Istria Wine and Gastro Cycling Tour

Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, located at the head of the Adriatic between the Gulf of Trieste and Kvarner Bay.

Tour Highlights

  • A cycling journey through one of Europe's hidden gems.
  • Delicious Croatian meals and great wines.
  • Views from the hill top town of Motovun.
  • Truffle tales in Oprtalj.
  • A post ride swim in the waters of the Adriatic.
  • Roman Amphitheater in Pula.
  • Explore the coastal towns of Rovinj, Umag and Poreč.

Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea located at the head of the Adriatic between the Gulf of Trieste and Kvarner Bay. This peaceful peninsula was historically part of the Venetian Empire. It is a land of diverse scenery with rolling hills, pine forests, wheat fields, vineyards, olive groves and of course, the sparkling azure sea lapping the coastline. All this makes Istria one of the most visited tourism destinations, not only in Croatia but also in the Mediterranean as whole, and why it is known as the "green-blue" region.

From $ 2500
Activity Level Recreational / Active non-riders are welcome
Duration 7 days / 6 nights in luxury 4 star hotels
Start / End Poreč / Pula
Daily Mileage 20 - 33 mi
Daily Biking 2 - 4.5 Hours
Meals All breakfast, 6 gourmet dinners, 3 lunches, 3 Wine tastings, 2 Olive oil tastings, Cheese tasting, Prosciutto tasting, Oyster and mussel tasting and Truffle tasting

Itinerary Map

Day 1

Arrival Poreč

After arrival, you'll have time visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Porec and its Byzantine Basilica.The meeting with tour leaders and the rest of the group will take place on the hotel terrace. We will have a welcome drink, and you will receive detailed information about the tour and schedule.

Accommodation Hotel Palazzo

Day 2

Poreč - Brtonigla 26mi. + optional ride 14mi. Poreč - Novigrad - Brtonigla Show more detail Hide more detail

Departing the hotel, we will set off and ride through the area inland of Poreč, with a brief stop to taste the famous Istrian wine and cheese. Continuing via Novigrada (Cittanova), another medieval walled town. As well as its rich history, Novigrad is also renowned for its gastronomy, and is listed as one of Istria’s top gourmet destinations. Today's ride continues along the coast up to the town of Brtonigla, where we will enjoy a wine tasting.

Accommodation Hotel Palazzo

Day 3

Poreč - Buje -Grožnjan - Motovun ride 20mi. - optional ride 14mi. Poreč - Buje- Grožnjan - Motovun- Poreč Show more detail Hide more detail

After a short transfer to Buje, we will start cycling towards Grožnjan – a town of artists. The route continues along the ridge of a hill, with stunning vistas over the surrounding towns on the hilltops. We will make a stop in the Motovun Forest, and have the opportunity to try the truffles this region is famous for. The day ends with a walk through beautiful Motovun, the best known town in central Istria.

Accommodation Hotel Palazzo

Day 4

Poreč - Rovinj 23mi. + optional ride 14mi. Poreč- Vrsar - Rovinj Show more detail Hide more detail

The morning's ride sets off towards the quiet Istrian interior. On route towards Rovinj, we will pass the ruins of an old castle, Dvigrad, and stop to taste Istria's best known wine, Malvasija, at a local winery. The afternoon is free, with time for swimming or sightseeing in beautiful Rovinj.

Accommodation Hotel Eden

Day 5

Rovinj loop ride 23 mi. + optional ride 12 mi. Rovinj - Kanfanar - Žminj - Svetvinčenat - Rovinj Show more detail Hide more detail

Today’s ride is a circular tour that begins in Rovinj. We will ride through the towns Kanfanar and Žminj, and end at the Lim Channel, where we will enjoy a tasting of oysters and other wonderful shellfish.

Accommodation Hotel Eden

Day 6

Pula 26 mi. + optional 11 mi. Rovinj -Bale - Vodnjan - Pula Show more detail Hide more detail

In the morning we visit Olive oil mill and the lively medieval village of Svetvinčenat which features the famous Grimaldi Castle, named after the Venetian family that bought it and renovated it in the 16th century. After prosciutto tasting, we continue towards Pula which often considered the capital of the area. Pula is the home of the famous Roman amphitheater.
Day 7

Pula Departure Show more detail Hide more detail

Breakfast and then check out. We recommend you spend a few extra days in Pula, to take in all its amazing sights and Brijuni National park.

Accomodation

Hotel Park Plaza Histria

The hotel's location on the beautiful south coast of Croatia's Istrian Peninsula offers breathtaking views across the Adriatic Sea, and the historic city of Pula is only minutes from the resort.

Hotel Palazzo

Built in 1910, in the contemporary style of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, the former “Hotel Riviera“is the first hotel in the rich cultural and historical heritage of the town of Porec whose guest

Hotel Eden

Hotel Eden boasts good positioning at a close distance to Church of St.

What's Included

Come & go

  • Exceptional customer service and unforgetable experience.
  • Delivery of your luggage to your hotel room each day.
  • Onward transfers.

Stay & sleep

  • Welcome drink.
  • 6 nights accommodation in luxury 4 star hotels.
  • Breakfast and dinner for 6 nights.

On the road

  • Unlimited fruit, snacks and drinks during the rides.
  • Choice of high quality hybrid and road bikes.
  • Water bottle and bike bag.
  • Quality helmets.
  • Vehicle support with free Wi-Fi internet - will carry fruit, snacks and drinks, bike spares, first aid kit, and, if needed, tired cyclists.
  • Two experienced local bilingual guides.

Wine & Dine

  • 5 gourmet dinners with drinks.
  • 3 Wine tastings in most famous wineries in Istria.
  • 2 Lunches with drinks.
  • 2 olive oil testings.
  • Istrian prosciutto tasting with drinks.
  • Oyster and Mussel tasting with drinks.
  • Truffle tasting with drinks.
  • Cheese tasting.

More

  • Entry fees to attractions and historical sites.

What's not included

Airfare

  • The price does not include flights.

Insurance

  • The price does not include travel and cancellation insurances.

Tips

  • Gratuities for your guides are not included in your trip price. Standard is 5% of your trip price for the guide team. Please tip your guides based on their guest care, service and level of professionalism.