Istria Deluxe Cycling Tour

Croatia
Road Bike
Self-Guided
Istria Deluxe Cycling Tour

Istria Deluxe Cycling Tour

Prices

From $725USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Cycle the fishing villages and coastline of the Istrian Peninsula

Ride through the fishing villages, harbors, quaint towns, and scenic spots on Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula

Check out Roman amphitheatres, Byzantine basilicas, frescoed churches, and medieval squares.

Stop by gorgeous beaches alongside the deep blue sea for swims or breaks on the sand.

Sample delicious fresh seafood, fragrant truffles, pasta, and tasty wines after your rides.

On this outstanding cycling trip, you will become one with the greens and blues of the lush, undisturbed landscape of the idyllic peninsula of Istria in Croatia. Ride with the sea breezes on your face as you pass through enchanting forests, olive groves, and vineyards. On the Istria Deluxe Cycling Tour, you’re never far from the natural beauty, rich culture, and storied history of this region.

Your true adventure begins when the route leads you inland to an area of Croatia of ancient villages nestled amidst wild, captivating nature. Experience a journey through time as you encounter protected cultural monuments, impressive historic citadels and timeless nature reserves. Sit back in delight and relax with a glass of divine Istrian wine at one of the cozy seaside terraces in Rovinj. From the sea inland, this cycling tour will make you fall in love with Istria.

The Istria Deluxe Cycling Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Istria

Arrive in Fazana and check-in at your accommodation. Take some time to relax and explore this nice village. If you arrive early you can take the boat over to the Island of Brijuni, a national park.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Fazana
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Ride to Pula and/or Day Boat Trip to the Brijuni National Park

You can start your day with a short easy warm up ride in Pula. Cycle around the warrens of marbled alleys and the beautifully preserved amphitheatre from 27 BC.

After the ride, get on the boat to the Brijuni National Park, which a long time ago used to be Tito’s private island archipelago. Explore the Roman villas and the Byzantine villages, admire the herds of deer, pine-fringed bays, and Tito's personal zoo.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Fazana
Distance
3/4 hours, 18/32 km, 100/285m of ascent, 100/270m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Vodnjan Circular Ride

Today you cycle inland to Vodnjan, the Istrian ancient capital where you will find a mix of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. After lunch you pedal along the coast, passing remains of Roman baths on the shore until you reach the village of Fazana.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Fazana
Distance
2-4 hours, 19-38 km, 150-215m of ascent, 160-220m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Ride to Rovinj via Bale

Heading north, reach the charming and bustling port town of Rovijn. First, a gentle ascent takes you to the small town of Bale, also known as the Roman stronghold of Castrum Vallis, built by the Romans to help defend the saltpans and the roads that connect to and from Pula and Porec.

If you have booked it in advance, you can do the optional guided city tour of Rovinj.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Rovinj
Distance
3-3.5 hours, 39 km, 250m of ascent, 260m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Ride from Rovinj to Motovun

Ride inland to the impressive wooded valley of the Lim Fjord. Freewheel down to the bottom and ascend a 2 km hill to the panoramic viewpoint on the other side. Continue the ride inland through gently ascending terrain till the final stretch with two short steep climbs (well worth the effort) to take you up to the fortified hill town of Motovun from where you can admire wonderful views over vineyards and truffle filled forests.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Motovun
Distance
1.5 hours, 35-57 km, 2515/795m of ascent, 535/655m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Ride from Rovinj to Porec

A steep descent takes you to the Parenzana, a dismantled old railway turned into a gravel cycle path that gently winds its way through the fields towards Porec, an ancient port town located in the small peninsula of San Nicholas. Here, do not miss its magnificent historical palaces, the “House of the two Saints” and the popular UNESCO Heritage Basilica of Euphrasian.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Porec
Distance
37 km, 180m of ascent, 445m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Circular Ride in Porec

Cycle along the shore as you head towards the fertile plateau of Tar and pass by the Larun olive plantations, said to produce Europe’s best olive oil. Loop back inland to visit the giant limestone Cave of Jama Baredine. Return to Porec and enjoy your last Istrian evening enjoying a glass of homemade brandy on the terrace of the hotel overlooking the sea.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Porec
Distance
2.5 hours, 32 km, 260m of ascent, 260m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Arrivederci Istria!

The tour wraps up after breakfast. Onto the next destination!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Istria Deluxe Cycling Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided tour in Istria is always run as a self-guided tour for your group only and the pricing per person depends on the time of the year, as well as the room types required.

The prices below are per person.

Departures on April 1st - 6th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,375EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €1,025EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €850EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €725EUR

Departures on April 7th - 17th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,495EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €1,150EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €950EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €775EUR

Departures on April 18th - May 14th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,550EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €1,195EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €995EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €825EUR

Departures on May 15th - 28th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,695EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €1,325EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €1,095EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €925EUR

Departures on May 29th - June 20th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,725EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €1,375EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €1,125EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €950EUR

Departures on June 21st - July 2nd:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,850EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €1,495EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €1,225EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €995EUR

Departures on July 3rd - August 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,850EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €1,495EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €1,250EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €1,025EUR

Departures on September 1st - 17th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,725EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €1,375EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €1,125EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €950EUR

Departures on September 18th - 24th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,650EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €1,275EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €1,075EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €895EUR

Departures on September 25th - October 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: €1,495EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €1,150EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €950EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €775EUR
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Accommodation on the Istria Deluxe Cycling Tour

This tour is based in hotels. Hotels on this trip are 2 and 3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Villetta Phasiana

With a gorgeous terrace that looks over to the sea, this inn is exactly where you want to begin your trip. the rooms are upscale and luxurious and there’s a sauna and spa onsite.

Hotel Villa Tuttorotto

The rooms at this boutique hotel are cozy and perks like luggage storage and clothing ironing service make for a stay that feels taken care of.

Hotel Kastel

Hotel Kastel is elegant and chic. Unwind in the sauna or spa or take a dip in the pool or book one of the most extensive wellness experiences.

Hotel Flores at Porec

Hotel Flores is located close to the beach and to the town centre. The rooms are modern and spacious, and the breakfast buffet is tasty.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Istria Deluxe Cycling Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Luggage transfer on Days 4, 5 and 6 plus transfer for you and your bike from Rovinij to Lim Fjord on Day 5 are included. Other luggage transfers are not included. Airport transfers are available as an optional supplement.

Also Included

  • Bike delivery to Fazana, bike fitting & trip briefing, bike theft insurance, and bike collection from Porec
  • Detailed information pack, route notes, and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Touristic city taxes
  • Bike rental
  • Helmet
  • Flights
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Meals not previously mentioned
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Bike rental (including 1 rear bag, 1 repair kit, odometer, 1 padlock, bottle holder, lights, 1 map holder for every 2 bikes):
    • E-bike: €195EUR per bike
    • Hybrid bike: €125EUR per bike
  • Helmet (free): request when booking
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Additional night/s can be booked at any accommodation along the way
  • Transfer from airport to Fazana
  • Transfer from Porec to airport
  • Transfer from Porec back to Fazana

Frequenty Asked Questions about Istria Deluxe Cycling Tour

How hard is the Istria Deluxe Cycling Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You’ll ride in nearly flat to hilly areas with a daily distance of 30-50 km with short climbs from time to time. Strong beginner and intermediate cyclists are best suited to this tour.

Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Istria Deluxe Cycling Tour?

7 breakfasts are included.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel, since you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided with all the information you’ll need to follow the route each day and often have access to phone support or other kinds of assistance. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Fazana to start this tour?

The best airports to fly into are Pula (PUY) in Istria and Trieste (TRS) in Italy, but you can also fly from either Treviso (TSF) or Venice (VCE). Both Pula and Trieste are connected to Fazana and Poreč by bus. If you are flying into Treviso (TSF) or Venice (VCE), you first need to get to Trieste by train. You can book airport transfers as an upgrade.

Where does the Istria Deluxe Cycling Tour end?

The tour ends in Porec. You can take the train or bus to your departure airport.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process. Rental bikes are City bike 28'' Alloy Torpado with frame size 17'' to 22''

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. If you bring your own bike, it should be a road bike suitable for the demands of the tour

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Italy?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Italy?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Prices

From $725USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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We rate this tour as a 3/5. You’ll ride in nearly flat to hilly areas with a daily distance of 30-50 km with short climbs from time to time. Strong beginner and intermediate cyclists are best suited to this tour.

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