Vineyards surrounding Motovun on the Istria Peninsula, Croatia. Photo via Flickr:Arnie Papp

Bike rest in Motovun, Istria Peninsula, Croatia. Photo via Flickr:Arnie Papp
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Istria to the Adriatic

Slovenia, Croatia, Italy 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
    • Motovun, a picturesque Istrian medieval town on top of the hill
    • Local Istrian wine and food

    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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  • 2018

    Arrivals possible on any day

     2 ppl4 ppl6 ppl8 ppl
    Standard accommodations £ 1535 $ 2,448 1598 NOK 16113 kr 14874 $ 1,934 £ 1343 $ 2,141 1398 NOK 14097 kr 13012 $ 1,692 £ 1280 $ 2,042 1333 NOK 13441 kr 12407 $ 1,613 £ 1246 $ 1,988 1298 NOK 13088 kr 12081 $ 1,571
    Premium accommodations supplement £ 303 $ 482 315 NOK 3176 kr 2932 $ 381 £ 303 $ 482 315 NOK 3176 kr 2932 $ 381 £ 303 $ 482 315 NOK 3176 kr 2932 $ 381 £ 303 $ 482 315 NOK 3176 kr 2932 $ 381
    Single supplement £ 202 $ 322 210 NOK 2118 kr 1955 $ 254 £ 202 $ 322 210 NOK 2118 kr 1955 $ 254 £ 202 $ 322 210 NOK 2118 kr 1955 $ 254 £ 202 $ 322 210 NOK 2118 kr 1955 $ 254

    Established tour dates

     Any number of participants
    Standard accommodations £ 1280 $ 2,042 1333 NOK 13441 kr 12407 $ 1,613
    Premium accommodations supplement £ 303 $ 482 315 NOK 3176 kr 2932 $ 381
    Single supplement £ 202 $ 322 210 NOK 2118 kr 1955 $ 254

    extra options

    Non fixed tour dates:
    Van support (to be shared among group members) for 6 days: £ 1133 $ 1,807 1180 NOK 11898 kr 10983 $ 1,428 Guided supplement (to be shared among group members) for 6 days: £ 1193 $ 1,902 1242 NOK 12524 kr 11560 $ 1,503 Fixed tour dates:
    Van support, per person: £ 189 $ 302 197 NOK 1986 kr 1834 $ 238 Guided supplement, per person: £ 199 $ 317 207 NOK 2087 kr 1927 $ 250 All tour dates:
    Helmet rental : £ 29 $ 46 30 NOK 303 kr 279 $ 36 Electric bike:  £ 58 $ 92 60 NOK 605 kr 558 $ 73 Additional day bike rental: £ 29 $ 46 30 NOK 303 kr 279 $ 36 GPS device (max 2 per group): £ 58 $ 92 60 NOK 605 kr 558 $ 73 6 lunches: £ 158 $ 253 165 NOK 1664 kr 1536 $ 200 Wine and local food tasting on Day 2: £ 24 $ 38 25 NOK 252 kr 233 $ 30 Group transfer from Venice Airport, to Muggia, up to 8 people: £ 379 $ 605 395 NOK 3983 kr 3677 $ 478 Group transfer from Trieste Airport, to Muggia, up to 8 people: £ 173 $ 276 180 NOK 1815 kr 1675 $ 218 Group transfer from Piran to airport in Trieste, up to 8 people: £ 77 $ 123 80 NOK 807 kr 745 $ 97 Group transfer from from Piran to airport in Venice, up to 8 people: £ 230 $ 368 240 NOK 2420 kr 2234 $ 290

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    This tour begins in Muggia in Italy and ends in Piran, Slovenia. Closest international airport to Muggia is the Trieste Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS) located 60 km away. Another option is the Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) located 169 km from Muggia.

    Local Travel

    Trieste Airport: Take a bus (bus line E 51) from Trieste Airport to Trieste Centrale train station. From the train station, you can take bus line 40 or 41 to Dommio. Then Bus line 47 to Muggia. Total travel time is approximately 2 1/2 hours to 3 hours depending on your departure times and transfer times.
    Venice Airport: Take a bus (bus line 68) to Portogruaro Caorle. Train from here to Trieste Centrale train station and then bus number 20 to Muggia.

    Upon arrival, airport transfers can be arranged to your first hotel for a supplement. See pricing. We can also send you a PDF of local transportation details from the four closest airports. At end of tour, there is an included transfer to Trieste from which you can access onward travel to your departure airport. One suggestion is that you fly to Trieste, overnight and explore this unique city, and then take a ferry to Muggia for the start of your tour.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before you arrival. A good web site to use to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and other weather related facts is weatherbase.com.


Skill Level

This is a 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 or dirt path, away from vehicle traffic. However, you will encounter traffic when entering or exiting the towns/cities. The climb into Motovun is steep, but short. If you are not use to riding "off road" or on rails to trails type paths, due note that the gravel paths and off road sections require good command of your bicycle and good balance.

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 6 dinners
  • Luggage transfer
  • Final transfer from Piran back to Trieste (hotel or train station)
  • *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 (can be included for a supplement to make your tour a true culinary experience)
  • One dinner
  • 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)
  • Boat tickets, must be paid for on the spot
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TypeBoth
SkillModerate
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Arrivals possible on any day. Pricing based on number of participants.
On established tour dates: June 9, June 16, July 7, July 28, August 25, and September 1, 2018, pricing is fixed.
 

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Istria to the Adriatic Map

2018:
Day 1
: Individual arrival to Muggia
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 Muggia, region of Trieste
Arrive to your hotel in Muggia settle in and enjoy the Venetian atmosphere of this quaint harbor village. The architecture, dialect, customs, and culinary are all influenced and connected with the republic of Venice. You might want to consider arriving a day early and exploring Trieste before beginning you bike tour. Trieste is seaport city with a long and complex history, lying at a crossroads influenced by Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultures.  

Day 2: Muggia to Piran or  Portorož, 26 mi. (42 km)
For this day, you begin cycling directly from your hotel. Your rental bikes will be waiting for you at the hotel.  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.

Option: You can opt for a slight detour to have a local wine and food tasting at a farmhouse/restaurant. See pricing

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. You will either be transferred to Motovun and the next morning back to Groznjan due to lack of accomodation availability in Grožnjan or overnight in Grožnjan.  

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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Customer Feedback

  • Yael U. 6 hours ago

    I have traveled 2 times and looking forward to this summer's trip again. I love working with Tripsite staff and gave enjoyed each experience immensely.

  • Yael S. 3 months ago

    The trip was beautiful and what I would describe as completely worthwhile work/play.

  • knut S. 4 months ago

    Most memorable: The local tour operator (Good Places) arranged a lunch and wine tasting at a small winery/restaurant. Excellent food, good wines, tour of the winery, interesting lessons about local wines in Croatia, excellent service and a welcoming atmosphere.
    Suggestion: We enjoyed staying in the small hotels with atmosphere and a la carte dinners much more than the big resort hotels serving big buffet dinners. So please look for cosy, smaller hotels with atmosphere.

  • Michael E. 4 months ago

    Tour route was beautiful, some costal some inland, hotels and food were excellent, I liked the smaller hotels much better than the large one as the small ones were very personal. Local wines were great. Had so much fun that I'm thinking about the next trip.

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