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Explore the Istrian Peninsula by cycling through pristine nature, accompanied by expert guides. Join Fiore Tours 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 will pass during the tour.
You will be provided four nights of accommodation during the tour. On the first night, you will stay in a a three-star hotel in Muggia, Trieste, and on the second night, you will stay at the three-star hotel Casa la Parenzana or in a similar accommodation in Buje area.
The third night will be spent at the Hotel Kaštel or in a similar accommodation in Motovun, while the fourth night will be spent at the star Hotel Poreč or in a similar accommodation. Accommodation is clean and simple. You will mainly stay in small, locally-run, two to three-star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area.
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 as you pass through tunnels, over bridges and viaducts, between olive groves and vineyards, all of which give this area its special charms.
The medieval hill 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 as well the unique Poreč and the former Roman colony of Pula and feel the magical spirit of the past there.
The Cube Analog 29er is a capable recreational XC mountain bike. At the heart of the Analog is a 6061 aluminum frame with mechanically formed tubes for a surprisingly light frame. A RockShox XC30 fork with a supple coil spring and 100 millimeter travel provides comfort and control on rougher tracks. A 3 x 9 speed Shimano Deore/Alivio group set for reliable shifting and wide range of gears for tackling steep off road climbs. Hydraulic disc brakes are a worthy addition.
On this day, you will be meeting with your guide. A map with a location of Fiore Tours’ office will be sent to you where you will be provided with the package including hotel vouchers, bicycle with all equipment, maps, and a road book. Overnight stay will be in a three-star hotel in Muggia, Trieste.
On this day, the Parenzana route will take all along Piran Bay, through Portorož and Lucija towns to the saltworks of Sečovlje. The Sečovlje salt 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 its museum, and after you cross the Slovenian-Croatian border, Parenzana route will take uphill along the trail where you can enjoy the view on the whole bay with saltworks and the alps in the background. You will pass by Savudrija-Salvore train station, and following the Parenzana train along the road and passing through once important villages of Buje region, you will finally get to your hotel where you can enjoy Istrian specialties such as truffles and Istrian prosciutto.
Overnight stay will be at the three-star hotel Casa la Parenzana or in a similar accommodation in Buje area. Breakfast is included on this day.
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, which is located today on the territory of even three states.
Passing through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards, it will become obvious why it was also known as the wine railway. After passing through several tunnels and over old bridges, you can stop on many fascinating viewpoints between the medieval town of Buje and Grožnjan before reaching Motovun. You will have a stopover in Grožnjan, the city of artists. After seeing galleries and viewpoints, you can pass through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards.
After passing again through several tunnels over old bridges, you can stop on many fascinating viewpoints 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 your hotel is located.
Overnight stay will be at the three-star hotel Kaštel or in a similar accommodation in Motovun. Breakfast is included on this day.
Overlooking the Mirna River valley lies surely the most famous and most 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 vineyards, you will reach Poreč. This is a town where you can find material and spiritual evidences of great cultures at every step. You will 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 stay will be at the three-star Hotel Poreč or in a similar accommodation. Breakfast is included on this day.
After breakfast, you will depart to your onward flight home.
This cycling holiday will be held in Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. It will cover places including Muggia, Trieste in Italy, Portorož, Lucija, and Sečovlje in Slovenia, and Buje, Grožnjan, Motovun, and Poreč in Croatia.
Daily breakfast is included in the price of the packages. 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 group 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 the organizer know as far in advance as possible.
Hence, aside from the charms of culture and the beauty of nature, you will also enjoy the richness of flavors of local Istrian cuisine, excellent Istrian wines, and olive oil.
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