On The Go Tours Cycle Croatia - 8 days

8 Day Tour

Get set for this 8 day tour visiting Croatia with On The Go Tours.

Details
Length 8 Days
Code KWRMB
Group Size 16
Age Group
Category Active
Price From $1,935 AUD*

Overview

Embark on an 8 day cycling holiday of Croatia's northern Istria Peninsula, following country roads and taking in medieval towns and settlements along the way.

Highlights

  • Cycling around the picturesque Istrian Peninsula from Buje in the north on the Slovenian boarder to Pula in the south
  • Parenzana – Following this disused railway track for two days through the scenic Istria countryside, which is often referred to as Croatian Tuscany
  • Momjan – Sampling local tipple at a vineyard and wine cellar near this hilltop town
  • Livade – Trying the much sought-after local truffle that has made this small town famous
  • Bale – Uncovering one of Croatia’s best kept secrets, and visiting the Soardo-Bembo Palace and an olive oil producer, where we can learn about the trees, harvest and process of producing the oil, and even sample it ourselves
  • Pula – Enjoying a sightseeing tour of this beautiful harbour city and your final destination

Prices

Pricing Information

"Guaranteed" refers to departures that are confirmed for departure. Pricing is Per Person.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Please DO NOT book flights until we have contacted you to confirm your booking and informed you that the tour is guaranteed to run. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. No Compulsory Single Supplement - If you are happy to share a room with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Extras

An additional payment amount of is required per passenger on arrival paid to ground handlers.

Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Buje

    Pula - Buje. Upon arrival at Pula Airport make your way to the start hotel in Buje, located on Croatia’s northern border with Slovenia (a single group transfer is offered, see the Trip Notes for further information). Later this afternoon you’ll pick up your bikes and your guide will be at hand to help and answer any questions about the week ahead. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel with your guide and the rest of your group.

    Meals: 1 Dinner

    Accommodation: Buje

  • Day 2
    Umag & Wine Tasting

    Today begins with a cycle to the coast, passing through pretty olive groves and vineyards en route. Upon reaching the sea front we continue our journey northward following the coast until we reach the colourful harbour town of Umag, after 23 kilometres of cycling. We stop here for a short while to take in the ambience and people watch from the comfort of a local cafe.

    Back on our bikes we head north for a further 8 kilometres until we reach the north-eastern tip of the Istrian Peninsula. Here we can see the oldest lighthouse in the Adriatic – standing 36 metres tall it is still in use and protects the southern approach to the Gulf of Trieste.

    Heading inland we follow the northern border with Slovenia on a slightly more challenging uphill ascent, gaining 200 metres in the final 20 kilometre stretch. We end our ride for the day at a vineyard and wine cellar close to Momjan, where we’ll get to sample some of the local tipple. Later a road transfer returns us to our hotel outside Buje.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch 1 Dinner

    Accommodation: Buje

  • Day 3
    The Wine Railway

    Buje – Motovun. Over the next two days we will be cycling along the old railway track of Parenzana, and as such we change over to mountain bikes for a more comfortable ride. Heading inland on an easy gravel path, we pass through tunnels and over old bridges as we make our way to rural Istria. Original constructed in the early 1900s as a link between Porec and Trieste, the Parenzana is today referred to as the wine railway as it passes through what is affectionately known as Croatian Tuscany. Our first stop today is at the medieval hill-top settlement of Groznjan, a thriving centre for artists and artisans that overlooks the Mirna River.

    After some time exploring this quaint town and perhaps grabbing a drink at one of the tempting pavement cafes, we continue eastwards through undulating countryside to Livade. A town renowned for its truffles, we simply cannot leave with sampling some of these much sought-after fungus. Our hotel for the evening is just a short ride away in the hill-top village of Motovun.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

    Accommodation: Motovun

  • Day 4
    Cycle to the coast

    Motovun – Porec. Today we make our way back to the coast, continuing to cycle along the old railway track of the Parenzana. After an hour or so on the road we stop off in the residential village of Vizinada to rehydrate. While throughout our journey today we will be following the route of Parenzana, in some places the tracks are no longer visible as we find ourselves cycling over red Istrian soil. In the afternoon we stop for lunch in the hilltop village of Visnjan, famed for its architecture and astronomical observatory.

    Following lunch we continue with a leisurely 15 kilometres ride out to the coast, passing by the last of the old Parenzana railway stations just before we reach Porec. This pretty town is our base for the next two nights and is home to a UNESCO-listed basilica and a quaint old quarter.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

    Accommodation: Porec

  • Day 5
    Day trip from Porec

    After breakfast we head out on our bikes for a day of cycling. Our first stop is the Euphrasian Basilica, an impressive 16th century cathedral that is one of the most important landmarks of Porec. Heading inland we cycle on quiet country roads to the village of Bacva – the highest point of today’s ride, where we have a short cafe break. We continue our cycle heading southwards back towards the coast where we stop at Vrsar, a fortified 12th century village with commanding views of the sea. While here we visit the remains of the castle before cycling northward to the fishing village of Funtana. Later today we head back to our hotel in Porec, cycling through the resort areas of Zelena and Playa Laguna en route.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

    Accommodation: Porec

  • Day 6
    Bale Olive oil tasting

    Porec – Rovinj. This morning you can choose to either have a leisurely start to the day with a short road transfer to Kanfanar, or if you’re feeling energetic you can cycle the 20 kilometre distance. From here we all hop on our bikes to continue the day. Our ride is flat today and takes us back through the Bale region. One of our stops en route is Svetvincenat, with its renaissance town square and imposing Morosini-Grimani fortress.

    Our next stop is the small picturesque town of Bale – considered by many to be one of Croatia’s best kept secrets. Here we can visit the Soardo-Bembo Palace and visit a famous olive oil producer, where we can learn about the trees, harvest and process of producing the oil. We may even try some too! Upon arriving at our hotel in Rovinj later today we have time to explore this colourful city. This evening you are free to try the local cuisine – and the fresh fish combined with a glass of Malvasia wine is highly recommended!

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch

    Accommodation: Rovinj

  • Day 7
    Cycle south to Pula

    Rovinj – Pula. A road transfer this morning takes us to the medieval town of Zminj before we set off on our final bike ride in Croatia. Cycling southward through rural countryside and small villages, we make our way towards our ultimate destination of Pula. We stop for lunch in the vibrant town of Vodnjan, with its pretty colourful painted houses. Upon arrival in the harbour city of Pula, we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the old part of the city. We end the day with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch 1 Dinner

    Accommodation: Pula

  • Day 8
    Goodbye Croatia

    Your cycling holiday of Croatia comes to an end after breakfast and hotel check-out. A group transfer to Pula Airport is provided.

    Meals: 1 Breakfast

    Accommodation:

Inclusions

  • One group airport arrival and departure transfer (please read the Joining Instructions in the Trip Notes for further information)
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 7 nights in simple hotels
  • 6 days of cycling through the Istrian countryside from Buje to Pula with sightseeing stops en route
  • Wine tasting and olive oil tasting
  • Local bike hire and a bike helmet
  • Escorted by an English-speaking tour leader
  • All transportation as specified in the itinerary
  • Vehicle support throughout the trip
  • Group size: minimum: 4 / maximum: 16

Accommodation

Simple hotels

    Exclusions

    • International flights and visas
    • Tip for your tour leader. An entirely personal gesture

    Map

    Notes

    Age Policy

    18yrs or 16yrs accompanied by an adult

    A doctor's note is required for pax who are 75 or over.

    *Approximate Price per person. For latest prices see Pricing Tab