Cycling tour of Istria, Croatia

“A week long, small group cycling holiday taking in the national parks, islands and charming cities of Istria, and a bit beyond. Easy to moderate cycling. Staying in three different places along the way. ”


Rovinj | Views of Lim Fjord Nature Reserve | Mirna River Valley | Motovun village | Groznjan | Roc, smallest town in the world | Mount Rucka Nature Park | Mt. Vojak | Risnjak National Park | Easy to moderate cycling

Description of Cycling tour of Istria, Croatia

This cycling tour of Istria is a stunning combination of coast but mainly inland Istria, which is brimming with traditional towns, river valleys, forests and rural villages. From the mountains of Mt Ucka Nature Park and Risnjak National Park, as well as their ancient forests, you will have some spectacular views to enjoy on this cycling holiday. As well as a few challenges, although we do keep the cycling level to an easy/moderate one, using transport up to the peaks and then just enjoying the downhill bits!

This holiday starts in Rovinj, which is located on its own peninsula just off the already beautiful Istrian Peninsula. A traditional fishing town with an exquisite medieval heart, it is the perfect place to chill out at the end of a day of cycling. The Istrian Peninsula is the most popular location for cycling holidays, as it proffers a perfect mix of cultural and natural heritage. We take in some of the region’s most stunning protected areas, including Mt. Ucka Nature Park, Brijuni Islands National Park and Risnjak National Park, a mountainous park which is actually just outside Istria in the Gorski kotar region.

During your cycling holiday you will get to sample plenty of fine Istrian food and wine, which is quite different to other regions of Croatia. With influences from both Slovenia and Italy, seafood, pasta, truffles, olive oil as well as Teran and Malvazija wine are regulars on the menu.

On this holiday we use high quality, multi-gear touring bicycles, and follow paved roads with none or very little car traffic, and full vehicle support along the way. Our aim is for you to enjoy Istria’s natural wonders, with no pressure to climb or compete in any way. It is a holiday after all. We run this holiday from late April until October, as well as during the summer months. The leaf changes in autumn in some of these national parks is a wonderful sight, and not one that many tourists are aware of. Plus the water is still warm at this time of year if you want to enjoy some coastal swimming as part of your trip.

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28 Sep 2019
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12 Oct 2019
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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Cycling tour of Istria, Croatia

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


On our trips we bike on paved roads only, walk and hike off the beaten paths and forewarn our guests not to feed, fish, hunt or disturb animals. Traveling on bike produces no carbon footprint, unlike using all-terrain-vehicles, moto-cross bikes, or other modes of industrial transportation. Also traveling on bike slows your pace down so you take in more of the nature that surrounds you. By buying local products you are supporting this country's economy and helping Croatia stand on its feet again! We consider it our responsibility to lead efforts to maintain and preserve the integrity of this fledgling sector by petitioning the introduction of tighter controls over the use of the country’s natural resources.

In our office we minimize printing actions and recycle paper.


This trip ensures that the local people benefit as much as possible in the form of jobs (we employ local guides and drivers, we use either a family owned hotel or home stay with a local family), and most of all by minimizing the negative environmental impacts. Other than that we use local transfer services, buy food from the small farms and work on developing responsible waste management by stimulating waste recycling.

As a company, we support local community by building camps in partnership with local families, building bridges and accesses to the rivers. In order to preserve traventine barriers on Zrmanja River we have built wooden detour bridges. Part of our staff is vegetarian and because of that we try to provide quality vegetarian meals on our trips.

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