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Trieste to Poreč Self Guided Family MTB Cycling 2023

Portorož - Grožnjan - Livade - Motovun - Vižinada - Poreč - Vrsar

Join a trip exploring the former narrow-gauge railway line ‘Parenzana’, which was turned into a true attraction for cyclists. You will be thrilled with the small, picturesque towns, and landscapes dotted with old villages through which you will pass. Sweeping into beautiful valleys with forests and rivers framing them and then emerging onto the slopes of the hills, the beauty of the nature will take your breath away. Take a short break and soak up the abundance of peace and greenery. On this interesting trip you will pass through tunnels, over bridges and viaducts, between olive groves and vineyards that give this area special charm. The medieval hill towns of Grožnjan and Motovun will delight you as much as the unique Poreč.

Trip Style: Self Guided Cycling Tour
Start / Finish: Portorož or Piran to Vrsar or Poreč
Availability: March to November
Departures: Any day of the week (on request)
Total Distance: 189km
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 29-36km.

Code: F1

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Portorož or Piran

Independent arrival to Portorož or Piran in Slovenia. Overnight in Portorož or Piran.

Day 2
Portorož or Piran - Škofije - Portorož or Piran

At 0900HRS you will have a welcome briefing and fitting of your rental bike and other equipment. After the info meeting you will be transferred outside of Trieste, to Škofije or Muggia to avoid traffic in Trieste. From here you will start cycling on an old railway ‘Parenzana’. Overnight in Portorož or Piran. (B)

Cycling distance: 29km
Elevation gain: +368m / -435m

Day 3
Portorož or Piran - Grožnjan

After breakfast you will start biking on the legendary route of the ‘Parenzana’, the former narrow-gauge railway line which penetrates deeply into the Istrian Peninsula connecting 33 Istrian towns between Poreč and Trieste, located today on the territory of three countries. Passing through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards, it will become obvious why it was also known as the wine railway. Overnight in Grožnjan. (B)

Cycling distance: 36km
Elevation gain: +547m / -266m

Day 4
Grožnjan - Livade - Motovun

After you see Grožnjan’s galleries and viewpoints you can pass through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards. After passing through several tunnels, and over old bridges you can stop on many fascinating viewpoints before reaching the village of Livade, the truffle centre of the world where you can taste and buy some products with truffles. In front of Livade on a hill is a town of Motovun where your hotel is. Overnight in Motovun. (B)

Cycling distance: 28km
Elevation gain: +566m / -592m

Day 5
Motovun - Vižinada - Nova Vas - Poreč

Overlooking the Mirna River Valley, lies surely the most famous and attractive Istrian medieval town of Motovun. This captivating hilltop town is one of the characteristic symbols of the Istrian interior. The Romanesque-Gothic bell tower with a crenulated crown from the 13th century, standing next to the Parish Church of St Stephen from the 17th century, dominates the town's historic core. In the central square is the Romanesque Municipal Palace, the largest secular building in Istria of that period surrounded by many other historic buildings. Passing the tunnel under the town of Motovun ‘Parenzana’ will take you towards Poreč through the village of Vižinada. You will pass by Nova Vas village where you can visit Baredine Cave. Following the trail along the vineyards you will reach Poreč. This is a town where you can find material and spiritual evidence of great cultures at every step. Ride along the old town centre where you will find the Roman Forum, magnificent palaces from different historical periods, and to top it all, the famous UNESCO protected Euphrasian Basilica. Overnight in Poreč. (B)

Cycling distance: 36km
Elevation gain: +335m / -594m

Day 6

Today you will bike from Poreč towards the surrounding countryside. As an option you will have an opportunity to stop in Baredine Cave. Last portion of the biking is next to the coastline towards Poreč. (B)

Cycling distance: 31km
Elevation gain: +307m / -306m

Day 7
Poreč - Vrsar - Kloštar - Vrsar or Poreč

A marsh, rare birds, a cursed city, an abandoned monastery, buried pirate treasure, a deep bay, a cave with a primitive man and a hermit, an ancient solar observatory - all this you can find on the bike trail of Captain Morgan. After riding along the coastline you will reach Vrsar, a romantic fishermen village where the famous Casanova came back twice. Bike ride continues through the magical forest Kontija with a panoramic view of the beautiful landscape of the Lim Bay, passing by the old Benedictine abbey at Kloštar. From Kloštar you are going back from Kontija towards Vrsar where you can enjoy in some of the nice restaurants and beaches. Overnight in Vrsar or Poreč. (B)

Cycling distance: 30km
Elevation gain: +345m / -340m

Day 8
Vrsar or Poreč

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


  • 7 Nights in 3* hotels or guesthouses
  • 7 Breakfasts (B)
  • Info Meeting
  • Information Pack
    Route description (map & road book), vouchers, luggage tags
  • Hardtail Mountain Bike
  • Luggage transport between hotels
  • App with offline navigation & info on POI’s
  • 24/7 Emergency Number


Optional Extras

  • E-MTB Upgrade $215 per person
  • GPS Rental $120 per person
  • Clipless Pedals SPD $25 per person
  • Rear Rack + Bag $40 per person
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request)

Not Included

  • Bike insurance
  • Meals other than breakfast daily

Pricing and Accommodation

Pricing and Accommodation information is not available.

Important Notes

Hardtail Mountain Bike - Giant Talon or similar (Included)


Hardtail Mountain Bikes Giant Talon come in 5 different frame sizes and 27,5“ and 29“ wheels. Built on a lightweight ALUXX aluminium frame that features classic hardtail design plus the balanced riding characteristics of larger diameter 29” wheels, Talon is a great choice for XC terrain. The frame geometry is specifically designed for its wheel size and a 100mm suspension fork. It’s a confident ride that’s perfect for ambitious riders who want to take their off-road skills to the next level.

Gears: 3x9 Shimano Alivio/Deore, chainring 22-30-40, cassette 12-36
Frame sizes: Wheels 27,5“ - XS and S
Frame sizes: Wheels 29“ - M, L, XL
Equipment: Cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tyre lever and tools, hand pump, lock, map holder, helmet.
Available Pedals: Flat pedals, SPD pedals

E-MTB - Giant Talon E+ 3 or similar (Upgrade Supplement Available)


With a lightweight aluminium frame that blends classic hardtail design with modern E-bike technology, Talon E+ 29 delivers comfort and confidence on off-road terrain. Perfect for bike paths or XC trails, it features a SyncDrive Core motor system that makes those hard climbs easier and encourages you to extend your ride time. It’s designed for a 100mm suspension fork to smooth out the bumps, and its 29” wheels give it a stable, balanced ride quality. The side-release EnergyPak battery is integrated into the frame and can be easily removed for charging. And the RideControl ONE control lets you adjust settings as you ride. The frame geometry is specifically designed for its wheel size and a 100mm suspension fork. Drive unit Giant SyncDrive Core, Akku Giant Energypak 400Wh and 500Wh, side release (55-135km range).

Gears: Shimano M2010 9-speed, chainring 36T, cassette 11-36T
Frame sizes: S, M, L
Equipment: Cycle computer, water bottle holder, saddle bag containing spare tube, tyre lever and tools, hand pump, lock, map holder, helmet.
Available Pedals: Flat pedals, SPD pedals

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