Explore the Heart of Europe, Istria Pula
Price : £893
Category :
Guided
Country :
Croatia
Tour Guide : Guided, Bike & Boat
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 141m/225km
Tour Code : IH003
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

Referred to by the Istrians as ‘’the heart of Europe’’, the stunning peninsula of Istria is where Central Europe and the Mediterranean come together in perfect harmony. With so much land and sea to investigate, this combination of boat and cycling tour is the perfect way to explore Croatia’s most popular coastline – taking in the many sights the region has to offer along the way.

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Referred to by the Istrians as ‘’the heart of Europe’’, the stunning peninsula of Istria is where Central Europe and the Mediterranean come together in perfect harmony. With so much land and sea to investigate, this combination of boat and cycling tour is the perfect way to explore Croatia’s most popular coastline – taking in the many sights the region has to offer along the way.

It’s fair to say that Istria lays claim to more than its fair share of historical significance, and nowhere will this be more evident than the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica at Pore? (A UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right) and 1st centrury Pula Arena amphitheatre! These fantasticly preserved examples of Roman and Byzantine architecture can be surpased in beauty only by the picturesque landscapes the region also has to offer: with rolling hills, panoramic views, rivers, valleys and wildflowers making up the majority of your cycle routes.

Istrian food is known for its interplay between mediterranian and contintal cuisine. Always fresh and cooked with the best olive oils, we make a point of trying locally caught sucking pig in Klostar and cycling amongst the highly saught after white truffles of the Mirna valley (a food lovers paradise!).

  • The stunning peninsula of Istria is where Central Europe and the Mediterranean come together

  • Visit the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica at Poreč and 1st centrury Pula Arena amphitheatre

  • Rolling hills, panoramic views, rivers, valleys and wildflowers

The Trip

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Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in and a round trio of Pula

Day 2: Vrsar – Porec: 35km cycle

Day 3: Porec – Visnjan – Umag: 50km cycle

Day 4: Umag – Grožnjan – Novigrad: 55km

Day 5: Novigrad – Porec: 25km cycle

Day 6: Rovinj: 20km cycle

Day 7: Rovinj – Fažana – Vodnjan – Pula: 30km cycle

Day 8: Departure from Pula

Day 1: Arrival in and a round trio of Pula

Individual arrival in Pula, Istria’s largest city. Between 2-2:30 pm you’ll check in on board before taking your first cycle tour in a large circe around the city. You may get the chance for an extended visit at the famous 1st century Pula Arena amphitheatre with time permitting. Back at the boat you’ll leave Pula for your first cruise of just a couple of miles to a remote bay where you’ll anchor up for your overnight stay.

Day 2: Vrsar – Porec: 35km cycle

In the very early morning (before breakfast) you’ll take a very scenic 3 hour cruise to Vrsar, the town where Casanova himself found temporary refuge from the lovers pursuing him during the 18th century. From Vrsar you’ll cycle along the Lim fjord to Kostar in the hinterland. After a sample of the locally caught sucking pig and a short break, you cycle on to Porec. Here you’ll take a guided walk through the town, encountering (among many other fascinating historical cites) the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica at Porec (A UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right) along the way.

Day 3: Porec – Visnjan – Umag: 50km cycle

Today’s stage takes you out of Porec and through the extensive vineyards to Visnjan, home of the famous white Boskarin-Cattle. After a well deserved coffee break you’ll continue cycling over the gentle hills of the hinterland to Vizinada. Then after lunch you’ll cycle back to Porec, but not before a visit to the Baredine Cave en route. In the cave you’ll go through 5 incredible halls, each beautifully illuminated, and delve 60m under ground to a subsurface lake, inhabited by the Old or ‘white salamander’ – once believed to be the offspring of cave dragons! From Porec the boat then cruises gently to Umag for your overnight stay.

Day 4: Umag – Grožnjan – Novigrad: 55km

After breakfast this stage sees you cycle along the coast line to the artist’s village of Grožnjan. Here you’ll take a relaxed stop before continuing on to Novigrad, through the Mirna river valley. The valley is well known for its white truffles – a must see for any foodies among you! Arriving in Novigrad you’re greeted by the remains of the old city wall and 7th stunning 7th century Pelagius Basilica. In this pretty little harbour town you’ll find many cafes and bars in which you can enjoy the end of your day before enjoying dinner on board.

Day 5: Novigrad – Porec: 25km cycle

Today’s stage starts with a long cycle all the way along the coast to Porec. This time round there’s plenty of time to stroll around the beautiful old town and enjoy some fresh, regional cuisine over lunch. The boat then awaits you in the Porec harbour and will take you towards Rovinj.

Day 6: Rovinj: 20km cycle

From your mooring the boat will take you to Rovinj – a true Adriatic gem, but not before a refreshing morning swim. A midmorning cycle then takes you around Rovinj, and the afternoon is dedicated to a stroll among the winding alleys of this picture perfect town. Overnight in Rovinj.

Day 7: Rovinj – Fažana – Vodnjan – Pula: 30km cycle

A longer crossing today takes you to Fažana. Here you’ll climb ashore, have some lunch and then hop on your bike for a ride back to Pula via Vodnjan. You’ll arrive in Pula with plenty of time to wonder the streets of the beautiful city before your final celebratory meal with fellow guests, crew and guides. Final overnight stay in Pula.

Day 8: Departure from Pula

After breakfast, your tour comes to an end. It is possible, however, to extend your stay at your request.

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 8 day trip on a motor yacht with crew

  • 7 nights in a double cabin with shower/toilet

  • 7 days 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;

Price Excludes:

  • Hire bikes and helmet

  • Journey to Pula

  • Tourist tax and local charges €40 or €20 for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain)

  • Drinks on board (tally sheet

  • to be paid to the captain)

  • Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price

  • Meals ashore

  • Tips for crew and tour guides


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Extras:

  • Insurance against theft and damage of hybrid bike £15 (E-bike £25)

  • A safe parking space in Pula – €40 (to be paid on-site)

  • Additional night (B&B) in Pula: prices on request

  • Collective group transfer between Zagreb airport or a hotel in Zagreb city and Pula

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Pula

From Pula airport make your way to your meeting point via taxi or on foot.

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Pula

From Pula take a short taxi to Pula airport.

Price : £893
Category :
Guided
Country :
Croatia
Tour Guide : Guided, Bike & Boat
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 141m/225km
Tour Code : IH003
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

Referred to by the Istrians as ‘’the heart of Europe’’, the stunning peninsula of Istria is where Central Europe and the Mediterranean come together in perfect harmony. With so much land and sea to investigate, this combination of boat and cycling tour is the perfect way to explore Croatia’s most popular coastline – taking in the many sights the region has to offer along the way.

Read More

Referred to by the Istrians as ‘’the heart of Europe’’, the stunning peninsula of Istria is where Central Europe and the Mediterranean come together in perfect harmony. With so much land and sea to investigate, this combination of boat and cycling tour is the perfect way to explore Croatia’s most popular coastline – taking in the many sights the region has to offer along the way.

It’s fair to say that Istria lays claim to more than its fair share of historical significance, and nowhere will this be more evident than the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica at Pore? (A UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right) and 1st centrury Pula Arena amphitheatre! These fantasticly preserved examples of Roman and Byzantine architecture can be surpased in beauty only by the picturesque landscapes the region also has to offer: with rolling hills, panoramic views, rivers, valleys and wildflowers making up the majority of your cycle routes.

Istrian food is known for its interplay between mediterranian and contintal cuisine. Always fresh and cooked with the best olive oils, we make a point of trying locally caught sucking pig in Klostar and cycling amongst the highly saught after white truffles of the Mirna valley (a food lovers paradise!).

  • The stunning peninsula of Istria is where Central Europe and the Mediterranean come together

  • Visit the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica at Poreč and 1st centrury Pula Arena amphitheatre

  • Rolling hills, panoramic views, rivers, valleys and wildflowers

The Trip

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Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in and a round trio of Pula

Day 2: Vrsar – Porec: 35km cycle

Day 3: Porec – Visnjan – Umag: 50km cycle

Day 4: Umag – Grožnjan – Novigrad: 55km

Day 5: Novigrad – Porec: 25km cycle

Day 6: Rovinj: 20km cycle

Day 7: Rovinj – Fažana – Vodnjan – Pula: 30km cycle

Day 8: Departure from Pula

Day 1: Arrival in and a round trio of Pula

Individual arrival in Pula, Istria’s largest city. Between 2-2:30 pm you’ll check in on board before taking your first cycle tour in a large circe around the city. You may get the chance for an extended visit at the famous 1st century Pula Arena amphitheatre with time permitting. Back at the boat you’ll leave Pula for your first cruise of just a couple of miles to a remote bay where you’ll anchor up for your overnight stay.

Day 2: Vrsar – Porec: 35km cycle

In the very early morning (before breakfast) you’ll take a very scenic 3 hour cruise to Vrsar, the town where Casanova himself found temporary refuge from the lovers pursuing him during the 18th century. From Vrsar you’ll cycle along the Lim fjord to Kostar in the hinterland. After a sample of the locally caught sucking pig and a short break, you cycle on to Porec. Here you’ll take a guided walk through the town, encountering (among many other fascinating historical cites) the 6th century Euphrasian Basilica at Porec (A UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right) along the way.

Day 3: Porec – Visnjan – Umag: 50km cycle

Today’s stage takes you out of Porec and through the extensive vineyards to Visnjan, home of the famous white Boskarin-Cattle. After a well deserved coffee break you’ll continue cycling over the gentle hills of the hinterland to Vizinada. Then after lunch you’ll cycle back to Porec, but not before a visit to the Baredine Cave en route. In the cave you’ll go through 5 incredible halls, each beautifully illuminated, and delve 60m under ground to a subsurface lake, inhabited by the Old or ‘white salamander’ – once believed to be the offspring of cave dragons! From Porec the boat then cruises gently to Umag for your overnight stay.

Day 4: Umag – Grožnjan – Novigrad: 55km

After breakfast this stage sees you cycle along the coast line to the artist’s village of Grožnjan. Here you’ll take a relaxed stop before continuing on to Novigrad, through the Mirna river valley. The valley is well known for its white truffles – a must see for any foodies among you! Arriving in Novigrad you’re greeted by the remains of the old city wall and 7th stunning 7th century Pelagius Basilica. In this pretty little harbour town you’ll find many cafes and bars in which you can enjoy the end of your day before enjoying dinner on board.

Day 5: Novigrad – Porec: 25km cycle

Today’s stage starts with a long cycle all the way along the coast to Porec. This time round there’s plenty of time to stroll around the beautiful old town and enjoy some fresh, regional cuisine over lunch. The boat then awaits you in the Porec harbour and will take you towards Rovinj.

Day 6: Rovinj: 20km cycle

From your mooring the boat will take you to Rovinj – a true Adriatic gem, but not before a refreshing morning swim. A midmorning cycle then takes you around Rovinj, and the afternoon is dedicated to a stroll among the winding alleys of this picture perfect town. Overnight in Rovinj.

Day 7: Rovinj – Fažana – Vodnjan – Pula: 30km cycle

A longer crossing today takes you to Fažana. Here you’ll climb ashore, have some lunch and then hop on your bike for a ride back to Pula via Vodnjan. You’ll arrive in Pula with plenty of time to wonder the streets of the beautiful city before your final celebratory meal with fellow guests, crew and guides. Final overnight stay in Pula.

Day 8: Departure from Pula

After breakfast, your tour comes to an end. It is possible, however, to extend your stay at your request.

Route:

Accommodation

Superior:

Comfort:
Medium class hotels, typically rated as 3 to 4 star. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 8 day trip on a motor yacht with crew

  • 7 nights in a double cabin with shower/toilet

  • 7 days 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;

Price Excludes:

  • Hire bikes and helmet

  • Journey to Pula

  • Tourist tax and local charges €40 or €20 for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain)

  • Drinks on board (tally sheet

  • to be paid to the captain)

  • Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price

  • Meals ashore

  • Tips for crew and tour guides


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Electric Bike Hireelectric bike

The high-capacity battery is secured to the seat tube. Gears: Nexus 8-speed. Range: approx. 90 km (flat terrain, average speed).

Extras:

  • Insurance against theft and damage of hybrid bike £15 (E-bike £25)

  • A safe parking space in Pula – €40 (to be paid on-site)

  • Additional night (B&B) in Pula: prices on request

  • Collective group transfer between Zagreb airport or a hotel in Zagreb city and Pula

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Pula

From Pula airport make your way to your meeting point via taxi or on foot.

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Pula

From Pula take a short taxi to Pula airport.

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