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Parenzana bridge

Exploring Parenzana on two wheels

Overview

Gentle hills, valleys and forests, small picturesque towns on hilltops framed by rivers - the beauty of Istria will surely take your breath away. One of the best ways to discover it is certainly by bike. Explore the former narrow-gauge railway line Parenzana, now turned into a cycling track which passes through some of the most beautiful parts of Istria. Enjoy cycling through the charming medieval town of Motovun, situated on a hilltop, offering stunning views of the green vineyards and olive
groves of top Istrian producers. In the past, this railroad used to connect with the lands of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, and served to send quality products from Istria to the imperial and royal courts. But it also connected 33 towns and villages on its way. After the economic and industrial crisis in 1935 the railway line was terminated and disassembled, and today it offers the cyclist who follows its current path an exploration of the beauty of Istria.

Highlights:
● Cycling tour along the railway line Parenzana,
● Sightseeing tour of the Istrian mainland,
● Learning about its cultural heritage,
● Enjoying the culinary specialties of Istria,
● Visit of Poreč

Facilities

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

Accomodation: Hotel 3* in Muggia (Triest)
Points of interest: Triest

2. DAY - BIKING TRIEST - BUJE - 56 km / 35 miles
Today Parenzana takes all along Piran Bay through Portorož and Lucija towns to Saltworks of Sečovlje.The Sečovlje salts flats are the northernmost salt flats in the Mediterranean. The salt is produced in the traditional way based on a 700-year-old method that harmonizes man and nature.You can visit it's museum.After you cross Slovenian - Croatian border Parenzana will take uphill along the trail where you can enjoy the view oin the whole bay with saltworks and the alps in the background.After passing by Savudrija - Salvore train station.Following parenzana train along the road and passing through once important villages of Buje region you are getting to you hotel where you can enjoy in Istrian specialties such as truffles and istrian prosciutto.Overnight in hotel in Buje region.

Accomodation: Hotel 3* "Casa la Parenzana" or similar in Buje area
Meals: Breakfast included
Distance: 23km / 15 miles
Points of interest: Parenzana ex railway, Secovlje saltworks

3. DAY - BIKING BUJE - MOTOVUN - 36 km / 22 miles
After breakfast you will start biking (on macadam) on the legendary route of the Parenzana, the former narrow - gauge railway line which penetrates deeply into the Istrian peninsula connecting 33 istrian towns between Porec and Trieste, located today on the territory of even three states. Passing through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards, it will became obvious why it was also know as the wine railway. After passing through several tunnels, over old bridges, you can stop on many fascinating view points between the medieval town of Buje, Grožnjan and Motovun before reaching Motovun.Stop in Grožnjan, the city of artist. After you saw It's galleries and viewpoints you can pass through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards. After passing through several tunnels, over old bridges you can stop on many fascinating view point before reaching the village of Livade, the truffle center of the world where you can taste and buy some products with truffles. In front of Livade on a hill is the town of Motovun where is your hotel. Overnight in Motovun.

Accomodation: Hotel 3* "Kaštel" in Motovun or similar
Meals:Breakfast included
Distance: 36 km / 22 miles
Points of interest: Wineries and rastaurants with local food , Wine cellars.Grožnjan the city of artists, Livade (truffle center of the world), Motovun

4. DAY -MOTOVUN - POREČ - 36 km / 22 miles
Overlooking the Mirna River valley, lies surely the most famous and attractive Istrian medieval town of Motovun-Montona. This captivating hilltop town is one of the characteristic symbols of the Istrian interior.The Romanesque-Gothic bell tower with a crenulated crown from the 13th century, standing next to the Parish Church of St. Stephen from the 17th century, dominates the town's historic core. In the central square is the Romanesque Municipal Palace, the largest secular building in Istria of that period surrounded by many other historic buildings.Passing the tunnel under the city of Motovun parenzana will take you towards Poreč through Vižinada village.You will pass by Nova Vas village where you can visit Baredine Cave.Following the trail along the vinyards you will reache Poreč.This is a town where you can find material and spiritual evidences of great cultures at every step. Ride along the old city center where you will find the Roman Forum, magnificent palaces from different historical periods, and to top it all, the famous Euphrasian Basilica (Euphrasiana). Overnight in hotel in Poreč.

Accomodation: Hotel 3* "Poreč" in Poreč or similar
Meals:Breakfast included
Distance: 36 km / 22 miles
Points of interest: Motovun, Baredine cave, Basilica Euphrasiana


5. DAY - DEPARTURE
After breakfast departure.

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Essentials

Included

  • Welcome meeting
  • 1 x overnight in Muggia in hotel 3*
  • 1 x overnight in Buje area in hotel 3*
  • 1 x overnight in Motovun in hotel 3*
  • 1 x overnight in Poreč in hotel 3*
  • 4 x breakfast
  • Information package including detailed route description (maps and road book) and vouchers
  • 24/7 emergency number
  • luggage transfer
  • Excluded

  • Travel and bike insurance
  • Arival and departure from Istria
  • Transfer from airport to hotel and re-tour (can be organised)
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks
  • Mountain bike rentals 66 EUR per bike for 3 days
  • Pickup Instructions

    We can organize transfer from any airport or bus/train station (Venice, Trieste, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Pula...). You can also meet us in our office (contact us in advance)

    Restrictions

    This trip requires moderate physical condition

    Extras/Upgrades

    This tour can be guided.
    Lunch can be organized in local tavern.
    It's possible to take single room and a single room supplement is Eur 80
    Supplement for Solo Traveller is Eur 70 plus Single room supplement

    Essentials

    Bring breathable shirt, shoes.
    Rooms are double/twin beds with B&B.
    Possibile single room (contact for details)

     

    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 Q620 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.

    What is the size of the group on a guided tour?

    We usually take between four and twelve guests on each guided tour. If we have a larger group, we'll have additional leaders so that we can split up if necessary. With this size of group, we can cater for individual needs and still ensure the whole party is well looked after.
     
    How knowledgeable and experienced is the Group Leader?
    The local guides undergo extensive training in all aspects of travel in the region. They are full-time professionals and are selected for their empathy and knowledge of the area you are visiting.

     

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