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Croatia Bike Tours

Unknown Istria boasts ancient towns teetering on the edge of rocky coastlines fringed by glimmering turquoise waters. Reminiscent of it’s former ties to Trieste with a touch of Tuscan-ness in it’s soul, Istria calls to the cyclist looking for the perfect ride with gorgeous cycling roads picking their way around flashes of foliage, past vineyards and olive groves, toppling hilltop villages and through tunnels of green so brilliant you can almost taste the colors in the air.

Essence of Croatia

  • Ride on peaceful roads linking historic, hilltop villages and picturesque seaside towns
  • Discover Trieste, where Germanic, Latin and Slavic cultures converge
  • Admire the beauty of the coast with a boat transfer and enjoy the blue and pristine Adriatic sea on the Croatian side
  • Learn about Croatia’s growing wine industry and taste the latest vintages
  • Visit the unspoiled Brijuni National Park — once the vacation spot for aristocrats of centuries past

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Culture

Historically Croatia was caught among the maritime empire of Venice, the landlocked Austro-Hungarian empire, and the Ottoman Empire which spanned both land and sea. As a result, the cultural heritage of the region bears the fruits of all three of these cultures. Our tour turns the spotlight on the northern Croatian peninsula called Istria–once part of the Roman empire, a civilization particularly fond of both hills and fortification.

Food & Wine

The culinary traditions show the best of this heritage, the architecture is purely Mediterranean, and the historical remnants date back to Roman times, though the region is rich in Medieval and Renaissance villages, cities, and architecture. When you know that each lunch stop or bed for the night is at least one climb away, it gives both added determination to tired legs and an extra measure of contentment with the first sip of a cold glass of Favorit (one of Istria’s most popular lagers) or first taste of fuzi (Istrian pasta) drenched in home-made olive oil and sprinkled with shavings of the local truffle.

Landscape

Slightly rolling and hilly terrain

Best Time to Visit

Late April through end of October.

What to Bring on Tour

On the Bike:

  • 2-3 pairs of cycling shorts with chamois lining
  • Chamois cream
  • 2-3 brightly colored bicycle jerseys (one will be provided by us)
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shoes and pedals (if you use them)
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof wind breaker or rain jacket
  • Light weight jacket or vest
  • Bicycle helmet
  • Day pack/hip pack
  • Arm and leg warmers
  • Saddle (optional)

Off the Bike:

  • 2-3 interchangeable evening outfits – our style is very casual and comfortable; jacket and tie not necessary
    • We occasionally have a more formal evening, feel free to bring something for that occasion
  • 1-2 lightweight sweaters
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts or slacks
  • Intimate clothing/sleepwear
  • Comfortable walking shoes for evenings in town

For Alpine Tours:

Pack warmer clothing (layers), waterproof gear, warm gloves and hat

Personal Supplies:

  • Passport and photocopies of your passport
  • Wallet ☐ Airline ticket/e-ticket information
  • Camera and camera charger
  • Cell phone
  • Electrical adapter and adapter plug
  • Toiletries
  • Prescriptions or other medications
  • Bathing suit and sunscreen
  • Cash for guide gratuity and meals on own
  • Cash for wine kitty (optional)
  • Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit!

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