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Croatia - Istria

Croatia - Istria

Degree of difficulty - B

"The heart of Europe" is what the Istrians call their peninsula, inspired by its shape and its position at the crossroads of European arteries, cultures and nations. This is where Central Europe and the world of Mediterranean meet. On this tour we explore the most popular part of the Croatian coast.

Fall in love with the Adriatic Sea on this tour. Relax while being on a romantic motor sailer - your floating home. Get on your bicycle after an invigorating breakfast, enjoy your lunch break ashore or on board, when meeting our ship in one of the pretty harbours. In the evening our ship awaits us in the next harbour. Enjoy the outstanding cuisine aboard while watching the sunset or stroll around historical harbour towns before going to sleep under the stars... either on deck or in your cabin.
This tour will occasionally be operated parallel with a beginners Mountainbike tour on the same boat.

The trip always starts and ends on Sundays, which allows us an unhurried and comfortable arrival.

Please contact us or more information.

1st day (Sun) Pula – Pula (Embarkation) Cycle route approx. 9 mi./15 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. Between 2 and 2:30 pm check-in on the motor yacht. Our first cycle tour starts at 3 pm and takes us in a large circle around Pula and back to the ship. You might get the chance to have closer look of the famous Amphitheatre. After your cycle tour you go on your first cruise just a couple of miles north to a quiet bay for your overnight stay.

2nd day (Mon) Vrsar - Poreč (Cycle route approx. 22 mi./35 km)
After breakfast we go on a very scenic, approx. 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 Lim fjord to Klostar in the hinterland. After a break, long enough to taste some fresh suckling pig, takes us our route 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 (Tues) Poreč – Višnjan – Umag (Cycle route approx. 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 to visit 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 (Cycle route approx. 34 mi./55 km)
After breakfast our cycle takes us to the north starting at the headland and further along the coastline. After a climb we get to the artist’s village of Grožnjan, followed by a long relaxing stop and continuing on cycling to Novigrad passing the Mirna river valley. 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 will find the impressive battlement of the city wall as well as the 7th Century Pelagius Basilica. Arount the pretty, picturesque harbor you will find many bars and cafes to round off your day. Dinner on board.

5th day (Thurs) Novigrad - Poreč (Cycle route approx. 16 mi./25 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 you into the direction of Rovinj. Overnight stay on mooring.

6th day (Fri) Rovinj (Cycle route approx. 19mi./30km)
After breakfast our ship leaves the mooring in the morning and takes us to Rovinj, which really is an Adreatic gem. Your midmorning cycle tour allows ample time for a refreshing bath in the Adriatic Sea. Afterwards you have lunch on board that will vitalize you for the afternoon 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 – Fažana - Vodnjan - Pula (Cycle route approx. 19 mi./30 km)
A longer crossing takes us to Fažana. 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) Disembarkation at Pula
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

Comfort Ship Tarin:
€1070 based on two people sharing a cabin ( above deck only option ) 
€1670 based on single occupancy ( above deck only option ) 

(if travelling on your own we will endeavour to find a room mate for you)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights on the ship with a crew
- Double/twin cabin with shower/toilet
- 7 x half board (breakfast, dinner)
- Bike hire (21 speed) with pannier
- Bed linen & towels
- Guide cycling with the group
- Entrance fees as per itinerary 
- Maps and daily route details (on board)
- €40 water charge to be paid on board
- €80  e-bike supplement ( subject to availability )
- bike insurance can be organised: €10 ( €20 for e bike )

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

14-April, 21-April, 28-April,
5-May, 12-May, 19-May, 26-May,
2-June, 9-June, 16-June, 23-June, 30-June,
18-August, 25-August,
1-September, 8-September, 15-September, 22-September, 29-September,
6-October, 13-October,

Self Guided Tour Information

A self guided option is not available on this tour.

Comfort Ship TARIN
With its dark green painted hull and the white stripes the Tarin is in each port an eye catcher from afar. Completed at the beginning of the 2004 season, it is the one of newer ships in our fleet. The furnishings of the cabins attest to the care, that captain Nevio put into the building of his ship. Bright wood, curtains at the large windows and the nicely furnitured cabins will immediately make you feel at home on the Tarin. The ship has 11 cabins, from which 10 are above deck. Four cabins have a double bed (4.6 ft./ 140 cm) and a single bunk. Two cabins are equipped with a double bed 4.6 ft. (140 cm). The five remaining cabins have two bunks, which are arranged one above the other or next to each other. A cozy cabin is below deck. It has one small desk, separate beds and two portholes. Each cabin has a private shower/toilet.

Tarin 1 Tarin 5
Tarin 2 Tarin 3 Tarin 4



How to get to the start point in Istria: 

Our Istria tours start and end in the harbour of Pula in Southern Istria.
*The embarkation will take place between 2 and 2.30 pm. The first cycling tour will start at 3pm.

For your journey to Pula here are some possible airports:
 Pula (distance to the harbor of Pula: 10 minutes)
 Triest (distance to the harbor of Pula: 1 hour)
 Ljubljana (distance to the harbor of Pula: 2 hours)

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

Or please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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