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Istrian Wine Roads Self Guided Cycling 2023

Buje - Umag - Buje - Brtonigla - Novigrad - Buje - Grožnjan - Oprtalj - Livade - Motovun - Višnjan - Poreč - Vrsar - Poreč - Bale - Rovinj

There is something magical in Istria, the largest Croatian peninsula, immersed in the blue of the Adriatic. Its green forests, historic hilltop towns, vineyards, olive groves and gentle rivers are a perfect combination of the beauty of nature, history and culture. When you add to this the seductive tastes of excellent Istrian wines, you just know that this is an area which offers you everything you need. Enjoy an easy bike ride and explore Istria, passing through the hidden medieval towns of Grožnjan, Oprtalj, Motovun, and the former Roman colony of Poreč whose charm will leave you breathless. Passing through a landscape of hills framed by rivers, with forests, vineyards and olive groves, you’ll enjoy every moment. Take a break at the winemakers and taste indigenous wines such as Malvasia and Teran, treat yourself to tasty delicacies and experience all the charms of Istria, this exciting Croatian wine region.

Trip Style: Self Guided Cycling Tour
Start / Finish: Buje Area to Rovinj
Availability: March to November
Departures: Any day of the week (on request)
Total Distance: 286km
Grade: 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 cycling distance is 35-55km.

Code: F1

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Buje Area

Independent arrival in Istria. Info Meeting with the representative at 1900HRS at the hotel reception where you will be provided with the package including hotel vouchers, bicycle with all equipment, maps and a road book. Overnight in Buje area or Brtonigla.

Day 2
Buje Area - Umag - Buje Area

Today’s tour starts with easy downhill ride to the coast on the northernmost point of Istrian Peninsula. Nearby is a lighthouse, according to the legend built by the 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 metres tall and there is a keeper living inside it. The trail continues south to Umag. Small town with approx 45km of the coastline and interesting hinterland integrating 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. City walls and fortifications are partially preserved as well as some Renaissance and Baroque buildings and churches. Vineyards and olive groves will create an atmosphere of typical west Istrian landscape. Visit a wine cellar to taste the ‘Muscat’ or ‘Malvazija’, indigenous wine. Overnight in Buje area or Brtonigla. (B)

Cycling distance: 48km
Elevation gain: +443m / -442m

Day 3
Buje Area - Kršete - Brtoningla - Novigrad - Lovrečica - Buje Area

From Buje area you're cycling through a picturesque village of Kršete and arriving to the small town of Brtonigla. It has churches and monasteries from 15th century. Further the trail leads through vineyards and olive groves of Brtonigla area. ‘Teran’ is a very popular wine from this area. Across endless vineyards you'll reach Novigrad where you can visit the olive oil production and taste some of the best olive oils. Through Dajla and Karigador villages on the coast you're getting to Lovrečica Venetian-Bishops coastal village. Following the road through Škrinjari, Babići and Buroli villages you'll see traditional Istrian houses ‘Kažun’. Road by the vineyards will take you back to your hotel. Overnight in Buje area or Brtonigla. (B)

Cycling distance: 50km
Elevation gain: +422m / -421m

Day 4
Buje Area - Grožnjan - Oprtalj - Livade - Motovun

From Buje you will continue towards Grožnjan. Typical Istrian medieval town sprout high on top of a hill along the right coast of the Mirna River, Renaissance loggia dating from 1585 and the beautiful St Vitus and Modesto’s Baroque church. If you just occasionally pass along its streets in which almost every door leads to art studios or galleries, and windows from every direction echo the sounds of different music genres, from classical to jazz, you’ll understand why Grožnjan is known as "The Town of Artists". From Grožnjan you'll ride on quiet Istrian village roads through beautiful settlements and arrive to Oprtalj. Unchanged urban medieval style of building, the narrow streets, the shops, the beautiful Venetian palaces, portals and covered passages and particularly the unique view to the Istrian Peninsula from the town loggia, according to many the most beautiful in Istria. From Oprtalj you are going downhill enjoying the view on Mirna River and eventually arriving in Livade, the truffle centre of Istria where you can visit the local truffle shop and taste it in various forms. The truffle is an underground malodorous fungus believed to be an aphrodisiac. On the hill in front of the Livade is Motovun, surely the most famous and attractive Istrian medieval hilltop town. Around Livade is the Motovun Forest which stretches along Mirna River Valley and is especially rich in truffles.  Overnight in Motovun. (B)

Cycling distance: 37km
Elevation gain: +693m / -585m

Day 5
Motovun - Višnjan - Tar - Nova Vas - Poreč

This part of the trail goes from inland to the coast. It follows the road to Višnjan where you will pass by an observatory. It’s one of the 5 most famous observatories in the world. The road continues to the town of Višnjan which is on 246m altitude and from there you'll be able to catch a view on west Istrian coast and the coastal town of Poreč. In Višnjan surroundings it is possible to visit many wine cellars with wine from Poreč area, especially ‘Malvasia’. Ride continues to Tar, a little town on the hill above the sea and to Nova Vas village by the famous cave which you can visit. After passing a few more villages the trail reaches Poreč. Overnight in Poreč. (B)

Cycling distance: 40km
Elevation gain: +367m / -614m

Day 6
Poreč - Bačva - Vrsar - Poreč

From Poreč the trail starts with sightseeing the Euphrasian Basilica, the most valuable monument in Poreč, a church built in 6th century and now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow the road until you reach the village of Bačva. Bačva is the highest point of this trail and there is a local restaurant with traditional dishes where you can enjoy tasting local food. It continues to southern villages, and it comes down to coast in the town of Vrsar. With a commanding view of the coast, it was natural for Vrsar to become a defended fortress. Only parts of the fortification system, built in the 12th century, have been preserved but the fortress-castle used as summer residence of the Poreč bishops, is well worth a look. After Vrsar the trail passes Funtana fishing village, through Zelena and Plava Laguna tourist villages and it leads along the coast all the way back to Poreč. (B)

Cycling distance: 45km
Elevation gain: +515m / -515m

Day 7
Poreč - Kanfanar - Bale - Rovinj

After breakfast you can choose between taking a car transfer to Kanfanar or reach it on your own on bike. Kanfanar is a small town above the Lim Valley. From Kanfanar starts the flattest ride on this tour. Passing by Istrian inland villages you will see traditional Istrian tool-houses ‘Kažun’. After reaching Bale you can visit the Bembo Palace, town square and museum. Continue to Rovinj and on the way you can visit ‘Palud’ an ornithological reserve where you can cycle around. After village Kokuletovica you can turn in Monkodonja. Monkodonja is a prehistoric hilltop town inhabited at 1800-1200BC during the Bronze Age. After Monkodonja you will reach Rovinj, your goal of this tour. With its church and bell tower on the hill by the sea it’s very recognizable from all sides. Also sometimes referred to “Istrian Venice”, old town which was once an island and then connected with land, famous for its traditional boat called ‘Batana’. Restaurants with fresh fish combined with ‘Malvasia’ wine will complete this week's atmosphere. Everybody can enjoy Rovinj, its charm and magic. Overnight in Rovinj. (B)

Cycling distance Poreč to Kanfanar: 34km
Elevation gain: +680m / -399m
Cycling distance Kanfanar to Rovinj: 32km
Elevation gain: +180m / -455m

Day 8

Breakfast at the hotel and check out. End of services. (B)


  • 7 Nights in selected hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts (B)
  • Info Meeting
  • Information Pack
    Route description (map & road book), vouchers, luggage tags
  • Hybrid/Trekking Bike
  • Luggage transport between hotels
  • App with offline navigation & info on POI’s
  • 24/7 Emergency Number


Optional Extras

  • E-Bike Upgrade $195 per person
  • Road Bike Upgrade $290 per person
  • GPS Rental $120 per person
  • Clipless Pedals SPD $25 per person
  • Rear Bag $40 per person
  • Toe Cages $15 per person
  • Extra Side Pannier $25 per person
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request)

Not Included

  • Bike insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast daily

Pricing and Accommodation

4 Star Hotels

Pricing and Accommodation information is not available.

Would you like to extend your stay?

Rovinj - Hotel Angelo D’Oro

From $POA

3 Star Hotels

Pricing and Accommodation information is not available.

Included Accommodation (or similar)

Motovun - Hotel Kaštel

Poreč - Hotel Poreč

Would you like to extend your stay?

Rovinj - Villa Baron Gautsch

From $POA

Important Notes

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


Hybrid/trekking bikes are custom built by Musing bike manufacturer and designed for several day touring. All hybrid bikes have adjustable stem and come in 7 different sizes, male and female frame. Hybrid bikes are built from lightweight aluminium and have wide gear range, triple chainring and 9 speed cassette, comfortable Selle Royal Freccia saddle, 28” wheels, fenders, integrated rear rack, dynamo powered lights.

Gears: 3x9 Shimano Alivio, chainring 28-38-48, cassette 11-32
Male frame sizes: 49cm, 52cm, 55cm, 58cm, 61cm
Female frame sizes: 43cm, 48cm, 53cm
Equipment: Cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tyre lever and tools, hand pump, lock, map holder, helmet, 1 side pannier waterproof 20L
Available Pedals: Flat pedals, toe cages, SPD pedals

E-Bike - Musing Custom Built or similar (Upgrade Supplement Available)


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. E-bikes are built from lightweight aluminium, and have wide gear range, single chainring and 10 speed cassette, comfortable Selle Royal Freccia saddle, 28” 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 (S), 52cm (M), 56cm (L), 58cm (XL)
Equipment: Cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tyre lever and tools, hand pump, lock, map holder, helmet, 1 side pannier waterproof 20L
Available Pedals: Flat pedals, toe cages, SPD pedals

Road Bike - Carbon or similar (Upgrade Supplement Available)


The Wilier GTR Team Endurance 105 is a quick and comfortable ride, striking a good balance between a traditional-style race bike and a relaxed-geometry sportive machine. The carbon frame and fork are also impressively light and stiff. To make sure it performs flawlessly under shifting on the hills, Shimano's 11 speed 105 shifters and derailleurs are used. 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 34-50T, cassette 11-30T
Frame sizes: 155-169cm (S), 170-177cm (M), 174-182cm (L), 179-187cm (XL)
Equipment: Cycle computer, 2 water bottle holders, saddle bag containing spare tube, tyre lever and tools, hand pump, lock, helmet
Available Pedals: Flat pedals, toe cages, SPD pedals

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