Istria wine route
    • Travelcode: 149

    Istria wine route

    From Buje to Porec

    • Sample local wines and delicacies, while you soak up the Mediterranean sun and meet the locals on your cycling holiday. Your journey takes in the best Istria has to offer, from the untouched interior with its medieval hilltop villages, to the glistening Adriatic Coast and its popular resorts.

      There is something magical in Istria, the largest Croatian peninsula, immersed in the blue of the Adriatic. Its green forests, historic hilltop towns, vineyards, olive groves and gentle rivers are a perfect combination of the beauty of nature, history and culture. When you add to this the seductive tastes of excellent Istrian wines, you just know that this is an area which offers you everything you need. Enjoy an easy bike ride and explore Istria.

      Tour profile: Level 2

      This cycle route is not way marked, however you are provided with a detailed route book and map. The route is mainly flat with some hilly terrain and follows local roads with some short connections on main roads but generally the cycling is relaxed and traffic light (except in July and August, high season periods, when you will experience a higher volume of traffic).

      Day 1: Buje

      Individual arrival in Buje surroundings. Meeting point at the hotel reception with the tour guide at 7 p.m. for travel documents and bike hand over.

      Day 2: Buje - Umag - Buje, approx. 46 km

      Leaving Buje you will start with an easy downhill ride to the coast, on the northernmost point of the Istrian Peninsula. Visit Savudrija, one of the oldest lighthouses in the Adriatic, built in 1818. Continue south along the trail to the small town of Umag, which was founded by a roman nobleman who decided to make it his summer residence. Explore the city walls and fortifications and wander the streets with their Venetian houses and baroque buildings. On the way back to Buje visit a wine cellar and have the opportunity to sample the local Muscat wine.

      Day 3: Buje - Novigrad - Buje, approx. 37 km

      After breakfast you will pass through Buje and have the opportunity to visit the old town with its artistic buildings, churches and museum. Leaving Buje, follow the trail through Krasica, before heading downhill over the Ponte Porton. Cycle the road alongside the river to Nova Vas village above the Mirna Valley. This area produces some of the best wine and olive oil in Istria, and you will have the opportunity to see how the oil is produced. The road back towards Buje passes many vineyards en route to your hotel in Volpija, near Buje.

      Day 4: Buje - Motovun, approx. 37 km

      Leaving the area of Buje you will cycle toward the medieval hilltop village of Grožnjan. Visit the beautiful St. Vitus and Modesto’s baroque church built in 1770. Art galleries and studios line the cobbled alleyways of this artists colony, and the sounds of musicians rehearsing can be heard throughout the village. Continue on to Oprtajl, with its narrow streets, and covered passages. Cycling downhill you will enjoy views over the Mirna River en route to Livade, the truffle centre of Istria. Take the chance to visit the speciality truffle shop before heading on to the beautiful village of Motovun, perched high above the Mirna River Valley.

      Day 5: Motovun - Porec, approx. 38 km

      Today you will cycle from the inland Istria back to the coast. Follow the road towards Visnjan passing its popular observatory. Continue on the town of Visnjan and enjoy the views along the Istrian coastline to the town of Poreč. Visit one of Visnjan’s many white wine cellars and sample the local Malvasia wine. Continue on towards the villages of Tar and Nova Vas before reaching the coastal town of Poreč. Explore the Old Town and enjoy a refreshing drink and meal in one of the many bars and restaurants.

      Day 6: Circular Cycle Porec, approx. 43 km

      From Poreč the trail starts with a visit to the 6th century Euphrasius Basilica-the most valuable cultural monument in Poreč. Continue on to the village of Bacva, the highest point on todays trip. Sample some traditional Istrian dishes in the local restaurant. The trail continues on through the southern villages, before reaching the coastal town of Vrsar. With a commanding view of the coast, it was natural for Vrsar to become a defended fortress. Only parts of the fortification system, built in the 12th century, have been preserved, but the fortess-castle used as a summer residence of the Poreč bishops, is well worth a look. After Vrsar the trail passes Funtana fishing village, and Zelena and Plava Laguna villages on the way back to Poreč.

      Day 7: Porec - Kanfanar - Rovinj, approx. 32 + 30 km

      After breakfast you have the choice of cycling or taking a transfer to the small town of Kanfanar above the Lim Valley. Leaving Kanfanar, you will start the flattest ride of the trip, passing inland villages en route to Bale. Visit the Kastel Bembo, the city square and the museum within the towns paved streets. From Bale you will pass the prehistoric hilltown of Monkodonja which was inhabited around 1800-1200 BC.Continuing on you will reach your final destination, the colourful fishing port of Rovinj. Rovinj was originally an island, but the channel that once separated it from the mainland was filled in to form this picturesque coastal town. Wander the narrow streets of the old town, and explore the many historic attractions such as the baroque Church of St. Euphemia. Soak up the magic and charm of Rovinj while you dine on fresh fish, and a glass of the local Malvasia wine.

      Day 8: Departure

      Leaving after breakfast or individual extension.


      Airport: Pula (PUY), Zagreb (ZAG)

      Pula, the biggest international airport of Istria is the closest to Buje. Downtown is approx. 5 km from airport which can be reaches by taxi, buses or public transportation.


      Parking: possible at the arrival hotel free of charge


      Train station: Triest, Zagreb, Ljubljana

      For details see your final travel documents.


      It is mandatory for cyclists below the age of 16 to wear helmets on public roads. Children starting with the age of 9 are only allowed to cycle on public roads if they have either done a cycling test or if they are accompanied from a person of minimum 16 years. In any other cases, cycling on public roads is only allowed for children upon 14 years.

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    • Included services:

      • 7 nights in room, private facilities, breakfast
      • luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (not limited pieces)
      • Route book, maps and information material per room
    • Choose Categories

      S1 15.03. - 27.04.20 Category A daily
      S2 28.04. - 28.05.20 Category A daily
      S3 29.05. - 27.06.20 Category A daily
      S4 28.06. - 28.08.20 Category A daily
      S3 29.08. - 27.09.20 Category A daily
      S2 28.09. - 15.11.20 Category A daily
      S1 15.03. - 27.04.20 Category B daily
      S2 28.04. - 28.05.20 Category B daily
      S3 29.05. - 27.06.20 Category B daily
      S4 28.06. - 28.08.20 Category B daily
      S3 29.08. - 27.09.20 Category B daily
      S2 28.09. - 15.11.20 Category B daily


      3. person in the room Euro -50
      Bicycle & equipment   
      24-speed-bike 90
      24-speed-bike extension/day 15
      E-bike 180
      E-bike extension/day  30
      GPS Garmin Oregon/week  50
      additional pannier bag/week 10
      SPD-pedals/week 10
      Additional night Buje surroundings (S1/2/3/4)
      Buje surroundings S1/2/3/4 (dbl/sgl)  44/67
      Additional night   
      Rovinj S1/(dbl/sgl) 50/61
      Rovinj S2/(dbl/sgl) 57/72
      Rovinj S3/(dbl/sgl) 62/72
      Rovinj S4/(dbl/sgl) 72/78
      Rovinj S5/(dbl/sgl) 80/83
      Porec S1/(dbl/sgl)    67/92
      Porec S2/(dbl/sgl) 73/102
      Porec S3/(dbl/sgl) 91/126
      Motovun S1/(dbl/sgl) 69/103
      Transfer*  1-3 person 4-8 person
      Rovinj - airport Pula  81  88
      Rovinj - airport Triest  225  250
      Rovinj - train stationTriest/busTriest  175  194 
      Rovinj - airport Venice  388  431
      Rovinj - airport /train station/bus Zagreb  388  425 
      Rovinj - airport /train station/bus Ljubljana  306  344
      Rovinj - Buje  88 100 
      Buje - airport Pula  100 113 
      Buje - airport Triest  163 188 
      Buje - train stationTriest/busTriest 125  144 
      Buje - airport Venedig  338 388 
      Buje - airport /train station/bus Zagreb  400 456 
      Buje - airport /train station/bus Ljubljana  263 300 

      *transfers per way/vehicle

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Well-chosen, comfortable hotels of 3 - 4 star categories which distinguish themselves by their quite special personal mark. They are comfortable, often in a design typical for the region and provide a very authentic holiday experience.

      Category B :Pension Casa Romantica la Parenzana - Guesthouse Lovac - Hotel Kastel  - Villa Borgo - Hotel Porec  - Hotel Vila Lili  - Baron Gautsch
      Category  A: Pension Casa Romantica la Parenzana - Hotel Palazzo -  Hotel Mauro  -  - Hotel Angelo d´Oro  -  Casa Garzotto  - Villa Tuttorotto - Arupinum

      Please note that the listed hotels are only hotel samples and subject to change. You will find your definite hotel in the hotel list, which you receive after booking/before depa·rture.

    • Bicycles inclusive panniers :

      24-speed-bikes (ladies + gentleman)

      Brand Felt, model QX70 and QX 80, Shimano Alivio derailleur gears, V-breaks

      Inclusive repair-kit (1 pumpe, 1 tire, hex-wrench, tire iron)

      bottle holder, bike computer, lock

      Helmets will be provided free of charge

      With an E-bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern electro bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily.

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.

    • 5,6 13.10.2019 | Kaaren N. Istria wine route

      Beautiful Croatia

      Our group consisted of 4 reasonably fit seniors. On the whole, we loved our trip. We thought a couple of climbs, in and out of Motovun were more challenging than a 2 rating. We also rode on some roads that were busier than expected. We also had problems ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 6
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 5
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 6
      5,5 11.10.2019 | Kaaren N. Istria wine route

      Istrian wine roads

      We cycled the Istria wine roads tour October 1 to 8, 2019. Stunning landscape. Great food and hospitality. The route was a bit more challenging than we had expected as leisure cyclists - especially the climb to Groznjan, the summit to Hotel Kastel in ...
      • Overall satisfaction 5
      • Booking handling 6
      • Travel documents 6
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 5
      • Accomodation 6
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 5
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 6

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