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Bike & Boat

Istria · Croatia

From 1090 €
Route
from Pula / to Pula
Duration
8 days /
7 nights
Distance
approx.
247 km
Level 1 - 2
Level 1
Easy cycling tours suitable for islandhoppers who are confident on their bikes but prefer riding on flatter terrain (15-30km and 200 elevation meters per day).
Level 1 - 2
Easy to moderate cycling tours through hilly terrain suitable for islandhoppers who have a good basic level of fitness (20-35km and up to 200-400 elevation meters per day).
Level 2
Moderate cycling tours through hilly terrain suitable for islandhoppers who cycle regularly and feel comfortable with longer climbs (25-40km and 300-500 elevation meters per day).
Level 2 -3
Moderate to demanding cycling tours through hilly to mountainous terrain suitable for islandhoppers who like a challenge (30-50km and 400-700 elevation meters per day).
Level 3
Demanding cycling tours through hilly and mountainous terrain suitable for islandhoppers who can take on steeper climbs (30-60km and 400-800 elevation meter per day).

The largest peninsula in Croatia – a cultural treasure trove

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

Fall in love with the Adriatic Sea on this bike & boat tour in Istria. Relax on a romantic motor sailor - your floating home. Get on your bicycle after an invigorating breakfast, enjoy your lunch break ashore or meet your ship in one of the pretty harbours for a cruise.

Enjoy the outstanding cuisine aboard, watch the sunset or stroll through the historical harbour towns before going to sleep under the stars… either on deck or in your cabin.

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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

Itinerary

image/svg+xml Pula Fažana Višnjan Grožnjan Poreč Vrsar Rovinj Umag Novigrad Barbariga Vodnjan Brijuni Cres Krk MEDITERRANEAN Croatia Slovenia Monte-negro Aiport Pula Bosnia-Hercegovina
1st Day Pula (Embarkation) – Pula (Round trip)
(approx. 10.5 mi/17 km)
Individual arrival to Pula. The secret capital of Istria. A town full of impressive remains of its Roman past. If you arrive by car, we can arrange a secure parking place for you. check-in on the motor yacht takes place around 2 pm/2:30 pm. The first cycle tour starts at 3 pm and takes us on a small round tour of Pula and back to the ship. You might get the chance to have a closer look at the famous Amphitheatre. Once back at the boat we set off on our first cruise just a couple of miles north to a bay for the night.
2nd Day Vrsar - Poreč
(approx. 22 mi/35 km)
In the early morning (before breakfast), we go on a very scenic, approx. 3 h cruise to Vrsar. The town where the lady killer Casanova found temporary refuge from pursuing lovers. Starting from Vrsar, we cycle along the Limski canal to Kloštar in the hinterland. A lunch break gives us the opportunity to taste the local cuisine before continuing on our bikes to Poreč. On a guided walk through the town, we learn of the town's eventful past. The famous Euphrasian Basilica, with its gorgeous early Christian mosaics is just one of the many highlights, which the town has to offer.
3rd Day Poreč – Višnjan – Umag
(approx. 31 mi/50 km)
Today's cycle tour takes us from Poreč along vast 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 replenishing lunch break, we cycle back to Poreč with a small detour to the Baredine Cave. A walk through the cave 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 will encounter the famous amphibian (Proteus anguinus): the olm, endemic to this area. Back at the ship, we hop on our boat and enjoy a lovely cruise to Umag.
4th Day Umag – Grožnjan – Novigrad
(approx. 34 mi/55 km)
After breakfast, we start by cycling to the north along the coast. After a climb, we reach the artist’s village of Grožnjan. Strengthened by a long relaxing stop we continue cycling to Novigrad, along the Mirna River Valley. The Mirna River Valley is well known as an area where white truffles can be found. Novigrad greets us with its impressive city walls as well the 7th century Pelagius Basilica. The quaint harbour hosts a number of cafes and bars, where we can enjoy a relaxing evening. Dinner is served on board.
5th Day Novigrad – Poreč - Rovinj
(approx. 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 some regional cuisine for lunch. The boat awaits us in the harbour of Poreč where we board and cruise to Rovinj. The night is spent in Rovinj.
6th Day Rovinj (approx. 12.5 mi/20 km)
From Rovinj we start today’s cycle tour, which allows plenty of time for a refreshing bath in the Adriatic Sea. There is also time in the afternoon to stroll through the winding alleyways of this picture perfect town. It will leave you enchanted. The night is spent in Rovinj.
7th Day Rovinj – Barbariga - Vodnjan - Pula
(approx. 22 mi/35 km)
A longer crossing by boat takes us to Barbariga. Once ashore we have some lunch and hop on our bicycles. Our cycle tour leads us via Vodnjan back to Pula. 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 ends the week on a high note.
8th Day Pula (Disembarkation)
After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am followed by an individual trip home or an extended stay in Croatia.

Accommodation

Linda (Comfort)

The wooden motor yacht, Linda, was reconstructed in 2006 especially for Islandhopping and all of our know-how was invested in the project. Wooden clad cabins, of which three are below deck and eleven above deck, as well as a spacious and functional saloon with wooden tables and upholstered benches give the Linda a homely atmosphere.

The various decks provide a generous amount of space for the guests to relax on board. The sundeck is fitted with comfortable sunning mats so that the panoramic view from the top of the boat can be enjoyed to the fullest. Good weather offers the opportunity to set…

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complete view of the Croatian motor yacht Linda

Rental Bikes

Our Hybrid Bikes

For our hybrid bike tours, we use reliable, low maintenance hybrid bikes with aluminum frames in various sizes. Twenty years of experience in bike tourism has given us the knowledge and confidence to select the right components for the requirements of an Islandhopping tour. Our bikes ensure a carefree riding experience for our cycling enthusiasts.…

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Our E-Bikes

All our e-bikes are high quality pedelecs, most of which are fitted with Bosch motors with extra battery range. They are characterized by their relatively light weight and great components. Some of our fleet are equipped with other motor systems. With an Islandhopping e-bike, you will be able to climb almost any hill with ease. They are a true set of wings for anyone who needs a little ‘tail wind’ to make their ride that little bit more enjoyable.  …

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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. To ensure that bike panniers remain water proof they have to be closed tight.

 

Although panniers are manufactured from waterproof material Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH cannot be held liable for any damage that might be caused to any personal belongings.

 

The use of our Islandhopping panniers is free of charge.

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  • Our Hybrid Bikes
  • Our E-Bikes
  • Pannier

Services, Dates & Prices

All dates and prices for this tour can be found below. Please consider that the final tour price may vary based on your cabin choice, and any additionally selected services (see "Additional Optional Services").

Included services
  • 8-day trip on a motorized yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower/toilet
  • 7 x half board
  • Guided cycling tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily cycling tours (on board)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking tour guide
Not included in the basic tour price
  • Journey to Pula
  • Flat rate for bottled water, Visitor’s tax and local charges 50 euro 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
Prices for Additional Optional Services
Shared twin cabin
(limited)
Available on request
Surcharge for a cabin above deck 100 euro/person
Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck
(limited)
600 euro
Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck
(limited)
400 euro
Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier Hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week
E-bike: 180 euro/week
Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike
(not insured: grossly negligent damages)
Hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week
E-bike: 20 euro/week
A safe parking space
(to be paid on-site to the tour guide)
Motorcycle: 30 euro/week;
Car up to 6 m in length: 50 euro/week;
Vehicle longer than 6 m: 100 euro/week
Transfer between Zagreb and Pula Prices on request
Exclusive transfers Prices on request
Additional night incl. breakfast in Pula Prices see ‘Additional Nights Omišalj’
2-day extension module Zagreb Prices see 'Extension Program Zagreb'
Discounts
  • Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price (not combinable with any other discount).

  • With three persons sharing a cabin, we allow a 50 % discount on the basic tour price for the third person, regardless of age (not combinable with other discounts).

  • If you place your booking for a tour in 2022 by the 31.01.2022, 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 us, you will receive our 5% SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount for a tour in 2022 if you book it before the 31.01.2022 (can be used in combination with the Early-Bird discount).

 

TOURDATES AND PRICES

 

  Click on "load more dates" to display all tour departures for this tour. If your preferred departure date is already fully booked take a look at our full tour schedule for an alternative tour

Time Period Tour Country Accommodation Route Availability Price from
The final price is dependent on the type of cabin, the number of guests staying in the cabin and any additional services booked.

July 2022

22.07.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
22.07. –
29.07.
Bike & Boat
Istria
Croatia Linda Pula bis Pula available 1090,00 € To Booking
08.07.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
08.07. –
15.07.
Bike & Boat
Istria
Croatia Linda Pula bis Pula available 1090,00 € To Booking
15.07.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
15.07. –
22.07.
Bike & Boat
Istria
Croatia Linda Pula bis Pula available 1090,00 € To Booking
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Arrival - How to get there

Port of Embarkation Pula

The Bike & Boat Istria tour starts and ends in Pula. Please keep in mind, that the embarkation takes place around 2 pm/2.30 pm. Your first bicycle tour starts shortly after check-in.

 

Embarkation, will take place between 2:00 and 2:30 pm. The 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.

 

Contact us

Arrival by car

Address for Navigation System:

Riva 1, 52100, Pula, Kroatien

 

We are happy to organise a secure parking place for your vehicle on private property in Pula. This must be arranged in advanced. Prices can be found under “additional bookable services”.

 

If you have booked a parking place, please inform one of the Islandhopping tour guides on arrival. They will show you the parking place after unloading your car.

Arrival by plane

The closest airport to your embarkation/disembarkation harbour is Pula Airport (PUY). Please keep in mind that 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. If you cannot 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.

Transfer Options

Pula - Port of Embarkation

The distance from Pula Airport to the harbour of Pula is aprx. 10 minutes by car. We recommend taking a regular taxi to Pula harbour.

 

Zagreb - Port of Embarkation

Fee-based collective transfers:

  • Departure time from Zagreb airport: 12:15 pm
  • From meeting point at Zagreb city: 11:30 am

 

Exclusive transfers on request

 

  • Embarkation
  • by car
  • by plane
  • Transfer Options

If you would like to extend your trip

Extension program in Zagreb

Are you intrigued to see more of Croatia? We recommend extending your stay with our 2-day extension program in the Croatian capital, Zagreb. The old town, built by the Imperial and Royal Monarchy, boasts many impressive buildings. The additional program includes transfers, hotel accommodation, a city tour and dinner in a typical konoba.

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View over the city of Zagreb

Additional nights in Pula

We are happy to arrange additional nights with breakfast in Pula. The harbour town of Pula is located in the south of the Istrian Peninsula. The beautiful old town centre is full of exceptional sites. Incredible structures from the Roman era, such as the well-preserved amphitheatre, the Temple of Roma and Augustus, and the late Roman Franciscan church as well as the medieval fortification tell the fascinating history of Pula and make an extended stay in the town very worthwhile.

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Archway in small alleyway in Istrian old town
  • Extension program Zagreb
  • Additional nights Pula

Important information

Spoken language

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 itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements. Sometimes the tour will be conducted in reverse order. You will find further details in your booking information package.

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 cycle mainly on asphalt roads, which are rarely frequented by cars outside of the holiday seasons. Unpaved or gravel roads will be cycled at times, during which participants are permitted to push their bicycles if necessary.

Guided group pace

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.

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 with a good physical condition and previous bicycle tour experience and a minimum age of 10 are able to master the cycle tours ith their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.30 m (4.3 ft.) for hybrid bikes.

 

For the best tour experience with children, we recommend our Multi-Adventure tours in Croatia or Greece. We are convinced that these itineraries provide the best all-round experience for each individual family member when travelling as a family.  

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 bicycle 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 spare 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 logistical handling thereof.

Noise on board

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.

What Our Guests
Have To Say

Es ist wirklich sehr schwer in Worte zu fassen was wir erleben durften.
Es war mit Abstand der schönste Trip in meinem Leben, ich kann es nicht anders sagen.
Das Schiff, die Crew, die Guides, die Touren, das Essen und und und, alles war einfach perfekt.
Vielen herzlichen Dank das ich das erleben durfte.

Abwicklung der Reise-Informationen und Fragen dazu waren reibungslos und kompetent.

Besonders vor Ort auf dem Schiff hatten wir drei *super guides* ***! Alle 3 sind mega nett, lustig und stellen sich auf die jeweilige Situation und Personen ein.! Nochmal ein Dickes Dankeschön an alle drei.

UND!! DIE CREW NATÜRLICH!! DAS ESSEN UND DER SERVICE PERFEKT!!!

Wir werden so eine Reise auf jeden Fall wiederholen!

We loved our trip. It was organized with just the right amount of biking, tours and freetime. The food was fabulous but the portions were too large for most of us.

Sehr kompetenter Guide ***, top Küche, nur die Räder waren zu klein

Die Betreuung durch die Guides war herausragend. Senad ist der beste Guide, den ich bis jetzt je gehabt habe. Man merkt ihm an, dass er Spass an seiner Arbeit hat.

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