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Istria's Wine Roads

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.5 Read 6 reviews
  • Explore the charming Istrian countryside from the saddle
  • Sample the region's Momjan muscat wine and white truffles
  • Stay in the coastal city of Poreč with its UNESCO Basilica
  • Finish on the shores of the Adriatic Sea in the colourful town of Rovinj
  • Cycle through the hilltop villages of Grožnjan and Motovun
Sample local wines and delicacies, while you soak up the Mediterranean sun and meet the locals on your cycling holiday. Your journey takes in the best Istria has to offer, from the untouched interior with its medieval hilltop villages, to the glistening Adriatic Coast and its popular resorts. Starting out from Buje, in the north of the Istrian Peninsula, you will soon see why this area is often referred to as the “Adriatic Tuscany”, with its rolling green hills and terracotta roofed villages. Leaving Buje, cycle through the Mirna River Valley on your way to the artists colony of Grožnjan. Passing through the village of Oprtajl, you will enjoy views of the Mirna River as you head towards Livade, the truffle centre of Istria. Finally you will reach your next stop, the Medieval hilltop town of Motovun with views over the valley below. From Motovun, you will cycle back out to the Adriatic Coast to the popular coastal town of Poreč. On the way stop in Visnjan and visit the many wine cellars, sampling some of the Malvasia wine produced in this area. The next day starts with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Euphrasiana Basilica. Your final destination is the colourful coastal port of Rovinj. Still an active fishing village, it is now also a popular tourist destination. Explore the narrow streets, passing market stalls brimming with local produce and handicrafts. Walk along the waterfront taking in the warm Mediterranean sun setting before stopping at one of the many seafood restaurants to celebrate the end of your cycling adventure.
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What To Expect

If you love food, wine and cycling then you have found your perfect cycling holiday. This really is a cycling tour for the gourmet, who enjoy the good things in life.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Cycling | You will spend multiple nights in one or more location on this cycling holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Mixed Abilities

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Wine, Whisky & More...
  • Historical Journeys

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate. The trip is planned on local roads with some short connections on main roads but generally the cycling is relaxed and traffic light.

Navigation

Full route instructions, maps and sightseeing information will be provided.

Accommodation Information

The accommodation on this cycling trip consists of small charming family run three star hotels. Many are renowned for their excellent cuisine and all offer a warm welcome to cyclists, traditional hospitality and an authentic experience.

Additional Nights and Extensions

You can add additional nights at any point along the route or elsewhere in Croatia.

Solo Cyclists & Single Rooms

Unfortunately, this tour is not available to solo cyclists due to the remote nature of some of the cycling. Single rooms are available for a small supplement.

Meals

A delicious breakfast (usually buffet) is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Many accommodations are happy to provide a packed lunch - this should be requested on arrival. Or you can pick up lunch in the village or stop along the trail. Your route notes have details for each day. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby bars, cafes and restaurants.

Included
  • 7 Nights in 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfer
  • Information pack and route notes with maps
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to Buje / from Rovinj
  • Bike hire
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Bike hire
  • Airport transfers

When To Go

The Istria Wine Roads Cycling tour is available from April to October. You can start your holiday on any date in the season. 

Getting to the Start

By Air- Pula is the regional airport and flights from the UK are available via Zagreb. Trieste Airport is the closest airport serviced by direct flights from the UK with Ryan Air and Alitalia offering services.

From Pula Airport to Porec - Buses are available from Pula to Porec (approx. 1hr 30m) with local bus companies such as Brioni and FILS. We can also arrange airport transfers for you if pre-booked.

From Trieste to Porec - We recommend you pre-book airport transfers as public transport is very limited.

Getting from the End

From Rovinj to Pula (End of Trip) - There are local buses from Rovinj to Pula , or again we can arrange airport transfers for you if pre-booked.

From Rovinj to Trieste - We recommend you pre-book airport transfers as public transport is very limited.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and trousers), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Additional Nights and Extensions

You can add additional nights at any point along the route or elsewhere in Croatia.

Tailor Made Holidays

We are always more than happy to tailor our standard itineraries to suit. Just let us know what you would like and we will be happy to arrange your tailor made holiday.

Equipment

Road bikes are also available on request.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Buje Day 2 Circular cycle to Umag 27 miles / 43 km Day 3 Cycle the Mirna River Valley 24 miles / 39 km Day 4 Cycle to Motovun 22 miles / 35 km Day 5 Cycle to Porec 24 miles / 39 km Day 6 Circular cycle to Vrsar 43 miles / 27 km Day 7 Cycle to Rovinj 31 miles / 19 km Day 8 Depart Rovinj

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