Istrian Coastal Tour

This tour is made for lovers of sun, sea and history. The tour begins in the lovely former Habsburg seaport town of Trieste, nestled in the foothills of the karst region. Under the rule of the Austro Hungarian Empire, Trieste flourished as a busy and affluent port (4th largest in the empire), the remnants of which are still visible today in the main square and narrow streets.

After your stay here, your cycling tour will take you southwards out of Italy, through Slovenia and into Croatia. Your route will take you down the sunny Istria Peninsula, through picturesque little fishing villages, small towns atop the karst hills, sparkling vineyards and fertile valleys. Let yourself be surprised by the charms of a landscape rich in contrast and colour.

Itinerary & prices - see below

Getting here:- we can arrange airport transfers from Trieste 

  • Day 1: Arrival in Trieste / Muggia

    Today you will arrive and settle into your hotel in Muggia / Trieste. Spend the day cycling along the lovely promenade and visit the exquisite Miramare Castle, then visit the stunning Piazza Unità d'Italia in the town centre. From Muggia, you can sail to the city centre by a city transport boat.


  • Day 2: Trieste – Piran / Portorôz (approx. 30km/35km, depending on the chosen route)

    Day 2 of the tour see's you crossing the Slovenian border and riding along the coastal cycle path through another lovely port town, Koper, and then onto the picturesque Venetian villages of Izola and Piran.

    Stroll through the narrow streets and visit their churches. In Piran, sip a coffee in Tartini Square amid the wonderful Venetian architecture. Visit Portoroz an affluent spa town on the Slovenian Riviera, and try your hand in one of the casinos if you're feeling lucky.


  • Day 3: Piran – Umag (approx. 35km)

    Today you will cycle past the vast saltpans of Sečovlje. Get there early enough to catch the beautiful morning light. From here you head across the border to Croatia and into the heart of Istria, across a slightly hilly terrain to the village of Umag.

    Once a Roman colony, within its town walls and across its gated drawbridge lies a town steeped in history.

    Take a tour through the medieval centre and visit the beautiful city tower.


  • Day 4: Umag – Porec (approx. 45km)

    Once again you cycle across some low hills to Novigrad (Cittanova), another medieval walled town. As well as its rich history, Novigrad is also renowned for its gastronomy, and is listed as one of Istria’s top gourmet destinations. Next stop is Poreč, where you can visit the UNESCO listed Euphrasian Basilica, a diverse mix of baroque, Gothic and Romanesque buildings.


  • Day 5: Porec (approx. 45km or day off by the sea)

    Spoilt for choice today: you can either take a boat to the lovely Brijuni-islands and enjoy a day off by the sea, or visit the surrounding countryside of Poreč. T

    he Brijuni Islands are twelve smaller and 2 bigger islands; the main island Veli Brijun was used by the Yugoslav statesman Tito as a summer residence.

    You can also follow in the footsteps of the dinosaurs, as over 200 dinosaur footprints have been found on the island. The fjord-alike Limski-channel is also a National Park nature reserve and on the coast you’ll find mussels and oyster farming.


  • Day 6: Porec – Rovinj (approx. 55km)

    Today you head to Istria’s gem. Rovinj remains one of the last true Mediterranean fishing ports.

    The high bell tower of the Euphemia Church built on the highest spot of Rovinj is its most noticeable feature, standing proud and dominating the view no matter which direction you approach.

    You can also cycle to Zlatni rt (also known as Golden Cape), a peninsula, where you’ll find a park in a nature reserve.


  • Day 7: Rovinj – Pula (approx. 40km)

    The last day on your “expedition“ leads you to Pula on the peninsula’s southwest tip. Pula is the oldest town on Istria and its commercial and cultural centre.

    Enjoy your last day of the tour amongst various antiquities, including the mighty Pula Arena, the 6th largest outside Rome and the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved.


  • Day 8:

    Departure after breakfast or extension of stay. 

    If you decide to spend more time in Croatia, we can offer an extension in a city or by the sea - do get in touch and we can make some suggestions


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Highlights

  • Trieste - old town, promenade & Castle
  • Istrian Hills - quaint hilltop villages
  • Piran - a charming harbour village in Slovenia
  • Portorož - the Slovenian Monte Carlo
  • Porec - the 6th century Euphrasia Basilica
  • Brijuni islands and Limski channel
  • Rovinj - the peninsula’s prime attraction
  • Pula - the 6th largest Arena outside Rome

Whats included

  • Accommodation in hotels ***/**** in two bedded room with WC and shower, on a bed & breakfast basis.
  • Luggage transfer between hotels (one piece per person).
  • Backup service (hotline) during the trip.
  • Information pack including road book and corresponding maps (one per booking party).
  • Personal welcome meeting and briefing upon arrival.

We also include bike hire - if you want to upgrade to an e-bike or are bringing your own bike, let us know and we can amend the quote

Other things to consider

Do also budget for:

  • Local tax
  • lunches
  • flights
  • transfers (if required)

Holiday insurance

Holiday insurance is a requirement when booking our holidays

If you have a policy in place - that's great - if not the policy on our site is available from MPI  This covers all the key areas.

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