croatia

Tour Details

Duration

8 days /6 nights
2018 Tour dates
September 21st-27th
Start/End Location
Tour Starts-after airport pick up at Venice Airport((VCE)
Tour ends after a morning van transfer to Venice airport hotel
Airport In/Out Venice Marko Polo Airport(VCE)
3-4 Star hotels
3 group dinners and all breakfast is included
Price Per Person(Double Occupancy)
$3598
Single Supplement
$650 (Limited Availability)
Difficulty Level
Advanced Beginner / Intermediate
Daily Ride Averages
30mi-60mi
1,000-6,000ft
Some of the towns/villages you’ll visit in this tour
Grožnjan,
Oprtalj,
Motovun,
Pores
Rovinj
Pula
Dal
Karigador
Vižiniada
Brtonigla
Terrain
Coastal mountains hills and rolling valleys
Non-Rider Discount (20% Off Tour Listed Price)
Rental Bike
$450 per tour
(Limited sizes and availability)
What’s Included
7days /6 hotel nights and fully supported and accompanied trip.
All breakfasts
3 out of 6 dinners
Pick-up at Venice Airport
Drop-off at Venice Airport
All ground transportation
All luggage transfer
Support and services of our multi speaking expert guides
Support vehicles
Breaking Away Bicycle Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles
What’s Not Included
Airfare
Travel and personal insurance
Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
All Lunches
Open Nights for Dinner
Gratuities for Tour Leaders

Tour Highlights

There is something magical in Istria, the largest Croatian peninsula, immersed in the blue of the Adriatic.Its green forests, historic hilltop towns, vineyards, olive groves and gentle tigers area perfect combination of the beauty of nature, history, and culture. When you add to this the seductive tastes of excellent Istrian wines, you just know that this is an area which offers you everything you need Enjoy an easy bike ride of excellent Istrian wines, you just know that this is an area and the former Roman colony of and explore Istria, passing through the hidden medieval towns Poreč whose charm will leave you breathless. Passing through towns of Grožnjan, Oprtalj, Motovun, a landscape of hills framed by rivers, with forests, vineyards, and olive groves, you’ll enjoy every moment. Take a break from the winemakers and taste indigenous wines such as Malvasia and Teran, treat yourself to tasty delicacies and experience all the charms of Istria, this exciting Croatian wine region

Daily Itinerary

September 21st: Welcome to Italy! Airport pickup.Once all of the guests are in we will have a van transfer to our base hotel in Croatia. Hotel check-in to our deluxe 4-star hotel. Build bikes or do any final minute adjustments to the rental bikes. Sightsee Brtonigla before our evening “Welcome Reception & Dinner Party”.
September 22nd: After breakfast and a short transfer, today’s route will take you, snaking its way alongside wine yards and olive groves of Brtonigla area and through picturesque villages of Buje and Kršete with its churches and monasteries from the XV century. After a lunch stop, the route continues on across endless vineyards and olive tree groves. Once on the coast, the road follows the coast through Škrinjari, Babići and Buroli village where you’ll see traditional Istrian houses. We finish the day with a final push to our overnight in Buje area.
September 23rd: After a delicious breakfast you will cycle towards Grožnjan which is Typical Istrian medieval town sprout high on top of a hill along the right coast of the river Mirna, renaissance loggia dating back to 1585 and it’s beautiful St. Vitus and Modesto’s baroque churches. From Grožnjan you’ll ride on quiet Istrian village roads through beautiful settlement and arrive at Oprtalj. Unchanged urban medieval style of building, the narrow streets, the shops, the beautiful Venetian palaces, portals and covered passages and particularly the unique view to the Istrian peninsula from the town loggia, according to many the most beautiful of Istria. We continue on through valley of Mirna river and eventually arriving in Livade, the truffle center of Istria where you can visit the local truffle shop and taste it in various forms. On the hill in front of the Livade is Motovun, surely the most famous of Istrian medieval hill-town. Around Livade is the Motovun forest which stretches along Mirna River valley is especially rich with truffles. From Motovubn you are going to Poreč-
September 24th: Today’s loop ride heads inland towards villages of Bačva and Trviž. From Trviž you will be cycling to the beautiful area of Zamaska with magnificent views of Mirna valley, Motovun, and Butonega lake. Today’s route continues with a challenging uphill climb towards the village of Vižiniada… The road continues to the town of Višnjan from there you’ll be able to catch magnificent views high above the Istrian Coast. today ride continues to Tar, a little town on the hill above the sea and to Nova Vas village by the famous cave (which you can visit). Overnight in Porec.
September 25th: After breakfast, today’s ride starts with sightseeing the Euphrasiana, the most valuable monument in Poreč, a church build in the 6th century. We continue on to the coast and the town of Vrsar. With a commanding view of the coast, it was natural for Vrsar to become a defended fortress. Only parts of this fort built in the 12th century, have been preserved but the fortress-castle used as the summer residence of the Poreč bishops, is well worth a look. After Vrsar, the route passes St. Lovreč village continuing towards Tinjan from where you need to pass through Lim channel.The ride finishes with the uphill to Sve Petar u Šumi village. Short transfer back to Porec.
September 26th: After breakfast and hotel check out our final ride goes along the coastline towards Pula. Riding through the ornithological reserve Palud with a rich variety of ornithology-fauna, a unique place where you can hear the chirping of even 215 different bird species we reach Fažana. Situated on a low coast, well protected from the open sea by the enchanting Brioni archipelago (nowadays a national park) and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in the hinterland, Fažana was well known already in ancient Roman times. Our final push is towards Pula if you have time after lunch visit the old city with the Sergius’ Triumphal Arch (from the end of the 1st century B.C. and the beginning of the 1st century A.D.) and famous Arena, a Roman amphitheater (from the 1st century B.C.). Lunch and a van transfer back to our Venice airport area hotel. Breakdown bikes and pack. Airport shuttles in the morning and afternoon.
September 27th: Airport shuttles in the morning and afternoon.
(*Daily Tour Itinerary will be slightly adjusted after final scouting this coming summer*)