The idyllic view of picturesque Motovun is reminiscent of the Italian Tuscan landscape, beautiful with great tasting wine
Spend time exploring the maze of cobbled streets and the charming coastal setting of this beautiful fishing village
Find out how olive oil is made and have a taste too
Have a good time as you cycle by the sea
Discover hidden medieval towns
Savor delicious wine that's unique to this region
Never tire of the gorgeous views filled with vineyards, olive groves and historic buildings.
Cycle leisurely across Istria and appreciate the sublime scenery
Feel safe on routes that were chosen for their light traffic .

Cycle the Wine Roads of Istria

8 days
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$1,464 USD

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.

  • Category
    For Food Lovers
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    8 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    1 - Easy
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    156 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    26.1 miles
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Sensational sights, delicious food and seductive wines have long been entwined as a winning combination, but there are few places that do it better than the magical land of Istria. This Croatian peninsula is best explored at a leisurely pace and riding it by bike ticks this box. It’ll allow you time to savor the vistas, smells, sounds, but most importantly, the tastes on this gourmet cycling adventure.

Accompanied by local and knowledgeable guides, you’ll ride through the peninsula with historic hotspots peering around every corner in hidden medieval towns such Zminj and Motovun, while the coast acts as a gentle and soothing companion at various stages. However, it is the wine element to this tour that sets it apart. On the first day of cycling, leave Buje’s picturesque streets and cycle to the historic town of Umag. It is here where you get your first supple of the indigenous wines from the grape and wine varieties of Malvasia, Muscat and Teran.   

But this wondrous land also packs in a delectable cuisine as evidenced when you visit a world famous olive oil producer to learn about the process and taste the beautiful variations. These ‘hands-on-food’ experiences continue to flow, such as when you stop to devour local truffles in Livade or taste the freshest seafood in Rovinj. In between so many tasty stops the cycling is breezy when you are surrounded by such incredible nature and sights.

Sounds are also a key element not to be missed on this trip and this is strikingly obvious in the medieval town of Grožnjan. Known as ‘The City of Artists’ due to its numerous galleries and art studios, the noise of jazz and classical music drifts through its delightful streets.

The final stop will be at the largest Istrian city of Pula. This coastal area is a dream to explore with its towering Roman Amphitheatre contrasting the quiet beach and protected harbor. It sums up the mixture of beauty that is Istria and makes this journey such a mesmerizing experience.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

To ensure a relaxing vacation, a lot of the trips important details have already been included

  • Support minivan
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Luggage transport between accommodations
  • Visit wine cellar with tasting
  • Visit olive oil mill with tasting
  • 6 x picnic lunches and refreshments during biking
  • 3 x dinner
  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • Free bike rental is included in the price of this tour (upgrade options are available - please see below).
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

The aim is to make your tour as comfortable as possible, but of course there are a few things you must provide for yourself to join us on this incredible journey.

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks if not mentioned
  • Travel and bike insurance
  • Transfers from/to airport
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Airport transfers other than group transfers

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
1 tour add-on available