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"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.
Fall in love with the Adriatic Sea on this tour. Relax while being on a romantic motor sailer - your floating home. Get on your bicycle after an invigorating breakfast, enjoy your lunch break ashore or meet your ship in one of the pretty harbors for a crossing. Enjoy the outstanding cuisine aboard after getting to the next harbor while watching the sunset or stroll around historical harbor towns before going to sleep under the stars... either on deck or in your cabin.
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Day 1: Arrival to Pula, embarkation; warm up ride around Pula (9 miles/15 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 2:00-2:30 pm check-in on the motor yacht.
Our first cycle tour starts at 3:00 pm and takes us in a large circle around Pula and back to the ship. You might get the chance to have a closer look at 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 – Poreč (19 miles/30 km)After breakfast, we go on a very scenic, approximately 3-hour cruise to Vrsar, the town where 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, our route takes us 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 center, 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: Poreč – Višnjan – Umag (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 visit Baredine Cave on our cycle tour. Our excursion takes us through five amazing halls which are beautifully illuminated. It leads us 60m 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 Umag.Overnight in Umag.
Day 4: Umag – Grožnjan – Novigrad (34 miles/55 km)After breakfast takes us our cycling tour to the north starting at the headland and further on along the coastline. After a climb, we get to the artist's village of Grožnjan. Strengthened by a long relaxing stop we continue cycling to Novigrad passing the river valley of Mirna. The Mirna river valley is well known as an area where white truffles can be found. A gourmet's heart will jump for joy.
Getting to Novigrad 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. Dinner on board.Overnight in Novigrad.
Day 5: Novigrad – Poreč (16 miles/25 km)After breakfast, we leave Novigrad and cycle along the coast all the way to Poreč. There is time to take a stroll through the beautiful old town and to enjoy the regional cuisine for lunch. The boat awaits you in the harbor of Poreč and will take in the direction of Rovinj. Overnight stay on mooring.Overnight in Novigrad.
Day 6: Rovinj (19 miles/20 km)Our ship leaves the mooring in the morning and takes us to Rovinj, which really is an Adreatic gem. Your midmorning cycle tour allows ample time for a refreshing bath in the Adriatic Sea. Afterwards, you have lunch on board that will vitalize you for the afternoon stroll through the winding alleyways of this picture perfect town. It'll leave you enchanted.Overnight in Rovinj.
Day 7: Rovinj – Fažana – Vodnjan – Pula (19 miles/30 km)A longer crossing takes you to Fažana. We get ashore, have some lunch and hop on our bicycles. Our cycle tour leads us via Vodnjan back to Pula our port of departure. There is enough time to take a walk through the town and to visit the many heritage sites which the city has to offer. A celebratory evening meal with guests, guides and crew brings a fantastic week to a happy end.Overnight in Pula.
Day 8: Departure from PulaAfter breakfast disembarkation until 9:00am 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: May 14-Jun 25; Aug 27-Oct 15, 2017
Please note: a required visitor's tax is not included in this tour package. The fee is €40 per adult and €20 per child (ages 1-16), and it should be paid directly to the captain upon arrival.
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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/week for the hybrid touring bikes, and €20/week for the electrically assisted bikes.
Pedals: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.
Helmets: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 endPula, Croatia (the embarkation will take place between 2:00-2:30pm on Day 1 of the itinerary. The first cycling tour will start at 3:00pm 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.
Transfers are available for additional fee.
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