Croatia’s Istrian Coast Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | £709 per person
Other durations available on request.
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Start in Trieste in Italy
• Cycle southwards out of Italy, through Slovenia and into Croatia
• Your route follows the Istrian Peninsula
• Visit Porec, Pula and Piran
• Explore the Brijuni Islands – The summer residence of Tito
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Arrival in Trieste / Muggia (old southern outskirts of Trieste)
Today you will arrive and settle into your hotel in Muggia / Trieste. Spend the day strolling along the lovely promenade or visit the exquisite Miramare Castle, then enjoy a capoucino on stunning Piazza Unità d’Italia in the town centre. If you stay in Muggia, you can sail to the city center by a city transport boat.
Day 2: Trieste – Piran / Portorôz (approx. 30 km)
To begin with you can take a short visit to the coastal town of Muggia before crossing the Slovenia border and riding along the coastal cycle path through another lovely port town, Koper, and then onto the picturesque Venetian villages of Izola and Piran.
Stroll through the narrow streets and visit their churches. In Piran, sip a coffee in Tartini Square amid the wonderful Venetian architecture. Visit Portorož, an affluent spa town on the Slovenian Riviera.
Day 3: Piran – Umag (approx. 35 km)
Today you will cycle past the vast saltpans of Sečovlje. Get there early enough to catch the beautiful morning light.
From here you head across the border to Croatia and into the heart of Istria, across a slightly hilly terrain to the village of Umag.
Once a Roman colony, within its town walls and across its gated drawbridge lies a town steeped in history. Take a tour through the medieval centre and visit the beautiful city tower.
Day 4: Umag – Porec (approx. 45 km)
Once again you cycle across some low hills to Novigrad (Cittanova), another medieval walled town.
As well as its rich history, Novigrad is also renowned for its gastronomy, and is listed as one of Istria’s top gourmet destinations.
Next stop is Poreč, where you can visit the UNESCO listed Euphrasian Basilica, a diverse mix of baroque, Gothic and Romanesque buildings.
Day 5: Porec (approx. 45 km or day off by the sea)
Spoilt for choice today: you can either take a boat to the lovely Brijuni-islands and the Limski-channel, enjoy a day off by the sea, or visit the surrounding countryside of Poreč. The Brijuni-islands are twelve smaller and 2 bigger islands; the main island Veli Brijun was used by the Yugoslav statesman Tito as a summer residence.
You can also follow in the footsteps of the dinosaurs, as over 200 dinosaur footprints have been found on the island. The fjord-alike Limskichannel is also a National Park nature reserve and on the coast you’ll find mussels and oyster farming.
Day 6: Porec – Rovinj (approx. 55 km)
Today you head to Istria’s gem. Rovinj remains one of the last true Mediterranean fishing ports. The high bell tower of the Euphemia Church built on the highest spot of Rovinj is its most noticeable feature, standing proud and dominating the view no matter which direction you approach.
You can also cycle to Zlatni rt (also known as Golden Cape), a peninsula, where you’ll find a park in a nature reserve.
Day 7: Rovinj – Pula (approx. 40 km)
The last day on your “expedition“ leads you to Pula on the peninsula’s southwest tip. Pula is the oldest town on Istria and its commercial and cultural centre.
Enjoy your last day of the tour amongst various antiquities, including the mighty Pula Arena, the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved.
Day 8: Departure after breakfast or extension of stay.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
This cycling holiday starts in Trieste, Italy
Getting there and away…
By car: over the Tauern motorway to Villach and over the border crossing Arnoldstein to Udine and Trieste. From Venice – Via A4 motorway exit Aquilea. Car parking: several public garages – on request.
By train: Venice Santa Lucia or Venice Mestre railway station to Trieste Centrale or over Salzburg and Villach to Trieste. Then take a taxi to Muggia.
By plane: regular (Alitalia, Lufthansa) and low-cost flights to Ronchi Legionari (Ryanair) airport or Pula airport (Aer Lingus, Croatian Airlines, Easyjet, German Wings, Jet2, Norwegian, Ryanair, SAS, S7, Thomson, Zransavia, Vueling). Good connections with airport shuttle from Ronchi Legionari airport to Trieste / Muggia.
Transfers: incoming transfer from Pula to Trieste upon arrival or return 65 EUR per person (bicycle included) – reservation necessary, advance payment. Pula downtown to Pula Airport: 20 EUR per person. Minimum number of participants: 2 persons
Flights are not included in the price of the holiday
There is a choice of airline options into Slovenia. We recommend using Skyscanner to find the best prices and routes.
The Croatia’s Istrian Coast tour stays in middle tier hotels and good guesthouses carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
• Accommodation in hotels 3*/4* in two bedded room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis.
• Luggage transfer between hotels (one piece per person).
• Backup service (hotline) during the trip.
• Information pack including road book and corresponding maps (one per booking party).
Some are commercially available models and others are custom built for cycling in Slovenia. All are made following high industry standards and are made using the best parts.
Bike are maintained in the workshop on a regular basis. The fleet is constantly renewed, but no bike is more than 2 years old.
Classic trekking bikes are equipped with 21 gears, cycling meter, lock, one pannier, set of Allen keys and basic puncture repair set. Price includes delivery and pick up.
Croatia’s Istrian Coast, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
2017 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 18.03. – 14.07.2017 | 20.08. – 14.10.2017
Season 2: 15.07. – 19.08.2017
Hotel Category Descriptions
Category: Hotels in 3*/4* in a two bedded room
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
Holiday Price: £709
Single Supplement: From £139