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Coast To Coast Walking Tour Istria - 8 days

Overview

Imagine walking through green countryside full of vineyards, olive trees, rivers and forests, full of beautiful villages and medieval towns situated on hills. Indeed it sounds like a dream. This dream can come true! Join us on a walking adventure through green Istria. Learn about the natural beauty that will open before you every step of the way, and with every new winding of the road. Learn about the culture and heritage of Istria and visit picturesque towns on the hills with unforgettable views which will leave you breathless. Visit Hum, the smallest town in the world and experience the spirit of the past in Motovun and Grožnjan, the town of artists. To get to know the best of Istria, walk through Učka Nature Park which contains a wealth of life and, finally, round off this green adventure with the delicious flavors of indigenous Istrian
delicacies and wines.

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

Facilities

1. DAY - ARRIVAL
Arrival in Pula airport and group transfer to our hotel in Buje area. Brief orientation meeting with our guide followed by a dinner together. Overnight in hotel in Buje area.

Accommodation: Guesthouse Lovac 3* in Buje area or similar
Meals: Dinner
Walking distance: No
Transfer: Transfer from Pula airport to Buje in duration 50 minutes.

2. DAY - BRTONIGLA - 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: Guesthouse Lovac 3* in Buje area or similar
Meals: Breakfast, wine tasting, dinner
Transfer: Local transfers
Walking distance: 3-4 hours hiking
Points of interest: Momjan Castle, Wine cellar with local wine, local food, View

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 Villa Borgo 3* in Motovun or similar
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Transfer: Local transfers luggage transfer
Walking distance: 25 km / 15 miles (approx 5-6 h)
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 - PAZIN-BERAM
After breakfast transfer to Pazin where we will start with our hiking tour. It goes alongside Kaštel, over the Pazin cave bridge, and after the factory it turns right and goes uphill along the road to Gortan hill. After the Gortan hill one branch of the trail turns left towards Beram, and the other continues the circle along the hill spine towards the Dušani village and returns to Pazin. Continue following a path starting next to St. Mary on Škrilinah church, then it rises mildly until the Findrle hill, and finally it takes you to Pazin through Dušani village. Day we will end by the cave. (Some hundred metres beneath the largest and best preserved medieval castle in Istria, the largest Istrian karst river Pazinčica disappears into the crater of this most striking example of karst evolution in Istria and the surrounding area. This cave is an attraction that leaves a strong impression on every visitor - from Dante and Jules Verne to everybody else who has had the chance to see this unique work of natural forces.

Accommodation: Hotel Villa Borgo 3* in Motovun or similar
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Transfer: Local transfers
Walking distance: 4 hours
Points of interest: Pazin, frescoes in Beram, Pazin cave

5. 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 Fontana 3*, Buzet or similar
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Transfer: 15 min transfer luggage transfer
Hiking distance: 4-5 hours
Points of interest: Oprtalj, Untouched nature of inland, Mirna river valley view, City of Buzet.

6. 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 church tower 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Fontana 3*, Buzet or similar
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Transfer: local transfers
Walking distance: 4-5 hours
Points of interest: Mirna river canyon, Nature, Old mill on the river, Kotli (natural pools), Hum the smallest city in the world

7. 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 Štanger 3* in Lovran or similar
Meals: Breakfast, farewell dinner
Transfer: 30 min transfer from Buzet to Poklon (Startpoint) luggage transfer
Walking distance: 4-5 hours
Points of interest: Učka nature park, Highest mountain in Istria (1401 m) , Beautiful 360° view on surrounding kvarner bay islands and Istrian inland.

8. DAY - DEPARTURE
After brekfast group transfer to Pula airport.

Accommodation: Not included
Meals: Breakfast included
Transfer: Transfer from Lovran to Pula airport in duration 1 hour
Walking Distance: no
Points of interest: no

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Essentials

Included

  • 2 x overnight in guesthouse 3* hotel in Buje
  • 2 x overnight in guesthouse/ hotel 3* hotel in Motovun
  • 2 x overnight in guesthouse/ hotel 3* hotel in Buzet
  • 1 x overnight in guesthouse/ hotel 3* hotel in Lovran
  • 7 x breakfasts
  • 7 x dinners
  • 1 x visit wine cellar with tasting
  • Luggage transport between accommodations
  • All transportation as per itinerary
  • Group transfer from Pula airport to Buje and from Lovran to Pula airport
  • 1 x English speaking tour guide
  • Water, fresh and dry fruits during walking
  • Excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and drinks not stated in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Arrival and departure to/from Croatia
  • Pickup Instructions

    We can organize transfer from any other airport or bus/train station nearby (Trieste,Venice,Ljubljana,Zagreb) to start point and back

    Restrictions

    This hiking trip requires moderate physical shape.

    GROUP SIZE:

    Minimal number of participants: 4 persons
    Maximal number of participants: 12 persons

    Extras/Upgrades

    Prices are based on a number of people. Final price is based on quantity and it depends of number of people in group.

    Other activities can be organized during the hiking week.

    Essentials

    What to Bring?
    Backpack, hiking shoes, sunscreen, hat, extra clothes

    Hotels are 3* with double bedrooms


    PRICES ARE PER PERSON IN EURO.

    SUPPLEMENT FOR SMALL GROUPS - Per person:

    by 2 person EUR 250.-

    by 3 person EUR 150.-

    (Guaranteed departure for 2 persons with supplement)

    Prices are based on a number of people.Final price is based on quantity and it depends on a number of people in group.

    Who carries my luggage?

    On all tours, whether guided or self-guided, your luggage is transferred to your following night's accommodation. Luggage transfer is mostly carried out by Fiore Tours, by  sometimes we use also the accommodation provider or a local taxi service. Bags should be ready for collection by 09:30am and will be at your next overnight stop by 3pm.


    What equipment/clothing do I need to bring with me?
    You will need good walking shoes or boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, and hats, walking poles etc


    Can I organize a trip with just my friends or family?

    Yes, just let us know your chosen trip and we can organize a private departure. Prices may vary from those given on the website, depending on the size of the group and date of departure.


    What is the accommodation going to be like?

    Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area.


    What is the food like?

    Breakfasts are generally buffets that take your active program into consideration with a variety of low-fat and high-nutrition choices. Lunch is generally on your own, although some groups tours decide to pool funds on some days and enjoy picnics en route. Dinners are usually included with guided tours, and dinner packages ("half pension") are a frequent option with self-guided tours. Expect either a fixed menu or a few choices. If you have any allergies, restrictions or strong preferences, please let us know as far in advance as possible.


    How far in advance do I need to book?

    We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as Istria is extremely popular over the summer months.


    When is the best time of year?

    Traditionally April/May/June and September/October have always been the most popular time of year because the weather is better. July and August is better to avoid as it can be too hot for walking.


    When do I get my tour documents?

    You receive tour documents, including your hotel list and information on how to get to your starting town and hotel, tour operator contacts, packing tips, and other helpful information, about 2-3 weeks before your tour. You get packets with maps, route instructions, and sightseeing information at your start hotel.


    What is the size of the group on a guided tour?
    We usually take between four and twelve guests on each guided tour. If we have a larger group, we'll have additional leaders so that we can split up if necessary. With this size of group, we can cater for individual needs and still ensure the whole party is well looked after.


    How knowledgeable and experienced is the Group Leader?

    The local guides undergo extensive training in all aspects of travel in the region. They are full-time professionals and are selected for their empathy and knowledge of the area you are visiting.

     

    - Customer Reviews

    Reviewed by Bill Hoffman and WPW Walkers on
    Fiore Tours did an excellent job preparing and executing a program for our Minnesota USA walking group. We walked the Parenzana Trail beginning in Koper, Slovenia just down the Adriatic coast from Trieste, Italy, into the hill country of Croatia, and finishing in Porec on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula. Luka was a superb guide for our 110 km journey. He was very knowledgeable about the history, geography, culture, languages, and contemporary characteristics of the region. We had fine accommodations throughout (Hotel Roza in Portorose, Pension Lovac in Kaldanija, B&B Al Merlo Olivo in Krasica, Villa Borgo in Motovun, Rural House Ritossa in Vižinada, Rural House Milena in Višnjan, and Hotel Porec in Porec). After finishing the Parenzana Trail we were transported by Fiore Tours across Istria to the Poklon pass of the Učka mountain nature park from where we climbed to Vojak, the highest point (1400m). We then descended to Lovran on Istria's eastern coast located in the "Riviera" region of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. Istrian food and wine and associated village festivals, together with the goodwill of the people we encountered along the way, made this a journey to remember. Bill Hoffman, group leader, WPW Walkers, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA.

    Visited October 2013
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