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MTB & Boat

Highlights of Istria MTB · Croatia

From 1290 €
New Tour
Route
from Omišalj / to Omišalj
Duration
8 days /
7 nights
Distance
approx.
232 km
MTB Level 1 - 2
MTB Level 1
Easy mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers who can safely handle a mountain bike. Mostly asphalt roads and wide, natural paths (20-30km and 200-400 elevation meters per day, S0)
MTB Level 1 - 2
Easy to moderate mountain bike tours for islandhoppers who are fit, technically able and can ride safely. Mainly natural paths and simple single trails (20-40km and 300-500 elevation meters per day, S0-S1).
MTB Level 2
Moderate mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers who enjoy riding through varied terrain and are comfortable with climbs up to 500m (30-50km and 400-600 elevation meters per day, S0-S2).
MTB Level 2 - 3
Moderate to demanding mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers with a very good level of fitness and riding technique. Mostly hiking tracks and single trails (30-60km and 400-750 elevation meters per day, S0-S2).
MTB Level 3
Demanding mountain bike tours for islandhoppers with excellent riding technique and who enjoy and feel comfortable with technical trails. Mostly on hiking tracks and single trails (30-60km with 500-1,000 elevation meters per day, S0-S3).

Istria for MTB off-road fans

„The heart of Europe" is what the Istrians call their peninsula. This is where Central Europe and the world of Mediterranean meet. Explore this unique coastal destination for one week on your mountain bike. The Istrian Peninsula is perfect for off-road fans: Bike through the “green oasis” of Europe, across green meadows and fields, idyllic vineyards, and beautiful olive groves. Explore wide forest paths, exciting single trails, and freshly built flow trails. Truly enticing for a MTB holiday by the sea!

TO NOTE: This tour takes place prallel to our regular Bike & Boat Tour on the same boat. This is perfect for travellers who wish to spend their holiday together, but do not share the same riding preference.

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Highlights

Culture: Stroll through Pula, Rovinj und Porec
Nature: Cape Kamenjak, south of Pula
Activity: Travel through time by bike along the old train lines in Parenzana
Culinary: Visit small family run farms and try local products
Souvenir: Famous Istrian truffles and Bukaleta clay jugs
TO NOTE: This trip is already updated for the 2024 season. Itinerary, prices and services may vary compared to 2023.:

Itinerary

Cres Pula Fažana Vrsar Rovinj Rabac Omišalj Grožnjan Novigrad Poreč Vižinada Brijuni Cres Krk MEDITERRANEAN Croatia Slovenia Monte- negro Airport Pula ISTRIA Bosnia- Hercegovina SLOVENIA Airport Rijeka Njivice
1st Day Omišalj (Embarkation) – Cres Island
Individual arrival to Omišalj, a charming pirate’s nest on the island of Krk. If you decide to arrive by car, we can gladly organize a secure parking space for your car for the week. If you are arriving from Zagreb, we can also arrange a transfer for you to the harbor of Omišalj. Check-in on board is possible from around 2pm. Once we have made ourselves comfortable in our cabins, we enjoy the first crossing to Cres. If the weather is good, we can include a swimming stop along the way, where we can take a refreshing dip in a beautiful bay in the Adriatic Sea. The Venetian-influenced old town of Cres, with its beautiful alleys and many churches, entices visitors to take an extensive evening stroll.
2nd Day Cres – Pula
(aprx. 24 km /470 m of elevation)
After breakfast on board, the first task is to adjust our bikes in the idyllic harbor of Cres and take a first bike tour to the lighthouse. Afterwards, we take a longer crossing to Pula at the southern tip of Istria, where a guided tour of the old town awaits us. The secret capital of Istria awaits us with impressive evidence of its Roman past. Take your time for an extensive stroll and explore impressive ancient monuments, such as the famous amphitheater reminiscent of the Colosseum in Rome, the Temple of Augustus and the Golden Gate.
3rd Day Pula – Kamenjak - Vrsar
(aprx. 46 km /480 m of elevation)
From Pula, we take a bike trip to Cape Kamenjak before crossing the Kamenjak Nature Park. The Park has more than 30 bays with a rich flora and fauna. After lunch on board, the boat takes us to Vrsar with the opportunity for a swim break at the Limski Fjord. In Vrsar, where we spend the night, the heartbreaker Casanova is said to have sought temporary refuge from the husbands of his lovers.
4th Day Vrsar – Poreč
(aprx. 32 km /450 m of elevation)
From Vrsar we first cycle on natural paths along the Limski Canal through the Kontija Forest. The forest covers an area of 65 hectares and includes 140 year old beach trees. During a longer break, we can fortify ourselves with a local meal before our tour leads us through traditional villages to our destination of Poreč. On the way, a short detour to the well-maintained St. Benčić Trail is worthwhile. In the afternoon, we encounter the colorful history of Poreč, as we stroll through the charming old town with its beautiful buildings from bygone eras. There is a real energy to be felt in the shopping alleys. A visit to the famous Euphrasius Basilica with its magnificent early Christian mosaics is also worthwhile.
5th Day Poreč – Novigrad – Vrsar
(aprx. 67 km /955 m of elevation)
In the morning we follow the "Parenzana", an abandoned railroad line, which leads us to the famous artists' village of Groznjan. The picturesque artists’ village is a medieval jewel in the Istrian hinterland and awaits us with romantic alleys, flower-filled squares and diverse galleries that have made their home in old natural stone houses. In the afternoon, we bike through many small villages along the historic railroad line via Buje and finally to Novigrad. Here our ship awaits us to take us to Rovinj where we will spend the night.
6th Day
Rovinj – Fažana – Rabac
(aprx. 41 km /280 m of elevation)
Our morning bike tour takes us near the coast and primarily on nature and forest paths to Fažana with its pretty little harbour and a promenade lined with colourful houses. From here we bike to Pula where the boat awaits us for our crossing to Rabac. Located in a picturesque bay on the east coast of Istria, Rabac has gorgeous white pebble beaches, crystal clear waters and a beautiful harbour. Not to be missed is an evening cocktail in a local bar.
7th Day Insel Cres – Insel Krk: Njivice - Omišalj (aprx. 48 km / 770 m of elevation)
In the early morning, we cross to the island of Krk, where a final cycling stage awaits us. The route will lead us from Njivice to Omišalj. The largest island in Croatia and home of the delicious Zlahtina white wine impresses with its diverse landscapes. Don’t miss the opportunity to cover yourself in the mineral rich mud in the bay of Soline – it will not only leave you looking ten years younger, but also makes for a wonderful holiday memory! Back in the harbor of Omišalj, our boat awaits us with a delicious last evening meal on board which can be spent in great cheer in the company of the fellow travelers, crew and guides.
8th Day Omišalj (Departure)
After breakfast it is time to check out of the hotel. Individual journey home or 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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Andela Lora (Deluxe)

The Andela Lora is an elegant steel ship and one of the larger vessels in our Croatian fleet. Her spacious guest cabins have quality furnishings and include an A/C as well as a private bathroom and WC.

The elegantly furnished saloon on the top deck and the countless comfortable sitting and sunbathing areas on deck provide an ideal place to relax. At the stern of the ship a swimming platform provides easy access in and out of the sea making it possible to swim directly from the ship when anchored in a secluded bay. The friendly crew and amenities on board the Andela Lora are the perfect…

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  • Linda
  • Andela Lora

Rental Bikes

Our Mountain Bikes

On our mountain bike tours, we only use high-quality full-suspension rental bikes from GIANT and SCOTT, whose components are perfectly tailored to the demands of the Mediterranean terrain. For effortless climbing and ultimate trail fun, our lightweight fullys are usually equipped with 27.5 inch rims, 140 - 150 mm travel, suspension forks and shocks, Shimano or SRAM shifting and brake groups as well as dropper seat posts. In order to meet the highest material requirements, we will also be offering premium full suspension rental bikes from SANTA CRUZ….

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Our E-Mountain Bikes

If you’re looking for an easy uphill ride with an epic downhill trail experience, then our e-mountain bikes are the perfect rental bike for you. Our full suspension e-MTBs are equipped with 27.5’’ wheels and robust tires ready for exploring fantastic trails. The powerful Bosch motor, large battery, 150 mm RockShox suspension, Shimano or SRAM gear and brake systems as well as hydraulic dropper posts make these e-MTBs a biker’s best friend during our tours in the Mediterranean. For fans of superlatives, from 2024 we will also be offering 29-inch E-MTB premium rental bikes in Croatia. …

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  • Our Mountain Bikes
  • Our E-Mountain Bikes

Services, Dates & Prices

 

The below calendar lists the basic cruise price per person. The final cruise price depends on cabin type, cabin occupancy and any additional optional services. The prices for additional optional services are listed below the travel calendar. The green checkmark indicates that the trip is secured.

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.

May 2024

10.05.
Comfirmed departure
10.05. –
17.05.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Linda Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1290,00 € To Booking
24.05.
Comfirmed departure
24.05. –
31.05.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Linda Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1290,00 € To Booking
03.05.
The minimum number of participants is almost reached
03.05. –
10.05.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Andela Lora Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1690,00 € To Booking

June 2024

21.06.
The minimum number of participants is almost reached
21.06. –
28.06.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Linda Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1290,00 € To Booking
14.06.
Comfirmed departure
14.06. –
21.06.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Andela Lora Omisalj bis Omisalj fully booked 1890,00 € on waiting list
28.06.
The minimum number of participants is almost reached
28.06. –
05.07.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Andela Lora Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1790,00 € To Booking

October 2024

04.10.
The minimum number of participants is almost reached
04.10. –
11.10.
MTB & Boat
Highlights of Istria MTB
Croatia Andela Lora Omisalj bis Omisalj available 1790,00 € To Booking
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Included services 2024
  • 8-day trip on a motorized yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower/toilet
  • 2 x full board and 5 x half board (lunch can also be a picnic)
  • Guided cycling tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking tour guide
Not included in the basic tour price 2024
  • Journey to Omišalj
  • Flat rate for bottled water and tourist taxes - 60 euro per person / 30 euro per child 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 2024
Shared twin cabin
(limited)
Available on request
Surcharge for a cabin above deck
(per person)
150 euro/person (Linda)
250 euro/person (Andela Lora)
Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck
(limited)
600 euro (Linda)
800 euro (Andela Lora)
Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck
(limited)
400 euro (Linda)
600 euro (Andela Lora)
Rental bike MTB Fully: 200 euro/week
E-MTB Fully: 300 euro/week (limited)
Premium rental bike (full carbon frames, high-quality components, latest technological refinements) Premium Carbon MTB:
420 Euro/Woche
Premium Carbon E-MTB:
560 Euro/Woche (limited)
Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike
(not insured: grossly negligent damages)
25 euro/week
A safe parking space
(to be paid on-site to the tour guide)
Motorcycle: 40 euro/week;
Car up to 6 m in length: 70 euro/week;
Vehicle longer than 6 m: 120 euro/week
Collecting transfer between Rijeka train station and Omisalj
(on embarkation and disembarkation days only. Please note, that it is not possible to take own bikes in trains) - minimum 2 persons
30 euro/person/way
Transfer between Rijeka airport and Omisalj
(on embarkation and disembarkation days only) - minimum 2 persons
20 euro/person/way
Transfer between Njivice and Omisalj
(on embarkation and disembarkation days only) - minimum 2 persons
20 euro/person/way
Collective transfers between Zagreb and Omisalj
(on embarkation and disembarkation days only) - minimum 2 persons
60 euro/person/way and 60 euro bicycle/way
(reservation required two weeks in advance)
Exclusive transfers Prices on request
Additional night (B&B) on the island of Krk Prices see ‘Additional Nights Omišalj’
2-day extension module Zagreb Prices see 'Extension Program Zagreb'
Discounts 2024
  • Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price (not combinable with any other discount / does not apply for single occupancies).

  • With three or four persons sharing a cabin (limited availability), we allow a 50% discount on the basic tour price for third and fourth person, regardless of age (not combinable with other discounts). When booking an above deck cabin, the above deck surcharge will not be charged for the third and fourth occupant.

Arrival - How to get there

Port of Embarkation Omišalj

The embarkation harbour for our tours in the Kvarner Bay is Omišalj, situated on the island of Krk, which is connected to the Croatian mainland by a bridge.

 

Embarkation, will take place between 2:00 and 2:30 pm. The boat will leave from Omišalj at 3 pm. Please do not book a flight that arrives after 2 pm without first consulting one of our office team members.

 

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Citymap of Omisalj, island Krk

Arrival by car

Address for Navigation System:

Riva Pape Ivana Pavla II, 51513 Omišalj, Kroatien

 

We are happy to organise a secure parking place for your vehicle on private property in Omišalj. 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

Arrival to our journeys in the Kvarner Bay is possible via the Rijeka Airport (RJK), which like your port of embarkation Omišalj, is on the island of Krk. Please keep in mind, that your ship leaves the port at about 3 pm for the first cruise.

 

Another arrival alternative is to fly to Zagreb (ZAG) (transfer time to Omišalj: 2 hours). On embarkation and disembarkation day we offer a collective transfer from/to Zagreb airport or Zagreb city. Prices can be found under “additional bookable services”.

Arrival by train

Please note that there is no train connection to Omišalj. The nearest bigger railway station is in Rijeka.

On embarkation and disembarkation day we also offer a collective transfer from/to Rijeka railway station. See "Transfer Options".

Transfer Options

Collective transfers must be reserved with our office team in advance (incl. transmission of your complete flight details).

 

Airport of Zagreb (ZAG) - Port of Embarkation

Departure times from Zagreb to Omišalj on embarkation day: 12:15 pm or 11:30 am from Zagreb Center

Departure times from Omišalj on disembarkation day: 08:00 am - Please make sure, that your return flight does not depart from Zagreb before 12:00 pm.

 

Airport of Rijeka (RJK) – Port of Embarkation

We can organize (taxi) transfers between Rijeka airport and the boat in Omišalj (on the day of embarkation/disembarkation only, reservation required two weeks in advance, incl. transmission of complete flight details).

 

Railway Station Rijeka - Port of Embarkation

We offer a collective transfer from Rijeka Station to Omišalj at 9.30 am on the day of embarkation. We also offer a collective transfer from Omišalj back to Rijeka in the early morning on the day of disembarkation (approx. 45 minutes travel time).

  • Embarkation
  • by car
  • by plane
  • By train
  • Transfer Options

If you would like to extend your trip

Extension program Trakošćan & Varaždin

Would you like to spend a few days in the green, hilly landscape of northern Croatia before or after your Islandhopping tour? Are you looking for a program that offers you both organised activities as well as enough free time to explore the Croatian hinterland? Then we recommend our three-day extension program in Trakošćan and Varaždin which includes two nights’ accommodation with breakfast, a guided tour of Trakošćan Castle, a guided tour of the baroque town of Varaždin including an organ concert and transfers between your two hotels.

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Aerial view of Trakošćan Castle and surroundings

Additional nights on the island of Krk

Would you like to spend a few more days in Croatia before or after your Islandhopping tour? Then we recommend extending your stay on the island of Krk, which is one of the most diverse islands in the Mediterranean. Vineyards, olive groves, extensive forests and ancient stone walls characterize the landscape. There are many beautiful beaches and in Rudine you can visit an interesting stalactite cave. The town of Baška with its surrounding lunar landscape is also worth a visit.

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Beautiful village on the island of Krk, Croatia

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
  • Extension program Trakošćan
  • Additional nights Island of Krk
  • Extension program Zagreb

Important information

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.

Requirements

MTB-Level 1-2

Easy to moderate daily tours with stages of about 15 to 31 mi./25 to 50 km and 980 to 2,952 ft./300 to 900 m of elevation gain. Istria is a mountain biker’s paradise with a range of trails from easy to moderate to choose from. We ride on mainly unblocked flow trails, wide natural paths and quiet asphalt roads. It should not be required to carry your bike over any blocked paths. Wearing a protective bike helmet is mandatory – we recommend bringing your own helmet with you. Rental helmets are available in limited numbers on board (reservation required). Instead of taking part on a MTB tour, you are also welcome to either join the hybrid bike group or to remain on/near the boat. The daily tour program is dictated by the weather and the decisions of the captain.

Single-Trail Classification

To ensure that you are well prepared for your bike tour with Islandhopping and know what technical difficult level to expect, we have created a classification for all single trails that could be ridden on our tours. The difficulty levels included in our classification coincide with the Single Trail Scale which can be found here

 

Blue (easy, S0 – S1): small obstacles such as small roots, small stones, some erosion, gradients of up to 40 %, loose surfaces, tight corners but no hairpins, obstacles can be rolled over. Skilful braking and weight shift required, riding while standing.

 

Red (medium, S2): loose surfaces, larger stones and roots, steps and shallow stairs, gradients of up to 70 %, light hairpins. Constant readiness to brake, shift of centre weight to overcome obstacles, accurate braking, consistent body tension required.

 

Black (heavy, S3 – S5): blocked single trails, many large boulders, and roots, smooth/slippery surfaces, loose scree slopes, large steps/drops, extremely steep gradients of over 70 %, tight hairpins. Expert level of bike control/handling required.

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). Furthermore, we recommend riders to carry arm and leg protectors during the bike tours.

Group Riding Pace

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

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. In addition, e-bike batteries cannot be transported on aircrafts. 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.

Catering

The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering consists of 2 x full board and 5 x half board. Catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

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