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Self-Guided Cycling Tour of Croatia's Wine Routes

Overview
Location
Accommodation
Getting There

There is something special about Istria, the sea breeze, the beautiful landscape, the friendliness of the locals, the excellent food and wine all make this a fantastic destination for an active holiday. This self-guided cycling tour includes a self-guided itinerary taking in the sights more or less at your own pace so you can opt to stop off and visit local winemakers, tasting the wine and culinary specialities of the area and visiting its lovely medieval towns

Highlights

  • Cycle through beautiful Istria
  • 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 - MOTOVUN - 37 km / 23 miles
Depart Buje and head towards the medieval town of Groznjan. From here cycle along quiet country roads to Oprtalj and head downhill to arrive in Livade, famous for its truffles. Overnight in nearby Motovun.

Day 3 - MOTOVUN - POREČ 38 km / 24 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, where you will find a number of wine cellars open to visitors. 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 4 – 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. When you reach Bale you may like to stop and visit the Bembo palace. Continue on the road to Rovinj and on the way you can cycle around an ornithological reserve. Cycle through the villages of Kokuletovica and Monkodonja and end the tour in the charming town of Rovinji, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic". Overnight in Rovinj.

Day 5
Departure after breakfast

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: Musing hybrid bike € 60 per bike; Felt Z85 road bike € 90 per bike; Kalkhoff Tasman Impulse 8 e-bike € 105 per bike. Payable on arrival. Price includes: 1 20 litre waterproof side pannier, 1 handlebar bag or map holder, helmet, cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tyre lever and tools, rear rack, hand pump and 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 along 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* hotels along the route. Breakfast is included at each stop:

1 night in the Buje area:
Hotel Casa la Pernza, in Volpija, Hotel Lovac in Kaldanija, or A Casa in Grupija

1 night in Motovun:
Hotel Kastel or Villa Borgo

1 night in Poreč/Vrsar:
Hotel Porec in Porec, or Hotel Vista in Vrsar

1 night in Rovinj:
Hotel Vila Lili, Hotel Baron Gautsch or similar

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.

Pl;ease note that this tour starts and ends in different locations.

Overview

There is something special about Istria, the sea breeze, the beautiful landscape, the friendliness of the locals, the excellent food and wine all make this a fantastic destination for an active holiday. This self-guided cycling tour includes a self-guided itinerary taking in the sights more or less at your own pace so you can opt to stop off and visit local winemakers, tasting the wine and culinary specialities of the area and visiting its lovely medieval towns

Highlights

  • Cycle through beautiful Istria
  • 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: Musing hybrid bike € 60 per bike; Felt Z85 road bike € 90 per bike; Kalkhoff Tasman Impulse 8 e-bike € 105 per bike. Payable on arrival. Price includes: 1 20 litre waterproof side pannier, 1 handlebar bag or map holder, helmet, cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tyre lever and tools, rear rack, hand pump and 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 along 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* hotels along the route. Breakfast is included at each stop:

1 night in the Buje area:
Hotel Casa la Pernza, in Volpija, Hotel Lovac in Kaldanija, or A Casa in Grupija

1 night in Motovun:
Hotel Kastel or Villa Borgo

1 night in Poreč/Vrsar:
Hotel Porec in Porec, or Hotel Vista in Vrsar

1 night in Rovinj:
Hotel Vila Lili, Hotel Baron Gautsch or similar

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.

Pl;ease note that this tour starts and ends in different locations.

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