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This tour leads along the historic narrow-gauge Parenzana railway which, between 1902 and 1935, connected a total of 33 towns between Trieste in Italy and Poreč in Croatia. Each kilometre of this tour is not only filled with unforgettable cycling fun but also with countless stories of the past: Rustic villages, cultural highlights, and UNESCO World Heritage towns. Incredible natural landscapes and views over the Istrian coast accompany us throughout the journey. Over 8 days, we bike through Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. Unlimited off-road biking fun and spectacular views await us along the west coast of the Istrian peninsula.
During this tour you will stay at good to very good, 3–4-star, bike friendly hotels (if available, depending on the season). The hotel list will be sent to you before the start of your journey.
Ankaran (1 night)
Umag (1 night)
Motovun (1 night)
Poreč (1 night)
Rovinj (1 night)
Pula (2 night)
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.…
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.…
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Please note that this tour starts in Ankaran, Slovenia and ends in Pula, Croatia.
To ensure a worry-free journey we recommend booking an open jaw flight with an inbound flight to Trieste (Italy) and outbound flight from Pula (Croatia).
Arrival via Trieste Airport (TRS)The nearest airport to the starting point of the tour is Trieste Airport in Italy.
Departure via Pula Airport (PUY)The nearest airport to the tour’s final hotel is Pula Airport in Croatia.
There are several possibilities for travelling from Trieste Airport (TRS) to Muggia:
- train: approx. 1 h 15 min
- bus: approx. 2 h 15 min (see www.triestetrasporti.it)
- taxi: approx. 45 min
There are a number of ways to travel from Muggia train station (Italy) to the hotel in Ankaran (Slovenia). We recommend taking a taxi, which is the fastest means of transport though also the most expensive. You can also take a bus, which is the cheapest way of travelling.
Should you decide to spend some more time in Trieste before the tour, you could also look into the ferry connections to Muggia: see www.triesteterminal.it/public-transport/ – Muggia (Italy)- Ankaran (Slovenia) see above.
Exclusive Transfers (fee-based) from the train / airport are possible on request.
Transfer prices can be found under ‘additional services’
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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.
Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.
We reserve the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind and weather conditions, and where necessary for organizational purposes.
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.
The daily tours range in difficulty from easy to more intensive and lead through mountainous terrain with lengths between 22 – 39 mi./35 – 63 km, and an average of 1,312 – 3,281 ft./400 – 1,000 m of elevation per day. Single trails on this tour are up to S2 on the Single Trail Scale. The mountain bike terrain is as varied as the landscapes of Istria: the tours vary widely from day to day, creating great diversity for the bikers. Dirt roads, longer climbs, narrow forest paths, single trails near the coast, small side streets, and beautiful promenades characterise the trip. This tour was created as a guided group tour, however, after consultation with our tour guides and selecting an appropriate route nothing should stand in the way of independent biking.
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.
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 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 logisitical handling thereof.
Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. We advise you to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required). Furthermore, we recommend bikers carry arm and leg protectors during the bike tours.
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.