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Island Hopping By Bike & Boat
Istria 2017

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing:

Pula – Vrsar – Poreč – Višnjan – Umag – Grožnjan – Novigrad – Poreč – Rovinj –
Fažana – Vodnjan – Pula

Participants:

Minimum 14 / Maximum 24

 

 

Includes

• 7 nights in a cabin with ensuite
• Bed linen & towels
• 7 x half board
• Guided cycling tours & sightseeing as per itinerary
• Tour Guide – English & German Speaking
• 21-Speed Hybrid Bike with Ortlieb Pannier
• Overview maps for the daily tours (on board)

Not Included

• Entrance Fees for sights not in the tour price
• Tips for crew & tour guides
• Drinks on board (Tally sheet, to be paid to the captain)
• Meals & drinks ashore
• Safe parking space in Pula (€50 per week approx)

Optional Extras

• E-Bike Upgrade NZ$130 surcharge
• Bike Insurance from NZ$23-44 surcharge
• Helmets – these are compulsory. Pre booking required

 

“The heart of Europe” is what the Istrians call their peninsula. This is where Central Europe and the world of Mediterranean meet. On this one week tour we explore the most popular part of the Croatian coast. Fall in love with the Adriatic Sea on this tour. Relax while being on a romantic motor sailer – your floating home. Get on your bicycle after an invigorating breakfast, enjoy your lunch break ashore or meet your ship in one of the pretty harbors for a crossing. Enjoy the outstanding cuisine aboard after getting to the next harbor while watching the sunset or stroll around historical harbour towns before going to sleep under the stars… either on deck or in your cabin. This tour will occasionally be operated parallel with a mountain bike tour on the same boat as well as trekking tour only.

Approx 240km by bicycle/ level 1-2

Download Vessel & General Information

COMFORT VESSEL – MS TARIN

Vessel Features: Constructed from steel in 2003/2004. Length 22m, Width 6.2m
Cabins: 10 A/C Cabins with ensuites, including a mirror & hairdryer
Main Deck: 2 Doubles, 5 Twins, 3 Triples (double + single)

MS TARIN
2017 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Cruise Code: 2017-ISH-IST
Lower DeckMain Deck
Apr 30
May 07, 14, 21, 28
Jun 04, 11, 18, 25
Aug 27
Sep 03, 10, 17, 24
Oct 01, 08, 15
-1,880
Single supplement NZ$862 surcharge

Supplements Payable Upon Embarkation
Flat water rate, Taxes & Fees: Adult €40pp approx / Child (up to 16 years) €20pp approx

CRUISE ITINERARY

Day 1, Sunday: Pula 

Individual arrival at Pula. The secret capital of Istria with its town full of impressive remains of its Roman past awaits your visit. If you arrive by car, we arrange a secure parking place for you. Between 2 and 2:30 pm check-in on the motor yacht. Our first cycle tour starts at 3 pm and takes us in a large circle around Pula and back to the ship. You might get the chance to have a closer look of the famous Amphitheatre. After your cycle tour you go on your first cruise just a couple of miles north to a quiet bay for your overnight stay.
Cycle route approx 15km

Day 2, Monday: Pula – Vrsar – Poreč 

After breakfast we go on a very scenic, approx. 3 h cruise to Vrsar, the town where lady killer Casanova found temporary refuge from lovers pursuing him. Starting from Vrsar, we cycle along the Lim fjord to Klostar in the hinterland. After a break, long enough to taste some fresh suckling pig. Our route takes us to Poreč. On a guided walk, we encounter the evidence of the town’s eventful past at every step along the way. While strolling through the charming historical centre, with its beautiful buildings of many different periods as well as the bustling shopping lanes, we will not miss the famous Euphrasian Basilica, with its gorgeous early Christian mosaics.
Cycle route approx 35 km

Day 3, Tuesday: Poreč – Višnjan – Umag 

Today’s cycle tour takes us from Poreč through extensive vineyards to Višnjan, home of the famous white Boskarin-Cattle. After a coffee break we continue cycling through the gentle hills of the hinterland to Vižinada. After a lunch break we cycle back to Poreč. We will not miss a visit to Baredine Cave on our cycle tour. Our excursion takes us through five amazing halls which are beautifully illuminated. It leads us 60 m under ground to a subsurface lake and if we are lucky we’ll meet a native – the famous amphebia (Proteus anguinus): the olm. This little cave dweller is a unique one. It is endemic to this karst area. Back at the ship we hop on our boat and enjoy a lovely cruise to Umag.
Cycle route approx 50 km

Day 4, Wednesday: Umag – Grožnjan – Novigrad 

After breakfast takes us our cycling tour to the north starting at the headland and further on along the coastline. After a climb we get to the artist’s village of Grožnjan. Strengthened by a long relaxing stop we continue cycling to Novigrad passing the river valley of Mirna. The Mirna river valley is well known as an area where white truffles can be found. A gourmet’s heart will jump of joy. Getting to Novigrad we find the impressive battlement of the city wall as well the 7th century Pelagius Basilica. Around the pretty harbor we find many cafes and bars, where we can end the day. Dinner on board.
Cycle route approx 55 km

Day 5, Thursday: Novigrad – Poreč – Rovinj 

After breakfast we leave Novigrad and cycle along the coast all the way to Poreč. There is time to take a stroll through the beautiful old town and to enjoy the regional cuisine for lunch. The boat awaits you in the harbour of Poreč and will take into direction of Rovinj. Overnight stay on mooring.
Cycle route approx 25 km

Day 6, Friday: Rovinj 

Our ship leaves the mooring in the morning and takes us to Rovinj, which really is an Adriatic gem. Your midmorning cycle tour allows ample time for a refreshing bath in the Adriatic Sea. Afterwards you have lunch on board that will vitalize you for the afternoon stroll through the winding alleyways of this picture perfect town. It’ll leave you enchanted. The night is spent in Rovinj.
Cycle route approx 30 km

Day 7, Saturday: Rovinj – Fažana – Vodnjan – Pula 

A longer crossing takes you to Fažana. We get ashore, have some lunch and hop on our bicycles. Our cycle tour leads us via Vodnjan back to Pula our port of departure. There is enough time to take a walk through the town and to visit the many heritage sites which the city has to offer. A celebrative evening meal with guests, guides and crew brings a fantastic week to a happy end.
Cycle route approx 30 km 

Day 8, Sunday: Pula

After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am.

 

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