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Ancient hilltop villages, serene river valleys, and world-famous gastronomy—welcome to Istria, your 8-day cycling paradise! Step into Terra Magica, the heart-shaped Croatian peninsula steeped in history since Roman times. Here, hedonism meets adventure as we pedal through medieval villages, olive groves, vineyards, and bucolic forests on our trusty e-bikes. From truffle sites to chic coastal towns, we’ll uncover the best of Istria in style. As a team of local guides, we sure know how it’s done. Expect top-notch restaurants, wineries, boutique and heritage hotels, and many hidden gems. Let’s discover the real Istria together and create memories for a lifetime!

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Adventure highlights

  • Magical peninsula

    With its mist-covered rolling hills, medieval villages, and bucolic forests, it’s no wonder Istria was thought to be inhabited by fairies!

  • Heaven for your taste buds

    Be it some of the world’s best olive oil, local wines, or white truffles, it is certain that Istria will make your taste buds dance

  • All-inclusive experience

    Fully immerse yourself in the adventure with a guide, support vehicle, all meals, hand-picked accommodations, and e-bike included

     

Itinerary

Get ready for an 8-day cycling and culinary tour through Istria, Croatia's Terra Magica, where ancient villages, lush rolling hills, and world-class gastronomy await. Pedal through medieval towns, olive groves, and forest trails on our e-bikes, discovering hidden sites and coastal towns along the way. Stay in charming boutique hotels and indulge in authentic local cuisine, including wine, cheese and truffle tastings. With experienced local guide leading the way, enjoy a hassle-free journey through the heart of Istria. All-inclusive tour includes premium e-bikes, accommodations, meals, tastings, and more!

  • After arriving in Pula, you’ll get transferred to a beautiful heritage hotel which will be our base for the next two days in the northwest of Istria. After welcome drinks, a tour overview and briefing await, where we will fill you in with all the details. It’s best to get to know each other over a welcome dinner of local cuisine and wine. Your taste buds will be on high alert for the following week!

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Heritage Hotel San Rocco

    Roman arch in Pula, Istria, Croatia.
  • After breakfast, our Istria cycling tour will have officially started! The northwest part of Istria is most famous for its wines, so let’s take it easy on the warm-up day and visit a couple of winemakers and surrounding medieval towns. Wine tastings of local wines teran (red) and malvazija (white) will get you acquainted with some of the best wine types in all of Croatia. Highlight towns of the day might be the wine-centric Momjan or the village of Grožnjan, home to many Croatian artists which features a spectacular view of the Adriatic. We will then return back to our accommodation for some well-deserved rest!

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Heritage Hotel San Rocco
    Distance: 36 km (22 mi) / elevation gain 750 m (2,200 ft)

    A cyclist on a cobbletone street of an Istrian town.
  • First part of today’s route will be the very popular Parenzana cycling route. It was an Italian nickname for a pre-WW2 narrow-gauge railway. It connected Trieste in Italy and Poreč (Parenzo in Italian) in Istria (both cities were then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire). The route will take us along Mirna Valley, which is world-famous for its mythical white truffles and a jade-colored river. After a truffle tasting, traversing a few green hills with splendid views of Central Istria, we will go to the fairytale town of Hum. It is known for being the smallest town in the world and according to legends, built by giants. The day will be concluded in the Istrian truffle capital, the town of Buzet.

    Meals: Breakfast, tasting/lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Boutique Hotel Vela Vrata
    Distance: 68 km (42 mi) / elevation gain 1,400 m (4,600 ft)

    Cyclist going out of a tunnel along an old railroad Parenzana in Istria, Croatia.
  • Continuing along the peaceful Mirna Valley, we’ll reach the top of the hill where Motovun town is nested. Valley climate often shrouds Motovun in dense fog which, when viewed from afar, makes Motovun and surrounding hills seem like green islands above the clouds. Traversing those hill islands will take us across hidden ruins and picturesque villages to the bottom half of Istria, a mostly flat and historically agricultural region. Your destination is the charming town of Svetvinčenat, known for its centrally located medieval Grimani Castle and local craft beer brewery Kampanjola.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Foscari the fine B&B
    Distance: 65 km (40 mi) / elevation gain 1,100 m (3,600 ft)

    Valley of Mirna river in Istria, Croatia.
  • An easier day awaits todaty, exactly what is needed after an exciting and long ride of the previous day. Taking it through green forest tunnels on easy gravel routes, the ride will be mostly flat, relaxing, listening to chirping birds and crickets hiding in the bushes. Town of Bale is on the route, a settelment occupied by people since 2nd century BC. But before there were humans, in the area were found fossil remains of Histriasaurus dinosaur. Besides fossils, there is something else hiding in the dense forest of the area, a tiny St. Peter Church perched on a natural boulder. This day can also be a rest day on your Istria cycling & food tour if you feel like you need to recharge your batteries.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Foscari the fine B&B
    Distance: 32 km (20 mi) / elevation gain 300 m (1,000 ft)

    Hilltop meadieval village of Bale in Istria, Croatia.
  • An easy flat route will guide us to the pearl of Istria, a seaside toen of Rovinj. The magnificent view of Rovinj Old Town, situated on an island protruding from the Adriatic Sea, is truly unforgettable. We’ll make a stop there and wonder its colorful streets with abundant Venetian architecture, gelato in our hands! Continuing to the very south of Istria, the road is still flat, but the scenery is captivating. South’s red soil and Mediterranean climate are perfect for olive growing which will be evident as we pass by countless olive groves.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Foscari the fine B&B
    Distance: 50 km (31 mi) / elevation gain 400 m (1,300 ft)

    E-bike saddle with the view of the charming coastal town of Rovinj, with colorful buildings and a towering church bell, in Istria, Croatia.
  • Olive groves are abundant in the South, especially in the town of Vodnjan, which is home to several world-renowned premium olive oil producers. Did you know that Istria is one of the best olive oil regions in the world? A brief ride along the most southern and biggest town in Istria, Pula, will reveal its rich history. Venetian fortress, ancient Roman temples, and Austrian military forts and tunnels, but Pula’s highlight is a 2000-year-old Roman amphitheater, the sixth largest in the world! This is the last day of cycling on your Istria bike and culinary tour.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Oasi Boutique Hotel or similar
    Distance: 55 km (34 mi) / elevation 400 m (1,300 ft)

    Austriian-era fortress and bastions in Pula, Croatia.
  • Today is a departure day from Pula. Say goodbye to your guides and fellow cyclists—or continue touring on your own! We suggest extending your visit for a few days to give yourself a few days of well-earned rest and to explore Brioni Island near Pula or the spectacular Kvarner islands of Krk, Lošinj, and Cres at your own pace.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Pula waterfron with a Roman amphitheater, iStria, Croatia.
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Meet your guides

Igor Dorotić
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Igor Dorotić
Igor Dorotić was born to create adventures and has officially been doing so since 2008. Apart from being a senior referee in the Adventure Racing World Series, Igor created “Adventure Race Croatia”, one of the best adventure racing courses in the world. Igor’s passion for discovering hidden gems is unparalleled—it’s safe to say that there’s not a single person who knows Croatia’s unknown places better than him.
One Life Cycling
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One Life Cycling
Introducing One Life Cycling—a team driven by the belief in seizing every moment to its fullest. With a passion for the outdoors and a desire for balance, they've traded corporate life for the freedom of exploration. As dedicated travelers and local enthusiasts, they're more than tour leaders; they're your trusted friends, eager to share insider tips, incredible cycling spots, and cultural experiences in Croatia, Italy, and Slovenia. Join them on the road to uncover wonders of these countries—one pedal stroke at a time.

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Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local cycling guide with extensive knowledge of the area (two tour leaders will lead the tour if more than 8 participants join)
      • Support leader in the vehicle
      • 8-day all-inclusive e-bike and food tour in Istria, Croatia
      • 6 days of cycling in Istria, Croatia
      • Airport transfers on official arrival and departure dates
      • Support vehicle for the luggage, refreshments, and maintenance
      • Transfers between planned rides and ferries
      • Tour description booklet with maps and highlighted routes
      • Handpicked small family-owned boutique hotels, upscale B&Bs, estates, or similar (7 nights based on double occupancy)
      • All breakfasts, lunches, snacks (fruit, bars, nuts), and dinners, always aimed to be in authentic local restaurants
      • Water and soft/isotonic drinks during the day and dinner (tap water is perfectly drinkable and of high quality)
      • Locally-produced wine, extra virgin olive oil, truffles, and cheese tastings
      • Entrance fees
      • Premium full suspension mountain bike with electric motor assistance
      • Bike luggage enough for small daily necessities (snacks, windbreaker, personal items, etc.)
      • Premium Welcome package

    What’s not included:

      • Helmet and cycling clothing
      • Transportation to Pula, Croatia
      • Coffee breaks (drinks or food besides breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
      • Additional drinks at lunch and dinner
      • Personal spending
      • Traffic violation penalty tickets
      • Guide gratuities are welcome
  • To participate in the Istria cycling and food tour, you should have a very good level of fitness and possess basic technical riding skills. The tour encompasses six consecutive days of cycling, covering average distances of 20-45 mi (32 to 70 km) and elevations ranging from 985 to 4,600 ft (300 to 1,400 m) While the terrain mainly consists of paved roads, expect approximately 20% to be gravel, with occasional bumpy dirt paths. It’s essential to feel comfortable navigating such terrain and have the stamina to tackle uphill segments, with the assistance of e-bikes making ascents easier. The tour is designed for those who enjoy a challenge, including the thrill of cycling uphill for up to 60 minutes. Throughout the journey, guides will be on hand to provide encouragement, arrange sufficient breaks, and ensure that the experience remains safe and enjoyable for all participants.

  • Here’s what you’ll need:

      • Comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material (both short- and long-sleeved clothing)
      • Helmet (mandatory to wear) — it is preferred that you bring your own, well-fitted helmet
      • Padded cycling shorts — recommended
      • Week’s worth of relaxed leisure clothing
      • Swimming gear
      • Long-sleeved sweater or sweatshirt
      • Lightweight waterproof and windproof jacket
      • Sneakers or sport shoes
      • Sunglasses
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder
      • Daypack
      • Biking gloves
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)

    Bring comfortable clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Though usually warm and stable, weather in late spring and early fall can be unpredictable in Istria, with a possibility for cooler windy and rainy days (less so in September), so it is instrumental that you are informed about the weather forecasts and prepared for different conditions.

  • For those who wish a bit more privacy, single rooms are available for an additional fee of $1,040 during the booking process.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 8:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate, while the maximum number of participants is 12.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Bike & food tour in Istria, Croatia can be arranged for larger and for private groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • Your adventure starts in Pula, Croatia. To get there, you can fly directly into Pula Airport. Alternatively, you can first fly into Zagreb Airport and then take another flight to Pula. In the case you cannot find a flight to Pula that suits you, you can always take a bus ride to the city from Zagreb (3.5 hours drive), Venice (4 hours), Trieste (2.5 hours), or other nearby cities.

    Transfer from Pula Airport to your accommodation is included in the price. Transfers are also possible from other parts of the city, like the bus station. You’ll be able to arrange exact meeting time and place with your guide upon booking.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Croatia, please refer to the official government travel information or the official site of the Croatian Tourist Board.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • A $330 non-refundable deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid forty-five (45) days prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund, minus the deposit.
      • For cancellations forty-five (45) to sixty (60) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of eighty percent (80%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • For cancellations thirty (30) to forty-four (44) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • For cancellations fifteen (15) to twenty-nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty percent (20%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.
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