5 days
Duration
Croatia
Location

Enjoy an easy bike ride and explore the Croatian region of Istria!

Biking tracks are an ideal way to discover all the natural beauties around Istria. Consequently, Gourmet biking tour in Istria will take you to the most exceptional places, and show you some of the nicest villages in this area. Besides that, this region is also known to be the most exciting wine and food region in Croatia. Therefore, after our daily bike rides, we will take a break to treat ourselves to tasty local delicacies. On top of that, we will stop at the winemaker’s and taste the indigenous wines such as Malvasia and Teran. Simply experience all the charms this region has to offer!

What is the rough plan?

Ride through the hidden medieval towns of Grožnjan, Oprtalj, and Motovun. Explore the former Roman colony of Poreč, whose charm will leave you breathless. Pass through a hilly landscape framed by rivers and covered in forests, vineyards and olive groves. Finally, we promise you will enjoy every moment of Gourmet biking tour in Istria!

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION  Zagreb Airport (Croatia)
DEPARTURE TIME As per request
RETURN TIME As per request
WEAR Comfortable bike and athletic clothing, sports shoes (biking shoes), jacket and sunscreen
INCLUDED
4xHB in 3* and 4* accommodation with gourmet dinner (local specialties)
3x degustation (wine, olive oil, truffles…)
professional English speaking bike guide
support vehicle
high-quality mountain bike and safety equipment
water, fruits and power bars during the day
NOT INCLUDED
airfare (we can help you purchase the best ticket possible)
travel and activity insurance
tips are optional and not included in the price
entry fee to Baredine cave
e-bike
airport pickup/drop off

Additional information

DateAug/Sept/Oct
1

Day 1 - Buje, Croatia

Meeting point is Buje, a small village in Istria, where we will begin our tour with a great local diner. After, we will take a rest and get ready for the next 3 days of easy biking.

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Day 2 – Buje - Motovun

After breakfast, we will start biking (on macadam) on the legendary route of the Parenzana. This is the former narrow-gauge railway line which penetrates deeply into the Istrian peninsula. It connects 33 Istrian towns between Porec and Trieste. Today, these towns belong to the territory of 3 different states. Passing through the magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards, it will soon become obvious why it was also known as the wine railroad. After riding through many tunnels and over old bridges, we will stop in the charming town of Grožnjan.  This typical Istrian medieval town sprout high on the top of a hill along the right coast of the river Mirna. Almost every door in Grožnjan leads to some art studios or galleries. Everywhere around the town echoes the sounds of different music genres, from classical to jazz. It is not hard to understand that Grožnjan is known to be “The town of artists”.

Later on, we will continue our tour and visit few more interesting villages on the way, such as Završlje and Livade. Livade is the truffle center of Istria. The truffle is an underground malodorous fungus believed to be an aphrodisiac.

Our final destination will be the most famous and attractive Istrian medieval hill-town Motovun. Motovun is an ancient city and is probably the most charming town in Istria. Today, it is most famous for its annual Independent and Avant-garde Film Festival.

We will stop along the way to taste different local delicacies.

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Day 3 - Motovun - Poreč

The next part of the trail goes inland. It follows the road to Višnjan, where we will pass an observatory. The road continues to the town of Višnjan, which has 246m altitude. From there, you will be able to have a view on the west Istrian coast and the coastal town of Poreč. This town will be our final destination of the day. Along the way, we will also stop and visit Cave Baredine.

And again, we did not forget about the second most famous Istrian specialty. The food. We will taste some great Istrian cuisine all along our way.

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Day 4 - Poreč - Kanfanar - Rovinj

Today’s adventure will once again follow the old railway Parenzana track from Rovinj to Kanfanar, through the untouched forest, just south of the Limski fjord. It is an exhilarating section, immersed in the forests of oak trees, strawberry bushes, heather and many broom plants. All along the trail, you can smell a deliciously sweet perfume. We will return to the civilized world when we will reach the magnificent coastline near Rovinj. This town is also called the little Venice. Rovinj is a typical Mediterranean seaside resort, which will seduce you with its extraordinary beauty. In the middle of its narrow streets and small squares of the old city center, there are several beautiful palaces from different historical periods. Also, there is a wonderful promenade with many seaside cafés. Here, we will stop for a drink or a quick snack.

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Day 5 - Breakfast and departure

We are passionate adventure travelers ourselves. We have spent our lives in search for the ultimate outdoor experiences. You will gain skills in outdoor activities and meet like-minded individuals to share wonderful adventures. Passion and full dedication to details for each itinerary as well as an excellent relationship with our suppliers in Slovenia have built up the Bikehiketours brand.
Your adventure guides are local and experienced professionals who have a real passion for outdoor activities and for the culture and landscape.
Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. We choose our guides for their expertise in outdoor activities. They are experts in their fields.
We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible and not get lost in the crowd. There will generally be between seven and 14 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our tours is four.
Our tour caters for a wide age range, typically between 30 and 60 years old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! 
Tours are designed at your own pace and you will enjoy no matter what your age.

Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s activities and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.
We recommend following a general training in the weeks leading up to your trip.
Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your bike adventure. 

As fellow sports enthusiasts, we understand the comfort you may find in riding with your own gear. Due to things can get a bit challenging when it comes to traveling please consult our booking manager prior to departure.

Q. Will I have to carry my own luggage?
You will never have to worry about your bags on tour. You only need to carry a daypack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.
On your holiday you will be staying in a range of comfortable, welcoming local accommodations, including traditional guest houses, small hotels, and a boutique hotel. For details please consult with your booking manager.
Traveling light is the key. Although the daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary in the mountains, so you must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot. 
You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, waterproof jacket, flip-flops, specific shoes for cycling.
Where the meals are included in Bikehiketours itineraries they are in a group setting. 
Your Bikehiketours guide will also be with you during these scheduled meals. 
During the meals that are not included in the itinerary, you are free to choose where you would like to dine. Your guide will advise you the best places to dine for these meals. You can choose to join with others and decide to dine together somewhere or, if you desire some independent time, you are also always welcome to do your own thing.
Medical insurance is mandatory on all of our holidays. We also recommend trip cancellation insurance. Contact your booking manager and we will help you choose the right plan for your holiday.
Many of our travelers join as singles. We charge single supplement fee to solo travelers for single room use. But don’t worry, we can pair you with another traveler of the same gender if you like.


A single supplement is an additional charge for a private room for guests traveling alone.
The cost of our holidays does not include international airfare. However, we are happy to assist you in booking flights to join with each tour. The prices vary depending on the season and the point of departure.
We can arrange early arrivals and extended visits. We will be happy to provide suggestions and ideas.
The more in advance you book, the greater availability of dates you’ll find.

Attention to the smallest details, expertise, and great local guides are the key to a successful adventure.