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  • 8 days
  • March 1st 2014 - November 30th 2015
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Cycling along the Istrian peninsula

Overview

Join us in an interesting cycling adventure along the Istrian peninsula.Ride along theeast and west coasts, and into the Istrian inland. The trackspass through beautiful landscapes dotted with old villages and picturesque towns. Sweep into glorious valleys with rivers andforests and emerge again onto the slopes of hills, meandering through tunnels, over bridges and viaducts, between the vineyards and olive groves of Istria’s top producers. On our journey we will pass
through the medieval towns of Grožnjan and Motovun, situated on hilltops which afford fantastic views. We will also visit the former Roman colonies of Poreč and Pula, which have kept impressive traces of the Roman Empire. Among the charms of culture and the beauty of nature, enjoy the richness of fl avors of local Istrian cuisine, excellent Istrian wines and olive oil.


Highlights:
● Cycling through the beautiful landscapes of Istria
● Visiting interesting towns Motovun, Grožnjan, Pula, Rovinj and Poreč
● Learning about the cultural heritage
● Enjoying delicacies

Facilities

1. DAY - ARRIVAL
Arrival in Poreč. Meeting point is in our office in Poreč (map with location of our office will be sent to you) where we will provide you with the package including hotel vouchers, bycicle with all equipment, maps and a road book. Overnight in Poreč.

Accommodation: Hotel 3* "Poreč" or similar 3*

2. DAY - POREČ - BUJE - 70 km / 43 miles / elevation gain 780m
Our cycling tour of Istria will start with a ride around Poreč, the town where you can find material and spiritual evidences of great cultures at every step. Walk along the old city center and you will find there the Roman Forum, magnificent palaces from different historical periods, and to top it all, the famous Euphrasian Basilica (Euphrasiana).
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. Continuing along the trail, you will reach Višnjan, a little place that vaunts an astronomical observatory ranked among the 5 most important observatories in the world.Passing by Mirna river delta and Novigrad you'll arrive to Umag. A 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 old Venetian Republic.Continuing to northest point of istria (Savudrija) and finishing first day in Buje area.

Accommodation: Hotel 3* "Casa la Parenzana" or similar in Buje area
Meals: Breakfast included
Distance: 70 km / 43 miles
Points of interest: Poreč, Višnjan (wine cellars), Mirna river delta, City of Novigrad, City of Umag, Savudrija (northest point of Istria)


3. DAY - BUJE- BUZET - 47 km / 29 miles / elevation gain 805m
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 Modesto’s 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 3* "Vela Vrata" or similar in Buzet
Meals: Breakfast included
Distance: 47 km / 29 miles
Points of interest: City of Buje, Grožnjan the city of artists, Livade the truffle center of the world, Istrian spa center, City of Buzet.


4. DAY - BUZET - RABAC - 67 km / 41 miles / elevation gain 1180m
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. However, 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 known. Considering that right here have been recorded numerous national and foreign production movies and TV series, like the movies "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 entire central Istria. Unique for its spectacular position above the carst abyssal cave, Pazin holds the medieval 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. From Pazin you pass through Gračišće, an absolute pearl of the Istrian hinterland. The entrance into this town 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 burg, we arrive in Rabac, the pearl of the Kvarner bay. Overnight in Rabac.

Accommodation: Hotel 3* "Narcis" or similar in Rabac
Meals: Breakfast included
Distance: 67 km / 41 miles
Points of interest: City of Draguć, Pazin the capital of central Istria, Gračišće, City of Labin, Rabac the pearl of east Istria.

5.DAY - RABAC - PULA - 53 km / 33 miles / elevation gain 860m
After breakfast we ride across Raša, the first modern mining town in Istria and 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 3* "Amfiteatar" or similar in Pula
Meals: Breakfast included
Distance: 53 km / 33 miles
Points of interest: Raša river valley, Barban city, Istrian villages, City of Vodnjan, Roman amphitheater in Pula, Old part of 3000 years old Pula

6. DAY - PULA - ROVINJ - 55 km / 34 miles / elevation gain 540m
After breakfast we ride tako us along the coastline towards Rovinj. You will head for the mysterious world of Bale region, proud fot its glorious Soardo-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 Flava, 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 finishes in Rovinj.

Accommodation: Hotel 3* "VIla Lili" or similar in Rovinj
Meals: Breakfast included
Distance: 55 km / 34 miles
Points of interest: Restaurants in Fažana, Castle in St.Vincent, Palaces in Bale, City of Rovinj.

7. DAY - ROVINJ - POREČ - 60 km / 37 miles / elevation gain 695m
Breakfast. A marsh, rare birds, a cursed city, buried pirates treasure, a fjord, 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 acorss Kanfanar to the ruins of the medieval town of 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 you will reach Vrsar, a romantic fishermen village where the famous Casanova came back even two times. This one week bike tour finishes in Poreč where where you will spend the last night.

Accommodation: Hotel 3* "Poreč" or similar in Poreč
Meals: Breakfast included
Distance: 60 km / 37 miles
Points of interest: Old city of Rovinj, Ruins of Dvigrad, Lim Bay, City of Vrsar, Poreč.

8.DAY - DEPARTURE
After breakfast departure.

Meals: Breakfast

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Essentials

Included

  • welcome meeting
  • 2 x overnight in pension / 3* hotel in Poreč
  • 1 x overnight in pension / 3* hotel in Buje
  • 1 x overnight in pension / 3* hotel in Buzet
  • 1 x overnight in pension / 3* hotel in Rabac
  • 1 x overnight in pension / 3* hotel in Pula
  • 1 x overnight in pension / 3* hotel in Rovinj
  • 7 x breakfast
  • Information package including detailed route description (map and road book) and vouchers
  • Luggage transport between accommodations
  • 24/7 emergency number
  • Excluded

  • Travel and bike insurance
  • Arrival and departure from Istria
  • Transfer from airport to hotel and re-tour (can be organised)
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks
  • 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)
  • Pickup Instructions

  • We can organise transfer from any airport or bus/train station nearby. Closest airtports:
  • Pula airport:
  • You can take local bus froma airport to Pula bus station and from bus station to Poreč. The best is to take transfer.
  • Trieste airport:
  • The best way is to take transfer. There are no bus/train connections. You can meet us in our office (please contact us in advance)

    Restrictions

    This route requires moderate degree of fitness.

    Extras/Upgrades

    Supplement for single room, only on request.
    It's possible to take single room and a single room supplement is from Eur 105 to Eur 120 (depends of the period)
    Supplement for Solo Traveller is Eur 120 plus Single room supplement

    Essentials

    Bring hat and sunscreen if it's summer.
    Bring your own backpack.(We can provide you side bags)

    Who carries my luggage?
    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.

     
    What type of bikes do you use?
    Our adult bicycles are quality hybrids, made by FELT. The model is the QX80 and we have a range of sizes to ensure there is a good match between you and your hire bike. These are very comfortable bikes, with quality components, ideally suited for roads and gravel tracks. The bikes have 27 gears, operated by easy-to-use gear shifters.
     
    What equipment/clothing do I need to bring with me?
    We supply helmets, hand pump, puncture repair kits, cycle computers (measuring speed, distance etc.).rear rack and bottle holder. We recommend that you bring a lightweight waterproof in case of showers. On longer tours, 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
     
    Can I organize a trip with just my friends or family?
    Yes, just let us know your chosen trip and we can organize a private departure. Prices may vary from those given on the website, depending on the size of the group and date of departure.
     
    What is the accommodation going to be like?
    Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area.
     
    What is the food like?
    Breakfasts are generally buffets that take your active program into consideration with a variety of low-fat and high-nutrition choices. Lunch is generally on your own, although some groups tours decide to pool funds on some days and enjoy picnics en route. Dinners are usually included with guided tours, and dinner packages ("half pension") are a frequent option with self-guided tours. Expect either a fixed menu or a few choices. If you have any allergies, restrictions or strong preferences, please let us know as far in advance as possible.
     
    How busy are the roads?
    The beauty of cycling in Istria is that the roads are generally very quiet. Our tours are planned on local roads with some short connections on main roads but generally the cycling is relaxed and traffic light.
     
    When is the best time of year?
    Traditionally April/May/June and September/October  have always been the most popular time of year because the weather is better and on the road is less traffic. In July and August air temperature and humidity are higher and more traffic on the roads.
     
    What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?
    We use local taxis to transfer your baggage and they can normally move you, your bike and baggage to the next stop in case of emergency. Local buses can also sometimes take bikes.
     
    How far in advance do I need to book?
    We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Istria is extremely popular over the summer months.
     
    When do I get my tour documents?
    You receive tour documents, including your hotel list and information on how to get to your starting town and hotel, tour operator contacts, packing tips, and other helpful information, about 2-3 weeks before your tour. You get packets with maps, route instructions, and sightseeing information at your start hotel.

     

     

    - Customer Reviews

    Reviewed by Karen V'Soske on
    Very good to work with. Responded quickly to emails, were clear with responses, provided everything we wanted. And a special thanks for rescuing us from the wind and rain and for the transportation on the last two days. A big thanks for the two guys who helped us out.
    Karen & Mark
    Reviewed by Dave Rencz on
    We really enjoyed our cycling week in Istria. The service, organization, and routes provided by Fiore were very good and much appreciated. Great cycling routes with wonderful views. Very interesting hilltop villages and historic sites.
    Dave & Mary Jane
    Reviewed by Helmut Gassner on
    Die Reise war von Ihnen perfekt organisiert, die Unterkünfte waren sehr gut inkl der Küche und den Frühstücks von La Parenzana und von Vela Vrata. Auch das Hotel Porec mit seinem grossen Frühstück hat uns begeistert. Der Autoparkplatz bei diesem Hotel hat uns allerdings 30 kn/ Tag( wo wir nicht übernachtet haben) gekostet. Dies war mir allerdings die Sicherheit wert.

    Auch der Gepäcktransport hat bestens funktioniert.

    Die Karten im Road Book waren sehr detailliert wobei die in der Road Map fehlende Autobahn mit den Auffahrten vor Plovanija uns verunsichert haben.

    Wir haben unserer von Ihnen organiserte Radresie in guter Erinnerung und werden Fiore Tours weiter empfehlen.
    Reviewed by Joseph Bowman on
    We had a great time biking in Istria. Fiore tours did a superb job for us and we never felt completely on our own. We knew that if we needed help, we could call Fiore. And, in fact, we did call a couple of times, and Fiore was always there for us.
    Bowman Joseph and Patricia
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