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Cycling Istrian Wine Roads
Self Guided Tour 2016

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing:

Buje – Umag – Buje – Brtonigla – Novigrad – Buje – Motovun – Poreč – Vrsar – Poreč – Kanfanar – Rovinj

 

 

Includes

• Informational meeting
• 7 nights in 3* hotels
• 7 breakfasts (B)
• Hybrid/Trekking Bike (6 days) (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 (if required)
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)

• Volpija – Hotel Casa la Parenzana (3*)
• Motovun – Hotel Kaštel (3*)
• Poreč – Hotel Poreč (3*)
• Rovinj – Hotel Vila Lili (3*)

Highlights

• Cycling through the beautiful Istrian landscape
• Visit to Istrian winemakers
• Tasting the wines & culinary specialties of Istria
• Visiting the medieval towns of Motovun, Grožnjan, Poreč & Rovinj

Optional Extras

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

There is something magical about 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, passing through the hidden medieval towns of Grožnjan, Oprtalj, Motovun, and the former Roman colony of Poreč whose charm will leave you breathless. Passing through a landscape of hills framed by rivers, with forests, vineyards and olive groves, you’ll enjoy every moment. Take a break at the winemakers and taste indigenous wines such as Malvasia and Teran, treat yourself to tasty delicacies and experience all the charms of Istria, this exciting Croatian wine region.

2016 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2016-FIO
Start DatesEnd DatesTwin ShareSingle
01 Mar27 Apr1,2801,445
28 Apr28 May1,3551,515
29 May27 Jun1,3901,555
28 Jun28 Aug1,4801,700
28 Sep30 Nov1,2801,445

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Buje

Arrival in Istria. 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 Buje area. 

Day 2: Buje – Umag – Buje 

This tour starts with easy downhill ride to the coast on the northernmost point of Istrian peninsula. Nearby is a lighthouse, according to the legend built by count Metternich as his love nest. Savudrija is one of the oldest lighthouse 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 the coastline and interesting hinterland integrates special features of the whole region and might be the best introduction into 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 fortification are partially preserved as well as some renaissance and baroque buildings and churches. Vineyards and olive groves will create an atmosphere of typical west Istrian landscape. Visit to a wine cellar to taste the muscat or malvazija, the local wine. Overnight in Buje area. (B)
Cycle route approx 43km 

Day 3: Buje – Brtonigla – Novigrad 

From Buje area you’re cycling through Kršete a picturesque village and arriving to the small town of Brtonigla. It has churches and monasteries from 15th century. Further along the trail leads through vineyards and olive groves of the Brtonigla area. Wine is very popular here. Across endless vineyards you will reach Novigrad where you can visit the olive oil production and taste some of the best olive oils, in one word taste Istria. Through Dajla and Karigador villages on the coast you’re getting to Lovrečica, a Venetian bishops coastal village. Following the road through Škrinjari, Babići and Buroli villages you’ll see traditional Istrian houses. The road by the vineyards will take you back to your hotel. Overnight in hotel in Buje area. (B)
Cycle route approx 39km 

Day 4: Buje – Motovun 

From Buje you will continue towards Grožnjan. A typical Istrian medieval town high on top of a hill along the right coast of the river Mirna. Its renaissance loggia dates from 1,585 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”. From Grožnjan you’ll ride on quiet Istrian village roads through beautiful settlements and arrive to 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 to the Istrian peninsula. From Oprtalj you are going downhill enjoying the view on Mirna River and eventually arriving in Livade, the truffle center of Istria where you can visit the local truffle shop and taste its various forms. The truffle is an underground malodorous fungus believed to be an aphrodisiac. On the hill in front of the Livade is Motovun, surely the most famous and attractive Istrian medieval hill-town. Around Livade is the Motovun forest which stretches along Mirna River valley and is especially rich with truffles. Overnight in hotel Kaštel in Motovun. (B)
Cycle route approx 35km 

Day 5: Motovun – Poreč 

This part of the trail goes from inland to the coast. It follows the road to Višnjan where you will pass by an observatory. It’s one of the 5 most famous observatories in the world. The road continues to the town of Višnjan which is on 246m altitude and from there you’ll be able to catch a view of the West Istrian coast and the coastal town of Poreč. In Višnjan surroundings it is possible to visit many wine cellars with wine from Poreč area, especially malvasia. The tour continues to Tar, a little town on the hill above the sea and to Nova Vas village by the famous cave (which you can visit). After passing a few more villages the trail reaches Poreč. Overnight in Poreč. (B)
Cycle route approx 39km 

Day 6: Poreč – Vrsar – Poreč 

From Poreč the trail starts with sightseeing the Euphrasiana, the most valuable monument in Poreč, a church built in 6th century. Follow the road until you reach the village of Bačva. Bačva is the highest point of this stage and there is local restaurant with traditional dishes where you can enjoy tasting local food. Continuing through southern villages and down into the 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 fortress-castle used as summer residence of the Poreč bishops, is well worth a look. After Vrsar the trail passes Funtana fishing village, through Zelena and Plava Laguna touristic villages and leads along the coast all the way back to Poreč. (B)
Cycle route approx 43km 

Day 7: Poreč – Kanfanar – Rovinj 

After breakfast you can choose to be transferred to Kanfanar or reach it on your own. Kanfanar is a small town above the Lim valley. From Kanfanar starts the flattest ride of all in this tour. Passing by Istrian inland villages you will see traditional Istrian tool-houses (kažun). After reaching Bale you can visit the Bembo palace, city square and museum. Continue to Rovinj and on the way you can visit Palud, an ornithological reserve where you can cycle around. After the village of Kokuletovica you reach Monkodonja. Monkodonja is a prehistoric hill-town inhabited about 1,800-1,200 BC during the Bronze Age. After Monkodonja you will arrive at Rovinj, your goal of this tour. With its church and bell tower on the hill, by the sea it’s very recognizable from all sides. Also called Istrian Venice, old town which was once an island and then connected with land, famous for its traditional boat called batana. Restaurants with fresh fish combined with malvasia will complete this week’s atmosphere. It will fascinate you. Everybody can enjoy Rovinj, its charm and magic. Overnight in hotel Villa Lili in Rovinj. (B)
Cycle route approx 31km

Day 8: Rovinj

Departure after breakfast. (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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