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Gravel Cycling from Italy to Croatia

7 nights from £755.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Ride from Italy to Croatia
  • Explore the Istrian Peninsular
  • Cycle gravel tracks with no traffic
  • Ride the Parenzana trail
Gravel Cycling from Italy to Croatia
7 nights from £755.00
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WE LOVEThe Gravel
Nothing quite beats gravel riding. You can enjoy the tracks on a road bike with larger tyres or on a hybrid bike, and explore the stunning countryside, free from any traffic. These gravel tracks, called the Parenzana trail, will take you from Trieste in Italy all the way across the peninsular to Pula.
WE LOVECountryside & Wine
Your ride will take you across the slopes of Istria, world famous for producing exceptional wine. Enjoy a glass of the local red after your ride and explore this beautiful countryside.

What's Included

Day By Day Gravel Cycling from Italy to Croatia

We can tailor make this trip for you
Day 1Arrival

Fly into Trieste and we will pick you up in a private transfer from the airport. You will stay overnight in Trieste and get your bike fitted ready for the start of your adventure tomorrow.

Day 2Trieste to Buje

Today you will leave Trieste in Italy and join the famous Parenzana trail taking you through Slovenia and into Croatia. The route takes you to Piran Bay through Portorož and Lucija to the saltworks of Sečovlje. Your ride will continue on the trail to Buje where you stay.

You will ride 57km on paved sections and 16 km on unpaved sections.

Total distance75kmTotal climb800m
Day 3Buje to Motovun

Today you will continue your ride one the Parenzana trail which connects 33 Istrian towns between Porec and Trieste. You will ride through magnificent rolling landscapes and countless vineyards – you will soon realise why the former railway track is now named the wine railway. Keep riding over bridges and through tunnels before reaching Motovun, where you will stay this evening,

You will ride 24km on paved sections and 32 km on unpaved sections.

Total distance57kmTotal climb870m
Day 4Motovun to Porec

Before you leave today, take in the medieval town of Motovun-Montona, a captivating hilltop town complete with its 13th century Gothic bell tower. In the central square is the Romanesque Municipal Palace, the largest secular building in Istria as well as a number of historic churches and buildings.

You will leave the town by riding through a tunnel under the city heading towards Poreč. You will ride through Vižinada and the caves at Baredine. Continue through the vineyards before reaching Poreč, a city steeped in history and architecture.

You will ride 11km on paved sections and 39 km on unpaved sections.

Total distance50kmTotal climb400m
Day 5Porec to Rovinj

Your ride today heads through a cursed city, past an abandoned monastery, via beaches where pirate treasure is said to be buried, and where you can visit milennia old caves and an ancient solar observatory. You will ride the coastline before reaching Vrsar, a fishing village where the legendary Casanova visited twice. Your ride continues through the magical forest Kontija with a panoramic view of the Lim bay before you reach Rovinj, nicknamed little Venice. This is a truly incredible day on the bike.

You will ride 25km on paved sections and 35km on unpaved sections.

Total distance60kmTotal climb700m
Day 6Rovin to Pula

Today you will ride along the coast to Pula. You will head through the Brioni archipelago, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. You will reach Pula where you can enjoy the magnificent Roman amphitheatre. You will finish with a visit of the old city and the Sergius’ Triumphal Arch, built at the end of the 1st century BC.

You will ride 25km on paved sections and 17 km on unpaved sections.

Total distance42kmTotal climb350m
Day 7Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before getting a transfer to the airport for your homeward travel.

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What to ExpectFrom cycling gravel tracks across Istria to riding across 2 countries

The Istrian peninsular will take you through Italy, Slovenia and into Croatia, via the former narrow-gauge railway line Parenzana, now a huge cycle route. The landscape of the peninsular is truly breathtaking as you explore century old vineyards, medieval towns and fresh untocuhed forest. You will ride through tunnels, over bridges and viaducts and discover ancient history such as Casanova’s holiday town, as well as myths such as Captain Morgan’s buried treasure.

7day holiday
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55km avg
Expect to ride an average of 55km per day
650m avg
Expect to ride an average ascent of 650m per day
Map of Istrian Peninsular 2Map of Istrian Peninsular

How's the Weather? in Dubrovnik

The SpringMarch to May
Dubrovnik generally has a mild climate so Spring is a very pleasant time to ride, especially as you move through April into May. Temperatures are not sweltering and the summer crowds have not descended.
The SummerJune to August
The summer is hot and you're likely to experience good weather with warm temperatures. July & August are exceptionally warm and you are likely to want to ride early and stay out of the midday sun.
The AutumnSeptember to November
September is a great time to visit Croatia as temperatures drop from the stifling summer heat. Cycling will be hugely enjoyable in the early Autumn. November has the most rainfall so plan your trip to be home before then.
The WinterDecember to February
The winter is best avoided for cycling in the Istria Peninsula as you're likely to experience cold weather and rain.

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