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BIcycle cruise Istria - Boat & Bike

Bicycle Cruise Istria (8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 240 km )

The Istrians call their peninsula „The heart of Europe” – this is where Central Europe and the Mediterranean world meet.

During this week you will discover the length of this unique coastline by bike & boat, bringing you closer to the land and its people. On board of a romantic motor yacht, your accommodation for the week, you will discover the charm of the Adriatic Sea in a unique fashion.

Special cultural highlights of this bicycle trip are the UNESCO protected old town of Rovinj, the fantastic Euphrasian Basilica in Porec as well as the Roman amphitheatre at Pula.

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Culture: enjoy a visit to the impressive amphitheatre in Pula that is protected by the UNESCO
Nature: cycle along the beautiful Limksi canal
Activity: a stroll through through the artist’s village of Groznjan will be an unforgettable holiday experience
Gastronomy: famous white truffles from Istria are a true culinary delight

1st Day (Sun) Pula (Embarkation) – Pula (Round trip) (aprx. 10.5 mi/17 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. Around 2 pm/2:30 pm check-in on the motor yacht. Afterwards a first cycle tour starts at 3 pm and takes us in a small circle around Pula and back to the ship. You might get the chance to have a closer look of the famous Amphitheatre. After your cycle tour you go on your first cruise just a couple of miles north to a bay for your overnight stay.

2nd Day (Mon) Vrsar – Poreč (aprx. 22 mi/35 km)
In the early morning (before breakfast) we go on a very scenic, aprx. 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 Limski canal to Klostar in the hinterland. After a break, long enough to taste some fresh suckling pig. 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 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.

 3rd Day (Tue) Poreč – Višnjan – Umag (aprx. 31 mi/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 a visit to 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 Umag.

4th Day (Wed) Umag Grožnjan – Novigrad (aprx. 34 mi/55 km)
After breakfast we start 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 of 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.

5th Day (Thu) Novigrad – Poreč – Rovinj (aprx. 22 mi/35 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 harbour of Poreč and will take us to Rovinj. Overnight stay in Rovinj.

6th Day (Fri) Rovinj (aprx. 12.5 mi/20 km)
From Rovinj we start today’s cycle tour which allows ample time for a refreshing bath in the Adriatic Sea. You got time in the afternoon to stroll through the winding alleyways of this picture perfect town. It’ll leave you enchanted. The night is spent in Rovinj.  

7th Day (Sat) Rovinj – Barbariga – Vodnjan – Pula (aprx. 22 mi/35 km)
A longer crossing takes us to Barbariga. 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 celebrative evening meal with guests, guides and crew brings a fantastic week to a happy end.

 8th Day (Sun) Pula (Disembarkation)
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.

Itinerary changes
We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

Hybrid Bikes

Those choosing to rent a hybrid bike will receive a reliable, low maintenance, aluminum frame bike in the suitable size. Our hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. All components are selected based on our twenty years of experience in bike tourism, insuring that they fulfill the necessary criteria to provide the rider with an uncompromised cycle experience. These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 80 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

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E-Bikes

Clients who wish to be supported by a tail-wind and seek to hire an e-bike will receive a high-quality pedelec, powered mainly by a Bosch motor capable of covering long distances, and characterized by their light weight and great components. Alternative drive systems may also be used. Standard components of our e-bikes in varying frame sizes include, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. With our e-bikes you will conquer the hills with a smile, they are a true declaration of independence for all who wish to cycle and seek the support of a little push. These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 160 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

E-bike

Basic tour price (per person in a double cabin)

  • from 990 euro

Included services

  • 8-day-trip on a motorized yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a double cabin with shower/toilet (above deck surcharge is included in the basic tour price)
  • 7 x half board
  • Guided cycling tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking tour guide

Additional optional services (on request)

  • ½ a double cabin (limited)
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 600 euro (limited)
  • Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week; e-bike: 160 euro/week (limited)
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week; e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
  • A safe parking space: motorcycle: 30 euro/week; car up to 6 m in length: 50 euro/week, vehicle longer than 6 m: 100 euro/week (to be paid on-site to the tour guide)
  • 3-day extension module Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes (only as PRE-Islandhopping tour bookable) incl. transfer airport – hotel // hotel – Plitvice Lakes; 2 nights in a 3 or 4 star hotel; guided sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entry fees for sights not included), dinner in a local restaurant, entry fee for Plitvice Lakes National Park (transfer Plitvice Lakes – boat in Pula additional partial fee, on request); price per person: 3 star hotel in a double room: 690 euro/single room: 790 euro; 4 star hotel in a double room: 730 euro/single room: 830 euro (People driving independently, without the need of a transfer, receive a discount of 320 € off all prices mentioned)
  • 2-day extension module Zagreb (only as PRE-Islandhopping tour bookable) incl. transfer airport – hotel; 1 night in a 3 or 4 star hotel; guided sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entry fees for sights not included), dinner in a local restaurant (transfer hotel – boat in Pula  additional partial fee, on request); price per person: 3 star hotel in a double room: 290 euro/single room: 320 euro; 4 star hotel in a double room: 330 euro/single room: 390 euro (People driving independently, without the need of a transfer, receive a discount of 60 € off all prices mentioned
  • Additional night (B&B) in Pula
  • Collective transfer from/to Zagreb on day of embarkation/disembarkation only (11:30 am from Zagreb Center or 12:15 pm from Zagreb Airport to Pula / return transfer from Pula to Zagreb Airport starts at 7 am: 50 euro person/way and 50 euro bicycle/way (reservation required two weeks in advance, booking incl. complete transmission of flight details) 
  • Customized transfers

Not included in the basic tour price

  • Journey to Pula
  • Flat rate for bottled water, Visitor’s tax and local charges 40 euro for adults or 20 euro for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain)
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Entrance fee for sights are not included in the tour price
  • Tips for crew and tour guides