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Istria Deluxe cycling tour
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8 days
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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HRSB050
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price in double room from: € 850
Istria Deluxe cycling tour

Istria Deluxe cycling tour

The heart shaped peninsula

  • Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula: fisherman’s villages, bustling harbours, blazing seaside sunsets
  • Roman amphitheatres, Byzantine basilicas, frescoed churches, medieval squares
  • Stunning beaches with grassy shores along the deep blue sea
  • Wonderful scenery: sun dappled oak forest, Brijuni Archipelago and Lim Fjord
  • Peaceful roads through varied coastal and inland landscapes
  • Friendly people and quiet roads 
  • Delicious cuisine such as fresh seafood, fragrant truffles, home made pasta, zesty wines
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Route

Start: Fazana                     Finish: Porec

Day 1: Arrive in Istria
Day 2: Ride to Pula and/or day boat trip to the Brijuni National Park (18 or 32 km
Day 3: Vodnjan Circular ride (19 - 38 km)
Day 4: Ride to Rovinj via Bale. Optional guided city tour in Rovinj (39 km)
Day 5: Ride from Rovinj to Motovun (35 - 57 km)
Day 6: Ride from Rovinj to Porec on the Parenzana road (37 km)
Day 7: Circular ride in Porec via Tar and via the Jama Baredine Caves (32 km)
Day 8: Arrivederci Istria!

Day 1:    Arrive in Istria

Arrive in Fazana and check-in at your accommodation. Take some time to relax and explore this nice village. 

If  you  arrive  early  you  can  take  the  boat    over  to  the  Island  of Brijuni a national park  

Day 2:    Ride to Pula and/or day boat trip to the Brijuni National Park (18 or 32 km

You can start your day with a short easy warm up ride in Pula. Cycle around the warrens of marbled alleys and the beautifully preserved amphitheatre from 27 BC.
After the ride get on the boat to the Brijuni National Park, that long time ago used to be Tito’s private island archipelago. Explore the Roman villas and the Byzantine villages, admire the herds of deer, pine-fringed bays and the Tito’s personal zoo.

Challenge: 3/4 hours, 18/32 km, 100/285m ascent, 100/270m descent

Day 3:     Vodnjan Circular ride (19 - 38 km)

Today you cycle inland to Vodnjan, the Istrian ancient capital where you will find a mix of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. After lunch you pedal along the coast, passing remains of Roman baths on the shore until you reach the village of Fazana

Challenge: 2/4 hours, 19/38 km, 150/215m ascent, 160/220m descent

Day 4:    Ride to Rovinj via Bale. Optional guided city tour in Rovinj (39 km)

Heading  north  you  reach  the  charming  and  bustling  port  town  of Rovijn. First a gentle ascent takes you to the small town of Bale, also  known  as  the  Roman  stronghold  of  Castrum  Vallis,  built  by the  Romans  to  help  defend  the  saltpans  and  the  roads  that connect to and from Pula and Porec.


If you have booked it in advance (on Day 1), you can do the optional guided city tour of Rovinj.  

Challenge: 3/3.5 hours, 39 km, 250m ascent,260m descent

Day 5:    Ride from Rovinj to Motovun (35 - 57 km)

Ride inland to the impressive wooded valley of the Lim Fjord.  Freewheel  down  to  the  bottom  and  ascend a  2  km  hill  to  the panoramic  viewpoint  on  the  other  side.  Continue  the  ride inland  through  gently  ascending  terrain    till  the  final  stretch with 2 short step climbs (well worth the effort) take you up to the fortified hill town of Motovun  from where you can admire the wonderful views over vineyards and truffle filled forests. 

Challenge: 1.5 hours, 35-57 km, 2515 / 795m ascent, 535 / 655 m descent 

Day 6:    Ride from Rovinj to Porec on the Parenzana road (37 km)

A  steep  descent  takes  you  to  the  Parenzana  a  dismantled  old railway turned into a gravel cycle path that gently winds its way through the fields towards Porec, an ancient port town located in the  small  peninsula  of  San  Nicholas.  Here  do  not  miss  its magnificent historical palaces, the “House of the two Saints” and the popular UNESCO Heritage Basilica of Euphrasian

Challenge: 37 km, 180m ascent, 445m descent 

Day 7:    Circular ride in Porec via Tar and via the Jama Baredine Caves (32 km)

Cycle along the shore as you head towards the fertile plateau of Tar and pass by the Larun olive plantations, said to produce Europe’s best olive oil. Loop back inland to visit the giant limestone Cave of Jama Baredine. Return to Porec and enjoy your last Istrian evening enjoying a glass of home-made brandy in the terrace of the hotel overlooking the sea. 

Challenge: 2.5 hours, 32 km, 260m ascent, 260m descent 

Day 8:    Arrivederci Istria!

Our services end after breakfast!

'standard' hotels

All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.

You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Villetta Phasiana (Fazana)
Villetta Phasiana (Fazana)

Villetta Phasiana is located in Fasana, close to the Brijuni Islands National Park. The hotel offers various services, including a bar, a private garden, a wellness center and a ferry to the surrounding islands. Rooms are furnished in rustic Italian style and are small, soundproofed and equipped with private bathroom, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, safe and some have a wonderful view of the village or the sea. Breakfast is very good and plentiful, the staff kind and helpful.

www.villetta-phasiana.hr

  Hotel Villa Tuttorotto (Rovinij)
Hotel Villa Tuttorotto (Rovinij)

Villa Tuttorotto, with its small number of exquisite rooms will proudly share this tradition with you. Each room has a breathtaking view of the sea and of the lush pine woods

www.villatuttorotto.com

Hotel Kastel - Motovun
Hotel Kastel (Motovun)

Located at the very top of a 277 meter-high hill where the medieval town of Motovun stands. Palace Pollesini, where Hotel Kaštel is located, was carefully furnished and adjusted to the needs of our guests.

 www.hotel-kastel-motovun.hr

 Hotel Flores (Porec)
Hotel Flores (Porec)

Hotel Flores is in Poreč, 400m from the historic center and a few steps from the beach. The structure has an outdoor and indoor pool, restaurant, bar, spa, massage service, some leisure areas. Rooms are modern in style and are spacious. They include a TV, a seating area, a desk, a minibar and a private bathroom. Breakfast buffet is good and varied.

ww.uniline.hr

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 1st and October 31st.

The best airports to fly into are Pula (PUY) in Istria and Trieste (TRS) in Italy, but you can also fly from either Treviso (TSF) or Venice (VCE).

Both Pula and Trieste are connected to Fazana and Poreč by bus.

If you are flying into Treviso (TSF) or Venice (VCE), you first need to get to Trieste by train.

             Check bus timetables on www.buscroatia.com
             Check train timetables on www.trenitalia.com

BIKE RENTAL

City bike 28'' Alloy Torpado

  • gears: 3x8 Shimano EZ-Fire (push-pull)
  • front suspension Suntour Alloy
  • male/female frame size: 17'' to 22''
  • V-brake Alloy

        

         

 

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 7 Nights in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Bike delivery to Fazana, bike fitting & trip briefing, bike theft insurance and bike collection from Porec
  • Luggage transfer on Days 4, 5 and 6
  • People & bike transfer Rovinij - Lim Fjord on Day 5
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Touristic city taxes
  • Bike rental
  • Helmet
  • Travel to Fazana and from Porec
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Bike rental: hybrid bike with 1 rear bag, 1 repair kit, odometer, 1 padlock, bottle holder, lights, 1 map holder for every 2 bikes.
  • Helmet (for free): request when booking
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Additional night/s can be booked at any accomodation along the way
  • Transfer from airport to Fazana
  • Transfer from Porec to airport
  • Transfer from Porec back to Fazana
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