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, towns and nature reserves. 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, with a Roman drawbridge in Umag and spectacular amphitheatre in Pula. Cycling between each town, you’ll pass hilltop villages, see shimmering saltpans and can take an optional detour to the Zlatni rt peninsula coves. To pack even more in, an optional rest day gives you the chance to sail to the Brijuni archipelago to experience its pine-cloaked islands.
If you are interested in a shorter version of this route, take a look at the Istrian Coast - Trieste to Porec Short Break tour.
At a glance
- Stunning rides along a sun-drenched coastline
- Karst hills, nature reserves and Roman relics
- Fishing villages, sparkling vineyards and fertile valleys
- Optional rest day in 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 settlement 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.
28 miles (45 km) or rest day
Cycle through Poreč’s rural surroundings and enjoy local oysters and mussels, or take a day-off and enjoy Porec's historic old town or a trip on a local boat excursion.
Porec – Rovinj
34 miles (55 km)
Ride to Rovinj – one of Istria’s last true Mediterranean fishing ports. An iconic bell tower stands high above the town and, if your legs aren’t too tired, it’s certainly worth climbing up for the view. You could also detour to the beautiful Zlatni Rat peninsula and swim off its beautiful pine-fringed coves.
Rovinj – Pula
34 miles (40 km)
Your final stage leads you to Pula on Istria’s southwest tip. The peninsula’s oldest town, it’s a lovely place to finish with its historic buildings and the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers with all three Roman architectural styles preserved.
Depart from Pula
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.
- 3* & 4* hotels
- Breakfast included
- Secure bike storage
- Luggage transferred each day
2*, 3* and 4* Hotels
We use a pool of 2*, 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.
- 2*, 3* and 4* hotels
- Breakfast included
- Luggage transfer included
- Secure bike storage
Dates & Prices
Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance
- 7 nights in the category of your choice: 3 & 4 star hotels (Cat A) or 2 & 3 star hotels (Cat B)
- 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 2
- Local contact number for assistance
- Free parking at first hotel on request only - must be confirmed at time of booking
- Local tourist and other taxes
- 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 all included (one per pair of bikes) at no extra cost. An additional odometer is possible at £20.
21 geared hybrid bike
You can add these when you price your trip
Transfer from Pula to Pula airport can also be pre-booked: 20 euros per person, payable locally (one-way, minimum 2 people)
How to Get There
Fly to Trieste
Fly from Pula
News, Reviews & FAQs
Simply click on a question to reveal the answers
Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?
We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.
What other customers have said
Been on this tour? Add your review!
A wonderful tour across Istria, well organised. Beautiful countryside and stop offs. Great food and friendly warm welcomes.Caroline Fitton, UK, October 2018
This was our second holiday with Freedom Treks and once again their support and information prior to booking was excellent. We were told there would be a few hills and a lot of gravel paths and we were delighted to find how much fun these gravel paths were. We are road cyclists so this was a new and very enjoyable experience. The views were stunning and the local food and wine was delicious. Everything on this trip went well, we really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who cycles regularly.Lynn Ashcroft, UK, October 2018