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MS Morena / Route PB

Port of Poreč - Istria

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Description

Captain Patricio Vižintin from Tar near Poreč has been connected to the sea and seafaring since childhood. When he was only six years old, he started setting the nets for fishing in the bay of Tar (Tarska Vala) with his father Mario – first in a rowing boat, later with a motorboat. A few years later, Mario bought a bigger boat with which the two of them carried out day trips for tourists. Patricio had already passed his first nautical examinations at the age of 15 and thus had his seaman's book in his pocket. Only five years later, he acquired his captain's licence in 2003. In 2018, he decided to buy the MS Morena and to operate one-week cruises in the future, with Mario still supporting him at the helm while his partner Iva looks after the well-being of the guests. Patricio, Iva and Mario also speak good German, in addition to English. From summer 2023, the Morena has not only strengthened our fleet, but also taken over our new routes from Poreč, which we planned together with Patricio. In the early and late season, his guests will discover the Istrian peninsula by bike, while the bathing routes in the high season will not only take them around Istria, but also to the islands of Cres and Lošinj.

General data: Length 35 m, built in 2008. 36 beds in 16 cabins with shower/toilet and individually adjustable air conditioning.

Lower deck: 2 twin cabins with separate beds, 2 double cabins with queen-size bed, 2 triple cabins with queen-size bed and 3rd bed above.

Main deck: 2 twin cabins with separate beds, 2 double cabins with queen-size bed.

Upper deck: 2 twin cabins with separate beds, 2 double cabins with queen-size bed, 2 triple cabins with queen-size bed and 3rd bed above.

Other: Sun deck (approx. 130 m²) with 20 deck chairs, bathing platform with showers at the stern. Tables with benches and chairs for approx. 12–14 persons in the covered area behind the saloon on the main deck, tables with benches and chairs for approx. 12–14 persons in the covered stern area on the upper deck.

Our cruises are not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

Minimum number of participants: 18 persons

Further information about the minimum number of participants you will find here.

Extras
Category: Premium
Max. 36 Persons
Cabins with Shower/WC
Air condition
Free Wi-Fi
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Monday – Friday
Saturday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
 
+49 (0) 89 23 11 000
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Details

Year of construction: 2008
Length over all (m): 35.00 m
Sun deck: 130 m2
WiFi Internet: Free
Cabins
Twin / double cabins: 12
Triple cabins: 4
Single cabins: 0
Quadruple cabins: 0
Cabins with ensuite facilities: Yes
Air conditioning: Yes
Extras
Shower/toilet: 1



Route

Route:
Poreč – Novigrad – Umag – Novigrad – Vrsar – Limfjord Nature Reserve – Rovinj – Pula – Brijuni Islands National Park – Poreč

Embarkation at the port of Poreč takes place between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon at the latest. If you arrive in Poreč with your own car, you can drive to our car park reception from 09:00 am to 11:00 am at the latest. After arriving at our car park reception, park your vehicle and our service team will take you to the port or to the ship. Afterwards, you will be greeted by our tour guide with a welcome drink and get to know the crew and fellow passengers. During a snack we lift anchor and sail to Novigrad. Here we load the bikes from the deck and cycle along the sea via Sveti Ivan, Lovrečica and Dajla to Umag. Dinner on board and overnight stay in Umag. 22.6 bike kilometres, ascent and descent 100 metres in altitude each.

The port of embarkation for passengers depends on flight times. If flight and transfer are booked via I.D. Riva Tours and arrival at Pula airport is before 11:00 am, embarkation in Poreč is guaranteed; if arrival is later, embarkation takes place at the first overnight port.

Today we start the 2-country tour. After breakfast we cycle along the coast past the ATP stadium and via Karigador, the Savudrija lighthouse and Crveni Vrh across the border into Slovenia. Opportunity for lunch in Portorož. Those who wish can continue cycling 5 km along the sea to the Venetian town of Piran and back to Portorož. We cycle through the Slovenian and Istrian hinterland back to Umag. We set sail again and cycle to the cosy town of Novigrad for an overnight stay. Dinner on board. 60.3 bike kilometres, ascent and descent 430 metres in altitude each.

We first cycle from Novigrad to Tar, where we take part in an olive oil tasting. Afterwards, we make a small detour inland and arrive in Poreč via Labinci and Višnjan after a break with the opportunity for lunch. We continue through the Blue and Green Lagoon to Funtana and on to Vrsar, where the ship is already waiting for us. Late afternoon guided tour of Vrsar, followed by dinner on board and overnight. 49.8 bike kilometres, ascents and descents 450 metres in altitude each.

After breakfast we climb back into the saddle and cycle first via Kloštar to the viewpoint above the Limfjord. Via Marasi and Flengi we return to Vrsar. After lunch on board, we take the boat into the Limfjord – a narrow, fjord-like bay that stretches about 10 km into the mainland. The bay is a nature reserve and also widely known for its mussel and oyster farming. We continue to Rovinj, probably the most picturesque old town in Istria. Dominated by the baroque church of St. Euphemia and the 60 m high bell tower, the old town is situated on the Monterosso peninsula. The characteristic silhouette of the little town has attracted many painters, which is why Rovinj is a true artists' colony today. But it is not only the painters who offer their works in galleries, streets and squares, but also the narrow, winding streets and steep staircases with their countless wine bars and cafés that attract tourists from all over the world, who populate the old town every evening. Guided tour of Rovinj, opportunity for dinner in one of the numerous restaurants. 25.7 bike kilometres, ascents and descents 240 metres in altitude each.

After breakfast, we cycle to Bale in the interior of Istria and return to the coast shortly before Peroj. From here we cycle directly along the sea with a view of the Brijuni Islands National Park via Fažana and Valbandon to Štinjan and on to Pula. Pula was first mentioned by the Greeks three thousand years ago, and it was here that the Romans left behind one of their most impressive buildings: the Arena – an amphitheatre for 23,000 spectators at that time, framed by a 31 m high circular wall. Today, the "Days of Antiquity", the film festival, the "Histria Festival", as well as music concerts and opera performances take place here – the list of internationally renowned artists who have performed in the Arena of Pula is long. After lunch on board, during a guided tour of the city in the afternoon, you will get to know not only the Arena but also the other ancient sights, from the Roman Forum to the Sergian Arch. In the evening Captain's Dinner and overnight. 41.2 bike kilometres, ascents and descents 280 metres in altitude each.

In the morning we cycle from Pula via Stoja, Pješčana Uvala, Vinkuran and Pomer to Premantura, situated at the beginning of the Cape Kamenjak Nature Park. Cape Kamenjak has preserved a unique flora and fauna. The peninsula is home to over 550 different plant species, five of which have their only habitat in Croatia on Cape Kamenjak. The numerous orchid species are also a special botanical attraction. More than 23 different protected species can be found here. Via Pomer and Vinkuran we return to Pula and go on board again. During lunch we leave Pula and reach the National Park of the Brijuni Islands, off the west coast in the south of Istria, less than an hour later. The national park consists of 14 islands and islets. The islands were already inhabited in prehistoric times, archaeological traces point to a first settlement around 3000 BC. In 1893, the Austrian industrialist Paul Kupelwieser bought the islands and made them habitable. The reason for the "uninhabitability" was malaria, which he eradicated here together with the German physician Robert Koch. From 1947 onwards, Yugoslavian state and party leader Tito had one of his favourite residences here, and the entire archipelago was thus off-limits to the ordinary population. After Tito's death in 1980, the islands became a national park. The island of Veli Brijun is still used by the Croatian government for state receptions and as the summer residence of the Croatian president. During an approximately one-hour round trip by mini-train, we see remains from ancient times, the unique flora with around 680 plant species, over 250 bird species such as cormorants, as well as free-roaming deer, roe deer and mouflon. One of the biggest attractions is the Safari Park - here we see elephants, llamas, zebras, Nile Gau antelopes, Somali sheep, sacred Indian cows, donkeys and ostriches. The museum "Interactive Boat House" and the exhibition "Tito on Brijuni" complete the experience. Opportunity for dinner in one of the restaurants on Veliki Brijun and overnight stay. 39.8 bike kilometres, ascent and descent 380 metres in altitude each.

After breakfast we take a leisurely bike tour around the island of Veliki Brijun. Afterwards we load the bikes on board for the last time and set sail again. Before we return to the starting point of our journey in Poreč in the afternoon, we take a bathing break in one of the bays on the west coast of Istria. Guided tour of Poreč, followed by dinner in one of the restaurants in Poreč and overnight stay. 16.8 km by bike, ascent and descent 120 m each.

After breakfast, disembarkation until 9:00 am.

The bicycle tours lead mainly along roads with little traffic, often along the sea and also through campsites.

The route may be changed due to local conditions and current weather conditions.
Route PB
What's included…
  • 8-day cruise as per programme
  • Half board as per itinerary
  • Welcome snack
  • Captain's Dinner
  • English and German speaking representatives in port during embarkation and disembarkation
  • English and German speaking tour guide during the entire cruise
  • Bicycle rental (helmet on request, please specify when booking)
  • E-bike rental for an extra charge (€ 175 per e-bike)
  • Cycling tours guided by experienced cycling tour guides as per programme
  • Guided city tour of Vrsar
  • Guided city tour of Rovinj
  • Guided city tour of Pula
  • Entrance to the Brijuni Islands National Park incl. round trip by mini ztrain and visit to the museum "Interactive Boathouse" and the exhibition "Tito on Brijuni".
  • Guided city tour of Poreč

Location

Port of Poreč - Istria

Sojourn tax and harbour fees are not included in the prices and are payable in cash on board upon embarkation. These are in the 2024 season € 42 per person and week, € 21 for children up to 12 years; in the 2025 season € 49 per person and week, € 24 for children up to 12 years.

Tip recommendation: You will certainly be happy to reward the service crew’s performance with a tip. We recommend an amount from € 70 per cabin and week.




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