Croatia • Istria • VRSAR Sightseeing holiday
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Ancient history, hilltop towns, truffles, tastings and Tito
A typical itinerary on this sightseeing holiday in Istria, Croatia
Leaving Pula, we arrive in Vrsar in time to explore the old town and waterfront before dinner.
Hum, the smallest town in the world
Starting with a truffle hunt led by local family in the Motovun forest we go on to explore the medieval towns of Motovun and Hum , the smallest town in the world according to the Guinness book of records we settle down for an Istrian lunch in small tavern owned by a local family.
In Pula we take a walk through history. We start with the Romans and the incredible amphitheatre known as the Pula Arena, pass through the renaissance period and finish our adventure in modern Pula. Continuing our journey we stop on a goat farm to get acquainted with eco cheese production and have the opportunity to taste their products. After cheese tasting we are taking an easy walk on Cape Kamenjak, the most southern end of Istrian peninsula designated as a nature park under special protection. Our walk all along the coastline is dotted with numerous inlets, coves miniature beaches and small islands.
Across the hills to Slovenia
An optional easy walk from Kostanjica to Završje, and a stop in medieval Grožnjan, famed for its artists. Later we stop in a winery for local wines, olive oil, Istrian ham and cheese before crossing the border into Slovenia to visit the charming seafront town of Piran.
Explore Vrsar, wander down to the harbour, or take the early ferry to Venice for the day
Rovinj and a farmstead
We start by exploring the town of Rovinj - narrow medieval streets and art galleries in a warm Mediterranean setting. We finish the day at a lovely farm with vegetables, gardens of authentic aromatic and medicinal herbs, olive groves, a vineyard and an orchard, savouring a lunch with fresh ingredients. Before going home we go explore Poreč and have time to have a coffee in one of many cafes.
The Brijuni Islands National Park
The archipelago of Brijuni is an extraordinary blend of natural, historical and cultural heritage. Starting with a boat ride from the fishing village of Fažana we land on Veli Brijun the largest of the islands. We follow a panoramic path all around the island, rich in history, archaeological treasures and pass the old villa of the Yugoslavian president Tito. There is great snorkelling and swimming so bring your bathers. On the way home we stop in Bale to meet a local producer of olive oil and of course a tasting.
We depart early for Pula airport
Note: This is a selection of the many options available on this sightseeing holiday in Istria, Croatia. Weather conditions, group interests and the guide will influence the final itinerary.
Where we stay on this easy walking holiday in Istria, Croatia
Hotel Vista sits in the old hill part of Vrsar and looks out over several small islets and the marina below. Lovingly restored from a collection of six old stone houses by a young couple, the hotel creates a beautiful ambience on several levels. The rooms are all attractively restored, there are several different exterior relaxing areas with the option of shade and the staff could not be more helpful. There is no lift but we have booked the rooms with least stairs – usually around 7 to bedrooms and an additional 15 steps to the breakfast area. All but two rooms have sea views.
Airport transfer time
Approximately 1 hour
Dates and prices
5 full days of walking with professional local guide
7 nights in en-suite accommodation
7 breakfasts and 5 lunches
6 dinners with wine in local restaurants
Personal welcome at Pula airport
All transport on the island
Visits to Hum, Rovinj, Grožnjan, Piran and Pula
Wine and local produce tasting
Olive oil tasting
Visit got farm with cheese tasting
Boat trip to the the Brijuni archipelago
Where we stay
Good footpaths, pavements and stony tracks.