Croatia Walking Holiday Istria

Croatia Walking Holiday Istria

On our Croatia Walking Holiday Istria, join us on a walking adventure through green countryside full of vineyards, olive trees, rivers and forests. Discover beautiful villages and medieval towns situated on hills. Learn about Istrias natural beauty, culture and heritage. Visit picturesque hill towns with unforgettable views that leave you breathless. Visit Hum, the smallest town in the world and experience the spirit of the past in Motovun and Groznjan. Walk through Ucka Nature Park with its wealth of life and, finally, round off this adventure with delicious indigenous Istrian delicacies and wines.

Highlights of Croatia Walking Holiday Istria

  • Sightseeing tours of the medieval towns of Grožnjan, Motovun and Buzet
  • Visiting Hum, the smallest town in the world
  • Hiking in Učka Nature Park
  • Exploring the rich cultural heritage and local culinary delicacies

Detail Description
Type: Self guided walking holiday
Location: Istria Croatia
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Season: April – October
Grade: Moderate. Daily walking of between 4-7hrs.
Accommodation: 3* Hotels and Inns. See itinerary for details
Meals: Breakfasts

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

Download Detailed Itinerary

1. DAY – ARRIVAL
Arrival in Istria. Info meeting with representative at 7pm at the hotel reception area where we will provide you with the package including hotel vouchers, maps and a road book, luggate tags. Overnight in hotel “Casa la Parenzana”. Rural house in heart of Istria, a peaceful oasis for relaxation and an ideal starting point for daily exploration of this beautiful area.

Accommodation: Hotel Casa la Parenzana 3* in Volpija or Lovac 3* in Kaldanija (Buje area)
Meals: not included
Walking distance: no
Transfer: Transfer from Poreč to Hotel.

2. DAY – HIKING BRTONIGLA TO BUJE
Short transfer to Brtonigla. The numerous acres of vineyards and olive groves are surrounded by pathways that lead towards meadows and woods, deep into the centre of vibrating nature that lives intact, far away from the modern civilisation. It is also a place where you can find superior wines and olive oils – many family cellars and tasting premises invite the travellers to discover the authentic power of the local lifestyle. After 3 hours walking through vineyards we reach Buje, a small town hilltop town. From the top of the hill you can enjoy the pretty view of terraced fields and arable land, vineyards and olive groves. Enjoy sightseeing in this town full of history and culture. The route finishes in front of your hotel where you will get by ex old railway. Overnight in Buje area.

Accommodation: Hotel Casa la Parenzana 3* in Volpija or Lovac 3* in Kaldanija (Buje area)
Meals: Breakfast included
Transfer: 10 minutes transfer
Walking distance: 13 km / 8 miles (3-4 h)
Points of interest: Brtonigla, Buje hill top town, Wine cellar with local wine, vineyards

3. DAY – GROŽNJAN – MOTOVUN
After breakfast you are ready to start exploring istrian villages and hidden paths. After 10 minute transfer walking stage starts on ex railway Parenzana. Parenzana was a narrow – gauge Austrian railway connecting Trieste with Poreč through a series of Istrian small towns, for 123 kilometres long. The railway was in function from 1902 until 1935, and today, the track has been rearranged for cycling and hiking paths wounding through Istrian hills. Grožnjan will be your start point. After you saw It’s galleries and viewpoints you can pass through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards. After passing through several tunnels, over old bridges you can stop on many fascinating view point before reaching the village of Livade, the truffle center of the world where you can taste and buy some products with truffles. In front of Livade on a hill is the town of Motovun where is your hotel. Overnight in Motovun.

Accommodation: Hotel Kaštel 3* or Villa Borgo 3*in Motovun or similar
Meals: Breakfast included
Transfer: 10 minutes transfer luggage transfer
Walking distance: 25 km / 15 miles (approx 5-6 h) – there is possibility for shorter option 16 km / 8 miles, 3-4 hours
Points of interest: Parenzana ex railway line, Tunnels and bridges, Grožnjan the city or artists, Livade the truffle center of the world, Motovun

4.DAY – OPRTALJ – BUZET
Ater breakfast short transfer to Oprtalj. Pitoresque little town deeply in Istrian peninsula from where it starts the Istrian Mountain Trail. The route goes downhill into the forest and passing Sv.Ivan (st.John) village. Next village in st. Lucija with a very beautiful church. Through few villages you will get to Control point where is also one of the best views on river Mirna valley. The trail is passing by the Pietrapelosa castle and leads down in the valley. After passing an aqueduct the trail goes on the hill towards the village of Mali Mlun and few more villages opens a beautiful view on the town of Buzet. Through a forest and fields the trail will get you to Buzet. Overnight in Buzet.

Accommodation: Hotel Vela Vrata 4*, Buzet or similar
Meals: Breakfast included
Transfer: 15 min transfer luggage transfer
Hiking distance: 21 km / 13 miles (around 5 hours) – there is possibility for shorter option 12 km/ 7 miles, 3 hours
Points of interest: Oprtalj, Untouched nature of inland, Mirna river valley view, City of Buzet.

5. DAY – BUZET – HUM – BUZET
Path from Buzet to Hum can be a circular trail or one way if you start from Hum.
The trail starts by the river and turns into the forest, passing over shallow river or riverbed if it’s dry.
It’s passing by some waterfalls with lakes. Nice, and not too steep, the trail leads you all the way to Korita, the water springs with natural pools and an old watermill. The trail continues following the riverbed and it’s passing trough Benčići, an abandoned village where you can see traditional Istrian stone houses. From there you’ll see Hum and it’s recognizable churchtower in the distance.
When you get to Hum, take a walk and you’ll understand why its the smallest town in the world. In Hum you can eat in the local “konoba”, a word form the local dialect that means restaurant. The “konoba” in hum offers you nothing but traditional istrian dishes. The «way of mistletoe» will lead you all the way back to Buzet. It takes about 3 hours of hiking in one way. Overnight in Buzet.

Accomodation: Hotel 4* “Vela Vrata” or similar
Meals: Breakfast included
Distance: Walking distance: one way 12 km / 8 miles or circular trail 24 km / 15 miles
Points of interest: Mirna river canyon, Nature, Old mill on the river, Kotli (natural pools), Hum the smallest city in the world

6.DAY – UČKA
Transfer to Poklon ,saddle between two hills from where trail starts. It goes on the top of Učka mountain which is biggest mountain in Istria with altitude of 1401 m .From the top it goes all the way down on sea level in Lovran.Path is covered by oak and chestnut forests that give pleasant freshness in hot summers. The very summit of Ucka (Vojak) is worth to climb on for stunning panorama. The panorama of Kvarner bay includes sea and coastal towns, as well as the mountains in background: Obruc, Snjeznik and Risnjak Western side the whole Istra peninsula lies in front of you. Sometimes, if visibility is good, view towards to Venice and on Alps on the north side. Overnight in 4* hotel in Lovran.

Accommodation: Hotel Park 4* in Lovran or similar
Meals: Breakfast Included
Transfer: 30 min transfer from Buzet to Poklon (Startpoint) luggage transfer
Walking distance: 11km / 7 miles (approx 4-5 h), – there is possibility for shorter option 6 km / 4 miles, 2 hours
Points of interest: Učka nature park, Highest mountain in Istria (1401 m) , Beautiful 360° view on surrounding kvarner bay islands and Istrian inland.

7.DAY – DEPARTURE OR POSSIBILITY FOR EXTENDED STAY
After breakfast departure.

01.03.-27.04.2019/28.09.-30.11.2019

Per Person In double room €610
Supplement Half board €150
Reduction for 3rd person on additional bed €50
In single room: €760
Solo traveller: €879

28.04.-28.05.2019

Per Person In double room €640
Supplement Half board €150
Reduction for 3rd person on additional bed €50
In single room: €805
Solo traveller: €919

29.05.-27.06.2019 / 29.08.-27.09.2019

Per Person In double room: €680
Supplement Half board €150
Reduction for 3rd person on additional bed €50
In single room: €800
Solo traveller: €940

TRANSFERS , (1-3 people), (4-8 people)
Return from Pula Airport €179, €199
Return from Venice Airport, €599, €690
Return from Triest Airport, €289, €330

Welcome meeting
2 x overnight in a 3* hotel in Buje area
1 x overnight in a 3* hotel in Motovun
2 x overnight in a 4* hotel in Buzet
1 x overnight in a 4* hotel in Lovran
6 x breakfast
Information package including detailed route description (map and road book) and vouchers.
luggage transport between accommodations.
24/7 emergency number.

Your Accommodation

You’ll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 3-4* hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area. Please see itinerary for details of hotels.

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using a strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and re-visited by our local partners. On most of our holidays you will be staying in different hotels and their  uniqueness and individual character only adds to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will also benifit with knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies, and supporting local family run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Individual rooms are possible upon request when you book; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.
For biking trips, all of our inns have a safe place to keep bicycles for the night

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

From Price pp

€610

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