Croatia wine tour by bike

“A week of self guided cycling exploring Istria’s towns, landscapes, food and wine, with moderate rides and stays in small, locally run hotels.”


Buje | Savudrija | Umag | Brtonigla | Vineyards and olive groves | Winery visits | Novigrad | Olive oil tasting | Grožnjan | Oprtalj | Livade | Truffle tasting | Motovun | West Istrian coast | Porec | Rovinj

Description of Croatia wine tour by bike

Enjoy a week cycling through unspoiled northern Croatia, exploring its ancient towns and local vineyards on this Croatia wine tour by bike. This holiday runs in Istria, the largest peninsula in Croatia, in the far north of the country. It’s a lush, productive region of vineyards and olive groves, with pretty towns perched on hilltops, rivers, forests and pebbly beaches. You’ll find culture, history and beautiful rural landscapes here and you’ll also find superb wine.

This eight day holiday combines easy cycling, excellent food and wine, and exploration both inland and along the coast, as you pedal to handsome medieval towns such as Grožnjan, Oprtalj, Motovun and the Roman town of Porec. Stop off at small local wineries to sample their delicious local wines, including Malvasia and Teran, and tuck into tasty local delicacies. In Novigrad, taste the olive oil this town is famous for, and in Livade, try the truffles.

You’ll stay in four carefully chosen small hotels throughout the region and gain a great overview of Istria’s towns, history, landscapes and cuisine. Staying for two or three nights in the same hotel also allows for some out and back rides, and gives you the chance to get settled in a single base for a few nights. This is a self guided tour, with moderate rides of 40km per day on average, and you will be provided with a detailed road book and a map. You can also rent E-bikes for this tour.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout April - October

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Tourism is the world's fastest growing industry. Traveling to far flung places gives us a wonderful opportunity to experience cultures that are so different from our own. But with the wondrous joy of travel comes the responsibility of ensuring that we do not adversely affect those countries that we visit. In a nutshell, Responsible Travel is about ensuring that you, as travelers, and we, as a promoter of travel:

-respect the local culture
-do not inadvertently introduce new social ills and
-promote & practice environmental responsibility in the places that we visit.

That way, you enjoy a unique and memorable experience as well as authentic cross-cultural exchange and our local resources, cultures and customs are protected.

Our environmental policy:
We recycle all our waste paper.
Our correspondence and promotion is carried out via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities.
We use established, locally-owned and run accommodation wherever possible and aim to leave sites in better condition than we find them.
Our vehicle fleet is managed to minimise environmental impact.
Our group sizes are small, helping minimise cultural and environmental impact.
We monitor our impact, and where necessary alter our programmes accordingly.
We always abide by site-specific guidelines pertaining to flora and fauna.

On cycling tour across Istria we are trying to introduce customers with beautiful coastline and countryside of Istria passing through wineyards of Momjan, Brtonigla and Buje or passing next to valley of river Mirna. In small family hotel called Parenzana we are offering excellent traditional Istrian dishes. In small town Livade our cyclists can see how truffle hunting family are praparing their dogs for hunting or try truffle dishes.

The Impacts of this Trip

All our staff are locally employed and all our guides are ensuring a more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and culture. Guides are part of local sports clubs and except at the guiding job they are active in their free time. On our biking and hiking trips we are helping local community with the marking bike trails and hiking paths to make more secure trips. Also all our guides have mission to take the garbage where ever they see it (on the sea, river, mountain...).
We also involve local communities in remote areas that we travel to.
Our accommodation is mostly provided in small hotels, guest houses or apartments. On all of our tours we use local producers and provide local-style meals, and we encourage our guests to try local dishes and delicacies. On cycling through Istria we are making lunch breaks at small local restaurant so called "konoba", where the Istrian families are preparing local food such as "maneštra" or "pljukanci" and serving wine from local wineyards.
We support local economy and small business by supporting locally owned shops, restaurants, and using local guide services. Using local employees, accommodation providers, local restaurants and transportation services, we ensures that financial benefits remain in the local community. On this self guided tour our intension was to make a trip which will join the beautiful countryside of Istria and local cusine. We plan the tour on small and hidden roads over the most beautiful landscape of Istrian peninsula which are passing next to wineyards and local farms.
We support local economy and small business by supporting locally owned shops, restaurants, and using local guide services. In town of Grožnjan or Motovun our customers can buy in many small galleries products or souvenirs which are representing region of Istria such as "kažun". Kažun is a small field shelter, built in drystone technique, without any mortar.
Using local employees, accommodation providers, local restaurants and transportation services, we ensures that financial benefits remain in the local community.Our clients are acquainted with local wine producers whose income is reinvested in local products.


1 Reviews of Croatia wine tour by bike

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 26 May 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Waking up in the Medieval hill town of Motovun and looking down on the clouds.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Do some research in advance about the towns and the wineries on the route because the printed route guide doesn't tell you much about these places.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Some of the hotels were small and family run so our money stayed in the local areas.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Beautiful area that is not spoilt by too much tourism, the local wine and olive oil were delightful.

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