|Type of tour:||Self-guided|
|Distance:||24 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily: Apr 1-Nov 30, 2014|
|Start city:||Buje, Croatia|
|End city:||Rovinj, Croatia|
Istria is a carefree combination of an active or quiet holiday destination and don't be surprised if it wins you over with its charm. Should you choose Buje, Buzet, Motovun, Groznjan, you will find privacy and the silence of medieval towns – fortresses and familiarize yourself with the gastronomy and wine making. Motovun is a small town in the interior part of Istria, with a green Istrian landscape and wine roads that also plays host to many film festivals.
Buzet is an authentic Istrian town that was settled in ancient history and is known as the town of truffles.If you come to Istria, you will see for yourself why they refer to Istria as the "Tuscany of Croatia. " The interior part of the region with its characteristic stone architecture and small towns situated on hills create a peaceful and relaxing environment. The interior part of Green Istria will greet you with a rich agrotourism offer and untouched nature.
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Day 1: Arrival
We'll then drive you to Buje, from where you will start cycling next day. Overnight in hotel Casa la Parenzana. Casa la Parenzania is rural house in the heart of Istria, a peaceful oasis for relaxation and an ideal starting point for exploration of this beautiful area.
Day 2: Buje-Umag-Buje - (27 miles/43 km)
Ride along the northern part of Istria, passing by Savudrija, the oldest lighthouse on the Adriatic. Then pass through Umug, with its Venetian-style houses, then visit a wine cellar.
Overnight in the area around Buje.
Day 3: Buje-Mirna Valley-Brtonigla-Buje - (24 miles/39 km)
Spend the morning exploring the old town of Buje before riding through the rustic Mirna Valley, with its river, bridges, vineyards. Taste some of Croatia’s best olive oil before heading back to your hotel.
Overnight in Buje.
Day 4: Buje- Motovun - (22 miles/35 km)
Today ride to Grožnjan, a medieval town perched high on a hill above the banks of the river Mirna that is famous across Croatia for its art and music scene. Continue on to Motovun, on the edge of a dark forest famous for its truffles.
Day 5: Motovun-Poreč - (24 miles/39 km)
Depart Istria’s inland regions for its Adriatic coast. Passing by the Višnjan Observatory, continue on to Poreč. Along the way you can sample wines made by locals and see rustic villages.
Day 6: Poreč-Vrsar-Poreč - (27 miles/43 km)
Start the day sightseeing at Euphrasian Basilica, a 6th century church. Ride up the hill to the village of Bačva, then continue back down to the coast.
Overnight in Poreč.
Day 7: Poreč -Kanfanar-Rovinj - (19 miles/31 km)
Stick around in Poreč or take a short transfer to Kanfanar, a small town above a big, flat valley. Visit the remains of a Bronze Age fort at Monkodonja, then arrive at Rovinj – the pearl of the Adriatic. Sometimes called Little Venice, Rovinj’s medieval streets, fish markets, and romantic scenery will make you fall in love.
Overnight in a villa.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast it's time for departure.
Daily: Apr 1-Nov 30, 2014
|Off season:||Oct 1-Nov 30, 2014|
|Low season:||Apr 1-May 31; Sep 1-Sep 30, 2014|
|Shoulder season:||Jun 1-Jun 30, 2014|
|High season:||Jul 1-Aug 31, 2014|
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1, 2 and 3: Casa la Parenzana, Buje
Day 4: Hotel Kastel, Motovun
Days 5 and 6: Hotel Porec, Porec
Day 7: Vila Lili, Rovinj
Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.
Bikes available to rent (reserved in advance at time of booking) include:
Equipment provided for free with all rentals:
Helmets are available upon request (in advance at time of booking).
The tour route is on quiet roads about 55% of the time, and roads shared with traffic 40% of the time. About 5% of the time the route is on dedicated bike paths.
The tour is ideal for cyclists in average physical condition.
Nearest airport: Venice Giulia (TRS) in Trieste Italy
Nearest bus station: Buje
Nearest airport: Pula (PUY)
Nearest bus station: Pula
The local tour company can arrange transfers for travel between the airport and starting and ending cities. Requests must be made at time of booking.
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