• Travelcode: 326

    Trieste and Istria coast

    Across Istria

    • Start of this bicycle tour is Trieste, the former Habsburg seaport seated at the foothills of the karst. During the Roman Empire Trieste became a busy and rich port. After a few kilometres you leave Italy and cycle to Croatia and on to Istria.

      This sunny peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea is characterized by little picturesque fisher villages, small towns on the karst hills, vineyards and valleys. Let yourself surprise you from the charms of a landscape rich in contrasts and the various colours of Istria.

      Tour profile Level1-2

      The bicycle route through Istria runs slightly hilly.

      Day 1: Trieste

      Individual arrival at the first hotel in Trieste.

      Day 2: Trieste – Piran/Portorôz, approx. 35 - 60 km

      After a few kilometres you say Good-bye to Italy. In Slovenia you cycle mostly on cycling paths through famous bathing resorts like Koper (Capodistria) and Izola (Isola d’Istria) to Piran (Pirano) or Portorož (Portorose), a spa town on the Slovenian Riviera. The longer version leads through "Val Rosandra" in the back country.

      Day 3:Piran/Portoroz – Umag/Novigrad, approx. 34 - 60 km

      You pass the salt gardens of Seèovlje, where they produce sea salt on huge areas through natural evaporation, and you cycle over the border to Croatia. You cycle through the Croatian part of Istria, the biggest peninsula of the Adria, slightly hilly to Umag, which historic centre was built on the relics of a Roman colony. Umag is well-known also for the ATP tournament – "Croatia Open", held every year. Enjoy a sightseeing tour in the evening through the medieval town with its narrow alleys and the beautiful city tower.

      Day 4: Umag/Novigrad – Porec, approx. 20 - 41 km

      From Umag you cycle - slightly hilly – to Novigrad or Cittanova. This medieval town surrounded by a battlement wall is seated on the water mouth of Mirna. Then you cycle to Poreè, the most important coastal city on Istria’s west coast. We suggest visiting the Euphrasian Basilica, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

      Day 5: Porec, approx. 45 km or day off by the sea

      You have the choice: either you visit by boat the Brijuni-islands or the Limski-channel, or you enjoy your day off by the sea or visit the country land of Porec. The Brijuni-islands are twelve smaller and two bigger islands; the main island Veli Brijun was used by the Yugoslav statesman Tito as summer residence. Today the islands are National Park and only Veli Brijun can be visited by the public. Going by boat to the fjord-alike Limski-channel you might be lucky and see some dolphins. The Limski-channel is National Park nature reserve and on the coast you find mussels and oyster farming.

      Day 6: Porec – Rovinj, approx. 55 km

      Have a last view over the picturesque seaport on Istria’s west coast before you leave to Rovinj. Rovinj is surrounded in the west and the south west by the Adriatic Sea. Afar the high bell tower of the Euphemia Church built on the highest spot of Rovinj, greats you. Go ahead, if you would like to cycle to Zlatnirt (also known as Golden Cape), a peninsula, where you find a park in a nature reserve.

      Day 7: Rovinj – Pula, approx. 45 -50 km

      The last day on your "expedition" in Istria leads you to Pula on Istria’s south west point. Pula is the oldest town of Istria and its commercial and cultural centre. Enjoy your last day of the tour amongst various antiquities and the mighty Roman amphitheatre in the centre of Pula.

      Day 8: Pula

      Individual departure or extension of your stay.
    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Trieste (TRS), Pula (PUY)

      Low-cost flights to Ronchi dei Legionari airport or Pula. Good connections with airport shuttle from Ronchi dei Legionari airport to Trieste.

      http://www.aeroporto.fvg.it/


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking: Different public garages – on request.

      Over the Tauern motorway to Villach and over the border crossing Arnoldstein to Udine and Trieste.

      Best Western San Giusto Hotel Trieste: thanks to its strategic position is quickly and easily accessible from all the surrounding territory, not only thanks to excellent road and motorway but also to a network of convenient and frequent public services. Furthermore, the neighboring taxi station ensures the arrival in less than a minute.


      ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

      Train station: Trieste

       Over Salzburg and Villach to Trieste (Trieste centrale).
      From Trieste central station you can take the bus number 1 with a stop on the roadside in front of the main exit of the station and get off at "Campo San Giacomo" in Istria street to find the hotel in less than 30 meters.


      TRANSFER

      Every Wednesday and Saturday return transfer by shuttle bus from Pula to Trieste for € 69.00 per person (bicycle included – reservation and payment upon booking).


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum:  2 persons / 1 person up on request


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      Local taxes not included in the price / if requested, payable on the spot.

      Book here your discounted train ticket... Book your flights online... Book here your bus ticket... Book your hotel online...
    • Included services:
      • 7 nights in room, private facilities, breakfast

      • information meeting

      • luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

      • route book, maps and information material per room
    • Choose Categories

      S1 10.04. - 10.04.19 every WED/SAT
      S2 11.04. - 21.06.19 every WED/SAT
      S3 22.06. - 07.09.19 every WED/SAT
      S2 08.09. - 11.10.19 every WED/SAT
      S1 12.10. - 12.10.19 every WED/SAT

      Extras

      Discounts extra bed
      3. person from 15 y.                                                    -10%
       
      Bicycle & Equipment
      7/21 speed 75
      e-bike 165
      helmet 10
             
      Extra night Pula 3* Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
      (dbl/sgl) 55/94 61/100 85/124
             
      Extra night Pula 4* Season 1 Season 2 Season 3
      (dbl/sgl) 69/108 77/107 99/138
       
      Extra night Trieste
      (dbl/sgl) 74/109
         
      Transfer
      Every Wednesday and Saturday incl. bicycle 69

      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
    • comfortable 3-4* hotels 


      Trieste:
      Hotel Le Corderie
      Hotel Best Western San Giusto

      Piran/Portoroz:
      Hotel Tomi
      Hotel Tartini
      Hotel Marita

      Umag/Novigrad:
      Aminess Laguna
      Hotel Sol Umag
      Hotel Zlatna Vala

      Porec:
      Hotel Flores
      Hotel Porec

      Rovinj:
      Villa Marea
      Villa Dobravac
      Vila Lili

      Pula:
      Park Plaza Arena


      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.

       

    • Bicycle incl. panniers (reservation in advance and for charge)

       

      + 21-speed  bike (women´s or men´s frame)

      + 7-speed bike (unisex frame with back pedal brake) - limited availability

      + E-bikes (unisex frame) - limited availability

        

      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.

       

    • 4,8 20.09.2018 | Art H. Trieste and Istria coast

      biking the Istrian peninsula in Croatia

      The Istrian peninsula in Croatia is beautiful, but it does not offer good bicycle trails. Only a small part of our trip was on dedicated, separated, bicycle trails. Most of it was on roads and highways, with not even a separate lane for bicycles. Thus, ...
      • Overall satisfaction 4
      • Travel documents 5
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 5
      • Luggage transport 6
      • Route description 5
      • On-site assistance 4
      • Route-character 3
      • Bicycle + equipment 5
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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