Hotel & MTB Parenzana

Hotel & MTB Parenzana

(8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 300 km , 3000 hm)


Hotel & MTB Parenzana: Enjoy a very special mountain bike vacation along the historical narrow-gauge Parenzana railway which, between 1902 and 1935 connected a total of 33 sites between Trieste and Poreč. Every single kilometer of this bike tour provides you not only with unforgettable cycling fun, but also recalls countless stories from the past along the way: rustic villages, cultural highlights and UNESCO world heritage towns. Incredible natural landscapes and views over the Istrian coast will accompany you throughout your journey. In 7 days you cycle through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. Cycle on varied single trails in close proximity to the sea as well as along narrow paths through lush-green forests heading inland.

A vast network of coastal trails and plenty of photo opportunities offer a varied program with plenty of secluded bays, bars and restaurants to refuel and refresh along the way. A selection of 3-4 star hotels insure that you start each day fresh and rested, while our transport driver brings your luggage from hotel to hotel.

 Come with us on a journey through time in south-east Europe!

Attention: This web page has been updated for the season 2020. Changes in the itinerary as well as the accomplishments may vary in comparison to the season 2019.

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: A visit of the UNESCO protected old town of Poreč.
Nature: The Kamenjak peninsula offers numerous coastal trails and mesmerizing bays with cristal clear water
Activity: Ship ahoi! Panorama boat ride to Rovinj!
Culinary: Truffles are the taste of Istria!
Souvenirs/Shopping: Istrian wine, truffle, or schnapps like Grappa are popular souvenirs.

Itinerary

1st Day Ankaran/Slovenia (Arrival)

After arrival and checking-in at the hotel you can familiarize yourself with the surroundings. You can spend the first hours of your holiday strolling through the alleys, tasting a delicious ice cream or bathing in the sea.

2nd Day Ankaran/Slovenia - Muggia/Italy – Slovenia – Umag/Croatia (aprx. 42.5 mi./68 km, 2,100 ft./650 m of elevation)

At 9.30 in the morning, before your first bike tour, your guide for the week will meet you in the lobby of your hotel. You find your bike, adjusted according to your measurements and needs. After a short introduction you get started on your first tour. The bike trail going through Italy and Slovenia is asphalt, so that today you have enough time to get used to the bike. After a few kilometers you cross the border between Slovenia and Italy for the first time. The tour takes you through the most beautiful coastal cities in Slovenia. A refreshing swim stop, a stop for lunch as well as a visit to the salt works, dating back to the Roman times, characterize your day. After crossing the border to Croatia the real MTB adventure begins: dirt roads, long climbs and panoramic viewpoints await you before the first day comes to an end in a great hotel in Umag.

3rd Day Umag – Motovun (aprx. 33 mi./53 km, 2,600 – 3,300 ft./800 – 1,000 m of elevation)

Today you discover the Istrian hinterland and pass through green forests as well as small villages up to the highest point of the tour today: the magical artists’ village Grožnjan, located at an altitude of 270 m above sea level. The village has gained popularity in recent years, not only among artists, but especially as a Hollywood backdrop. Fabulous views over dense forests, deep valleys and the Istrian coastline with its turquoise sea offer breathtaking artistic impressions. After lunch you have the opportunity to try a couple of single trails leading down to the Motovun woods. This is an Eldorado for all truffle lovers. A short climb separates you from today’s destination: Motovun. This medieval city is a must-see cultural and culinary highlight of Istria. Spending the night here is a unique experience.

4th Day Motovun – Poreč (aprx. 29 mi./46 km, 1,250 ft./380 m of elevation)

Today you can relax on the bike on a less demanding tour. After breakfast start out towards Poreč – Parenzo. A few climbs and the way back to the coast characterize today’s tour. From Motovun you cycle 12 km along the Parenzana rail trail, passing through the forest with a view over Mirna’s valley. Once you arrive in Vižinada, the tour continues through famous red wine country until Poreč – one of the most beautiful old cities in Croatia. After a refreshing swim in the sea we recommend taking a stroll through the village, drifting through the maze of alleyways, taking your time to enjoy a good cocktail or a delicious ice-cream on the promenade.

5th Day Poreč – Vrsar – Rovinj (aprx. 22 mi./35 km, 1,300 ft./400 m of elevation)

After breakfast a guided tour through the beautiful old town of Poreč awaits you with a visit to the Euphrasius basilica dating back to the 6th century, now under UNESCO world heritage protection. Afterwards you start the bike tour: in the first few kilometers you follow the popular promenade in Poreč before continuing along narrow forest trails inland. Today’s destination is the small village of Kloštar, where you have the opportunity to taste Istrian specialties endemic to the area. After lunch you pass through the protected forest of Konti along narrow paths and reach Vrsar. Once you have arrived here, your journey continues on the water: a boat takes you to Rovinj. Lean back and enjoy the beautiful cruise. Ahoy!

6th Day Rovinj – Pula (aprx. 31 mi./50 km, 1,300 ft./400 m of elevation)

The day begins with a guided tour through the beautiful city of Rovinj. Afterwards you continue by bike towards Pula. Follow the coast past tiny bays as well as the bird reserve Palud. Arriving in Fažana you’ll be just in time for a well-deserved lunch break. Besides the Croatian cuisine, you can also enjoy a unique view over the Brijuni national park. The tour continues on through an abandoned military base, which nowadays inspires every mountain biker with its great single trails near the coast. The view of Pula with its breathtaking amphitheater crowns the day’s experience! On arrival at the port you visit the city per bike and your guide will show you all the important sights of this ancient roman city.

7th Day Pula – Cape Kamenjak – Pula (aprx. 28 mi./45 km, 2,000 ft./600 m of elevation)

The best is yet to come: today you start from the hotel on an unforgettable tour. You cycle along single trails by the sea, over the hills of Pula, until after a few kilometers you reach at the protected area of Cape Kamenjak. This 8 km long peninsula offers an incredible number of coastal trails and fantastic bays with crystal clear water. A refreshing swim is really a must here! On the top of the peninsula you stop at the popular Safari bar, where you can enjoy a lunch break before heading back to Pula. Enjoy your last day in the hotel by relaxing at the hotel swimming pool or enjoying a drink!

8th Day Pula/Croatia (Departure)

After an unforgettable bike week today is time to say goodbye to Istria. The return journey is organized individually by each participant. Alternatively you can also decide to extend your stay in the same or a similar hotel.

Rental bikes

Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

For our mountain bike tours we use only high-quality full suspension rental bikes, with components perfectly suited to the Mediterranean terrain and the technical demands associated with it. In order to conserve energy levels on longer ascends and to maximize stoke on trail descents our lightweight fullys mainly host 27.5 inch rims, 140 – 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano or SRAM gear and break systems as well as a dropper post.

These high-quality full suspension mountain bikes are rented for 180 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

E-Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

Those who wish to climb effortlessly and save their strength for the downhill portion of the ride are well catered for with our e-MTB rentals. Our reliable 27.5 inch e-MTBs with wide and robust tires are the ultimate shredding machines. A strong Bosch drive train with extended range, 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano gear and brake systems as well as a dropper post make the e-MTB the trail lover’s best friend on our MTB tours in the Mediterranean.

These high-quality e-mountain bikes are rented for 240 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

Journey

Journey to Ankaran/Slovenia

Ankaran in Slovenia, the starting point of this hotel & MTB trip, can be reached via several airports, like the airport of Pula in Croatia, the airport of Ljubljana in Slovenia, Marco Polo airport in Venice und the aiport of Treviso Canova (both in Italy).

Trieste (TRS) – www.trieste-terminal.it  – distance to Ankaran: 65 km.

Venezia Marco Polo (VCE) – www.veniceairport.it distance to Ankaran: 175 km.

Treviso Canova (TSF) – www.trevisoairport.it distance to Ankaran: 171 km.

Flughafen Pula (PUY) www.airport-pula.hr – distance to Ankaran: 117 km.

Flughafen Ljubljana (LJU) www.lju-airport.si  distance to Ankaran: 135 km.

For a trouble-free journey we recommend to book an open jaw flight with inbound flight to Trieste and outbound flight from Pula.

You can look for example for flights at the following websites:
www.opodo.com
www.swoodoo.com


From Trieste Airport/TRS) to Ankaran

You‘ve got several options to get from Trieste Airport (TRS) to Muggia (train: aprx. 1 h 15 min; bus: aprx. 2 h 15 min or taxi aprx. 45 min). To get from the train station in Muggia (Italy) to your hotel in Ankaran (Slovenia), we recommend to take a taxi.

To take the bus is the well-priced option, the fasted (but also most expensive one) is to use a taxi (for the whole trip).

Bus: To get from Trieste Airport (TRS) to Muggia you have to change busses: take bus no. E 51 and change to bus 20 in Triest; see www.triestetransporti.it) – Muggia (Italy) – Ankaran (Slovenia) see above.

If you decide to spend some time in Trieste beforehand, boat connections to Muggia are also available: see www.triesteterminal.it/public-transport/ – Muggia (Italy)- Ankaran (Slovenia) see above.

Costumized fee-based Transfers from airports/bus or train stations on request. Please contact us by email: info@islandhopping.com

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person

-1,190 euro (in a double room)

Included services

– 7 nights in 3* and 4* bike-friendly hotel (due to availability)
– 7 x half-board (breakfast and lunch or dinner depending on the day, according to the program and to the tour it can be during the bike tour or in hotel)
– Navigation Vrsar – Rovinj
– All transfers during the tour
– German and English speaking local tour guides
– Guided bike tours and city tours as described in the program
– General maps of every bike route

Services not included in the base tour price

– Arrival to Ankaran/Slovenia
– Departure from Pula/Croatia
– All drinks
– Tips

Additional optional services

– Exclusive transfer from airport/bus/train station

Bike for rent:
a. Full-suspension MTB (Fully): 180 euro/week
b. Full-suspension E-MTB (E-Fully): 240 euro/week
c. MTB (hardtail): 100 euro/week

Insurance against theft and damage of MTB: Fully 20 euro/week, Hardtail 10 euro/week (not covered: damage caused by gross negligence)

– Additional night in Pula/Istria after the trip – on request

– Surcharge for single room: 300 euro

Things to note

Accommodation

Bike-friendly good middle class hotels preferably in the *** and **** level (if available, depending on the season). The hotel list will be sent to you in good time before the start of your journey.

Ankaran (1 night)
Umag (1 night)
Motovun (1 night)
Poreč (1 night)
Rovinj (1 night)
Pula (2 night)

Catering

The half-board starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on departure day. Included in the price is 7x half-board which can be enjoyed as a breakfast and lunch or breakfast and dinner combination in each hotel depending on the day.

MTB- level: 2

From easy to manage to sporty day tours with mountainous stages going from 35 to 63 km, with an average from 400 to 1,000 m of elevation and routes of the single trail scale up to S2. The mountain bike-terrain is as varied as the landscapes of Istria: the tours vary widely day-to-day and provide much diversity for the bikers. Dirt roads, longer climbs, narrow forest paths, single trails near the coast, small side streets and great promenades lead you through the landscapes. This is designed in the first place as a guided group tour. After prior consultation with our tour guides and a selection of an appropriate route there are in principle no obstacles for cycling individually.

Single trail classification
For you to be well prepared for your bike trip and know what technical levels of difficulty you can expect on the different bike stages, we have classified the single trails. The classification of the different levels is based on the widespread German single trail scale (http://www.singletrail-skala.de/):

Blue (light, S0 – S1): minor obstacles such as shallow roots, small stones, some gullies, erosion damage, slopes of up to 40%, (possibly) loose ground, tight bends, but no hairpin bends
Requirement: basic technical knowledge, precise braking, body shifting, standing upright

Red (moderate difficult, S2): underground mostly not solidified, larger stones and roots (occasionally), flat heels and stairs, slopes of up to 70%, slight hairpin bends
Requirement: constant readiness to brake, exact braking body shifting

Black (difficult, S3 – S5): large stones, rocks and roots (occasionally), slippery surface, loose boulders, high heels, slopes of more than 70%, tight switchbacks
Requirement: very good bike control

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).

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
April 2020
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 18.04-25.04Parenzana MTB & HotelParenzana - MTB & HotelMuggiaPula1190 book
May 2020
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 02.05-09.05Parenzana MTB & HotelParenzana - MTB & HotelMuggiaPula1190 book
 16.05-23.05Parenzana MTB & HotelParenzana - MTB & HotelMuggiaPula1190 book
September 2020
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 19.09-26.09Parenzana MTB & HotelParenzana - MTB & HotelMuggiaPula1190 book
October 2020
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 03.10-10.10Parenzana MTB & HotelParenzana - MTB & HotelMuggiaPula1190 book

Any questions?

Contact us:

Monday - Friday
09:00- 12:30 Hrs
14:00- 17:00 Hrs

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com