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Istrian gourmet adventure by bike and kayak

Overview

It’s always exciting to discover new lands, their natural beauty and historical background, to learn about cultural heritage and the way of life, and to listen to legends which stimulate your imagination.
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 hilltop towns of Grožnjan and Motovun will delight you just 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 Porec and the former Roman colony of Pula, and feel the magical spirit of the past there.
Learn about the culture and heritage of Istria and visit picturesque towns on the hills with unforgettable views which will leave you breathless. Visit Hum, the smallest town in the world and experience the spirit of the past in Motovun and Grožnjan, the town of artists. To get to know the best of Istria, walk through Ucka Nature Park which contains a wealth of life and, finally, round off this green adventure with the delicious flavours of indigenous Istrian delicacies and wines. 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, olive oil producers
● Tasting the wines and culinary specialties of Istria
● Private truffle hunt
● Visiting the medieval towns of Motovun, Grožnjan, Poreč, Rovinj
● Sea kayaking along Lim fjord
● Poreč and Pula UNESCO sites
● Exploring national park Brijuni

Facilities

Day 1 Arrival in Istria
Independent arrival in Istria. In afternoon meet your tour leader for a brief orientation meeting followed by a dinner together. Overnight in rural hotel Parenzana in a small village Volpija close to town Buje.
Accommodation: Hotel Parenzana 3*, Volpija or similar
Meals: welcome dinner at the hotel
Activity: set up of bikes
Visit: not included

Day 2 Biking on Parenzana trail
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 arriving in Motovun, one of the best preserved medieval hilltop towns. Overnight in Motovun.
Accommodation: Hotel Kaštel 3*, Motovun or similar
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Activity: biking 30km
Visit: Grožnjan, Motovun

Day 3 Truffle hunt
In the morning we are driving to small village, we are going to meet local family who lives from truffle hunt. Unusual underground hidden bulb, with no pIncludedlant above ground is very difficult to find. Only, a well-trained dog can sniff them. During a walk through the forest truffler will tell us all the secrets and particulars about truffles and of course you will have opportunity to taste different products with truffle and local wine. Overnight in Motovun.
Accommodation: Hotel Kaštel 3*, Motovun or similar
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Activity: truffle hunt, walking 2 hours
Visit: Grožnjan, Motovun

Day 4 Biking from Motovun to Vrsar
From Motovun, we cycle back towards the coast, again following the old track of the Parenzana. We drop down out of the village and follow the track through a 200 metre tunnel, emerging to find views across the Mirna Valley as we leave Motovun behind us. We stop for a coffee in Vizinada after an hour or so and then continue towards the coast. At times, although we are still following the route of the Parenzana, we find ourselves cycling on the bare, red Istrian soil, as we pass on farm tracks amongst pretty vineyards and olive groves. We stop for lunch in Visnjan, a hilltop village notable for its architecture and for its astronomical observatory. From the village square, at an elevation of around 250 metres, we can actually see the sea. After lunch we have an enjoyable 15 kilometre ride out to the coast, passing the last of the old Parenzana railway stations just before we reach Porec, a town famous for its UNESCO listed basilica and charming old quarter. Overnight in Vrsar.
Accommodation: Hotel Vista 3*, Vrsar or similar
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Activity: biking 49 km
Visit: Višnjan, Poreč, Vrsar

Day 5 Sea kayaking Lim fjord
After breakfast we will start with our sea kayak adventure along the protected area of Lim fjord. You will enjoy paddling along the bay, with its steep banks, passing beside the cultivation of mussels and fish to the end of Lim bay. During the trip we will stop on a wild beach for swimming and snorkeling. Hike to the Romuald´s cave, a 105-meter long cave consisting of several impressive halls that have preserved evidence of permanent existence of life since prehistoric times. The entrance to the cave is 47 centimeters high, and the main hall is five to six meters high. Romuald's Cave is a speleological phenomenon because the cave ornaments are located on the left side only, while the right side is empty. Dinner is on your own tonight, so you’re free to explore town of Rovinj with fantastic selection of local taverns. Overnight in Rovinj.
Accommodation: Hotel Villa Lili 3*, Rovinj or similar
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Activity: sea kayaking 3-4 hours
Visit: Lim fjord

Day 6 National park Brijuni and olive oil
After short drive we arrive in small fishermen village Fažana, where we will embark on a boat which brings us in 25 minutes to Veli Brijun island. Brijuni Archipelago, 14 green jewels of the northern Adriatic, is one Croatia's most beautiful National Parks. Northwest of Pula, separated from the mainland by 3 km wide Fazana channel, the archipelago covers an area of 736 hectares, numerous picturesque coves and inlets forming a beautiful 44 km long coast. A mild Mediterranean climate enables more then 680 different local and exotic plants to grow here and to be the home of some 150 species of birds. Lovers of historic buildings will immediately admire the many archaeological finds, from the Neolithic settlement, Illyrian ruins and many ancient monuments. Visit of the island can be done using the bicycles on easy and flat terrain or on foot. The tour continues towards the village of Vodnjan where you will be welcomed by one of the best olive oil producers, Chaivalon Extra Virgin Olive Oil. You will learn everything about the production of olive oil and you will have the opportunity to taste different varieties of istrian olive oil. Overnight in Pula.
Accommodation: Hotel Amfiteatar 3*, Pula or similar
Meals: breakfast, lunch, olive oil tasting
Activity: walking 3 hours
Visit: Vodnjan, NP Brijuni

Day 7 Biking cape Kamenjak
After we start the 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 we 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. Later we are going to explore Pula, the largest town of Istrian county with lot of great monuments like Arena, (UNESCO) the most important monument in Istria from the Roman antiquity, erected in the 1st Century AD. When strolling around the Old Town, you will view the grandeur of Pula's impressive monuments, such as The Arch of Sergii, Hercules's and the Double Gates. Overnight in Rovinj.
Accommodation: Hotel Amfiteatar 3*, Pula or similar
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Activity: biking 40 km
Visit: Cape Kamenjak, Pula

Day 8 Departure
After breakfast departure.


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

Essentials

Included

  • Info meeting
  • 1 x overnight in a 3* hotel in Buje area
  • 2 x overnight in a 3* hotel in Motovun
  • 1 x overnight in a 3* hotel in Vrsar
  • 1 x overnight in a 3* hotel in Rovinj
  • 2 x overnight in a 3* hotel in Pula
  • 7 x breakfast, 6 lunches
  • Support minivan
  • Luggage transport between accommodations
  • English speaking tour guide
  • truffle hunt, visit olive oil producer with tasting
  • 2 x dinner ( welcome and farewell dinner)
  • Visit wine cellar with tasting
  • sea kayaking along Lim fjord
  • Entrance tickets to NP Brijuni, Euphrasius Basilica in Poreč, Arena in Pula
  • Excluded

  • Travel and bike insurance
  • Arrival and departure from Istria
  • Bike rental with supplement, trekking/hybrid bike/MTB EUR 120 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/MTB bike EUR 120, E-bike EUR 180 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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