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Cycling Holiday in Croatia

Starting from a northernmost point of the Istrian peninsula – Savudrija, with the oldest lighthouse in the Adriatic, you will experience the downhill ride to the small city of Umag, once a summer residence of a Roman nobleman. Stop for a wine taste of delicious Muscat and other worldwide famous sorts. Reaching Buje and Brtonigla you enter a historical story of Istria followed by delicious olive oil products in the town of Novigrad. Grožnjan, Oprtalj, Motovun, Bale, Rovinj, and the former Roman colony of Poreč all tell its stories along the way, a piece of history to remember forever.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Starts in: Buje
  • Ends in: Rovinj
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day) to Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 279 kilometers / 173 miles
  • Type of bike: Trekking/hybrid, road bike
  • E-bike: E-bike HYBRID available to rent / 200 EUR per week
  • Maximum 20 participants

Highlights

  • Cycle through the Istrian hills
  • Learn how to produce olive oil
  • Visit the Istrian winemakers and cellars
  • Ride to the medieval towns of Motovun, Grožnjan, Poreč and Rovinj
  • Visit Euphrasius basilica in Porec (UNESCO)
  • Ride through beautiful landscapes
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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Accommodation

During this vacation, you have the choice between a classic hotels package or a premium hotels package. You will be staying:

3 nights in Buje area / Brtonigla

  • Classic hotels:Guesthouse La Parenzana 3* in Volpija or Guesthouse Lovac 3* in Kaldanija
  • Premium hotels: Heritage Hotel San Rocco 4* in Brtonigla or Wine Residence Cattunar 5* in Nova Vas

2 nights in Poreč

  • Classic hotels: Hotel Poreč 3* in Poreč or Hotel Vista 3* in Vrsar
  • Premium hotels: BO Hotel Palazzo 4* or Hotel Mauro 4* in Poreč

1 night in Motovun

  • Classic hotels: Hotel Kaštel 3* or Villa Borgo 3* or similar.
  • Premium hotels: Wine & Heritage Hotel Roxanich 4*.

1 night in Rovinj

  • Classic hotels: Hotel Baron Gautsch 3* or Baladur Pavan 3* or similar
  • Premium hotels: Hotel Angelo d’Oro 4* or Casa Garzotto 4* or Villa Tuttorotto 4* or Arupinum 4*

Note

Currently, only the options for classic hotels are displayed in the price packages. If you are interested in staying at the premium options instead, please send an inquiry to Fiore Tours.

Program

There is something magical in Istria, the largest Croatian peninsula, immersed in the blue of the Adriatic. Its green forests, historic hilltop towns, vineyards, olive groves, and gentle rivers are a perfect combination of the beauty of nature, history, and culture. When you add to this the seductive tastes of excellent Istrian wines, you just know that this is an area which offers you everything you need.

Enjoy an easy bike ride and explore Istria, passing through the hidden medieval towns of Grožnjan, Oprtalj, Motovun, and the former Roman colony of Poreč whose charm will leave you breathless. 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.

Tour grade: Easy to moderate (this holiday requires cyclists with a better level of fitness who are occasional cyclists. Cycling days are longer and higher hills are possible. Distance for a day is between 35 km to 55 km)

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrival in Istria. Info meeting with Fiore representative at 7 p.m. at the hotel reception area where you will be provided with the package including hotel vouchers, a bicycle with all equipment, maps, and a roadbook. Overnight in Buje area / Brtonigla.

Classic hotels: Guesthouse La Parenzana 3* in Volpija or Guesthouse Lovac 3* in Kaldanija.

Premium hotels: Heritage Hotel San Rocco 4* in Brtonigla or Wine Residence Cattunar 5* in Nova Vas.

Day 2 - Buje, Umag, Bujet

This tour starts with an easy downhill ride to the coast on the northernmost point of the Istrian peninsula. Nearby is a lighthouse, according to the legend built by count Metternich as his love nest. Savudrija is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Adriatic, built in 1818. It is also the northernmost Istrian lighthouse. Its building is 36 meters high and there is a keeper living inside it. The trail continues south to Umag.

The small 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 a 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 the wine cellar to taste the Muscat or Malvazija, local sorts of wine. Overnight in Buje area / Brtonigla.

Accommodation:

Classic hotels: Guesthouse La Parenzana 3* in Volpija or Guesthouse Lovac 3* in Kaldanija

Premium hotels: Heritage Hotel San Rocco 4* in Brtonigla or Wine Residence Cattunar 5* in Nova Vas

Meals: Breakfast

Distance: 51 km / 32miles

Elevation: +588/-587m, +1929/-1925ft

Day 3 - Buje, Brtonigla, Novigrad, Buje

From the Buje area, you're cycling through Kršete picturesque village and arriving at a small town, Brtonigla. It has churches and monasteries from the XV century. Further, the trail leads through wine yards and olive groves of the Brtonigla area. Wine is very popular in this area (Teran). Across endless vineyards, you'll reach Novigrad where you can visit the olive oil production and taste some of the best olive oils, in one word taste Istria.

Through Dajla and Karigador villages on the coast, you're getting to Lovrečica Venetian -Bishops coastal village. Following the road, through Škrinjari, Babići, and Buroli village you'll see traditional Istrian houses. Road by the vineyards will take you back to your hotel. Overnight in Buje area / Brtonigla.

Accommodation:

Classic hotels: Guesthouse La Parenzana 3* in Volpija or Guesthouse Lovac 3* in Kaldanija

Premium hotels: Heritage Hotel San Rocco 4* in Brtonigla or Wine Residence Cattunar 5* in Nova Vas

Meals: Breakfast

Distance: 49km / 30 miles

Elevation: +558/-557m, +1830/-1827ft

Day 4 - Buje, Motovun

From Buje, you will continue towards Grožnjan. Typical Istrian medieval town sprout high on top of a hill along the right coast of the river Mirna, renaissance loggia dating from 1585, and the beautiful St. Vitus and Modesto’s baroque church.

If you just occasionally pass along its streets in which almost every door leads to art studios or galleries, and which windows from every direction echo the sounds of different music genres, from classical to jazz, you’ll understand why Grožnjan is known as "The town of artists".

From Grožnjan you'll ride on quiet Istrian village roads through beautiful settlement and arrive at 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 of Mirna river and eventually arriving in Livade, the truffle center of Istria where you can visit the local truffle shop and taste it in various forms. The truffle is an underground malodorous fungus believed to be an aphrodisiac.

On the hill in front of the Livade is Motovun, surely the most famous and attractive Istrian medieval hill-town. Around Livade is the Motovun forest which stretches along Mirna River valley is especially rich with truffles. Overnight in hotel "Kaštel" in Motovun.

Accommodation:

Classic hotels: Hotel Kaštel 3* or Villa Borgo 3* in Motovun or similar

Premium hotels: Wine & Heritage Hotel Roxanich 4*, Motovun

Meals: Breakfast

Distance: 38 km / 23 miles

Elevation: +814/-712m, +2670/-2335ft

Day 5 - Motovun, Poreč

This part of the trail goes from inland to the coast. It follows the road to Višnjan where you will pass by an observatory. It’s one of the five most famous observatories in the world. The road continues to the town of Višnjan which is at 246 meters altitude and from there you'll be able to catch a view of the west Istrian coast and the coastal town of Poreč. In Višnjan surroundings is possible to visit many wine cellars with wine from the Poreč area, especially Malvasia.

The tour continues to Tar, a little town on the hill above the sea, and to Nova Vas village by the famous cave (which you can visit). After passing a few more villages the trail reaches Poreč. Overnight in Poreč.

Accommodation:

Classic hotels: Hotel Poreč 3* in Poreč or Hotel Vista 3* in Vrsar

Premium hotels: BO Hotel Palazzo 4* or Hotel Mauro 4* in Poreč

Meals: Breakfast

Distance: 39 km / 24 miles

Elevation: +459/-679m, +1505/-2227ft

Day 6 - Poreč loop ride

From Poreč, the trail starts with sightseeing the Euphrasiana, the most valuable monument in Poreč, a church build in the 6th century. Follow the road until you reach the village of Bačva village. Bačva is the highest point of this stage and there is a local restaurant with traditional dishes where you can enjoy tasting local food.

It continues to southern villages and it comes down to the coast in the town of Vrsar. With a commanding view of the coast, it was natural for Vrsar to become a defended fortress. Only parts of the fortification system, built in the 12th century, have been preserved but the fortress-castle used as the summer residence of the Poreč bishops, is well worth a look.

After Vrsar, the trail passes Funtana fishing village, through Zelena and Plava Laguna touristic villages and it leads along the coast all the way back to Poreč.

Accommodation:

Classic hotels: Hotel Poreč 3* in Poreč or Hotel Vista 3* in Vrsar

Premium hotels: BO Hotel Palazzo 4* or Hotel Mauro 4* in Poreč

Meals: Breakfast

Distance: 44 km / 27 miles

Elevation: +541/-541m, +1774/-1774ft

Day 7 - Poreč, Kanfanr, Rovinj

After breakfast, you can choose between taking a car transfer to Kanfanar or reaching it on your own on your bike. Kanfanar is a small town above the Lim valley. From Kanfanar starts the flattest ride of all in this tour. Passing by Istrian inland villages you will see traditional Istrian tool-houses (kažun).

After reaching Bale you can visit the Bembo palace, city square, and museum. Continue to Rovinj and on the way you can visit "Palud" an ornithological reserve where you can cycle around.

After village Kokuletovica you can turn in Monkodonja. Monkodonja is a prehistoric hill-town inhabited about 1800-1200 BC during the Bronze Age. After Monkodonja, you will reach Rovinj, your goal of this tour, the "Pearl of Adriatic".

With its church and bell tower on the hill by the sea, it’s very recognizable from all sides. Also called Istrian Venice, an old town which was once an island and then connected with land, famous for its traditional boat called Batana. Restaurants with fresh fish combined with Malvasia will complete this week's atmosphere. It will fascinate you. Everybody can enjoy Rovinj, its charm and magic. Overnight in Rovinj.

Accommodation:

Classic hotels: Hotel Villa Lili 3* or Baron Gautsch 3* in Rovinj or similar

Premium hotels: Hotel Angelo d’Oro 4* or Caasa Garzotto 4* or Villa Tuttorotto 4* or Arupinum 4*

Meals: Breakfast

Distance: (optional Poreč to Kanfanar) 34 km / 21 miles

Elevation: +680/-399m, +2230/-1305ft

Distance: regular Kanfanar to Rovinj 31 km / 19 miles

Elevation: +180/-455m, +590/-1492ft

Day 8 - Departure

After breakfast, you will then depart for your home country.

Meal plan: Breakfast included.

Bikes available for rental

Bike hire is not in the tour prices included. With a fleet of more than 100 bikes, Fiore Tours can find the best bike for you.

1) Road bikes - brand Felt, model Z85

With the perfect blend of comfort and performance, the Felt Z85 is just the bike to see you through your first century or gran fondo. Its Endurance Raod FLite Custom-Butted aluminum frame and with carbon fork and seat post will surprise you as much for its nimble handling as its comfort. To make sure it performs flawlessly under shifting on the hills we use Shimano's 11 speed 105 shifters and derailleurs. With its compact crank and wide-spaced cassette, the bike will take you up hills and mountains and get back you down with confidence.

Gears: 2x11 Shimano 105, chainring 34-50, cassette 12-32

This bike is available in the following frame sizes: 51cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, and 61cm

Equipment: cycle computer, 2 water bottle holders, saddlebag containing spare tube, tire lever, and tools, hand pump, lock.

Available pedals: flat pedals, toe cages, and clipless pedals (SPD, SL, LOOK) with supplement

7 days rental: 140 EUR

GPS rental: 50 EUR for 7 days

Extra day: 22 EUR per day

SPD clipless pedals: 10 EUR for 7 days

Toe cages: 5 EUR for 7 day

2) Custom built hybrid / trekking bike - built by Musing

The hybrid / trekking bikes are custom built by Musing bike manufacturer and designed for several day touring. All of the hybrid bikes have an adjustable stem and come in 7 different sizes, male and female frames, so they will be able to make a perfect fit for you. Hybrid bikes are built from lightweight aluminum and have a wide gear range; triple chainring and 9-speed cassette, comfortable Selle Royal Freccia saddle, 28-inch wheels, fenders, integrated rear rack, dynamo powered lights.

Gears: 3 x 9 Shimano Alivio, chainring 28-38-48, cassette 11-32

This bike is available in following frame sizes:

Male frame: 49cm, 52cm, 55cm, 58cm, 61cm

Female frame: 43cm, 48cm, 53cm

Equipment: cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddlebag containing spare tube, tire lever, and tools, hand pump, lock.

Extra equipment included in bike rental: 1 side pannier waterproof 20 liters, 1 handlebar bag or map holder, helmet.

Available pedals: flat pedals, toe cages, and clipless pedals with supplement

7 days: 90 EUR

GPS rental: 50 EUR for 7 days

Extra day: 15 EUR per day

SPD clipless pedals: 10 EUR for 7 days

Extra side pannier: 10 EUR for 7 days

Toe cages: 5 EUR for 7 days

3) Custom built e-bikes - built by Musing

The E-bikes are custom built by Musing bike manufacturer and designed for several day touring. All of our E-bikes have an adjustable stem and come in 3 different sizes, with a low entry frame, so we will be able to make a perfect fit for you. The E-bikes are built from lightweight aluminum and have a wide gear range; single chainring and 10-speed cassette, comfortable Selle Royal Freccia saddle, 28-inch wheels, front suspension, Shimano hydraulic brakes, fenders, integrated rear rack, dynamo powered lights, drive unti, Shimano Steps E6100 (250W), Akku 418Wh (duration in eco mode 100km, power mode 50km)

Gears: 1 x 10 Shimano Deore, chainring 38, cassette 11-32

This bike is available in the following frame sizes: 48cm, 52cm, 56cm

Equipment: cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddlebag containing spare tube, tire lever and tools, hand pump, lock.

Extra equipment included in bike rental: 1 side pannier waterproof 20 liters, 1 handlebar bag or map holder, helmet.

Available pedals: flat pedals (standard), toe cages, and clipless pedals with supplement

7 days: 180 EUR for 7 days

GPS rental: 50 EUR for 7 days

Extra day: 30 EUR per day

SPD clipless pedals: 10 EUR for 7 days

Extra side pannier 10 EUR for 7 days

Toe cages: 5 EUR for 7 days

Included excursions

  • Explore Buje area
  • Explore Kanfanr town
  • Explore Monkodonja
  • Explore Rovinj
  • Explore the Pearl of Adriatic
  • Explore the town of Tar
  • Explore the town of Višnjan
  • Explore the town of Vrsar
  • Explore Umag
  • Visit an olive oil production in Novigrad
  • Visit a small town Brtonigla
  • Visit Istrian Venice old town
  • Visit Nova Vas Village
  • Visit Palud
  • Visit Savudrija lighthouse
  • Visit the Bebmbo palace, city square and museum in Bale
  • Visit the Euphrasiana in Poreč
  • Visit the medieval towns of Motovun, Grožnjan, Poreč, Rovinj
  • Visit vineyards and wine cellars

Location

Istria is a carefree combination of an active and quiet holiday destination. Don't be surprised if it wins you over with its charm. Should you choose Buje, Buzet, Motovun or Groznjan, you will find privacy and silence of medieval towns and fortresses. Familiarize yourself with the gastronomy and wine making.

Motovun is a small town in the interior part of Istria with a green Istrian landscape and wine roads that also plays host to many film festivals.

If you come to Istria, you will see for yourself why they refer to Istria as the Tuscany of Croatia. The interior part of the region with its characteristic of stone architecture and small towns situated on hills, create a peaceful and relaxing environment. The interior part of green Istria will greet you with a rich agro tourism that offers an untouched nature.

Food

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. If you have any allergies, restrictions or strong preferences, please let Fiore Tours know in advance, as soon as possible.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

You will have plenty of opportunities to dine at local restaurants and get to know the surroundings.

What's included

  • Info meeting with Fiore representative
  • 3 overnights in Buje/Brtonigla area
  • 1 overnight in Motovun
  • 2 overnights in Poreč/Vrsar
  • 1 overnight in Rovinj
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Information package including detailed route description (map and road book) and vouchers, luggage tags, use of Fiore App
  • Luggage transport between accommodations
  • 24/7 emergency number

What's not included

  • Travel and bike insurance
  • Arrival and departure from Istria
  • Transfer from airport to hotel and re-tour (can be organized)
  • Lunches, dinners, and drinks
  • Bike rentals with equipment

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

If you are arriving at Trieste airport (TRS), there are no bus / train connections. You can be meet in Fiore Tours' office.

Fiore Tours can pick you up from the airport. However, the pick-up service is not included in the price. Please contact them in advance.

Arrival by bus

Buses to Buje are very restricted. It is possible to check bus lines from Croatian towns to Buje online. Please note that the accommodation in Buje is not in the center of Buje. Accommodation is approx 5 km from the center and bus station, so Fiore Tours suggests that you call a taxi.

Fiore Tours is offering private transfers from airports or towns (Venice, Trieste, Treviso, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Pula) on request and for an extra charge. Because of the restricted bus line to Buje, Fiore Tours recommends a private transfer.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Availability

This vacation is available from March to November, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season

 

  • 1 March - 19 April

 

Mid season

 

  • 20 April - 19 Jun
  • 20 September - 30 November

 

High season

 

  • 20 June - 19 September

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