panoramic view of Istrian Town Rovinj
Highlights

Cycling tour highlights:

  • Trieste - old town, promenade & castle
  • Piran - a charming harbour town in Slovenia
  • Portorož - the Slovenian Monte Carlo
  • Istrian Hills - quaint hilltop villages
  • Poreč - the 6th century Euphrasia Basilica
  • Rovinj - the peninsula’s prime attraction
  • Brijuni islands and Limski channel
  • Pula - the 6th largest arena outside Rome

Cycling Istrian Coastal Tour

from 995 EUR
Departure
daily from March 23 to October 12, 2024
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Starting Point
Muggia
Total Distance
240 km
Activity Level
2

Three Countries Coastal Cycling Trip

This is cycling holiday is the perfect tour for lovers of sun, sea and history. You begin in the former Habsburg seaport town of Trieste in Italy. After your stay there, you will cycle southwards out of Italy through Slovenia and into Croatia. Your route will take you down the sunny Istria Peninsula, through picturesque Venetian-style seaside towns, quaint little fishing villages, alongside sparkling vineyards and fertile valleys. You will stop in many fascinating medieval walled cities along the coast.

As a pre-trip, have a look at our Emerald Tour, Ljubljana to Piran, Cycling Vistas & Wines, Bled to Muggia, and Best Of Slovenia, Bled to Piran!

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN MUGGIA

Today you will arrive and settle into your hotel in Muggia, nestled in the foothills of the Karst region. From Muggia, you can also embark on a city transport boat to reach the heart of Trieste, ensuring a seamless exploration of this historic city. 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. Spend the day wandering around might it be walking along the lovely promenade and visit the exquisite Miramare Castle, or the stunning Piazza Unità d'Italia in the town center. 

Day 2: MUGGIA - PIRAN (↔ 36 km, ↑ 310 m, ↓ 330 m)

Today you'll start cycling in southern direction. Begin by crossing the Slovenian border, and follow the scenic coastal cycle path that leads through the charming port town of Koper. Continue your journey to the picturesque Venetian towns of Izola and Piran, where you can wander through their narrow streets and explore the local churches. In Piran, take a moment to savor a coffee in the delightful Tartini Square, surrounded by the exquisite Venetian architecture. If you're in the mood for some entertainment, visit Portorož, an opulent spa town on the Slovenian Riviera, and try your luck at one of the casinos.

Day 3: PIRAN - UMAG (↔ 35 km, ↑ 300 m, ↓ 310 m)

Today you will cycle past the vast salt-pans of Sečovlje. . Aim to arrive early to catch the enchanting morning light. From here, you'll cross the border into Croatia and venture into the heart of Istria, across slightly hilly terrain to the town of Umag. Once a Roman colony, within its town walls and across its gated drawbridge lies a town steeped in history. Take a tour of the medieval center and visit the beautiful city tower.

Day 4: UMAG - POREČ (↔ 41 km, ↑ 310 m, ↓ 300 m)

Your cycling route takes you across some low hills to Novigrad (Cittanova), another medieval walled town. Beyond its rich history, Novigrad is celebrated for its gastronomy, earning a spot among Istria's top gourmet destinations. Your next stop is Poreč, where you can explore the UNESCO-listed euphrasian basilica, showcasing a diverse blend of baroque, Gothic, and Romanesque architectural styles.

Day 5: POREČ (↔ 45 km, ↑↓ 410 m)

You have a few options to choose from today: you can either relax by the sea, go on a boat trip excursion, or explore the surrounding countryside of Poreč.

Day 6: POREČ - ROVINJ (↔ 43 km, ↑↓ 410 m)

Today you head to Istria’s gem. The Limski Channel is a fjord-like estuary, also designated as a National Park and nature reserve. Along the coast, you can observe mussel and oyster farming. As you continue to Rovinj, you'll discover it's one of the last truly Mediterranean fishing ports. The towering bell tower of the Euphemia Church, located on the highest point in Rovinj, stands as an iconic landmark, visible from various directions. If you're up for more exploration, consider cycling to Zlatni rt, or Golden Cape, a peninsula featuring a park within a nature reserve.

Day 7: ROVINJ - PULA (↔ 40 km, ↑ 300 m, ↓ 310 m)

The last cycling day on your “expedition“ leads you to Pula on the peninsula’s southwest tip. As you head south, you have the option to visit the Brijuni Islands. Comprising twelve smaller and two larger islands, with the main island being Veli Brijun, these islands were once a summer retreat for the Yugoslav statesman, Tito. Interestingly, the island of Veli Brijun also holds traces of dinosaurs, with over 200 footprints discovered there. Arriving in Pula, you'll find yourself in the oldest town in Istria, serving as both its commercial and cultural hub. Spend your final day exploring a wealth of antiquities, including the magnificent Pula Arena. This arena is the sixth-largest Roman amphitheatre in existence and the only one remaining with all three Roman architectural orders fully preserved, making it an awe-inspiring testament to history.

Day 8: DEPARTURE

After breakfast your tour ends or you can prolong your stay with our Bike and Boat Tour Kvarner Bay.

Price

Price per person based on two people sharing:

Low season: March 23 to May 3 and September 21 to October 12, 2024: 995 EUR
High season: May 4 to September 20, 2024: 1.290 EUR

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Price includes:
•    seven nights accommodation in hotels 3*/4* in a two bedded en-suite facilities room, on basis of bed & breakfast
•    luggage transfer – one piece, max 23 kg / 50 lb. Lufthansa dimensions. Every additional piece 60 EUR per trip, payable on the spot
•    tour description and maps in GUIBO application electronic form
•    welcome meeting and bike handover
•    local tourist and other taxes
•    backup service (hotline) during the trip

Optional extras:
•    single traveler supplement 490 EUR - applies when a person travels alone
•    single room 395 EUR low season, 430 EUR high season - applies when a person travels with a group
•    bike rental 90 EUR classic touring are equipped with 24 gears, helmet, one back & side pannier per bike, 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: 25 EUR per bike. Bike rental period starts at 9:00 on day 2 of the tour and at 18:00 on day 7
•    electric bike rental 230 EUR
•    printed information package delivered upon arrival - 30 EUR per set

Additional nights:
•   4* Hotel in Muggia 75 EUR low season, 85 EUR high season, per person per night in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 130 EUR flat rate
•   4* Hotel in Piran old town 95 EUR low season, 100 EUR high season, per person per night in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 170 EUR flat rate
•   3* Hotel in Pula, edge of old town, 85 EUR low season, 115 EUR high season, per person per night in a standard double room, B&B. Single room 170 EUR flat rate

Extra night in other places along the route on requests and depending on hotel rating.

Discounts:
•   children up to 12 years when sharing room with parents 30% discount on basic price
•   third adult in the room 10% discount on basic price

Not included: entrance fees, lunches, dinners, drinks with meals, saunas and massages in hotels

Transfers:

Ljubljana Airport to Muggia
1–3 persons: 160 EUR
4–8 persons: 220 EUR

Ljubljana City to Muggia
1–3 persons: 150 EUR
4–8 persons: 210 EUR

Trieste Airport to Muggia
1–3 persons: 170 EUR
4–8 persons: 190 EUR

Pula Airport to Muggia
1–3 persons: 270 EUR
4–8 persons: 300 EUR

Pula City to Trieste/Muggia
1–3 persons: 260 EUR
4–8 persons: 280 EUR

Pula to Trieste Airport
1–3 persons: 320 EUR
4–8 persons: 370 EUR

Pula to Ljubljana Airport
1–3 persons: 360 EUR
4–8 persons: 390 EUR

All prices per transfer, one way. No pooling permitted. Price includes transport of bikes.

Route profile

Total Length: 240 km

Waytype: 50% regional country roads, street 20% (town approach sections), 15% cycleways, 15 % coastal path.

Surface: 85% asphalt and paved, 15% unpaved

Not suitable for road bikes.

Difficulty: medium - for those who, for example complete daily trip to the market by bike in nice weather and consider cycling should be fun but not training. Gentle hills or stretches on gravel paths do not cause you any difficulties. Average daily elevation gains does between 100 and 500 meters.

Accommodation

Helia supports responsible travel. On our trips we therefore use small, authentic hotels and guesthouses with character that are run by locals or their families. Here you will find the list of standard accommodations that we mainly use during the trip. Actual hotels may vary from this list depending on booking time and room availability.

Day 1: 3* or 4* Hotel Marina San Rocco in Muggia

Day 2: 3* or 4* Hotel Piran in Piran

Day 3: 3* Hotel Sol Umag in Umag

Day 4-5: 3* or 4* Hotel Poreč in Poreč

Day 6: 4* Hotel Arupinium in Rovinj

Day 7: 3* Hotel Amfiteatar in Poreč

Travel options

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. Parking in covered garage is possible in first hotel, costs 20 EUR per night, needs to be reserved ahead. The night of hotel stay is free of charge.

By bus: take a Flixbus bus to Trieste and return from Pula.

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, TUI, transavia, Vueling). Good connections with airport shuttle from Ronchi Legionari Airport to Trieste / Muggia.

Your bike

Helia bikes are available in different sizes in unisex model:

Touring bike 24-gear Shimano Deore
Touring-bike 4 electronic gears / 9 mechanical gears Shimano

Features:

  • alummium frame
  • mudguard
  • rear rack
  • comfort gel saddle
  • anti-puncture Continental tires
  • ergonomic bicycle grips

All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

  • one side saddlebag
  • combination bike lock

Only for self-guided tours: one repair kit per two bikes: one spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, two Allen keys and tire levers

This tour is not suitable for road bikes.

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