Guided Tours

Istrian cycling tour

Tour Start
Buje - ISTRIA

Type
Guided/Supported

Duration
7 days

Level
Level 3: Moderate

TOUR INFO

Join us on cycling, historical and gastronomical journey along Istrian peninsula, one of the last Europe's hidden gems.  

Many times compared or called Croatian Tuscany, Istrian peninsula has it all; from the charming and picturesque countryside and hilltop villages such as Groznjan and Motrovun, Istrian cuisine, excellent wines and top rates olive oils, to the Adriatic Sea where rich history and culture formed a must see historical towns of Porec and Rovinj. Even though Istria’s coast is very popular with visitors in the summer, we will show you magical parts of its interior. With Meridien Ten’s support, local expertise and small group departures, we have created another perfect Croatian cycling holiday!

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HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • Back roads along charming and picturesque countryside with olive groves, vineyards and hilltop towns 
  • Coastal towns of Rovinj and Porec, inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list 
  • Wine and Olive oil tasting 
  • Local expertise and small group tour 

GENERAL TOUR INFO: 

  • Number of nights: 6
  • Tour commences: near Buje, Croatia. Start between 3 and 5 PM 
  • Tour ends: Pula or Rovinj, Croatia.  End between 10 and 11 AM 
  • Average daily cycling distance: 35 km 
  • Road Surface: paved 
  • Tour rating: moderate
  • Suitable for families: yes 


ITINERARY

  • 1
    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. 

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

     


  • 2
    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!

    Cycling 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  


  • 3
    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 painters, potters, carvers as well as musicians. 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. 

    Cycling distance: 38 km 
    Overnight stayVila Borgo, Motovun
    Highlights: Groznjan, Motovun,  
    Meals: breakfast, lunch 

     


  • 4
    Day 4

    Porec

    Today we cruise down to the Istrian coast. On our way, we will have the opportunity to discover Višnjan, a beautiful hilltop 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. 

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


  • 5
    Day 5

    Magical Istria

    Today we cruise down to the Istrian coast. On our way, we will have the opportunity to discover Višnjan, a beautiful hilltop 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. 

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


  • 6
    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!

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


  • 7
    Day 7

    Tour end

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

    Cycling distance: 0
    Overnight stay: - 
    Meals: breakfast 


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Accommodation

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Hotel Casa Parenzana

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

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Riviera

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.

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La Grisa

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

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

  2020
PERIOD JUNE, 21th - 27th SEPT, 13th - 19th
Price per person 2.500,00 € 2.500,00 €
Single supplement 300,00 € 300,00 €

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) 

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