Do you prefer cycling on your own? Our self guided tours give you the total freedom and flexibility to decide when to go, where to go, how far to ride, what to see and, most importantly, how long to stay there!
There is no minimum number of participants, even solo travellers can book.
Trips include luggage transfer between accommodation.
The roadbooks (available in several languages) have a map of the whole area where you will be riding, and itinerary details for each day. Along with precise track indications, they contain valuable information for the options we think are worth considering between your daily departure / arrival locations.
This is the perfect tour for lovers of sun, sea and history. The tour begins in the lovely former Habsburg seaport town of Trieste, nestled in the foothills of the karst region. Under the rule of the Austro Hungarian Empire, Trieste flourished as a busy and affluent port (4th largest in the empire), the remnants of which are still visible today in the main square and narrow streets. After your stay here, you will cycle southwards out of Italy, through Slovenia and into Croatia. Your route will take you down the sunny Istria Peninsula, through picturesque little fishing villages, small towns atop limestone hills, sparkling vineyards and fertile valleys. Let yourself be surprised by the charms of a landscape rich in contrast and colour.
Highlights and places of interest along the route:
Day 1: Arrival in Trieste / Muggia. As a pre-trip, check our Emerald Tour from Ljubljana to Piran, Cycling Vistas & Wines NEW! and Best Of Slovenia! Today you will arrive and settle into your hotel in Muggia / Trieste. Spend the day cycling along the lovely promenade and visit the exquisite Miramare Castle, then visit the stunning Piazza Unità d'Italia in the town centre. From Muggia, you can sail to the city centre by a city transport boat.
Day 2: Trieste – Piran / Portorôz (approx. 36km) Today you'll cross the Slovenia border and ride along the coastal cycle path through another lovely port town, Koper, and then onto the picturesque Venetian villages of Izola and Piran. Stroll through the narrow streets and visit their churches. In Piran, sip a coffee in Tartini Square amid the wonderful Venetian architecture. Visit Portorož, an affluent spa town on the Slovenian Riviera, and try your hand in one of the casinos if you're feeling lucky.
Day 3: Piran – Umag (approx. 35km) Today you will cycle past the vast saltpans of Sečovlje. Get there early enough to catch the beautiful morning light. From here you head across the border to Croatia and into the heart of Istria, across a slightly hilly terrain to the village of Umag. Once a Roman colony, within its town walls and across its gated drawbridge lies a town steeped in history. Take a tour through the medieval centre and visit the beautiful city tower.
Day 4: Umag – Poreč (approx. 41km) Once again you cycle across some low hills to Novigrad (Cittanova), another medieval walled town. As well as its rich history, Novigrad is also renowned for its gastronomy, and is listed as one of Istria’s top gourmet destinations. Next stop is Poreč, where you can visit the UNESCO listed Euphrasian Basilica, a diverse mix of baroque, Gothic and Romanesque buildings.
Day 5: Poreč (approx. 45km or day off by the sea) Plenty of choice today: you can either enjoy a day off by the sea, take a boat trip excursion or visit the surrounding countryside of Poreč.
Day 6: Poreč – Rovinj (approx. 43km) Today you head to Istria’s gem. The fjord-like Limski channel is also a National Park nature reserve and on the coast you’ll find mussels and oyster farming. Rovinj remains one of the last true Mediterranean fishing ports. The high bell tower of the Euphemia Church built on the highest point in Rovinj is its most distinctive feature, standing proud and dominating the view no matter which direction you approach. You can also cycle to Zlatni rt (also known as Golden Cape), a peninsula, where you’ll find a park in a nature reserve.
Day 7: Rovinj – Pula (approx. 40km) The last day on your “expedition“ leads you to Pula on the peninsula’s southwest tip. Cycling south you have the opportunity of visiting the Brijuni islands. The Brijuni-islands are twelve smaller and 2 bigger islands; the main island Veli Brijun was used by the Yugoslav statesman Tito as a summer residence. You can also follow in the footsteps of the dinosaurs, as over 200 dinosaur footprints have been found on the island. Pula is the oldest town on Istria and its commercial and cultural centre. Enjoy your last day of the tour among various antiquities, including the mighty Pula Arena, the 6th largest outside Rome and the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved.
Day 8: Departure after breakfast or extension of stay.
Price per person based on two persons sharing:
Low season: 17.3. to 1.6. and 15.9. to 13.10.2018: 755 EUR High season: 2.6. to 14.9.2018: 795 EUR
Price includes: • Accommodation in hotels 3*/4* in two-bed room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis. • Luggage transfer – one piece, max 20 kgs / 45 lb. Every additional item 10 EUR, payable on spot. • Backup service (hotline) during the trip. • Information pack including text road notes (in plain English) and corresponding maps. One per booking, Every additional set 20 EUR. • Personal welcome meeting, briefing upon arrival and bike handover.
Optional extras: • Single room seven nights 150 EUR. • Bike rental 90 EUR classic touring / trekking bikes are equipped with 21 gears. One back, side pannier per bike. One cycling odometer, one lock, one spare inner tube, one set of Allen keys and a basic puncture repair kit per couple / pair of bikes. Every additional day: 15 EUR per bike. Additional odometer 20 EUR, payable on the spot. Bike rental period starts at 9:00 on day two of the tour and at 18:00 on day seven. • Electric bike 210 EUR. • Helmet rental 12 EUR. • Transfers. Pula to Muggia or Trieste downtown 90 EUR. Pula downtown to Pula Airport 20 EUR. Pula to Trieste Airport 120 EUR. Trieste Airport to Trieste/ Muggia 30 EUR. All prices per person, two persons minimum, one way. • Additional nights: 3* Hotel in Trieste 65 EUR per person in standard double room, B&B. Single room 95 EUR. 3* Hotel in Piran 65 EUR per person in standard double room, B&B. Single room 95 EUR. Hotel in Pula 65 EUR per person in double room sharing.
Starting point of this trip is Muggia, outskirts of Trieste, NE Italy. Getting there and away... By car: over the Tauern motorway to Villach and over the border crossing Arnoldstein to Udine and Trieste. From Venice – Via A4 motorway exit Aquilea. Car parking: several public garages – on request. By train: Venice Santa Lucia or Venice Mestre railway station to Trieste Centrale or over Salzburg and Villach to Trieste. Then take a taxi to Muggia. By plane: regular (Alitalia, Lufthansa) and low-cost flights to Ronchi Legionari (Ryanair) airport or Pula airport (Aer Lingus, Croatian Airlines, Easyjet, German Wings, Jet2, Norwegian, Ryanair, SAS, S7, Thomson, Zransavia, Vueling). Good connections with airport shuttle from Ronchi Legionari airport to Trieste / Muggia.
Transfers: incoming transfer from Pula to Trieste upon arrival or return 65 EUR per person (bicycle included) – reservation necessary, advance payment. Pula downtown to Pula Airport: 20 EUR per person. Minimum number of participants two persons.
If you wish to do the Istrian Coastal trip then there are two airport options: Trieste (Italy) TRS, some 40 km from city centre and 50 km from Muggia. It is served by Alitalia, Ryanair from UK Stansted and Spanish airports, Vueling flies from Barcelona and from Germany Lufthansa has a daily flight from Munich. Pula (Croatia) PUY, 6 km from city centre. Pula Airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin Air Berlin Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel ASL Airlines France Seasonal charter: Lyon, Nantes Austrian Airlines Seasonal charter: Graz Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade Croatia Airlines Zadar, Zagreb Seasonal: Amsterdam, Dubrovnik easyJet Seasonal: Hamburg Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich European Coastal Airlines Split Express Airways Seasonal: Bremen Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki Germanwings Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Stuttgart Jet2.com Seasonal: Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester Lufthansa Regional operated by Lufthansa CityLine Seasonal: Munich Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Helsinki, London-Gatwick, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda Orenair Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo Primera Air Seasonal charter: Malmö, Stockholm-Arlanda Rossiya Seasonal charter: St. Petersburg Ryanair Seasonal: Charleroi, Hahn, London-Stansted, Moss Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda Sea Air operated by Maleth-Aero Paderborn Lippstadt Airport , Leipzig/Halle S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo Thomson Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, London-Gatwick, Manchester Trade Air Osijek, Split (PSO) Transavia Seasonal charter: Amsterdam TUI Airlines Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil Ural Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo, Yekaterinburg VLM Airlines Seasonal charter: Altenrhein Vueling Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil Check other flights (also charters) here.