Croatia has become one of the most visited destinations in the world. Jutting out into to sparkling Adriatic, the northern peninsular county of Istria is home to about 200,000 people. Only 6% are Italian, and yet the markings of Italian culture are quite evident here, particularly along the western coast. Our journey is mostly featuring the Croatian section of the peninsula (89% of Istria) in addition to the first day and a half spent in the Slovenian part of the region.
On this tour, we’ll get to know Istria intimately through visits to local producers and tastings of the local wines Teran and Malvàsia. Istrian cuisine reflects the gifts of its geography: fish and veggies typical of the Mediterranean Diet are emphasized here, as are cured meats, olive oil and pasta, an indicator of the enduring Italian influence. And we’ll learn about Istrian truffles on a hunting demonstration and around the table at a dinner highlighting this prized underground mushroom. (As in Piedmont, here white truffles are found from the end of September into late fall/early winter)
About the Istrian Peninsula
The Italian influence in Istria may be attributed to the more than four centuries of Roman presence, followed by five centuries of Venetian influence. Later Austrian-Hungarian domination left its traces, notable in the architecture, food, language and traditions. Here you find a distinctive mix of Slavic, Austrian and Italian cultures.
Cycling Tour in Istria
Dates & Pricing
Minimum of 6 participants, maximum of 16, with a maximum guide-to-guest ratio of 1 to 8
DATES (8 days)
May 30-June 6, 2023 | September 10-17, 2023
For more info and availability please contact us.
Per person in double occupancy: from $4,690
Single Supplement: $790
For travel in 2021 and beyond, your tour is carbon neutral! In addition, we donate more than 1% of your trip price to food-literacy and environmental non-profits that share our values. (Details here)
What's Not Included
Optional Pre-Tour Night in Portorož/Portorose
Day 1 & 2 – Around Portorož and Buzet via Grožnjan
Day 3 & 4 – Buzet to Poreč via Motovun
Day 5 – Poreč to Rovinj
Day 6 & 7 – Rovinj to Pula and Brijuni Islands
Day 8 – Transfer to Trieste Train Station
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