- Catalonia Discovery
- Coastal Cycling in the Algarve
- Essence of Slovenia
- Châteaux of the Loire
- 'Flat Out' from Amsterdam to Bruges New!
- Lake Constance - Three Countries on Two Wheels New!
- The Golden Pass Line
- The Sicilian Experience New!
- Alsace and The Rhine Valley
- Amsterdam and the Charms of Holland New!
- Bavaria's Allgäuer Alps
- Cycling the Istrian Peninsula
- Lake Garda - Family Cycling and Activities New!
- Lake Garda, Verona, Soave and Venice
- Côtes du Rhône in Provence
- Garmisch & the Romantic Castles
- St. Moritz and Lake Como
- Perfumes of Provence
- Südtirol, Lake Garda & Valpolicella
Bike and Boat Holidays
11 Day Tour
Arrive at Pula or Zagreb airport. Transfer by minibus, taxi or train to our base hotel in Buzet.
Buzet. After breakfast you’ll be equipped with your bicycle. The day is then yours to explore Buzet and the surrounding countryside. This fortified hilltop town is encircled by medieval walls - walking along them you will be able to see Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture dating back centuries. We recommend an easy cycle ride through the countryside that lies beneath the town - you’ll pedal through fields, forests and vineyards.
Buzet to Novigrad: 27 miles (43km). Today we travel west, following the River Mirna downstream towards the small coastal town of Novigrad. Part of our route will take us along the Parenzana, an old railway line which is now a beautiful and unique cycling trail. Motovun, a fine example of a hilltop town, is well worth a small detour.
Novigrad. We suggest a ride up the coast to Umag today. Set around a pretty bay, its old quarter is filled with narrow, cobbled streets and red-roofed Venetian villas. There’s also a lovely marina where you’ll find a number of restaurants and bars. Enjoy a lunch of freshly caught seafood, perhaps washed down with a glass of Istrian wine.
Novigrad to Porec: 18 miles (29km). Our route takes us south, as we travel along quiet cycle paths and picturesque lanes towards historic Porec. As we will be following the coast, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to stop at local beach bars for ice-cold drinks overlooking the glittering Adriatic Sea.
Porec. Time to explore this attractive Roman harbour town. We suggest an excursion to the impressive Baredine cave, a few miles inland. The ride there is a pleasant one, along quiet country lanes. Back in Porec, the 6th-century Euphrasian Basilica is worth a visit. This complex of early Christian buildings has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and includes an imposing and beautifully decorated cathedral. The tiny island of St Nicholas, just offshore, is also a lovely place to spend the afternoon.
Porec to Rovinj: 26 miles (42km). We meander south along the coast, stopping in the town of Vrsar. Perched on a hill overlooking a deep-blue bay, this former fishing village is one of the prettiest places on the Istrian coast, with winding, cobbled streets, centuries-old churches, and tree-shaded squares. We will then cycle inland to cross the Limski Kanal, a spectacular fjord-like estuary bordered by thick, bottle-green forests. After riding back along the south side of the Kanal, we will continue our journey along the coast to Rovinj.
Rovinj. You’ll have time to explore Rovinj and the surrounding area. There are plenty of easy cycle routes up and down the coast from here - along the way, you’ll find many beachside bars and restaurants for drink breaks and leisurely lunches featuring local dishes. Try prsut, a delicious smoked ham, or order a risotto made with locally sourced truffles. Seafood is also an Istrian speciality, particularly oysters and mussels, which are farmed from the Limski Kanal. Rovinj itself is a magical place. Set around a pretty harbour, its highlight is the stunning old town. The ancient stone buildings and wooden-shuttered town houses lead to a grand cathedral, which sits atop a hill. Climb up its campanile for fantastic views over the entire town. The heritage museum is also well worth a visit - it’s set in a baroque palace and has fascinating art collections, as well as displays of archaeological finds.
Rovinj to Fazana: 23 miles (37km). The route today continues south along the beautiful Istrian coast.We will make a short detour inland to visit the medieval hilltop town of Bale. It’s a quiet place, where you will be able to catch a glimpse of authentic Istrian life. After relaxing here for a bit, it’s time to head to the pretty fishing village of Fazana.
Fazana. Five miles from Fazana is the bustling port city of Pula. The narrow streets in its old quarter are home to a number of well-preserved Roman buildings, including temples, city gates and arches. But the undoubted highlight is the spectacular amphitheatre, which dates back to the 1st century. Another suggestion for today is a trip to the Brijuni archipelago, just 15 minutes by boat from Fazana. These islands have been designated a national park, thanks to their natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.
We say “Zbogom” before transferring you direct from Fazana to Pula or Zagreb airport by train or minibus.
One Night Or Two?
Most of our holidays are available in two formats: BSpoke Original (two-night stays at each hotel, moving on alternate days), and BSpoke One Night Stops (two nights in your first hotel, followed by just one night in each subsequent hotel, for those who want to cycle a distance every day).