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Highlights of Istria 8 Day Boat & Bike Tour (DLX)

  • 8days
  • Croatia

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Experience the Heart of Europe by E-Bike & Boat

The largest peninsula in Croatia offers an incredible backdrop for our e-bike tour Istria Highlights Plus. Situated between the Kvarner Bay and the Gulf of Triest, Istria is an oasis of superlatives. The 500m long coastline offers countless picture perfect beaches and fascinating historical harbor towns such as Pula, Poreč and Rovinj. The fertile hinterlands in contrast, are characterized by their medieval hilltop villages and colorful vineyards and the silver-green olive groves. Much like the landscapes typical for Tuscany.

In addition, Istria is graced with over 2300 hours of sun each year, assuring with great certainty that your visit will be a sunny one. The region has also made itself a name for its culinary delights: home to some of the world’s best truffles, olive oil and wine. Discover the vast diversity of this delightful region on board your deluxe ship, your floating accommodation for the week, and a reliable e-bike as your means of transport on land.

Accommodation

Deluxe Ship ANDELA LORA (all cabins with shower/toilet)

At 40 x 8.5 m the Andela Lora is an extraordinary, elegant steel ship, built in 2012. With its impressive length it is one of the largest ships in our Croatian fleet. The 17 spacious guest cabins are air-conditioned and include a shower and WC. The Andela Lora also offers a cozy salon on the top deck and numerous comfortable spaces on deck to relax. At the stern of the ship, a swimming platform provides effortless access to the sea. 

Catering

The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering consists of 2 x full board and 5 x half board. Catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

Tour Character: E-Bike Level 1

Exclusive e-bike tours for Islandhoppers with a good fitness level. The tours, including the meters of elevation, can be ridden comfortably by e-bike (12 mi./20 km to 43 mi./70 km and 656 ft./200 m to 3280 ft./1000 m of elevation gain per day).

All bike tours require a healthy basic level of fitness from the participants and prior experience in bike riding. Please take note that around 30% of the tours take place on natural paths and gravel roads. The described tours are primarily designed as fully guided e-bike tours. If you wish to cycle alone, please talk with your tour guide on site about the options available.

Guided group pace: On the e-bike tour programs, the riding pace is determined by the cyclists on e-bikes. Guests who are taking part on these tours on a gravel bike should have the necessary physical condition to keep up with this pace. We thank you for your understanding.

Requirement to wear a helmet:

Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).

Children

We believe that only children with a good physical condition and previous bicycle tour experience and a minimum age of 10 are able to master the cycle tours with their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental e-bike is 1.50 m (4.9 ft.). Follow-me bikes, bike seats and bike Bungees can also be hired for accompanying children. Our reservation experts are happy to provide you with more detailed information on request. It is mandaorty for all participants on our tours to wear a bicycle helmet.

Language

Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

Included in the tour: 

  • 8-day-trip on a motorized yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin with shower/toilet
  • 2 x full board and 5 x half board
  • Guided cycling tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Guided tours in Pula and Rovinj
  • Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking tour guide

Not included: 

  • Journey to Pula
  • Flat rate for bottled water and tourist taxes: 60 euro per person. For children up to age 16: 30 euros (to be paid to the captain)
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Entrance fee for sights are not included in the tour price
  • Tips

If you would like to rent a Road Bike (180 EUR) or E-Bike (225 EUR), please book at [email protected] 

Notes: 

  • Shared twin cabin (no surcharge, on request)
  • Surcharge for a cabin above deck: 250 euro/person
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 800 Euro, limited availability
  • Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier (if bicycle has a rack) : e-bike: 200 euro/week; gravel or road bike: 180 euro/week, hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: gravel, road, and e-bike: 25 euro/week; (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
  • A safe parking space: motorcycle: 40 euro/week; car up to 6 m in length: 70 euro/week, vehicle longer than 6 m: 120 euro/week (to be paid on-site to the tour guide)
  • Transfer from/to Rijeka airport (on embarkation and disembarkation days only): prices on request (minimum 2 persons)
  • Transfer from/to Rijeka train station (on embarkation and disembarkation days only): prices on request (minimum 2 persons)
  • Collective transfers between Zagreb and Omišalj on day of embarkation/disembarkation only (11:30 am from Zagreb Center or 12:15 pm from Zagreb Airport / return transfer from Omišalj to Zagreb Airport starts at 8 am: prices on request (reservation required two weeks in advance, booking incl. complete transmission of flight details – min. 2 persons) 
  • Exclusive transfers: on request
  • Additional night on Island Krk: on request
  • With three persons sharing a cabin, we allow a 50 % discount on the basic tour price for the third person, regardless of age. Andela Lora provides 3 and 4 bed cabins.
  • Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price (not combinable with the 50 % discount); Surcharge for single cabin use will be added.

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  • Day 1

    Omišalj (Embarkation) - Cres

    Individual arrival to Omišalj, a charming pirate’s nest on the island of Krk. If you decide to arrive by car, we can gladly organize a secure parking space for your car for the week. If you are arriving from Zagreb, we can also arrange a transfer for you to the harbor of Omišalj. Check-in on board is possible from around 2pm. Once we have made ourselves comfortable in our cabins, we enjoy the first crossing to Cres. If the weather is good, we stop for a swim in a beautiful bay and you can take a dip in the Adriatic Sea. Our destination is the island capital of the same name, where we spend the night. The Venetian-influenced old town of Cres, with its beautiful alleys and many churches, entices you to take an extensive evening stroll

  • Day 2

    Cres – Pula (aprx. 11 mi./19 km)

    After breakfast on board, the first task is to adjust our bikes in the idyllic harbor of Cres and take a first bike tour to the lighthouse. Afterwards, we take a longer crossing to Pula at the southern tip of Istria, where a guided tour of the old town awaits us. The secret capital of Istria awaits us with impressive evidence of its Roman past. Take your time for an extensive stroll and explore impressive ancient monuments, such as the famous amphitheater reminiscent of the Colosseum in Rome, the Temple of Augustus and the Golden Gate.

  • Day 3

    Pula – Vrsar (23 mi./38 km)

    In the morning we explore some picturesque places in and around Pula. Via Galizana we go to Vodnjan and further through the fishing village Fazana before coming back to Pula. Once there, the boat takes us to Vrsar with the chance for a swim break at the Limski Fjord. In Vrsar, where you will spend the night, the heartbreaker Casanova is believed to have sought temporary refuge from the husbands of his lovers.

  • Day 4

    Vrsar - Poreč (approx. 18 mi/29 km)

    From Vrsar we cycle along the Limski Canal to Kloštar in the rural hinterland. During a longer break we fortify ourselves with a local meal before the tour continues onwards to the destination of Poreč. In the afternoon, we encounter the colourful history of Poreč at every turn as we stroll through the charming old town with its beautiful buildings from bygone eras. There is a real energy to be felt in the shopping alleys. A visit to the famous Euphrasius Basilica with its magnificent early Christian mosaics is also worthwhile

  • Day 5

    Poreč – Novigrad – Rovinj (aprx. 36 mi/59 km)

    In the morning we follow the "Parenzana", an abandoned railroad line, which leads us to the famous artists' village of Groznjan. The picturesque artists’ village is a medieval jewel in the Istrian hinterland. It awaits us with romantic alleys, flower-filled squares and diverse galleries that have made their home in old natural stone houses. In the afternoon, we bike through rural Istria via Buje to Novigrad, where we hop on board, with the chance for a quick swimming break, before continuing onwards to Rovinj for our overnight stay.

  • Day 6

    Rovinj – Fažana – Rabac (aprx. 25 mi/41 km)

    Our morning bike ride takes us near the coast, mostly on natural forest paths to Fažana, with its quaint little harbor and promenade lined with colorful houses. Afterwards, we continue to Pula, where our boat will take us on a longer crossing to Rabac. Here, located on a picturesque bay on the east coast of Istria, we can enjoy gorgeous white pebble beaches, crystal clear waters and a beautiful harbor. Not to be missed is an evening cocktail in a local bar.

  • Day 7

    Rabac – Njivice - Omišalj (aprx. 23 mi/38 km)

    In the early morning, we cross to the island of Krk, where a final cycling stage awaits us. The route will lead us from Njivice to Omišalj. The largest island in Croatia and home of the delicious Zlahtina white wine impresses with its diverse landscapes. Don’t miss the opportunity to cover yourself in the mineral rich mud in the bay of Soline – it will not only leave you looking ten years younger, but also makes for a wonderful holiday memory! Back in the harbor of Omišalj, our boat awaits us with a delicious last evening meal on board which can be spent in great cheer in the company of the fellow travelers, crew and guides.

  • Day 8

    Omišalj (Disembarkation)

    After breakfast disembarkation until 9am followed by an individual trip home.

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
May 17 2024 May 24 2024 29 Single rooms 2,490€
Double rooms 1,890€
Jun 14 2024 Jun 21 2024 29 Single rooms 2,490€
Double rooms 1,890€
Jun 28 2024 Jul 05 2024 29 Single rooms 2,390€
Double rooms 1,790€
Jul 12 2024 Jul 19 2024 29 Single rooms 2,390€
Double rooms 1,790€
Jul 26 2024 Aug 02 2024 29 Single rooms 2,390€
Double rooms 1,790€
Aug 09 2024 Aug 16 2024 29 Single rooms 2,390€
Double rooms 1,790€
Aug 23 2024 Aug 30 2024 29 Single rooms 2,590€
Double rooms 1,990€
Sep 06 2024 Sep 13 2024 29 Single rooms 2,590€
Double rooms 1,990€
Sep 20 2024 Sep 27 2024 29 Single rooms 2,590€
Double rooms 1,990€
Oct 04 2024 Oct 11 2024 29 Single rooms 2,390€
Double rooms 1,790€
Oct 18 2024 Oct 25 2024 29 Single rooms 2,390€
Double rooms 1,790€

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