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Self-Guided Cycling Tour of Croatia's Wine Routes

Overview
Location
Accommodation
Getting There

There is something special about Istria. It could be the sea breeze, the beautiful landscape, the friendliness of the locals, the excellent food and wine, or a combination of them all. This self-guided tour includes an organised itinerary cycling through Istria more or less at your own pace, visiting local winemakers, tasting the wine and culinary specialities of the area and visiting its lovely medieval towns. Includes 7 nights’ accommodation & luggage transportation

PDF Download: Istrian Wine Routes By Bike Detailed Itinerary

Highlights

  • Cycle through beautiful Istria, covering over 100 miles of this stunning part of the world
  • Enjoy the local wines and specialities
  • Don’t worry about your luggage – this will be transported for you!

Included

  • Accommodation in 3* hotels in Istria along the route
  • Bed & breakfast basis
  • Luggage transport between hotels
  • Information package including detailed route description and vouchers
  • 24/7 emergency number

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • Meals & beverages – unless otherwise specified above
  • Bike / helmet rental
  • Local taxes where applicable
  • Everything not specified above

Itinerary

Day 1 - ARRIVAL
Arrival in Istria. Info meeting with representative at 7pm in the hotel reception area where you will be provided with the package including hotel vouchers, bicycle with all equipment, maps and a road book. Overnight in Buje area.

Day 2 – BUJE - UMAG - BUJE - 47 km / 29 miles
This tour starts with easy downhill ride to the coast on the northwest point of Istrian peninsula. The trail continues south to Umag. Visit to a wine cellar to taste local wines like muscat or malvazija. Overnight in Buje area.

Day 3 – BUJE - BRTONIGLA -NOVIGRAD - BUJE - 39 km / 24 miles
From Buje pedal through the picturesque village of Kršete and arrive at the small town of Brtonigla. Further on the trail leads through wine yards and olive groves around Brtonigla. Head on to Novigrad where you can visit an olive grove and taste some of the best olive oils. Continue through the coastal villages of Dajla and Karigador and arrive at Lovrečica. Follow the road through the villages Škrinjari, Babići and Buroli where you can admire traditional Istrian houses. The road alongside the vineyards will take you back to your hotel. Overnight in Buje area.

Day 4 - BUJE - MOTOVUN - 37 km / 22 miles
From Buje you will continue on towards Grožnjan and arrive in Oprtalj. From Oprtalj head downhill and enjoy the view of the Mirna river, eventually arriving in Livade where you can visit the local truffle shop and taste various types of truffle. Overnight in hotel "Kaštel" in Motovun.

Day 5 - MOTOVUN - POREČ 38 km / 23 miles
This part of the route heads to the coast. It follows the road to Višnjan where you will pass an observatory. The road continues to the town of Višnjan at 246m above sea level. Continue on to Tar, a little town on the hill above the sea and to the village of Nova Vas where you can visit a famous local cave. After passing through a few more villages you will reach Poreč. Overnight in Poreč.

Day 6 – POREČ - VRSAR - POREČ 44 km / 27 miles
From Poreč the day starts with a visit to the Euphrasiana, the most important monument in Poreč. Follow the road until you reach the village of Bačva then continue southwards towards the coastal town of Vrsar. From there head towards the fishing village of Funtana, then the resorts of Zelena and Plava Laguna and head back along the coast to Poreč. Overnight in Poreč.

Day 7 – POREČ - KANFANAR - ROVINJ 33 km / 21 miles (optional) 32 km / 19 miles
After breakfast you can choose either to be transferred to Kanfanar by car or to cycle there. After reaching Bale you can visit the Bembo palace. Continue to Rovinj and on the way you can cycle around an ornithological reserve. Continue on the Rovinji, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic", through the villages of Kokuletovica and Monkodonja. Overnight at hotel Villa Lili in Rovinj.

For a more detailed itinerary see attachment above

Please Note

We recommend that you bring a light waterproof jacket in case of showers. You might like to wear cycling shorts or padded under-shorts, cycling gloves and cycling shoes (or stiff-soled trainers) as these will make your ride more comfortable. Sunglasses protect your eyes from bright light, and also from airborne insects – a particular hazard if you are speeding downhill on a bike.

Extras/Upgrades

Bike Hire (payable on arrival): Hybrid Bike hire: 90 euros per week. Make: FELT. Model: QX80 - comes in a range of sizes Road bike hire: 140 euros per week. Make: FELT. Model: Z85. Included with bike rental: 1 waterproof 20 litre side panier, map holder, helmet. Equipment: cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tire lever and tools, rear rack, hand pump, lock.

Istria is the largest peninsula on the Adriatic sea in the North of Croatia. While it mainly belongs to Croatia, parts of it are Italian and Slovenian territory, which means that historically there is a real melting pot of cultures here. There is a large Italian speaking community, especially on the coast close to the Italian border.

While this area is mostly famous as a wildly popular seaside destination for people from all over Europe, the interior is still relatively peaceful and you can enjoy exploring the charming hilltop villages and historic churches and amphitheatres undisturbed by crowds. The Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč is an essential stop during your stay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it dates back to 533AD and gives a fascinating insight into the history of the area.

The cuisine is highly regarded, including truffles, seafood and wild asparagus, as well as the excellent local wines. There is a notable Italian influence too, with homemade pasta and gnocchi dishes on offer in many restaurants and country inns.

You will stay in a room with private bathroom at various 3* and 4* Hotels along the route. Breakfast is included at each stop:

3 nights at a 3* hotel in Buje
1 night at a 3* hotel in Motovun
2 nights at a 3* hotel in Poreč/Vrsar
1 night at a 3* hotel in Rovinj

Accommodation details will be confirmed after booking by our travel partner.

Nearest Airport: Pula Airport (approx 45mins)

Other airports: Trieste airport (approx 1 hour 35mins)

By Car
Take the A9/E751 from Pula to the D66. Follow the A9/E751 to D302 in Bonaci. Exit at 5-Baderna. Continue onto D302 before taking Vukovarska ul. To Ul. Alda Negrija in Poreč.

By Public Transport
Not recommended

By Private Transfer
Taxi available outside airport. Private transfer available on request after main booking.

Overview

There is something special about Istria. It could be the sea breeze, the beautiful landscape, the friendliness of the locals, the excellent food and wine, or a combination of them all. This self-guided tour includes an organised itinerary cycling through Istria more or less at your own pace, visiting local winemakers, tasting the wine and culinary specialities of the area and visiting its lovely medieval towns. Includes 7 nights’ accommodation & luggage transportation

Highlights

  • Cycle through beautiful Istria, covering over 100 miles of this stunning part of the world
  • Enjoy the local wines and specialities
  • Don’t worry about your luggage – this will be transported for you!

Included

  • Accommodation in 3* hotels in Istria along the route
  • Bed & breakfast basis
  • Luggage transport between hotels
  • Information package including detailed route description and vouchers
  • 24/7 emergency number

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • Meals & beverages – unless otherwise specified above
  • Bike / helmet rental
  • Local taxes where applicable
  • Everything not specified above

Please Note

We recommend that you bring a light waterproof jacket in case of showers. You might like to wear cycling shorts or padded under-shorts, cycling gloves and cycling shoes (or stiff-soled trainers) as these will make your ride more comfortable. Sunglasses protect your eyes from bright light, and also from airborne insects – a particular hazard if you are speeding downhill on a bike.

Extras/Upgrades

Bike Hire (payable on arrival): Hybrid Bike hire: 90 euros per week. Make: FELT. Model: QX80 - comes in a range of sizes Road bike hire: 140 euros per week. Make: FELT. Model: Z85. Included with bike rental: 1 waterproof 20 litre side panier, map holder, helmet. Equipment: cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tire lever and tools, rear rack, hand pump, lock.

Location

Location

Istria is the largest peninsula on the Adriatic sea in the North of Croatia. While it mainly belongs to Croatia, parts of it are Italian and Slovenian territory, which means that historically there is a real melting pot of cultures here. There is a large Italian speaking community, especially on the coast close to the Italian border.

While this area is mostly famous as a wildly popular seaside destination for people from all over Europe, the interior is still relatively peaceful and you can enjoy exploring the charming hilltop villages and historic churches and amphitheatres undisturbed by crowds. The Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč is an essential stop during your stay. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it dates back to 533AD and gives a fascinating insight into the history of the area.

The cuisine is highly regarded, including truffles, seafood and wild asparagus, as well as the excellent local wines. There is a notable Italian influence too, with homemade pasta and gnocchi dishes on offer in many restaurants and country inns.

Accommodation

Accommodation

You will stay in a room with private bathroom at various 3* and 4* Hotels along the route. Breakfast is included at each stop:

3 nights at a 3* hotel in Buje
1 night at a 3* hotel in Motovun
2 nights at a 3* hotel in Poreč/Vrsar
1 night at a 3* hotel in Rovinj

Accommodation details will be confirmed after booking by our travel partner.

Getting There

Getting There

Nearest Airport: Pula Airport (approx 45mins)

Other airports: Trieste airport (approx 1 hour 35mins)

By Car
Take the A9/E751 from Pula to the D66. Follow the A9/E751 to D302 in Bonaci. Exit at 5-Baderna. Continue onto D302 before taking Vukovarska ul. To Ul. Alda Negrija in Poreč.

By Public Transport
Not recommended

By Private Transfer
Taxi available outside airport. Private transfer available on request after main booking.

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