Istrian Coast - Trieste to Pula

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Visiting: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £650 to £844pp
Guiding Self-Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Superior i
Code SL007
Good For Coasts and Islands, Multi-Country
Distance 155mi/250km
Runs Mar - Oct
Departs Any day
Fly to Trieste
Return from Pula


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 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.

  • Undulating cycling past the coast and hills of western Istria & castles
  • Karst hills, vast saltpans and the Zlatni rt peninsula coves
  • Optional rest day to the Bruni islands and Lim Channel
  • Churches, spa towns and Roman relics

The Trip



  • Day 1: Arrive in Trieste

    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. 

  • Day 2: Trieste – 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: Porec 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 hop on a boat to the fjord-like Lim Channel National Park and Veli Brijun island – the main island in the Brijuni archipelago, Veli Brijun was a summer residence of the Yugoslav leader Tito.  

  • Day 6: 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. 

  • Day 7: 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.

  • Day 8: 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.

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

Dates & Prices

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Price includes

  • 7 nights in 3 and 4 star hotels 
  • Board basis: Bed and breakfast
  • Luggage transportation (one bag per person) 
  • Maps and route information (GPS available on request)
  • Welcome meeting
  • Local contact number for assistance
  • Free parking at first hotel on request only - must be confirmed at time of booking

Price excludes

  • Flights and transfers
  • Bike hire
  • Cycle helmets

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Bikes come with a pannier, a small repair kit and lock all included at no extra cost.


Bike hire

21 geared hybrid bike

E-bike hire
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Helmet Hire


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)


Transfer - Trieste airport to Trieste/ Muggia - (min 2 people - price per person)
Transfer - Pula to Trieste airport - (min 2 people - price per person)

Extra nights

3* Trieste - B&B - (2 share)
3* Trieste - B&B - single
3* Piran - B&B - (2 share)
3* Piran - B&B - single
3* Pula - B&B - (2 share)
3* Pula - B&B - single

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Trieste

Getting back

Fly from Pula

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We had a brilliant week enjoying the stunning Istrian coastline and views. A lot of the route was right along the edge of the sea - through nature reserves and holiday camps and along harbour walls. There were a few good climbs inland for variety, but a higher proportion of off-road gravelly cycle paths than we expected. The organisation and accommodation were excellent and we were very impressed by the cleanliness in Croatia and the friendliness of everyone. There was plenty of time to explore the lovely towns and there were lots of good places to eat in the evenings. Highly recommended!

Peter Speight, September 2016

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