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Cycling Through Unexplored Istria
The idyllic Istria peninsula is the perfect place to join this bicycling experience of a lifetime. There is a reason this area is known as the ‘Adriatic Tuscany’ as it combines fine Mediterranean cuisine and glorious wines from local vineyards with picture perfect nature and coast. Throw in plenty of historical and cultural landmarks and you have yourself the best place to travel by bike.
- Duration8 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance201.9 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance33.6 miles
- Who will carry my lugagge?
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, sometimes 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 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 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 .
- What is the size of the group on a guided tour?
The tour operator usually takes between four and twelve guests on each guided tour. If it's a larger group, there will be additional leaders so that it can be split up if necessary. With this size of group, individual needs can still be catered and still ensure the whole party is well looked after.
- How knowledgeable and experienced is the group leader?
The local guides undergo extensive training in all aspects of travel in the region. They are full-time professionals and are selected for their empathy and knowledge of the area you are visiting.