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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in 3-4 star hotels and guesthouses
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1180USD

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Overview

Trip Code: ICX

Trip highlights


  • Cycling through the beautiful landscapes of Istria
  • Visiting the fascinating towns of Motovun, Groznjan, Pula, Rovinj and Porec
  • Learning about the region's cultural heritage
  • Enjoying sampling the local delicacies

Istria, the largest Croatian peninsula, is a magical region that is ideally discovered by bike. With green forests, historic hilltop towns, vineyards and olive groves, this self guided itinerary is the perfect combination of nature, history and culture. Cycling through a beautiful landscape of hills framed by rivers, forests and vineyards, there is ample time to stop where you like. Along the way you'll pass through the hidden medieval towns of Groznjan, Oprtalj, Motovun and Porec, with their charming historic centres. You can reward your efforts in the saddle each day by relaxing at your comfortable family-run hotel while sampling the excellent Istrian wines.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Make your way to Porec and check in at the first hotel (due to availability we occasionally use a hotel in nearby Vrsar). Porec is rich in culture and history and we recommend taking some time to walk through the town this afternoon. You can walk along the old city centre, where you'll find the Roman Forum, magnificent palaces from different historical periods, and to top it all off, the famous Euphrasian Basilica (Euphrasiana). At 7pm there will be a welcome briefing where you'll receive your rental bike. Overnight Porec or Vrsar.

Meals:  Nil

Today you begin by cycling along the coastline with its beautiful bays, enjoying the breathtaking Mediterranean landscape with green vineyards and olive groves. Along the trail you will reach Višnjan,with its atronomical observatory, the Mirna river delta, then Novigrad, before arriving in Umag. Umag has a rich historical heritage and each year hosts a unique festival, of the traditional organ (Organum Histriae). Situated on a peninsula, founded in the transitional period from late antiquity into the early middle ages, its historic centre speaks with the spirit of the old Venetian Republic. Continue to the northernmost point of Istria (Savudrija) before finishing the day in the Buje region. Overnight in Volpija or Kaldanija (3-4 star hotels option) or Brtonigla or Nova Vas (upgrade option).

Meals:  B

This morning you will cycle to the pretty hilltop town of Groznjan, known as 'the town of artists'. Groznjan is a typical medieval Istrian town overlooking the Mirna river. Take time to stroll through the town to see the St Vitus and Modeto's church and Renaissance loggia and admire the views, before getting back on your bike and continuing to Sterna, named for its large cistern, Oprtalj with its portals and covered passages, and finally Buzet. Buzet is known as the 'city of truffles' as the surrounding forests are some of the best areas in Istria for finding these gourmet delights. Overnight Buzet.

Meals:  B

After conquering the tough climb to Prodani this morning, the cycle route will lead to one of the most attractive and picturesque medieval towns of Istria, Draguc. Once renowned for its cultivation of silk worms, Draguc today is almost completely abandoned. You may recognise its natural beauty, stone architecture, palaces and old churches, as many movies and TV series have been filmed here. Continue to Pazin, the heart of Istria. In the first written record of the town in 983, Pazin is known as the cultural, commercial and educational centre of the entire central region of Istria. From Pazin you pass through Gracišce, a jewel of the Istrian hinterland, before continuing to Rabac or Labin, both pearls of Kvarner Bay.

Meals:  B

This morning you'll ride across Rasa, which was the first modern mining town in Istria. Along the way you'll find yourself in the beautiful nature reserve of Liburna, full of native animals (including very friendly donkeys!) and a unique ethnological collection of antique tools. You'll end the day in Pula, which just like Rome, is a city built on seven hills and home to a magnificent amphitheatre, dating from the 1st century BCE. Pula has been casting its spell on visitors for centuries, and you're sure to be enchanted too. Overnight Pula.

Meals:  B

Today's cycle takes you along the coastline towards Rovinj. This morning you will head for the mysterious world of the Bale region. Bale was built along the Via Flava, the ancient Roman road that connected Trieste and Pula. Pass by Svetvincenat, with its grandiose towered citadel and 16th century Venetian style houses. A rare witchcraft trial was held here in the 17th century. You'll finish the day's cycle tour in Rovinj.

Meals:  B

Today's cycle has much to pique your interest, including a marsh and a fjord, a spectacular coastline, legends of buried pirate treasure, and an ancient solar observatory. The ride will take you across Kanfanar to the ruins of the medieval town of Dvigrad. After cycling along the coastline you will reach Vrsar, a quaint fishing village that was twice visited by Casanova. From here you'll head back to Porec (or your hotel in Vrsar) for your last overnight stay.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes this morning with arrangements ending after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights in 3-4 star hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (option to upgrade to mainly 4* hotels - supplement applies)
  • Welcome briefing
  • Information pack with route notes and maps per room booked
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfer
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to and from Porec
  • Airport transfers Porec
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided cycle
  • Travel insurance - mandatory

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

This cycle route is not way marked, however you are provided with a detailed route book and map. The route is mainly flat with some hilly terrain and follows local roads with some short connections on main roads but generally the cycling is relaxed and traffic light (except in July and August, the high season periods, when you will experience a higher volume of traffic).


Departure dates

Daily from 15 Mar to 15 Nov

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 20 Jun to 19 Sep. Mid season is from 20 Apr to 19 Jun and from 20 Sep to 30 Nov. A supplement applies for mid and high season departures.

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Total Priceper person from

$1180USD

Options & Supplements*
  • road bike supplementUSD$80
  • electric bike supplementUSD$100
  • single supplement - standard hotelsUSD$340
  • Premium hotels upgrade supplementUSD$540
  • single traveller surcharge - standard hotelsUSD$620
  • single supplement - premium hotelsUSD$830
  • single traveller surcharge - premium hotelsUSD$1110
*Prices listed are per person

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