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Istria from coast to coast

€740 per person
Below only the classic tour version is given as itinerary and price. Get in touch with us to check for the shorter 7-day option.

Experience the tender rural aspect of Croatia’s countryside – vineyards, rivers, olive trees, forests, enclosed villages and hilltop medieval towns. All of this and more is what defines Istria as one of the best self-guided walking tour destinations. A perfect combination of culture and nature all in one unforgettable landscape. This cultural heritage experience will take you to idyllic towns like Motovun and Grožnjan where you will feel like you have traveled back in time. The Učka Nature Park will reveal the natural treasures of green Istria before you. And no experience is fully complete without the active participation of local food and wine every step of the way.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Difficulty: 2/3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Welcome meeting; Accommodation in 3-4* hotels and guesthouses, en-suite rooms, incl. breakfast (optional halfboard (6x dinners) supplement on extra payment; check the Rates & Remarks tab for details); Detailed route description in English (map and road book); People transfers as per program; Luggage transport between accommodations; Emergency hotline;
  • What is not included
    Airport transfers; other meals and drinks;
  • Best period
    March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
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Day 1: Arrival in ISTRIA.
Arrival in Istria and official greeting and itinerary presentation by a member of our local team (the event is usually held around 19:00 in your hotel). The overnight is in a rural house turned into a cozy hotel in the Buje area (i.e. Volpija or Kaldanija). *Private transfers to the Buje area are available, don’t hesitate to contact us for a price quote.
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Day 2: BRTONIGLA - BUJE/area (4-5hrs, 15km, +325m/-315m)
A short morning transfer brings you to Brtonigla. The vast area of vineyards and olive groves is infiltrated by pathways leading towards meadows and woods, deep into the center of vibrating nature that lives intact, far away from the modern civilization. Here one can find and taste superior wines and olive oils. Many family cellars and tasting premises invite the travelers to discover the quality of the local produce. After 3 hours hiking through vineyards you will reach Buje, a small hilltop town. From the top of the hill you can enjoy the pretty view of terraced fields,  tidy vineyards and olive groves. Take your time to explore this town full of history. The route ends in front of your hotel where you will get by former old railway. Overnight in Buje/area.
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Day 3: GROŽNJAN - MOTOVUN (6-6,30hrs, 26km, +450/-480m) (shorter option: 5hrs, 20km)
After breakfast, this independent hiking route guides you on an exciting tour through the Istrian villages via charming hidden paths. Another brief transfer will take you to the tour starting point, Grožnjan. The trailhead starts at the former railway Parenzana, a narrow-gauge Austrian railway connecting Trieste with Poreč through a series of Istrian small towns. You will pass by vineyards, beautiful viewpoints, tunnels and old bridges to the village of Livade, the truffle center of the world where you can indulge yourself to various delightful treats for the taste buds. The overnight will be in Motovun, a town perched on a nearby hill.
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Day 4: AROUND MOTOVUN (3-4hrs, 17km, +450m/-450m)
On today’s independent loop hike you will find yourself immersed in the local Istrian atmosphere walking through vineyards and small villages. You can visit a small winery on your way back and taste the finished product of the tireless work of the local Croatian winemakers. The overnight is in Motovun.
*If you choose the 7-day (6-night) tour option, this will be the day, which will be waived from your program. Please contact us for price details if you wish to opt for the shorter trek.
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Day 5: OPRTALJ - BUZET (5-6hrs, 19km, +620/-870m) (shorter option: 3hrs, 13km)
Today you begin walking the Istrian Mountain Trail after a short transfer to the starting point, the town of Oprtalj. The route takes you downhill to the village of Sv.Ivan (st.John) through a beautiful forest. You will contemplate the beauty of the church of the St. Lucija village as your route slowly leads you to the Control point - the best viewpoint of the Mirna river valley. Passing by an aqueduct, village by village, you will find yourself on a forest path to the town of Buzet, where your next two overnights will be.
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Day 6: BUZET - HUM - BUZET (7hrs, 26km, +550m/-550m) (shorter option: 3-4hrs, 14km)
Your independent hiking itinerary takes you on a circular trail from Buzet to Hum and back. The highlight is the natural heritage of the area - forests, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. The extremely pleasant and not too steep route will lead you to the incredible Korita springs and natural pools where you will find a little historic jem - an old watermill. You will feel like true explorers as if stumbling upon the abandoned historic stone house village of Benčići by accident. You can see the iconic church tower of Hum from there and later find out what the smallest town in the world looks like as you walk the streets of Hum. You can spend your lunch break in a "konoba" (the local dialect word for restaurant) and try a wide variety of traditional Istrian dishes. The walk back to Buzet follows the so-called “way of the mistletoe”. The hiking time is roughly around 3 hours per direction via both routes.
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Day 7: UČKA - LOVRAN (5hrs, 12km, +450m/-1390m or an option for -450m) (shorter option: 2hrs, 6km)
Today’s self-guided hiking route begins with a morning transfer to a peculiar saddle between two hills called Poklon where the starting point of the trail is located. You will hike the highest summit of Istria and the Učka mountain (1401 m) where breathtaking panoramic views await you. Charming coastal towns of the Kvarner bay, as well as mountains, form a spectacular perspective. On a clear day, looking towards the mainland, you can see as far as Venice and the northern side of the Alps. The overnight is in Lovran.
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Day 8: Departure

TOUR LOCATION

Price
740 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (15/03-19/04)
780 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (20/04-19/06; 20/09-15/11)
830 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (20/06-19/09)
* N.B.: If your travel period falls into two periods with different prices, the one with the higher price will be invoiced!
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 210 Euro
Solo traveler supplement (incl. sgl. room supplement): 390 Euro
Tips
Daily departures between mid-March and mid-November (best period May/June and September/October); the hikes are not particularly difficult at all but the warm weather may make some stages more exhausting; private transfers to the starting point available from Pula, Venice, Trieste, Zagreb and Ljubljana; private transfers from the last overnight place available to the same destinations (ask for price).
Accommodation
Hotels and guesthouses (3-4* category) with en-suite rooms, including breakfast; Halfboard supplement (6x dinners) possible on extra payment (see below); 2x overnights in Buje/area; 2x overnights in Motovun; 2x overnights in Buzet; 1x overnight in Lovran;
* There is a possible upgrade to premium 4* hotels (please check with us for details)
Halfboard supplement (6x dinners)
240 Euro

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