Istrian Coast - Trieste to Porec Short Break

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Visiting: Croatia, Italy, Slovenia

Hotel & Bike

4 nights from £574 to £749pp
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Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Superior i
Code SL009
Good For Coasts and Islands, Multi-Country, Short Breaks
Distance 68mi/110km
Runs Mar - Oct
Departs Any day
Fly to Trieste
Return from Venice

Overview

What to expect

Cycle through three countries on the Istrian Peninsula, starting in the Italian city of Trieste and tracing the west coast down through Slovenia to Croatia’s beaches and towns. Expect a few undulations and gravel paths along the way as you follow the Adriatic shoreline past ports, vineyards and karst hills, stopping to sightsee and sleep in fishing villages and historic towns. 

Riding southwards out of Italy, you’ll cycle the length of Slovenia’s tiny coastline. As you pedal across the border into Croatia there’s history at every turn. Cycling between each town, you’ll pass hilltop villages and see shimmering saltpans. You will finish in Porec with its UNESCO basilica.

If you are interested in a longer version of this route, take a look at the Istrian Coast - Trieste to Pula seven night tour.

  • Ride through three countries in four days
  • Beautiful cycling along the adriatic coastline
  • Hilltop villages, pretty ports and historic towns
  • Porec with its Gothic architecture and a UNESCO listed basilica

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Trieste/Muggia

    Arrive in Trieste and check-in to your hotel in Muggia – a coastal town on the city’s southern outskirts. Take a boat to Trieste’s centre and stroll along the promenade, visit Miramare Castle and sip coffee in the Piazza Unità d'Italia. Alternatively, spend the afternoon in Muggia’s historic centre. 

  • Day 2: Trieste/Muggia – Portorož /Piran 19 miles (30 km)

    Cycle across the Slovenia border, following the coastal cycle path through the medieval town of Koper. Continue to Izola and the riviera’s most romantic town, Piran. Admire the town's narrow streets, pretty churches and Tartini Square before riding to the neighbouring spa town of Portorož. Overnight in Piran or Portorož.

  • Day 3: Piran / Portorož – Umag 22 miles (35 km)

    Ride past the vast Sečovlje saltpans then pedal across the border to Croatia. The terrain becomes a little hillier as you near your destination of Umag – a former Roman colony with historic town walls, a gated drawbridge and medieval centre with a beautiful city tower. 

  • Day 4: Umag – Porec 28 miles (45 km)

    Cycle across low hills to the walled town of Novigrad – one of Istria’s top gourmet destinations, it’s worth stopping for lunch. Continue your ride to Poreč, arriving with enough time to experience its UNESCO-listed Euphrasian Basilica and mix of Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque buildings.

  • Day 5: Depart from Porec

    Start making your way home after breakfast, or extend your stay in Istria.

Accommodation

3 & 4* Hotels

We use a pool of 3 and 4* hotels to maximise our availability for this tour, so regardless of the time of year we do our best to secure your dates of choice. The accommodation often has a lovely local flair, with a chance to experience local life with an authentic flavour of your destination.

  • 4 nights in 3* & 4* hotels
  • Breakfast included
  • Secure bike storage
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

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Price includes

  • Four nights in 3 & 4 star hotels 
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation (One piece per person, maximum 20kg)
  • Maps and route information  - GPS available on request
  • Welcome meeting on day two
  • Local contact number for assistance

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Each bike comes with a pannier. An odometer, small repair kit, inner tube and lock are all included (one per pair of bikes) at no extra cost. It is possible to book an additional odometer for £20.

Hybrid Bike
Bike hire
£59

21 geared hybrid bike

E-bike hire
£91
Helmet rental
Helmet Hire
£8
Hybrid Bike
Bike hire - extra day
£17

Extras

Airport transfers

Transfer - Trieste airport to Trieste/ Muggia - (min 2 people - price per person)
£31pp

Extra nights

Trieste: (3* Hotel) Double room (B&B)
£63pp
Trieste: (3* Hotel) Single room (B&B)
£92pp
Porec: (3* Hotel) Double room (B&B)
£63pp
Porec: (3* Hotel) Single room (B&B)
£92pp

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Trieste

Getting back

Take the ferry to Venice and then the train (Trenitalia) from Venice/Mestre to your airport.

Fly from Venice

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