Istria by bike from Trieste to Pula

from 915 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 2 pers.)
Reference : CRO1
8 days / 6 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Linear trip
From March to October 2019
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling tour from Trieste/Muggia to Pula :

This tour begins in the lovely former Hapsburg seaport town of Trieste, nestled in the foothills of the karst region. After your stay here, you will cycle southwards out of Italy, through Slovenia and into Croatia. Your route will take you down the sunny Istria Peninsula, through picturesque little fishing villages, small towns atop the karst hills, sparkling vineyards and fertile valleys. Let yourself be surprised by the charms of a landscape rich in contrast and color.

Day 1 : Arrival in Trieste / Muggia

Today you arrive and settle into your hotel in Muggia / Trieste. According to your arrival time, you can spend the day strolling along the lovely promenade or visit the exquisite Miramare Castle, then enjoy a cappuccino on stunning Piazza Unità d’Italia in the town centre. If you stay in Muggia, you can sail to the city center by a city transport boat.

Day 2 : Trieste – Piran / Portorôz | 45 km

To begin with you can take a short visit to the coastal town of Muggia before crossing the Slovenia border and riding along the coastal cycle path through another lovely port town, Koper, and then onto the picturesque Venetian villages of Izola and Piran. Stroll through the narrow streets and visit their churches. In Piran, sip a coffee in Tartini Square amid the wonderful Venetian architecture. Visit Portorož, an affluent spa town on the Slovenian Riviera.

Day 3 : Piran – Umag | 37 km

Today you cycle past the vast salt pans of Sečovlje. Get there early enough to catch the beautiful morning light. From here you head across the border to Croatia and into the heart of Istria, across a slightly hilly terrain to the village of Umag. Once a Roman colony, within its town walls and across its gated drawbridge lies a town steeped in history. Take a tour through the medieval center and visit the beautiful city tower.

Day 4 : Umag – Poreč | 53 km

Once again you cycle across some low hills to Novigrad (Cittanova), another medieval walled town. As well as its rich history, Novigrad is also renowned for its gastronomy, and is listed as one of Istria’s top gourmet destinations. Next stop is Poreč, where you can visit the UNESCO listed Euphrasian Basilica, a diverse mix of baroque, Gothic and Romanesque buildings.

Day 5 : Poreč | 47 km (or day off by the sea)

Spoilt for choice today: you can either take a fish picnic boat or an excursion to the Limski-channel. The fjord-alike Limski-channel is also a National Park nature reserve and on the coast you’ll find mussels and oyster farming. Simply enjoy a day off by the sea, or visit the surrounding countryside of Poreč.

Day 6 : Poreč – Rovinj | 48 km

Today you head to Istria’s gem. Rovinj remains one of the last true Mediterranean fishing ports. The high bell tower of the Euphemia Church built on the highest spot of Rovinj is its most noticeable feature, standing proud and dominating the view no matter which direction you approach. You can also cycle to Zlatni rt (also known as Golden Cape), a peninsula, where you’ll find a park in a nature reserve.

Day 7 : Rovinj – Pula | 45 km

The last day on your “expedition“ leads you to Pula on the peninsula’s southwest tip. Make a visit of the Brijuniislands – twelve smaller and 2 bigger islands; the main island Veli Brijun was used by the Yugoslav statesman Tito as a summer residence. You can also follow in the footsteps of the dinosaurs, as over 200 dinosaur footprints have been found on the island. Pula is the oldest town on Istria and its commercial and cultural centre. Enjoy your last day of the tour amongst various antiquities, including the mighty Pula Arena, the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved.

Day 8 : Departure during the day

Select your category

standard category
Reference: CRO1 STD
superior category
Reference: CRO1 SUP
Low season
  • from March 16th to May 30th 2019
    from September 14th to October 12th 2019
  • Departure: daily
2 persons basis :(price per person)
915 € / pers.
1 050 € / pers.
Single supplement
200 € / pers.
200 € / pers.
High season
  • from June 1st to September 13th 2019
  • Departure: daily
2 persons basis :(price per person)
985 € / pers.
1 120 € / pers.
Single supplement
200 € / pers.
200 € / pers.
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Your cycle hire

Helia Trekking Bike - 21 gears

Man or Lady frame

  • 1 rear pannier (saddlebag)
  • 1 repair kit (1 per 2 bike)
  • 1 pump (1 per 2 bike)
  • 1 lock (1 per 2 bike)
  • 1 counter (1 per 2 bike)

Helmets are not provided.
We suggest to bring yours.

Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :

SCOTT E-Sub Active E-Bike


Universal frame

  • 1 rear pannier (saddlebag)
  • 1 repair kit (1 per 2 bike)
  • 1 pump (1 per 2 bike)
  • 1 lock (1 per 2 bike)
  • 1 counter (1 per 2 bike)

Helmets are not provided.
We suggest to bring yours.

Practical details

  • Bikes will be delivered at the 1st hotel, on day 2 at 9 am.
  • At the end of the tour, leave the rental bikes at Pula on day 7 before 6pm. We will then pick them up.
> Your journey
> How to arrive in Trieste / Muggia
> Your return

Your journey

An itinerary suited for everyone, even with not much sports practice.  Please note that you should at least have the basic skills of cycling.

On virtually flat terrain, with distances up to 50 kilometers and level difference up to 300m.

How to arrive in Trieste / Muggia

> by car :
Over the Tauern motorway to Villach and over the border crossing Arnoldstein to Udine and Trieste. From Venice – Via A4 motorway exit Aquilea.
Car parking: several public garages – on request.

> by train :
Venice Santa Lucia or Venice Mestre railway station to Trieste Centrale or over Salzburg and Villach to Trieste. Then take a taxi to Muggia.

> by plane :
Trieste or Pula airport. Good connections with airport shuttle from Trieste airport to Trieste / Muggia.

One way transfer from airports (Trieste or Pula) is also possible on request with supplement (two person minimum). See tab “rates”.

Your return

One way transfer to Trieste downtown (or Muggia) or to airports (Pula or Trieste) is possible on request with supplement (two person minimum). See tab “rates”.