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Istrian biking tour

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8 Days, 7 nights - A combination of seaside trails and inland hilltops

Highlights of the tour:

Variation of beautiful landscapes, nice bathing beaches, tasting of wine and local food, vineyards and olive groves.
Sightseeing Pula, Rovinj, Vrsar, Poreč and Grožnjan.

The tour in short:

  • Arrival/Departure city: Pula 
  • Saturday to Saturday
  • 2 nights in Pula
  • 3 nights in Vrsar
  • 2 nights in Grožnjan 
  • Daily biking distance: 25-40 km
  • Altitude: 0-300 m
  • Number of participants: min 5 – max 20
  • Daily activity: 4-6 hours
  • Sugested minimum age: 20
  • English speaking bike tourguide 

Short itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrival, transfer from Pula airport
  • Day 2: Biking, city sightseeing by bike, Rt. Kamenjak, Pula
  • Day 3: Biking, Pula, Fažana, Peroj, Rovinj
  • Day 4: Biking, Rovinj, Golaše, Histria Aromatica, Bale, Rovinj
  • Day 5: Biking, Poreč, Cervar, Baredine, Poreč
  • Day 6: Transfer by bus to Vižinada, biking to Motovun, Livade, Grožnjan
  • Day 7: Biking Grožnjan, Završje, Kabola, Grožnjan
  • Day 8: Transfer by bus to Pula airport

Day 1: Pula - Arrival 
Arrival at Pula airport, bus transfer for hotel in the centre of Pula, presentation of the program and dinner.
Overnight in Pula.
(*D)


Day 2: Pula - Rt Kamenjak - Pula
We start the day with getting to know our bike equipment. We will visit the old town and make a sightseeing by bike, time for at coffee on the main square – the Roman Forum. After experiencing details of the great Roman empire we continue to the seaside all the way towards the most southernest part of Istria, Rt Kamenjak. Here we will make a stop for lunch and swimming before we return to Pula.
Dinner and overnight in Pula. (*B,* L)
Tourlength: 41 km.
Included: entrance Rt Kamenjak.


Day 3: Pula - Rovinj
Today we pack our bags before we leave for our biking tour towards north. We start the trip along the seaside, through abandoned military areas, all the way to the pictoresque town of Fažana were we will make a stop for coffee. Further on towards Peroj and Rovinj driving along beachtrails, gravel roads a partly on the main road till we reach the town of Rovinj. Check in – Villa Lilli.
Dinner and overnight in Rovinj. (*B, *L, *D)
Tourlength: 45 km.


Day 4: Rovinj - Golaši - Bale - Rovinj
Rovinj is often called the most romantique town on the Istrian peninsula whether it is or not you will have a chance to decide for yourself but it is definetely one of the most picturesque. Today we will start the tour from Rovinj and continue to the hinterland, Rovinjsko Selo further til Golaši were we will stop at a local winecellar San Tommaso for a wine tasting. After the visit we'll climb the hill and visit Histria Aromatica park. We'll get an sight to the typical mediterranean herbs, plants and trees but also the chance to enjoy the fantastic view of the hole Rovinj region. Our tour continues to the medieval town Bale were we'll make a short stop before we return back to Rovinj. (*B, *L)
Tourlength: 40 km.
Included: wine tasting of 3 wines, entrance to Histria Aromatica Park.


Day 5: Rovinj - Poreč - Rovinj
We'll start the day with embarking on a local boat with our bikes. We are heading towards north along the seaside towards the town of Poreč. Here we'll make a stop for a bike sightseeing tour in the old part of town. We continue a bit towards the inland, to visit the Baredine cave a fantastic place giving us insight to the morphological underworld of stalagmites and stalagtites, not to forget the humanfish which is one of the natural inhabitants of the cave. We continue back towards Poreč were our boat is waiting for us to take us back to Rovinj.
Dinner and overnight in Rovinj. (*B, *L)
Tourlength: 35 km.
Included: boattrip, entrance to Baredine cave.


Day 6: Rovinj - Vižinada - Grožnjan
After breakfast we are transferred by bus together with bikes and luggage to Vižinada were we'll start our biketour. The route of the day is the old railwayroad called Parenzane which is one of the favourite Istrian bike routes, starting in Poreč and ending in Trieste. This historical railwayroad were build by the Italians at the beginning of the 20th century but lasted only for about 30 years before the rails were removed. Today the road is a symbol of friendship between 3 countries Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. The landscape offers variations and hills, with green scenary in contrast to the seaside. One of the most know specialties in these parts are the gold of the forrest – the white truffle. The tour ends in the pictoresque town of artist, Grožnjan.
Dinner and overnight in Grožnjan. (*B, *D)
Tourlength: 35 km.
Included: bus transfer, truffle tasting.


Day 7: Grožnjan - Završje - Grožnjan
After breakfast we start the tour down the Parenzana railway road towards Završje stopping to enjoy great panoramas. Most of the route today will be on local roads, with less traffic but filled with untouched nature and authentic villages. Towards the end of the tour we will visit the famous Kabola winery and learn something about this family owned winery and of course taste some of their great wines, but not too much since we still have the last part of the route back to Grožnjan. (*B, *D)
Tourglength: 40 km.
Included: wine tasting.


Day 8: Grožnjan - Pula - Departure
After breakfast check out, bus transfer to Pula airport. (*B)


(Included meals: *B = Breakfast, *L = Lunch, *D = Dinner)

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