Bike & Boat Istria

Bike & Boat Istria

(8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 247 km )


„The heart of Europe” is what the Istrians call their peninsula. This is where Central Europe and the world of Mediterranean meet.

In the space of one week you will discover the length of this unique coastline by bike & boat, bringing you closer to the land and its people. On board of a romantic motor yacht, your accommodation for the week, you will discover the charm of the Adriatic Sea in a unique fashion.

Special cultural highlights of this bicycle trip are the UNESCO protected old town of Rovinj, the fantastic Euphrasian Basilica in Porec as well as the Roman amphitheatre at Pula.

This itinerary has been updated for 2021. The itinerary, prices and services should remain unchanged. All tour dates for 2021 are now online and available to book.

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: A visit to the impressive amphitheatre in Pula
Nature: The beautiful Limski-Canal
Acitivity: A walk through the artist's village of Groznjan
Culinary: The famous white truffles from Istria
Souvenirs: Bukaleta - typical handpainted clay jugs for wine

Itinerary

1st Day (Sun) Pula (Embarkation) – Pula (Round trip) (aprx. 10.5 mi./17 km)

Individual arrival at Pula. The secret capital of Istria with its town full of impressive remains of its Roman past awaits your visit. If you arrive by car, we arrange a secure parking place for you. Around 2 pm/2:30 pm check-in on the motor yacht. Afterwards a first cycle tour starts at 3 pm and takes us in a large circle around Pula and back to the ship. You might get the chance to have a closer look of the famous Amphitheatre. After your cycle tour you go on your first cruise just a couple of miles north to a bay for your overnight stay.

2nd Day (Mon) Vrsar - Poreč (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)

In the early morning (before breakfast) we go on a very scenic, aprx. 3 h cruise to Vrsar, the town where lady killer Casanova found temporary refuge from lovers pursuing him. Starting from Vrsar, we cycle along the Limski canal to Kloštar in the hinterland. After a break, long enough to taste some fresh suckling pig. Our route takes us to Poreč. On a guided walk, we encounter the evidence of the town’s eventful past at every step along the way. While strolling through the charming historical centre, with its beautiful buildings of many different periods as well as the bustling shopping lanes, we will not miss the famous Euphrasian Basilica, with its gorgeous early Christian mosaics.

3rd Day (Tue) Poreč – Višnjan – Umag (aprx. 31 mi./50 km)

Today’s cycle tour takes us from Poreč through extensive vineyards to Visnjan, home of the famous white Boškarin Cattle. After a coffee break we continue cycling through the gentle hills of the hinterland to Vizinada. After a lunch break we cycle back to Poreč. We will not miss a visit to Baredine Cave on our cycle tour. Our excursion takes us through five amazing halls which are beautifully illuminated. It leads us 60 m under ground to a subsurface lake and if we are lucky we’ll meet a native – the famous amphebia (Proteus anguinus): the olm. This little cave dweller is a unique one. It is endemic to this karst area. Back at the ship we hop on our boat and enjoy a lovely cruise to Umag.

4th Day (Wed) Umag – Grožnjan – Novigrad (aprx. 34 mi./55 km)

After breakfast we start our cycling tour to the north starting at the headland and further on along the coastline. After a climb we get to the artist’s village of Grožnjan. Strengthened by a long relaxing stop we continue cycling to Novigrad passing the river valley of Mirna. The Mirna river valley is well known as an area where white truffles can be found. A gourmet’s heart will jump of joy. Getting to Novigrad we find the impressive battlement of the city wall as well the 7th century Pelagius Basilica. Around the pretty harbor we find many cafes and bars, where we can end the day. Dinner on board.

5th Day (Thu) Novigrad – Poreč - Rovinj (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)

After breakfast we leave Novigrad and cycle along the coast all the way to Poreč. There is time to take a stroll through the beautiful old town and to enjoy the regional cuisine for lunch. The boat awaits you in the harbour of Poreč and will take us to Rovinj. Overnight stay in Rovinj.

6. Day (Fri) Rovinj (aprx. 12.5 mi./20 km)

From Rovinj we start today’s cycle tour which allows ample time for a refreshing bath in the Adriatic Sea. You got time in the afternoon to stroll through the winding alleyways of this picture perfect town. It’ll leave you enchanted. The night is spent in Rovinj.  

7th Day (Sat) Rovinj – Barbariga - Vodnjan - Pula (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)

A longer crossing takes us to Barbariga. We get ashore, have some lunch and hop on our bicycles. Our cycle tour leads us via Vodnjan back to Pula our port of departure. There is enough time to take a walk through the town and to visit the many heritage sites which the city has to offer. A celebrative evening meal with guests, guides and crew brings a fantastic week to a happy end.

8th Day (Sun) Pula (Disembarkation)

After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.

Ships

Tarin (Comfort)

At 22 x 6.20 m the Tarin is a traditional wooden ship built in 2004 and scores with its painted green and white stiped hull. The 10 cozy guest cabins are lined with light wood and come with large windows as well as shower an WC. The comfortable sleeping mats on the sun deck and also the living room suite on the shadowed part of the upper deck guarantee a relaxing break on board.

Rental bikes

Hybrid bicycles

Those choosing to rent a hybrid bike will receive a reliable, low maintenance, aluminum frame bike in the suitable size. Our hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, carrier, a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. All components are selected based on our twenty years of experience in bike tourism, insuring that they fulfill the necessary criteria to provide the rider with an uncompromised cycle experience.

These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 80 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

E-Bikes

Clients who wish to be supported by a tail-wind and seek to hire an e-bike will receive a high-quality pedelec, powered mainly by a Bosch motor capable of covering long distances, and characterized by their light weight and great components. Alternative drive systems may also be used. Standard components of our e-bikes in varying frame sizes include, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, carrier, a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. With our e-bikes you will conquer the hills with a smile, they are a true declaration of independence for all who wish to cycle and seek the support of a little push.

These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 180 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

Islandhopping Pannier

For the duration of the tour we supply you with a waterproof pannier by Ortlieb, a practical way of carrying drinks, bathing gear, camera etc. The use of our Islandhopping panniers is free of charge.

To ensure that bike panniers remain water proof they have to be closed tight. Although panniers are manufactured from waterproof material Zeitreisen GmbH cannot be held liable for any damage that might be caused to any personal belongings like mobile phones, cameras ect.

Journey

Pula - Port of Embarkation/Disembarkation

The Istria bicycle cruise starts and ends in Pula. Please keep in mind, that the embarkation takes place around 2 pm/ 2.30 pm. Afterwards your first bicycle tour starts.


How to get to Pula

The closest airport to your embarkation/disebarkation harbour is Pula Airport (PUY).

To investigate and book a suitable flight you can for example use the website www.opodo.com.

Please keep in mind that the your first bicycle tour starts at 3 pm and your ship leaves the harbour at about 6 pm. Please get in contact with our office, if you are going to book a flight that arrives Pula airport after 2 pm.

E-Mail: info@slandhopping.com

Transfers between Pula Airport and Boat

Distance to the harbour of Pula from Pula airport: 10 minutes by car. We recommend to use a taxi to get to Pula harbour.

Alternative Zagreb Airport (ZAG)

If you can’t get a flight to Pula (PUY) search for a flight to Zagreb (ZAG). Distance to the harbour of Pula from Zagreb airport: 3.5 hrs by car.

Fee-based collective transfer (only available on embarkation/disembarkation day) for an additional fee of 50 euro person/bike/way (reservation required):

– between Zagreb airport or a hotel in Zagreb city and Pula (on embarkation day only) from meeting point at Zagreb city: 11:30 am // from Zagreb airport: 12:15 pm

– from Pula harbour to Zagreb (on disembarktion day only): 7 am (If you like to book this transfer, please ensure that your flight departs from Zagreb after 1 pm.)

Customized transfers on request

How to book an airport transfer

For all transfers a reservation is required two weeks in advance, booking incl. complete transmission of flight details.

For the organization please indicate your exact flight details. If there are belated changes of your flight times you are kindly requested to inform our office immediately.

Please provide us with the following flight details by phone or email:

– arrival & departure date
– flight route
– airline
– flight number
– estimated arrival or departure time

Phone: +49-(0)7531-36186-0

Email: info@islandhopping.com

Extended stay

Extend your stay in Zagreb or stay longer in Pula!

Would you like to extend you holidays in Istria or would you like to see more of Croatia? Then we recommend our extension program in Zagreb!

We can arrange additional nights for you in Pula: The harbor city of Pula is situated in the south of the Istrian peninsula. In the fascinating Old Town of Pula there are impressive remains of Roman buildings like the excellent preserved amphitheater or the temple of Roma and Augustus. Interesting too is the medieval castle. Also the surroundings of Pula is worth seeing: The National park of Brijuni, that was a prohibited area until the death of Tito in 1980, was reserved for the government elite and their guests. It is well known for its rich flora and illustrious fauna. Also the Limski canal with its caves is a worthwhile place for excursions.

Below mentioned prices include VAT and visitor’s tax.

If you want to book an additional program or additional nights, please contact us:
Phone: +49 (0) 7531-361860 or E-mail: info@islandhopping.com

2-day Extension Module in Zagreb, 1 night (bookable pre Islandhopping experience)

Take the time to extend your holiday by a few days in Zagreb with a programme, which, on the one hand organizes adequate activities, and on the other hand offers you enough leisure time on your own?

Saturday
A private transfer collects you at the Zagreb airport and brings you to the doorstep of your hotel. You will have time to freshen up after your journey. In the late afternoon your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to take you on an interesting and inspiring walk through the Croatian capital. The old town, built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, will charm you at every turn. During a guided city tour, our local guide will enlighten you on the city in its current position and its former past. The Kaptol (the center of the Roman Catholic Church in Croatia) and Gradec (the upper old town) are of course included in the program. In the evening you will dine in a specially selected restaurant. The delicious local specialties will be a great way to end the day. Overnight stay in a hotel in the town center of Zagreb.

Sunday
After breakfast transfer to Omišalj (if required to Pula in case of embarking for Islandhopping Istria; prices/additional fee, on request).

Included Services
– 3* hotel at the town center
Sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entry fees for sights not included)
– Dinner in a local restaurant
– Transfer from Zagreb airport to your hotel
– Transfer from your hotel in Zagreb to Omišalj (transfer to Pula is possible at an additional fee, on request)
– Taxes

Price per Person
– 3 star hotel in a double room with breakfast: 310 euro
– 3 star hotel in a single room with breakfast: 340 euro
– 4 star hotel in a double room with breakfast: 360 euro
– 4 star hotel in a single room with breakfast: 420 euro

Price reductions
– People driving independently, without the need of a transfer, receive a discount of 60 € per person off all prices mentioned.
– Group discount: 5% (min. 20 persons) 

Book the additional package
If you want to book this additional tour modules, please refer to it in the comments field of your booking request or write to us at info@islandhopping.com (incl. module name):

– Which package would you like to book before your Islandhopping trip?
– For how many people would you like to book?
– Which hotel category would you like to stay at? 3 or 4 star hotel? Single or double room?
– Do you prefer vegetarian food?
– Your flight details

Voucher delivery
After booking the additional program you will receive a basic invoice from Islandhopping. You will get the hotel as well as the activity voucher by e-mail in good time prior to start of your journey

Hotel Scaletta in Pula

The Hotel Scaletta is situated quite close to the yacht harbour and only a walk away from Pula’s historical old town. The hotel was renovated in 2003 and impresses not only with its beautiful neo-classical exterior but also with a modern ambience inside. 12 stylishly decorated rooms are equipped with a bathroom, telephone, TV, safe and a mini-bar.

All rates mentioned include VAT and visitor’s tax. The prices depend on the season:

April/May/October 2020
– Double room incl. breakfast: 50 euro/person
– Single room incl. breakfast: 70 euro/night

June  – September 2020
– Double room incl. breakfast: 60 euro/person
– Single room incl. breakfast: 85 euro/night

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person (in a twin cabin above deck)

Off-Season:
– 990 euro (comfort boat Tarin)

High Season:
– 1,090 euro (comfort boat Tarin)

Included services

• 8-day-trip on a motor yacht with crew
• 7 nights in a twin cabin with shower/toilet (above deck surcharge is included in the basic tour price)
• 7 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

Additional optional services (on request)

• shared twin cabin (on request)
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 600 euro (limited, on request)
• Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week; e-bike: 180 euro/week (limited, on request)
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week; e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
• A safe parking space: motorcycle: 30 euro/week; car up to 6 m in length: 50 euro/week, vehicle longer than 6 m: 100 euro/week (on request, to be paid on-site to the tour guide)
• 2-day extension module Zagreb (only as PRE-Islandhopping tour bookable) incl. transfer airport – hotel; 1 night in a 3 or 4 star hotel; guided sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entry fees for sights not included), dinner in a local restaurant (transfer hotel – boat in Pula additional partial fee, on request); price per person: 3 star hotel in a double room: 310 euro or in a single room: 340 euro; 4 star hotel in a double room: 360 euro or in a single room: 420 euro (People driving independently, without the need of a transfer, receive a discount of 60 € off all prices mentioned)
• Additional night (B&B) in Pula: prices on request
• Collective transfer from/to Zagreb on day of embarkation/disembarkation only (11:30 am from Zagreb Center or 12:15 pm from Zagreb Airport to Pula / return transfer from Pula to Zagreb Airport starts at 7 am: 50 euro person/way and 50 euro bicycle/way (reservation required two weeks in advance, booking incl. complete transmission of flight details)
• Customized transfers (prices on request)

Not included in the tour price

• Journey to Pula
• Flat rate for bottled water, Visitor’s tax and local charges 50 euro for adults or 25 euro for children up to age 16 (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 for crew and tour guides

Price reductions

• You can book a cabin for three persons and get a 50 % price reduction for the third person (regardless of age, not combinable with any other discount). Three-bed-cabins are furnished with one double (floor level) and a single bed (bulk 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.
If you place your booking for this tour by the 31.01.2021, you will receive a 5% Early-Bird discount on the tour base price (can be used in combination with the SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount)
If this is your third or more Islandhopping tour booked directly with Islandhopping, you will receive our 5% SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount for this tour if you book before the 31.01.2021 (can be used in combination with the Early-Bird discount)

Things to note

Language aboard

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

Itinerary Changes

We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

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./25 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. This tour is primarily a guided group tour. Upon consultation with your tour guides, the possibility to cycle on your own along recommended, suitable routes, may present itself. 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.

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).

Bringing 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 1.30 m (4.3 ft.) for hybrid bikes.

Catering

The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one warm meal a day. The half board starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day. One meal a day will be eaten ashore and is not included within the tour prize.

Bringing private bikes & EXCLUSION of private E-BIKES

The tour which you have booked requires a bike with a fully functional set of gears. Islandhopping can offer you high quality, fully serviced rental bikes perfect for the terrain of this tour.

Should you however wish to bring your own hybrid or MTB with you, please make sure to check the condition of your breaks, gears, and tires and don’t forget to bring along a puncture repair kit and the essential spare parts for your bike (e.g. brake pads and tubes). Your bike should be in prefect mechanical working order.

We do not allow private e-bikes on board of our boats. This decision has been made due to health and safety regulations. If you wish to ride an e-bike for the duration of your tour, please get in touch with us about the rental options. 

We do not recommend bringing along private road bikes, as the thin tires are not suitable for some of the road surfaces encountered on the tours.

Liability disclaimer: Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH. Will not be held liable for any damages caused to private bikes during loading, unloading or other logisitical handling thereof. 

Our ships

Please do not forget that the ship is your hotel as well as a machine, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.

Good to know

On our regular cycling tours the riding pace is determined by the cyclists on regular bicycles. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that also the regular cyclists need time to rest and longer to climb the hills. Thank you for your understanding.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
May 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 16.05-23.05IstriaTarinPulaPula990 book
 30.05-06.06IstriaTarinPulaPula990 book
June 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 06.06-13.06IstriaTarinPulaPula990 book
 13.06-20.06IstriaTarinPulaPula990 book
 20.06-27.06IstriaTarinPulaPula990 book
 27.06-04.07IstriaTarinPulaPula990 book
August 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 22.08-29.08IstriaTarinPulaPula1090 book
 29.08-05.09IstriaTarinPulaPula1090 book
September 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 05.09-12.09IstriaTarinPulaPula1090 book
 12.09-19.09IstriaTarinPulaPula1090 book
 19.09-26.09IstriaTarinPulaPula1090 book
 26.09-03.10IstriaTarinPulaPula1090 book
October 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 03.10-10.10IstriaTarinPulaPula990 book
 10.10-17.10IstriaTarinPulaPula990 book

Any questions?

Contact us:

Monday - Friday
09:00- 12:30 Hrs
14:00- 17:00 Hrs

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com