The Charm of Istria by Bike & Boat

GUIDED - 8 Days / 7 Nights, 250km

“The Heart of Europe” is what the Istrians call their peninsula, inspired by its shape and position at the crossroads of European arteries of cultures and nations.

Starting in Pula, the ship will take you further north along the coast every day. You will cycle beautiful routes 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
 

Your Journey

Day 1: (Sunday) Pula (15 km)

Arrive Pula, the capital of Istria with an impressive cultural heritage from Roman times. Embarkation is between 2pm - 2.30 pm. Your first bike tour starts at 3 pm and takes you on a circuit ride from the harbour round Pula and see the famous amphitheatre. Return to the ship and cruise a couple of miles north to a quiet bay for overnight.

Day 2: (Monday) Vrsar – Porec (35 km)

Morning cruise for 3 hours to Vrsar - the town where Casanova found temporary refuge from lovers pursuing him. From Vrsar bike along the Lim Fjord to Klostar inland. Continue to the picturesque old town of Porec. Your guide will take you for a stroll through the charming historical centre, with its beautiful buildings of many different periods, and the bustling shopping lanes. We suggest you visit the Euphrasius Basilica, with its gorgeous early Christian mosaics.

Day 3: (Tuesday) Poreč – Višnjan – Umag (50 km)

Cycle from Poreč through extensive vineyards to Visnjan, home of the white Boskarin-Cattle. Continue cycling through the gentle hills of the hinterland to Vizinada. After a lunch break we cycle back to Poreč via the Baredine Cave. There are five amazing halls, all beautifully illuminated. Descend 60 m under ground to a subsurface lake and if we are lucky we’ll meet a native – the famous amphebia (Proteus anguinus): the olm. This little cave dweller is unique and endemic to this karst area. Back at the ship we cruise to Umag, which offers a picturesque old town centre located on a promontory as well as some remains of a medieval city wall.

Day 4: (Wednesday) Umag - Grožnjan -Novigrad (55 km)

After breakfast cycle north to Novigrad through the The Mirna river valley, well known as an area where white truffles can be found. Continue to Novigrad where impressive battlements of the city wall as well as Pelagius Basilica await. You will find many cafes and bars lining the pretty harbour.

Day 5: (Thursday) Novigrad –Porec – Rovinj (25 km)

In the morning cycle from Novigrad along the coast to Porec. There is time to take a wander through the beautiful old town and to enjoy the regional cuisine for lunch. The boat awaits you in the harbour of Poreč to cruise to Rovinj, an Adriatic gem!

Day 6: (Friday) Rovinj (20 km)

Circuit ride from Rovinj with a swim stop on the way. Return to the ship for lunch then take an afternoon stroll through the winding alleyways of this picture perfect town which will leave you enchanted. The night is spent in Rovinj.

Day 7: (Saturday) Rovinj – Barbariga - Fazana - Vodnjan - Pula

Morning cruise to Barbaringa. After lunch cycle via Vodnjan back to Pula. Time free to stroll around and explore the cultural heritage of this ancient town. The last evening on board ship follows a nice tradition of a communal dinner with your fellow travellers, crew and tour guides.

Day 8: (Sunday) Pula

After breakfast you will disembark by 9 am.

Terrain/Grade

The bike routes require a basic level of fitness. The routes reach a maximum height of 200 m on mostly asphalted roads. Daily routes of 30 km on average cover hilly terrain and can be completed without time constraints. You can choose to skip a bike tour and cruise and relax on the ship instead.

Meals

Half board - breakfast and 1 warm meal daily (this may be lunch and depends on the itinerary)

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