8 Days Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in Croatia

Magnificent Cycling Tour Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia

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Get thrilled with the small picturesque towns and landscapes dotted with old villages through which you will pass by in this Croatia cycling tour. Sweep into the 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. Grab this chance to take a short break and soak up the abundance of peace and greenery.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Terrain: Mostly paved, mostly flat
  • 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: 305 kilometers / 186 miles
  • Mountain bike: Available for rent at 120 EUR

Highlights

  • Cycle through scenic roads
  • Visit Istria’s most interesting towns
  • Learn about Croatia’s cultural heritage
  • Discover the beautiful landscapes of Istria
  • Delicious and healthy breakfast daily
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Support van

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

You will be provided seven nights of accommodation on this cycling holiday. On the first and second nights, you will stay at the Hotel Casa la Parenzana or at the three-star Lovac in Kaldanija in Buje area. The third and fourth nights will be spent at the three-star Hotel Poreč or in a similar accommodation.

Accommodation options on the fifth day include the three-star Hotel Vila Lili, Baron Gautsch in Rovinj, or in a similar accommodation, while on the sixth and seventh days, accommodation options include the three-star Hotel Amfiteatar or the three-star Galija in Pula.

Accommodation is clean and simple, and you will mainly stay in small, locally-run, two-three star hotels and guesthouses which reflect the character of the ar

Fiore Tours Croatia Cycling Holiday Program

On this interesting trip, you will pass through tunnels, over bridges and viaducts, between olive groves and vineyards that give this area a special charm. The medieval hill towns of Grožnjan and Motovun will delight you 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 Poreč and the former Roman colony of Pula, and feel the magical spirit of the past there.

Bike information

Mountain bike, brand Cube, model Analog 29” and 27.5”

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 Rock Shox XC30 fork with a supple coil spring and 100 millimeter travel provides comfort and control on rougher tracks. A 3 × 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.

  • Available pedals: flat, toe cages, and clipless pedals
  • Available sizes: 29” inch-version available are 17” / 19” / 21” / 23” and for the 27.5-inch version, availabe are 16” / 18”
  • Extra day rental cost: 20 EUR
  • GPS rental: 50 EUR for one week
  • Clipless pedals - SPD: 10 EUR per week
  • Extra equipment included in bike rental: 1 side panier waterproof 20 liter, map holder, helmet
  • Equipment: cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tire lever and tools, hand pump, lock

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Poreč

You will be having an information meeting with Fiore’s representative at 07:00 p.m. at the hotel reception area where you will be provided you with the package including hotel vouchers, bicycle with all equipment, maps, and a road book.

Overnight stay will be at the Hotel Casa la Parenzana, a rural house in heart of Istria, a peaceful oasis for relaxation, and an ideal starting point for daily exploration of the beautiful area. Other accommodation option includes the three-star Lovac in Kaldanija in Buje area. Transfer from Poreč to the accommodation in Buje is included.

Day 2: Momjan Muscat Trail (38 kilometers / 23 miles)

You will have breakfast, and apart from enjoying the breathtaking landscape of the terrace-styled vineyards which resemble to an image on the 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.

After having a walk along the paved streets of the old center of Buje, you will continue downhill, and following the trail leading through Bibali, Krug, and Smilovici, you will reach Momjan, a magnificent place located at an altitude of 270 meters, featuring an impressive ruins of the medieval citadel built on a rock.

Visiting one of most popular wine cellars, you will have opportunity to taste the world's best Muscat, the one from Momjan. Overnight stay will be in Buje area. Accommodation options include the three-star Hotel Casa la Parenzana in Volpija and the three-star Lovac in Kaldanija (Buje area). Breakfast is included on this day You will cycle through the 18 kilometers of asphalt and 20 kilometers of macadam.

Day 3: Parenzana Trail (68 kilometers / 42 miles)

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 and which today are located 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 railroad. After passing through its several tunnels and over old bridges, you can stop on many fascinating view points between the charming medieval town of Grožnjan and Vižinada before reaching Poreč.

Poreč is the town where you can find material and spiritual evidences of great cultures at every step. Riding along the old city center, 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 in Poreč area. Accommodation options include the three-star Hotel Poreč or in a similar accommodation. Breakfast is included on this day.

Day 4: Trail of the Istrian Malvasia (59 kilometers / 36 miles)

The ride along this trail is particularly pleasant because you will be riding along the coastline with beautiful bays where you can enjoy the breathtaking Mediterranean landscape with green vineyards, olive groves, home-made food, wine, brandy, and honey produced in this area.

Continuing along the trail, you will reach Višnjan, a little place that vaunts an astronomical observatory ranked among the 5 most important observatories in the world. If you have found here your guiding star, or if you have refreshed yourself with a glass of excellent home-made wine, you can continue the ride towards Poreč where the adventure has actually begun.

Overnight stay will be in Poreč area. Accommodation options included the three-star Hotel Poreč or in a similar accommodation. Breakfast is included on this day

Day 5: Trail of Captain Morgan (60 kilometers / 37 miles)

A marsh, rare birds, a cursed city, an abandoned monastery, buried pirates treasure, a deep bay, a cave with a primitive man and a hermit, an ancient solar observatory— all these you can find on the bike trail of Captain Morgan. After riding along the coastline, you will reach Vrsar, a romantic fishermen village where the famous Casanova came back even two times.

The bike ride continues through the magical forest Kontija with a panoramic view of the beautiful landscape of the Lim bay, passing by the old benedictine abbey at Kloštar and to the ruins of the medieval town Dvigrad. Just to stir your imagination, you are now in an area where many legends and mysteries based on historical events still live on.

Legend has it that Dvigrad was 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). It is 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, you 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 center, there are numerous magnificent palaces from different historical periods, and on this day, 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 stay will be in Rovinj area. Accommodation options include the three-star Hotel Vila Lili, Baron Gautsch in Rovinj, or in a similar accommodation. Breakfast is included on this day.

Day 6: Brioni Rivera Trail (40 kilometers / 24 miles)

After breakfast, you will start riding along the coastline towards Pula. You will ride through the ornithological reserve Palud which features a rich variety of ornitho-fauna. It is a unique place where you can hear the chirping of even 215 different bird species.

You will 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. Pula, the largest city in Istria, is an enchantress with thousand appearances which has been casting spell on its visitors for centuries.

On this day, you will 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 amphitheater (from the 1st century B.C.). Overnight stay will be in Pula area. Accommodation options include the three-star Hotel Amfiteatar or the three-star Galija in Pula. Breakfast is included on this day.

Day 7: Orchids Trail (40 kilometers / 24 miles)

After you start the last biking tour along the well-intended coast to Cape Kamenjak, surrounded by the 30-kilometer long coast with numerous gulfs, bays and white beaches washed by the crystal-clear blue-green sea, you will reach ancient Mutila, nowadays known as Medulin.

Along the way, you can find 22 types of orchids including the endemic specie Serapias istriaca, the Istrian orchid. You will also see the so-called "islet plate”, where the dinosaur's footprint has been preserved. You can also find here the remains of the luxurious Roman villae rusticae.

Overnight stay will be in Pula area. Accommodation options include the three-star Hotel Amfiteatar or the three-star Galija in Pula. Breakfast is included on this day.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Poreč.

Included excursions

  • Have a walk along the paved streets of the old center of Buje
  • Visit one of most popular wine cellars in Momjan
  • Stop on many fascinating viewpoints between the charming medieval town of Grožnjan and Vižinada
  • Visit the old city with the Sergius Triumphal Arch

Location

This cycling holiday will be held in Croatia. It will cover places including Poreč, Buje, Momjan, Grožnjan, Vižinada, Višnjan, Vrsar, Kontija, Dvigrad, Kloštar, Kanfanar, Maklavun Hill, Rovinj, Palud, Fažana, Pula, Cape Kamenjak, and Mutila.

Food

The packages include daily breakfasts. 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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

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

What's included

  • All cycling rides
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Information package including detailed route description (map and road book)
  • Guide book about Istria, luggage tags, and vouchers
  • Luggage transport between accommodations
  • Access to a 24/7 emergency number

What's not included

  • Travel and bike insurance
  • Transfer from airport to hotel and re-tour (can be organized)
  • Lunches, dinners, and drinks

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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