Istria Terra Magica

  • Destination: Istria Terra Magica GUIDED
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Price: €1450
  • Grade: 2Animato - 3Cantabile A/B

Explore the Croatian Tuscany , the green “Terra Magica “ . The Croatia’s Istrian peninsula was caught among the maritime empire of Venice and the landlocked Austro – Hungarian empire . Cycle through sleepy villages , along quiet coastal roads and over spectacular mountains . Experience an abundance of historical sites : Roman amphitheatre , […]

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Explore the Croatian Tuscany , the green “Terra Magica “ . The Croatia’s Istrian peninsula
was caught among the maritime empire of Venice and the landlocked Austro – Hungarian empire .
Cycle through sleepy villages , along quiet coastal roads and over spectacular mountains .
Experience an abundance of historical sites : Roman amphitheatre , Byzantine basilica , medieval churches .

Highlights
between Venice and Austro-Hungarian empire
sleepy medieval hill top towns
homeland of olives and grapes
truffle fairytales in Mirna river valley

Enjoy the traditional cuisine and stay in wondefull located hotels .
Istria is the homeland of olives and grapes which grow in fertile valleys and on fields
stretching as far as the sea and with mountains in the North protecting it all .

ITINERARY
Day 1 –
Arrivals to either Pula or Trieste ( It ) , transfers to the hotel
The Schwengersbauer family is looking forward to welcome you in their Casa Romantica .
sorting out the bikes , briefing , welcome dinner
Day 2 –
Parenzana – Motovun ( about 65 kms )
A specific day through the country of the truffle . Known for good wine but also as one of
the few areas where people search for truffles . Cycle along the Slovenian border before
the days’ last ascent to the medieval Motovun , the town where former Formula 1 driver
Mario Andretti was born in times under Italian rule .
Local Teran wine accompanies the truffles very well before the nightrest in a former Venetian palace .
Day 3 –
Motovun – Buzet ( about 55 kms )
Tour across rolling green landscapes in the heart of Istria towards the old Istrian capital Pazin;
The famous French writer Jules Verne wrote about Pazins’ cave in one of his novels ;
Continue along the artificial Butoniga lake on the Central Istrian plateau ; afterwards
on the ridge of some hills towards the city of truffles , BUZET .
Day 4 –
Buzet – Lovran ( about 65 kms )
Leaving the Istrian peninsula by conquering the rough Cicarija mountain range .
Leaving the Venetian influence and welcoming the Eastern coastline of the peninsula to
find ourselves in a completely different cultural surrounding , influenced by the
Austro Hungarian monarchy . Sissy of the Habsburg family used to be a regular visitor on this Riviera .
Day 5 –
Lovran – Cres ( about 55 kms )
Your first breakout to an island . Along the fantastic cliffs of the Eastern coastline of the
peninsula of Istria and to the unspoilt scenery of Cres island , the 2th largest of Croatia .
Everywhere there are wild herbs that give the local food its distinctive taste , wildflowers and very old olive trees .
A good chance is present you will see one or more of the white – headed griffon vultures .
Day 6 –  Free day in Cres .
Day 7 –
Losinj – Cres ( about 56 kms )
Visit its neighbour in the South , the subtropical island of Losinj .
A beautiful bikeride back to Cres following a ridge with constantly astonishing views
over different bays along the vivacious coastline . Possibly a typical lunch with local with
lamb meat on the menu .
Don’t miss Osor whose foundations of the city walls reveal an ancient history .
Day 8 –
Cres – Rabac ( about 60 kms )
Leaving the coast again before experiencing the new challenges of the central Istrian plateau .
Richard Francis Burton, an English writer and a passionate traveler, was among the first tourists who stayed in Rabac ,
our goal today . Having seen Rabac and other places on the Istrian coast, he wrote a book of the
same title ‘The Istrian coast’, describing, among other things, the beauties and charm of Rabac.
Day 9 –
Rabac – Pula ( about 80 kms )
Goodbye to busy coastlife , hello to peaceful central plateau .
Cycle along ancient Istrian towns which were built on the peaks of the hills: today they are treasure troves of antiquity.
In the afternoon we enter the largest town on the Istrian peninsula , Pula .
The rich itinerary of its three thousand year old history begins and ends with the Roman amphitheatre.
Day 10 –
Pula – Rovinj ( about 50 kms )
After a ride through the Roman centre of Pula we’ll be exploring the central part of Istria
with some famous medieval castles and abandoned towns .
Special lunch takes place in the medieval town of Svetvinčenat, one of those Istrian jewels
that has been discovered only recently.
After lunch your way proceeds towards Rovinj , one of the most ‘photogenic’ towns in the
Mediterranean, once a fishing town, today a tourist resort. The entire coastline of Rovinj,
with its twenty-two islands is an area of protected natural heritage.
Feel the enchantment of the town in its narrow medieval streets and warm Mediterranean
setting. The main Church of St. Euphemia keeps relics of the saint and presents one of the
most beautiful Baroque achievements in Istria. From the church plateau there is a wonderful
view of the open sea and numerous islets in the distance.
Before the last peaceful Istrian night a surprising farewell dinner in Rovinj .
Day 11 –  Departures

What is included :
10 nights stay on B and B basis shared Twin or Double room
supporting vehicle + luggage transport
route maps and day by day notes and briefing
2 x evening meals
lunches on cycling days
2 x ferry crossings
services of our representative
bike emergency tool kit , pump , water bottles etc.
English speaking cycling guide

What is not included :
bike hire : € 200 per person
evening meals
single room supplement : € 250 p.p.
HB supplement : € 120 p.p.
travel insurance
arrival and departure transfers

TRANSFERS :                               two-way               one way
Trieste – Parenzana                          € 140                   € 70 per transfer
Pula – Parenzana                              € 120                   € 60 per transfer
Pula is served by Ryanair and Thomsonfly .
Trieste is served by Ryanair .
You can take in consideration fying into Venice or Ljubljana . If so check the transfer price .

TOURISTIC AGENCY SITNICA, Montrin 31 / 52460 Buje - CROATIA, OIB: 39549285338, MBS: 040154302