Trieste to Pula cycling tour, self guided

“Pedal from Italy, through Slovenia and into the Istrian Peninsula of Croatia, following the path of an old railway, on this week long self guided tour.”


Italy: Trieste | Parenzana route | Slovenia: Koper | Piran | Secovlje | Croatia: Buje | Umag | Grožnjan | Motovun | Porec | Rovinj | Pula | Flexible distances
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Trieste to Pula cycling tour, self guided


Tourism is the world's fastest growing industry. Traveling to far flung places gives us a wonderful opportunity to experience cultures that are so different from our own. But with the wondrous joy of travel comes the responsibility of ensuring that we do not adversely affect those countries that we visit. In a nutshell, Responsible Travel is about ensuring that you, as travelers, and we, as a promoter of travel:

-respect the local culture
-do not inadvertently introduce new social ills and
-promote & practice environmental responsibility in the places that we visit.

That way, you enjoy a unique and memorable experience as well as authentic cross-cultural exchange and our local resources, cultures and customs are protected.

Our environmental policy:
We recycle all our waste paper.
Our correspondence and promotion is carried out via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities.
We use established, locally-owned and run accommodation wherever possible and aim to leave sites in better condition than we find them.
Our vehicle fleet is managed to minimise environmental impact.
Our group sizes are small, helping minimise cultural and environmental impact.
We monitor our impact, and where necessary alter our programmes accordingly.
We always abide by site-specific guidelines pertaining to flora and fauna.

In this tour our customers will get to know whole Istrian peninsula. They will ride a bike from the medieval towns of Grožnjan and Buzet in countryside of Istria till coastline towns such as Pula, Rovinj and Porec. Cyclist will overnight in small family hotels such as „Casa Romantica Parenzana“ which is located on the “Parenzana” an old disused Austro Hungarian railway line which once connected Trieste with Porec. In Pula they will be in hotel called "Amfiteatar " just next to magnificent Roman amphiteater from 3th century. All the hotels on the route are bike friendly hotels. This way we are supporting our cultural sights.


We also involve local communities in remote areas that we travel to.
Our accommodation is mostly provided in small hotels, guest houses or apartments. On all our tours we use local produce and provide local-style meals, and we encourage our guests to try local dishes and delicacies. Most of the hotels such as "Casa Parenzana" in Buje or "Vela Vrata" in Buzet have excellent restourants where they serve traditional Istrian food such as truffles or "maneštra".
We support local economy and small business by supporting locally owned shops, restaurants, and using local guide services. Using local employees, accommodation providers, local restaurants and transportation services, we ensures that financial benefits remain in the local community. On this tour we label for them in self guided books many small family run restourants so called "konoba" where they can try dishes made from truffles or enjoy in best Istrian wines such as Tomaz, Arman, Benvenuti or Kabola in wine cellars that are also labeled .

2 Reviews of Trieste to Pula cycling tour, self guided

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

My two friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery and historic sites experienced as we cycled through Istria. We particularly enjoyed the lush green countryside as well as the clean coastal towns. We were impressed with the support that was available and how cycle friendly the area was.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Make sure you allow time to explore towns and historic sites that this route offers.
It is worth going off route to visit towns that are not necessarily included on the route.
Take the opportunity to visit local wineries, olive oil farms and small villages which are known for local produce and delicacies.
We were grateful that the latter were noted on our route directions.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. We regularly opted to eat in smaller local restaurants as opposed to hotels we stayed in. We also enjoyed purchasing form local artists and deli shops.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We thoroughly enjoyed this vacation. The service and support we received from the operator who provided the bikes, route maps and directions was excellent. The bikes were of very good quality and comfortable to ride. The route directions were clear, accurate and contained extra information on particular places to stop. We were very impressed at how accomodating the staff were in particular when they willingly and positively changed some of our route distances at our very short request notice. Staff were also very knowledgeable about the area and were happy to share this. Booking this vacation through Responsible Travel was easy and queries were dealt with very promptly. Communication with both Responsible Travel and the operator before, during and after the vacation was excellent.
We would certainly recommend the companies and look forward to using them again when booking another cycling trip.

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The second day's circular route from Lovac via Umag took us through some beautiful countryside.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes I think so. Nearly all of the hotels were small, family run hotels.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent vacation. The ride from Rovinj to Pula could perhaps be changed to allow for a coastal route. Journey to Bale is on reasonably busy road and is a reversal of the journey into Rovenj.
The first day's cycling (Trieste to Lovac) concludes with a difficult border crossing (from Slovenia to Croatia). The road is very busy and there is little chance for drivers to overtake the cyclists.

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