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Gourmet cycling tour Istria

Overview

There is something magical in Istria, the largest Croatian peninsula, immersed in the blue of the Adriatic. Its green forests, historic hilltop towns, vineyards, live groves and gentle rivers are a perfect combination of the beauty of nature, history and culture. When you add to this the seductive tastes of excellent Istrian wines, you just know that this is an area which offers you everything you need. Enjoy an easy bike ride and explore Istria, passing through the hidden medieval towns of Grožnjan, Oprtalj, Motovun, and the former Roman colony of Poreč whose charm will leave you breathless. Passing through a landscape of hills framed by rivers, with forests, vineyards and olive groves, you’ll enjoy every moment. Take a break at the winemakers and taste indigenous wines such as Malvasia and Teran, treat yourself to tasty delicacies and experience all the charms of Istria, this exciting Croatian wine region.

Highlights:
● Cycling through the breathtaking Istrian landscape
● Visit to Istrian winemakers
● Tasting the wines and culinary specialties of Istria
● Visiting the medieval towns of Motovun, Grožnjan, Poreč, Rovinj

Facilities

1.DAY - ARRIVAL
Transfer from Pula airport to hotel in Istria. Welcome meeting with your tour guide and presentation of program.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*, Buje area or similar
Meals: welcome dinner at the hotel
Transfer: Pula airport, transfer aprox 50 minutes drive.
Biking: not included, set up of bikes
Visit: not included

2.DAY – BUJE – UMAG- SAVUDRIJA-MOMJAN - 40 km / 25 miles
This tour starts with easy downhill ride to the coast on the north-est point of Istrian peninsula. There is a lighthouse which you can visit.Savudrija is the oldest lighthouse in the Adriatic, built in 1818. It is also the northernmost Croatian lighthouse. Its building is 36 meters tall and there is a keeper living inside it. Stage continues to Umag. Little town which with about 45 km of the coast line and interesting hinterland integrates special features of the whole region and might be the best introduction into a different experience of the Mediterranean. Umag's history is extremly interesting; it was founded by roman nobleman who decided to make it their summer residence. The glamour, magnificence and glare of the times can be seen today in Venetian houses of the old town. City walls and fortresses are partially preserved as well as some renaissance and baroque buildings and churches. Vineyards and olive groves will create an atmosphere of typical west Istrian landscape. Visiting one of the best istrian wine cellar to taste the muscat, istrian Malvasia and Teran with local sort of wine we will end our first day of biking in Istria. Return transfer to hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*, Buje area or similar
Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch and refreshment during biking, wine tasting
Transfer: support van during biking
Biking: 40 km / 25 miles
Visit: Umag

3.DAY – BUJE- LIVADE - 40 km / 25 miles
From Buje you will continue towards to Grožnjan. Typical istrian medieval town sprout high on top of the hill along the right coast of the river Mirna, renaissance loggia dating from 1585 and the beautiful St. Vid 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 city of artists. Oprtalj, unchanged urban medieval style of building, 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. From Oprtalj you are going downhill enjoying the view on Mirna river and eventually arriving in Livade, the truffle center of Istria where you will visit local truffle shop and taste it in various forms. It's, the underground malodorous fungus believed to be an aphrodisiac. Motovun forest which streches along Mirna River valley is especially rich with truffles.

Accommodation: Hotel Kaštel or Villa Borgo 3*, in Motovun or similar
Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch and refreshment during biking
Transfer: support van during biking, luggage transfer
Biking: 40 km / 25 miles
Visit: Buje, Grožnjan, Oprtalj

4.DAY - MOTOVUN-POREČ 39 km / 24 miles
Trasnfer to Motovun, This part of the trail goes from inland to the coast. It follows road To Višnjan where you will pass by observatory. Its one of the 5 most famous observatories in the world. Road continues to town of Višnjan which is on 246m altitude and from there you'll be able to catch a view on west Istrian coast and Poreč city. In Višnjan surroundings is possible to visit many wine cellars with wine from Poreč area,malvasia. Tour continues to Tar,little town on the hill above the sea and to Nova Vas village by the famous cave(which you can visit).Its passing few more villages and reaches Poreč.

Accommodation: Hotel Poreč 3* or similar in Poreč
Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch and refreshment during biking.
Transfer: support van during biking, transfer from Savudrija to Motovun, luggage transfer
Biking: 45 km / 28 miles
Visit: Motovun, Višnjan

5.DAY – CIRCLE RIDE AROUND POREČ AREA 40 km / 25 miles
From Poreč stage starts with sightseeing Euphrasiana, the most valuable monument in Poreč, build in 6th century. Following roads until you reach Bačva village. Bačva is the highest point of this stage and there is local restaurant with traditional dishes where you can enjoy tasting local food. It continues to southern villages and it comes down to coast in village of Vrsar. With a commanding view of the coast, it was natural for Vrsar to become a defended fortress. Only parts of the fortification system, built in the 12th century, have been preserved but the fortress-castle is well worth a look. After Vrsar stage passes Funtana fishing village Zelena and Plava Laguna the touristic places near Poreč. Very soon from there you will reach Poreč.

Accommodation: Hotel Poreč 3* or similar in Poreč
Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch and refreshment during biking
Transfer: support van during biking
Biking: 40 km / 25 miles
Visit: Poreč

6.DAY. – KANFANAR TO ROVINJ 35 km / 22 miles
After breakfast you can choose to be transfered to Kanfanar or reach it on your own. Kanfanar is a small town above the Lim valley. From Kanfanar starts the flattest ride of all in this tour. Passing by istrian inland villages you will see traditional Istrian toolhouses (kažun). After reaching Bale you can visit the Bebmbo palace, city square and museum. Continue to Rovinj and on the way you'll seed "Palud" an ornithological reserve in which you can cycle around. After village Kokuletovica you can turn in Monkodonja. Monkodonja is a prehistoric hilltown inhabited about 1800-1200 BC during the Bronze Age. After Monkodonja you will reach Rovinj, your goal of this tour, the "Pearl of Adriatic". With its church and belltower on the hill by the sea its very recognizable from all sides. Also called istrian Venice, old town which was once an island and then connected with land, famous for its traditional boat called batana. Restaurants with fresh fish combined with malvasia will complete this week's atmosphere. It will fascinate you.Everybody can enjoy Rovinj, its charm and magic. Overnigt in hotel vila Lili in Rovinj.

Accommodation: Hotel Villa Lili 3*, or similar in Rovinj
Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch and refreshment during biking
Transfer: support van during biking, luggage transfer
Biking: 35 km / 22 miles
Visit: Vrsar, Rovinj

7.DAY - ŽMINJ-PULA - 45 km / 28 miles
After breakfast we ride tako us along the coastline towards Pula. 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. In Vodnjan we will stop by famous olive oil producer where yu will learn more about olive trees, the olive harvest, obtaining oil from them and how to recognize its features and quality by tasting it.
Which city is situated on seven hills, has a magnificent Amphitheatre 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 amphitheatre (from the 1st century B.C.). Overnight in Poreč.

Accommodation: Hotel Amfiteatar 3*, or similar in Pula
Meals: breakfast, lunch and refreshment during biking, olive oil tasting,tasting, farewell dinner at the local restaurant
Transfer: support van during biking, luggage transportation
Biking: 45 km / 28 miles
Visit: Bale, Svetvincenat, Pula

8.DAY
After breakfast departure

Accommodation: not included
Meals: breakfast
Transfer: transfer from Pula to Pula airport, transfer aprox 10 minutes drive
Biking: not included
Visit: not included

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Prikaži Self Guided Istrian wine road tour 8 days na većoj karti

Essentials

Included

  • Info meeting
  • 2 x overnight in a 3* hotel in Buje area
  • 1 x overnight in a 3* hotel in Motovun
  • 2 x overnight in a 3* hotel in Poreč
  • 1 x overnight in a 3* hotel in Rovinj
  • 1 x overnight in a 3* hotel in Pula
  • 7 x breakfast
  • Transfer from/to Pula airport
  • Support minivan
  • Luggage transport between accommodations
  • English speaking tour guide
  • 6 x snacks and refreshment during biking
  • 3 x dinner ( welcome and farewell dinner)
  • Visit wine cellar with tasting
  • Excluded

  • Travel and bike insurance
  • Arrival and departure from Istria
  • Bike rental with supplement, trekking/hybrid bike EUR 90 / road bike EUR 140 per bike/week
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks if not mentioned
  • Restrictions

    You should be in a moderate physical condition to do this trip.

    Extras/Upgrades

    Bike rental with supplement, trekking/hybrid bike EUR 90 / road bike EUR 140 per bike/week

    Essentials

    Hotels are 3* with very excellent service.

    Bring:
    ● sunscreen and hat if its summer
    ● suitable clothes for cycling

    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.
     
    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 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.
     
    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.


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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