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Cycle the Wine Roads of Istria
Istria is the dream location for those who value not just glorious sights, but also gorgeous cuisines and wines. This is a real treat for the senses as you explore this dreamlike Croatian peninsula and revel in the coastal air, fascinating history and abundant nature on two wheels. It is the perfect location for cycling and the ‘hands-on’ approach will be sure to satisfy your eyes, ears and taste buds.
- CategoryFor Food Lovers
- Duration8 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation1 - Easy
- Distance156 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance26.1 miles
- Who carries my luggage?
On all tours, whether guided or self-guided, your luggage is transferred to your following night's accommodation. Luggage transfer is mostly carried out by the tour operator but sometimes they also use the accommodation provider or a local taxi service. Bags should be ready for collection by 9:30am and will be at your next overnight stop by 3:00pm.
- What types of bikes do you use?
Adult bicycles are quality hybrids, made by FELT. The model is the QX80 and there are a range of sizes to ensure there is a good match between you and your hire bike. These are very comfortable bikes, with quality components, ideally suited for roads and gravel tracks. The bikes have 27 gears, operated by easy-to-use gear shifters.
- What equipment and clothing do I need to bring?
The tour operator will supply helmets, hand pump, puncture repair kits, cycle computers (measuring speed, distance etc.), rear rack and bottle holder.
It is recommend that you bring a lightweight waterproof jacket in case of showers. On longer tours, you might like to wear cycling shorts or padded under-shorts, cycling gloves and cycling shoes (or stiff-soled trainers) as these will make your ride more comfortable. Sunglasses protect your eyes from bright light, and also from airborne insects – a particular hazard if you are speeding downhill on a bike.
- What is the accommodation going to be like?
Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area.
- What is the food like?
Breakfasts are generally buffets that take your active program into consideration with a variety of low-fat and high-nutrition choices. Lunch is generally on your own, although some groups tours decide to pool funds on some days and enjoy picnics en route. Dinners are usually included with guided tours, and dinner packages ("half pension") are a frequent option with self-guided tours. Expect either a fixed menu or a few choices. If you have any allergies, restrictions or strong preferences, please let us know as far in advance as possible.
- How busy are the roads?
The beauty of cycling in Istria is that the roads are generally very quiet. The tours are planned on local roads with some short connections on main roads but generally the cycling is relaxed and traffic light.
- How far in advance do I need to book?
Book as soon as your plans are finalized as Istria is extremely popular over the summer months.
- When is the best time of the year to visit?
Traditionally April/May/June and September/October have always been the most popular time of year because the weather is better and there is less traffic on the road.
In July and August, air temperature and humidity are higher and there's more traffic on the roads.
- What happens if I can't cycle a stage?
The tour operator use local taxis to transfer your baggage and they can normally move you, your bike and baggage to the next stop in case of emergency. Local buses can also take bikes sometimes .