Guided road cycling Istria 8 days
Istria is a perfect combination between an active and a quiet holiday destination and don't be surprised if it wins you over with its charm.
Should you choose Buje, Buzet, Motovun or Groznjan, you will find privacy and the silence of medieval hilltowns where you will familiarize yourself with the gastronomy and the traditional wine making. Motovun (also know as Montona, the birth place of the Formula 1 champion Mario Andretti) is a small town in the interior part of Istria, above the river Mirna valley. Surrounded by green Istrian landscape and wine roads that the town is also famous for it's summer film festival. Up the same river valley is located Buzet. It is an authentic Istrian town that was settled in ancient history and is known as the town of truffles.
If you come to Istria, you will see for yourself why they refer to Istria as the " Adriatic Tuscany". The interior part of the region with its characteristic stone architecture and small towns situated on hills create a peaceful and relaxing environment. The interior part of Green Istria will greet you with a rich agrotourism offer and untouched nature.
This 8 days road biking tour in Istria will be also a voyage throught time, from the prehistoric times to the modern age, every historical period has left it's traces in this beautiful peninsula.
● Livade the truffle center of the world
● Istrian inland and coast
● Motovun, pearl on the hilltop
● Poreč,Pula and Rovinj
● Lim Fjord and Dvigrad the abandoned city
● Roman Amphitheater in Pula
Arrival in Poreč, Welcome meeting with the guide and program presentation. Overnight in Poreč.
Accommodation: Hotel "Poreč" 3* or similar
2. DAY - POREČ - BUJE - 70 km / 43 miles LONGER 90 km / 55 miles
Our cycling tour of Istria we will start with a walking tour of Poreč, the town where you can find material and spiritual evidences of great cultures at every step.
In the city center we will see the old Roman forum, the world famous Euphrasian Basilica with it's mosaics, palaces belonging to the city nobles and fortifications.
The ride along this trail is particularly pleasant because you are riding along the coastline with beautiful bays where you can enjoy the breathtaking Mediterranean landscape with green vineyards and olive groves and taste home made food, wine, brandy and honey produced in this area. Following the trail, you will reach Višnjan, a little place that vaunts an astronomical observatory ranked among the 5 most important observatories in the world.
In afternoon we arrive in Umag – the town that, apart for its incandescent Riviera, vaunts a rich historical heritage and a unique event – the festival of the traditional organ (Organum Histriae). Situated on a peninsula, founded in the transitional period from late antiquity into the early middle age, with the historic centre that loudly speaks with the spirit of the proud Venetian Republic.Over Savudrija northest point of Istria ride ends in Buje area.Overnight in Buje.
Accommodation: Hotel "Casa la Parenzana" 3* or similar
Point of interest: Višnjan, Novigrad, Umag
3. DAY - BUJE - BUZET - 47 km / 29 miles LONGER 90 km / 55 miles
Breakfast. On the way to Buzet we will ride across Grožnjan – a typical istrian medieval town sprout high on top of the hill along the right coast of the river Mirna, vaunting its centenary walls, its renaissance loggia dating from 1585 and the beautiful St. Vitus and Modestus baroque church. If you just occasionally ride along its streets in which almost every door leads to art studios or galleries, and which windows from every direction echoes the sounds of different music genres, from classical to jazz, you’ll understand why Grožnjan is known as "The town of artists".
Šterna – a village named after a big local cistern (on local dialect – Šterna) situated on the large plateau intersected by water flows.
Oprtalj, with unchanged urban medieval disposition, the narrow streets, the shops, the beautiful Venetian palaces, portals and covered passages, and particularly the unique view to the Istrian peninsula from the town loggia, according to many the most beautiful of Istria.
Buzet, known as long as in the Roman times as Pinquentium, today is named as ’’The city of truffles’’, considering that the surrounding forests along the valley of the river Mirna cover some of the best areas of the entire Istria for the hunting of this divine tuberous. Overnight in Buzet.
Accommodation: Hotel "Vela Vrata" 4* in Buzet or similar
Point of interest: Grožnjan the city of artists, Livade the truffle center of the world, Oprtalj city, Buzet city
4. DAY - BUZET - RABAC - 67 km / 41 miles
Breakfast. After a taft climb to Prodani the road leads to one of the most attractive and picturesque istrian medieval towns – Draguć. The place which, until some hundred years ago lived from the cultivation of the silk-worm, today is almost completely abandoned. Its unforgettable natural position and the exceptional beauty of the stone architecture, the modest palaces, the walls and the old churches, perhaps could seem somehow familiar. Considering that right here have been recorded numerous national and foreign production movies and TV series, maybe you have already noticed Draguć on some movie or TV screen. Draguć is well known in the movie industry, many films where made in this town, like the famous "The 3 musketeers".
Pazin – a true heart of Istria! First written records referring to the city as Castrum Pisinum appeared in 983 and presently, Pazin is known as a commercial, cultural and educational center of the entire central Istria. Unique for its spectacular position above the carst abyssal cave, Pazin holds the medieval Pazin Castle – Kaštel (today, the Ethnographic Museum of Istria and the Municipal Museum are both in the castle) located on the verge of a 130 meters deep abyss. The fanmous writer Jules Vern used the Pazin castle in his novel "Matthias Sandorf". Being an absolute pearl of the Istrian hinterland, the entrance into Gračišće can be really enchanting: a magnificent Salomon Mansion made in the combination of gothic and renaissance styles, it makes you think for a moment as if you were lost in some distant corner of Venice. Continue further through Kršan, feudal land property, having obtained its name for the rockiness of the spot and at the same time, was erected on the foundations of an ancient early medieval castle, we arrive in Rabac, the pearl of the Kvarner bay. Overnight in Rabac.
Accommodation: Hotel "Nostromo" 3* in Rabac or similar
Point of interest: Draguć hilltop town, Pazin castle, Gračišće town Labin city and Rabac the pearl of adriatic
5. DAY - RABAC - PULA - 53 km / 33 miles LONGER 107 km / 66 miles
After breakfast we ride across Raša, the first modern mining town in Istria and across Barban to Pula. On the way you will find "Liburna", a nature reserve of autochthon animals. Apart from these charming animals, in particular sociable donkeys, you will find here a unique ethnological collection of antique tools. Which city is situated on seven hills, has a magnificent Amphitheater and is not Rome? The answer is - Pula. No, it is not a mistake – you are, indeed, in front of Pula, the largest city in Istria. Pula is an enchantress with thousand appearances which has been casting spell on its visitors for centuries. This day we finish visiting the old city with the Sergius' Triumphal Arch (from the end of the 1st century B.C. and the beginning of the 1st century A.D.) and famous Arena, a Roman amphitheater (from the 1st century B.C.). Overnight in Pula.
Accommodation: Hotel "Galija" 3* in Pula or similar
Point of interest: Labin old town, Raša river valley, Amphitheater in Pula
6. DAY - PULA - ROVINJ - 55 km / 34 miles LONGER 80 km / 49 miles
After breakfast we start riding along the coastline towards Rovinj. We head for the mysterious world of Bale region, proud for its glorious Bembo Castle of the Gothic and Renaissance period and the parish church of St. Julian. Bale had been developed from the ancient Roman castrum (military fortification) along Via Flavia, the ancient Roman road that used to connect Trieste and Pula. Svetvinčenat, with its grandiose Morosini - Grimani citadel with towers, parish church, municipal loggia and a line of 16th century houses of the Renaissance and a town cistern- šterna in the middle, Savičenta really belongs to a range of the most attractive Venetian creations of that period effected in this region, and with held one of the rare witchcraft trials in Istria during 17th century.This day we will finish in Rovinj.
Accommodation: Hotel "Vila Lili" 3* in Rovinj or similar
Point of interest: Fažana and Vodnjan cities, Savičenta castle, Rovinj old town
7. DAY - ROVINJ - POREČ - 60 km / 37 miles LONGER 71 km / 44 miles
Breakfast. A marsh, rare birds, a cursed city, buried pirates treasure, a deep bay, a cave with a primitive man and a hermit, an ancient solar observatory - all this you will find during todays biking.Our bike ride will takes us over Kanfanar to to ruins of the medieval town Dvigrad. Just to stir your imagination - you are now in an area where many legends and mysteries based on historical events still live on: that of Dvigrad devastated by the plague because of an ancient curse, of the buried treasure of Captain Morgan's pirates near the village named after him (Mrgani), of the cave where the remains of the primitive man were found and where, as legend has it, St Romuald used to live as a hermit in the Middle Ages. After riding along the coastline we reach Vrsar, romantic fishermen village where the famous Casanova came back even two times. Our one week bike tour we finish in Poreč where we will spend last night.
Accommodation: Hotel "Poreč" 3* in Poreč or similar
Point of interest: Dvigrad abandoned city, Lim Fjord, Vrsar
8. DAY - DEPARTURE
After breakfast departure.
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For this trip you should be in a moderate physical condition.
Travel and bike insurance
Arrival and departure from Istria
Dinners and drinks
Other activity can be added during the cycling trip
Bike rentals with equipment (tube repair kit, spare tube, pump, locks, bottle holder, rear rack and helmet if required EUR 90 per bike for a week (depending on choosen bike model)
Hotels are 3*
Small family hotels with excellent service.
On all tours, whether guided or self-guided, your luggage is transferred to your following night's accommodation. Luggage transfer is mostly carried out by Fiore Tours, by sometimes we use also the accommodation provider or a local taxi service. Bags should be ready for collection by 09:30am and will be at your next overnight stop by 3pm.