How does a sportive, adventurous and relaxing holiday sound?
Exploring Rabac and the peninsula of Istria by bike provides you with just that! Discover the local feature or chill by the hotel pool with the sound of the sea in your ears, the warm sun on your skin and a cocktail in your hand. Experience a hotel & bike week like no other in Rabac and the surrounding area. Enjoy biking in the nature park around the Učka mountain massif at 1,396 meters with breath-taking views and a kilometre-long descent that you will never forget! Discover fun single trails and newly built flow trails along wide forest roads. And, psst! – we will also show you some astounding secret trails!
On your way, you will visit local farms and taste local specialties. After lunch in magical Motovun, the truffle capital of Istria, you can stroll through the old town of Labin and take in the breathtaking view in Skitača. All of this is an absolute must for every off-road fan!
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|Culture: Dubrava Sculpture Park in Labin with more than ninety outdoor stone artworks|
|Nature: a ride through the mountainous Učka Nature Park with breathtaking views|
|Activity: time travel by bike along the old steam train tracks in Parenzana|
|Gastronomy: visit small family farms and try local truffle goat cheese|
1st Day Rabac – Arrival
Upon arrival and check-in at the hotel, you can familiarize yourself with the surroundings. You can begin your holiday by the pool or at the bar with a first cocktail, take a dip in the turquoise waters of the Croatian Adriatic or stroll through the streets of Rabac! The first meeting with your guide will take place at 6 pm in the lobby of the hotel. If you have any questions you can always contact the Rabac Bike Center. We are here for you!
2nd Day Kamenjak Round Tour (aprx. 30 km/450 m of elevation)
Before the first tour, we will visit the Rabac Bike Skills Park in the morning to assess the MTB skillset of our fellow travellers. This will give you the opportunity to test your rental bike and get used to the specific terrain. After this, our transfer will take us to Hum, the smallest city in the world. This is where your MTB adventure begins. Here you will learn why “Terra Magica” is the nickname of Istria. You will ride on many flowing trails combined with nature trails. Today’s tour is not too technical, but it offers enough ascending slopes with panoramic views and subsequent enjoyable downhill runs.
3rd Day Učka – Plomin – Rabac (aprx. 40 km/900 m of elevation)
After breakfast the transfer will take you from your hotel to the starting point of today’s bike tour: Vojak, the highest peak of Učka (1396 m of altitude). The Učka, or Monte Maggiore, as the locals call this mountain massif, is a protected natural park: perfect for those who like to spend their free time outdoors. Your heart will leap for joy! From Vojak, you can enjoy the breath-taking views over the Kvarner Bay and Istria and start the fantastic descent to the foot of the mountain. On our way to Plomin you will cycle on beautiful single and nature trails. After lunch, the MTB tour continues to Rabac on newly built flow trails – pure off-road fun. You can enjoy the rest of the day in a relaxed atmosphere at the hotel.
4th Day Roundtrip around Labin (aprx. 40 km/550 m of elevation)
Today’s tour is assigned a “Culinary” theme. A transfer will take you to the Dubrava Sculpture Park in Labin, the starting point of today’s tour. The park houses more than ninety outdoor stone artworks. Here, local artists have created modern sculptures predominantly out of local limestone. You will ride on wide forest roads and some single trails to explore the countryside in and around Labin. The highlight of today’s tour: tasting local specialties such as homemade sausages, ham and cheese in small farms. Tasting typical delicacies, meeting the locals, enjoying a scenic biking route – a varied day awaits you.
5th Day Parenzana from Groznjan to Vižinada via Motovun (aprx. 40 km/600 m of elevation)
Today’s biking trip is a real gem and a journey through time. You will explore one of the most popular bike routes in Istria – the old railway line, Parenzana. A transfer will take you to the starting point in Grožnjan. First, we will show you the picturesque old town of Grožnjan and then cycle along the famous Parenzana through Livade and Motovun to Vižinada. You will discover many secret trails, magical villages and their interesting history, local specialties and contemplate great views. The lunch break will take place in Motovun – the truffle capital is one of the highlights of Istria. After this, the cycling tour continues to Vižinada, from where a transfer will take you to Poreč. You will be guided through this wonderful old town and end the day with a sundowner at the seaside.
6th Day Labin – Skitača – Rabac (aprx. 35 km/600 m of elevation)
A transfer will take you to Labin, where you will enjoy a cultural delicacy and discover the charming old town before starting the tour. You will ride to Skitača, a peninsula that offers a breath-taking view over the Kvarner bay – such an incomparable view that it is said to have moved even saints to tears. See for yourself! Finally, exciting trails await you on your way to Rabac before returning to the hotel for the last time. Finish off the day relaxing at the hotel pool or at the bar with a drink.
7th Day Rabac – Individual Departure
After this eventful bike week, it is time to say goodbye to Rabac and Croatia. Individual journey home or an extended stay.
|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.||MTB|
|E-Mountain Bikes 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.||E-MTB|
Basic tour price per person
– from 890 Euro (3* Hotel Allegro)
– from 1.090 Euro (4* Hotel Casa Valamar Sanfior)
– 6 nights, either in the 3 * Hotel Allegro or 4 * Hotel Valamar Sanfior
– 6 x half board (breakfast and dinner)
– 4 x lunch in local pubs
– All transfers during the trip
– German- and English-speaking tour guide
– Entrance to sights and museums
– Guided bike tours and sightseeing according to the program
– Overview maps of the individual bike stages (GPS tracks on the GPS devices)
Not included in the tour price
– Arrival to Rabac
– 2 x lunch and all drinks
– Tips for guides and drivers
Additional optional services (on request)
Exclusive airport or train station transfers with or without bike (up to 8 people):
a. Zagreb Airport (ZAG) – Rabac: 450 €
b. Pula Airport (PUY) – Rabac: 80 €
c. Rijeka Airport (RJK) on the island of Krk: 200 €
– Full suspension MTB (Fully): 180 € / week;
– Full suspension E-MTB (E-Fully): 240 € / week
– MTB (Hardtail): 100 € / week
Insurance against theft and damage to the MTB (Fully): 20 €/week and Hardtail: 10 €/week (not insured: grossly negligent damage)