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Hotel & Bike

Istria MTB · Croatia

From 1490 €
New Hotel Tour
Route
from Poreč / to Rovinj
Duration
8 days /
7 nights
Distance
approx.
295 km
Level 2 - 3
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)
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).
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).
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).
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

Explore Poreč, Rovinj and the Istrian peninsula by bike, discover the local way of life, relax by the hotel pool with the sound of the sea in your ears, the warm sun on your skin and a cocktail in your hand. In short: enjoy an active, adventurous, and relaxing holiday. Experience this Hotel & Bike, variety packed week in Poreč, Rovinj and the surrounding areas. 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. We also have some fantastic, secret trails to introduce you to! This is the perfect holiday for MTB off-road enthusiasts! Along the way we visit local farms and sample delicious typical local specialities.

 

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Highlights

Culture: Stroll through Pula, Rovinj und Grožnjan
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 produce
Souvenir: Famous Istrian truffles and Bukaleta clay jugs

Itinerary

image/svg+xml Pula Višnjan Grožnjan Poreč Vrsar Rovinj Motovun Brajkovići Labin Ripenda Kras Rabac Kap Kamenjak Brijuni Cres Krk MEDITERRANEAN Bosnia-Hercegovina Croatia Slovenia Monte-negro Airport Pula
1st Day Poreč
(Arrival, aprx. 10 km & 100 m of elevation)
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. Once the bikes have been set up for each guest, we have the chance to get a feel for the bikes on a short warm up tour.
2nd Day South Poreč
(aprx. 40 km & 500 m of elevation, S0-S1)
Our first longer bike tour leads southward. We make our way along the coast to Vrsar, where the heartbreaker Casanova temporarily sought refuge from the husbands of his lovers. After a short coffee break, we continue along the Limski Fjord following forest paths inland to Kloštar. After a long lunch break in a typical konoba, we bike back to Poreč along small country roads. 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 North Poreč
(aprx. 56 km & 760 m of elevation, S0-S1)
Today we bike through northern Poreč. We start the tour along a country road which leads through small villages and vast vineyards to Višnjan, home of the famous white Boškarin cattle. After a coffee break, we continue inland along flow trails towards Vabriga, where we enjoy lunch. The way back to Poreč takes us along the coast on wide forest trails through the largest olive grove in Europe.
4th Day Grožnjan – Livade – Motovun – Parenzana - Poreč
(aprx. 62 km & 900 m of elevation, S0-S1)
Today’s bike tour is an absolute highlight of the week and a journey through time as we explore one of the most popular bike routes in Istria, the old railroad Parenzana. In the morning we take a transfer to the starting point of the day’s tour, Grožnjan, where we have time to explore the old town together. Afterwards, we hop on our bikes and make our way through typical Istrian villages to Opratlj, where we have time to take photos and enjoy the unforgettable panoramic view over the Mirna valley. Afterwards, we enjoy a 5 km descent into the Mirna Valley towards our next destination: the truffle capital of Livade. Here we have a little time to rest before we tackle the day’s most challenging climb up to Motovun. Numerous secret trails, fantastic views, interesting history, charming villages, and typical local specialities all play a part in making this tour such a special experience. We take our lunch break in Motovun – the truffle capital is one of the highlights of Istria. After lunch we continue biking along the Paraenzana, through the tunnels and over the bridges of the old narrow-gauge railroad to Vižinada. After a short break, we enjoy a last descent back to Poreč and the hotel.
5th Day Brajkovići – Rovinj
(aprx. 51 km & 600 m of elevation, S0)
Today we pack our bags and say goodbye to Poreč. After a half hour transfer, we reach Brajkovići, 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. We then continue on to last destination of today’s tour, Rovinj, where we enjoy lunch in the old town. Afterwards, we check into our hotel, and, once settled, we have the opportunity to discover the enchanting old town on a guided walking tour.
6th Day
Bike Park Rabac - Ripenda Kras - Labin
(aprx. 38 km & 1,100 m of elevation, S1-S3)
After breakfast at the hotel, a 45-minute transfer brings us Rabac. Today we can look forward to pure mountain biking fun at the starting point of the day’s tour, Bike Park Rabac! Special single and flow trails on sandy soil and terrain with varying levels of difficulty for beginners and advanced bikers as well as two pump track practice areas promise lots of variety and fun. Afterwards, a bike shuttle brings us to Ripenda Kras, from where we start the last leg of the day’s biking tour. Accompanied by spectacular views we make our way to the small town of Labin where we take a break for lunch. After lunch we have the chance to explore the old town of Labin on a guided walking tour through the streets and alleyways. In the late afternoon, we take a transfer back to Rovinj.
7th Day Pula – Kamenjak - Pula
(aprx. 38 km & 500 m of elevation, S1-S2)
The day begins with a 20-minute transfer to Pula, where our last bike adventure begins. We head north towards Vodnjan, home to the oldest olive groves in Istrian. Here we have the opportunity to enjoy an olive oil tasting. Afterwards we ride on to 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. 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.

Accommodation

Bike Friendly Hotels (3-4 stars)

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. The booking of the overnight stays is subject to availability. You will receive a hotel list and further detailed information about the tour before the start of your trip.

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Rental Bikes

Our Mountain Bikes

All our mountain bikes are high-end, full-suspension bikes fitted with components optimized for the Mediterranean terrain and the technical challenges that come with it. For the ultimate riding experience, our MTBs are fitted with 27.5’’ rims, 140 – 150 mm of travel, Shimano or SRAM gear and brake systems as well as hydraulic dropper posts.…

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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.…

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Prices, Dates and Services

 

Basic tour price per person:    from 1490 euro

 

This tour is operates on the following departure dates. Click on "load more dates" to display all tour departures for this tour. If your preferred departure date is not listed below, you can also book this trip as a group and send us a suggested date. Travel groups of 10 people or more receive a 10% discount.

 

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Included services
  • 7 nights in 3–4-star hotels
  • 7 x breakfast, 4 x dinner
  • All transfers during the trip
  • Guided city tours in Poreč, Rovinj, Grožnjan, and Pula
  • Guided bike tours and sightseeing according to the program
  • Overview maps of the individual bike stages (GPS tracks on the GPS devices)
  • German- and 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 fee for sights
  • Tips for guides and drivers
Additional Optional Services
Single room surcharge 590 euro
Bike rental Full suspension MTB (Fully): 180 €/week
Full suspension E-MTB (E-Fully): 240 €/week
MTB (hardtail): 100 €/week
Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike
(Not insured: grossly negligent damages)
Fully: 20 €/week
Hardtail: 10 €/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)
Additional fees may apply for the transfer of private bicycles
Exclusive transfer from Rovinj to Pula Airport
(on day of departure only)
40 euro per way (max. 3 people per car)
Additional fees may apply for the transfer of private bicycles
Exclusive transfers Prices on request
Additional nights 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.

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

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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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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  • Extension program Zagreb
  • Additional nights Pula

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 2-3

This trip consists of daily tours with lengths of 18 – 37 mi./30 – 60 km and an average daily total of 1,640 – 3,609 ft./500 – 1,100 m of elevation leading through partly mountainous terrain. Single trails can range in difficulty between S2 and S3 on the Single Trail Scale, though most trails are easy, with S1 difficulty. The terrain we cycle is as varied as the landscapes of Istria. The tours differ each day, so there is plenty of biking variety from wide forest paths, small back roads, and fun single trails, to flow trails, and narrow forest trails. The group is accompanied by a transfer vehicle so should the climbs prove to be too exhausting, there is always the possibility of making use of the vehicle for certain stretches if needed. Moreover, your guide can easily avoid S2 and S3 trails should the group desire easier routes and can customize the trips according to the riding skills of the group.

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

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 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 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 logisitical handling thereof.

Catering

The tour price includes daily breakfasts as well as 3 lunches during the biking tours and 4 dinners at the hotel. Catering begins with dinner on the day of arrival and ends with breakfast on the day of departure.

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