Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia Cycling Tour

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  • 8 Days
  • 2024 DatesApril - Oct
  • Difficulty LevelEasy/Moderate - I Own Bike Shorts

A Self-Guided Cycling Holiday in Europe With Summer Feet

Your tour starts in Trieste, the former Habsburg seaport at the foot of the Karst Mountains. During the Roman Empire, Trieste became a busy and prosperous port. Today, it is a bustling modern city that retains an abundance of old-world charm. 

After a few kilometers of cycling, you will leave Italy and enter Istria, Slovenia, and then Croatia. This sunny peninsula on the Adriatic Sea features picturesque little fishing villages, small towns on the Karst hills, vineyards, and valleys. It’s also home to some of the tastiest cooking you’re ever likely to encounter!

Unique Biking Vacations in Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia…

Let yourself be surprised by the charms of a diverse terrain rich in contrasts and the bright color palette of Istria.

Continue reading for a detailed itinerary of this self-guided cycling holiday in Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia.

(Looking instead for a guided cycling adventure? Consider our Guided Bike Across Italy Tour.)

What's Included

  • Seven nights lodging in 3 or 4 star hotels
  • Seven Breakfasts
  • Welcome Briefing
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Well planned routes
  • Bike and helmet
  • 24/7 Emergency Number


  • Cycle in Three Countries
  • Explore Medieval Towns
  • Cycle Along the Adriatic Sea

Pick Up/Drop Off

Individual arrival at the first hotel in Trieste.

Departure in Pula.

2024 Dates

April through October 


From $1595.00 per person double occupancy (3-star hotels)

Single Supplement $700.00

E-Bike $300.00

Itinerary For Our Self-Guided Bike Tours in Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia

Day 1Arrival in Trieste

Individual arrival at the first hotel in Trieste.

Lodging: 3-star Hotet Italia  4-star Hotel Vis a Vis

Day 2Trieste – Buje

Your day begins with a briefing and bike fitting from a member of our staff. Today, you have two cycling options: a longer route over the hills or a shorter route with a ferry. Taking the half-hour ferry lets you avoid Trieste city traffic. The ferry stops in Muggia, where you begin riding on a cycle path once part of the Parenzana narrow gauge railroad. It is only a few miles of cycling before you cross into Slovenia. You will cycle through the resort towns of Koper and Piran before cycling into Croatia. 

Cycling:  17 or 36 miles. Elevation gain: 1500-2300 feet
Meals: Breakfast
Lodging: 3-star hotel: Hotel La Parenza  4-star hotel Heritage Hotel San Rocco

Day 3Buje-Novigrad-Buje

You will start your day cycling to one of the oldest lighthouses in the Adriatic. Built in 1818,  by an Italian count as his love nest. From here, it is a short ride to Umag, founded as the summer home of a Roman nobleman. As you stroll around town, you will see examples of Venetian, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings. The area is rich with vineyards and olive groves. Umag is an excellent place to taste local wine before cycling back to Buje for the evening.

Cycling:  30 miles. Elevation gain: 1450 feet
Meals: Breakfast
Lodging: 3-star hotel: Hotel La Parenza  4-star hotel Heritage Hotel San Rocco





Day 4Buje- Movovun

As you cycle through the vineyards and olive groves, you make think you are in Italy. Today is a day for cycling through history. The first stop is the town of Groznjan. Wander the streets of the medieval town and visit the shops and galleries of the many artists that make Groznjan their home.  The next stop is Opratji, where you can see the church erected in 1526 as you explore the town. From here, you descend into the valley before climbing to the walled city of Motovun.

Cycling: 23 miles Elevation gain: 2273 feet
Meals: Breakfast
Lodging: 3-star hotel Hotel Kastel  , 4-star hotel Wine & Heritage Hotel Roxanich

Day 5 Motovun-Porec

Today, you spend the day cycling along the coast. The area is known for the honey and brandy produced in the area. Today’s destination is Porec, which was originally a Roman settlement and is now one of the premier resort towns on the Croatian Coast due to its sand beaches. One of the highlights of Porec’s old town is the Euphrasian Basicalla, renowned for its mosaics. 

Cycling: 25 miles Elevation gain 1200 feet
Meals: Breakfast
Lodging: 3 -star hotel Hotel Porec or 4-star hotel BO Hotel Palazzo

Day 6 Porec – Rovinj

Have a last view over the picturesque seaport on Istria’s west coast before you leave for Rovinj. The city is surrounded by the west and the southwest by the Adriatic Sea. Afar, the high bell tower of the Euphemia Church built on Rovinj’s highest spot, greats you if you want to cycle to Zlatni RT (also known as Golden Cape), a peninsula where you find a park and a nature reserve.

Cycling: 19 or 38 miles. Elevation gain of 600 or 2800 feet
Meals: Breakfast
Lodging: 3-star hotel Baron Gautsch 4 star-hotel Hotel Angelo d’Oro

Day 7 Rovinj - Pula

On your expedition in Istria, the last day leads you to Pula on Istria’s southwest point. Pula is the oldest town of Istria and its commercial and cultural center. Enjoy your last day of the tour amongst various antiquities and the mighty Roman amphitheater in the center of Pula.

Cycling: 25 miles Elevation gain 1023 feet
Meals: Breakfast
Lodging: 3-star hotel  Hotel Amfiteater, 4-star hotel Hotel Park Plaza Histria

Day 8 Departure

Individual departure or possibility to extend your stay.

Meals: Breakfast


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