Join us on a very special mountain bike vacation along the historical narrow-gauge Parenzana railway which, between 1902 and 1935, connected a total of 33 sites between Trieste and Poreč.
Rest assured that every single kilometer of this wonderful bike tour provides you not only with unforgettable cycling fun, but also recalls countless stories from long ago: rustic villages, cultural highlights and UNESCO world heritage towns will all be shown to you on this exciting journey.
Unimaginable natural landscapes and outlooks over the Istrian coast will accompany you throughout the entirety of your journey.
In 7 days you cycle through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. Varied single trails in close proximity to the sea as well as along narrow paths through lush-green forests heading inland are waiting for you to cycle through them. A vast network of coastal trails and plenty of photo opportunities offer a truly varied program – there is no shortage of secluded bays, bars and restaurants to refuel and refresh you along the way.
A selection of 3-4 star hotels insure that you start each day fresh and rested, while our transport driver brings your luggage from hotel to hotel.
Come with us on a journey through time in south-east Europe!
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|Culture: visit the UNESCO protected Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč|
|Nature: peninsula of Kamenjak offers numerous coastal trails and stuning views over bays with cristal clear water|
|Activity: panorama boat ride to Rovinj|
|Gastronomy: truffles and white wine Malvazija are the taste of Istria|
1st Day Muggia/Italy (Arrival)
After arrival and checking-in at the hotel you can familiarize yourself with the surroundings. You can spend the first hours of your holiday strolling through the alleys and streets of Muggia, tasting a delicious ice cream or bathing in the sea.
2nd Day Muggia – Umag (aprx. 63 km/650 m of elevation)
At 9.30 in the morning, before your first bike tour, your guide for the week will meet you in the lobby of Al Lido Hotel. You find your bike, adjusted according to your measurements and needs. After a short introduction you get started on your first tour. The bike trail going through Italy and Slovenia is asphalt, so that today you have enough time to get used to the bike. After a few kilometers you cross the border between Italy and Slovenia. The tour takes you through the most beautiful coastal cities in Slovenia. A refreshing swim stop, a stop for lunch as well as a visit to the salt works, dating back to the Roman times, characterize your day. After crossing the border to Croatia the real MTB adventure begins: dirt roads, long climbs and panoramic viewpoints await you before the first day comes to an end in a great hotel in Umag.
3rd Day Umag – Motovun (aprx. 53 km/800 – 1,000 m of elevation)
Today you discover the Istrian hinterland and pass through green forests as well as small villages up to the highest point of the tour today: the magical artists’ village Grožnjan, located at an altitude of 270 m above sea level. The village has gained popularity in recent years, not only among artists, but especially as a Hollywood backdrop. Fabulous views over dense forests, deep valleys and the Istrian coastline with its turquoise sea offer breathtaking artistic impressions. After lunch you have the opportunity to try a couple of single trails leading down to the Motovun woods. This is an Eldorado for all truffle lovers. A short climb separates you from today’s destination: Motovun. This medieval city is a must-see cultural and culinary highlight of Istria. Spending the night here is a unique experience.
4th Day Motovun – Poreč (aprx. 46 km/380 m of elevation)
Today you can relax on the bike on a less demanding tour. After breakfast start out towards Poreč – Parenzo. A few climbs and the way back to the coast characterize today’s tour. From Motovun you cycle 12 km along the Parenzana rail trail, passing through the forest with a view over Mirna’s valley. Once you arrive in Vižinada, the tour continues through famous red wine country until Poreč – one of the most beautiful old cities in Croatia. After a refreshing swim in the sea we recommend taking a stroll through the village, drifting through the maze of alleyways, taking your time to enjoy a good cocktail or a delicious ice-cream on the promenade.
5th Day Poreč – Vrsas – Rovinj (aprx. 35 km/400 m of elevation)
After breakfast a guided tour through the beautiful old town of Poreč awaits you with a visit to the Euphrasius basilica dating back to the 6th century, now under UNESCO world heritage protection. Afterwards you start the bike tour: in the first few kilometers you follow the popular promenade in Poreč before continuing along narrow forest trails inland. Today’s destination is the small village of Kloštar, where you have the opportunity to taste Istrian specialties endemic to the area. After lunch you pass through the protected forest of Konti along narrow paths and reach Vrsar. Once you have arrived here, your journey continues on the water: a boat takes you to Rovinj. Lean back and enjoy the beautiful cruise. Ahoy!
6th Day Rovinj – Pula (aprx. 50 km/400 m of elevation)
The day begins with a guided tour through the beautiful city of Rovinj. Afterwards you continue by bike towards Pula. Follow the coast past tiny bays as well as the bird reserve Palud. Arriving in Fažana you’ll be just in time for a well-deserved lunch break. Besides the Croatian cuisine, you can also enjoy a unique view over the Brijuni national park. The tour continues on through an abandoned military base, which nowadays inspires every mountain biker with its great single trails near the coast. The view of Pula with its breathtaking amphitheater crowns the day’s experience! On arrival at the port you visit the city per bike and your guide will show you all the important sights of this ancient roman city.
7th Day Pula – Cape Kamenjak – Pula (aprx. 45 km/600 m of elevation)
The best is yet to come: today you start from the hotel on an unforgettable tour. You cycle along single trails by the sea, over the hills of Pula, until after a few kilometers you reach at the protected area of Cape Kamenjak. This 8 km long peninsula offers an incredible number of coastal trails and fantastic bays with crystal clear water. A refreshing swim is really a must here! On the top of the peninsula you stop at the popular Safari bar, where you can enjoy a lunch break before heading back to Pula. Enjoy your last day in the hotel by relaxing at the hotel swimming pool or enjoying a drink!
8th Day Pula/Croatia (Departure)
After an unforgettable bike week today is time to say goodbye to Istria. The return journey is organized individually by each participant. Alternatively you can also decide to extend your stay in the same or a similar hotel.
Full Suspension Mountain Bikes
For our mountain bike tours we use only high-quality full suspension rental bikes, with components perfectly suited to the Mediterranean terrain and the technical demands associated with it. In order to conserve energy levels on longer ascends and to maximize stoke on trail descents our lightweight fullys mainly host 27.5 inch rims, 140 – 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano or SRAM gear and break systems as well as a dropper post. These high-quality Fullsuspension MTBs are rented for 180 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.
Those who wish to climb effortlessly and save their strength for the downhill portion of the ride are well catered for with our e-MTB rentals. Our reliable 27.5 inch e-MTBs with wide and robust tires are the ultimate shredding machines. A strong Bosch drive train with extended range, 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano gear and brake systems as well as a dropper post make the e-MTB the trail lover’s best friend on our MTB tours in the Mediterranean. These high-quality e-mountain bikes are rented for 240 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.
Basic tour price per person
– from 1.090 euro (in a double room)
– 7 nights in 3* and 4* bike-friendly hotel
– 7 x half-board (breakfast and lunch or dinner depending on the day, according to the program and to the tour it can be during the bike tour or in hotel)
– Navigation Vrsar – Rovinj
– All transfers during the tour
– German and English speaking local tour guides
– Guided bike tours and city tours as described in the program
– General maps of every bike route
Services not included in the basic tour price
– Arrival to Muggia/Trieste
– Departure from Pula
– All drinks
Additional optional services
– Exclusive transfer from airport/bus/train station
– Bike for rent:
a. Full-suspension MTB (Fully): 180 euro/week
b. Full-suspension E-MTB (E-Fully): 240 euro/week
c. MTB (hardtail): 100 euro/week
– Insurance against theft and damage of MTB: Fully 20 euro/week, Hardtail 10 euro/week (not covered: damage caused by gross negligence)
– Additional night in Pula/Istria after the trip – on request
– Surcharge for single room: 300 euro