Incredible cycling

experience. Once in

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Incredible cycling

experience. Once in

a lifetime!

Parenzana and Istria Cycling Tour

SLOVENIA, ITALY AND CROATIA | CYCLING - TOURING  | SELF GUIDED | 2023

6-day cycling holiday. Cycling the Parenzana Trail - The Route of Health and Friendship - a former railway route, which connected Trieste to Poreč and cycle from Poreč to Pula via beautiful Rovinj town and Kamenjak nature park. It is amazing cycling tour running through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.

Begin the journey in an Italian port town of Trieste and take a boat drive to Muggia. Cycle on the Parenzana Trail to Slovenia and go past coastal towns of Izola, Piran, Portorož and Sečovlje. Visit the Sečovlje Nature Park, where salt is still taken from the sea by the 700-year old traditional recipe. Travel further to Croatia, past old hill-top towns of Buje, Grožnjan, Motovun and continue towards the coast, to the lovely towns of Poreč, Rovinj and Pula. One of the most beautiful cycling tour near Adriatic sea.

 

Highlights:

  • Experience the breathtaking scenery of Istrian peninsula.
  • Connect three countries on one trail: Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.
  • Cycle on a former railway route Parenzana with notable remains from former times.
  • Unique coastal towns of Trieste, Piran, Portorož, Poreč, Rovinj and Pula.
  • Wine growing region of Istria with its distinct red soil (Terra rosa).
  • Taste the richness of Istrian agrotourism.
  • Homemade culinary specialities, rich culture, friendly people and stone architecture.
  • Beautiful Rovinj old town.

 

Parenzana Trail

Parenzana was a 123-kilometre long railway line, which connected 33 towns and villages in Istria, from Trieste to Poreč. Today the route passes the territories of three countries: Italy - 13 kilometres, Slovenia - 32 kilometres and Croatia - 78 kilometres. The railway opened in 1902 and it gave life to the region it ran through; on its 123 kilometres long route, the small, slow train was puffing every day through hilly and diverse Karst areas, carrying passengers, salt from Piran and Sečovlje salt pans, olive oil from Buje and Motovun, fruit, vegetables, Istrian stone and wine. The railway line was closed in 1935. The route was recently reopened as a beautiful cycling path.

 

Facts:

  • Duration: 6 days / 5 nights.
  • Activity: Cycling touring / Gravel cycling
  • Type of the tour: Self Guided Tour
  • Grade: Easy to Moderate.
  • Accommodation: Small Local hotels ***/****
  • Open dates for groups: From May 1st to October 30th.
  • Start of the tour: Trieste or Muggia (Italy)
  • End of the tour: Pula, Croatia
  • Price: 895€ (min. 2 people in group)
  • Note: This tour provides all the fun of biking on single trails and traditional biking experience.

 

Want to do a private guided group? We can organise a private guide group from just 4 bikers with our experienced and licensed guides. Please, contact us.

895 €

6 Days

Self Guided Tour

INFORMATION

Difficulty: Easy.

Bike skill level: Intermediate +/++

Bike fitness level: Level 2-3 (7 is max)

EXPERIENCE

It is one of the best cycling adventure with biking on famous Parenzana trail.

WHEN TO GO / DATE

April 15th - November 15th, 2022

START / END LOCATION

Trieste, Italy

Pula, Croatia

TRIESTE TO PORTOROŽ VIA MUGGIA

EXPLORING ADRIATIC COAST

  • Morning briefing in Trieste (Italy)
  • Boat transfer to Muggia.
  • Biking on famous Parenzana trail: From Muggia (Italy) to Piran and Portorož (Slovenia).
  • Accommodation in a hotel***/****, Portorož.
  • 35 km | +245m | 3-4 hour
  • Tarmac 100%

PORTOROŽ TO MOTOVUN CYCLING

FAMOUS PARENZANA TRAIL CYCLING

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Biking on famous Parenzana trail: From Portorož to Motovun (Croatia).
  • Accommodation in a hotel***/****, Motovun.
  • Original stage: 52 km | +450m | 5-6 hour | Original Parenzana trail
  • Easy: 50 km | +390m | 5-6 hour | Tamrac and good gravel section from Buje to Livade. 
  • Gravel 80%, Tarmac 20% (Original stage)

MOTOVUN TO POREČ

FROM HEART OF ISTRIA TO ADRIATIC SEA

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Biking on famous Parenzana trail: From Motovun to Poreč.
  • Accommodation in a hotel***/****, Poreč.
  •  35 km | +180m | 4-5 hour | Original Parenzana trail
  • Gravel 70%, Tarmac 30%

POREČ TO ROVINJ CYCLING

GREAT COASTAL CYCLING WITH FAMOUS TOWN

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Cycling from from Poreč to Rovinj.
  • Accommodation in a hotel***/****, Rovinj.
  • 52 km | +550m | 5-6 hour  
  • Tarmac 100%

 ROVINJ TO PULA VIA VALE CYCLING

EXTRAORDINARY CYCLING IN REMOTE ISTRIA

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Cycling from from Rovinj to Pula via Bale and Fažana.
  • Accommodation in a hotel***/****, Pula.
  • 45 km | +380m | 4-5 hour  
  • Tarmac 100%

 KAMENJAK NATURE PARK AND MEDULIN LOOP

A REAL EXPERIENCE OF A NATURE PARK

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Cycling from from Pula to Kamenjak Nature Park and Medulin - "East Pula loop"
  • Afternoon or evening transfer to Trieste.
  • 39 km | +380m | 4-5 hour  
  • Tarmac 100%

WHY THIS CYCLING TOUR

      • Experience the breathtaking scenery of Istrian peninsula.
      • Connect three countries on one trail: Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.
      • Cycle on a former railway route with notable remains from former times.
      • Unique coastal towns of Piran, Portorož, Trieste, Muggia, Poreč, Rovinj and Pula.
      • Wine growing region of Istria "Small Toscana" with its distinct red soil - Terra rosa.
  • Taste the richness of Istrian agrotourism.
  • Homemade culinary specialities, rich culture, friendly people and stone architecture.
  • Beautiful Rovinj old town.
  • Great cycling and exploring everything you love about the pristine biking journey.
  • Excellent organization - 22 years of our work in cycling and tourism.

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PRICE INCLUDED - SELF GUIDED TOUR

  • Full organisation of the mountain biking tour.
  • 5 nights in 3*/4* hotel accommodation with breakfast.
  • Introductory briefing in Trieste or Muggia (day1 - morning).
  • Self Guided LIFE Booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions, timetables and details with all vouchers for accommodations, private transfers, ...
  • Parenzana Map with marked routes (1:25.000).
  • GPS routes/tracks (all stages/all days).
  • APP for navigation (login with phone or tablet) with phone holder.
  • Emergency contact number and 24/7 support.
  • Private return transfer from Pula to Trieste.
  • Tourist tax and VAT.

 

Price not includedTravel to Italia (Trieste) or Slovenia (the start and end point of the tour) / Food and drinks: all food and drinks, except breakfast at accommodation / Items of personal nature / Travel Insurance / Bike s& bike equipment

 

High season surcharge: 160€ (June 15th to September 15th)

 

Optional extras:

  • * Bike rental: Trek DS touring bike: 20€/day
  • * Bike rental: E-touring Trek bike rental: 40€/day
  • * Bike rental: Gravel Trek bike rental: 40€/day
  • Ortlieb waterproof handlebar pack, and side bags for luggage: 60€
  • Day-to-day luggage transfer: 390€
  • Garmin GPS device rental: 50€
  • Single supplement: 240€ / Single room

 

* bike rental includes: bike rental with helmet, simple rain cover jackets, lock, pump, spare tube, Squirt chain lube and repair kit.

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