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3
moderate
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 4 nights in 3 star hotels and B&Bs
Meals
  • 4 Breakfasts

5 Days$840USD

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COVID safety measures
are in place with extra cleaning and hygiene protocols

Remote adventures
means social distancing comes naturally

Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: PZC

Trip highlights


  • Cycling the length of the Parenzana historic rail route from Trieste to Porec
  • Exploring interesting towns brimming with character and history
  • Delighting in the fine cuisine and hospitality of your accommodation providers
  • Crossing the borders from Italy to Slovenia and Croatia, all by bike

Journey along a former railway line now catering to cyclists and walkers, the Parenzana Rail Trail, from Trieste in Italy to Porec in Croatia. From Trieste and the start of the Parenzana (derived from Parenzo, the Italian name for Porec) cycle past olive groves and vineyards on your way to the ancient Roman town of Porec on the stunning Croatian coast. Along the way there is time to appreciate the unique culture and culinary delights in each country.


On arrival in Trieste, make your way to the joining hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the town. Once the only sea port of the Hapsburg Empire, Trieste has a lot to offer in the way of attractions such as Piazza dell'Unità d'Italia which has the widest opening to the seafront of any Italian square. Overnight hotel in Trieste (or at times subject to availability, we use a hotel in Muggia across the bay).

Meals:  Nil

This morning you will have a welcome briefing at 9 am with our local partner, where you will receive your information package, including route notes and maps, along with your bike. Transfer to Skofije or Muggia, to avoid the Trieste traffic, where your cycling starts. The Parenzana trail leads you along the Piran Bay through Portorož and Lucija towns to the saltworks of Secovlje. The Secovlje salt flats are the northernmost salt flats of the Mediterranean. The salt is produced in the traditional way, based on a 700 year old method that harmonizes man and nature, and you can stop to visit the museum. After crossing from Slovenia into Croatia, the Parenzana takes you uphill, where you can enjoy the views of the bay and the Alps. Continue and pass through once important villages of Buje region to your hotel where you can enjoy in Istrian specialties such as truffles and prosciutto. Shorter option elevation: +511/-364m, +1676/-1194ft Longer option elevation: +654/-506m, +2145/-1660ft

Meals:  B

After breakfast you will start cycling on the Parenzana, the former narrow gauge railway line which penetrates deeply into the Istria peninsula connecting 33 Istrian towns between Porec and Trieste. Passing through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards, it will become obvious why it was also known as the wine railway. After passing through several tunnels and over old bridges, you can stop and admire the fascinating view points between the medieval towns of Buje, Grožnjan and Motovun. Grožnjan is an interesting artist town, where you can stop and stroll through its galleries. Continue to the truffle centre, Livade, then on and up to today's destination, Motovun. Motovun-Montona is one of Istria's most charming medieval hilltop towns. Its Romanesque-Gothic bell tower with a crenulated crown from the 13th century, stands next to the Parish Church of St Stephen, dating from the 17th century, and dominates the town's historic core. In the central square is the Romanesque Municipal Palace, the largest secular building in Istria of that period surrounded by many other historic buildings. Elevation: +750/-620m, +2460/-2034ft

Meals:  B

Passing the tunnel under the city of Motovun, the Parenzana will take you towards Porec through Vižinada village. Pass through Nova Vas, where you can visit the Baredine Cave. Following the trail along the vineyards you will reach Porec, a town full of culture and history. Riding through the old city centre you will find the Roman Forum, magnificent palaces from different historical periods, and to top it all, the famous Euphrasian Basilica (Euphrasiana). Overnight in hotel in Porec. Elevation: +335/-594m, +1099/-1948ft

Meals:  B

Trip concludes after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 4 breakfasts - continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee and tea
  • 4 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels and B&Bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked (GPS tracks available on request)
  • Mountain bike rental with bike computer, small saddle bag containing repair kit and lock (e-mountain bike, GPS unit and clipless pedals (SPD) available on request - supplement applies)
  • Welcome briefing
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Tourist tax and VAT
  • Emergency hotline (we recommend you carry a mobile phone during the trip)

  • Travel to Trieste and from Porec
  • Helmet
  • Lunch and dinner daily and all beverages (allow 10-25 EUR per meal)
  • Items of a personal nature including beverages, laundry, phone calls etc
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Guide - this is a self guided trip

Bike information


Departure dates

Daily from 15 Mar to 15 Nov

Notes

M
Mid Season
DN1
high season is from 28 Jun to 28 Aug, mid season is from 28 Apr to 27 Jun and 29 Aug to 30 Nov - supplement applies

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Total Priceper person from

$840USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Supplement for Electric Mountain Bike Rental (E-MTB)USD$70
  • 3 dinners supplementUSD$130
  • single supplementUSD$160
  • single traveller surchargeUSD$260
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Parenzana Cycle Trail trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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