Istria self guided cycling holiday in Croatia

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This trip can be tailor made from 1st April until 31st of October
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Istria self guided cycling holiday in Croatia

Environment

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 through unexplored Istria our intention is to introduce region of Istria as a cultural region. We are biking through the trail of Istrian Malvasia and Muscat trail where our customers can taste well known Istrian wines. On captain Morgan trail we are introducing our guests with unknown history of Istrian penninsula.

Community

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.

2 Reviews of Istria self guided cycling holiday in Croatia

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Reviewed on 15 May 2018 by

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


THe sight of wonderful old towns across the water all down the coast of the Istrian Peninsula. Also, eating at the top of a 15th century tower in Porec

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


The guide books are excellent. Make sure you have options in there for longer routes if they are mentioned. We also picked up some local cycle route maps in areas we stayed for some extra adventures. Try the local food -especially eggs in truffle oil for breakfast. Our trip started in Trieste and we were offered a lift with the bikes out of town to start there. We valiantly refused as it felt like cheating....in hindsight it would have been a better idea as getting out of Trieste was the least favourite part of our cycling. Do take a trip down to the fjord between Porec and Rovinj. It's well worth the 4km climb back up and puts in to context one of the prehistoric abandoned towns passed the day before. Plus they do the most amazing chocolate cake at the cafι at the bottom!

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


We got to cycle through local villages and where possible stopped to buy. Some of the route stops over in areas that are usual tourist haunts - but we were there out of season, so we felt that benefitted the local community. Cycling around is obviously good for the environment.

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


I would recommend this holiday to everyone. The roads were mainly very easy going with not too much on busy ones. In towns there are always cycle paths. We found, compared to other cycling holidays, we clocked up miles very easily -which is great for seeing round the new place when you arrive each day.

Reviewed on 02 Aug 2016 by

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


Beautiful view all over the route and good explanation notes. All the accommodation chosen where very good. Especial the Parenzana Hotel in Buje was so nice and friendly people and their restaurant was fantastic.

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


To be prepare for real mountain biking experience and many kilometers.

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


Absolutely.

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


We choose Easy to Moderate but we found it a bit more difficult than easy to moderate cycling tours we ve ever been before and we ve been to more than 5
so far. Of course the weather was too hot too and it made it even more difficult but still km where too much. Too many km everyday with uphills. All the
accommodation chosen where very good. Especially the Parenzana Hotel in Buje was so nice and staff were such friendly people. We should not forget to
mention that their restaurant was fantastic too. The explanation notes and the map given to us where up to the point. Amazing!!! Never exprerienced such
an accurancy before. Our Congrats to the organisers. The operator was very helpful and they have even picked us up from the airport.

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