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.
At a glance
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Depart from Porec
Start making your way home after breakfast, or extend your stay in Istria.
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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- 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
- Flights and transfers
- Bike hire
- Cycle helmets
Bike Hire & Extras
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.
21 geared hybrid bike
How to Get There
Fly to Trieste
Take the ferry to Venice and then the train (Trenitalia) from Venice/Mestre to your airport.
Fly from Venice
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We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.