Istrian Cycling tour

ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrival to Istria 

Welcome to Istria! We meet in the late afternoon for introductions and bike fitting at our hotel before having dinner together. 

Biking distance: 0 km  
Overnight stay: Hotel La Parenzana, Buje area
Highlights: 
Meals: dinner 

Day 2: Istrian wine and Olive roads   

Get ready to discover the Croatian Tuscany! We cycle along rolling hills of Istria’s north-western part, where we will pass numerous vineyards and olive groves, medieval towns and picturesque villages. Therefore, a wine and olive oil tasting are a must on today’s agenda! 

Biking distance: 38 km 
Overnight stay: Hotel La Parenzana, Buje area
Highlights:  Momjan wine area, Brtonigla, rolling hills of north west Istrian peninsula 
Meals: breakfast, lunch, wine tasting  

Day 3: Groznjan and Motovun  

Our ride today will be particularly interesting for art lovers as we bike to the famous art colony in Istria - Grožnjan. Its cobbled streets and ancient houses serve as art galleries for musicians, painters, potters and carvers. As we continue along backroads with stunning views over hills, vineyards and valleys we arrive to the Istrian truffle kingdom – Livade and Motovun, where we will spend the evening. 

Biking distance: 38 km 
Overnight stay: Vila Borgo, Motovun
Highlights: Groznjan, Motovun,  
Meals: breakfast, lunch 

Day 4: Porec 

Today we cruise down to the Istrian coast. On our way, we will have the opportunity to discover Višnjan, a beautiful hill town with a gothic chapel from the 15th century. After lunch on a local family farm, we continue our ride to Poreč. Enjoy an evening at your disposal and pay a visit to the UNESCO-protected Euphrasian Basilica and other historical sites. 

Biking distance: 43 km 
Overnight stay: Hotel Riviera, Porec 
Highlights: Visnjan, Istrian inland, Porec 
Meals: breakfast, lunch  

Day 5: Magical Istria  

We leave the Istrian coastline behind us as we ride again into the interior areas of the Istrian peninsula. Discover authentic and real life of Istrian villages, farms and hill towns such as medieval Dvigrad which is dominated by the remains of the Roman basilica and the legend of the undiscovered treasure of the British pirate Captain Morgan. We spend the next 2 nights in the medieval town of Bale, some say the best kept secret of Istria. This afternoon we will learn about history, production and taste great olive oils, one of Bale trademarks! 

Biking distance: 47 km 
Overnight stay: Hotel La Grisa, Bale 
Highlights:  Dvigrad, Istrian inland roads, Bale 
Meals: breakfast, lunch, olive oil tasting 

Day 6: Rovinj

Today we head back to the Istrian coast. On the way, we will ride to Svetvinčenat, another hidden gem of Istrian medieval architecture. Our ride ends in Rovinj – the pearl of Istria. After lunch, we discover the old town, Church of St. Euphemia, the ramparts and its cobbled alleys whichdominate the Rovinj cityscape!

Biking distance: 40 km 
Overnight stay: Hotel La Grisa, Bale
Highlights: Rovinj, Svetvincenat 
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner 

Day 7: Tour end 

Today after breakfast we will provide a transfer to Pula (or Rovinj) where your tour ends. Živili and pomalo! 

Biking distance: 0
Overnight stay: - 
Meals: breakfast 

PRICE & DATES

 

 

2020 tour dates and prices (EUR): 

 

The price includes: 

  • Carefully designed trip for small groups 

  • 6 overnights 

  • 2 Local, professional and experienced tour guides

  • 1 Wine tasting

  • 1 Olive oil tasting 

  • All breakfast, 5 lunches, 2 dinners 

  • Great custom build hybrid or road bikes and professional bike fitting 

  • Daily maps (with detailed route instructions in case you prefer to bike on your own) 

  • Mobile offline navigation application - (please note we do not provide mobile phone or phone adapter for the bike) 

  • Bike water bottles (to be kept as a souvenir), small bike bag and a helmet

  • All entrance fees, organized special events, visits to unique sites and boat transfers as per itinerary 

  • Daily refreshments, various soft drinks and snacks 

  • Van support and luggage transfers

  • Travel planning assistance, pre-tour information, pre-post tour hotel/travel reservations or suggestions

  • Unique Croatian travel experience and immersion in local culture 

  • Carefree holidays experienced with the best adventure company in Croatia

 

The price does not include:

  • Airport transfer upon tour start

  • Accommodation in Pula (Day 7)  

  • Tips or gratuities for tour leaders 

  • Travel insurance 

Optional services:

 

  • E-bike hire (supplement EUR 140,00)

  • Airport transfers (Trieste airport transfer available, EUR 200,00 per transfer, 1 to 7 persons per vehicle) 

 

 

ACCOMMODATION

 

 

Hotel La Parenzana, Buje (Day 1 and 2) 

Former farmhouse located near Buje town, Casa La Parenzana represents a peaceful oasis for relaxation. All rooms have a private bathroom and Wi-Fi.

 

 

Hotel B&B Villa Borgo, Motovun (Day 3) 

Recently renovated traditional stone house is located in the very centre of medieval town Motovun, Villa Borgo offers panoramic views of the valley, surrounding hills with vineyards and olive groves or ancient streets of Motovun. All rooms have a private bathroom and Wi-Fi.

 

 

Hotel Riviera,  Porec (Day 4) 

Hotel Riviera is located in the historic part of Porec. It is part of Valamar hotels. Its location offers great views on Sveti Nikola Island or opportunity to take a short walk to discover ancient town of Porec. 

 

 

Hotel La Grisa, Bale (Day 5 and 6) 

Located in the ancient Bale village, La Grisa hotel represents family owned hotel which combines modern and traditional style. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RATING

 

Istrian cycling tour details: 

 

 

  • Daily distances: 35 – 50 km per day.

  • Total distance biked: 200 km in 7 days

  • Level of difficulty: Moderate - Generally rolling or hilly terrain with average daily distances up to 50 km 

  • How flat or hilly is this tour: Moderately hilly

  • Road Surface: Paved 

  • Tour rating: Moderate

  • Suitable for families: Yes 

OVERVIEW

Number of nights: 6

 

Tour commences: Casa Parenzana, Buje area, Croatia

Closest airports: Trieste - Italy, Pula - Croatia or Ljubljana – Slovenia

Private transfer from Trieste airport to start location (EUR 200,00 per transfer, 1 to 7 persons per vehicle) 

Ferry from Venice to Porec and then private transfer (https://venezialines.com ) 

 

Tour ends: Pula, Croatia (possible transportation to Rovinj as well) 
 

Closest airports: Pula – Croatia, Trieste – Italy or Ljubljana – Slovenia

Private transfer from Trieste airport to start location (EUR 200,00 per transfer, 1 to 7 persons per vehicle) 

Ferry from Pula or Rovinj to Venice (https://venezialines.com ) 

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