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Italy and Croatia Cycling Tour

On this fantastic trip from Trieste to Pula, you will be a witness to the cultural diversity and richness of the Istrian Peninsula. Trieste and Pula were harbor centers of the Austria-Hungarian empire, Poreč and Rovinj were important trade centers in Roman Empire, and Motovun and Grožnjan were typical medieval fortified hilltop towns. Vineyards and olive groves will follow you during the cycling trip in regions where truffles are domestic food and many other specialties which you can enjoy at the end of the cycling day.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Starts in: Trieste
  • Ends in: Pula
  • Total Distance: 181 Miles / 289 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Carbon road bike, Custom-built hybrid/trekking bike (Built by Musing), Custom-built E-bikes (Built by Musing) - Not included
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 230 EUR per week
  • Private tour

Highlights

  • 6 cycling days
  • Cycling through the beautiful landscapes of Istria
  • Sightseeing of local towns Motovun and Grožnjan as well as Pula, Rovinj and Poreč
  • Learn about the cultural heritage and enjoy delicacies
  • There will be an information meeting before you start the tour
  • Luggage transport between accommodations is included
  • Get to use the Fiore App, offline navigation with information about POIs
  • 7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast included

Skill level

  • Intermediate

6 days with instruction
Airport transfer available:
Pula Airport (US$ 197 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Franjo Tuđman Airport (US$ 372 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (Ronchi dei Legionari Airport) (US$ 153 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Venice Marco Polo Airport (US$ 361 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (Brnik Airport) (US$ 262 per person)
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Accommodation

Night 1: Trieste

  • Classic hotels: Hotel B&B Trieste 3* or Hotel Italia 3* or similar in Trieste
  • Premium hotels: Hotel Vis a Vis 4* or Urban 4* in Trieste or similar

Nights 2 and 3: Buje

  • Classic hotels: Guesthouse La Parenzana 3* in Volpija or Guesthouse Lovac 3* in Kaldanija
  • Premium hotels: Heritage Hotel San Rocco 4* in Brtonigla or San Servolo 4* near Buje

Night 4: Motovun

  • Classic hotels: Hotel Kaštel 3* or Villa Borgo 3* in Motovun or similar
  • Premium hotels: Wine & Heritage Hotel Roxanich 4*, Motovun

Night 5: Porec

  • Classic hotels: Hotel Poreč 3* in Poreč or similar
  • Premium hotels: BO Hotel Palazzo 4* or Hotel Mauro 4* in Poreč or similar

Night 6: Rovinj

  • Classic hotels: Baron Gautsch 3* in Rovinj or similar
  • Premium hotels: Hotel Angelo d’Oro 4* or Caasa Garzotto 4* or Villa Tuttorotto 4* or similar

Night 7: Pula

  • Classic hotels: Hotel Amfiteatar 3* or Galija 3* in Pula or similar in Pula
  • Premium hotels: Hotel Oasi 4* in Pula or similar

Here’s a list of the preferred hotels to be used on this tour

Classic hotels (3-star)

Hotel B&B Trieste (3-star)

B&B Hotel Trieste is set in a Neo-classical building from the Austro-Hungarian period, in front of the railway station and the airport terminal Ronchi dei Legionari. WiFi is free throughout. Enjoy your breakfast in the comfortable dining room or simply rest in the elegant ambiance of B&B Hotel Trieste after a walk around the city or after a day of work

The hotel services always include an en suite bathroom fitted up with a bidet and shower with an extra-large showerhead; the room is furnished with a Memory Foam made-in-Italy mattress, a soft quilt, unlimited access to the Internet thanks to the free Wi-Fi and a 32" flat-screen Smart TV to get the most out of free Sky channels.

The closest point of interest are the historical city center, the harbor, and the Miramare Castle. Piazza Unità D'Italia is a 10-minute walk from the property. Trieste airport is located 19 mi / 30 km from the hotel.

Hotel Italia (3-star)

Located in the heart of Trieste, Hotel Italia lies only a few minutes from the most important business centers, the congress center, the museums, and the shopping areas. Open all over the year, it's only 200 m far from the Main Railway Station and the terminal for the airport. The hotel is completely accessible for handicapped people and offers also 1 specially equipped room based on CEE standards.

A hearty sweet and savory breakfast can be enjoyed in the morning, and a gluten-free breakfast is available on request. On the ground floor, the Italia Hotel offers a small but comfortable bar. Every one of the 3 floors has a saloon at the guests' disposal for meeting each other and reading.

The soundproof rooms, furnished with cherry wood and warm colors, provide a relaxing atmosphere. Trieste airport is located 19 mi / 30 km from the hotel.

B&B Lovac (3-star)

Bed and Breakfast Lovac has located 1.9 mi / 3 km from the center of Buje. This charming property is surrounded by a lush garden and an olive grove. The on-site restaurant serves Istrian specialties. Free Wi-Fi and parking are available. All accommodations units are air-conditioned and feature a wardrobe and a TV. Private bathrooms are fitted with a shower. Breakfast is served daily at the on-site restaurant.

A bike and tool storage is at the guests’ disposal. The restaurant serves local foods such as truffle and fish dishes, wild asparagus, and game specialties. The towns of Grožnjan and Motovun can be reached at 6.2 mi / 10 km, while the coast is 9.3 mi / 15 km away. Pula Airport can be reached in 43 mi / 70 km.

Hotel Casa Romantica La Parenzana (3-star)

The family-owned Casa Romantica La Parenzana is a rugged former farmhouse with thick stone walls, wooden beams, and open fireplaces, offering fine Istrian cuisine and free internet. Located close to Buje in Istria, on the former tracks of the Parenzana Railway Line, the historic towns of Motovun and Grožnjan are just about a few meters from the Casa Romantica La Parenzana.

Traditional local food like Čripnja, roasted meat, or fish and potatoes cooked in a cast iron pot over an open hearth fire, or dishes with truffles are served in the Konoba restaurant. All 16 rooms are heated and have a private bathroom and a TV. Internet access is available for free at reception. Trieste airport is 29 mi / 46 km away, while Pula Airport is 39 mi / 63 km away from the hotel.

Hotel Villa Borgo (3-star)

This B&B, situated close to the main square, the walls, and the main Motovun street filled with restaurants and souvenirs, has the most beautiful view of the natural beauty of the interior of Istria from its terrace. The formerly old traditional stone house (formerly a seashell) is now newly renovated with all together nine rooms with private bathrooms.

There is also the neighboring building “Baka Ljubica”, which contains six newly renovated rooms, with private bathrooms and a street view. Pula Airport is 44 mi / 71 km from Villa Borgo, while Rijeka Airport can be reached within 62 mi / 100 km. A bus stops at the foot of Motovun.

Boutique Hotel Kaštel (3-star)

Featuring an indoor swimming pool and an à-la-carte restaurant, the family-run Hotel Kaštel is set at the top of a hill in the center of the medieval town of Motovun. Its guests can enjoy the spa area with a sauna, a relaxing garden, and various massage treatments. The wellness and spa area as well as most of the hotel rooms offer views of the characteristic central Istrian landscape, the valley of the river Mirna and the famous Motovun vineyards.

Amenities in each of the 33 rooms include air-conditioning, satellite TV, a telephone, free Wi-Fi internet, and central heating. All rooms consist of a bathroom with a bathtub or shower and a hairdryer. The distance to the beach is 19 mi / 30 km from the Kaštel Hotel. Pula Airport can be reached within 44 mi / 71 km and Rijeka Airport is at a distance of 62 mi / 100 km.

Hotel Poreč (3-star)

Hotel Poreč, located directly beside the Marina of Poreč, takes only a short walk to the city center or the town beach. The parking is located in front of the hotel, and a garage for motorcycles and bicycles is available for guests. The rooms, 54 of them, are modernly decorated, air-conditioned, and have a balcony and a private bathroom with a shower.

Satellite TV, a minibar, a safe, and free WI-FI internet are available. A breakfast buffet is served in a restaurant with the possibility to book lunch or dinner at the reception desk. Pula Airport is 28 mi /44.3 km away, while Trieste Airport is 42 mi / 67.5 km away.

B&B Villa Baron Gautsch (3-star)

Set in a quiet residential area of Rovinj, Villa Baron Gautsch provides air-conditioned units and free WiFi. Guests can benefit from the sun terrace and a common lounge area with a fireplace. Each room at this bed and breakfast is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. All rooms have a private bathroom with a shower.

Ecomuseum Casa della Batana and St. Euphemia Church can be reached within a short walk. A variety of dining options, bars, and shops can be found in the vicinity. Main Bus Station is only 50 m away. The nearest airport is Pula Airport, 25 mi / 40 km from the property.

Hotel Amfiteatar (3-star)

A few steps from the Pula Arena amphitheater and Pula Marina, this hotel offers stylish, air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs and free internet. Mediterranean cuisine is served in the restaurant. Hotel Amfiteatar’s spacious rooms are decorated in bright lime green and beige colors. Each of the 18 rooms has a mini-bar and a large, modern bathroom with a rain shower.

A breakfast buffet is provided each morning. Guests can taste a range of characteristic Istrian dishes or enjoy international cuisine and wines in Amfiteatar’s chic restaurant. A terrace is available in warm weather. The city beach and Pula Airport are each 12 minutes away by car.

Hotel Galija (3-star)

Located in the heart of Pula, the family-run Hotel Galija offers modern 3-star accommodation. It is open all year round and features a renowned restaurant with a large terrace. The restaurant specializes in Istrian and seafood dishes, as well as a wide selection of quality wines.

Accommodations are provided in modern rooms and suites. All are equipped with air-conditioning, a satellite TV, a telephone, a mini-bar, internet access, a safe, and a hair dryer. The nearest airport is Pula Airport, 4,5 mi / 6,7 km from the property.

Premium hotels (4-star)

Duchi Vis a Vis Hotel (4-star)

Duchi Vis a Vis is a designer hotel in Trieste city center, 46 m from Piazza Unitŕ d'Italia. It offers modern and elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi. Rooms offer a flat-screen TV with satellite and pay-per-view channels. Enjoy soccer matches for free on Sky. Each room features parquet floors. The hotel is set on the first floor of a historic building on a quiet street. Its hall is decorated in a contemporary style with marble and crystal details.

A buffet breakfast is served 11 m away, at Grand Hotel Duchi d’Aosta. Here, guests can access the common areas and Harry’s Grill restaurant, which overlooks the main square. Hotel Duchi Vis ŕ Vis is a 5-minute walk from the harbor and half a kilometer from Trieste Train Station. Trieste airport is located 19 mi / 30 km from the hotel.

Hotel San Rocco (4-star)

An award-winning boutique hotel overlooking the quiet village of Brtonigla, this beautifully restored family estate with lush gardens, olive groves, and a renowned restaurant welcomes visitors from all over the world. Each of the 14 double-occupancy rooms is uniquely designed to evoke the local traditions in wood, stone, and wrought iron.

Most have views of the park, the swimming pool, and possibly even the distant Adriatic on clear days. The hotel features a wellness spa with an outdoor and indoor pool. As members of the Association des Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe, San Rocco’s gourmet restaurant is at the pinnacle of Istrian and Croatian cuisine. Pula Airport can be reached at 45 mi / 73 km, while Trieste Airport is at a distance of 56 mi / 90 km. The city of Buje is 3.73 mi / 6 km away.

San Servolo Residence (5-star)

Featuring a restaurant, a wellness center, and free WiFi throughout the property, San Servolo Resort & Beer Spa is set in the Istrian countryside near Buje. This 4-star property offers a 24-hour front desk and free private parking. All rooms are air-conditioned and fitted with a flat-screen TV, a safe, and a mini-bar. Private bathrooms include a shower, free toiletries, and a hairdryer.

San Servolo Resort & Beer Spa offers a continental buffet breakfast. The wellness area can be used free of charge and consists of a fitness room, a swimming pool, and a Turkish and Finnish sauna. The use of the Beer Spa services is available upon request and at a surcharge. The nearest beach can be reached in 5.6 mi / 9 km. Trieste is 16 mi / 26 km from the property, while Portorož is at a distance of 7.5 mi / 12 km. Pula Airport is 38 mi / 61 km away.

Wine & Heritage Hotel Roxanich (4-star)

Wine & Heritage hotel ROXANICH has a restaurant, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar, and a garden in Motovun. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The property has a 24-hour front desk, room service, and free WiFi throughout the property. All 32 rooms come with a closet.

Complete with a private bathroom equipped with a hairdryer, the rooms have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms include a balcony. All guest rooms will provide guests with a desk and an electric tea pot. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The wellness area features a sauna. Portorož is 24 mi / 38 km from Wine & Heritage hotel ROXANICH, while Poreč is 17 mi / 28 km from the property. The nearest airport is Pula Airport, 42 mi / 68 km from the hotel

BO Hotel Palazzo (4-star)

Built in 1910, it is the first hotel in the rich cultural and historical heritage of the town of Porec whose guests were aristocrats. Renovated in 2009 with respect for the original architecture, it offers a union of the luxurious architecture of a past era and the comfort of first-rate modern catering.

The hotel features 70 elegantly decorated and modernly furnished rooms, as well as 4 luxury and spacious suites, wellness, and a spa with an outside pool. A pleasant and charming interior with discreet secession style details offers a gourmet experience by tasting traditional Istrian specialties and Mediterranean cuisine. It is located 28 mi / 45 km away from Pula airport and 42 mi / 67 km from Trieste airport.

Hotel Mauro (4-star)

Set in the historic building right on the vivid seaside promenade, Boutique Hotel Mauro offers elegantly decorated rooms overlooking the Adriatic Sea or Poreč historic core. The UNESCO-listed Euphrasian Basilica is just 200 m away. Free WiFi and free private parking are provided. These modern-style rooms are decorated with stone and wooden elements.

Each room is air-conditioned and amenities include a flat-screen TV, mini-bar, and a safe. The private bathroom consists of a bathtub. An a la carte Mauro Restaurant serves specialties made from fresh local ingredients and fish. There is a beach area and 2 seasonal outdoor pools at guests' disposal.

Please note that they are located 1.2 mi / 2 km from the hotel, but a free shuttle service is provided. Main Bus Station at a distance of 601 meters. Pula Airport is located 31 mi / 50 km from the property.

Hotel Angelo d'Oro (4-star)

The Heritage Angelo d'Oro, formerly a Bishop`s Palace from the 17th century, is an elegant boutique hotel in Rovinj's historic pedestrian center. The green-shuttered façade on the Via Svalbe street is typically Venetian and inside, vaulted ceilings and exposed stone walls create intimate spaces for dining and relaxation. A tiny rooftop loggia offers stunning views over the rooftops.

Located in a centuries-old building, rooms are unique in size, position, and views, each comfortable and cozy in its own way. Every room has air conditioning, free WiFi, a well-stocked mini bar, and an en-suite bathroom with a bath or shower. All beds are double but also twin set is offered on request. Earth colors and natural materials are signatures of the Angelo d’Oro brand. The nearest airport is Pula Airport, 19 mi / 31 km from the hotel.

Villa Tuttorotto (4-star)

Located in Rovinj Old Town, the boutique Villa Tuttorotto is set in a historic building and features air-conditioned rooms overlooking Rovinj harbor and the Adriatic Sea. Free WiFi is provided in all areas. Tastefully decorated 6 double and 2 single rooms and a suite feature antique details and consist of a mini-bar, a safe, and a flat-screen satellite TV.

Private bathrooms come with a shower, a hairdryer, and free toiletries. Guests can start their day with a gourmet breakfast in the dining room or on the sunny balcony of the hotel bar. Villa Tuttorotto has a lounge area with comfortable sofas and a wide selection of local and international spirits. Pula Airport can be reached in 24 mi / 39 km.

Casa Garzotto (4-star)

Decorated with stone walls and old-style window shutters, Hotel Casa Garzotto is set in Rovinj's historical center and is 300 meters from St. Euphemia's Basilica. The nearest beach is a 5-minute walk away. All accommodations units are equipped with air conditioning, a safe, and satellite TV. Casa Garzotto provides laundry, ironing services, dry cleaning services, and free bicycle rental.

Guests can start their day with a rich and varied buffet breakfast, which is served in the tavern across the street. Casa Garzotto is 19 mi / 30 km away from Pula Airport and 50 mi / 80 km from Trieste in Italy. Rovinj is also connected to Venice by a 2-hour ship journey.

Hotel Arupinum (4-star)

Located in the picturesque town of Rovinj, Hotel Arupinium is set 200 meters from the Nature Park Zlatni Rt. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, an à-la-carte restaurant, and a bar with a spacious terrace. Free Wi-Fi and parking are provided. All rooms are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a safe, and a mini-bar. The private bathroom provides a shower and bath, while the room also features a balcony.

A pebbly beach can be found 500 meters away, while the center of Rovinj is 801 meters from the property. A grocery store can be found 100 m away, while shops and a green market are reachable at 801 meters. A Wellness and Spa center can be found 100 meters away, while basketball and tennis courts are available 150 meters from the property. Hiking and cycling trails can be found all around the hotel. Main Bus Station can be reached at 2625 feet / 800 m, while Pula Airport is 25 mi / 40 km away.

Hotel Oasi (4-star)

Located in Pješčana Uvala, a peaceful bay just a few km from the busy town of Pula, Boutique Hotel Oasi is surrounded by lush Mediterranean greenery. Featuring an outdoor pool, sun loungers, a covered terrace, and a wellness area, it also offers an on-site bar and restaurant. Free Wi-Fi and parking are provided. The rooms offer a seating area with a flat-screen satellite TV, a mini-bar, and air conditioning.

The private bathroom is fitted with a shower, free toiletries, a bathrobe, and slippers. Some rooms overlook the pool or the sea. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional specialties, as well as vegetarian and macrobiotic cuisine. Breakfast is served each morning, while the cafe is open all day. A pebbly beach can be reached in 200 meters.

The town of Pula is located just 2.5 mi / 4 km away. Local busses stop 100 m away and drive to the center of Pula, while the Main Bus Station is 3.1 mi / 5 km away. Pula Airport is 5.6 mi / 9 km away.

Park Plaza Histria (4-star)

Only steps from the beach, Park Plaza Histria Pula is 4 km from Pula’s center. Featuring 3 restaurants, and tennis and racquetball courts, it features an outdoor pool, pool tables, mini golf, and lounge chairs. Providing panoramic views, the accommodations include a balcony, modern furnishings, and an LCD satellite TV. Each unit is air-conditioned and has a private bathroom with a bathtub or a shower.

The wellness and spa area is 5,920 square feet and features an indoor swimming pool with seawater, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, ice bath, and relaxation zone with heated lounge chairs. There is also a fully equipped gym and an on-site hair and beauty salon with 4 treatment rooms.

Park Plaza Histria has various restaurants serving traditional Istrian cuisine and international dishes. Guests can also enjoy the Adriatic Sea view from the terraces of the hotel’s cafés. Pula International Airport is 6.7 mi / 11 km from the Park Plaza Histria.

Program

Grade: Moderate

This holiday requires cyclists with a better level of fitness who are occasional cyclists. Cycling days are longer and higher hills are possible. Distance for a day is 40 kilometers / 25 miles to 66 kilometers / 41 miles)

Day 1: Arrival in Trieste

Independent arrival in Trieste. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Trieste. Overnight in Trieste.

Day 2: Biking Trieste over Piran to Buje (Shorter option from Koper: 27 km / 17 miles | Longer option from Trieste: 58 km / 36 miles)

At 09 am, you have a welcome briefing and those who have ordered bike rental will get fitted with their bikes and other equipment. To avoid cycling with traffic in Trieste, you are suggested to take a ferry from Triest to Muggia, departure times are 10:10 am and 11:20, duration 30 minutes. Price (in 2023) per person + bike EUR 5.55.

Your cycling adventure through 3 countries (Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia) you will start riding on the legendary route of the Parenzana, the former narrow-gauge railway line that penetrates deeply into the Istrian peninsula connecting 33 Istrian cities and towns from Trieste do the Poreč (in Italian Parenzo from which the railroad got its name) spanning to the territory of three states.

Although it has been out of function for many decades, a few years ago the Parenzana served as the inspiration for a new tourist attraction. The County of Istria, the Management Board for Tourism, and the Association for the Renovation of the Poreč-Kopar-Trieste railway started the important “Parenzana: The trail of health and friendship” project, where they have promoted the former railway as a cycling path.

After biking a few miles through the city of Trieste you will cross over into Slovenia, often cycling along cycle paths through famous holiday resorts such as Koper, first for a long period a Venetian and then an Austrian town, and Piran, another important town which was ruled over for a long time by Venice.

Cycling southwards, you will pass through the salt mines of Secovlje, a large Slovenian town with a humid environment, which is a key area as regards ornithology. Some miles later you will cross the Croatian border down along Istria, the Adriatic sea’s largest peninsula. Overnight in the Buje area.

  • Elevation (Shorter option from Koper): +463/-316m, +1519/-1036ft
  • Elevation (Longer option from Trieste): +708 m /-576 m, +2322 ft /- 1889 ft

Day 3: Biking Buje over Novigrad/Umag to Buje

This tour starts with an easy downhill ride to the coast on the northeast point of the Istrian peninsula. There is a lighthouse that you can visit, according to the legend built by Count Metternich as his love nest. Savudrija is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Adriatic, built-in 1818. It is also the northernmost Istrian lighthouse. Its building is 36 meters tall and there is a keeper living inside it. The trail continues south to Umag.

Little town with about 45 km of coastline and interesting hinterland integrates special features of the whole region and might be the best introduction to a different experience of the Mediterranean. Umag's history is extremely interesting; it was founded by a Roman nobleman who decided to make it his summer residence.

The glamour, magnificence, and glare of the times can be seen today in the Venetian houses of the old town. City walls and fortifications are partially preserved as well as some Renaissance and Baroque buildings and churches. Vineyards and olive groves will create an atmosphere of a typical West Istrian landscape. Visit the wine cellar to taste Muscat, a local sort of wine. Overnight in the Buje area.

  • Distance: 48 kilometers / 30 miles
  • Elevation: +443/-442m, +1453/-1450ft

Day 4: Biking Buje to Motovun

Breakfast, apart from enjoying the breath-taking landscape of the terrace-styled vineyards which resemble an image on the front page of a holiday guide to Tuscany, you can indulge the sensation the area of Buje gives, a real polyphony of fragrances and tastes.

Along the way you can stop at many fascinating viewpoints from the charming medieval town of Grožnjan to Oprtalj until you reach Motovun, town monument, an ancient little Istrian town located atop a 277-meter-high hill, 21 km south-east of Buje. Its present appearance, with the city walls surrounding the center of the town, dates back to the Middle Ages.

  • Distance: 37 kilometers / 23 miles
  • Elevation: +693m /-585m, +2273 ft /-1919 ft

Day 5: Biking Motovun to Porec

After breakfast you continue riding over Vižinada and Kaštelir to the coast. The ride towards Poreč is particularly pleasant because you are riding along the coastline with beautiful bays where you can enjoy the breathtaking Mediterranean landscape with green vineyards and olive groves and taste homemade food, wine, brandy, and honey produced in this area.

In the afternoon hours, reach Poreč, the town where you can find material and spiritual evidence of great cultures at every step. Cruise along the old city center and see the old Roman forum, the world-famous Euphrasian Basilica with its mosaics, palaces belonging to the city nobles, and fortifications. Overnight in the Poreč area.

  • Distance: 40 kilometers / 25 miles
  • Elevation: +367 m /-614 m, +1204 ft /-2014 ft

Day 6: Biking from Porec to Rovinj

Breakfast. A marsh, rare birds, a cursed city, buried pirate treasure, a deep bay, a cave with a primitive man and a hermit, an ancient solar observatory, an abandoned monastery - all this you can find on your bike trail of Captain Morgan. After riding along the coastline, reach Vrsar, a romantic fishing town situated on a hill where the famous Casanova came back even two times.

Your bike ride continues through the magical forest Kontija with a panoramic view of the beautiful landscape of Lim bay to the ruins of the medieval town Dvigrad.

Just to stir your imagination, you are now in an area where many legends and mysteries based on historical events still live on: that of Dvigrad devastated by the plague because of an ancient curse, of the buried treasure of Captain Morgan's pirates near the village named after him (Mrgani), of the cave where the remains of the primitive man were found and where, as legend has it, St. Romuald used to live as a hermit in the Middle Ages.

Passing Kanfanar and the hill Maklavun, an astral-archaeological site, and tumulus from the Bronze Age you will finish this day in Rovinj. Called also little Venice, Rovinj is a typical Mediterranean seaside resort that will seduce you with its extraordinary beauty. In the dense tissue of the old city center there are numerous magnificent palaces from different historical periods and today most of them host a gallery or an art studio.

If you follow the numerous chimneys of Rovinj and narrow meandering streets you will come in front of the baroque church of St Eufemia, the greatest monument in the city from which you can admire a magnificent view of the Mediterranean almost in your hand palm. Overnight in the Rovinj area.

  • Distance: Longer option: 66 km / 41 miles
  • Elevation: +860/-860m, +2821/-2821ft

Day 7: Biking from Rovinj to Pula

After breakfast, start riding along the coastline towards Pula. Riding through the ornithological reserve Palud with its rich variety of ornithology-fauna, a unique place where you can hear the chirping of even 215 different bird species, reach Fažana, situated on a low coast, well protected from the open sea by the enchanting Brioni archipelago (nowadays a national park) and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in the hinterland, Fažana was well known already in ancient Roman times.

Which city is situated on seven hills, has a magnificent Amphitheatre, and is not Rome? The answer is - Pula. No, it is not a mistake – you are, indeed, in front of Pula, the largest city in Istria. Pula is an enchantress with thousand appearances who has been casting spells on its visitors for centuries. This day, finish visiting the old city with the Sergius' Triumphal Arch (from the end of the 1st century B.C. and the beginning of the 1st century A.D.) and the famous Arena, a Roman amphitheater (from the 1st century B.C.). Overnight in the Pula area.

  • Distance: 40 kilometers / 25 miles
  • Elevation: +309 m /-320 m, +1013 ft /-1050 ft

Day 8: Departure from Pula

After breakfast departure.

Bikes available for rental

Bike hire is not in the tour prices included. With a fleet of more than 100 bikes, they can find the best bike for you.

Carbon road bikes

The Wilier GTR Team Endurance 105 is a quick and comfortable ride, striking a good balance between a traditional-style race bike and a relaxed geometry sportive machine. The carbon frame and fork are also impressively light and stiff.

To make sure it performs flawlessly under shifting on the hills they use Shimano's 11-speed 105 shifters and derailleurs. With its compact crank and wide-spaced cassette, the bike will take you up hills and mountains and get back you down with confidence.

  • Gears: 2x11 Shimano 105, chainring 34-50T, cassette 11-30T
  • This bike is available in the following frame sizes: S (155-169), M (170- 177cm), L (174-182cm, XL (179-187cm)
  • Equipment: cycle computer, 2 water bottle holders, saddle bag containing spare tube, tire lever, tools, hand pump, lock.
  • Available pedals: flat pedals, toe cages, and clipless pedals (SPD, SL, LOOK) with supplement
  • 7 days: 240 EUR per week
  • GPS rental: 50 EUR for 1 week
  • Extra day: 35 EUR per day
  • SPD clipless pedals: 10 EUR for 1 week
  • Toe cages: 5 EUR for 1 week
  • Rear bike bag: 15 EUR for 1 week

Custom-built hybrid/trekking bike (Built by Musing)

The hybrid/trekking bikes are custom-built by Musing bike manufacturers and designed for several-day touring. All of the hybrid bikes have an adjustable stem and come in 7 different sizes, male and female frames, so they will be able to make a perfect fit for you. Hybrid bikes are built from lightweight aluminum, and have a wide gear range; triple chainring and 9-speed cassette, comfortable Selle Royal Freccia saddle, 28-inch wheels, fenders, integrated rear rack, dynamo-powered lights

  • Gears: 3 x 9 Shimano Alivio, chainring 28-38-48, cassette 11-32
  • This bike is available in the following frame sizes: Male frame: 49cm, 52cm, 55cm, 58cm, 61cm | Female frame: 43cm, 48cm, 53cm
  • Equipment: cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tire lever, tools, hand pump, lock.
  • Extra equipment included in bike rental: 1 side pannier waterproof 20 liters, map holder, helmet.
  • Available pedals: flat pedals, toe cages, and clipless pedals with supplement
  • 7 days: 120 EUR per week
  • GPS rental: 50 EUR for 1 week
  • Extra day: 20 EUR per day
  • SPD clipless pedals: 10 EUR for 1 week
  • Extra side pannier: 10 EUR for 1 week
  • Toe cages: 5 EUR for 1 week

Custom-built E-bikes (Built by Musing)

The E-bikes are custom-built by Musing bike manufacturers and designed for several-day touring. All of the E-bikes have an adjustable stem and come in 3 different sizes, with low-entry frames, so they will be able to make a perfect fit for you.

The E-bikes are built from lightweight aluminum, and have a wide gear range; single chainring and 10-speed cassette, comfortable Selle Royal Freccia saddle, 28-inch wheels, front suspension, Shimano hydraulic brakes, fenders, integrated rear rack, dynamo powered lights, drive unti Shimano Steps E6100 (250W), Akku 418Wh (duration in eco mode 100km, power mode 50km)

  • Gears: 1 x 10 Shimano Deore, chainring 38, cassette 11-32
  • This bike is available in the following frame sizes: 48cm (S), 52cm (M), 56cm (L), 58 cm (XL)
  • Equipment: cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tire lever, tools, hand pump, lock.
  • Extra equipment included in bike rental: 1 side pannier waterproof 20 liters, 1 handlebar bag or map holder, and helmet.
  • Available pedals: flat pedals (standard), toe cages, and clipless pedals with supplement
  • 6 days: 200 EUR per week
  • GPS rental: 50 EUR for 1 week
  • Extra day: 35 EUR per day
  • SPD clipless pedals: 10 EUR for 1 week
  • Extra side pannier: 10 EUR for 1 week
  • Toe cages: 5 EUR for 1 week

Assistance Provided during the Tour

Assistance will be provided from arrival day, with first contact with Fiore Tours' representative on welcome meeting through all days on tour you will have full assistance from Fiore Tours staff. Phone lines are always open. All necessary phone numbers you will have from the first day. You can contact them by phone: you can call the office, or you can call them on their emergency mobile phone. You can send them an E-mail or send a text message with the Viber app or whats up app. Also, you can use assistance from the hotel front desk help to send questions or requests. All the booked hotels are familiar with their tours and they are also very helpful to all guests.

Navigation

You will be given a road book with maps and descriptions for each cycling day. For all clients, you will be given the Fiore Tours app with maps that work offline.

Luggage transfers

Luggage transfers are included. On all tours, whether guided or self-guided, your luggage is transferred to your following night’s accommodation. Luggage transfer is mostly carried out by Fiore Tours, by sometimes we use also the accommodation provider or a local taxi service. Luggage needs to be ready at the lobby at the hotel by 9:00 in the morning. About all details for local transfers and luggage transfers, you will be informed at the info meeting on your arrival day.

Location

You will start this trip from Trieste, Italy, and end in Pula, Croatia. You will learn about the importance of the harbor and trade centers of the Austrian-Hungarian and Roman empires by visiting Trieste, Pula, Poreč and Rovinj. Challenge yourself by cycling the hilltops of Motovun or Grožnjan, typical medieval fortified cities with some magnificent views.

Enjoy your cycling days by allowing yourself to taste local wines, olive oils and truffle specialties in local restaurants, making friends like locals do.

Food

Breakfast is included from Day 2 to Day 8, no meal is included on Day 1.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Information meeting
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transport from hotel-to-hotel
  • Information package including detailed route description (map and road instructions) and vouchers
  • 24/7 emergency number
  • Use of Fiore App (offline navigation with information about POIs)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel and bike insurance
  • Arrival to Trieste and departure from Pula
  • Transfers from/to airport/bus-train station to hotel and re-tour (can be organized)
  • All lunches, dinners, and drinks (if not mentioned in the itinerary)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

  • From Pula you can take a bus to Trieste central station.
  • From Mestre/Venice you can take a bus to Trieste central station.

Arrival by car

It is possible to arrive in Trieste by car. There is a parking place in the center of Trieste close to the central station which is available for approximately 10 EUR a day.

Getting back to the airport

  • From Pula to Pula airport

There are local buses and shuttle buses from the bus station in Pula to Pula airport.

  • From Pula to Trieste

There are bus lines that go back to Trieste but they are limited.

  • From Trieste center to Trieste airport

Airport is connected by train and shuttles to Trieste center.

Private transfers

Fiore tours if offering private transfers from airports or towns (Venice, Trieste, Treviso, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Pula) on request and for an extra charge. The prices are net in EUR per vehicle and one-way.

From Pula - Pula airport

  • 45 EUR for 1-3 persons
  • 55 EUR for 4-8 persons

From Pula - Trieste airport

  • 235 EUR for 1-3 persons
  • 250 EUR for 4-8 persons

From Pula - Trieste train/bus station

  • 180 EUR for 1-3 persons
  • 200 EUR for 4-8 persons

From Pula - Venice airport

  • 390 EUR for 1-3 persons
  • 420 EUR for 4-8 persons

From Pula - Zagreb airport /bus/train station

  • 410 EUR for 1-3 persons
  • 440 EUR for 4-8 persons

From Pula - Ljubljana airport /bus/train station

  • 320 EUR for 1-3 persons
  • 350 EUR for 4-8 persons
Airport: Pula Airport Airport transfer available: Pula Airport (US$ 197 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Franjo Tuđman Airport Airport transfer available: Franjo Tuđman Airport (US$ 372 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (Ronchi dei Legionari Airport) Airport transfer available: Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (Ronchi dei Legionari Airport) (US$ 153 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Venice Marco Polo Airport Airport transfer available: Venice Marco Polo Airport (US$ 361 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (Brnik Airport) Airport transfer available: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (Brnik Airport) (US$ 262 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Tour information

This tour is self-guided and individual (no groups or guides) and can be booked on any date from March 15 to November 15, prior and later dates are exclusively on request since not all hotels are open. For more information, please send an inquiry.

 
Season information
Low season
  • 1 March - 19 April
Mid season
  • 20 April - 19 June
  • 20 September - 30 November
High season
  • 20 June - 19 September

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