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Welcome to Hooked on Cycling Holidays and our cycling holiday in Istria. This biking vacation in Istria is a wonderful guided bike tour by bike and boat. Stunning cycle rides during the day and relaxation on your floating hotel at night. The wonders of this type of holiday is that if you do not cycle or do not wish to cycle you can stay on board and soak up the sun. 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 will explore the most popular part of this Croatian coast.
Starting in Pula our tour guides will show us the most beautiful routes of the whole coastal region. We’ll visit the Lim channel with its caves, the coastal cities Porec, Rovinj and Pula, as well as the Istrian hinterland, a famous wine and truffle region.
Day 1 (Sun) Pula – Pula 19 miles 30km.
Individual arrival at Pula. The secret capital of Istria with its town full of impressive remains of its Roman past awaits your visit. Between 2 and 2:30pm check-in on your boat. 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.
Day 2 (Mon) Vrsar – Poreč 19 miles 30km.
After breakfast we go on a very scenic, approx. 3 hour 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. After a break, long enough to taste some fresh suckling pig, takes us 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.
Day 3 (Tues) Poreč – Višnjan – Poreč 31 miles 50km.
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 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 60m 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 Novigrad.
Day 4 (Wed) Novigrad – Grožnjan – Umag 31 miles 50km.
After breakfast our cycle tour takes us from Novigrad through the river valley of Mirna to the artist’s village of Grožnjan. The Mirna river valley is well known as an area where white truffles can be found. A gourmet’s heart will jump of joy. After a long relaxing stop in Grožnjan we continue cycling to Umag, which offers a picturesque old town centre located on a promontory as well as some remains of a medieval city wall.
Day 5 (Thurs) Umag – Savudrija – Umag – Novigrad 12.5 + 9 miles 20 + 15 km.
In the morning we do a round trip to the Savudrija peninsula and cycle to the northernmost point of Istria. In favorable weather conditions we have an amazing view as far as Slovenia, Italy and even the Alps. On the way back to the ship, there are plenty of opportunities for a refreshing dip in the sea. In the afternoon we cycle along the quiet sea promenades from Umag to Novigrad. There we find the impressive battlement of the city wall as well the 7th century Pelagius Basilica. Around the pretty harbor we find many cafes and bars, where we can end the day.
Day 6 (Fri) Novigrad – Poreč – Vrsar – Rovinj 12,5 + 9 miles 20 + 15 km.
After breakfast we leave Novigrad and cycle along the coast to Poreč. Here we have time for another stroll through the wonderful old town centre as well as getting inspired by local food for lunch. After the break we continue along the coast to Vrsar and may have another break at an open air museum, where we can admire the sculptures of the famous stone mason school of Vrsar. Our ship already awaits us to take us to Rovinj often called the “Pearl of Istria”. After dinner a local guide leads us through the maze of narrow lanes making up the old town.
Day 7 (Sat) Rovinj – Palud – Pula 12 miles 20 km.
Istria especially for birds. After a short break we cycle back to Rovinj. We get on board and cruise back to Pula, where you have time to stroll around or to explore the cultural heritage of the ancient town. The last evening aboard our ship follows a nice tradition. While enjoying the communal dinner in a cosy atmosphere you will have the chance for a last get-together with your crew and your tour guides.
Day 8 (Sun)Departure from Pula
After breakfast individual trip home.
Minimum number 14 persons, minimum age 10 and height above 140 cm.
What is Included
|Price per person based on two persons sharing below deck double cabin||£809|
|Rental Cycle per person||£73, £146 (Ebike)|
|Extra Nights in Pula per person||Please ask|
How to get there
By plane to Pula
Pula – distance: 15 minutes – individual taxi transfer.
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 the 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 furniture 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 French bed (140 cm) and a single bunk. Two cabins are equipped with a French bed (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.
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