Guided Tours

Istrian cycling tour

Tour Start
Buje

Type
Guided and Supported

Duration
7 D

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 Grožnjan and Motovun, 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 Poreč 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 Poreč, inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list
  • Wine and Olive oil tasting
  • Carefully designed trips for small groups
  • Van support, drinks, refreshments and snacks
  • Unique Croatian travel experience and immersion in local culture

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
  • 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.

    Meals: Dinner
    Distance biked: 0 km 
    Overnight: Hotel La Parenzana, Buje area
    Highlights: Istrian peninsula


  • 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!

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting  
    Distance biked: 38 km 
    Overnight: Hotel La Parenzana, Buje area
    Highlights:  Momjan vine area, Brtonigla, rolling hills of north west Istrian peninsula 


  • 3
    Day 3

    Grožnjan 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.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Distance biked: 38 km
    Overnight : Vila Borgo, Motovun
    Highlights: Grožnjan, Motovun


  • 4
    Day 4

    Poreč

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 
    Distance biked: 43 km
    Overnight: Hotel Riviera, Poreč
    Highlights: Višnjan, Istrian inland, Poreč


  • 5
    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!

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Olive oil tasting
    Distance biked: 47 km
    Overnight: Hotel La Grisa, Bale
    Highlights: Dvigrad, Istrian inland roads, Bale


  • 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 which dominate the Rovinj cityscape!

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
    Distance biked: 40 km 
    Overnight: Hotel La Grisa, Bale
    Highlights: Rovinj, Svetvinčenat 


  • 7
    Day 7

    Tour end

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

    Meals: Breakfast
    Distance biked: 0
    Overnight stay: -


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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 Poreč. 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 Poreč.

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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.

Prices and Dates

  2021
PERIOD:  13.06.-19.06. 12.09.-18.09.
Price per person:  2.550,00 € 2.550,00 €
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 140,00 €)
  • Carbon road bike hire (supplement 250,00 €)
  • Airport transfers (Trieste airport transfer available; 200,00 € per transfer, 1 to 7 persons per vehicle)

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