Hotel & MTB Rabac

Hotel & MTB Rabac (7 Days/6 Nights, approx. 185 km , 3100 hm)


Exploring Rabac and the peninsula of Istria by bike, discovering the local feature, chilling 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 – enjoy a sportive, adventurous and relaxing holiday. Experience a hotel & bike week full of variety in Rabac and the surrounding area. Experience biking in the nature park around the Učka mountain massif at 1,396 meters with breath-taking views and a kilometre-long descent that you will never forget! Discover fun single trails and newly built flow trails along wide forest roads. And psst: We will also show you some secret trails!

You will visit local farms and taste local specialties on the way. After lunch in Motovun, the truffle capital of Istria, you can stroll through the old town of Labin and contemplate the breathtaking view in Skitača. A must for every off-road fan!

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: Dubrava Sculpture Park in Labin with more than ninety outdoor stone artworks
Nature: the ideal ride through the mountainous Učka Nature Park with breathtaking views
Activity: time travel by bike along the old steam train tracks in Parenzana
Culinary delights: visit small family run farms and try local produce
Motovun – the truffle capital is one of the highlights of Istria

Itinerary

1st Day Rabac - Arrival

Upon arrival and check-in at the hotel, you can familiarize yourself with the surroundings. You can begin your holiday by the pool or at the bar with a first cocktail, take a dip in the turquoise waters of the Croatian Adriatic or stroll through the streets of Rabac! The first meeting with your guide will take place at 6 pm in the lobby of the hotel. If you have any questions you can always contact the Rabac Bike Center. We are here for you!

2nd Day Kamenjak Round Tour (aprx. 30 km/450 m of elevation)

Before the first tour, we will visit the Rabac Bike Skills Park in the morning to assess the MTB skillset of our fellow travellers. This will give you the opportunity to test your rental bike and get used to the specific terrain. After this, our transfer will take us to Hum, the smallest city in the world. This is where your MTB adventure begins. Here you will learn why “Terra Magica” is the nickname of Istria. You will ride on many flowing trails combined with nature trails. Today’s tour is not too technical, but it offers enough ascending slopes with panoramic views and subsequent enjoyable downhill runs.

3rd Day Učka - Plomin - Rabac (aprx. 40 km/900 m of elevation)

After breakfast the transfer will take you from your hotel to the starting point of today’s bike tour: Vojak, the highest peak of Učka (1396 m of altitude). The Učka, or Monte Maggiore, as the locals call this mountain massif, is a protected natural park: perfect for those who like to spend their free time outdoors. Your heart will leap for joy! From Vojak, you can enjoy the breath-taking views over the Kvarner Bay and Istria and start the fantastic descent to the foot of the mountain. On our way to Plomin you will cycle on beautiful single and nature trails. After lunch, the MTB tour continues to Rabac on newly built flow trails – pure off-road fun. You can enjoy the rest of the day in a relaxed atmosphere at the hotel.

4th Day Roundtrip around Labin (aprx. 40 km/550 m of elevation)

Today’s tour is assigned a “Culinary” theme. A transfer will take you to the Dubrava Sculpture Park in Labin, the starting point of today’s tour. The park houses more than ninety outdoor stone artworks. Here, local artists have created modern sculptures predominantly out of local limestone. You will ride on wide forest roads and some single trails to explore the countryside in and around Labin. The highlight of today’s tour: tasting local specialties such as homemade sausages, ham and cheese in small farms. Tasting typical delicacies, meeting the locals, enjoying a scenic biking route – a varied day awaits you.

5th Day Parenzana from Groznjan to Vižinada via Motovun (aprx. 40 km/600 m of elevation)

Today’s biking trip is a real gem and a journey through time. You will explore one of the most popular bike routes in Istria – the old railway line, Parenzana. A transfer will take you to the starting point in Grožnjan. First, we will show you the picturesque old town of Grožnjan and then cycle along the famous Parenzana through Livade and Motovun to Vižinada. You will discover many secret trails, magical villages and their interesting history, local specialties and contemplate great views. The lunch break will take place in Motovun – the truffle capital is one of the highlights of Istria. After this, the cycling tour continues to Vižinada, from where a transfer will take you to Poreč. You will be guided through this wonderful old town and end the day with a sundowner at the seaside.

6th Day Labin - Skitača - Rabac (aprx. 35 km/600 m of elevation)

A transfer will take you to Labin, where you will enjoy a cultural delicacy and discover the charming old town before starting the tour. You will ride to Skitača, a peninsula that offers a breath-taking view over the Kvarner bay – such an incomparable view that it is said to have moved even saints to tears. See for yourself! Finally, exciting trails await you on your way to Rabac before returning to the hotel for the last time. Finish off the day relaxing at the hotel pool or at the bar with a drink.

7th Day Rabac - Individual Departure

After this eventful bike week, it is time to say goodbye to Rabac and Croatia. Individual journey home or an extended stay.

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

Transfers

We also offer additional bookable services like transfer from the airport or train station, with or without your bike (at arrival and departure day only): 

Exclusive airport or train station transfers with or without bike (up to 8 people):
a. Zagreb Airport (ZAG) – Rabac: 450 €
b. Pula Airport (PUY) – Rabac: 80 €
c. Rijeka Airport (RJK) on the island of Krk: 200 €

For all transfers a reservation with our office team at info@islandhopping.com is requested (including your complete flight details).

Arrival to Rijeka Airport (RJK) on the island Krk or Pula Airport

The Airport of Rijeka (RJK) as well as Pula Airport are a possibility to get to Rabac.

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

How to get to Rabac via Airport of Zagreb (ZAG)

To fly to Zagreb is another possibility to get to Rabac (transfer time: aprx. 2,5 hours).
On arrival and departure day we offer exclusive transfers from/to Zagreb Airport (on day of arrival/departure only, reservation required two weeks in advance, booking incl. complete transmission of flight details).

For all transfers a reservation with our office team at info@islandhopping.com is requested (including your complete flight details).

Extended stay

Accomondation in bike friendly middle class hotels

You will stay in bike friendly, good to very good, middle class, three or four stars hotels.

3* Hotel Allegro

Surrounded by shady pine forests, ***Hotel Allegro is situated in an idyllic location on the St. Andrea peninsula, just 50 m from the beach and 700 m from the centre of Rabac. Facilities include an outdoor seawater swimming pool, a separate children’s pool, tennis courts as well as the hotel’s own restaurant and bar.

The accomodation offers half board and fully air-conditioned rooms. In addition, all rooms have a balcony, TV and a private bathroom with hairdryer, shower and/or bath. Free Wifi access is available in all public areas of the hotel. The buffet restaurant with its wide selection of international and regional specialities guarantees a pleasurable culinary experience during your holiday.

Additional bookable services
– Single room supplement: 200 euro
– Extra night in a double room: 60 euro
– Extra night in a single room: 100 euro

4* Hotel Casa Valamar Sanfior

The ****Hotel & Casa Valamar Sanfior is situated in an exceptionally good position in the immediate vicinity to the beach, only 3 km away from Rabac and local sights. The hotel has 242 rooms, a wellness area with whirlpool and sauna as well as an outdoor and indoor swimming pool and a separate children’s pool. You can also spend a few relaxed hours at the hotel’s own bar and in the lounge area. Furthermore this hotel offers a wide variety of leisure oppportunities such as volleyball, motorboating, diving and more.

All rooms are extremely comfortable and are equipped with a desk, minibar, safe and telephone as well as a private bathroom with shower tub and hairdyer. Satellite LCD television and free Wifi Internet access will provides suitable entertainment.

The generous breakfast and evening buffets are also included in your stay.

If you arrive by car you can look forward to a free parking space. At the reception you will find multilingual staff always ready to assist.

Additional bookable services
Single room supplement: 300 euro
Extra night in a double room: 90 euro
Extra night in a single room: 130 euro

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person

– 890 Euro (3* Hotel Allegro)
– 1.090 Euro (4* Hotel Casa Valamar Sanfior)

Included services

– 6 nights, either in the 3 * Hotel Allegro or 4 * Hotel Valamar Sanfior
– 6 x half board (breakfast and dinner)
– 4 x lunch in local pubs
– All transfers during the trip
– German- and English-speaking tour guide
– Entrance to sights and museums
– Guided bike tours and sightseeing according to the program
– Overview maps of the individual bike stages (GPS tracks on the GPS devices)

Not included in the tour price

– Arrival to Rabac
– 2 x lunch and all drinks
– Tips for guides and drivers

Additional optional services (on request)

Exclusive airport or train station transfers with or without bike (up to 8 people):

a. Zagreb Airport (ZAG) – Rabac: 450 €
b. Pula Airport (PUY) – Rabac: 80 €
c. Rijeka Airport (RJK) on the island of Krk: 200 €

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 to the MTB (Fully): 20 €/week and Hardtail: 10 €/week (not insured: grossly negligent damage)

Things to note

Accommodation

Bike friendly, good to very good, middle class, three or four stars hotels.

Catering

The half board starts with the dinner on the day of arrival and ends with the breakfast on the day of departure. The travel price includes six times half board (breakfast and dinner at the hotel) as well as four lunches in local restaurants during the bike tours.

Children

Basically, we believe that only children with a good stamina and a minimum age of 10 years can handle the bike tours on their own. Please note that rental bikes can only be provided from a body height of 1.20 m. Also, there is a legal helmet requirement in Croatia for children under 16.

MTB Level 2

Easy-to-handle to sporty day trips with partly hilly stages from 30 to 40 km, an average of 600 m in altitude and paths of up to level S2 of the single trail classification. Most of the trails are however easy trails of S1 difficulty. The mountain bike terrain is as varied as the landscapes around Rabac: the trips are very different from day to day and therefore offer a lot of variety in biking. Wide forest roads, small back roads, fun single trails, flow trails and narrow forest trails lead you through the terrain. You will be accompanied by a transfer vehicle. Therefore, you can easily master the longest and steepest climbs by car. S2 and S3 routes can easily be avoided by your guide. He can customize the trips according to the driving skills of the group.

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 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 20.04-26.04MTB & Hotel form RabacMTB & HotelRabacRabac890 book
May 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 04.05-10.05MTB & Hotel form RabacMTB & HotelRabacRabac890 book
 18.05-24.05MTB & Hotel form RabacMTB & HotelRabacRabac890 book
September 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 07.09-13.09MTB & Hotel form RabacMTB & HotelRabacRabac890 book
 21.09-27.09MTB & Hotel form RabacMTB & HotelRabacRabac890 book
October 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 05.10-11.10MTB & Hotel form RabacMTB & HotelRabacRabac890 book
 19.10-25.10MTB & Hotel form RabacMTB & HotelRabacRabac890 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