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Istria Peninsula 8-day Bike & Boat Tour

  • 8days
  • Croatia

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Highlights of Istria 8-day Bike & Boat Tour

Istria, also referred to as the “green heart of Europe” by the locals, is Croatia’s most famous peninsula and travel destination and its popularity is not without good reason. Together with Islandhopping, you can experience the highlights of Istria from multiple perspectives on this week-long trip; from the maritime perspective on board and on land you explore the beautiful coastlines, the fruitful hinterlands and the fascinating harbor towns such as Pula, Poreč and Rovinj.

There is so much to discover along the way! Medieval villages, ancient monuments, picturesque wineries, and impressive caves. During the guided bike tours, you will learn all about the region from our knowledgeable and friendly guides.  

Back on board the boat local specialties are prepared in the gallery and you can enjoy all the benefits of a mobile accommodation. The floating hotel eliminates the need to pack your bags each day as you travel from one highlight to the next and you have the possibility to enjoy a refreshing swim directly from the boat in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Arriving at the next port, picturesque old towns entice you to take an extended stroll. 

Highlights

  • Culture: A visit to the impressive amphitheatre in Pula 
  • Nature: The beautiful Limski-Canal 
  • Activity: A walk through the artist's village of Groznjan 
  • Culinary: The famous white truffles from Istria 
  • Souvenir: Bukaleta - typical hand painted clay jugs for wine

Accommodation:

Comfort Ship: At 31 x 6 m, the sleek wooden motor yacht was rebuilt as a passenger ship in 2006. There are 14 friendly guest cabins each with a private shower and WC. The spacious and tastefully furnished salon with its wooden tables and upholstered benches provides a welcoming atmosphere. The large sundeck and the two shaded decks at the stern are furnished with sun mats and comfortable lounge furniture. Perfect to unwind for a relaxing cruise.

Tour Character level 1-3:

The cycle tours require a basic level of fitness from participants, which they should have acquired from steady cycling. The day-tours (12 mi./20 km to 43 mi./70 km and 656 ft./200 m to 3280 ft./1000 m of elevation gain) will take us through hilly terrain and will be mainly on asphalt roads. Up to 30% of the tours offered will take place on forest paths and gravel roads. Pushing your bike is allowed. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.

Children:

We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.20 m (4 ft.). There is a helmet duty for all children up to age 16 in Croatia.

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.

Language:

This tour is conducted bilingually, in English and German

Included in the Bike and Boat 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 in the tour:

  • Journey to Pula
  • Water flat rate and tourist taxes: 60 EUR or 30 EUR for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain)
  • Drinks on board (tally sheet to be paid to the captain)
  • Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
  • Meals and beverages ashore 
  • Tips for tour guides and crew
  • Helmets (mandatory. Rental helmets are available, reservation required)

Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier: Hybrid bicycle: 80 EUR/week; E-bike: 225 EUR/week (limited). Please email [email protected] 

Notes:

  • Shared twin cabin
  • Surcharge for double cabin above deck: 150 EUR p.p 
  • Surcharge for double cabin single use above deck: 600 EUR p.p 
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: 10 EUR/week; e-bike: 25 EUR/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
  • A safe parking space: motorcycle: 30 EUR/week; car up to 6 m in length: 70 EUR/week, vehicle longer than 6 m: 100 EUR/week (to be paid on-site to the tour guide)
  • Collective transfer from/to Zagreb on day of embarkation/disembarkation only (11:30 am from Zagreb Center or 12:15 pm from Zagreb Airport / return transfer from Omisalj to Zagreb Airport starts at 8 am: 60 EUR person/way and 60 EUR bicycle/way (reservation required two weeks in advance, booking incl. complete transmission of flight details)
  • Customized transfers
  • Additional night (B&B) in Omisalj available - email [email protected] 
  • With three persons sharing a cabin, we allow a 50 % discount on the basic tour price for the third person, regardless of age. Three-bed-cabins are furnished with one double (floor level) and a single bed (bunk bed level).
  • 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
  • On some of the dates there is also the Istria Highlights MTB Standard parallel to the regular hybrid bike tour. One guide cycles with the MTB group whilst the other guide leads the hybrid cyclists on the road.

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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/ 19km)

    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 10 2024 May 17 2024 29 Single rooms 1,490€
Double rooms 1,090€
May 24 2024 May 31 2024 29 Single rooms 1,690€
Double rooms 1,290€
Jun 07 2024 Jun 14 2024 29 Single rooms 1,690€
Double rooms 1,290€
Jun 21 2024 Jun 28 2024 29 Single rooms 1,690€
Double rooms 1,290€
Aug 30 2024 Sep 06 2024 29 Single rooms 1,690€
Double rooms 1,290€
Sep 27 2024 Oct 04 2024 29 Single rooms 1,690€
Double rooms 1,290€

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