Country:
Croatia
Travelcode:
1HRIST149_EN17

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:

    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 pm. for travel documents and bike hand over.

    Day 2: Buje - Umag - Buje, approx. 47 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. 39 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 abover 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 enroute 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 enroute 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 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. 44 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. 33+32 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 enroute 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 1800-1200BC.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.
  • DATES

    Arrival day: daily

    Season 1: March 01. - April 27. + September 28. - November 30.
    Season 2: April 28. - May 28.
    Season 3:
    May 29. - June 27. + August 29. - September 27.
    Season 4:
    June 28. - August 28.


    ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

    ARRIVAL BY PLANE

    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 tyi, buses or public transportation.


    ARRIVAL BY CAR

    Parking: possible at the arrival hotel free of charge


    ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

    Train station: Triest, Zagreb, Ljubljana


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Helmet
    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.

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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 01.03. - 27.04.17 from 590 €
    S2 28.04. - 28.05.17 from 630 €
    S3 29.05. - 27.06.17 from 650 €
    S4 28.06. - 28.08.17 from 700 €
    S3 29.08. - 27.09.17 from 650 €
    S1 28.09. - 30.11.17 from 590 €

    Extras

    Discount   
    0-3,99 years -100%
    4-12,99 years -20% 
    13-99,9 years -10%
        
    Bicycle & equipment   
    24-speed-bike 90
    24-speed-bike extension/day 15
    E-bike 160
    E-bike extension/day  25
    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)  44/44
        
    Additional night
      
    Rovinj S1/(dbl/sgl) 50/69
    Rovinj S2/(dbl/sgl) 56/72
    Rovinj S3/(dbl/sgl) 61/72
    Rovinj S4/(dbl/sgl) 63/74
      
    Transfer*
     1-3 person 4-8 person
    Porec - airport Pula 81 88
    Porec - airport Triest 162 188
    Porec - train station Triest/bus Triest  125 150
    Porec - airport Venice  350  388
    Porec - airport /train station/bus Zagreb 388 413
    Porec - airport /train station/bus Ljubljana 250 275
    Rovinj - airport Pula 75 81
    Rovinj - airport Triest  163  188
    Rovinj - train stationTriest/busTriest 188 213
    Rovinj - airport Venice 388 425
    Rovinj - airport /train station/bus Zagreb  388 413
    Rovinj - airport /train station/bus Ljubljana 275 300
    Rovinj - Buje 88 100
    Buje - airport Pula 100  113
    Buje - airport Triest 138 163
    Buje - train stationTriest/busTriest 125  138
    Buje - airport Venedig 325  363
    Buje - airport /train station/bus Zagreb 400 456
    Buje - airport /train station/bus Ljubljana 238 263

    *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 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.


    Pension Casa Romantica la Parenzana

    Pension A Casa

    Hotel Kastel

    Villa Borgo

    Hotel Porec

    Hotel Vila Lili

    Baron Gautsch


    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 departure.

  • 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


    E-bike
    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.

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