Hotel & Bike Istria

Hotel & Bike Istria

(8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 289 km )


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. 

The Istrian Hotel & MTB tour takes place parallel to this tour, with one guide accompanying the mountain bikers and the other accompanying those on hybrid bikes and e-bikes. If you have a partner or friend who prefers a different biking style to you, then on this trip is the perfect fit as it allows you to spend your vacation together while each of you enjoy your preferred biking style during the day in the different groups.

 

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: A visit to the impressive amphitheatre in Pula
Nature: The beautiful Limski-Canal
Acitivity: A walk through the artist's village of Groznjan
Culinary: The famous Istrian white truffles
Souvenirs: Bukaleta - typical handpainted clay jugs for wine

Itinerary

1st Day (Sun) 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 (Mon) Poreč – Vrsar – Kloštar – Poreč (aprx. 40 km/25 mi. & 500 m/1,640 ft. of elevation)

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 a long lunch break in a typical konoba, 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 (Tue) Poreč – Višnjan – Poreč (aprx. 29 mi./47 km & 1,969 ft./ 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 at a gourmet restaurant. The way back to Poreč takes us through the largest olive grove in Europe.

4th Day (Wed) Grožnjan – Livade – Motovun – Poreč (aprx. 43 mi./69 km & 3,772 ft./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 (Thu) Kanfanar – Rovinj (aprx. 34 mi./55 km & 1,706 ft./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 (Fri) Round tour Labin (aprx. 22 mi./35 km & 1,837 ft./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 (Sat) Round tour Pula (aprx. 27 mi./43 km & 1,804 ft./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 (Sun) Rovinj (Departure)

After breakfast it is time to check out of the hotel. Individual journey home or extended stay in Croatia.

Rental bikes

Hybrid bicycles

Those choosing to rent a hybrid bike will receive a reliable, low maintenance, aluminum frame bike in the suitable size. Our hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, carrier, a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. All components are selected based on our twenty years of experience in bike tourism, insuring that they fulfill the necessary criteria to provide the rider with an uncompromised cycle experience.

These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 80 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

E-Bikes

Clients who wish to be supported by a tail-wind and seek to hire an e-bike will receive a high-quality pedelec, powered mainly by a Bosch motor capable of covering long distances, and characterized by their light weight and great components. Alternative drive systems may also be used. Standard components of our e-bikes in varying frame sizes include, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, carrier, a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. With our e-bikes you will conquer the hills with a smile, they are a true declaration of independence for all who wish to cycle and seek the support of a little push.

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

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. The use of our Islandhopping panniers is free of charge.

To ensure that bike panniers remain water proof they have to be closed tight. Although panniers are manufactured from waterproof material Zeitreisen GmbH cannot be held liable for any damage that might be caused to any personal belongings like mobile phones, cameras ect.

Journey

Arrival by car

Your tour starts in Poreč. 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).

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.

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.


Arrival by plane

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

To investigate and book a suitable flight you can for example use the website www.opodo.com.

If you are unable to book a flight to Pula (PUY), you can also search for a flight 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.

Transfers between Pula and the hotels

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:

– Exclusive transfers from Pula Airport to Poreč on day of arrival only: 60 euro per way (max. 3 people per car) 

– Exclusive transfer from Rovinj to Pula Airport on day of departure only: 40 euro per way (max. 3 people per car)

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.

 

Alternative Zagreb Airport (ZAG)

If you can’t get a flight to Pula (PUY) search for a flight to Zagreb (ZAG). Distance to the harbour of Pula from Zagreb airport: 3.5 hrs by car.

– Collective transfer from/to Zagreb on day of arrival/departure only: 50 euro person/way; 50 euro bicycle/way
(reservation required two weeks in advance, transmission of flight details essential for booking)  

For our Zagreb transfers the following pick up times apply:

– From Zagreb Airport or a hotel in Zagreb city to Poreč (only on day of arrival). Transfer leaves from meeting point in Zagreb city at 11:30 am // from Zagreb Airport at 12:15 pm

– From Rovinj to Zagreb (only on day of departure): Transfer leaves from Rovinj at 7 am (If you would like to book this transfer, please ensure that your flight departs from Zagreb Airport after 1 pm)

How to book an airport transfer

For all transfers a reservation is required two weeks in advance, booking incl. complete transmission of flight details.

For the organization please indicate your exact flight details. If there are belated changes of your flight times you are kindly requested to inform our office immediately.

Please provide us with the following flight details by phone or email:

– arrival & departure date
– flight route
– airline
– flight number
– estimated arrival or departure time

Phone: +49-(0)7531-36186-0

Email: info@islandhopping.com

Extended stay

Extend your stay in Zagreb or stay longer in Pula!

Would you like to extend you holidays in Istria or would you like to see more of Croatia? Then we recommend our extension program in Zagreb!

We can also arrange additional nights for you in Pula: The harbor city of Pula is situated in the south of the Istrian peninsula. In the fascinating Old Town of Pula there are impressive remains of Roman buildings like the excellent preserved amphitheater or the temple of Roma and Augustus. Interesting too is the medieval castle. Also the surroundings of Pula is worth seeing: The National park of Brijuni, that was a prohibited area until the death of Tito in 1980, was reserved for the government elite and their guests. It is well known for its rich flora and illustrious fauna. Also the Limski canal with its caves is a worthwhile place for excursions.

Below mentioned prices include VAT and visitor’s tax.

If you want to book an additional program or additional nights, please contact us:
Phone: +49 (0) 7531-361860 or E-mail: info@islandhopping.com

2-day Extension Module in Zagreb, 1 night

Take the time to extend your holiday by a few days in Zagreb with a programme, which, on the one hand organizes adequate activities, and on the other hand offers you enough leisure time on your own?

Saturday
A private transfer collects you at the Zagreb airport and brings you to the doorstep of your hotel. You will have time to freshen up after your journey. In the late afternoon your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to take you on an interesting and inspiring walk through the Croatian capital. The old town, built by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, will charm you at every turn. During a guided city tour, our local guide will enlighten you on the city in its current position and its former past. The Kaptol (the center of the Roman Catholic Church in Croatia) and Gradec (the upper old town) are of course included in the program. In the evening you will dine in a specially selected restaurant. The delicious local specialties will be a great way to end the day. Overnight stay in a hotel in the town center of Zagreb.

Sunday
After breakfast transfer to Porec.

Included Services
– 3* hotel at the town center
Sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entry fees for sights not included)
– Dinner in a local restaurant
– Transfer from Zagreb airport to your hotel
– Transfer from your hotel in Zagreb to Porec
– Taxes

Price per Person
– 3 star hotel in a double room with breakfast: 310 euro
– 3 star hotel in a single room with breakfast: 340 euro
– 4 star hotel in a double room with breakfast: 360 euro
– 4 star hotel in a single room with breakfast: 420 euro

Price reductions
– People driving independently, without the need of a transfer, receive a discount of 60 € per person off all prices mentioned.
– Group discount: 5% (min. 20 persons) 

Book the additional package
If you want to book this additional tour modules, please refer to it in the comments field of your booking request or write to us at info@islandhopping.com (incl. module name):

– Which package would you like to book before your Islandhopping trip?
– For how many people would you like to book?
– Which hotel category would you like to stay at? 3 or 4 star hotel? Single or double room?
– Do you prefer vegetarian food?
– Your flight details

Voucher delivery
After booking the additional program you will receive a basic invoice from Islandhopping. You will get the hotel as well as the activity voucher by e-mail in good time prior to start of your journey

Hotel Scaletta in Pula (or equivalent hotel)

The Hotel Scaletta is situated quite close to the yacht harbour and only a walk away from Pula’s historical old town. The hotel was renovated in 2003 and impresses not only with its beautiful neo-classical exterior but also with a modern ambience inside. 12 stylishly decorated rooms are equipped with a bathroom, telephone, TV, safe and a mini-bar.

The booking is subject to availability. If the hotel has no capacity, we will book an equivalent hotel for you.

All rates mentioned include VAT and visitor’s tax. The prices depend on the season:

April/May/October 2021
– Double room incl. breakfast: 50 euro/person
– Single room incl. breakfast: 70 euro/night

June  – September 2021
– Double room incl. breakfast: 60 euro/person
– Single room incl. breakfast: 85 euro/night

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person (in a double room)

– from 990 euro

Included services

– 7 overnight stays in a double room in good to very good mid-range (3-4 star) hotels
– 7 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 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

Additional optional services (on request)

– Single room surcharge: 240 euro (02.05.-27.06. & 03.10.-31.10.21) // 340 euro (04.07.-15.08.21) // 290 euro (22.8.-26.09.21)
– 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: hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week; e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
– A safe parking space: 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)
– Collective transfer from/to Zagreb on day of arrival/departure only (11:30 am from Zagreb Center or 12:15 pm from Zagreb Airport to Poreč / return transfer from Rovinj to Zagreb Airport starts at 7 am: 50 euro person/way and 50 euro bicycle/way (reservation required two weeks in advance, booking incl. complete transmission of flight details) 
– Exclusive transfers from Pula Airport to Poreč on day of arrival only: 60 euro per way (max. 3 people per car)
– Exclusive transfer from Rovinj to Pula Airport on day of departure only: 40 euro per way (max. 3 people per car)
– Customized transfers
– Additional night (B&B) in Pula
– 2-day extension module Zagreb incl. transfer airport – hotel // hotel – Poreč; 1 night in a 3 or 4 star hotel; guided sightseeing tour in Zagreb (entry fees for sights not included), dinner in a local restaurant; price per person: 3 star hotel in a double room: 310 euro/single room: 340 euro; 4 star hotel in a double room: 360 euro/single room: 420 euro (People driving independently, without the need of a transfer, receive a discount of 60 € off all prices mentioned)

 

Not included in the 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

Things to note

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.

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.

Riding 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 the regular cyclists need time to rest and longer to climb the hills. We 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 in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.30 m (4.3 ft.) for hybrid bikes.

Accommodation & Catering

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. You will receive a hotel list and further detailed information about the tour before the start of your trip.

Catering
Catering includes 7 x breakfast, 3 x lunch and 4 x dinner. Boarding begins with dinner on the day of arrival and ends with breakfast on the day of departure.

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 hybrid bike, e-bike 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 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.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
May 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 02.05-09.05Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj990 book
 09.05-16.05Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj990 book
 16.05-23.05Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj990 book
 23.05-30.05Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj990 book
 30.05-06.06Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj990 book
June 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 06.06-13.06Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj990 book
 13.06-20.06Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj990 book
 20.06-27.06Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj990 book
 27.06-04.07Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj990 book
July 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 04.07-11.07Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj1190 book
 11.07-18.07Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj1190 book
 18.07-25.07Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj1190 book
 25.07-01.08Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj1190 book
August 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 01.08-08.08Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj1190 book
 08.08-15.08Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj1190 book
 15.08-22.08Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj1190 book
 22.08-29.08Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj1090 book
 29.08-05.09Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj1090 book
September 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 05.09-12.09Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj1090 book
 12.09-19.09Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj1090 book
 19.09-26.09Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj1090 book
 26.09-03.10Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj1090 book
October 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 03.10-10.10Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj990 book
 10.10-17.10Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj990 book
 17.10-24.10Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj990 book
 24.10-31.10Istrien Hotel & BikeInselhüpfen - Hotel & RadPorecRovinj990 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