|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||24 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Sundays: Apr 13, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; Jun 8, 15, 22; Sep 28; Oct 5 and 12, 2014|
|Start city:||Pula, Croatia|
|End city:||Pula, Croatia|
"The heart of Europe" is what the Istrians call their peninsula, inspired by its shape and its position at the crossroads of European arteries, cultures and nations. This is where Central Europe and the world of Mediterranean meet. On this tour, we explore the most popular part of the Croatian coast.
Starting in Pula, the ship takes us a bit further north every day, and our tour guides show us the most beautiful routes of the whole coastal region. We visit the paradise of nature on the islands of Brijuni, the Lim channel with its caves, the coastal cities Porec, Rovinj and Pula, as well as the Istrian hinterland, a famous wine and truffle region.
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Day 1: Arrival to Pula; warm up ride around Pula (19 miles/30 km)
Individual arrival at Pula.The secret capital of Istria with its town full of impressive remains of its Roman past awaits your visit. If you arrive by car, we arrange a secure parking place for you. Between 2 and 2:30 pm check-in on the motor yacht.
Our first cycle tour starts at 3 pm and takes us in a large circle around Pula and back to the ship. You might get the chance to have closer look of the famous Amphitheatre. After your cycle tour you go on your first cruise just a couple of miles north to a quiet bay for your overnight stay.
Overnight in Pula.
Day 2: Vsar - Porec (19 miles/30 km)
After breakfast we go on a very scenic, approx. 3 h cruise to Vrsar, the town where lady killer Casanova found temporary refuge from lovers pursuing him. Starting from Vrsar, we cycle along the Lim fjord to Klostar in the hinterland.
After a break, long enough to taste some fresh suckling pig, takes us our route to Poreč. On a guided walk, we encounter the evidence of the town's eventful past at every step along the way. While strolling through the charming historical centre, with its beautiful buildings of many different periods as well as the bustling shopping lanes, we will not miss the famous Euphrasian Basilica, with its gorgeous early Christian mosaics.
Overnight in Porec.
Day 3: Porec - Visnjan - Porec (31 miles/50 km)
Today's cycle tour takes us from Poreč through extensive vineyards to Visnjan, home of the famous white Boskarin-Cattle. After a coffee break we continue cycling through the gentle hills of the hinterland to Vizinada.
After a lunch break we cycle back to Poreč. We will not miss to visit Baredine Cave on our cycle tour. Our excursion takes us through five amazing halls which are beautifully illuminated. It leads us 60 m under ground to a subsurface lake and if we are lucky we’ll meet a native – the famous amphebia (Proteus anguinus): the olm. This little cave dweller is a unique one. It is endemic to this karst area.
Back at the ship we hop on our boat and enjoy a lovely cruise to Novigrad.
Overnight in Novigrad.
Day 4: Novigrad - Groznjan - Umag (31 miles/50 km)
After breakfast cycling takes us from Novigrad through the river valley of Mirna to the artist’s village of Grožnjan. The Mirna river valley is well known as an area where white truffles can be found. A gourmet’s heart will jump of joy.
After a long relaxing stop in Grožnjan we continue cycling to Umag, which offers a picturesque old town centre located on a promontory as well as some remains of a medieval city wall. Dinner on board.
Overnight in Umag.
Day 5: Umag - Savudrija - Umag - Novigrad (12.5 + 9 miles/ 20 +15 km)
In the morning we do a round trip to the Savudrija peninsula and cycle to the northernmost point of Istria. In favorable weather conditions we have an amazing view as far as Slovenia, Italy and even the Alps. On the way back to the ship, there are plenty of opportunities for a refreshing dip in the sea.
In the afternoon we cycle along quiet sea promenades from Umag to Novigrad. There we find the impressive battlement of the city wall as well the 7th century Pelagius Basilica. Around the pretty harbor we find many cafes and bars, where we can end the day.
Overnight in Novigrad.
Day 6: Novigrad - Porec - Vrsar - Rovinj (12.5 + 9 miles/20 + 15 km)
After breakfast we leave Novigrad and cycle along the coast to Poreč. Here we have time for another stroll through the wonderful old town centre as well as getting inspired by local food for lunch.
After the break we continue along the coast to Vrsar and may have another break at an open air museum, where we can admire the sculptures of the famous stone mason school of Vrsar. Our ship already awaits us to take us to Rovinj often called the "Pearl of Istria”. After dinner a local guide leads us through the maze of narrow lanes making up the old town.
Overnight in Rovinj.
Day 7: Rovinj - Palud - Pula (12 miles/20 km)
A cycle round trip will take us to the Palud Nature Reserve in the morning. It is situated in a naturally originated land subsidence close to the sea and is the only Nature Reserve in Istria especially for birds. After a short break we cycle back to Rovinj. We get on board and cruise back to Pula, where you have time to stroll around or to explore the cultural heritage of the ancient town.
The last evening aboard our ship follows a nice tradition. While enjoying the communal dinner in a cosy atmosphere you will have the chance for a last get-together with your crew and your tour guides.
Overnight in Pula.
Day 8: Departure from Pula
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.
* We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.
Sundays: Apr 13, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; Jun 8, 15, 22; Sep 28; Oct 5 and 12, 2014
|Low Season:||Apr 13-May 10; Oct 12-Oct 19, 2014|
|High Season:||May 11-Oct 11, 2014|
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With its dark green painted hull and the white stripes, the Tarin is an eye catcher from afar. The boat was constructed in 2004 and features bright wood, curtains and nicely furnished cabins that immediately make you feel at home. The boat also has a couch and lounge chairs on the sun deck, and a covered deck with 2 tables and chairs.
There are 11 guest cabins on board the Tarin, of which 10 are on on the upper deck (there is a €70 upper deck surcharge):
The single cabin on the lower deck features a small desk, twin beds, and two portholes.
All cabins have:
The cabins will be cleaned daily, with fresh towels provided mid-week.
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
Additional specifications on the hybrid touring bikes:
Please note that the bikes are deliberately NOT equipped with water bottle holders. There is room in the saddle bag to carry a bottle of water, along with everything else you need for the daily rides.
Bicycle insurance is available to buy. It costs 10 Euros/week for the hybrid touring bikes, and 20 Euros/week for the electrically assisted bikes.
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals. The guide on board the boat can assist you in attaching them to your rental bike.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it is a universal seat post. The guide on board can also assist you if you bring your own seat.
It is required to wear helmets on this tour. In order to guarantee optimum protection, we request that you bring your own helmet and - for your own safety - wear it on all bike tours. A limited number of helmets are available on board to rent, at the time of booking, thought it is highly recommended to bring your own helmet.
Additional specifications on the electrically assisted bikes:
The i:SY-Flyer ECO, a relatively light model of 50 pounds (21 kg), is a compact bike with a special low frame geometry for easy mounting and 20-inch wheels. The handlebar “Speedlifter Twist” is turnable, making the bike space-efficient for storage. This E-Bike model is equipped with an 8-gear-Shimano hub gearshift (Nexus), as well as Shimano V-brakes. It has a 10-amp battery along with an 8-amp back-up that allow for unlimited riding.
The type i:SY Flyer ECO is available for all persons with a height of 150- 190 cm (it is not available for heights above 190 cm).
This cycle tour requires a basic level of fitness from all participants, which you should acquire from spending time on the bike.
The daily rides will take you up to a height of 985 feet (300 m) above sea-level. The rides range from 16 miles (25 km) to 31 miles (50 km), and go through hilly terrain. They will be completed without any time-constraints, but you should be used to cycling distances up to 31 miles a day through hilly terrain.
The routes follow mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely traveled on outside the holiday seasons. Unpaved or gravel roads will also be cycled at times, during which you can push your bikes if you would like.
Of course, on any day you can set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of riding.
Tour start and end
Pula, Croatia (the embarkation will take place between 2- 2:30 pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. The first cycling tour will start at 3 pm on that day)
Nearest train station: Rijeka, Croatia
If you will be arriving to an airport or the Rijeka train station, it may be best to take a bus or taxi to Pula harbor.
Transfer information (all prices per person):
Group transfer is available (only on embarkation/disembarkation days) from Rijeka Airport/Omisalj - Pula. It costs 40 Euros and is 2 hours in duration.
Individual transfers are available upon request from the Venice, Trieste, Ljubljana and Zagreb Airports, along with the Rijeka Airport/train station to Pula. Prices range from 120- 400 Euros for groups of 1 - 3 people.
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A rich, cultural history and diverse, majestic landscape describes the country of Croatia. Calling their country “Our Beautiful Homeland”, the Croats offer a warm welcome to visitors who want to experience the wonders of Croatia. Flat plains along the Hungarian border, low mountains and highlands near the Adriatic coastline and over 1,000 islands explain why Croatia is one of few nations to have three distinct climate zones.
Diversity continues in the Croatian culture with four cultural circles thriving together: Western, Eastern and Central Europe, and Mediterranean. Each culture retains its unique customs, including lace-making in Lepoglava, bell ringers in the Kasta region and Ojkanje singing in the Dalmatia region. Cuisine varies in the coastal region that favors seafood specialties, olive oil and prosciutto compared to the continental region that favors meat products, freshwater fish and vegetables. Other highlights include Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace in Split, a Roman amphitheatre in Pula and the city of Dubrovnik, known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic."
Island Hopping by bike and boat has been organized by Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH since 1998. Since then we have been expanding our program continuously. In Croatia we are meanwhile organizing tours in Istria, the Kvarner Bay as well as Central and South Dalmatia. Since 2002 tours in Greece and Turkey have also been part of our program.
We look forward to seeing you on our ships!
These terms and conditions, which you agree to by booking your trip, govern the contractual relationship between you as traveler and us as tour operator. The terms and conditions supplement Paragraph 651 and those following in the German BGB (Buergerliches Gesetzbuch) that govern travel contract law. Please read all the following terms and conditions carefully.Trip CancellationIf the minimum number of participants required for a trip is not met (18 participants for bus and boat trips, unless otherwise noted), we reserve the right to cancel it. The decision about whether the trip will take place or not will be made as early as possible, three weeks before the beginning of the trip at the latest. In case of trip cancellation, all payments you have made will be fully refunded. There can be no additional claims made against us. As the tour operator, we have the right to cancel the tour if the trip is jeopardized, made difficult, or impaired due to an act of God.
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(Different conditions apply for flight bookings through Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH)You can withdraw from the travel contract up until the beginning of the trip. Your cancellation is valid when your written notification reaches us. If you cancel before the 60th day before the start of the trip, we will refund the amount paid so far, minus a cancellation handling fee.
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We are liable within the scope of a merchant’s duty of care for diligent trip preparation, careful selection and supervision of participating agencies, accuracy of service and activity descriptions, and standard provision of the services agreed upon. Our liability for damages other than personal injury is limited to three times the cost of the trip, provided the damages are neither intentional nor due to gross negligence. This limitation is still in effect if we are responsible for the damage due to the fault of a service provider. If we are solely procurers of foreign services, we are liable only for proper procurement, not for the services.We are liable for damage or loss of luggage up to the amount of 250 € only if the damage was caused by us and was indicated to us immediately. Scratches on luggage, torn luggage handles, and damaged wheels are excluded from any liability. Upon delivery of luggage at the accommodation facilities, the liability is transferred according to § 701 BGB to the officer of the accommodations. Services that were not made use of will not be reimbursed.
A vacation that involves exercise and physical activity requires greater commitment than a conventional package tour. It is your duty to make certain that you are up to the physical challenges of such a trip. The pre-condition for a bike-tour is that you are able to handle a bicycle in street traffic and on unpaved paths under any weather conditions. If you rent a bike, it is your responsibility to check the condition of the bike, particularly the brakes. You bear sole responsibility for adhering to all legal regulations at home and abroad, particularly regulations about travel documents and cross-border trade. When traveling across the exterior borders of the EU, your luggage must remain unlocked, to facilitate passage through customs. If your baggage is searched, you will be notified about it upon arrival at the destination. If problems with the procurement of the services occur, you are required to help within the scope of legal regulations, in order to avoid potential damages or keep them at a minimum and report any complaints to us immediately.
Duty of Care
During the duration of the trip, you are liable for damage to or loss of bicycles and any equipment entrusted to you. For guided tours, this is only valid if you have separated yourself from the group, have disobeyed instructions from the tour guides, or caused the damage or loss intentionally, through negligence or gross negligence.
You can demand redress if the trip services are not rendered according to the contract. This can be solved by us providing compensation of equal or greater value. In the case of disproportionate effort, corrective action can be denied. For the period in which the services that have not been rendered according to contract, you can request a reduction in travel price after your return. The pre-condition for this is the immediate notification of our deficiencies or those of our tour guides, so that we have the opportunity to find a remedy. Tour guides are not authorized to recognize claims. Independent of a reduction in travel price, you can demand compensation due to non-compliance with the travel contract, unless we are not responsible for the defect.
Limitation of claim
Claims must be made in writing within one month of the contractual end of the trip. The statute of limitation for claims based on the contract expires six months after the contractual end of the trip. The statute of limitations for all claims of civil offence expires three years after the end of the trip.
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Court of Jurisdiction
The court of jurisdiction is Konstanz, Germany