H+I Adventures launches new bike tour in Croatia
Mountain bike tour specialists H+I Adventures have launched their latest European adventure, which promises to reinvigorate body, mind and soul in the lush green mountains and sparkling blue coastline of Istria, northern Croatia.
With most travellers heading straight for the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik and Split, in Istria you can still avoid the tourist trappings and discover new hidden gems from the saddle of your mountain bike. This eight-day mountain bike tour will take riders from heavily-scented pine forests, through medieval hilltop villages where locals hunt for truffles and produce their own fine wines, then on to the coast to ride rocky singletrack with the Adriatic shimmering below. First tour debuts May 5th, 2018.
Crafted with the insight of local guides, this adventure is ideal for intermediate mountain bikers with a penchant for sunny climates, delicious local food and rich history which, in Istria, is evident in the local architecture, influenced by the Romans, Venetians and Austro-Hungarians.
“The essence of this trip is to experience this overlooked, but incredibly diverse and beautiful region of Croatia. From inland mountain plateaux, to rolling coastal singletrack, to the rocky moonscapes of Krk Island, we’ll explore the Istrian countryside, away from the crowds, and get a real taste of life in this part of the Mediterranean,” said Euan Wilson, owner, H+I Adventures.
Trip highlights include: wandering through the ancient Venetian streets of Rovinj; post-ride pampering in the hotel spa; feasting on local delicacies such as truffles and seafood; watching the sun set over the Adriatic with a glass of Istrian Malvasia in hand. The grand finale of this Croatian adventure is a traditional meal of meat and vegetables cooked ‘under the bell’ on an open fire in a small, family-run ‘konoba’, tucked away down an old farm track and only accessible to those in the know.
Bikers will enjoy the comforts of three traditional and superbly-located accommodations in Istria; one perched high atop a medieval hilltop town, another in a tiny coastal village, complete with wellness centre, and the third a beach front hotel on Krk Island.
Croatia is the 12th destination in H+I Adventures’ range of award-winning mountain bike adventures. For more information visit www.mountainbikeworldwide.com/bike-tours/croatia, or contact Catherine Shearer, marketing manager, on +44 (0)1463 231441 or toll-free (US and Canada) 1-888-228-5035.