Croatia's Istrian Riviera

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Croatia's Istrian Riviera

Experience the natural beauty and history of Croatia from Opatija on this 8-day experience: discovering the glorious Plitvice Lakes and charming Rovinj to postcard-pretty medieval villages.

8 days from

£857

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 14/05/2017 from London Stansted Airport

View Dates
  • Plitvice Lakes National Parks Plitvice Lakes National Parks
  • Postojna Caves Postojna Caves
  • Cathedral of the Assumption, Zagreb Cathedral of the Assumption, Zagreb
  • Pula Arena, Istria Pula Arena, Istria
  • Porec Porec
  • Opatija Opatija

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Pula.

Fly to Pula where you will be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel in Porec for seven nights. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Porec - Plitvice Lakes - Porec.

Croatia's Plitvice Lakes is a UNESCO listed region of undulating hills, deep, wildlife-filled forests, craggy rocks and 16 blue-green lakes and waterfalls that are a wonder to behold. Today is dedicated to experiencing this natural treasure with a guided sightseeing tour. With an expert guide, delve into this spectacular area, walking its trails and crossing bridges that span its magnificent lakes; capturing its enchanting waterfalls on camera and simply soaking up the wondrous scenery. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Porec.

Enjoy a free day to relax or explore under your own steam today. Perhaps see the Roman ruins and the glorious basilica, the charming old quarter and the picturesque harbour. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 : Porec - Brijuni National Park - Porec.

Today, your destination is Brijuni National Park. Transfer by bus to Fazana harbour for a memorable boat trip to the Brijuni Islands. Take in these idyllic green islands carpeted in pines, olive groves, pastures and wild meadows grazed by deer and moufon. Next, stop to visit an archaeological museum housed within a 16th century Venetian castle and see the replica frescoes, and exhibitions at the small Gothic Church of St German. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 : Pula - Rovinj.

Today brings a visit to Pula, one of the oldest towns in Istria, whose history dates back some 3,000 years. After a panoramic drive around Austrian Pula, best known for its Marine Cemetery and Marine Church, stroll through the old city to view its highlights, including stunning Roman relics such as its amphitheatre, walls, triumphal arch and forum, as well as its Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Afterwards, head to Rovinj, considered by many to be Istria's most beautiful town. Brimmed full with colourful Venetian-style houses, this island town boasts the lovely Church of St Euphemia, home to an early 4th century sarcophagus. After your tour, enjoy free time to explore at your own pace, delving into the narrow cobbled streets lined with shops, cafes and eateries. En route back to Porec, look out for Lim Fiord, a beautiful river estuary lined by steep, wooded bank that cries out to be captured on camera. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 : Porec - Postojna - Lipica - Porec.

Today is dedicated to the awe-inspiring natural beauty of this verdant slice of Europe. Your first stop is the Postojna Caves in Slovenia, Europe's largest natural cave network. Carved through the millennia by the Pivka River, this subterranean maze boasts chambers, tunnels, passages, galleries and echoing halls glittering with stalactites and stalagmites. After your visit and lunch, enjoy time free for souvenir shopping before continuing to Lipica, a famous centre for horse breeding. Visit Lipica Stud Farm, where the celebrated white Lipizzaner horses are bred for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Watch a fabulous horse show and take a guided tour around the stables before your return to Porec. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 : Motovun - Moscenice - Opatija.

This morning, travel to Motovun, a medieval, walled hill town above the Mirna River in the midst of one of Istria's most fertile regions. Delve into the old quarter and enjoy the wonderful views over the walls down over the river, whose banks are coated in vineyards and truffle-filled woodlands. Admire the 13th century Gothic bell tower next to the 17th century St Stephen church and a handsome a Romanesque palace in the main town square. Next, visit the elegant town of Opatija, sitting on Croatia's Opatija Riviera. Admire this lovely resort, which lines a seven-mile promenade and is filled with ornate villas, gardens and cafes. Your final stop today is at Moscenice, a medieval fortified village that was once settle by the Illyrian tribe of Liburnia, which lends the region its name. Visit a fascinating museum on Mount Ucka and enjoy a tour of the Moscenice old town and the legendary olive oil press that is now a symbol of the town. If you wish, choose an optional visit to the village of Pican to sample some of the region's wines, olive oils and other produce before heading back to Porec. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 : Porec - Pula- UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

NOTE: Sturdy walking shoes are required for your excursion to Plitvice National Park as this excursion incurs extended periods of walking across uneven surfaces.

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Meals on tour - 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners
  • Services of a tour director on tour and local representative at other times
  • Porterage (for one suitcase per person)
  • Transfers between the overseas airports and hotels
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges

Holiday Highlights

  • Porec
  • Lipica
  • Postojna Caves
  • Motovun
  • Opatija
  • Moscenice
  • Plitvice Lakes
  • Pula
  • Rovinj
  • Brijuni

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Our Customers Rate this holiday 100% (12 reviews)

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01-Jul-2016

Holiday mostly as described but a few of the included trips were not as in the brochure description or itinerary. Also a warning as to the level of fitness needed should be given.

29-Jun-2016

Moscenice should have been missed and more time in Opatija.<br/>We did not get a cruise around the Brijuni National Park just a 15 minute ferry to<br/>the largest island and a train tour instead!

29-Jun-2016

The trips out were a bit boring at times. Some trips were not suitable for people with walking difficulties but the brochure did not state this. We had to miss out on one trip as it involved a lot of walking.

29-Jun-2016

See above comment

20-Jun-2016

As above. All good. Thank you archers

18-Jun-2016

The hotel was modern but the position with nothing else around, bars, cafes etc was disappointing. The cleanliness of my room and bathroom was poor. It was obvious that the bathroom floor was never swept or washed as I have red hair and the hairs o...

17-Jun-2016

Nice hotel but room very cramped.Expected more from a4 star hotel. Excellent guide and driver.Some trips too far away or lacking in interest.

17-Jun-2016

Very well planned and included lots of places. This is what we went for and were very pleased indeed with everything. Beautiful area and the itinerary made the most of the sight seeing and experience of those places.

04-Jun-2016

Good

29-May-2016

No welcome pack or local information. Itinerary supplied beforehand completely different to actual tour days. Although guide very good, time keeping and organisational skills could have been better. For example left for Plitvice Lakes at 8am and ret...

25-May-2016

A beautiful place with some amazing stops on the tour. Every place was different and interesting

25-May-2016

Tour guide very knowledgeable and helpful but talked far too much with detailed history and was often repeated.<br/>The day to the plitvice lakes was too long, didnt get back to 1.30am. The included lunch was ok but not really required after a full b...

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