Cycle Parenzana Trail and Istria – Italy, Slovenia and Croatia


Cycling tour with riding on the Parenzana Trail - The Route of Health and Friendship - a former railway route, which connected Trieste to Poreč and cycle from Poreč to Pula via beautiful Rovinj town. It is amazing cycling tour running through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.




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    All about the Cycle Parenzana Trail and Istria – Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.

    6-day cycling holiday. Cycling the Parenzana Trail - The Route of Health and Friendship - a former railway route, which connected Trieste to Poreč and cycle from Poreč to Pula via beautiful Rovinj town and Kamenjak nature park. It is amazing cycling tour running through Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.

    Begin the journey in an Italian port town of Trieste. Cycle on the Parenzana Trail to Slovenia and go past coastal towns of Izola, Piran, Portorož and Sečovlje. Visit the Sečovlje Nature Park, where salt is still taken from the sea by the 700-year old traditional recipe. Travel further to Croatia, past old hill-top towns of Buje, Grožnjan, Motovun and continue towards the coast, to the lovely towns of Poreč, Rovinj and Pula.


    • Experience the breathtaking scenery of Istrian peninsula.
    • Connect three countries on one trail: Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.
    • Cycle on a former railway route with notable remains from former times.
    • Unique coastal towns of Piran, Portorož, Poreč, Rovinj and Pula.
    • Wine growing region of Istria with its distinct red soil (Terra rosa).
    • Taste the richness of Istrian agrotourism.
    • Homemade culinary specialities, rich culture, friendly people and stone architecture.
    • Beautiful Rovinj old town.


    • Duration: 6 days / 5 nights.
    • Activity: Cycling touring / Gravel cycling
    • Type of the tour: Self Guided Tour
    • Grade: Easy to Moderate.
    • Accommodation: Small Local hotels ***/****
    • Open dates for groups: From May 1st to October 30th.
    • Start of the tour: Trieste or Muggia (Italy)
    • End of the tour: Pula, Croatia
    • Price: 895€ (min. 2 people in group)
    • Note: This tour provides all the fun of biking on single trails and traditional biking experience.


    Parenzana was a 123-kilometre long railway line, which connected 33 towns and villages in Istria, from Trieste to Poreč. Today the route passes the territories of three countries: Italy - 13 kilometres, Slovenia - 32 kilometres and Croatia - 78 kilometres. The railway opened in 1902 and it gave life to the region it ran through; on its 123 kilometres long route, the small, slow train was puffing every day through hilly and diverse Karst areas, carrying passengers, salt from Piran and Sečovlje salt pans, olive oil from Buje and Motovun, fruit, vegetables, Istrian stone and wine. The railway line was closed in 1935. The route was recently reopened as a beautiful cycling path.


    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Full organisation of the cycling tour.
    • 5 nights in 3*/4* hotel accommodation with breakfast.
    • Introductory briefing in Trieste or Muggia (day1 - morning) - face to face.
    • Self Guided LIFE Booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions, timetables and details with all vouchers for accommodations, private transfers, ...
    • GPS routes/tracks (all stages/all days).
    • APP for navigation (login with phone or tablet) with phone holder.
    • Emergency contact number and 24/7 support.
    • Daily collaboration and tracking on the communication app - additional customer support.
    • Private return transfer from Pula to Trieste.
    • Tourist tax and VAT.
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Travel to the start and from the end point of the tour.
    • Food and drinks: lunch and dinner on all days.
    • Items of personal nature.
    • Travel Insurance.



    • High season (June 1st to Sept. 30th): 160 €/person
    • Single supplement: 240 €


    Optional extras:

    • * Bike rental: Trek DS touring bike: 20 €/day/bike
    • * Bike rental: E-touring Trek bike rental: 40 €/day/bike
    • * Bike rental: Gravel Trek (ALR5) bike rental: 40 €/day/bike
    • Ortlieb waterproof handlebar pack, and side bags for luggage: 60 €/bike
    • Day-to-day luggage transfer: 390 €/tour
    • Garmin GPS device rental: 50 €/device


    * bike rental includes: bike rental with helmet, simple rain cover jackets, lock, pump, spare tube, Squirt chain lube and repair kit.

    1. Day 1 Trieste to Portorož via Muggia
      • Morning briefing in Trieste (Italy)
      • Boat transfer to Muggia.
      • Biking on famous Parenzana trail: From Muggia (Italy) to Piran and Portorož (Slovenia).
      • Accommodation in a hotel***/****, Portorož.
      • 35 km | +245m | 3-4 hour
      • Tarmac 100%
    2. Day 2 Portorož to Motovun Cycling
      • Breakfast in hotel.
      • Biking on famous Parenzana trail: From Portorož to Motovun (Croatia).
      • Accommodation in a hotel***/****, Motovun.
      • Original stage: 52 km | +450m | 5-6 hour Original Parenzana trail
      • Easy: 50 km | +390m | 5-6 hour | Tamrac and good gravel section from Buje to Livade. 
      • Gravel 80%, Tarmac 20% (Original stage)
    3. Day 3 Motovun to Poreč
      • Breakfast in hotel.
      • Biking on famous Parenzana trail: From Motovun to Poreč.
      • Accommodation in a hotel***/****, Poreč.
      •  35 km | +180m | 4-5 hour Original Parenzana trail
      • Gravel 70%, Tarmac 30%
    4. Day 4 Poreč to Rovinj
      • Breakfast in hotel.
      • Cycling from from Poreč to Rovinj.
      • Accommodation in a hotel***/****, Rovinj.
      • 52 km | +550m | 5-6 hour  
      • Tarmac 100%
    5. Day 5 Rovinj - Pula
      • Breakfast in hotel.
      • Cycling from from Rovinj to Pula via Bale and Fažana.
      • Accommodation in a hotel***/****, Pula.
      • 45 km | +380m | 4-5 hour  
      • Tarmac 100%
    6. Day 6 Pula
      • Breakfast in hotel.
      • Cycling from from Pula to Kamenjak Nature Park and Medulin - "East Pula loop"
      • Afternoon or evening transfer to Trieste.
      • 39 km | +380m | 4-5 hour  
      • Tarmac 100%
    3* Hotels

    Accommodation is in a combination of 3* and 4* hotels, which are comfortable and with breakfast.

    Day 1: 3* Hotel in Portorož / Double room with breakfast.

    Day 2: 3* Hotel in Motovun / Double room with breakfast.

    Day 3: 3* Hotel in Poreč / Double room with breakfast.

    Day 4: 3* Hotel in Rovinj / Double room with breakfast.

    Day 5: 3* Hotel in Pula / Double room with breakfast.


    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Motovun, Istria, Croatia

    Rovinj, Istria, Croatia

    Trek Hybrid DS 3 and DS 4

    Upgrade with E-bike:

    Trek Super Commuter Hybrid E-bike


    • Shoes –  sneakers or any appropriate shoes for biking
    • Jacket – warm, wind & waterproof, softshell
    • Comfortable clothes
    • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, any other sun protection
    • Water bottle (preferably reusable)
    • First aid (a small basic kit with items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze, antibacterial ointment, sterile pads)

    The tour is considered to be moderate to challenging. There is an average of 40 kilometres of biking each day with many ascends and descends. A good physical condition is essential.

    The tour is not appropriate for children younger than 15 years and for pregnant women.

    • Breakfast is included in every accommodation. You will have plenty of opportunities to stop in local restaurants and shops all along the way for lunches, snacks and dinners.
    • We advise that you to start your daily trips early in the morning to allow yourself enough time to stop often and enjoy the scenery! And escape the hot summer sun!
    • As the weather can change quickly, do not forget to bring your rain-covers and a change of extra dry clothes. We also advise that you to place pack things in plastic bags before packing them in the waterproof panniers.
    • All customers are required  to notify us before booking the tour of  any medical conditions, as well as  dietary restrictions. All medications can and should be brought to all activities in the program. If you suffer from any medical conditions, we strongly suggest that you consult your physician before booking a tour to receive an expert medical advice. We are more than happy to discuss and recommend the most suitable adventure for you based on your conditions, but cannot ultimately be responsible for your health.

    We suggest that you travel with a comprehensive travel insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation protection so that you will be covered in the event that you are unable to attend our trip (due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances). We do not provide travel insurance for our clients. Please contact your local travel agent to purchase travel insurance. As coverage and a price of the insurance changes depending on your travel destination, do make sure that you purchase a coverage for all countries you will be traveling in on your adventure.

    You will get bikes with full equipment – bike panniers, spare tire and repair kit, bike lock and helmet.

    • You will be travelling with panniers attached to your bikes, so be ready to pack accordingly.
    • You can keep your remaining luggage with our representative, who will deliver it to you on last day.
    • Upon request a day-by-day luggage transfer can be organised. Send us an email for more details.
    • Each day you will be staying in a different accommodation. You will be staying in smaller 3* hotels in double/twin rooms.
    • The example of the room:

    Overall Rating
    Russell M.
    Reviewed On 06/09/2019

    We think that the trip overall has been a very enjoyable experience. We enjoyed our time in the countries we cycled through and completed the trip very pleased with the service we have received.

    Gordon Dewey
    Reviewed On 29/09/2018

    We would recommend this trip to anyone with a desire for something different but so enjoyable!!

    G. Dwyer
    Reviewed On 16/05/2018

    Excellent trip, very scenic, the daily distances, although long, were achievable within the day. We got to experience beautiful countries, delicious food and breathtaking sights. A well organised trip!

    Christine Basham
    Reviewed On 11/05/2018

    A wonderfully scenic ride, very interesting towns along the way. Mostly on bike paths (old railway tracks). This part of Croatia - Amazing! The scenery was absolutely stunning, the food and wine great and the mix of fresh air, exploration, comfort was a delight. We loved it.