buzet we will ride across Grožnjan – a typical istrian medieval town sprout high on top of the hill along the right coast of the river Mirna, vaunting its centenary walls, its renaissance loggia dating from 1585 and the beautiful St. Vitus and Modesto’s baroque church. If you just occasionally ride along its streets in which almost every door leads to art studios or galleries, and which windows from every direction echoes the sounds of different music genres, from classical to jazz, you’ll understand why Grožnjan is known as "The town of artists".

    Discover Šterna – a village named after a big local cistern, situated on the large plateau intersected by water flows. Explore Oprtalj, with unchanged urban medieval disposition, the narrow streets, the shops, the beautiful Venetian palaces, portals and covered passages, and particularly the unique view to the Istrian peninsula from the town loggia, according to many the most beautiful of Istria.Finally you arrive to Buzet, known as long as in the Roman times as Pinquentium, today is named as ’’the City of truffles’’, considering that the surrounding forests along the valley of the river Mirna cover some of the best areas of the entire Istria for the hunting of this divine tuberous.

    Meals: breakfast
    Distance biked: 51 km 
    Overnight: Buzet
    Highlights: City of Buje, Grožnjan the city of artists, Livade the truffle center of the world, Istrian spa center, City of Buzet.


  • 4
    Day 4

    Buzet to Rabac

    After a taft climb to Prodani the road leads to one of the most attractive and picturesque istrian medieval towns – Draguć, the place which, until some hundred years ago lived from the cultivation of the silk-worm, today is almost completely abandoned. However, its unforgettable natural position and the exceptional beauty of the stone architecture, the modest palaces, the walls and the old churches, perhaps could seem somehow known. We are proud to say that right here have been recorded numerous national and foreign production movies and TV series, like the movies "The 3 musketeers".

    Pazin – a true heart of Istria! Pazin is known as a commercial, cultural and educational center of entire central Istria. Unique for its spectacular position above the carst abyssal cave, Pazin holds the medieval Castle – Kaštel (today, the Ethnographic Museum of Istria and the Municipal Museum are both in the castle) located on the verge of a 130 meters deep abyss. From Pazin you pass through Gračišće, an absolute pearl of the Istrian hinterland. The entrance into this town can be really enchanting: a magnificent Salomon Mansion made in the combination of gothic and renaissance styles, it makes you think for a moment as if you were lost in some distant corner of Venice. Continue further through Kršan, feudal land property, having obtained its name for the rockiness of the spot and at the same time, was erected on the foundations of an ancient early medieval burg, we arrive in Rabac, the pearl of the Kvarner bay. Overnight in Labin or Rabac.

    Meals: breakfast 
    Distance biked: 67 km 
    Overnight:
     Labin or Rabac
    Highlights: City of Dragud, Pazin the capital of central Istria, Gračišde, City of Labin, Rabac the pearl of east Istria.


  • 5
    Day 5

    Labin to Pula

    Cycle along the coastline towards Rovinj. You will head for the mysterious world of Bale region, proud fot its glorious Soardo- Bembo Castle of the Gothic and Renaissance period and the parish church of St. Julian. Bale had been developed from the ancient Roman castrum (military fortification) along Via Flava, the ancient Roman road that used to connect Trieste and Pula. Discover Sv. Vinčenat, with its grandiose Morosini-Grimani citadel with towers, parish church, municipal loggia and a line of 16th century houses of the Renaissance and a town cistern - šterna in the middle. Sv. Vičenat really belongs to a range of the most attractive Venetian creations of that period effected in this region, and with held one of the rare witchcraft trials in Istria during 17th century. This day finishes in Rovinj.

    Meals: breakfast 
    Distance biked: 60 km
    Overnight: Rovinj
    Highlights: Restaurants in Fažana, Castle in St.Vincent, Palaces in Bale, City of Rovinj.


  • 6
    Day 6

    Pula to Rovinj

    Cycle along the coastline towards Rovinj. You will head for the mysterious world of Bale region, proud fot its glorious Soardo- Bembo Castle of the Gothic and Renaissance period and the parish church of St. Julian. Bale had been developed from the ancient Roman castrum (military fortification) along Via Flava, the ancient Roman road that used to connect Trieste and Pula. Discover Sv. Vinčenat, with its grandiose Morosini-Grimani citadel with towers, parish church, municipal loggia and a line of 16th century houses of the Renaissance and a town cistern - šterna in the middle. Sv. Vičenat really belongs to a range of the most attractive Venetian creations of that period effected in this region, and with held one of the rare witchcraft trials in Istria during 17th century. This day finishes in Rovinj.

    Meals: breakfast 
    Distance biked: 60 km
    Overnight: Rovinj
    Highlights: Restaurants in Fažana, Castle in St.Vincent, Palaces in Bale, City of Rovinj.


  • 7
    Day 7

    Rovinj to Porec

    A marsh, rare birds, a cursed city, buried pirates treasure, a fjord, a cave with a primitive man and a hermit, an ancient solar observatory - all this you will find during today biking. Our bike ride will takes us across Kanfanar to the ruins of the medieval town of Dvigrad. Just to stir your imagination - you are now in an area where many legends and mysteries based on historical events still live on: that of Dvigrad devastated by the plague because of an ancient curse, of the buried treasure of Captain Morgan's pirates near the village named after him (Mrgani), of the cave where the remains of the primitive man were found and where, as legend has it, St Romuald used to live as a hermit in the Middle Ages. After riding along the coastline you will reach Vrsar, a romantic fishermen village where the famous Casanova came back even two times. This one week bike tour finishes in Poreč where where you will spend the last night.

    Meals: breakfast 
    Distance biked: 60 km 
    Overnight: Poreč
    Highlights: Old city of Rovinj, Ruins of Dvigrad, Lim Bay, City of Vrsar, Poreč.


  • 8
    Day 8

    Departure

    Your tour ends after the breakfast. 

    Meals: breakfast


MAP

Accommodation

Level 3: Moderate

Activities on these tours will take you to beautiful natural and/or historical sites off the beaten path. Gastronomical experience is also an important aspect of these trips. Recommended for those who exercise couple of days per week, commute to work or are “weekend warriors”.

Average daily activity time: 4-6 hours
Cycling distance: 30-60 km per day over flat, rolling and hilly terrain. Minimum elevation gain per day 400 meters
Hiking/walking distance: 5-17 km per day over flat, rolling and hilly terrain. Minimum elevation gain per day 350 meters

Prices and Dates

CLASSIC (3*)  2020
PERIOD 01.03.-27.04. 28.04-28.05. 29.05.-27.06. 28.06.-28.08.
28.09.-30.11. 29.08.-27.09.
Price per person 842,00 € 952,00 € 985,00 € 1.029,00 €
Single supplement when traveling with others 132,00 € 154,00 € 176,00 € 198,00 €
Single supplement traveling alone 264,00 € 286,00 € 308,00 € 330,00 €
Supplement half bord (6 dinners) 198,00 € 198,00 € 198,00 € 198,00 €

The price includes: 

  • 7-day accommodation and breakfast 
  • Our assistance which consists of bike fitting, detailed briefing with description of places you will be visiting en route, lunch options, marked map with options for shorter or longer routes
  • Daily maps  
  • Luggage transfers 
  • Travel planning assistance, pre-tour information, pre-post tour hotel/travel reservations or suggestions

 

The price does not include:

  • Bike rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Shuttles during the riding time
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Airport transfers
PREMIERE (4*) 2020
PERIOD 01.03.-27.04. 28.04-28.05. 29.05.-27.06. 28.06.-28.08.
28.09.-30.11. 29.08.-27.09.
Price per person 1.326,00 € 1.425,00 € 1.535,00 € 1.645,00 €
Single supplement when traveling with others 495,00 € 495,00 € 539,00 € 605,00 €
Single supplement traveling alone 627,00 € 627,00 € 671,00 € 737,00 €

The price includes: 

  • 7-day accommodation and breakfast 
  • Our assistance which consists of bike fitting, detailed briefing with description of places you will be visiting en route, lunch options, marked map with options for shorter or longer routes
  • Daily maps  
  • Luggage transfers 
  • Travel planning assistance, pre-tour information, pre-post tour hotel/travel reservations or suggestions

 

The price does not include:

  • Bike rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Shuttles during the riding time
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Airport transfers

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