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

Piran on the Adriatic Sea is part of Slovenia Istria. Wikimedia Commons:CC0 1.0
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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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  • 2019
    Book now and receive 2018 pricing!

    Arrivals possible on any day

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    Standard accommodations £ 1276 $ 2,188 1598 NOK 15314 kr 14136 $ 1,838 £ 1116 $ 1,914 1398 NOK 13398 kr 12367 $ 1,608 £ 1065 $ 1,825 1333 NOK 12775 kr 11792 $ 1,533 £ 1037 $ 1,777 1298 NOK 12439 kr 11482 $ 1,493
    Premium accommodations supplement
    (only possible on self guided tours)
    £ 252 $ 431 315 NOK 3019 kr 2787 $ 362 £ 252 $ 431 315 NOK 3019 kr 2787 $ 362 £ 252 $ 431 315 NOK 3019 kr 2787 $ 362 £ 252 $ 431 315 NOK 3019 kr 2787 $ 362
    Single supplement £ 168 $ 288 210 NOK 2013 kr 1858 $ 242 £ 168 $ 288 210 NOK 2013 kr 1858 $ 242 £ 168 $ 288 210 NOK 2013 kr 1858 $ 242 £ 168 $ 288 210 NOK 2013 kr 1858 $ 242

    Established tour dates

     Any number of participants
    Standard accommodations £ 1065 $ 1,825 1333 NOK 12775 kr 11792 $ 1,533
    Premium accommodations supplement £ 252 $ 431 315 NOK 3019 kr 2787 $ 362
    Single supplement £ 168 $ 288 210 NOK 2013 kr 1858 $ 242

    extra options

    Extra nights: On request
    Non fixed tour dates:

    Van support (to be shared among group members) for 6 days: £ 942 $ 1,615 1180 NOK 11308 kr 10438 $ 1,357 Guided supplement (to be shared among group members) for 6 days: £ 992 $ 1,700 1242 NOK 11903 kr 10987 $ 1,428 Fixed tour dates:
    Van support, per person: £ 157 $ 270 197 NOK 1888 kr 1743 $ 227 Guided supplement, per person: £ 165 $ 283 207 NOK 1984 kr 1831 $ 238 All tour dates:
    Helmet rental : £ 24 $ 41 30 NOK 288 kr 265 $ 35 Electric bike:  £ 48 $ 82 60 NOK 575 kr 531 $ 69 Additional day bike rental: £ 24 $ 41 30 NOK 288 kr 265 $ 35 GPS device (max 2 per group): £ 48 $ 82 60 NOK 575 kr 531 $ 69 Wine and local food tasting on Day 2: £ 20 $ 34 25 NOK 240 kr 221 $ 29

    Group Transfers (total price to be split among number of participants):
    Group transfer,  from Venice Airport, to Muggia, up to 8 people: £ 315 $ 541 395 NOK 3785 kr 3494 $ 454 Group transfer from Trieste Airport, to Muggia, up to 8 people: £ 144 $ 246 180 NOK 1725 kr 1592 $ 207 Group transfer from Piran to airport in Trieste, up to 8 people: £ 64 $ 110 80 NOK 767 kr 708 $ 92 Group transfer from Piran to airport in Venice, up to 8 people: £ 192 $ 329 240 NOK 2300 kr 2123 $ 276

    please note

    Rates are per person 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 return transfer to Muggia 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 accommodation in booked category
  • 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • Luggage transfer
  • Final transfer from Piran back to Muggia (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

What’s Not Included

  • One dinner
  • Lunches
  • 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)
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillModerate
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

2019:

Arrivals possible on any day. Pricing based on number of participants.
On established tour dates, price is fixed regardless of number of participants: 
May 11, June 8, August 31, and September 28, 2019

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Istria to the Adriatic Map

Day 1: Individual arrival to Muggia
Day 2: Muggia to Piran or Portorož, 23 mi. (37 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. You can take a boat from Muggia to the port of Trieste. 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

  • Ivette S. 4 months ago

    The perfect trip for families with young adult children. We enjoyed the different kind of roads, the food, the sights, every town we stayed at. Our guide Matic was excellent. We are looking forward to a new adventure with Tripsite.

  • Larry H. 7 months ago

    We were a group of eight old friends and found this trip very enjoyable. The tour organizer, Klemen Stular was very responsive to our questions and preferences, and even worked to adapt the route to accommodate our request to visit a winery! The trails had some loose gravel so it required extra caution (and muscle) on steep hills, but the off-road trails made this particular tour the most special. The equipment was well-maintained, easy to use, and reliable. The tour operator was very conscientious about making certain everything fit the rider. The scenery was glorious and the people warm and welcoming.

  • Yael U. 11 months ago

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

  • Yael S. 1 year ago

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

  • knut S. 1 year 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. 1 year 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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