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Trieste To Pula Self Guided Cycling 2021

Trieste - Koper - Buje - Umag - Buje - Grožnjan - Motovun - Poreč - Rovinj - Fažana - Pula

On this fantastic trip from Trieste to Pula you will be a witness of cultural diversity and richness of the Istrian Peninsula. Trieste and Pula were harbour centres of the Austria-Hungarian empire, Poreč and Rovinj were important trade centres in the Roman Empire, Motovun, Grožnjan were typical medieval fortified hilltop towns. Vineyards and olive groves will follow you during this cycling trip. A region where truffles are domestic food and many other specialities which you can enjoy at the end of cycling day.

Code: F1

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Trieste

Arrival in Trieste. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Trieste. Overnight in Trieste.

Day 2
Trieste - Škofije - Koper - Sečovlje - Buje

At 0900HRS, we will have a welcome briefing in the hotel. For those who have booked a bike rental will get their bikes fitted with other equipment. After the meeting, we will transfer you with your bikes outside of Trieste (Škofije or Muggia) to avoid traffic in Trieste. Your cycling adventure will see you through 3 countries; Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. You will start riding on the legendary route of the Parenzana, the former narrow-gauge railway line which penetrates deeply into the Istrian peninsula. It connects 33 Istrian cities and town from Trieste do the Poreč. Although it has been out of function for many decades, a few years ago the Parenzana served as the inspiration for a new tourist attraction. The County of Istria, the Management Board for Tourism and the Association for the Renovation of the Poreč-Kopar-Trieste railway started the important “Parenzana: The trail of health and friendship” project, where they have promoted the former railway as a cycling path. After biking few miles through the city of Trieste we will cross the border into Slovenia. You will be cycling on cycle paths through famous holiday resorts like Koper; with its Venetian and Austrian heritage and Piran, another important town which was for a long time by Venice. Cycling southwards, you will pass through the salt mines of Sečovlje, a large Slovenian town with a humid environment. Some miles later we will cross the Croatian border down along Istria, the Adriatic sea’s largest peninsula. Overnight in Buje area. (B)

Shorter option from Koper - approx 27km; +463/-316m elevation
Longer option from Trieste  - approx 56km; +849/-708m elevation

 

Day 3
Buje - Savudrija - Umag - Buje

Today’s tour starts with an easy downhill ride to the coast on the northwest point of Istrian peninsula. There is a lighthouse which you can visit. According to the legend it is built by count Metternich as his love nest. Savudrija is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Adriatic, built in 1818. It is also the northernmost Istrian lighthouse. Its building is 36 meters tall and there is a keeper living inside it. The trail continues south to Umag. Little town with about 45km of the coastline and interesting hinterland integrates special features of the whole region and might be the best introduction into a different experience of the Mediterranean. Umag's history is extremely interesting, it was founded by Roman nobleman who decided to make it his summer residence. The glamour, magnificence and glare of the times can be seen today in the Venetian houses of the old town. The city walls and fortification are partially preserved as well as some renaissance and baroque buildings and churches. Vineyards and olive groves will create an atmosphere of this typical west Istrian landscape. Visit a wine cellar to taste the Muscat, local sort of wine. Overnight in Buje area. (B)

Cycle route - approx 51km; +588/-587m elevation

Day 4
Buje - Grožnjan - Oprtalj - Motovun

Breakfast at the hotel. The Buje area resembles to an image on the front page of a holiday guide to Tuscany. A breath-taking landscape of terrace styled vineyards. Riding through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards, it will become obvious why it was also known as wine railway. Along the way you can stop on many fascinating points from the charming medieval town of Grožnjan to Oprtalj until we reach Motovun. An ancient little Istrian town located atop a 277 meter high hill, 21km south-east from Buje. Its present appearance, with the city walls surrounding the centre of the town, dates back to the Middle Ages. (B)

Cycle route - approx 38km; +814/-712m elevation

Day 5
Motovun - Poreč

After breakfast we continue riding from Vižinada and Kaštelir to the coast. The ride towards Poreč is particularly pleasant because you are riding along the coastline with beautiful bays where you can enjoy the breath-taking Mediterranean landscape with green vineyards and olive groves. Stopping on the way and taste homemade food, wine, brandy and honey produced in this area. In the afternoon hours we reach Poreč, the town where you can find material and spiritual evidences of great cultures. Cruise along the old city centre and see the old Roman forum, the world famous Euphrasian Basilica with its mosaics, palaces belonging to the city nobles and fortifications. Overnight in Poreč area. (B)

Cycle route - approx 39km; +459/-679m elevation

Day 6
Poreč - Dvigrad - Kanfanar - Rovinj

Breakfast at the hotel. A marsh, rare birds, a cursed city, buried pirate treasure, a deep bay, a cave with a primitive man and a hermit, an ancient solar observatory, an abandoned monastery - all this you can find on our bike trail of Captain Morgan. After riding along the coast-line we reach Vrsar, a romantic fishing town situated on a hill where the famous Casanova came back. During our bike ride we continue through the magical forest Kontija with a panoramic view of the beautiful landscape of the Lim bay to the ruins of the medieval town Dvigrad. Just to stir your imagination, you are now in an area where many legends and mysteries based on historical events still live on. Dvigrad was devastated by the plague because of an ancient curse, of the buried treasure of Captain Morgan's pirates near the village named after him (Mrgani), of the cave where the remains of the primitive man were found and where, St. Romuald used to live as a hermit in the Middle Ages. Passing Kanfanar and the hill Maklavun, an astral-archaeological site - tumulus from the Bronze Age we will finish this day in Rovinj. Called also little Venice, Rovinj is a typical Mediterranean seaside resort which will seduce you with its extraordinary beauty. In the old city centre there are numerous magnificent palaces from different historical periods and today most of them host a gallery or an art studio. If you follow the numerous chimneys of Rovinj and meander through the narrow streets you will find the baroque church of St Eufemia. This great monument is in the city from which you can admire a magnificent view of the Mediterranean. Overnight in Rovinj area. (B)

Shorter option Kanfanar-Rovinj - approx 31km; +180/-455m elevation
Longer option - approx 65km; +860/-860m elevation
Optional - Poreč-Kanfanar approx 34km

Day 7
Rovinj - Fažana - Pula

After breakfast we start riding along the coastline towards Pula. Riding through the ornithological reserve Palud with its rich variety of ornithology-fauna. It is a unique place where you can hear the chirping of even 215 different bird species. We reach Fažana, situated on the coast. It is well protected from the open sea by the enchanting Brijuni archipelago (nowadays a national park) and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in the hinterland. Which city is situated on seven hills, has a magnificent Amphitheatre and is not Rome? The answer is, Pula. No, it is not a mistake, you are, indeed, in front of Pula, the largest city in Istria. Pula is an enchantress with thousand appearances which has been casting spell on its visitors for centuries. Today we will visit the old city with the Sergius' Triumphal Arch (from the end of the 1st century B.C. and the beginning of the 1st century A.D.) and famous Arena, a Roman amphitheatre (from the 1st century B.C.). Overnight in Pula area. (B)

Cycle route - approx 40km; +369/-374m elevation

Day 8
Rovinj

Breakfast at the hotel. End of services. (B)

Inclusions

  • Info Meeting
  • Information Package - Map & Road Book
  • 7 Nights in 3*-4* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts (B)
  • Hybrid bike
  • Luggage transport
  • Mobile application
  • 24/7 Emergency number

Exclusions

  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Travel & bike insurance
  • Lunches, dinners & drinks


Optional Extras

  • Road Bike Upgrade $120 per person
  • E-Bike Upgrade $210 per person
  • 3* Hotels Half Board Supplement - 5 Dinners $350 per person

 

 

Pricing and Accommodation

4 Star Hotel
Departures between
TwinSingle
28 Sep 21 - 30 Nov 21
$2,525$4,075
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3 Star Hotel
Departures between
TwinSingle
28 Sep 21 - 30 Nov 21
$1,490$2,090
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Important Notes

Accommodation Grade - 3/5 Classic
Classic accommodation is represented by small, family run guest-houses and B&B’s in rural areas with en suite bathroom and 3* family run hotels with unique atmosphere. Most accommodations are offering dinner, fresh and traditional food (some needs information in advance).

Accommodation Grade - 4/5 Premium
Premium accommodation includes small 4* family run hotels with various types of rooms. Some boutique hotels also have a pool (indoor or outdoor) and spa. All hotels have restaurants that offer traditional and local cuisine.

Cycling Tour Grade - 2/5 Easy to Moderate
This holiday requires cyclist with better level of fitness who are occasional cyclist. Cycling days are longer and higher hills are possible. Daily distance 35-55km.

Hybrid/Trekking Bicycle - Musing Custom Built or similar (Included)

Specifications

Hybrid/Trekking bikes are custom built by Musing bike manufacturer and designed for several day touring. All of hybrid bikes have adjustable stem and come in 7 different sizes, male and female frame, so we will be able to make perfect fit for you. Hybrid bikes are built from lightweight aluminium, and have wide gear range, triple chainring and 9 speed cassette, comfortable Selle Royal Freccia saddle, 28 inch wheels, fenders, integrated rear rack, dynamo powered lights.

Gears: 3x9 Shimano Alivio, chainring 28-38-48, cassette 11-32
Male frame: 49cm, 52cm, 55cm, 58cm, 61cm
Female frame: 43cm, 48cm, 53cm

All bikes come equipped with: cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tyre lever and tools, hand pump, lock, 1 side pannier waterproof 20 litre, 1 handlebar bag or map holder, helmet.

Road Bike - Felt Z85 or similar (Upgrade Available On Request)

Specifications

With the perfect blend of comfort and performance, the Felt Z85 is just the bike to see you through your first century or Gran Fondo. This Endurance Road FLite Custom-Butted aluminium frame and with carbon fork and seat post will surprise you as much for its nimble handling as its comfort. To make sure it performs flawlessly under shifting on the hills we use Shimano's 11 speed 105 shifters and derailleurs. With its compact crank and wide-spaced cassette, the bike will take you up hills and mountains and get back you down with confidence.

Gears: 2x11 Shimano 105, chainring 34-50, cassette 12-32
Frame sizes: 51cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm and 61cm
Available Pedals: flat pedals (standard), toe cages and clipless pedals (SPD, SL, LOOK) (supplement)

All bikes come equipped with: cycle computer, 2 water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tyre lever and tools, hand pump, lock.

E-Bike - Custom Built Built By “Musing” (Upgrade Available On Request)

Specifications

E-bikes are custom built by Musing bike manufacturer and designed for several day touring. All of E-bikes have adjustable stem and come in 3 different sizes, with low entry frame, so we will be able to make perfect fit for you. E-bikes are built from lightweight aluminium, and have wide gear range, single chainring and 10 speed cassette, comfortable Selle Royal Freccia saddle, 28 inch wheels, front suspension, Shimano hydraulic brakes, fenders, integrated rear rack, dynamo powered lights, drive unit Shimano Steps E6100 (250W), Akku 418Wh (duration in eco mode 100km, power mode 50km)

Gears: 1x10 Shimano Deore, chainring 38, cassette 11-32
Frame sizes: 48cm, 52cm, 56cm
Available Pedals: flat pedals (standard), toe cages and clipless pedals (supplement)

All bikes come equipped with: cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tyre lever and tools, hand pump, lock, 1 side pannier waterproof 20 litre, 1 handlebar bag or map holder, helmet.

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