Self-guided Cycling Tours

 

  • Istria Coastal Tour

 

From Trieste To Pula Along Adriatic Coast Season
Starting point: Trieste / Muggia
Close airports: Trieste (35 km) / Pula (65 km) / Ljubljana (100 km)
Individual tour: start any day between 16.3. and 12.10.
Pre-trips: Emerald tour, Vistas and Wine Tour, Best of Slovenia

The tour begins in the lovely former Habsburg seaport town of Trieste, nestled in the foothills of the karst region. Under the rule of the Austro Hungarian Empire, Trieste flourished as a busy and affluent port (4th largest in the empire), the remnants of which are still visible today in the main square and narrow streets.
From Trieste you will cycle towards the South, through Slovenia and into Croatia. Your route will take you to the sunny Istria Peninsula, through picturesque little fishing villages, small towns atop the karst hills, sparkling vineyards and fertile valleys.

Daily programme
Day 1: Arrival in Trieste / Muggia (Southern outskirts of Trieste) Arrival to the hotel in Muggia / Trieste. Spend the day cycling along the lovely promenade and visit the exquisite Miramare Castle, then visit the stunning Piazza Unità d’Italia in the town centre. If you stay in Muggia, you can sail to the city center by a city transport boat.

Day 2: Trieste – Piran / Portorož (approx. 30 km or approx. 60 km)
You can start with a short visit to the coastal town of Muggia before crossing the Slovenia border and then riding along the coastal cycle path through another lovely port town, Koper, followed by the picturesque Venetian villages of Izola and Piran. Stroll through the narrow streets and visit their churches. In Piran, have a coffee in Tartini Square with the wonderful Venetian architecture. Visit Portorož, an affluent spa town on the Slovenian Riviera.

Day 3: Piran – Umag (approx. 35 km)
You will cycle past the vast saltpans of Sečovlje. Get there early enough to catch the beautiful morning light. From there you will head across the border to Croatia and into the heart of Istria, across a slightly hilly terrain to the village of Umag. Take a tour through the medieval centre and visit the beautiful city tower.

Day 4: Umag – Poreč (approx. 45 km)
You will cycle across some low hills towards Novigrad (Cittanova), another medieval walled town. As well as its rich history, Novigrad is also renowned for its gastronomy, and it is listed as one of Istria’s top gourmet destinations. Next stop is Poreč, where you can visit the UNESCO listed Euphrasian Basilica, a diverse mix of baroque, Gothic and Romanesque buildings.

Day 5: Porec (approx. 45 km or day off by the sea)
Spoilt for choice today: you can either take a fish picnic boat or an excursion to the Limski-channel. The fjord-alike Limski-channel is also a National Park nature reserve and on the coast you’ll find mussels and oyster farming. Simply enjoy a day off by the sea, or visit the surrounding countryside of Poreč.

Day 6: Porec – Rovinj (approx. 55 km) Today you head to Istria’s gem. Rovinj remains one of the last true Mediterranean fishing ports. The high bell tower of the Euphemia Church built on the highest spot of Rovinj is its most noticeable feature, standing proud and dominating the view no matter which direction you approach. You can also cycle to Zlatni rt (also known as Golden Cape), a peninsula, where you’ll find a park in a nature reserve.

Day 7: Rovinj – Pula (approx. 40 km) The last day on your “expedition“ leads you to Pula on the peninsula’s southwest tip. Make a visit of the Brijuniislands – twelve smaller and 2 bigger islands; the main island Veli Brijun was used by the Yugoslav statesman Tito as a summer residence. You can also follow in the footsteps of the dinosaurs, as over 200 dinosaur footprints have been found on the island. Pula is the oldest town on Istria and its commercial and cultural centre. Enjoy your last day of the tour amongst various antiquities, including the mighty Pula Arena, the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved.

Day 8: Departure after breakfast

Price per person:
- Low season from 16.3. to 30.5. and 14.9. to 12.10.
865 € per person – Accommodation hotel type A, hotel 3* or 4*
755 € per person – Accommodation hotel type B, hotel 2* or 3*

High season  from 1.6. to 13.9.2017.
915 € per person – Accommodation hotel type A, hotel 3* or 4*
795 € per person – Accommodation hotel type B, hotel 2* or 3*

Prices are based on two persons sharing.

Price includes:
• Accommodation in hotels chosen, in two bedded room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis.
• Personal welcome meeting an bike fitting upon arrival
– Luggage transfer between hotels (one piece per person).
• Backup service (hotline) during the trip.
• Information pack (in English) including road book and corresponding maps (one per booking party).GPS Data available after full payment of the trip,
Personal welcome meeting and bike fitting upon arrival.

Extra payments:
• Single room seven nights 150 EUR; five nights 115 EUR.
• Seven dinners 125 EUR; five dinners 90 EUR.
• Bike rental 80 EUR for six days (classic trekking bikes are equipped with 21 gears, cyclometer, lock, one pannier, one spare tube, set of Allen keys and basic puncture repair kit. Price includes delivery and pick up). Every additional day 15 EUR per bike. Other bike types are available upon request. Electric bike 210 EUR.
• Helmet rental 12 EUR for seven days.
• Transfers. Pula to Muggia or Trieste downtown 90 EUR. Pula downtown to Pula Airport 20 EUR. Pula to Trieste Airport 120 EUR. All prices per person, two persons minimum, one way.
Additional nights:
*** Hotel in Trieste 65 EUR per person in standard double room, B&B. Single room 95 EUR. 3-course dinner 18 EUR. *** Hotel in Piran 65 EUR per person in standard double room, B&B. Single room 95 EUR. 3-course dinner 15 EUR. Hotel in Pula 55 EUR per person in double room sharing. Single room 85 EUR. 3-course dinner 15 EUR.
Our standard hotel in Ljubljana has a free and video controlled parking lot.