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Aerial view of Porec

Istria, MS Morena

Island hopping from Poreč

8 Days / 7 Nights
Aerial view of Porec

In the northernmost Mediterranean region of Croatia, you are in Istria. Here, known by locals as the heart of Europe, you can look back on a rich history. By bike and boat you set out to discover Istria, visiting the numerous coastal villages and harbour towns. The highlight of the tour is certainly a visit to the Brijuni  Islands National Park. The 14 islands were already inhabited in prehistoric times, as archaeological traces indicate

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Itinerary at a glance

Welcome to your bike and ship tour in Istria. Embarkation on the MS Morena takes place between 11.00 and 12.00 in the harbour of the picturesque coastal town of Poreč. After the crew weighs anchor, you will get to know the tour guide, the ship`s crew and your fellow passengers over a delicious welcome drink and snacks. Arriving in Novigrad, you will board your bike for the first time and cycle along the sea via Sveti Ivan, Lovrečica and Dajla to Umag. Back on the ship, a delicious dinner awaits you.

Today`s tour takes you through two countries: After breakfast, you cycle along the coast via Karigador, past the Savudrija lighthouse to Slovenia. In Portorož you have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious lunch. Afterwards, take the opportunity to make a detour to the Venetian town of Piran, 5 kilometres away. The route takes you back to Umag through the Slovenian and Istrian hinterland. The boat will take you to the small town of Novigrad, where you will spend the night after dinner on board

Today your bike and ship journey in Istria starts a little more leisurely. The MS Morena leaves the port of Novigrad behind and sails towards Poreč. After a swim break and lunch, you disembark in Poreč and get
back on your bike. Along the sea, you continue via the Plava Laguna and Zelena Laguna resorts to Funtana and past the Djamonja sculpture park to Vrsar. In the evening, visit one of the numerous restaurants in Vrsar,
the town where the heartbreaker Casanova temporarily sought refuge from jealous pursuer


The green hinterland of Istria is on the programme today. You cycle through the Kontija forest first to Danijeli before reaching the fertile Limska Draga valley via the ruined town of Dvigrad. You cycle through the valley and soon reach the Limfjord nature reserve, a narrow, fjord-like bay that extends about 10 km into the mainland. Back on the ship, head to Rovinj, dominated by the Baroque church of St. Euphemia and its 60-metre-high bell tower. After dinner on board, be sure to stroll through the narrow, winding streets of what is probably the most
picturesque old town in Istria.

The bike and boat trip in Istria takes you once again along the sea through the Palud bird reserve to Pula. Here you will board the ship again and take a leisurely swim in one of the nearby bays, where you will also have lunch. In the afternoon you return to Pula, whose landmark is the Roman amphitheatre. During a guided tour of the city you will get to know the other ancient sights. In the evening, the Captain`s Dinner will be served on board.

The day starts with a bike ride to the Cape Kamenjak Nature Park, which is also the southernmost point of the Istrian peninsula. Cape Kamenjak has a unique flora and fauna. Back in Pula you go on board again. During lunch you leave Pula behind and in less than an hour you reach the National Park of the Brijuni Islands. During a one-hour round trip by mini-train you will see remains from ancient times and the unique flora and fauna. You can discover 680 plant species, over 250 bird species, as well as free-roaming deer and mouflon. But also
an elephant, llamas, zebras and many other animal species have found their home in the island`s own safari park. A visit to the Interactive Boathouse Museum and the Tito on Brijuni exhibition round off the experience.

After a hearty breakfast, you will cycle leisurely around the island of Veliki Brijun. Afterwards, the bikes will be loaded onto the boat for the last time before returning to the mainland. On the crossing to Poreč, you will take a break for a swim in one of the bays on the west coast of Istria. Enjoy the flair of the beautiful old town once again, climb the Round Tower or visit the Euphrasius Basilica before you finish the last evening of your trip in one of the numerous restaurants.

Your holiday in Istria comes to an end after breakfast. Disembarkation takes place until 09:00. Take a last tour of the harbour and take a few farewell photos of the MS Morena, which has accompanied you throughout your holiday.

Route information


The cycle tours require at least a basic level of fitness, which you should have acquired by occasional or daily cycling. The routes can take you up to an altitude of about 460 metres above sea level. You will cycle between 15 an 60 km each day through hilly and mountainous terrain. You have plenty of time to complete each cycle ride.

Sometimes there will be steeper climbs, but of course it is okay to push your bike if you want to. The roads are mostly asphalted and there is little traffic outside of holiday-periods. It's your choice whether you want to cycle self-guided with maps and information material or if you want to do a guided cycle tour. Anyone under the age of 18 is required to wear a cycle helmet.

Prices and dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • 7 nights with half board (lunch or dinner depending on the daily programme)
    on board in the chosen category
  • Bed linen and towels (no bath towels)
  • Captain‘s Dinner

  • Entrance to Brijuni Islands National Park incl. tour & visit to
  • Guided bike tours according to programme
  • Guided tour in Pula
  • Hire helmet (with hire bike booking), state head circumference when
  • Pre-trip documents (1 x per cabin), Maps on board
  • Service-Hotline (7 days, 08.00 a.m. – 08.00 p.m.)
  • Trekkingbike 21-gear

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Airport Pula oder Poreč
  • Public multi-storey car park : approx. EUR 70,-, reservation necessary!


Things to note 

  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!
  • Due to the weather, the water level or tequnical problems there may be eventual changes during the tour!
  • Minimum number of participants: 18
  • This tour is a partner tour.

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