Bike & Boat: Istria

Discover Istria by bike

„The heart of Europe” is what the Istrians call their peninsula. This is where Central Europe and the world of Mediterranean meet. In the space of one week you will discover the length of this unique coastline by bike&boat, bringing you closer to the land and its people. On board of a romantic motor yacht, your accommodation for the week, you will discover the charm of the Adriatic Sea in a unique fashion. Special cultural highlights of this bicycle trip are the UNESCO protected old town of Rovinj, the fantastic Euphrasian Basilica in Porec as well as the Roman amphitheatre at Pula.

TOUR PROFILE: The cycle tours require a basic level of fitness from participants, which they should have acquired from steady cycling. The tours will take us up to a height of 300 m above sea- level. The day- tours from 25 km will take us through hilly terrain and will be completed without any time- constraints. We traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely travelled on outside the holiday season. Unpaved or gravel roads will be cycled at times, during which participants are, however, also permitted to push their bicycles. This tour is primarily a guided group tour. Upon consultation with your tour guides, the possibility to cycle on your own along recommended, suitable routes, may present itself. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.


Tour description:

DAY 1: PULA - PULA (APPROX. 17 KM)

Individual arrival at Pula. The secret capital of Istria with its town full of impressive remains of its Roman past awaits your visit. If you arrive by car, we arrange a secure parking place for you. Around 2 pm / 2:30 pm check-in on the motor yacht. Afterwards a first cycle tour starts at 3 pm and takes us in a large circle around Pula and back to the ship. You might get the chance to have a closer look of the famous Amphitheatre. After your cycle tour you go on your first cruise just a couple of miles north to a bay for your overnight stay.

DAY 2: VRSAR - POREČ (APPROX. 35 KM)

In the early morning (before breakfast) we go on a very scenic, aprx. 3 h cruise to Vrsar, the town where lady killer Casanova found temporary refuge from lovers pursuing him. Starting from Vrsar, we cycle along the Limski canal to Kloštar in the hinterland. After a break, long enough to taste some fresh suckling pig, our route takes us to Poreč. On a guided walk, we encounter the evidence of the town’s eventful past at every step along the way. While strolling through the charming historical centre, with its beautiful buildings of many different periods as well as the bustling shopping lanes, we will not miss the famous Euphrasian Basilica, with its gorgeous early Christian mosaics.

DAY 3: POREČ – VIŠNJAN – POREČ – UMAG (APPROX. 50 KM)

Today’s cycle tour takes us from Poreč through extensive vineyards to Visnjan, home of the famous white Boškarin Cattle. After a coffee break we continue cycling through the gentle hills of the hinterland to Vizinada. After a lunch break we cycle back to Poreč. We will not miss a visit to Baredine Cave on our cycle tour. Our excursion takes us through five amazing halls which are beautifully illuminated. It leads us 60m under ground to a subsurface lake and if we are lucky we’ll meet a native– the famous amphebia (Proteus anguinus): the olm. This little cave dweller is a unique one. It is endemic to this karst area. Back at the ship we hop on our boat and enjoy a lovely cruise to Umag.

DAY 4: UMAG – GROŽNJAN – NOVIGRAD (APPROX. 55 KM)

After breakfast we start our cycling tour to the north starting at the headland and further on along the coastline. After a climb we get to the artist’s village of Grožnjan. Strengthened by a long relaxing stop we continue cycling to Novigrad passing the river valley of Mirna. The Mirna river valley is well known as an area where white truffles can be found. A gourmet’s heart will jump of joy. Getting to Novigrad we find the impressive battlement of the city wall as well as the 7th century Pelagius Basilica. Around the pretty harbour we find many cafes and bars, where we can end the day. Dinner on board.

DAY 5: NOVIGRAD – POREČ – ROVINJ (APPROX. 35 KM)

After breakfast we leave Novigrad and cycle along the coast all the way to Poreč. There is time to take a stroll through the beautiful old town and to enjoy the regional cuisine for lunch. The boat awaits you in the harbour of Poreč and will take us to Rovinj. Overnight stay in Rovinj.

DAY 6: ROVINJ (APPROX. 20 KM)

From Rovinj we start today’s cycle tour which allows ample time for a refreshing bath in the Adriatic Sea. You got time in the afternoon to stroll through the winding alleyways of this picture perfect town. It’ll leave you enchanted. The night is spent in Rovinj.

DAY 7: ROVINJ – BARBARIGA – VODNJAN - PULA (APPROX. 35 KM)

A longer crossing takes us to Barbariga. We get ashore, have some lunch and hop on our bicycles. Our cycle tour leads us via Vodnjan back to Pula our port of departure. There is enough time to take a walk through the town and to visit the many heritage sites which the city has to offer. A celebrative evening meal with guests, guides and crew brings a fantastic week to a happy end.

DAY 8: DEPARTURE OR EXTENSION

After breakfast disembarkment until 09:00 and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.


Services:

  • 8- day- trip on a motor yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin with shower/toilet (above deck surcharge is included in the basic tour price)
  • 7x half board
  • Guided cycling tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • German and English speaking tour guide

Extras:

  • Rental bike (21- gear trekking bike) - € 75,-
  • E-Bike - € 180,-
  • Flat rate for bottled water, visitor’s tax and local charges (payable on spot) - € 50,- 
  • Transfer airport or Zagreb centre - Pula - € 50,-
  • GPS-data for free

Minimum number of participants:

14 persons per date (If the minimum number of participants is not reached you will be informed by us in time!)


Overview

Arrival possible on 17.05, 24.05, 31.05, 07.06, 14.06, 21.06, 28.06, 23.08, 30.08, 06.09, 13.09, 20.09, 27.09, 04.10, 11.10.2020.

 

8 Days / 7 Nights

Guided tour


Prices 2020

Season 1

17.5- 24.5. & 24.05-31.05. & 31.05.-07.06. & 07.06-14.06. & 14.06-21.06. & 21.06- 28.06. & 28.06- 05.07. & 04.10- 11.10 & 11.10.-18.10.2020

GUIDED TOUR
P.p.P in DB/BB (above deck) € 990,-
P.p.P in SR/BB (above deck) € 1.590,-

Additional night

upon request!

Season 2

23.08.-30.08. & 30.08-06.09. & 06.09- 13.09. & 13.09-20.09. & 20.09-27.09. & 27.09-04.10.2020

GUIDED TOUR
P.p.P in DB/BB (above deck) € 1.090,-
P.p.P in SR/BB (above deck) € 1.690,-

Additional night

upon request!

Tour Anfragen

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