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31 Aug 2025
6 Sep 2025

DISCOVER: Late Summer in Croatia

Experience the Terra Magica of Croatia

31 Aug 2025
6 Sep 2025

Late Summer in Croatia

$8,950
Lead Guide:

Eros Poli

ABOUT THIS TRIP

Cycling in Croatia will surely invigorate you. Located in southeastern Europe, Croatia boasts diverse geography, featuring low mountains and highlands near the Adriatic coastline, flat plains along the Hungarian border, and numerous islands. The country’s natural beauty, including olive groves, vineyards, hills, and the coastline with its crystal-clear sea, provides the perfect backdrop for a cycling trip.

If you choose to travel and cycle with inGamba, you’ll benefit from world-class support while staying in two unique and luxurious hotels: San Canzian Hotel and Residences, and Stancija Meneghetti Wine Hotel and Winery. These elegant and stunningly beautiful hotels offer comfort, elegance, and style, making Croatia an attractive destination for guests seeking a holiday immersed in nature, with the highest level of comfort and a wide range of eno-gastronomic experiences.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*†
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • Custom Castelli × inGamba cycling kit
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included
†Flights are not included
**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

MEET THE GUIDES

EROS POLI

THE CHAMPION

The night before Eros Poli took victory atop Mont Ventoux he couldn’t sleep. It was not like he was dreaming of victory or even had the slightest idea the next day’s stage would change his life forever. It was just that it was hot. Unbearably, unsleepably hot in his less-than stellar French hotel. His roommate had taken his mattress off the bed and was sleeping on the small balcony outside their room. And the man who would shortly become known as Monsieur Ventoux was watching football, Italy vs. Brazil in the World Cup final, to be exact. Italy lost. The following morning as Eros dragged his weary, tired legs out of bed and down the stairs, as there was no lift, James Brown came into his head. “I feel good, I knew that I would now,” started to repeat over and over in his head. As it would the rest of the day. He felt good and the rest, as they say, is history.

THE TRIP AT A GLANCE

START LOCATION:

San Canzian

FINISH LOCATION:

San Canzian

TOTAL ELEVATION:

7,516m

TOTAL DISTANCE:

486km

DAYS RIDING:

6

GROUP SIZE:

8-14

LONGEST DAY:

Day 5. Meneghetti 124km

BIGGEST CLIMBING DAY:

Day 5 Pola 1,855m

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DAY BY DAY BREAKDOWN

1

Umag

44km & 452m

Welcome to Istria!

On the way from Umag to Savudrija, your eyes will surely be drawn to wonderful beaches and magical coasts with numerous small bays that call for refreshment and swimming. After Savudrija, the road starts not so far from the Dragonja River, along the border with Slovenia. Near Plovanija it diverges towards Buje, passing through the most famous Istrian craft brewery, San Servolo, along with numerous vineyards, and then ends at the beautiful San Canzian hotel. In addition to luxurious accommodation, an architecture that combines traditional and modern showing the true spirit of Istria, San Canzian also offers top cuisine in its Luciano restaurant. A place you want to enjoy and stay forever.

2

LIVADE

76km & 1,135m

Starting from San Canzian and heading to the beautiful medieval town of Grožnjan, which is located on a hill next to the river Mirna, we cycle to Oprtalj, Livade and finally Motovun, an area extremely rich in truffles. The Motovun forest, as well as the Mirna river valley, is rich with this valuable ingredient important for the whole Istrian gastronomy. The view from the medieval fortress extends to the hills painted with vineyards. The best Istrian wineries are located here. The road then leads back to the coast, to Novigrad, known for its days of Švoj (Sole fish) and then heading back to inland.

3

Ucka National Park — Abazia

87km & 1,715m

Cycling through central Istria via Motovun to Pazin, also the administrative center of Istrian County, we climb into Bijela Istria and reach the Učka National Park. After Učka, we head down towards Opatija and only briefly leave Istria and cross another region, Kvarner. For more than 160 years, Opatija has been an important tourist center where numerous festivals and congresses are held annually. The city is decorated with beautiful Austro-Hungarian villas and offers a long walk along the promenades by the sea.

4

KLANA

90km & 1,737m

The fourth day of cycling takes place in the Kvarner region. The small village of Klana is located at 564 m above sea level, in the mountainous part of the Karst, 18 km north of the city of Rijeka, and borders Slovenia (to the north), and the hilly region of Croatia, Gorski Kotar (to the east). Rijeka, a port city on the coast, is the administrative and economic center of the Kvarner region.

5

Menegheti

124km & 1,855m

After sightseeing and cycling around Kvarner via Opatija and Lovran, we return to Istria.

We arrive in Vodnjan, the world’s epicenter for premium olive oils. From Vodnjan, we drive a few more kilometers to Bale, where Stancija Meneghetti is not far away.

The beautiful Stancija Meneghetti, a luxury resort that includes a winery known for its top wines, as well as a famous restaurant. The estate covers almost 400,000 square meters, so the central hotel with villas and residences are surrounded by hectares of vineyards and olive groves, as well as forests and landscaped paths to a private beach with a view of Island Brijuni. What’s more, since 2013, the hotel has been a proud member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux group, a testament to its exceptional quality and service. Contemporary designed residences, villas and suites are dominated by stone and wood, which combines rusticity and elegance at the same time.

6

ROVINJ

65km & 622m

With a pleasant ride from Bale through endless olive groves, we reach Rovinj, the tourist center of Istria and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia. Known for its rich gastronomic offer and numerous luxury hotels, Rovinj is definitely a place where you should come back for enjoyment and rest. However, our path goes further inland, towards Svetvinčent and Kanfanar.

7

DEPARTURE

This is our final morning together and after a leisurely breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye, or at least arrivederci, until we meet again. Transfers to the airport will be arranged by our hard-working crew but if you’re planning on staying a few extra days, let us know if we can help with reservations or a few recommendations.

STAYING LONGER?

Adventure Continues…
Do you plan to come a few days early, or stay on after your inGamba adventure has ended? Our concierge can help you plan with a carefully curated selection of hotels, restaurants, bars, and guides. All of our recommendations have been hand-picked by a team of local experts, so you can spend more time enjoying all that this destination has to offer.

Seven of the last 11 Tours de France have been conquered on a DOGMA, and the latest generation is now ready to continue that legacy of success. Whatever the road throws at you, the DOGMA F is always the right bike.

WHEELSET:

Zipp 303 S Carbon Tubeless

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa N.Ext

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

PEDALS:

Speedplay

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

SADDLE:

Prologo

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 1030

COLOUR:

InGamba Red

The NYTRO GRAVEL has a pure road racer DNA which upon launch marked an era in the E-BIKE/GRAVEL world. Featuring an iconic design, the Nytro Gravel is perfect for anyone looking for a road bike with powerful support for the toughest climbs.

WHEELSET:

Zipp 303 S Carbon Tubeless

FRAMESET:

Nytro Gravel E-Bike
(available for an additional fee)

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa N.Ext

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

PEDALS:

Speedplay

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

SADDLE:

Prologo

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 1030

COLOUR:

Saturn Silver

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