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Cycling Through Unexplored Istria
Self Guided Tour 2016

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing:

Poreč – Buje – Momjan – Buje – Grožnjan – Vižinada – Poreč – Višnjan – Poreč – Vrsar – Dvigrad – Rovinj – Fažana – Pula – Medulin – Pula – Poreč

 

 

Includes

• Information meeting
• 7 nights in 3* hotels
• 7 breakfasts (B)
• Mountain Bike (6 days) (Brand: Cube, Model Analog 29)
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: 44, 49, 52, 58 cm
• Information Package including detailed route description (map & road book), guide book about Istria, luggage tags & 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*)
• Poreč – Hotel Poreč (3*)
• Rovinj – Hotel Vila Lili (3*)
• Pula – Hotel Amfiteatar (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

• Half-Board supplement NZ$273 surcharge
• Extra equipment available on request

Explore the Istrian peninsula by cycling through pristine nature. Join us in exploring the former narrow-gauge railway line Parenzana, which was turned into a true attraction for cyclists! You will be thrilled with the small picturesque towns, and landscapes dotted with old villages through which you pass. Sweeping into beautiful valleys with forests and rivers framing them and then emerging onto the slopes of the hills, the beauty of the nature will take your breath away. Take a short break and soak up the abundance of peace and greenery. On this interesting trip you will pass through tunnels, over bridges and viaducts, between olive groves and vineyards that give this area special charm. The medieval hill towns of Grožnjan and Motovun will delight you as much as the pristine nature of the protected areas of Lim Bay, the ornithological reserve at Palud and Cape Kamenjak). Do not miss unique Poreč and the former Roman colony of Pula, and feel the magical spirit of the past there.

2016 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2016-FIO
Start DatesEnd DatesTwin ShareSingle
01 Mar27 Apr1,3101,500
28 Apr28 May1,3851,575
29 May27 Jun1,4201,640
28 Jun28 Aug1,4951,710
29 Aug27 Sep1,4201,640
28 Sep30 Nov1,3101,500

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Poreč – Buje

Arrival in Poreč. Info meeting with a 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 hotel Casa la Parenzana. Rural house in heart of Istria, a peaceful oasis for relaxation and an ideal starting point for daily exploration of this beautiful area.

Day 2: Buje – Momjan – Buje 

Apart from enjoying the breathtaking landscape of the terrace view styled vineyards which resemble an image on the front page of a holiday guide to Tuscany. After we have walked along the paved streets of the old centre of Buje, we continue downhill, following the trail leading through Bibali, Krug and Smilovići and you will reach Momjan – a magnificent place located at an altitude of 270 meter with impressive ruins of the medieval citadel built on a rock. Visit one of most popular wine cellar where you will have opportunity to taste world’s best Muscat – from Momjan. Overnight in Buje area. (B)
Cycle route approx 38km

Day 3: Buje – Palud – Grožnjan – Vižinada – Poreč 

After breakfast we will start biking on the legendary route of the Parenzana, the former narrow-gauge railway line which penetrates deeply into the Istrian peninsula connecting 33 Istrian towns between Poreč and Trieste, which today are located on the territory of even three states. Passing through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards, it will became obvious why it was also known as the wine railroad. Biking through its several tunnels, and over old bridges you can stop at many fascinating view points between the charming medieval town of Grožnjan and Vižinada before reaching Poreč. Poreč is the town where you can find material and spiritual evidences of great cultures at every step. Ride along the old city centre and you will find the Roman Forum, magnificent palaces from different historical periods, and to top it all there is the famous Euphrasian Basilica (Euphrasiana). Overnight in Poreč area. (B)
Cycle route approx 68km

Day 4: Poreč – Višnjan – Poreč 

The ride along this trail is particularly pleasant because you’re 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. If you have found here your guiding star, or if you have refreshed yourself with a glass of excellent homemade wine we can continue our ride towards Poreč where our adventure has begun. Overnight in Poreč area. (B)
Cycle route approx 59km

Day 5: Poreč – Vrsar – Dvigrad – Rovinj 

A marsh, rare birds, a cursed city, an abandoned monastery, buried pirates treasure, a deep bay, a cave with a primitive man and a hermit, an ancient solar observatory – all this you can find on our bike trail of Captain Morgan. After riding along the coastline we reach Vrsar, a romantic fishermen village where the famous Casanova came back twice. Our bike ride continues through the magical forest Kontija with a panoramic view of the beautiful landscape of the Lim bay, passing by the old Benedictine abbey at Kloštar and 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 – from the Bronze Age, we will finish this day in Rovinj. Called little Venice, Rovinj is a typical Mediterranean seaside resort which 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 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 at the palm of your hand. Overnight in Rovinj area. (B)
Cycle route approx 60km

Day 6: Rovinj – Fažana – Pula 

After breakfast we start riding along the coastline towards Pula. Riding through the ornithological reserve Palud with a rich variety of fauna also a unique place where you can hear the chirping of 215 different bird species we reach Fažana. Situated on a low coast, well protected from the open sea by the enchanting islands of Brijuni National Park and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in the hinterland, Fažana was well known in ancient Roman times. Which city is situated on seven hills, has a magnificent Amphitheater 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 amphitheater (from the 1st century BC). Overnight in Pula area. (B)
Cycle route approx 50km

Day 7: Pula – Medulin – Pula 

After we start last biking tour along the coast to Cape Kamenjak, surrounded by the 30 km long coast with numerous gulfs, bays and white beaches, washed by the crystal clear blue & green sea we reach ancient Mutila, todays Medulin. On the way you can find 22 types of orchids including the endemic specie “Serapias Istriaca” (the Istrian orchid), see the so-called “islet-plate” where the dinosaur’s footprint has been preserved or find the remains of luxurious Roman villae rusticae. Overnight in Pula area. (B)
Cycle route approx 50km

Day 8: Poreč

After breakfast transfer to Poreč is included. (B)

 

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