Istria Cycling Cruise
From £990.00 April to October
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Easy Moderate Trip code - CIC12

“The heart of Europe” is what the Istrians call their peninsula, inspired by its shape and its position at the crossroads of European arteries, cultures and nations. This is where Central Europe and the world of Mediterranean meet. On the Istria Cycling Cruise we explore the most popular part of the Croatian coast.

Starting in Pula, the ship takes us a bit further north every day, and our tour guides show us the most beautiful routes of the whole coastal region. We visit the paradise of nature on the islands of Brijuni, the Lim channel with its caves, the coastal cities Porec, Rovinj and Pula, as well as the Istrian hinterland, a famous wine and truffle region. Pula can easily be reached by bus as well as by car. The trip always starts and ends on Sundays, which allows us an unhurried and comfortable arrival.

  • Islands of Brijuni
  • Coastal city of Porec
  • Lim channel and its caves
  • Istrian hinterland - famous wine and truffle region
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 1 April 2017 to 7 May 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin
From 7 May 2017 to 14 May 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin
From 14 May 2017 to 21 May 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin
From 21 May 2017 to 28 May 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin
From 28 May 2017 to 4 June 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin
From 4 June 2017 to 11 June 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin
From 11 June 2017 to 18 June 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin
From 3 September 2017 to 10 September 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin
From 17 September 2017 to 24 September 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin
From 24 September 2017 to 1 October 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin
From 1 October 2017 to 8 October 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin
From 8 October 2017 to 15 October 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin
From 15 October 2017 to 22 October 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin


Surcharge for a cabin on deck: £100 person (limited, on request, reservation required)
Surcharge for a single cabin below deck: £300 (on request, reservation required)
Surcharge for a single cabin on deck: £400 (on request, reservation required)
1/2 double cabin can be booked on request
Rental bikes: Islandhopping – 21-gear hybrid bicycle with Ortlieb pannier: £75
e-bike (i:SY Flyer Eco) 8-hub gear with Ortlieb pannier: £140
Insurance against theft and damage of the 21-gear rental bicycle: £10 per week or of the e-bike: £20 per week (not insured: deliberate damages)
A safe parking space: £40.00 or 40 Euros (to be paid on-site)
Additional night (B&B) in Pula: prices on request
Transfer: Group transfer between Rijeka station and Pula and vice versa as well as additional transfers on request

What's included

  • 7 nights on a motor yacht with a crew of four
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance and guided tour in Brijuni national park
  • Half Board
  • Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's not included

  • Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Journey to Pula
  • Lunches on shore
  • Visitor’s tax and local charges 20 euro/adults or 10 euro/children up to age 18 (to be paid to the captain)
  • Water flat rate charges for the week: 20 euro per person or 10 euro per child up to age 18
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Day 1: Pula – Medulin – Bay Approx 30km

Individual arrival at Pula, the secret capital of Istria, a town full of impressive remains of its Roman past. If you arrive by car, we arrange a secure parking place for you. From 11.00 a.m. onward you can move into your cabins on the motor yacht. Our first bike tour takes us from the harbor along beautiful bays to the southern tip of Istria. From there we ride on a good asphalt road to Medulin, easily recognized from afar by its two white church towers. In the shady village square we take a short break for refreshments. From Medulin we bike to a quiet bay for our overnight.

Day 2: Vrsar - Porec Approx 30km

After breakfast we start on a ca. 3.5 hrs cruise to Vrsar, the town where lady killer Casanova found temporary refuge from lovers pursuing him. Starting from Vrsar, we bike along the Lim fjord to Klostar in the hinterland. After a break, long enough to taste some fresh suckling pig, our route takes us to Porec. On a walk after dinner with our town guide, we encounter the evidence of the town''s eventful past at every step along the way, strolling through the charming historical center, with its beautiful buildings of many different periods, and the bustling shopping lanes. The famous Euphrasius Basilica, with its gorgeous early Christian mosaics, is also well worth a visit.

Day 3: Porec – Groznjan - Umag Approx 60km

Today''s bike tour takes us from Porec through extensive vineyards to Visnjan, home of the famous white Boskarin-Cattle. After a coffee break we can decide to continue cycling through the gentle hills of the hinterland via Vizinada to the artists'' village of Groznjan and further to Umag. Or we return to Porec and the boat takes us to Umag, which offers a picturesque old town center located on a promontory with the remains of a medieval city wall. Dinner on board

Day 4:Umag – Savudrija – Umag - Novigrad Approx 20km + 15km

In the morning we undertake a round trip to the Savudrija peninsula, the northernmost point of Istria. In favorable weather conditions we have an amazing view as far as Slovenia, Italy and even the Alps. On the way back to the ship, there are plenty of opportunities for a refreshing dip in the sea. In the afternoon we bike along quiet sea promenades from Umag to Novigrad. There we find the impressive battlement of the city wall as well the 7th cent. Pelagius Basilica. Around the pretty harbor we find many cafes and bars, where we can end of the day.

Day 5: Novigrad – Porec – VrsarApprox 20km + 15km

After breakfast we leave Novigrad and bike along the coast to Porec. Here we meet up with the ship and have time for a swim or another stroll through the wonderful old town center. After lunch on board we continue along the coast to Vrsar, where we’ll spend the night. Along the way we have a break at an open air museum, where we can admire the sculptures of the famous stone mason school of Vrsar.

Day 6: Rovinj - Palud Approx 20km

In the morning our ship takes us to Rovinj, often called the "pearl of Istria". The charm of this dreamy artists'' town quickly captivate us. After a round trip to the Palud Nature Reserve, we have plenty of time to enjoy the unique atmosphere of Rovinj. After dinner a town guide leads us through the maze of narrow lanes making up the old town.

Day 7: Barbariga – Fazana – Brijuni Islands - Pula Approx 20km

After a short cruise to the bay of Barbariga, we unload our bikes, cycle to Fazana and cross with a ferry over to the Brijuni Islands. Until Tito''s death in 1980, the paradise of the Brijuni Islands was a prohibited area accessible only to the government elite and their official guests. The island''s sightseeing train takes us to the remotest corners of this subtropical nature park with its lush vegetation and exotic fauna. On the way across the island we also visit some well preserved Roman excavations with a local guide. In the evening we bike from Fazana to Pula, where dinner on board of the ship is already waiting for us. The last evening aboard takes place traditionally and includes the communal dinner and a last get-together in a cosy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.

Day 8: Disembarkation at Pula

After breakfast disembarkation until 9 am and individual trip home or extended stay in Croatia.
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Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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