The tour combines a stay in the lively, cosmopolitan Trieste, its enogastronomic offers, with three days of panoramic biking. From the centre to a natural park, towards Croatia, on the Carso limestone plateau.
Bike on Napoleon’s path overlooking the Gulf of Trieste, or in and above the Val Rosandra canyon, and follow the old railway to Istria in Croatia. Stay in the centre of fascinating Trieste. Enjoy its cultural offer including the enogastronomic offer, the many and impressive Habsburg-era palaces, perhaps a dive into the sea.
Quality mountain bikes or e-bikes are provided. Your Local Friend from Be As A Local will accompany you to pick up the bike, he will provide you with detailed instructions about the trails, and accompany you to the start and pick-up/end of the tours, as well as take you on some excursions and tours to discover the area.
There will be one bike guide for each group of 8-12 persons. If you are more persons, we do parallel groups. Accommodation in 3*+ or 4* hotels in Trieste.
We organize transportation of the bikes to the starting points each day, and back to the hotel at the end of the tour.
Be As A Local have several offers for one day or half day experiences. Have a look on our site in case you should want to prolong your stay before or after this biking tour.
There are three culinary trends in the area: Central-European, Venetian and Slav, which merge in the various dishes offered in Trieste. The typical regional flavours appear in a variety of recipes, which you will encounter during these 5 days. Not to forget the top quality wines.
Since there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad ways of pressing, and since we are prepared, the tour should go no matter the actual weather.
Beyond the good food and wine, why visit Trieste and the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region? The small healthy region in the north-east of Italy is well-organized and has all that the country has to offer: short distances, sea, mountains, hills, historic villages, rich culture. And, it is free from the overcrowded mass-tourism that you will suffer in many other places. A new area to be discovered and enjoyed. Have a look at the tab about the Region on our website. Trieste is Italy’s most cosmopolitan, multi-cultural and newest city; it only became part of Italy in 1954. A perfect base to discover also Istria in Croatia, Slovenia and Venice.
There will be one of us, your ‘local friend’, sharing with you what we like to do and let you experience what the ‘do-it-yourself’ traveller most probably will not find on his/her own. Taking due account of each season. We are sure you will want to come back to this area, many times!
The tour exists in two versions, one with defined departure dates were the group is composed of you and other individuals or small groups, or we make the tour for your group on the day and in the language you prefer.
We reserve the right to cancel the tour on a fixed date if the significant number of participants is not reached.
Arrival to the hotel in Trieste. Check-in. Meet your Local Friend.
Check your bike.
Dinner in the hotel.
‘Cottur’ follows a previous railway up above the Val Rosandra Canyon and national park, into a valley in Slovenia. The trail offers a panoramic view over the Gulf of Trieste. There are various options along the trail for lunch. Return by the same trail to Trieste. Maximum inclination 3% Length is 12 km on the Italian side with possibilities to continue some 8 km more on the Slovenian side. Depending on the group, we may make it a roundtrip descending to Koper/Capodistria and then back to Trieste. Highest point above the sea 345m.
In the afternoon a guided walk in Trieste.
Dinner in a restaurant in Trieste.
From Muggia close to Trieste starts the Parenzano. Also this trail is in an earlier railway track. The trail takes you into Slovenia, mainly along the coast. We will make a detour to Piran the Venetian fishing village on a promontory; on a clear day you will see the Dolomites arise across the Gulf of Trieste.
In Croatia, the trail passes by some of the most known inland villages, including one of the truffles capitals of Istria: Buje. Along the trail are various possibilities for lunch. It is up to you and the group to decide how far you want to go, before being picked up for the return to Trieste The full length of the Parenzano is 123 km one way. Highest point above the sea 293 m.
Dinner in Trieste
From Trieste, with freshly charged batterie, we will co up to the Carso plateau. The Napoleonica panoramic trail takes us to a Village with the charming name Prosecco. Lunch in an osmizze*. The tour continues on panoramic paths down towards the sea. The Costiera coastal road takes us back to Trieste, with a sightseeing stop at the Miramare Castle and Park.
* The osmizze are farm houses that twice per year are authorized to keep open for some weeks and sell their products such as ham, cheese and wine. Along the roads can be seen red, wooden arrows; when an osmizze is open, a branch with green leaves is hanging under the arrow, to signal that guests are welcome. To go to an osmizze along with frends is a favourite thing to do for local, perhaps with a guitar to sing in the sunset accompanied by some glasses of local red or white wine, raw ham, a boiled egg, cheese.
Dinner in Trieste
Time to say “Ciao! A la prossima!” to Trieste. Transfer to the airport.
A valid passport. A valid health insurance coverage. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes A good appetite.
Clothes and equipment for biking, like a helmet, gloves, a back-pack.
The participants should be in normal good physical conditions and be used to use a bike.
Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.
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