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Cycling Istrian Wine Roads
Guided Cycling Tour 2016

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing:

Pula – Buje – Umag – Savudrija – Momjan – Buje – Livade – Motovun – Poreč – Kanfanar – Rovinj – Žminj – Poreč – Pula

Participants:

Minimum 4 / Maximum 14

 

 

Includes

• Informational meeting
• Airport transfers at start & end of tour
• Local transfers by minibus as per itinerary
• 7 nights in 3* hotels
• 7 breakfasts (B)
• 6 lunches (picnic) (L)
• 2 dinners (D)
• Visit wine cellar with tasting (T)
• Olive oil tasting in Vodnjan (T)
• 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
(if required)
Pedals: flat, toe cages, or clipless
Pedal Sizes: Men’s – 52, 55, 58 cm / Women’s – 44, 49 cm
• Support minibus
• Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
• Tour Guide – English speaking
• Water & snacks during biking

Accommodation (or similar)

• Buje area: Hotel TBA (3*)
• Motovun: Hotel Kaštel (3*)
• Poreč: Hotel Poreč (3*)
• Rovinj: Hotel Vila Lili (3*) 
• Pula: Hotel Amfiteatar (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

• Upgrade to a Road Bike NZ$115 per week (Brand Felt, Model Z85)
• Helmets – these are compulsory
Prebooking required

There is something magical in 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
Twin ShareSingle
May 07
Jun 11
Jul 09
Aug 20
Sep 10
2,4802,735
Private tour option available for 2 - 3 people

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1, Saturday: Pula

Transfer from Pula airport to hotel in Istria. Welcome meeting with your tour guide and presentation of program. (D)

Day 2, Sunday: Buje – Umag – Savudrija – Momjan

This tour starts with easy downhill ride to the coast on the northest point of Istrian peninsula. There is a lighthouse which you can visit.Savudrija is the oldest lighthouse in the Adriatic, built in 1818. It is also the northernmost Croatian lighthouse. Its building is 36 meters tall and there is a keeper living inside it. Stage continues to Umag. Little town which with about 45 km of the coast line 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 extremly interesting; it was founded by roman nobleman who decided to make it their summer residence. The glamour, magnificence and glare of the times can be seen today in Venetian houses of the old town. City walls and fortresses 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. Visiting one of the best istrian wine cellar to taste the muscat, istrian Malvasia and Teran with local sort of wine we will end our first day of biking in Istria. Return transfer to hotel. (B, L, T)
Cycle route approx 40km

Day 3, Monday: Buje – Livade

From Buje you will continue towards to Grožnjan. Typical istrian medieval town sprout high on top of the hill along the right coast of the river Mirna, renaissance loggia dating from 1585 and the beautiful St. Vid and Modesto’s baroque church. If you just occasionally ride along its streets in which almost every door leads to art studios or galleries, and which windows from every direction echoes the sounds of different music genres, from classical to jazz, you’ll understand why Grožnjan is known as The city of artists. Oprtalj, 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 the town loggia, according to many the most beautiful of Istria. From Oprtalj you are going downhill enjoying the view on Mirna river and eventually arriving in Livade, the truffle center of Istria where you will visit local truffle shop and taste it in various forms. It’s, the underground malodorous fungus believed to be an aphrodisiac. Motovun forest which streches along Mirna River valley is especially rich with truffles. (B, L)
Cycle route approx 40km

Day 4, Tuesday: Motovun – Poreč

Transfer to Motovun, This part of the trail goes from inland to the coast. It follows road To Višnjan where you will pass by observatory. Its one of the 5 most famous observatories in the world. Road continues to town of Višnjan which is on 246m altitude and from there you’ll be able to catch a view on west Istrian coast and Poreč city. In Višnjan surroundings is possible to visit many wine cellars with wine from Poreč area, Malvasia. Tour continues to Tar,little town on the hill above the sea and to Nova Vas village by the famous cave(which you can visit).Its passing few more villages and reaches Poreč. (B, L)
Cycle route approx 45km

Day 5, Wednesday: Circle Ride Around Poreč Area

From Poreč stage starts with sightseeing Euphrasiana, the most valuable monument in Poreč, build in 6th century. Following roads until you reach Bačva village. Bačva is the highest point of this stage and there is local restaurant with traditional dishes where you can enjoy tasting local food. It continues to southern villages and it comes down to coast in village 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 is well worth a look. After Vrsar stage passes Funtana fishing village Zelena and Plava Laguna the touristic places near Poreč. Very soon from there you will reach Poreč. (B, L)
Cycle route approx 40km

Day 6, Thursday: Kanfanar – Rovinj

After breakfast you can choose to be transfered 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 toolhouses (kažun). After reaching Bale you can visit the Bembo palace, city square and museum. Continue to Rovinj and on the way you’ll seed “Palud” an ornithological reserve in which you can cycle around. After village Kokuletovica you can turn in Monkodonja. Monkodonja is a prehistoric hilltown inhabited about 1,800-1,200 BC during the Bronze Age. After Monkodonja you will reach Rovinj, your goal of this tour, the “Pearl of Adriatic”. With its church and belltower on the hill by the sea its 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. Overnigt in hotel vila Lili in Rovinj. (B, L)
Cycle route approx 35km

Day 7, Friday: Žminj – Pula

After breakfast we ride along the coastline towards Pula. You will head for the mysterious world of Bale region, proud of 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 – šterna in the middle, Savičenta really belongs to a range of the most attractive Venetian creations of that period effected in this region, and with held one of the rare witchcraft trials in Istria during 17th century. In Vodnjan we will stop by famous olive oil producer where yu will learn more about olive trees, the olive harvest, obtaining oil from them and how to recognize its features and quality by tasting it. 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 spell on its visitors for centuries. This day we 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 famous Arena, a Roman amphitheatre (from the 1st century B.C.) Overnight in Pula. (B, L, T, D)
Cycle route approx 45 km

Day 8, Saturday: Pula

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$115 per week

 

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