Trieste to Pula cycling tour, self guided
Description of Trieste to Pula cycling tour, self guided
This tailor made Trieste to Pula cycling tour, self guided, takes you from Italy, through Slovenia and into Croatia to explore the Istrian Peninsula. Cycle to pretty towns and along beautiful coastline, soaking up the culture and history of this unspoiled area. You’ll discover Trieste and Pula, both important ports during the Austro-Hungarian empire. Visit Porec and Rovinj, which were vibrant trading centres at the height of the Roman Empire, while in the interior of Istria, visit Motovun and Grožnjan, two beautiful medieval fortified towns, perched high on hills. In between these interesting towns you’ll see the vineyards and olive groves that inform the culinary traditions of this region. Here, truffles are just one of the typical specialities you can tuck into after a day in the saddle.
This eight day adventure begins with cycling along the Parenzana Ruote, once a narrow-gauge railway which ambled its way down from Trieste, into the interior of Istria and back to the coast at Porec. It connected 33 Istrian towns and cities and crossed three country boundaries. This is a self guided tour, with flexible cycling each day. Shorter and longer routes are available of typically around 35km or 55km and E-bikes are also available to rent.
3 Reviews of Trieste to Pula cycling tour, self guided
Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019 by Suzanne GrayThe most memorable parts of the holiday were cycling through beautiful countryside, lonely roads and great views. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jun 2018 by Mary FoxWe thoroughly enjoyed this holiday. The service and support we received from the operator who provided the bikes, route maps and directions was excellent. The bikes were of very good quality and comfortable to ride. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Jun 2018 by Peter CaldwellThe second day's circular route from Lovac via Umag took us through some beautiful countryside. Read full review
PlanetTourism 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.
In this tour our customers will get to know whole Istrian peninsula. They will ride a bike from the medieval towns of Grožnjan and Buzet in countryside of Istria till coastline towns such as Pula, Rovinj and Porec. Cyclist will overnight in small family hotels such as „Casa Romantica Parenzana“ which is located on the “Parenzana” an old disused Austro Hungarian railway line which once connected Trieste with Porec. In Pula they will be in hotel called "Amfiteatar " just next to magnificent Roman amphiteater from 3th century. All the hotels on the route are bike friendly hotels. This way we are supporting our cultural sights.
PeopleWe 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 our tours we use local produce and provide local-style meals, and we encourage our guests to try local dishes and delicacies. Most of the hotels such as "Casa Parenzana" in Buje or "Vela Vrata" in Buzet have excellent restourants where they serve traditional Istrian food such as truffles or "maneštra".
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 tour we label for them in self guided books many small family run restourants so called "konoba" where they can try dishes made from truffles or enjoy in best Istrian wines such as Tomaz, Arman, Benvenuti or Kabola in wine cellars that are also labeled .