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WHAT TO EXPECT

Scenic Coastal Routes

Explore the Croatian coast and inland by bike

Ancient History

Visit the spectacular Roman amphitheatre in Pula

Picturesque Towns

Stay near the Poreč on the Istrian Peninsula

ABOUT THE TRIP

Picturesque coastal villages and towns, Roman ruins and striking hilltop villages. We explore them all on two wheels, on this cycling holiday in the Istria Peninsula of Croatia. We will have scenic coastal routes to ride, with views of the Adriatic Sea, while also heading inland to villages that offer beautiful views of the Croatian countryside. As well as this, we’ll explore the ancient Roman ruins of Pula and its famous amphitheatre, and discover the fishing port of Rovinj where a tangle of cobbled streets of the old town lead to the hilltop church of St. Euphemia on a days’ excursion.

 

What's included?

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Room for sole use
  • Welcome drink
  • Half board with one drink at dinner
  • The bikes that will be used are hard tail MTB bike Kona Lava Dome 29’ or 27’5 wheel size or similar.
  • Four days cycling
  • Visit to Pula and Rovinj
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially Protected

Itinerary

  • Arrival day
  • Novigrad to Savudrija over Umag
  • Žminj to Lim Bay
  • Pula and Rovinj
  • Poreč to Kontija Forest
  • Parenzana old railway line
  • Free day
  • Departure day
  • E-Bikes available to prebook in advance – approximately £200 per week.

WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING

DAY 1

Arrival

Today we arrive into Pula Airport and make our way to the hotel. This evening we will gather as a group for the first time and enjoy a welcome drink and dinner.

  • Dinner Included
DAY 2

Scenic Tour from Novigrad to Savudrija

This morning we will have breakfast in the hotel to ready ourselves for a day of cycling. Starting from the town of Novigrad on the Croatian coast, we will embark on a scenic tour along this stunning coastline towards Umag. Once we reach the city of Umag, we will have lunch before heading to Savudrija. On this route, we’ll soak up breathtaking views and explore this picturesque coastal adventure.

Distance: approximately 35 km (shorter version only to Umag 25km )
Elevation gain: +150m/-150m

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
DAY 3

Journey from Žminj to Lim Bay

After breakfast this morning, we transfer to the start of today’s cycling adventure, Žminj, in the heart of the Istrian peninsula. From here, we will head to the villages of s Foli, Bokordići and have a break in Savičenta village which is well known for the Morosini-Grimani Castle. We then ride to Lim Bay, stopping enroute to visit the ruins of Dvigrad, an abandoned hilltop town. We will finish our tour at Lim Bay, a sunken valley stretching 13km long, here we will end the ride with oyster tasting.

Distance: approximately 27 km
Elevation gain: +120m/-420m

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
DAY 4

Explore Pula and Rovinj on foot

Today we spend a day exploring on foot, discovering the Istrian Peninsula. We will head by coach to the historical town of Pula, home to an impressive and perfectly preserved Roman Amphitheatre. Pula is nestled beneath the hills on the very southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula and here we will find cafes spilling out onto the pavements and colourful boutiques sitting among the ancient Roman ruins. After lunch, we make our way to medieval Rovinj, a pretty resort reminiscent of Venice, with its houses seemingly rising out of the water, a lovely Old Town and picturesque harbour.

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
DAY 5

Cycle from Poreč to Kontija Forest

Todays biking route will start in Poreč where we head towards the towns of Funtana and Vrsar. Vrsar is a small fisherman village but also known as a place where the famous Casanova was hiding from Venetian authorities. We will then ride towards Kontija forest where we will enjoy unpaved paths and beautiful nature.

Distance: approximately 25 km
Elevation gain: +250m/-130m

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
DAY 6

Parenzana old railway line

Our final biking day has the potential to be one of the most beautiful, as the section from Buje over Grožnjan to Livade and Motovun has beautiful lookout points, 6 tunnels, 4 viaducts and several bridges. We begin in the small village of Stanica near Grožnjan – the ‘Town of Artists’. Continuing along the southern side of the plateau, at some points on this route, we ride on a rough gravel road. We will arrive in the village of Biloslava, where there used to be a roofed railway stop – named after the nearby town of Kostanjica. The site offers a beautiful view of the Mirna River valley, Motovun, Vižinada, Kostanjica. We conclude our trip in one of the local wineries in the Motovun area.

Distance: approximately 21 km (longer version start from Buje additional 6 km)
Elevation gain: +195m/-470m

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
DAY 7

Free Day

Today we can enjoy a free day to relax at the hotel or take the opportunity to explore this region further. The centre of Poreč is around a 40 minute walk away, a picturesque stroll along the coast, or a short taxi ride. Tonight we will gather one final time for a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast and dinner included.
DAY 8

Departure day

This morning, we enjoy our final breakfast at the hotel before departing to the airport for our return flight home.

  • Breakfast included.

Accommodation

Hotel Mediteran Three-star

The Hotel Mediteran is surrounded by cedar and oak forest and is 100 meters from the beach, perfect for our group cycling week away. Porec centre is 2km away and can be reached by walking down the seafront.

Facilities Include

The hotel boasts an outdoor swimming pool, with heated salt water, and free-to-use sun loungers. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Room Includes

The hotel is fully air-conditioned with comfortable rooms that include satellite TV and a private bathroom that is fitted with a shower and a hairdryer is provided.

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January - February 10 °C 6 °C
March 14 °C 8 °C
April 18 °C 11 °C
May 23 °C 16 °C
June 27 °C 20 °C
July - August 30 °C 22 °C
September 25 °C 18 °C
October 20 °C 14 °C
November 15 °C 10 °C
December 12 °C 7 °C

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