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Hotel & Bike

Istria Hotel Tour · Croatia

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Route
from Poreč / to Rovinj
Duration
8 days /
7 nights
Distance
approx.
289 km
Level 2 (E-Bike)
Level 1 (E-Bike)
Exclusive e-bike tours suitable for islandhoppers with a good basic level of fitness. The tours and the elevation meters are very manageable with an e-bike (30-60km and 400-700 elevation meters per day).
Level 2 (E-Bike)
Exclusive e-bike tours suitable for islandhoppers with endurance. The tours are long, but both the length and elevation can be easily mastered with an e-bike (60-130km and 400-1,000 elevation meters per day).

The largest peninsula in Croatia: A cultural treasure trove

Located between the Kvarner Bay and the Gulf of Trieste, Istria is the largest peninsula in Croatia. The region is often called the “Heart of Europe” due to its characteristic shape. The peninsula’s fertile interior with its numerous medieval towns that crown the rolling hilltops is reminiscent of Tuscany. Istria also boasts more than 2,300 hours of sunshine every year as well as a 445 km long coastline with dreamlike beaches and bays, making it the perfect place for an unforgettable, relaxing holiday experience.

On this Hotel & Bike tour through Istria we explore this unique coastal region of the Adriatic. The famous amphitheatre in Pula as well as the cultural treasures of Rovinj, Poreč and Grožnjan all feature in the program alongside spectacular nature experiences on remote trails and authentic insights into the life of the locals. Istrian cuisine is a highlight in itself with truffle, wine, and olive oil tastings to look forward to.

 

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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

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1st Day Poreč (Arrival)
Individual journey to Poreč, check in at the hotel is possible from 2 pm onwards. Whether relaxing by the pool, enjoying a delicious cocktail at the bar, jumping into the turquoise blue water of the Croatian Adriatic, or taking a stroll through the alleys and streets of Poreč – your vacation can now truly begin! The first meeting with the guide and fellow travellers is held at 6 pm in the hotel lobby.
2nd Day Vrsar - Poreč
(approx. 22 mi/35 km)
The first cycling tour leads from Poreč to Vrsar, where the heartbreaker Casanova temporarily sought refuge from the husbands of his lovers. From Vrsar we cycle along the Limski Fjord inland to Kloštar. After the lunch break we cycle back to Poreč. In the afternoon, we have the opportunity to learn about Poreč’s eventful history as our guide leads us through the charming old town with its numerous, beautiful buildings from various eras. A visit to the famous Euphrasius Basilica with its magnificent early Christian mosaics is also very worthwhile. The city tour ends with a visit to an historic wine cellar.
3rd Day Poreč – Višnjan – Poreč
(approx. 29 mi./47 km & 600 m of elevation)
Today’s bike tour leads us from Poreč through expansive vineyards to Višnjan, home of the famous white Boškarin cattle. After a coffee break, we continue inland towards Vabriga, where we enjoy lunch. The way back to Poreč takes us through the largest olive grove in Europe.
4th Day Grožnjan – Livade – Motovun – Poreč
(approx. 43 mi./69 km & 1,150 m of elevation)
In the morning, a 30-minute transfer takes us from Poreč to the artists’ village Grožnjan, where we have time to take a stroll and enjoy a coffee. The following cycling stage leads us through typical Istrian villages to Opratlj. Here we enjoy an unforgettable panoramic view of the Mirna valley, one of the principal places where white truffles, highly valued by connoisseurs, can be found. Our next stop is the truffle capital of Livade, where we have a little time to rest before we tackle the longer climb to Motovun. Once we arrive, we enjoy a well-deserved lunch break before hopping back on the bikes. We follow the historic narrow-gauge route of the Parenzana to Vižinada and then continue along small side roads back to Poreč.
5th Day Kanfanar – Rovinj
(approx. 34 mi./55 km & 520 m of elevation)
Today we pack our bags and say goodbye to Poreč. After a half hour transfer, we reach Kanfanar, the starting point of the day’s tour. From here we follow small country roads through the historical villages of Sveti Petar u Šumi (Saint Peter in the Woods) and Svetvinčenat (Saint Vincent) all the way to Bale. Here we enjoy a rich lunch at a nearby farm with an attached restaurant, where we can taste a variety of Istrian specialities. Afterwards, we continue cycling to Rovinj, where we check into our hotel. Once settled, we have the opportunity to discover the enchanting old town on a guided walking tour.
6th Day Round tour Labin
(approx. 22 mi./35 km & 560 m of elevation)
After breakfast at the hotel, we take a 45-minute transfer to Labin, where our round trip begins. The tour leads through the beautiful villages in the Labin area, and along the way we enjoy spectacular views of the Adriatic Sea. Once back in Labin, we enjoy lunch in the beautiful old town. Afterwards we explore this wonderful town on foot with a guided tour. In the late afternoon, we take a transfer back to Rovinj.
7th Day Round tour Pula
(approx. 27 mi./43 km & 550 m of elevation)
The day begins with a 20-minute transfer to Pula, where our last cycling tour begins. We cycle north towards Vodnjan, home to the oldest olive groves in Istrian. Here we have the opportunity to enjoy an olive oil tasting. We then continue cycling towards the sea before returning to Pula via Fažana, where we have our lunch break. Once back in Pula, we have time to take part in a guided tour of Istria’s largest and oldest city, during which we discover the city’s rich cultural heritage including the famous amphitheatre. Afterwards, we return back to Rovinj by transfer.
8th Day Rovinj (Departure)
After breakfast it is time to check out of the hotel. Individual journey home or extended stay in Croatia.

Accommodation

Bike Friendly Hotels (3-4 Sterne)

On our Istria tour, we offer good to very good mid-range hotels (3-4 stars). All accommodation possibilities are carefully selected and offer the greatest possible comfort after a day full of activity. They are all very well-kept and are characterized by a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff, and delicious cuisine. Of course, all hotels have secure places to keep your bicycles. You will receive a hotel list and further detailed information about the tour before the start of your trip.…

Covered tables in front of the hotel Kastel in Motovun

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 E-Bikes
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Prices and Services

 

Price offer on request

 

This Hotel & Bike tour is available for private groups of 8 people or more. If you are a group interested in this tour itinerary or similar, please send us your preferred time frame via our contact form. The price for this tour varies depending on the time of year, the requested hotel category and the size of the group.

 

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Included services
  • 7 overnight stays in a double room in good to very good mid-range (3-4 star) hotels
  • 7 x breakfast, 4 x dinner
  • Guided cycling tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview maps for the daily tours
  • Guided city tours in Poreč, Rovinj, Grožnjan, and Pula
  • Transfer from Rovinj to Poreč on the day of departure
  • English speaking tour guide
Not included in the basic tour price
  • Journey to Poreč/from Rovinj
  • Meals other than those listed under catering and beverages
  • Entrance fees for sights not included in the tour price
  • Tips for drivers and tour guides
Prices for Additional Optional Services
Single room surcharge 590 euro
Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier Hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week
E-bike: 180 euro/week (limited)
Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike
(not insured: grossly negligent damages)
Hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week
E-bike: 20 euro/week
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
Collective transfer from/to Zagreb
on day of arrival/departure only (reservation required two weeks in advance, transmission of flight details essential for booking)
50 euro person/way
50 euro bicycle/way
Exclusive transfers from Pula Airport to Poreč
on day of arrival only
60 euro per way
(max. 3 people per car) bicycle/way
Exclusive transfer from Rovinj to Pula Airport
on day of departure only
40 euro per way
(max. 3 people per car)
Exclusive transfers Prices on request
Additional nights (B&B) in Pula Prices see ‘Additional Nights’
2-day extension program Zagreb Prices see `Extension Programs`
Discounts

Private groups of 10 people or more receive a 10% discount. If you are interested in a private group booking, please contact us in using our contact form or write us an e-mail at info@inselhuepfen.com. We are pleased about your inquiry.

 

Returning Islandhopper's are rewarded: as of the third tour booked directly via Islandhopping you will receive our 5% SEA-YOU-Again discount for bookings placed before the 31.01. (The SEA-YOU-Again discount applies to all tours in our program which are booked directly via Islandhopping given that the previous bookings actually took place).

 

As this tour is operated by a third party partner, not all regular Islandhopping discount offers apply.

 

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

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Arrival - How to get there

Arrival by car

Adress for Navigation System:

City center Poreč, Croatia

 

You will receive the exact address for the hotel where you will be staying in Poreč with your travel documents (which hotel you stay at depends on hotel availability on your desired travel date).

 

As the trip ends in Rovinj, we would be happy to organize a free transfer back to your vehicle in Poreč on the day of departure.

Safe long-term parking space

On request, we will be happy to organize for you a safe long-term parking space outside Poreč. The parking space costs depending on the length of the vehicle: motorcycle: 30 euro/week; car up to 6 m in length: 50 euro/week, vehicle longer than 6 m: 100 euro/week (to be paid on-site to the tour guide).

 

When you arrive at the hote in Poreč, ask our tour guide for your reserved parking space. After unloading, one of our staff will take you there, you can park your vehicle and then you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Arrival by plane

The closest airport to Poreč is Pula Airport (PUY).

 

Another arrival alternative is to fly to Zagreb (ZAG). The journey from Zagreb Airport to Poreč takes about 3 hours by car. Should you fly to Zagreb Airport, you are welcome to book one of our collective transfers from/to Zagreb.

 

Transfer prices can be found under "additional bookable services".

Transfer options between airport and the hotel

We would be happy to organise a collective transfer from Pula Airport to Poreč on the day of arrival or from Rovinj to Pula Airport on the day of departure.

 

Airport of Zagreb (ZAG) - Hotel in Poreč

Departure times from Zagreb to Poreč on arrival day:

from meeting point at Zagreb city: 11:30 am / from Zagreb airport: 12:15 pm

 

Hotel in Rovinj - Airport of Zagreb (ZAG)

Departure times from Rovinj to Zagreb on day of departure: 07:00 am

(If you would like to book this transfer, please ensure that your flight departs from Zagreb Airport after 1 pm.)

 

Exklusive Transfers

On request

 

If you would like to book an airport transfer, please do so at least two weeks before your arrival date. When booking, we ask you to please indicate exact flight details.

 

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If you would like to extend your trip

Additional nights in Pula

We are happy to arrange additional nights with breakfast in Pula, the starting point of your trip. 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 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 Pula
  • Extension program Zagreb

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 planned route due to changing wind and weather conditions, and where necessary for organizational purposes. You are free to set aside a day to swim, relax or spend time at the hotel, instead of taking part in the planned bike tour.

Catering

The tour price includes 7 x breakfast and 4 x dinners. Catering begins with dinner on the day of arrival and ends with breakfast on the day of departure.

Requirements

Level 1 - 2

Easy to medium cycling tours through hilly terrain (approx. 22 – 43 mi./35 – 69 km & 1,640 – 3,772 ft./500 – 1,150 m of elevation per day) suitable for Islandhoppers with a good basic level of fitness. The paths cycled are mostly asphalt, however about 30% of the routes follow gravel and forest roads. If necessary, it is of course possible to push the bikes along sections of such paths.

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 a minimum age of 10 with previous cycling experience are able to master the cycle tours independently. 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.

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 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.

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