What to expect
Discover one of Croatia's most beautiful coastlines and explore an inland region famous for wine and truffles. Touring past rocky beaches and ancient ruins, you'll cycle on gentle coastal trails and cruise along the Istrian penisula, known affectionately by the locals as the heart of Europe. When it’s time for a break, you’ll stop off at historic harbour towns and stone-built villages to wander through narrow alleyways or relax in cobbled piazzas. Take the opportunity to chat to some of the locals here, and you’ll meet thriving fishermen and world-class stonemasons.
The photos you bring home will have a backdrop of wooded hillsides, emerald green islands and sparkling blue seas. Wildlife lovers can look forward to nature reserves and protected wetlands, while history fans can expect Roman ruins and crenellated city walls. Cycle with your knowledgeable guide, cool off in the Adriatic Sea and relax on deck as you sail to peaceful islands – the tranquil beauty makes a memorable lasting experience.
At a glance
- Turquoise bays, white cattle and green pastures
- Cobbled alleys and medieval stone villages
- Dazzling beauty of the Lim Channel
- Relaxed cycling on quiet routes, cruising along the coastline on a yacht
Day 1 (Sun):
12 miles (20 km)
Make your way to Pula, the peninsula capital of Istria, to meet your crew and check in to your cabin between 2pm and 2.30pm before setting off on a guided cycle ride through Pula at 3pm. Take a break to look at the famous amphitheatre before cruising to a quiet bay for dinner and overnight mooring.
Day 2 (Mon):
Vrsar - Porec
22 miles (35 km)
Cruise to the former fishing village of Vrsar and cycle inland along the spectacular Lim Channel passing emerald forests of oak, ash and evergreens. Arrive in the historic town of Porec and enjoy a guided walk through the bustling historic centre, stopping off to see early-Christian mosaics at the Euphrasian Basilica.
Day 3 (Tue):
Porec - Visnjan - Umag
31 miles (50 km)
Cycle through sprawling vineyards to discover the wine cellars and white cattle of Visnjan and continue through gentle green hills to Vizinada. After lunch, stop off at the underworld Baredine Cave with its impressive stalagmites and stalactites and unique creatures. Join the boat and cruise on to Umag.
Day 4 (Wed):
Umag - Groznjan - Novigrad
34 miles (55 km)
After breakfast pedal through the river valley of Mirna to the artists' village of Groznjan. Continue biking along quiet coastal roads to the 7th century Pelagius Basilica and crenellated city walls of Novigrad, to relax in the cafes of its cobbled piazzas and pretty harbour.
Day 5 (Thu):
Novigrad - Porec - Rovinj
22 miles (35 km)
Enjoy a coastal ride to Porec and stroll through the UNESCO protected city. Cruise to the artists' town of Rovinj – set beneath wooded hills, it’s one of the last true Mediterranean fishing ports. Before dinner, explore its cobbled alleys
Day 6 (Fri):
12 miles (20km)
Take a swim in the Adriatic Sea after the mid-morning cycling ride. In the afternoon, explore Rovinj's cobbled alleys.
Day 7 (Sat):
Rovinj – Barbariga - Vodnjan - Pula
22 miles (35km)
Cruise to Barbariga where you will enjoy lunch ashore before cycling to Pula via Vodnjan. Enjoy a walk through Pula to explore the city's ancient monuments. Enjoy a farewell dinner on board.
Day 8 (Sun):
Disembark at Pula
Say farewell to your crew and fellow guests at 9am as you disembark at Pula.
Please note: Sometimes it is necessary to alter the itinerary depending on the wind and weather conditions. The captain reserves the right to make itinerary changes if required.
The Tarin, with its dark green painted hull and white stripes, is a two-masted yacht and 22m long and 6 m wide. Classified as a comfort boat, she has 10 comfortable cabins, all of which are above deck with a large exterior window. Three cabins have a double bed (140cm wide) and two of which also feature a single bunk. The other cabins have twin or bunk beds. All cabins have a private shower and wc, fan and are equipped with hairdryer. The forward sun deck measures 40m2 and the upper deck 60m2. Together with the large saloon, captain Nevio’s "Tarin“ offers ample space and comfort for her passengers.
Dates & Prices
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- 7 nights accommodation aboard the comfort class Tarin boat
- Board basis: Half board
- English speaking tour guide on board and on bike
- Overview - maps for the daily tours (on board)
- Welcome meeting
- Guided walking tour of Porec with cycle guide
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets (use is mandatory)
- €20 per person visitors tax/port fees & €20 per person unlimited still bottled water, paid locally
- Entrance fees
- Drinks & tips on board
- 3rd person sharing cabin with 2 full paying guests - 50% (triple cabin price shown on calendar already includes reduction)
Bike Hire & Extras
Pannier is included at no extra cost when you hire a bike.
21-gear hybrid bicycle
9- gear Cube Cross Hybrid Pro Allroad 500 (28")
You can add these when you price your trip
How to Get There
Fly to Pula, Trieste or Zagreb
Take a taxi from Pula airport to the harbour. Bus (Bus Croatia) is available from Trieste airport to Pula which takes approximately 3hrs.
Take a taxi to Pula airport from the harbour. Bus (Bus Croatia) is available to Trieste airport from Pula which takes approximately 3hrs.
Fly from Pula, Trieste or Zagreb
News, Reviews & FAQs
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Can I stay on the boat during the day and not cycle?
Yes, you can relax on the boat or explore when you arrive at each destination instead of cycling.
Why is this tour good for solo cyclists?
There is the option to book a same sex shared cabin with no supplement.
Can the boat cater for special dietary requirements?
Please advise us of any special requirements at time of booking and we will notify the boat operator in advance. Understandably, kitchen galley space is limited and it may not be possible to provide specialist products (eg. Gluten free). We suggest you bring a few items with you and, in some cases, these can be provided at a supplement.
How much space will I have in my cabin?
There is limited space in the cabins, so pack light and take a soft suitcase.
What other customers have said
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The Tarin is a beautiful boat with a lot of character, great crew and very well organised. The Istrian coast was both pretty and interesting, we did so much more than just biking, and our tour leaders ( Ina and Bengalmin) were so nice, helpful and well informed.Suzanne Ralston, UK, October 2018
Wonderful tour with excellent guides. The boat became a second home and the food was plentiful and very good.Suzie Edwards, May 2017