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Istrian Rural House

Cycling through unexplored Istria

Overview

Explore the Istrian peninsula by cycling through pristine nature, accompanied by expert guides. Join us in exploring the former narrow-gauge railway line Parenzana, which was turned into a true attraction for cyclists! You will be thrilled with the small picturesque towns, and landscapes dotted with old villages through which you pass. Sweeping into beautiful valleys with forests and rivers framing them and then emerging onto the slopes of the hills, the beauty of the nature will take your breath away. Take a short break and soak up the abundance of peace and greenery. On this interesting trip you will pass through tunnels, over bridges and viaducts, between olive groves and vineyards that give this area special charm. The medieval hilltowns of Grožnjan and Motovun will delight you ust as much as the pristine nature of the protected areas of Lim Bay, the ornithological reserve at Palud and Cape Kamenjak (Rt Kamenjak). Do not miss unique Poreč and the former Roman colony of Pula, and feel the magical spirit of the past there.


Highlights:
● Cycling through the beautiful landscapes of Istria
● Visiting interesting towns Motovun, Grožnjan, Pula, Rovinj and Poreč
● Learning about the cultural heritage
● Enjoying delicacies such as truffles, Istrian proscuito, Malvasia and Muscat wine

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: package including hotel vouchers, bycicle with all equipment, maps and a road book. Transfer from Poreč to accommodation in Buje and overnight.

Accomodation: Hotel 3* "Casa la Parenzana" or similar in Buje area
Transfer: Transfer from Poreč to accommodation in Buje


2. DAY - BIKING MOMJAN MUSCAT TRAIL - 38 km / 23 miles
Breakfast, apart from enjoying the breathtaking landscape of the terrace - styled vineyards which resemble to an image on the front page of a holiday guide to Tuscany, you can indulge the sensation the area of Buje gives, a real polyphony of fragrances and tastes. After we have walked along the paved streets of the old centre of Buje, we continue downhill, follow the trail leading through Bibali, Krug and Smilovici and you will reach Momjan – a magnificent place located at an altitude of 270 meter with impressive ruins of the medieval citadel built on a rock. Visiting one of most popular wine cellar you will have opportunity to taste world's best Muscat – that from Momjan. Overnight in Buje area.

Accommodation: Hotel 3* "Casa la Parenzana" or similar in Buje area
Meals: Breakfast included
Distance: 38 km / 23 miles (asphalt 18 km, macadam 20 km)
Points of interest: City of Momjan with medieval castle, local wine cellar, City of Buje


3. DAY - BIKING PARENZANA TRAIL - 68 km / 42 miles
After breakfast we 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, which today are located 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 railroad. After passing through its several tunnels, nad over old bridges you can stop on many fascinating view points between the charming medieval town of Grožnjan and Vižinada before reaching Poreč. Poreč is the town where you can find material and spiritual evidences of great cultures at every step. Ride along the old city center and you will find the Roman Forum, magnificent palaces from different historical periods, and to top it all there is the famous Euphrasian Basilica (Euphrasiana). Overnight in Poreč area.

Accommodation: Hotel 3* "Poreč" or similar in Poreč
Meals: Breakfast included
Distance: 68 km / 42 miles (asphalt 19 km, macadam 49 km)
Points of interest: Grožnjan the city of artists, Parenzana road with tunnels and bridges, LIvade (Truffle center of the world), Motovun, City of Poreč, Euphrasian Basilica.


4. DAY - BIKING THE TRAIL OF THE ISTRIAN MALVASIA - 59 km / 36 miles
Breakfast. The ride along this trail is particularly pleasant because you're 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. If you have found here your guiding star, or if you have refreshed yourself with a glass of excellent home made wine we can continue our ride towards Poreč where our adventure has, actually, began. Overnight in Poreč area.

Accommodation: Hotel 3* "Poreč" or similar in Poreč
Meals: Breakfast included
Distance: 59 km / 36 miles
Points of interest: Wineyards and olive groves, Obervatory in Višnjan, Wine cellars with local sorts


5. DAY - BIKING TRAIL OF CAPTAIN MORGAN - 60 km / 37 miles
Breakfast. A marsh, rare birds, a cursed city, an abbandoned monastery, buried pirates treasure, a deep bay, a cave with a primitive man and a hermit, an ancient solar observatory - all this you can find on our bike trail of Captain Morgan. After riding along the coastline we reach Vrsar, a romantic fishermen village where the famous Casanova came back even two times. Our bike ride continues through the magical forest Kontija with a panoramic view of the beautiful landscape of the Lim bay, passing by the old benedictine abbey at Kloštar and to the 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.
Passing Kanfanar and the hill Maklavun, an astral- archaeological site – tumulus from the Bronze Age, we will finish this day in Rovinj.
Called also little Venice, Rovinj is a typical Mediterranean seaside resort which will seduce you with its extraordinary beauty. In the dense tissue of the old city center there are numerous magnificent palaces from different historical periods and today most of them host a gallery or an art studio. If you follow numerous chimneys of Rovinj and narrow meandering streets you will come in front of the baroque church of St Eufemia, the greatest monument in the city from which you can admire a magnificent view of the Mediterranean almost in your hand palm. Overnight in Rovinja area.

Accommodation: Hotel 3* "Vila LIli" or similar in Rovinj
Meals: Breakfast included
Distance: 60 km / 37 miles
Points of interest: City of Vrsar, Lim fjord, LIm valley Pirate cave, Dvigrad (ruins of abandoned city), Old town of Rovinj


6. DAY - BIKING BRIONI RIVERA TRAIL - 50 km / 31 miles
After breakfast we start riding along the coastline towards Pula. Riding through the ornithological reserve Palud with rich variety of ornitho - fauna, a unique place where you can hear the chirping of even 215 different bird species we reach Fažana. Situated on a low coast, well protected from the open sea by the enchanting Brioni archipelago (nowadays a national park) and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in the hinterland, Fažana was well known already in ancient Roman times. 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 area.

Accommodation: Hotel 3* "Amfiteatar" or similar in Pula
Meals: Breakfast included
Distance: 50 km / 31 miles
Points of interest: "Golden cape" protected landscape, "Palud" ornithological reserve, Fish restaurants in Fažana, Roman amphitheater in Pula.


7. DAY - BIKING ORCHIDS TRAIL - 50 km / 31 miles
After we start last biking tour along well - intended coast to Cape Kamenjak, surrounded by the 30 km long coast with numerous gulfs, bays and white beaches washed by the crystal clear blue – green sea we reach ancient Mutila, nowadays Medulin. On the way you can find 22 types of orchids including the endemic specie "Serapias Istriaca" (the Istrian orchid), see the so-called "islet - plate" where the dinosaur's footprint has been preserved or find the remains of luxurious Roman villae rusticae. Overnight in Pula area.

Accommodation: Hotel 3* "Narcis" or similar in Pula
Meals: Breakfast included
Distance: 50 km / 31 miles
Points of interest: Protected landscape of "Cape Kamenjak", numerous hidden bays with crystal clear water, view.


8. DAY - DEPARTURE
After breakfast transfer to Poreč included.
Meals: Breakfast

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Essentials

Included

  • Welcome meeting
  • 2 x overnight in Buje area in rural a 3* hotel
  • 2 x overnight in Porec area in a 3* hotel/pension
  • 1 x overnight in Rovinj area in a 3* hotel/pension
  • 2 x overnight in Pula area in a 3* hotel/pension
  • 7 x breakfast
  • Transfer from Poreč to Buje (on arrival ) and from Pula to Poreč (on departure)
  • Information package including detailed route description (maps and road book) and vouchers
  • Luggage transport between accommodations
  • Emergency number 24/7
  • Excluded

  • Insurance, bike insurance
  • Arrival and departure from Istria
  • Transfer from airport to hotel and re-tour (can be organised)
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks
  • Bike rentals - 90-120 EUR per bike for a week ( depending on 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 trip requires moderate physical condition.l
  • Extras/Upgrades

    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 100 plus Single room supplement

    Essentials

  • Bring shoes and clothes suitable 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 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.

     
    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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    - Customer Reviews

    Reviewed by Ulf and Susanne on
    What a great experience! Thanks Fiore for organizing a perfect tour through Istria for me and my wife.
    Everything went so well, the route was beautiful, we had no hazzle with our lugage as Fiore organized bringing it from one hotel to the next and the hotels they have chosen for us were lovely. We enjoyed it so much, highly recommendable!
    We will come back! Cheers Ulf and Susanne from Munich
    Reviewed by Dominique Lievyns on
    Only a local guy knows the MTB ways that can lead you from the Istrian mountains to the see level.
    The difficulty are degressive, day after day, making your trip a fantastic way to discover this beautiful country. Nice roadbook with all the informations needed to make some breaks, drink some beers, wine and experience local foods.
    Made for trained bikers looking for accessible challenge, you keep the freedom to make it at your tempo, enjoying your holiday in a fantastic way.
    We love it !

    Dominique
    Reviewed by Kate Cramp on
    We had a wonderful holiday: stunning scenery, glorious sunshine and rewarding trails. The tour was superbly organised, and the accommodation and food were excellent.
    Kate & Andrew
    Reviewed by Hartmut Steinwachs on
    Eine sehr gut geplante, adwechslungsreiche Tour, die den Biker IStriens SChönheit unmittelbar erleben lässt. eine exzellente und auch flexible Organisation durch die freundliche Agentur Fiore tours, die sich benüht, auch Sonderwünsche zu erfüllen.
    Fleur und Hartmut Steinwachs, Deutschland
    Reviewed by Christoph Weyland on
    Sehr schöne MTB Tour mit tollen Routen in der Natur abseits grosser Strassen. Schöner Wechsel zwischen Natur und Kultur in den historischen Städten, zwischen Küste und Hinterland. Sehr freundliches hilfbereites Team von Fiore Adventure. Absolute Empfehlung, insbesondere der La Parenzana Trail und die Küstentour um die Südspitze des Kap Kamenjak sind phantastisch. Auch die Sea Kayaking Tour in den Limski Kanal ist sehr empfehlenswert.
    Petra & Christoph Weyland, Deutschland
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