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Trekking ISTRIA TO THE ADRIATIC (Prolonged Parenzana)

Duration

6 days

Category

Trekking

Fitness level

Low

Experience style

Classic, Self Guided, Premium

Technical difficulty

Low

Length & elevation

215km 1.670m


The Parenzana tour uses an abandoned railway track that was in operation between 1902 – 1935, known as Parenzana, while its official name was actually the Istrian Railway. It allows you to pleasantly explore Istria, riding on a dedicated, comfortable and safe path, away from the vehicle traffic.

Istria is often referred to as the Slovenian-Croatian Tuscany. Maybe it was best described by a CNN reporter who spent time in this charming area: »As I sat in the shaded stone courtyard taking in the soft breeze and lazily scraping up the last bits of lunch from my plate, it occurred to me that this must have been what Tuscany was like before the Hollywood movies, the cookbooks and the hordes of tourists: Tuscany when it was still under-the-radar and affordable.«

On our tour we’ll never leave Istria, doing our best to explore its diversity, starting at the Italian coast, then continuing to Slovenia, then wandering away from the sea for a while, we experience the inner Istria. Finally we return to the Adriatic Sea on the Croatian side.

This tour can be taken in various lengths and packages, yet none of them are very demanding in terms of fitness levels. It only varies between easy and super-easy biking. It’s appropriate for families, groups of friends or individuals –  and anybody who appreciates relaxed holidays with a good slice of fitness among nature and a beautiful environment, but always combined with a tasty local food and a glass of good wine. Since a large chunk of the journey runs along the coastline of the Adriatic Sea, there’s always an option to jump in, to freshen-up after the daily cycling tour.

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Itinerary

DAY 01

Trieste to Piran and Portorož

DistanceDistance: 42 km
DistanceElevation: 253 m

We start the tour in the Italian city of Trieste. It’s a seaport city with a long and complex history, lying at a crossroads influenced by LatinSlavic, and Germanic cultures. From Trieste we immediately head towards Slovenia, cross the border and then slowly approach the Adriatic Sea.

Following the Slovenian coast we reach the charming and picturesque maritime town of Piran. Our foreign visitors enjoy the impressive atmosphere of the old town with its adorned front-doors and windows. In the middle of the town is Tartini Square with a monument dedicated to the great violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini, born in Piran in 1692. Adding to the list of worthwhile places to visit is the town hall and the law-courts, the Gothic Venetian mansion, and the cathedral on an eminence, commanding a glorious panorama.

We’ll have enough time to take a break, have a coffee at the Tartinni piazza and even go for a gentle stroll. Later we continue just a few kilometres on to Portorož – the best known Slovenian coastal resort city where we stay overnight. Naturally, an afternoon or even evening swimming in the Adriatic is also an option.


DAY 02

Portorož to Grožnjan

DistanceDistance: 31 km
DistanceElevation: 323 m

Say goodbye to the sea for a while, as we head inland for a day or two. Soon after leaving Portorož we reach the Croatian border. The landscape starts to change slightly and you start feeling what Istria is about, besides its coastline. The objective for the day is to comfortably reach Grožnjan.

Grožnjan, known as the city of artists, is delightfully surrounded by green hills and the magical white soil found in Istria contributes to this must-see destination for those who want to discover the treasure chest of Istria. Due to its interesting history, which has been widely documented, it still naturally permeates the present with its rich ancient churches, prehistoric finds, ancient castles, magnificent palaces and many other old buildings, whose past glory had been recovered through restoration.

As always we end the day with a good dinner.


DAY 03

Grožnjan to Motovun

DistanceDistance: 32 km
DistanceElevation: 239 m

On day 3 we continue with the same style we tackled a day ago. We stay away from the sea and explore Istria’s treasures. The highlight of the day is Motovun, a  small town, globally known for its beauty, history and variety of events, including its film festival.

Motovun has become a major tourist attraction due to its recognizable medieval shape and great climate. Visitors enjoy walking through the medieval streets, taking in views from the city walls and exploring the countryside through various bike and walking trails. The natural beauty leaves everyone with an everlasting impression and is a perfect place for those who love nature and adventure.

We’ll have a dinner in Motovun and here we stay overnight.


DAY 04

Motovun to Poreč

DistanceDistance: 36 km
DistanceElevation: 315 m

It’s back to the seaside. We have plenty of time to comfortably pedal towards Poreč, a city whose centre is located on a small peninsula submerged in the sea. Its foundations were put in place during the time of the ruling Roman Empire. Today Poreč is a typical Istrian tourist town located on the Adriatic Sea.


DAY 05

Poreč to Umag

DistanceDistance: 42 km
DistanceElevation: 230 m

On day 5 we travel north along the coastline, back towards Slovenia. But before getting there, we make another overnight stop in the city of Umag.

Umag is a small town and port on the north-western coast of Istria. A place Croatians say presents ‘Croatia’s gateway to Europe’. It also has a reputation of being the Istrian sports centre, since it’s been the host of the ATP tournament for many years now, it attracts numerous top world tennis players.


DAY 06

Umag to Piran

DistanceDistance: 32 km
DistanceElevation: 310 m

We spend more time Croatia, following the Croatian coastline as much as we can, before entering Slovenia once again. We approach Portorož and Piran taking an alternate route to the one we took when leaving those two cities 4 days ago. We wrap up the day and the 6 day riding tour Piran. The van will be waiting for us to take us back to the tour starting point in Trieste. You might even wish to prolong your stay in Slovenia for a few days to recover and further enjoy the Mediterranean.


Logistics

Our adventure starts in Trieste in Italy and ends in the charming Mediterranean town of Piran in Slovenia.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE

Trieste is surrounded by 4 international airports with a maximum driving time of two and a half hours (Ljubljana, Venice, Trieste, Klagenfurt). We can gladly arrange airport shuttles from all 4 airports.

BY CAR

From Austria to Ljubljana you either take the Loibl (Ljubelj) pass or the Karavanke tunnel. Follow the signs to Ljubljana and then continue further on towards Koper. Don’t continue all the way to Koper and pay attention to the change of direction in Sežana towards Trieste. Follow the signs for Trieste. Driving time shouldn’t exceed two and a half hours.

From Italy (Venice airport) follow the signs for Trieste and before getting there follow the signs for Slovenia. Cross the border and continue towards Sežana and then Divača and Ljubljana. It shouldn’t take much more than 60 minutes.

From Ljubljana head towards Koper. Don’t continue all the way to Koper and pay attention to change of direction in Sežana towards Trieste. Follow the signs for Trieste. Driving time shouldn’t exceed 90 minutes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The minimum number of people required to run the trip at listed price is 6.
  • In a single group there’ll be a maximum of 10 people. There can be more than 1 group.
  • Every evening there’ll be a briefing session organized where the guide(s) will present the next day tour profile (altitude profile, length, difficulty).
  • The program is also suitable for e-bikers.
  • Meeting instructions and final trip arrangements will be sent to you two weeks prior to your tour start date.

BIKE RENTAL

We can organize bike rental. The price for a bike is from 25 EUR/day.

Dates

  • 27 - 25 April Experience level: CLASSIC
  • 25 - 30 May Experience level: CLASSIC
  • 11 - 16 June Experience level: CLASSIC GUARANTEED!
  • 17 - 22 July Experience level: SELF GUIDED GUARANTEED!
  • 6 - 11 August Experience level: SELF GUIDED GUARANTEED!
  • Accommodation in a 3 or 4 star hotels/pensions
  • Continental meal with a local/typical touch
  • Fully qualified and experienced mountain bike guide for the duration of your trip
  • All group safety equipment
  • Baggage transfer between stages
  • Transfer from route ending point to route starting point
  • Accommodation in a 3 or 4 star hotels/pensions
  • Continental meal with a local/typical touch
  • Baggage transfer between stages
  • Transfer from route ending point to route starting point
  • Sleeping in a boutique premium accommodations
  • TOP culinary along the way with 5 course dinner every evening
  • Accompanied driver following the group 24/7
  • Fully qualified and experienced mountain bike guide for the duration of your trip
  • All group safety equipment
  • Baggage transfer between stages
  • Small surprises

If you can’t find something that suits your needs, please contact us and we’ll do our best to provide you with a tailor-made offer.

E-mail: info@bike-goodplace.com

Price for ISTRIA TO THE ADRIATIC (Prolonged Parenzana) includes

  • 5 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • 5 night accommodations in double bed room

Price for ISTRIA TO THE ADRIATIC (Prolonged Parenzana) excludes

  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Lunches
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Bike rental
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
  • Supplement for single bed room
  • GPS track
  • Transfer to the airport
  • Any other items not mentioned as included

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