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Istria peninsula 8-day Bike & Boat Tour (TA)

  • 8days
  • Croatia

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Highlights of Istria 8-day Bike & Boat Tour

The "heart of Europe" is what the Istrians call their peninsula. This is where Central Europe and the world of the Mediterranean meet. .During this one week tour we explore the most popular part of the Croatian coast.

Fall in love with the Adriatic Sea on this tour. Relax while being on a romantic cruiser - your floating home. Get on your bicycle after breakfast, enjoy your lunch break ashore or meet your ship in one of the pretty harbors for a crossing. Enjoy the outstanding cuisine aboard after getting to the next harbor while watching the sunset or stroll around historical harbor towns before going to sleep under the stars… either on deck or in your cabin.

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.

OR (dependent on date selected)

Deluxe Ship: At 40 x 8.5 m this 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 ship 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.  

Level 1-2:

The cycle tours require a basic level of fitness from participants, which they should have acquired from steady cycling. The tours will take us up to a height of 300 m above sea-level. The day-tours from 16 mi./20 km will take us through hilly terrain and will be completed without any time-constraints. We traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely traveled on outside the holiday seasons. Unpaved or gravel roads will be cycled at times, during which participants are, however, also permitted to push their bicycles. 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. Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Rental helmets are available in limited numbers (reservation requested).

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 motor yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin above deck with shower/toilet (upgrades available)
  • 2x full board 5 x half board
  • Guided cycling tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Tourist taxes

Not included in the tour:

  • Journey to Pula
  • Water flat rate, 25 EUR or 15 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: 180 EUR/week (limited). Please email [email protected] 

Extras: (on request)

  • Shared twin cabin
  • Surcharge for double cabin above deck: 150 EUR p.p (Comfort ship)/ 250 EUR p.p (Deluxe ship)
  • Surcharge for double cabin single use above deck: 600 EUR p.p (Comfort ship)/ 800 EUR p.p (Deluxe ship)
  • Surcharge for double cabin single use below deck: 400 EUR p.p (Comfort ship)/ 600 EUR p.p (Deluxe ship)
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: 10 EUR/week; e-bike: 20 EUR/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
  • A safe parking space: motorcycle: 30 EUR/week; car up to 6 m in length: 50 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] 

Price reductions:

  • 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

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  • Day 1

    Omisalj (Embarkation) - Cres

    Individual arrival to Omisalj, a charming pirates nest on the island of Krk. If you decide to arrive by car, we can gladly organise 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 Omisalj. Check-in on board is possible from around 2pm. The first cruise to the island and city of Cres takes place shortly after. If the weather permits we will stop for a refreshing swim stop along the way. In the evening your guide will take you for a walk through the charming old town, characterised by its Venetian heritage. The night is spent in Cres.

  • Day 2

    Cres - Liznjan - Pula (approx. 29mi/ 47km)

    Enjoy breakfast in the morning with a longer cruise from Cres to the south-west coast of Istria to Liznjan. The old fisher village with its small harbor is the starting point of your first bike tour on the Istrian peninsula. Enjoy quiet country roads and picturesque towns as you make your way to Pula, the secretive main town of Istria. You will have time to explore the enticing city characterised by decades of Roman rule. Explore the mighty amphitheatre, the Augustus Temple and the Golden Gate. The night is spent in Pula.

  • Day 3

    Pula - Vrsar - Porec (24mi/ 39km)

    Before breakfast the boat will depart Pula so that you arrive in Vrsar just after breakfast. Vrsar is the town where the famous seducer, Casanova took refuge from the furious husbands of his lovers. From Vrsar your bike tour will take you along the Limski Channel to Klostar in the hinterlands. After a strengthening afternoon break, and the possibility to try a delicious suckling pig for lunch, we continue by bike to Porec. We will have a chance to indulge in the multifaceted history of Porec in the company of our city tour guide in the afternoon on a walk through this enchanting town. The shopping streets are vibrant with life. A visit to the Euphrasian-Basilica with its intricate pre-Christian mosaics is highly recommended. The night is spent in Porec.

  • Day 4

    Porec - Novigrad - Vrsar (40mi/ 65km)

    During breakfast, the boat will bring you to Novigrad, where your cycling tour today will begin. You cycle through vast vineyards and olive groves to the picturesque hill top village of Buje, overlooking the fertile pastures surrounding it. From here you follow the “Parenzana”, an decommissioned railway line, which will bring you to the artists town of Groznjan. You will have time to visit the numerous galleries, situated in quaint stone houses. Back on our bikes we continue through the neighboring villages and rural Istria all the way to Vrsar. Here the boat awaits you in a protected harbor for the night.

  • Day 5

    Rovinj (aprx. 10 mi/17 km)

    After a short crossing by boat we will enjoy a cycle tour along the coastal promenade from Rovinj to the outskirts of this wonderful seaside village. We taking time for a lengthy swim in the Adriatic before returning back to the boat. In the afternoon we enjoy a guided city tour through this picture perfect town squeezed on a small peninsula surrounded by blue sea. It is not without reason why this idyllic city is a haven for artists from all over the world whose work can be admired in the numerous galleries in town. This night is also spent in Rovinj.

  • Day 6

    Rovinj – Fazana - Rabac (aprx. 21 mi/35 km)

    Today’s bike tour takes us along the coast mainly on natural paths and through forests to Fazana with its delightful harbour and splendid promenade lines with the colorful facades of the local houses. The ship awaits us here and once on board, takes us around the southernmost point of the Istrian Peninsula to the city of Rabac. Undoubtedly one of the most popular holiday towns in Istria. The night is spent in Rabac.

  • Day 7

    Rabac - Omisalj (aprx. 22 mi/37 km)

    Today starts with a longer climb from Rabac, to the hilltop village of Labin where we can enjoy a coffee break with an incredible view over the bay of Rabac. We continue by bike through the incredibly diverse scenic landscapes and villages of the Istrian hinterlands before returning back to Rabac. We board the boat and enjoy an afternoon cruise back to Omisalj where we enjoy a festive evening meal in the company of our fellow travelers, crew and guides.

  • Day 8

    Omišalj (Disembarkation)

    After breakfast disembarkation until 9am followed by an individual trip home or an extended stay in Croatia

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Apr 28 2023 May 05 2023 29 Single rooms 2,090€
Double rooms 1,490€
May 05 2023 May 12 2023 29 Single rooms 1,490€
Double rooms 1,090€
May 19 2023 May 26 2023 29 Single rooms 2,190€
Double rooms 1,590€
May 26 2023 Jun 02 2023 29 Single rooms 1,540€
Double rooms 1,140€
Jun 09 2023 Jun 16 2023 29 Single rooms 2,290€
Double rooms 1,690€
Jun 16 2023 Jun 23 2023 29 Single rooms 1,590€
Double rooms 1,190€
Jun 23 2023 Jun 30 2023 29 Single rooms 2,290€
Double rooms 1,690€
Jul 07 2023 Jul 14 2023 29 Single rooms 1,540€
Double rooms 1,140€
Jul 14 2023 Jul 21 2023 29 Single rooms 2,190€
Double rooms 1,590€
Jul 21 2023 Jul 28 2023 29 Single rooms 1,540€
Double rooms 1,140€
Jul 28 2023 Aug 04 2023 29 Single rooms 2,190€
Double rooms 1,590€
Aug 04 2023 Aug 11 2023 29 Single rooms 1,540€
Double rooms 1,140€
Aug 11 2023 Aug 18 2023 29 Single rooms 2,190€
Double rooms 1,590€
Aug 18 2023 Aug 25 2023 29 Single rooms 1,590€
Double rooms 1,190€
Aug 25 2023 Sep 01 2023 29 Single rooms 2,090€
Double rooms 1,490€
Sep 01 2023 Sep 08 2023 29 Single rooms 1,590€
Double rooms 1,190€
Sep 15 2023 Sep 22 2023 29 Single rooms 1,590€
Double rooms 1,190€
Sep 22 2023 Sep 29 2023 29 Single rooms 2,290€
Double rooms 1,690€
Sep 29 2023 Oct 06 2023 29 Single rooms 1,540€
Double rooms 1,140€
Oct 06 2023 Oct 13 2023 29 Single rooms 2,090€
Double rooms 1,490€
Oct 13 2023 Oct 20 2023 29 Single rooms 2,090€
Double rooms 1,490€

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