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On the Istrian wine route by bike

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5 days and 4 nights cycling holiday in the Istrian Peninsula. Discover northern Croatia by bike and its vineyards with this short cycling trip. Online bike tour from Buje to Rovinj.

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Croatia by bike: the wine route by bike in the Istrian peninsula



There is something magical about Istria, the largest Croatian peninsula, surrounded by the blue Adriatic Sea. Its green forests, its medieval hilltop villages, its vineyards, its olive groves, its ancient cities steeped in history and its charming rivers give rise to a cycling holiday perfectly balanced between natural treasures, culture and heritage. Add to that remarkable vineyards and wines to complete the picture.

Take a few days to cycle in this slightly hilly region (sometimes reminiscent of Tuscany) and taste the local specialties. You will not be disappointed.


Day 1: arrival in Buje

At 7 p.m., welcome and short presentation with our local correspondent. Equipment and tests for those who have reserved a bike.


Day 2: from Buje to Motovun - 37 km

The first stop of the day is Grožnjan. This medieval village is perched on top of a hill on the right bank of the Mirna River. With some Renaissance buildings dating from 1585 and its magnificent Baroque church, Grožnjan is worth a visit. The small streets are full of artists' studios and art galleries.

You take the road again towards Oprtalj. This medieval village is also well preserved with its charming shops, its Venetian palaces, its arcaded streets and its balcony offering a unique panorama of the Istrian peninsula.

Going back down into the valley, we arrive at Livade, the local truffle capital where you can taste it in different forms. Truffles are grown in the surrounding Motovun forest. All that remains is an ascent to reach Motovun, certainly the most famous and pretty medieval hilltop village in Istria.


Day 3: Motovun to Poreč - 39 km

Today's objective is to reach the Sea in Poreč. On the route, the town of Višnjan is famous for its astronomical observatory. Located at an altitude of 250 m, you will also have a lovely view of Poreč and the Adriatic coast. It is also an opportunity to visit local cellars and taste the grape variety mainly grown in Poreč and its surroundings: Malvoisie. The route continues through the charming villages of Tar and Nova Vas, before arriving in Poreč.


Day 4: from Poreč to Kanfanar and Rovinj - 32 or 56 km

After breakfast, two options are available to you to reach Kanfanar: by bike (34 km and 700 m of elevation gain) or by transfer. Kanfanar is a small town located along the Lim Valley. On the route admire the kažun, these traditional Istrian houses. In Basel, visit the Bembo Palace, the town square and the museum. Before reaching Rovinj, you cycle through the Palud nature and ornithological reserve. You can take a detour to the prehistoric village of Monkodonja (Bronze Age, 1800-1200 BC).

Rovinj, nicknamed “the pearl of the Adriatic” or “the Venice of Istria” is recognizable from afar thanks to its church perched on a hill. Its old town was once an island before being connected by man. Its traditional boats are called batana.


Day 5: Rovinj

End of the Istrian wine route by bike after breakfast.

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General informations :

  • 5 days and 4 nights
  • Comfort level of accommodation in standard version: 3*
  • Comfort level of accommodation in comfort version: 4*
  • Prices for children: contact us.

The dates :

Departures from 01/03 to 30/11/2024

  • Low season: from 01/03 to 19/04
  • Mid-season: from 04/20 to 06/19 and from 09/20 to 11/30
  • High season: from 06/20 to 09/19

Included :

  • 4 nights with breakfast
  • Personalized welcome
  • Application including maps, points of interest and GPS tracks
  • Luggage transportation
  • Helpline

Not included :

  • Local taxes
  • ​Transport to the place of departure
  • back to the starting point
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Anything not mentioned in the “included” section

The options :

  • VTC or VAE rental
  • Additional night at the start or end of the tour
  • Transferts aéroports et/ou retour au point de départ possibles sur demande
  • Bicycle theft insurance (for rented bicycles)
  • cancellation insurance

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Ground :

Suitable for anyone in good physical condition and with some cycling experience. It is hilly terrain.


Climate :

Hot and dry summers. We advise you to travel outside of July and August.



Cycling: 35 to 55 km per day or 2 to 5 hours of cycling. From 180 to 900 m of positive altitude difference.
Partly marked route, useful roadbook and map reading.




Additional nights:

An additional night is offered to you at the start and/or end of the tour.


Meal :

  • Breakfasts: copious (coffee, tea, chocolate, milk, bread butter, jam, orange juice) or buffet
  • Lunch: not included
  • Dinner: not included - restaurants nearby on each stage.

The bike :

Rental bicycle: If you rent a bicycle, it will be given to you on the day of your arrival at the 1st hotel. At the end of the tour, you must leave this bike at the last hotel and notify reception. We will take care of his return.
Personal bicycle: We do not recommend bicycles with small tires. VTC and mountain bikes are excellent. Remember to service your bicycle before leaving. At the end of the tour, you will have to take care of your own bicycle.


Assistance in the event of a breakdown (except punctures for which we do not intervene).


Luggage :

They are transported by a courier or by our team and limited to one piece of luggage per person (max. 20 kg).



It includes detailed route maps and descriptions, hotel and restaurant vouchers and luggage tags. He is put back on site.


Transportation :

  • By train: from Paris, allow around 24 hours via Munich and Ljubljana
  • By car: Buje is approximately 1400 km from Paris
  • By plane: Pula, Trieste, Venice, Zagreb or Ljubljana airports

Returning to the starting point:

Not included. Possible as an option. From €107.


Cancellation insurance :

To guarantee reimbursement of costs in the event of cancellation of your stay, you can take out cancellation insurance. To learn more about insurance, click here.

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