Biking from Trieste to Pula
● Cycling through the beautiful landscapes of Istria
● Visiting interesting towns of Motovun, Grožnjan, Pula, Rovinj and Poreč
● Learning about the cultural heritage
● Enjoying delicacies
DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN TRIESTE
Independent arrival in Trieste. We suggest to explore Trieste center. Overnight in Trieste.
Accommodation: Hotel Italia 3* or similar in Trieste
Meals: not included
DAY 2 BIKING TRIESTE OVER PIRAN TO BUJE
At 9 am we have a welcome briefing and those who have ordered bike rental will get fitted with our E-bikes and other equipment.
Your cycling adventure through 3 countries (Italy, Slovenia and Croatia) will start on the legendary route of the Parenzana, the former narrow-gauge railway line which penetrates deeply into the Istrian peninsula connecting 33 istrian cities and towns from Trieste to Poreč (in Italian Parenzo from which the rail road got it's name), spanning to the territory of three states. Although it has been out of function for many decades, a few years ago the Parenzana served as the inspiration for a new tourist attraction. The County of Istria, the Management Board for Tourism and the Association for the Renovation of the Poreč-Kopar-Trieste railway started the important “Parenzana: The trail of health and friendship” project, where they have promoted the former railway as a cycling path. After biking few miles through the city of Trieste we will cross over into Slovenia, often cycling along cycle paths through famous holiday resorts such as Koper, Venetian town for a long period and later Austrian town and Piran, another important town which was ruled over for a long time by Venice. Cycling southwards, you will pass through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large Slovenian town with a humid environment, which is an ornithology key area. Some miles later we will cross the Croatian border down along Istria, the Adriatic sea’s largest peninsula. Overnight in Buje area.
Bike distance: shorter option 33 km / 21 miles / elevation gain 575 m / 1897 ft
longer option 57 km / 35 miles / elevation gain 830 m / 2739 ft
Accommodation: Hotel Casa Romantica la Parenzana 3* or Guesthouse Lovac 3* in Buje area.
Highlights: Kopar, Piran, Saltwork
DAY 3 BIKING BUJE OVER NOVIGRAD/UMAG TO BUJE
This tour starts with easy downhill ride to the coast on the northernest point of Istrian peninsula. There is a lighthouse which you can visit, according to the legend build by count Metternich as his love nest. Savudrija is one of the oldest lighthouse in the Adriatic, built in 1818. It is also the northernmost Istrian lighthouse. Its building is 36 meters tall and there with a keeper living inside it. The trail continues south to Umag, little town with about 45 km of the coastline 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 extremely interesting; it was founded by Roman nobleman who decided to make it his summer residence. The glamour, magnificence and glare of the times can be seen today in the Venetian houses of the old town. City walls and fortification are partially preserved as well as some renaissance and baroque buildings and churches. Vineyards and olive groves will create an atmosphere of the typical west Istrian landscape. Visit a wine cellar to taste the muscat, local sort of wine. Overnight in Buje area.
Accommodation: Hotel Casa Romantica la Parenzana 3* or Guesthouse Lovac 3* in Buje area.
Bike distance: shorter option 43 km / 27 miles / elevation gain 505m / 1666 ft
longer option 62 km / 38 miles / elevation gain 578m / 1907 ft
Highlights: Savudrija lighthouse, Umag, local wineries and olive oil producers
DAY 4 BIKING BUJE TO MOTOVUN
Breakfast, apart from enjoying the breathtaking landscape from the terrace - styled vineyards which resemble to a 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. Riding through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards, it will become obvious why it was named as wine railway. After passing through many tunnels and over old bridges we will stop on many fascinating view points from charming medieval town of Grožnjan to Završje until we reach Motovun, town monument, an ancient little Istrian town located at the top of a 277-meter-high hill, 21 km south-east from Buje. Its present appearance, with the city walls surrounding the centre of the town, dates back to the Middle Ages.
Bike distance: shorter option 35 km / 22 miles / elevation gain 690 m / 2277 ft
longer option 48 km / 30 miles / elevation gain 893m / 2947 ft
Accommodation: hotel Kaštel 3* or Villa Borgo 3* in Motovun
Highlights: Momjan, Groznjan, Motovun
DAY 5 BIKING MOTOVUN TO POREČ
After breakfast we continue riding on Parenzana trail over Vižinada and Kaštelir to the coast. The ride towards Poreč 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.
In the afternoon we reach Poreč, the town where you can find material and spiritual evidences of great cultures at every step. Cruise along the old city centre and see the old Roman forum, the world famous Euphrasian Basilica with it's mosaics, palaces and fortifications belonging to the city nobles. Overnight in Poreč area.
Bike distance: shorter option 39 km / 24 miles / elevation gain 380 m / 1254 ft
longer option 63 km / 39 miles / elevation gain 628m / 2072 ft
Accommodation: Hotel Porec 3* or similar in Porec
Highlights: Višnjan observatory , Wine cellars with local sorts malvasia and teran, Baredine cave, Poreč with Euphrasius
DAY 6 BIKING POREČ TO ROVINJ
Breakfast. A marsh, rare birds, a cursed city, buried pirates treasure, a depp bay, a cave with a primitive man and a hermit, an ancient solar observatory, an abandoned monastery - all this you can find on our bike trail of Captain Morgan. Riding along the coastline we reach Vrsar, romantic fishing town situated on a hill where the famous Casanova came back two times. We continue our bike ride through the magical forest Kontija with a panoramic view of the beautiful landscape of the Lim bay to 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.
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 centre 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 Rovinj area.
Bike distance: shorter option 31 km / 19 miles / elevation gain 159 m / 528 ft
longer option 65 km / 38 miles / elevation gain 602m / 1987
Accommodation: Hotel Villa Lili 3* or similar in Rovinj.
Highlights: Vrsar, Lim Bay ,Dvigrad, Rovinj
DAY 7 BIKING ROVINJ TO PULA
After breakfast we start riding along the coastline towards Pula. Riding through the ornithological reserve Palud with rich variety of ornithology-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 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 Pula area.
Bike distance: shorter option 38 km / 24 miles / elevation gain 185m / 611 ft
longer option 55 km / 34 miles / elevation gain 540m / 1782 ft
Accommodation: Hotel Amfiteatar 3* or similar in Pula.
Highlights: medieval Bale, ancient Pula, Colloseum Arena, olive groves
8. DAY – DEPARTURE FROM PULA
Departure after breakfast.
Biking distance: not included
Accommodation: not included
Solo traveller supplement 210,00-240,00 € single room 120,00 or 15,00 €
Reduction for 3rd person on additional bed 50,00 €
E-bike rental 160,00 € for a tour
Trekking/hybrid bike rental 90,00 € for a tour
Road bike rental 140,00 € for a tour