Istria Cycling Tour

Istria Croatia: (ZZ-BKCRFA01)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/biking_croatia_istria.aspx

Introduction
Istria Croatia
The base of your bicycle holiday will be Porec, which is probably the most important coast town on the west coast of the Istria peninsula in Croatia. The Euphrasian Basilica in Porec and the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Mary have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997.

Most of the time the route runs along traffic free side roads in the hinterland of Istria or along the coast.

Accomodation

Accommodations
During this trip, all nights are spent at the same location.

Description
You will sleep in a 4 star hotel offering private bedrooms with ensuite facilities.

Local tax
Some cities charge a tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or check-out at the hotels.
This fee varies depending on the hotel category, the season and the number of days of stay. It is usually between 1 and 5 € per person per night.


Meals
All breakfasts are included.

Riding

Approx. 270km total.

Rental bikes:
21-gears women‘s or men‘s bicycle
E-bike (unisex bike, 500 W battery, range up to 100km)

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival at Porec
Individual arrival at your hotel in Porec. We suggest a visit to the Euphrasian Basilica – listed as UNESCO World Heritage since 1997.
Meals included: none
Overnight in Porec


Day 2: Porec's Hinterland 
Today’s cycling day makes you explore the hinterland of Porec. First along the coast to the bathing resort Santa Marina di Vabriga and then to Vabriga. You leave the coast again and continue cycling in the inland to Visnjan and back to Porec.
Biking approx. 35 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Porec


Day 3: Limski Channel
Today you will cycle from Porec to the famous fjord-like Limski channel with its blue shimmering water. The Limski channel is a protected natural area and on its coasts you will find mussels- and oyster breeding. Through the inland you will get back to Porec.
Biking approx. 40 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Porec


Day 4: Groznjan to Porec
You will transfer to the artistic village Groznjan this morning (not included). Named the first time in 1102 it is today a meeting point for musicians from all over the world. During summer a lot of classical concerts with young musicians take place. In the second half of July you can join the festival “Jazz is back”. In the end of September artists meet for “Ex Tempore” - performing arts.
From Groznjan you cycle passing Buje downhill to the Adriatic coast and along to Novigrad (Cittanova). This medieval town is surrounded by a defensive wall and is seated at the mouth of the river Mirna. On your way back you will pass the cave “Jama Baredine” – a dripstone cave, before reaching Porec again.
Biking approx. 55 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Porec


Day 5: Motovun to Porec
After a short transfer in the hinterland of Porec you reach Motovun, a formerly important strategic point of the Venetians, invulnerable on the top of a steep hill. You may surround this medieval town and enjoy the breath taking view on the surrounded hilly landscape, the sea and the Mirna valley. Along the Parenzana you continue your ride to Vizinada from where you will see once again the impressing town of Motovun before going back to Porec.
Biking approx. 45 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Porec


Day 6: Porec to Rovinj
Today you will reach Rovinj, one of the most beautiful cities in Istria. Rovinj is surrounded in the west and the south west by the Adriatic Sea. Afar the high bell tower of the Euphemia Church built on the highest spot of Rovinj, greats you. Go ahead, if you would like to cycle to Zlatni rt (also known as Golden Cape), a peninsula, where you find a park in a nature reserve. Return transfer to Porec in the afternoon by transfer (not included).
Biking approx. 55 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Porec


Day 7: Kanfanar to Pula
After a transfer to Kanfanar you cycle through wide woods in direction of Pula. In Fazana you have the possibility to visit with one of the boats the Brijuni-islands. The Brijuni-islands are twelve smaller and 2 bigger islands; the main island Veli Brijun was used by the Yugoslav statesman Tito as summer residence. Today the islands are a National Park and only Veli Brijun can be visited by the public. Continue your cycling trip to Pula, the biggest city of Istria. Famous for the antique places of interest like the amphitheatre! In the evening transfer back to Porec.
Biking approx. 40 km
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Porec


Day 8: Departure
Individual departure or extension of your stay.
Meals included: Breakfast


Rates and Dates for Istria Cycling Tour

Rates include:

Accommodations, All breakfasts, Tour information package (maps, route descriptions...) & Phone hotline service.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20218 day self-guided tour€690$820
    • Single supplement€170$200
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.19

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2021 Transfer every Wednesday & Saturday from Pula to Porec or reverse, one way, per minivan (1-8 pax) 100 $120
2021 Bike rental, pp (for entire week) 80 $95
2021 Bike TOP rental, pp (for entire week) 120 $145
2021 Ebike rental, pp (for entire week) 170 $200
2021 Extra nights - please inquire 0 $0
2021 Half-board supplement, pp (for entire week) 150 $180

Season Tour Dates Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 10/02 - 10/09 8d / 7n / Expired
A 2021 10/06 - 10/13 8d / 7n / Expired
A 2021 10/09 - 10/16 8d / 7n / Expired
A 2021 10/13 - 10/20 8d / 7n / Expired
A 2021 10/16 - 10/23 8d / 7n / Expired
A 2021 10/20 - 10/27 8d / 7n / Expired
A 2021 10/23 - 10/30 8d / 7n / Expired
A 2021 10/27 - 11/03 8d / 7n / Expired
A 2021 10/30 - 11/06 8d / 7n / Expired
A 2021 11/06 - 11/13 8d / 7n / Expired

Dates Note: Custom dates possible for groups of 5+ pax

Rates do not include:

Drinks, Lunches and dinners, Rental bikes & Travel insurance.
Tourist tax (if requested) has to be paid on the spot.

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Istria Cycling Tour (ZZ-BKCRFA01):
Due to the momentary unstable situation we have revised our booking policy by modifying it as follows:
- Modification of the reservation possible up to 28 days before arrival
- If the situation is more critical, in the face of official and legal restrictions or strict regulations due to the Covid 19 pandemic, rebooking will be possible up to 14 days before arrival.
This provision will be valid until further revoked!

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Porec
Airport: Pula or Trieste
Transfer:

Climate:
                                                    Porec area

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

49

49

54

59

69

77

81

81

74

67

58

52

Average Low Temperature (°F)

41

40

44

50

59

66

69

69

62

58

50

44

Average High Temperature (°C)

10

10

12

15

21

25

27

27

23

19

15

11

Average Low Temperature (°C)

5

5

7

10

15

19

21

21

17

14

10

7

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

5

6

5

7

7

6

4

5

7

8

8

6

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The coast benefits from a pleasant Mediterranean climate with a lot of sunshine. Summers tend to get quite hot and dry while winters are mild and wet. The shoulder seasons are the best time to explore Istria peninsula.

What To Bring: