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Cycling from Dubrovnik to Istria

Overview

There is no better way to learn and get known to the country than on a bike! This biking tour is perfect for that. From magnificent walls of Dubrovnik across the island of Hvar, Korčula to the town of Split and Zadar you will introduce with Dalmatia and most beautiful islands. Diocletian palace in Split will leave you breathless as much as the Sea organs in Zadar will be a unique experience. After riding on the islands of Cres and Krk our Croatian adventure will continue in the largest Croatian peninsula, Istria. Its green forests, historic hilltop towns, vineyards, olive 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 formed by rivers, with forests, vineyards and olive groves, you’ll enjoy every moment at this tour. Take a break at the winemakers and taste indigenous wines such as Malvasia and Teran in Istria, Žlahtina on island of Krk, treat yourself to tasty delicacies and experience all the charms of Istria, Dalmatia and Kvarner this exciting Croatian wine regions.


Highlights:
● Visting pearl of Adriatic, Dubrovnik
● Islands Hvar, Korčula, Cres
● Split, Dioclesian palace
● Zadar, Sea organs
● Cycling through the breathtaking Istrian
● Visit to Istrian winemakers
● Tasting the wines and culinary specialties of Istria and Pelješac peninsula
● Visiting the medieval towns of Motovun, Grožnjan, Poreč, Rovinj
● UNESCO protected places: Old town Dubrovnik, Stari Grad plain on Hvar, Dioclesian palace, Eufrasius basilicum in Poreč

Facilities

1. DAY - DUBROVNIK
Transfer from Dubrovnik airport to hotel in Dubrovnik. In afternoon meet your tour guide for informal briefing and walking tour of old town. City walls were built between the 13th and 16th centuries and still intact today, these powerful walls are the finest in the world. The entire Old Town is contained within a curtain of stone over 2km long and up to 25m high. All motor vehicles are banned from the centre. We begin our walking tour at the Pile Gate, which dates from 1537. Originally, the drawbridge at the gate's entrance was lifted every evening, the gate was closed and the key handed to the prince. The Franciscan Monastery & Museum houses the third-oldest functioning pharmacy in Europe, which has been in business since 1391. The pharmacy may have been the first pharmacy in Europe open to the general public. We see the old harbour, the St Laurence Fortress and the 16th Century Sponza Palace which was originally a customs house, then a minting house, a State treasury and a bank. Now it houses the State Archives, which contain a priceless collection of manuscripts dating back nearly a thousand years. The Rector's Palace is an elegant 15th-century building erected on the site of an old fort in order to house the rector, Dubrovnik's ruler.
Dinner together in a local restaurant. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Meals included: dinner
Accommodation: Hotel 3*, Dubrovnik or similar
Highlights: Dubrovnik
Distance biked: 0 km

2. DAY - PELJEŠAC PENINSULA TO ISLAND KORČULA
After breakfast transfer from hotel to Ston, salt producing town on Peljesac peninsula. Visit the 14th century town, with the longest fortified walls in Europe. Ston was important town for Dubrovnik Republic, which was the strongest and most prosperous in the 14th century... We will do the bike fitting in Ston, and from there you start with your bike ride along Peljesac peninsula. You will be riding along vineyards of Dingac and Postup, made from the Plavac Mali vines, close cousin to Zinfandel of California, and Primitivo from Calabria. We will point out some great wineries where you can taste the Peljesac’s vines! Bike to Orebic, from where you will take ferry to to the medieval town of Korčula which, along with Venice, proclaims to be the birthplace of Marco Polo. Dinner and overnight in Korčula.

Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel 3*, Korčula or similar
Hightlights: Ston, Korčula
Distance biked: 60 km

3. DAY - ISLAND KORČULA TO ISLAND HVAR
Today you ride the whole island of Korcula, about 50 km to Vela Luka. Enjoy the scenic south side of the island with amazing views on beautiful hidden beaches and coves, ride along the small villages and hamlets.
In the early afternoon we have private fast boat transfer to Hvar. Your guide will take you for a stroll through the inexhaustible treasury of the cultural heritage of Hvar. You will visit the largest square in Dalmatia, the town loggia and the Gothic and Renaissance palaces, one of the oldest theaters in Europe, the mighty Arsenal, the glorious Cathedral of St. Stephan, as well as the impressive Franciscan Monastery, that today houses a collection of lace, anuscripts and books. Rest of the day you can spend at your leisure. Dinner and overnight in Hvar.

Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel 3*, Hvar or similar
Hightlights: Vela luka, Hvar
Distance biked: 50 km

4. DAY - ISLAND HVAR TO SPLIT
Today’s ride starts with a climb, along the abandoned villages and lavender fields. Enjoy the scenery, endless sea that is surrounding the island of Hvar along with small islands and islets around. Once on top of the island, you will see a lot of stone piles, man made in order to clear the land so farmers could plant lavender or similar crops!
Riding on the north side of the islands you will be passing among lavender fields, olive groves, and vineyards. Not to mention it is UNESCO world heritage site. The island is noted for its lush vegetation of palm trees, agaves, myrtle, rosemary, pine woods and extensive lavender fields and history dating back to Greek times! Cycle through scenic and mostly flat road on the north side of the island, passing coastal villages of Jelsa and Vrboska. In the afternoon, we will take a ferry boat to Split, , a 1700 years old town with famous Diocletian’s Palace, included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The first inhabitant of Split was the Roman emperor Diocletian who started to build his palace in this friendly bay around 293 AD. After his abdication he withdrew to this luxurious palace to enjoy the rest of his days. Your guide will take you for a walk through this living monument and all its magnificent sights. You will discover the basement halls of the Palace and their unique role in the history of Split. Then you will continue to the Peristyle, the main square of the Palace that preserved the cult of emperor as the son of god. You will visit the Cathedral of St. Domnius, the patron-saint of Split, the temples of the Palaces, as well as the suites of the Emperor. You will explore the waterfront promenade of Split, the lively open green market and the monuments not only from antiquity, but also from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque. Dinner on your own, guide will help with suggestion. Overnight in Split.

Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch
Accommodation: Hotel 3*, Split or similar
Hightlights: Hvar, Jelsa, Vrbovska, Lavander fields, Split
Distance biked: 45 km

5. DAY - SPLIT TO ZADAR
After breakfast, to avoid high trafficked road, we drive with our minivan from Split to national park Krka, the most beautiful carsic river in Croatia, occupies the area between Knin and Skradin; deep canyons carved in limestone plateaus; among many waterfalls, the most famous are Skradinski Buk and Roski Slap; between these two wonderful waterfalls is located Visovac Lake and the Franciscan monastery on a island in the middle of the lake We start riding a bike by the Roški waterfall, going all along the lakes and through countryside to the town Biograd na Moru. Then taking a coastal road to ancient town of Zadar. Dinner on your own – guide will help with suggestion. Overnight in Zadar.

Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch
Accommodation: Hotel 3*, Zadar
Hightlights: national park Krka, Zadar
Distance biked: 90 km

6. DAY - ZADAR OVER MALI LOŠINJ TO CRES
After breakfast we will take a 6 hour ferry from Zadar to island of Mali Lošinj. Upon arrival, we start our ride along Mali Lošinj and Cres island passing through town of Osor, an open-air museum wherein artists from all eras left their legacy, from the contemporary Meštrović to the ruins of the ancient walls, fort, the first early Christian basilica; a museum town whose green gardens and parks cover traces of prehistoric ancient villas, Renaissance portals and monasteries. In evening hours we reach town of Cres for overnight. Dinner and overnight in Cres.

Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel 3*, Cres or similar
Hightlights: Mali lošinj, Osor, Cres
Distance biked: 60 km

7. DAY - ISLAND KRK ROUND TRIP
From Cres we take a short ferry to island of Krk. We cycle over the ridge of the island which is covered by fragrant macchia to a valley of vineyards and then onwards to the small museum town of Vrbnik in the northeast. The town built on a 50-meter-high cliff and surrounded by vineyards is the home of the famous white wine Zlahtina. Another peculiarity that Vrbnik has to offer is the second narrowest alley in the world. From Vrbnik we ride towards west coast where we take a ahort ferry back to Cres. Dinner and overnight in Cres.

Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel 3*, Cres or similar
Hightlights: Krk, Vrbnik
Distance biked: 60 km

8. DAY - CRES TO PULA
We ride straight from hotel to Porozina where we take a 30 minutes ferry to Istria peninsula. Here 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. Today ride we finish in Pula, the largest city in Istria. Pula is an enchantress with thousand appearances which has been casting spell on its visitors for centuries. Evening we will spend exploreing 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.). Dinner and overnight in Pula.
Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel 3*, Pula or similar
Hightlights: Labin, Pula
Distance biked: 90 km

9. DAY - PULA TO POREČ
After breakfast we ride take us along the coastline towards Poreč. Leaving coastline 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. We continue biking through Istrian countryside across 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. Our cycling adventure through Croatia we finish in Poreč where we spend the last night. Farewell dinner will be organized in local tavern. Overnight in Poreč.

Meals included: breakfast, picnic lunch, farewell dinner
Accommodation: Hotel 4*, Poreč or similar
Hightlights: Bale, Poreč
Distance biked: 65 km

10. DAY - DEPARTURE
Early in the morning you can catch a fast ferry to Venice or we can organize a transfer to some airports.

Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: not included
Hightlights: not included
Distance biked: 0 km

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

Essentials

Included

  • 1 x overnight in hotel 3* in Dubrovnik
  • 1 x overnight in hotel 3/4* in Korčula
  • 1 x overnight in hotel 3/4* in Hvar
  • 1 x overnight in hotel 3* in Split
  • 1 x overnight in hotel 3/4* in Zadar
  • 2 x overnights in hotel 3* in Cres
  • 1 x overnight in hotel 3* in Pula
  • 1 x overnight in hotel 4* in Poreč
  • 9 x breakfasts
  • 9 x picnic lunches and refreshment during biking
  • 7 x dinners
  • Full support vehicle
  • 1 x experienced English speaking guide on bike
  • All ferries costs and private boat transfer
  • Excluded

  • Arrival and departure from Croatia
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks during dinner
  • Bike rental: Hybrid bike EUR 120,00 / Road bike EUR 160,00
  • Restrictions

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

    Extras/Upgrades

    Bike rental: Hybrid bike EUR 120,00 / Road bike EUR 160,00

    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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