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Cycling Along Istrian Peninsula
Self Guided Tour 2016

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing:

Poreč – Višnjan – Umag – Buje – Grožnjan – Šterna – Oprtalj – Buzet – Draguć – Pazin – Gračišće – Rabac – Pula – Rovinj – Dvigrad – Vrsar – Poreč

 

Includes

• Information meeting
• 7 nights in 3* & 4* hotels
• 7 breakfasts (B)
• Hybrid/Trekking Bike (1 week) (Brand: Felt, Model QX70 or QX80)
Includes: Cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tyre lever and tools, rear rack, hand pump, lock, 1 side pannier waterproof (20 litres), 1 handlebar bag or map holder, helmet
Pedals: flat, toe cages, or clipless
Pedal Sizes: Men’s – 52, 55, 58 cm / Women’s – 44, 49 cm
• Information Package including detailed route description (map & road book) & vouchers
• Luggage transportation between accommodation
• 24/7 emergency number

Not Included

• Airport or hotel transfers available on request

Accommodation (or similar)

• Poreč – Hotel Poreč (3*)
• Volpija – Casa Romantica la Parenzana (3*)
• Buzet – Hotel Vela Vrata (4*)
• Rabac – Hotel Mimosa (4*)
• Pula – Hotel Amfiteatar (3*)
• Rovinj – Hotel Vila Lili (3*)

Highlights

• Cycling through the beautiful landscapes of Istria
• Visiting interesting towns Motovun, Grožnjan, Pula, Rovinj & Poreč
• Learning about the cultural heritage
• Enjoying delicacies

Optional Extras

• Road bike supplement NZ$114 surcharge
• E-bike supplement NZ$160 surcharge
• Half-Board supplement NZ$273 surcharge
• GPS supplement NZ$114 per week
• Extra equipment available on request

Join us on an interesting cycling adventure along the Istrian peninsula. Ride along the east and west coasts, and into the Istrian inland. The tracks pass through beautiful landscapes dotted with old villages and picturesque towns. Sweep into glorious valleys with rivers and forests and emerge again onto the slopes of hills, meandering through tunnels, over bridges and viaducts, between the vineyards and olive groves of Istria’s top producers. On our journey we will pass through the medieval towns of Grožnjan and Motovun, situated on hilltops which have fantastic views. We will also visit the former Roman colonies of Poreč and Pula, which have kept impressive traces of the Roman Empire. Among the charms of culture and the beauty of nature, enjoy the richness of flavours of local Istrian cuisine, excellent Istrian wines and olive oil.

2016 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Active Holiday Code: 2016-FIO
Start DatesEnd DatesTwin ShareSingle
01 Jan27 Apr1,2451,435
28 Apr28 May1,3151,510
29 May27 Jun1,3551,545
28 Jun28 Aug1,4251,645
29 Aug27 Sep1,3551,545
28 Sep30 Nov1,2451,435

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Poreč

Arrival in Poreč. Info meeting with your representative at 7pm at the hotel reception area where we will provide you with the package including hotel vouchers, bicycle with all equipment, maps and a road book. Overnight in Poreč.

Day 2: Poreč – Buje 

Our cycling tour of Istria will start with a ride from Poreč, the town where you can find material and spiritual evidences of great cultures at every step. Walk along the old city centre and you will find the Roman Forum, magnificent palaces from different historical periods, and to top it all, the famous Euphrasian Basilica (Euphrasiana). The ride along this trail 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. Continuing along the trail, you will reach Višnjan, a little place that has an astronomical observatory ranked among the 5 most important observatories in the world. Passing by Mirna river delta and Novigrad you’ll arrive to Umag. A town that, apart for its incandescent Riviera, has a rich historical heritage and a unique event – the festival of the traditional organ (Organum Histriae). Continuing to northernmost point of Istria (Savudrija) and finishing first day in Buje area. (B)
Cycle route approx 70km
Points of interest: Poreč, Višnjan (wine cellars), Mirna river delta, City of Novigrad, City of Umag, Savudrija

Day 3: Buje – Buzet 

After breakfast you will be on your way to Buzet, we will ride across Grožnjan – a typical Istrian medieval town high on top of a hill along the right bank of the river Mirna, with its centenary walls, its renaissance loggia dates from 1585 and the beautiful St Vitus and Modesto’s baroque church. If you ride along its streets in which almost every door leads to art studios or galleries, and windows from every direction echoes the sounds of different music genres, from classical to jazz, you’ll understand why Grožnjan is known as “The town of artists”. Šterna – a village named after a big local cistern is situated on a large plateau intersected by water flows. Arrive at Oprtalj, an unchanged urban medieval style of building, the narrow streets, the shops, the beautiful Venetian palaces, portals and covered passages, and particularly the unique view of the Istrian peninsula. Buzet in the Roman times as Pinquentium, is named today ’’the City of truffles’’, considering that the surrounding forests along the valley of the river Mirna cover some of the best areas of the entire Istria for the hunting of this divine tuberous. Overnight in Buzet. (B)
Cycle route approx 47km
Points of interest: City of Buje, Grožnjan the city of artists, Livade the truffle center of the world, Istrian spa center, City of Buzet.

Day 4: Buzet – Rabac 

After a climb to Prodani the road leads to one of the most attractive and picturesque Istrian medieval towns – Draguć. The place which, until some hundred years ago survived on the cultivation of the silk-worm, today is almost completely abandoned. However, its unforgettable natural position and the exceptional beauty of the stone architecture, the modest palaces, the walls and the old churches, perhaps could seem familiar. Considering that right here numerous national and foreign production movies and TV series, like the movie “The 3 musketeers” have been recorded. Pazin – the true heart of Istria! First written records referring to the city as Castrum Pisinum appeared in 983 and presently, Pazin is known as a commercial, cultural and educational centre of entire central Istria. Unique for its spectacular position above the karst abyssal cave, Pazin holds the medieval Castle – Kaštel (today, the Ethnographic Museum of Istria and the Municipal Museum are both in the castle) located on the verge of a 130 meters deep abyss. From Pazin you pass through Gračišće, an absolute pearl of the Istrian hinterland. The entrance into this town can be really enchanting: a magnificent Salomon Mansion made in the combination of gothic and renaissance styles, it makes you think for a moment as if you were lost in some distant corner of Venice. Continue further through Kršan, having obtained its name for the rockiness of the spot and at the same time, erected on the foundations of an ancient early medieval town, we arrive in Rabac, the pearl of the Kvarner bay. Overnight in Rabac. (B)
Cycle route approx 67km
Points of interest: City of Draguć, Pazin the capital of central Istria, Gračišće, City of Labin, Rabac the pearl of east Istria.

Day 5: Rabac – Pula 

After breakfast we ride across Raša, the first modern mining town in Istria and Barban to Pula. On the way you will find “Liburna”, a nature reserve of indigenous animals. Apart from these charming animals, in particular friendly donkeys, you will find a unique ethnological collection of antique tools. 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 which has been casting spells on its visitors for centuries. Today we finish visiting the old city with the Sergius’ Triumphal Arch (from the end of the 1st century BC and the beginning of the 1st century AD) and famous Arena, a Roman amphitheatre (from the 1st century BC). Overnight in Pula. (B)
Cycle route approx 53km
Points of interest: Raša river valley, Barban city, Istrian villages, City of Vodnjan, Roman amphitheater in Pula, Old part of 3000 years old Pula

Day 6: Pula – Rovinj 

After breakfast we ride along the coastline towards Rovinj. You will head for the mysterious world of Bale region, proud for its glorious Soardo-Bembo Castle of the Gothic and Renaissance period and the parish church of St. Julian. Bale had been developed from the ancient Roman castrum (military fortification) along Via Flava, the ancient Roman road that used to connect Trieste and Pula. Svetvinčenat, with its grandiose Morosini-Grimani citadel with towers, parish church, municipal loggia and a line of 16th century houses of the Renaissance and a town cistern, Savičenta has a range of the most attractive Venetian creations of that period, and held one of the rare witchcraft trials in Istria during 17th century. This day finishes in Rovinj. (B)
Cycle route approx 55km
Points of interest: Restaurants in Fažana, Castle in St.Vincent, Palaces in Bale, City of Rovinj.

Day 7: Rovinj – Poreč 

A marsh, rare birds, a cursed city, buried pirate’s treasure, a fjord, a cave with a primitive man and a hermit, an ancient solar observatory – all this you will find during today’s biking. Our bike ride will takes us across Kanfanar to the ruins of the medieval town of 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. After riding along the coastline you will reach Vrsar, a romantic fishermen village where the famous Casanova came back twice. This one week bike tour finishes in Poreč where you will spend the last night. (B)
Cycle route approx 60km
Points of interest: Old city of Rovinj, Ruins of Dvigrad, Lim Bay, City of Vrsar, Poreč.

Day 8: Poreč

After breakfast departure. (B)

BIKES AVAILABLE FOR RENTAL

HYBRID/TREKKING BIKE, BRAND FELT, MODEL QX70 AND QX80 (Included in price)

Combining the advantages of a mountain and road bike, the QX-Equipped 80 is a dream for trekking or commuting. With a bump-dampening suspension fork, racks, and powerful V-brakes, the QX-Equipped 80 has all of the refinements that a trekking bike should. Add a precision Shimano drivetrain and Vittoria touring tires, and your next ride will be easier and more fun than ever before!
To make sure it performs flawlessly under shifting on the hills or in a sprint we use Shimano’s 27-speed Alivio shifters and derailleurs.

Available Pedals: flat, toe cages, clip less pedals
Available Sizes:
Men’s bike 52, 55, 58 cm; Woman’s bike 44, 49 cm

Extra equipment included in bike rental: 1 side panier waterproof 20 liter, 1 handlebar bag or map holder, helmet.
Equipment: Cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tyre lever and tools, rear rack, hand pump, lock.

ROAD BIKE – BRAND FELT, MODEL Z85

With the perfect blend of comfort and performance, the Z85 is just the bike to see you through your first century or gran fondo. Our Endurance Road FLite Custom-Butted aluminum frame will surprise you as much for its nimble handling as its comfort. To make sure it performs flawlessly under shifting on the hills or in a sprint we use Shimano’s 11-speed 105 shifters and derailleurs. With its compact crank and wide-spaced cassette, this bike will take you up hills and mountains and get you back down with confidence.
Equipment: cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tyre lever and tools, hand pump, lock.
Available Pedals: flat, toe cages, clipless pedals
Available Sizes: 51, 54, 56, 58, 61 cm
Upgrade: Extra NZ$114 per week

 

E-BIKES – NEW IN 2016 – MODEL TO BE ANNOUNCED
Upgrade: Extra $160 per week

 

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