Gorgeous Mediterranean Scenery
Who loves beautiful coastline with hidden beaches, Mediterranean food and antique treasures, is right on this bike tour. Discover the beauty of the sunny peninsula in the Mediterranean. Start in the northeast of Italy in Trieste, which is easily reached by low-cost flights, wander the narrow coastline of Slovenia and then let yourself be pampered for 5 days by Istria. It offers picturesque little fishing villages, small antique towns on karstic hills, charming vineyards and green valleys. Discover hidden coves with white pebbles, pristine beaches, limestone slabs, which reach into the turquoise colored sea and invite for sunbathing. Marvel at the old town of Porec (World Heritage Site), at the amphitheater in Pula and the Temple of Augustus, built by the Romans in the 1st century. In the evening you enjoy seafood, clams and crabs, delicious vegetables cooked with aromatic spices and fine olive oil. It is served with freshly baked bread and delicious white wine, vinified from Malvasia grapes.
1. day Arrival Triest
Look forward to Trieste on the border to Slovenia, stroll through the Piazza dell'Unita, along the Grand Canal and visit the historic cafe San Marco.
2. day Triest - Piran/ Portorôz 35 - 65 km
Just a few kilometers you cycle through Italy, then you already reach the border with Slovenia. You cycle mostly on well-developed bicycle trail along the Slovenian Riviera. Have a break in the seaside towns of Koper and Izola and enjoy a delicious cappuccino or a refreshing swim. Today you have much time for the short but very beautiful stage. You stay in the coastal town Piran or in the seaside resort Portoro?. If you like to cycle more, selects the route through the hilly hinterland through the Val Rosandra.
3. day Piran/ Portorôz - Umag/Novigrad 35 - 60 km
Today you discover the salt marshes of Secovlje. Here sea salt is won on huge areas by natural evaporation. Then you cycle across the border to Croatia. Look forward to the Croatian part of Istria. Varied you cycle slightly up and down to Umag, its very pretty old town was built on the remains of a Roman settlement. In the evening enjoy a tour of the medieval town with its narrow streets and the beautiful city tower.
4. day Umag/Novigrad - Porec 20 - 40 km
What a glorious day of biking. You cycle in close proximity to the beautiful coast overlooking the turquoise waters and certainly you will once in a while at a rocky swimming bay. Through the slightly hilly terrain you cycle relaxed to Porec. Enjoy this small medieval town. Visit the charming old town and visit definitely the Euphrasius' Basilica, which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
5. day Round Trip Porec 35 km
Today you are spoiled for choice: an exciting day of sightseeing with boat trip to the Brijuni Islands and the Lim channel, a day of rest at the sea or a round trip by bike. The Brijuni Islands consist out of twelve smaller and two larger islands and are a National Park, the fjord-like Lim channel lures with blue sparkling water and with a bit of luck dolphins might be visible. On the bicycle round tip you will discover the beautiful but hilly hinterland of Porec.
6. day Porec - Rovinj 55 km
Today an attractive landscape awaits you. You cycle along the rocky coast with its small swimming bays to Rovinj, the pearl of the Croatian coast. It offers an idyllic old town, as the small town of Rovinj was once a separate island, which did not get connected to the mainland until 1763. The historic center is dominated by the three-nave Baroque church of St. Euphemia which you should visit absolutely. Stroll through the narrow streets, enjoy the fantastic scenery and take a detour (1 km) to the Zlatni Rt (Golden Cape). On the peninsula, a more than 100-year old protected park is expending.
7. day Rovinj - Pula 45 - 55 km
On the last day of your journey through Istria you cycle towards the highlight. At the southwestern tip of the peninsula you reach Pula. It is the oldest city in Istria, an ancient town with many attractions. Marvel at the ancient amphitheater, the Arena of Pula. The second largest arena of the Roman Empire was built 2 v. Chr. until 14 n. Chr. and is the sixth largest of its kind in the world. Stroll through the old town and discover interesting buildings from the time of the Romans, Venetians or Byzantines. Stride majestically through the triumphal arch in the old town, which also is the gateway to the bustling shopping area of Pula and enjoy the unique flair to the forum. The main square is flanked by old houses and the Temple of Augustus from the Roman era.
8. day Pula Departure
Good bye Istria.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
08.04. – 17.06.2020
16.09. – 14.10.2020
20.06. – 12.09.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- personal tour information
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Below you will find specific information about the bike trip Istrien: Triest - Pula. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: 06421 – 886890.
Arrival by plane
Ronchi dei Legionari airport in Trieste or Pula. There are good connections by bus (airport shuttle) or by train from Ronchi dei Legionari airport to Trieste.
Parking facilities at the hotel
There are several public parking garages in Trieste where you can park your car for the entire duration of your trip. Reservation is not possible.
Condition of cycle paths
The route is slightly hilly, some longer climbs, but never steep. Old railway lines converted to cycle paths with viaducts and illuminated tunnels are used. There are some longer non-paved sections, but good to ride by a touring bike. Only at the entrance to the city of Porec and Pula and when leaving Trieste you will find some heavy traffic.
Available rental bikes
We provide 21-speed gear shift women's and men's bikes with freewheel. Electric bikes are also available (unisex, 500 watt battery, up to 100 km sufficient). The rental bikes are equipped with a waterproof saddlebag, a handlebar bag and a speedometer.
Transfer back to the first hotel
On Wednesday and Saturday there is the possibility to return to Trieste by transfer. Price per person: 69,00 Euro (own bike included)
Extra costs, not inculded in the price
A possibly applicable city tax is not part of the price and has to be paid at the hotel locally.
7 day hotline service
Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Blending into the smoky stone edifice of Caffè Stella Polare, a tiny plaque, barely 3 inches across, announces that this is a caffè filosofico, a salon of sorts for philosophical debate. Next to it, another sign marks the popular lunch spot as a stop on the literary “Italo Svevo Itinerary,” for devotees of that titan of Italian modernism. Sharing the wall, a portrait of James Joyce is accompanied by a quote from the writer: “I came here habitually.”
Piran & Portoroz
One of the most photogenic cities in the Mediterranean, Piran has preserved its unsurpassed charm. Enter the picturesque Piran, get to know its rich history and culture, and listen to the stories of our people. The proximity to the sea and the rich history, which is mirrored in the architecture, draw magical scenes.In Piran, you will feel as though you have stepped right into a picture postcard. You will be charmed by the narrow streets within the old town wall. In the main square, you will be greeted by the statue of the most famous man in Piran, the well-known Giuseppe Tartini, composer and virtuoso violinist who was born in a house just steps from the square. On the pier, you can catch sight of fisherman unravelling a fishing net. A market woman from Piran will have just delivered vegetables, fresh from her garden, to the market. Locals sitting by the sea, chatting and listening to sounds of the sea, greet you with a nod.
The peninsula on which the Poreč's rich old city developed and was preserved has been inhabited for thousands of years and is today often called a cultural landmark. The historical centre, once encircled by walls and towers is today conserved in valuable remains.
By strolling through the city seek out the Northern Tower along Peškera Cove and continue southwards towards the Five-Starred Tower at the entrance to Decumanus Street and the Circular Tower with a view of the waterfront. Inside the former city walls you can visit the cathedral complex of the Euphrasiana, the House of Two Saints and the Romanic House while you can seek out evidence of life during ancient times near the oldest square, Marafor. You see, Poreč is proud to be home to the largest Roman shrine in Istria, the Mart Temple, to the north of which are the remains of the Temple of Neptune.
The most valuable cultural property in Poreč, the Euphrasian Basilica, was registered on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997. The early-Christian compound is the only complete landmark in the world preserved from that period. Built during the time of Bishop Euphrasius in the 6th century it includes atrium, baptistery, bishop's palace, mosaics and remains of sacral buildings dating from the 3rd to the 4th centuries. The mosaics which decorate the inside and facade of the church are considered a valuable bequest of Byzantine art, and thanks to the floor mosaics and preserved writings the periods of its construction and renovation can be read.
Situated on the west coast of Istria, Rovinj is one of the most popular and most developed tourist resorts in Croatia. The old town is built on the island, which was only connected with the mainland in the 18th century. Known as one of the most picturesque and romantic towns on Mediterranean, over the last few decades Rovinj attracts a large number of tourists, most of them faithfully returning year after year. Rovinj manages to combine, in a very interesting way, its rich tradition with the modern times. As it is also an active fishing port, you can experience the atmosphere of a small fishing village, especially during the popular fishermen’s festivities or at one of the traditional taverns called Spacio (in the past, very popular among fishermen). On the other hand, the town has been developing an exquisite gastronomy and offers a high standard of tourist services in general. The city at the foot of the Church of St. Euphemia is the favorite gathering place of artists from around the world. Walking down its streets, you'll bump into many art galleries and studios, whilst once a year, in August, you have the possibility to attend the largest open-air exhibition of the Adriatic coast, which takes place in one of the main old-town streets - Grisia.
Pula is a town rich in monuments from the Roman period, and well preserved despite that they were built almost 2000 years ago. is the largest city in Istria and the eighth largest city in the country, situated at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula, with a population of about 55 000. Like the rest of the region, it is known for its mild climate, smooth sea, and unspoiled nature. The city has a long tradition of winemaking, fishing, shipbuilding, and tourism. It has also been Istria's administrative centre since ancient Roman times. While in Pula do not miss its amphitheater, one of the largest and best preserved in the world.
Arena of Pula
The amphitheater is the most famous and important monument of the town. It is the 6th largest surviving Roman amphitheater in the world. Popularly called the Arena of Pula, it was once the site of gladiator fights. It was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian. The ground plan is elliptical, the longer axis measuring about 130 m and the shorter one about 100 m. Gladiator fights took place in the central area called the arena, while the spectators could sit on the stone tiers or stand in the gallery. The Amphitheater could seat about 20,000 spectators. In the Middle Ages it was the site of knights tournaments and fairs. Today, it is used for many different events as the Pula Film Festival, various concerts, opera, ballet or sports competitions. During summer the Arena hosts gladiator fights as part of the historical and entertainment spectacle “Spectacvla Antiqva”.