Biking main square in Portoroz, Slovenia. Touring Istria to the Adriatic through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. Photo courtesy of the Tour Operator (TO).

Flyover in Trieste, Italy. Biking Istria to the Adriatic. Photo via Flickr:Giulio

Istria to the Adriatic

Italy, Slovenia, Croatia Bike Tours

From Trieste to Piran on the Istrian Railway Bike Path

  • This wonderful bike tour in Istria will find you pedaling through diversity, experiencing not only "Blue Istria" along the coast, but the verdant "Green Istria" inland. Your cycling adventure starts on the Italian Coast, leads into Slovenia as you meander inland, and then returns to the pristine Adriatic in Croatia.

    You will pedal the Parenzana, or Istrian Railway, an abandoned railway track that was in operation between 1902 – 1935, allowing you the pleasure of cycling on a dedicated bike path, away from vehicle traffic. Today this revitalized link that connected Trieste to Porec is known as "the route of health and friendship."

    Highlights:

    • Magical Piran
    • Grožnjan, city of art
    • Cycling immersed in nature, away from traffic
    • Green Istrian hilltowns
    • Blue Istria coastal attractions

    This tour is appropriate for families, groups of friends or individuals, and anybody who appreciates a relaxed yet active cycling vacation combined with good local food and a glass of good wine. Since the majority of the journey takes place along the coastline of the Adriatic Sea, there’s always opportunity to swim in the Adriatic!

    Two levels of accommodations are offered for this tour. You can also add van support. If you prefer to have a guide riding with you, you can include that for a supplement shared among the number in your group. For group bookings this can be a very economical option.

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  • 2017

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    Standard accommodations £ 1245 $ 1,960 1352 NOK 13069 kr 12064 $ 1,568 £ 1143 $ 1,801 1242 NOK 12006 kr 11082 $ 1,441 £ 1111 $ 1,750 1207 NOK 11668 kr 10770 $ 1,400 £ 1079 $ 1,699 1172 NOK 11329 kr 10458 $ 1,360 £ 1061 $ 1,670 1152 NOK 11136 kr 10279 $ 1,336
    Premium accommodations £ 1894 $ 2,983 2057 NOK 19884 kr 18355 $ 2,386 £ 1581 $ 2,490 1717 NOK 16598 kr 15321 $ 1,992 £ 1507 $ 2,374 1637 NOK 15824 kr 14607 $ 1,899 £ 1470 $ 2,316 1597 NOK 15438 kr 14250 $ 1,853 £ 1447 $ 2,279 1572 NOK 15196 kr 14027 $ 1,824
    Single supplement £ 147 $ 232 160 NOK 1547 kr 1428 $ 186 £ 147 $ 232 160 NOK 1547 kr 1428 $ 186 £ 147 $ 232 160 NOK 1547 kr 1428 $ 186 £ 147 $ 232 160 NOK 1547 kr 1428 $ 186 £ 147 $ 232 160 NOK 1547 kr 1428 $ 186

    extra options

    Helmet rental : £ 22 $ 35 24 NOK 232 kr 214 $ 28 Electric bike, standard: £ 138 $ 218 150 NOK 1450 kr 1338 $ 174 Electric bike, deluxe: £ 166 $ 261 180 NOK 1740 kr 1606 $ 209 Additional day bike rental: £ 23 $ 36 25 NOK 242 kr 223 $ 29 Van support (to be shared among group members) for 6 days: £ 939 $ 1,479 1020 NOK 9860 kr 9102 $ 1,183 Cycling guided supplement (to be shared among group members) for 6 days: £ 1094 $ 1,723 1188 NOK 11484 kr 10601 $ 1,378 Shuttle transfer from airport in Venice to hotel in Trieste, up to 8 people, FROM: £ 247 $ 389 268 NOK 2591 kr 2391 $ 311 Shuttle transfer from Piran to airport in Trieste, up to 8 people: £ 74 $ 116 80 NOK 773 kr 714 $ 93 Shuttle transfer from from Piran to airport in Venice, up to 8 people: £ 221 $ 348 240 NOK 2320 kr 2142 $ 278 GPS device (max 2 per group): £ 44 $ 70 48 NOK 464 kr 428 $ 56 Boat transfer on Day 2: £ 4 $ 7 5 NOK 44 kr 40 $ 5

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate self-guided, supported, or guided tour, that is approximately 215 km in length. The tour mainly uses an abandoned railway track known as Parenzana which is a comfortable and safe gravel path, away from vehicle traffic. However, you will encounter traffic when entering or exiting the towns/cities. The climbs into Motovun and Grozjan were are steep and demanding.

Where You’ll Stay

Standard Accommodations are three star hotels and Premium Accommodations are four star hotels.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations in booked category
  • 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • Luggage transfer
  • Final transfer from Piran back to Trieste
  • *Bike rental for 6 days, includes one pannier, spare tube, and tool kit (one per group).
  • T-shirt
  • 24/7 hotline number
  • *MTB bike with front suspension, brand Dema, or if size not available, Merida, Focus, or Author

What’s Not Included

  • Lunches and other meals other than those included with package
  • All beverages with included meals
  • Arrival transfer to first hotel
  • GPS (can be booked for supplement)
  • Helmets (can be booked for supplement)
  • Cycling guide (can be booked for supplement)
  • Support vehicle (can be booked for supplement)
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TypeBoth
SkillModerate
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

May 13, June 10, August 5, and September 9, 2017
Special tour dates can be arranged for groups of 4 or more on request.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Istria to the Adriatic Map

Day 1: Individual arrival to Trieste
Day 2: Trieste to Piran or Portorož, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 3: Portorož to Grožnjan, 19 mi.  (31 km)
Day 4: Grožnjan to Motovun, 20 mi. (32 km)
Day 5: Motovun to Poreč, 22.5 mi. (36 km)
Day 6: Poreč to Umag, 26 mi. (42 km)
Day 7: Umag to PIran, 20 mil. (32 km)
Day 8: PIran

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Individual arrival to Trieste
Arrive to your hotel in Trieste, settle in, and enjoy this seaport city with a long and complex history, lying at a crossroads influenced by Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultures.  

Day 2: Trieste to Piran or  Portorož, 26 mi. (42 km)
For this day, you begin cycling directly from your hotel, though you will encounter traffic. You can opt to walk 10 minutes from your hotel for a 30 minute boat transfer to the small town of Muggia. If you decide on this option, your rental bikes will be wiaitng for you upon disembarkation. See pricing. Following the Slovenian coast, you cycle in to the charming  town of Piran, sitting pretty on the tip of its peninsula. In the middle of the town is Tartini Square with a monument dedicated to the great violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, born in Piran in 1692. Adding to the list of worthwhile places to visit is the town hall and the law-courts, the Gothic Venetian mansion, and the cathedral on an eminence, commanding a glorious panorama. You overnight in the poetically named Portorož, or Port of Roses, or in Piran, one of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean.

Day 3: Portorož to Grožnjan, 19 mi. (31 km)
Today, you leave the coast and head inland toward the Croatian border. The landscape changes and you experience the thickly forested Istrian hinterland dotted with ancient villages and farms.

Grožnjan, known as the city of artists, is an ancient hilltop town  and is the day's final destination. Once a dying and decaying town, in 1965 it was declared an artists' colony and was transformed into the enchanting and magical place it is today, The influx of creativity resulted in the fairy tale like atmopshere you will find here. Its history still permeates the present with ancient churches and castles, prehistoric archaeology, magnificent palaces, and many other old buildings, whose past glory have been  been recovered through restoration.

Day 4: Grožnjan to Motovun, 20 mi. (32 km)
This day continues in land with the highlight being another hilltop town, Motovun, world renowned for its beauty, history and energy! You will enjoy meandering through the labrynth of medieval streets and walking the ramparts feasting on the incredible views over the Istrian landscape.

Day 5: Motovun to Poreč, 22.5 mi. (36 km)​
Today, you return to the sea on a leisurely ride towards Poreč,  a city whose center is located on a small peninsula submerged in the sea. Its foundations were put in place during the time of the ruling Roman Empire. Today Poreč  is a hot spot for tourism.

Day 6: Poreč to Umag, 26 mi. (42 km)
Heading north now along the coast, the day's destination is Umag.The old town has the narrow, cobbled streets, so typical of the region and the coastline is full of  pretty little bays. Umag is a small town and port on the north-western coast of Istria. A place Croatians say presents ‘Croatia’s gateway to Europe’. 

Day 7: Umag to PIran, 20 mil. (32 km)
Still following the Croatian coastline, you enter Slovenia once again, approaching Portorož and Piran taking an alternate route to the one you have already cycled. This evening your will overnight in Piran, giving you more time to enjoy this seaside town.

Day 8: Piran and transfer back to Trieste Central

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