Croatia's Istrian Riviera

  • 8 Days

  • Croatia

  • Active pace

From UNESCO listed national parks and natural karst caves, to fortified towns and Roman relics, discover the treasures of Croatia’s slice-shaped peninsula on this scenic journey along the coast.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a local representative
Accommodation
Excursions
All airport and port taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 23rd September 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners

Overview

From UNESCO listed national parks and natural karst caves, to fortified towns and Roman relics, discover the treasures of Croatia’s slice-shaped peninsula on this scenic journey along the coast.

At a glance

  • Brijuni Islands Enjoy a relaxing boat ride to these pine-carpeted islands off the Istria coast.
  • Postojna Caves Wander the tunnels and chambers of Europe’s largest cave network.
  • Plitvice Lakes Explore the famous waterfalls, lakes and wildlife of a UNESCO listed natural treasure.
  • Lipica Stud Farm Get up close with white Lipizzaner horses on a guided tour of the stables .
  • Pula Explore the historical highlights of one of Istria’s oldest towns.

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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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.

Meals included
  • 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Porec - Pula- UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Porec: Hotel Laguna Materada
  • Porec: Hotel Laguna Molindrio 

Notes

Latest customer reviews

14/06/2017

Beautil country , very clean, locals are very friendly.

31/05/2017

Web booking had few problems and had to contact by phone.

24/05/2017

Hotel, location and excursions included

24/05/2017

First time to Croatia, and was pleasantly surprised weather was good Temperature 24 (may) July and august can be 40deg, lovely roads Would recommend this holiday, and the tours are first class.

01/07/2016

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.

29/06/2016

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

29/06/2016

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.

29/06/2016

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