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Istrian Coast by Sea Kayak and Foot

Overview

Explore untouched nature on foot, paddle along Istrian coast, swim and snorkel in crystal clear water.
Istria is a carefree combination of an active or quiet holiday destination and don't be surprised if it wins you over with its charm.
Should you choose Buje, Buzet, Motovun, Groznjan, you will find privacy and the silence of medieval towns – fortresses and familiarize yourself with the gastronomy and wine making. Motovun is a small town in the interior part of Istria, with a green Istrian landscape and wine roads that also plays host to many film festivals. Buzet is an authentic Istrian town that was settled in ancient history and is known as the town of truffles.
If you come to Istria, you will see for yourself why they refer to Istria as the "Tuscany of Croatia". The interior part of the region with its characteristic stone architecture and small towns situated on hills create a peaceful and relaxing environment. The interior part of Green Istria will greet you with a rich agrotourism offer and untouched nature.

Highlights:
-Poreč old city
-Visiting medieval hilltop towns, Grožnjan and Oprtalj
-Hiking on the Učka mountain
-Pula
-Gourmet experience- how to cook typical Istrian meal

Facilities

1.DAY ARRIVAL
Indepandent arrival in Istria. In afternoon meet your tour leader for a brief orientation meeting and short stroll through old town of Rovinj followed by a dinner together. Overnight in Rovinj.

Accommodation: Villa Tuttorotto or Villa Valdibora 4*, Rovinj
Meals: dinner
Activity: walking Rovinj
Transfer: not included

DAY 2 SEA KAYAK ROVINJ ARCHIPEL & WALK PALUD
After breakfast we'll have a short paddling introduction and brief excursion on the water. Today we will enjoy paddling around Rovinj's archipelago which consist of 19 islands, islets and rocks. There, you will also find Banjole Island, the so-called seven-hair island (because of its rare plant covering), which is interesting because of its cave that is in its most part undersea. After heading towards Palud wee will not miss visit to the St. John lighthouse, built in 1853. It is located on the most distant islet of the small archipelago in front of Rovinj. Todays kayak adventure we will end in Palud Cove, In the Palud Cove, located eight kilometers southwest of Rovinj, there is the first, and so far, the only 'special ornithological reserve' in Istria. Ornithologists have recorded here more than 200 bird species. Since hunters are not allowed into the park, there are also a lot of pheasants, partridges and quails here. Various types of wild duck, water-hens, grebes and common snipes, garden warblers, golden orioles, woodpeckers, tawny pipits and shrieks live and nest here continuously. Besides thick authentic forests with beautiful specimens of pubescent and holm oak, the northern part of the wetlands includes a real rainforest with huge willow trees. Before returning to Rovinj we will stop in one of the best olive oil mill where you will be aquainted with olive oil production and heve opportunity to taste one of the best Istrian olive oil. Overnight in Rovinj.

Accommodation: Villa Tuttorotto or Villa Valdibora 4*, Rovinj
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Activity: sea kayaking 10-12 miles walking 1 hours
Transfer: local transfers in duration 30 minutes

DAY 3 SEA KAYAK LIM FJORD & CAVING
After breakfast we will start with our sea kayak adventure along the protected area of Lim fjord. You will enjoy paddling along the bay, with its steep banks, passing beside the cultivation of mollusks and fish to the end of Lim bay. During the trip we will stop on a wild beach for swimming and snorkeling. Hike to the Romuald´s cave, a 105-meter long cave consisting of several impressive halls that have preserved evidence of permanent existence of life since prehistoric times. The entrance to the cave is 47 centimeters high, and the main hall is five to six meters high. Romuald's Cave is a speleological phenomenon because the cave ornaments are located on the left side only, while the right side is empty. Dinner is on your own tonight, so you’re free to explore town of Rovinj with fantastic selection of local taverns. Overnight in Rovinj.

Accommodation: Villa Tuttorotto or Villa Valdibora 4*, Rovinj
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Activity: sea kayaking 10 miles walking 1 hours caving 30 minutes
Transfer: local transfers in duration 20 minutes

DAY 4 SEA KAYAKING CAPE KAMENJAK & WALKING PULA
We pack up and head south to Cape Kamenjak, 30 km long coast with numerous gulfs, bays and white beaches washed by the crystal clear blue – green sea. On the way you can find 22 types of orchids including the endemic specie "Serapias Istriaca" (the Istrian orchid), see the so-called "islet - plate" where the dinosaur's footprint has been preserved or find the remains of luxurious Roman villae rusticae. Day we will spend paddling along cliffs, caves and beachess. We stop for lunch on an unspoiled beach for a picnic lunch and a refreshing swim. Our kayak journey will end today in Pula, the epicenre of Istria. We are going to "walk through time";' from ancient times through Roman arches and the Arena, one of the most preserved ampitheatres, through ancient reneissance and finally to modern day. Overnight in Pula.

Accommodation: Hotel Amfiteater 3* in Pula
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Activity: sea kayaking 10 miles
Transfer: local transfers in duration 60 minutes

DAY 5 SEA KAYAK BRESTOVA TO LOVRAN
From our hotel we drive along East coast to small ferry port Brestova where we will start our last sea kayak adventure. We are paddling along the most wild Istrian coast. with our final destination being the enchanting town of Lovran. We head north along a cliff-lined shore, exploring intimate wild beaches. We stop for a short hike to explore small town of Brseč, medieval town of amazing stone beauty. Situated on 157 meters high cliffs overlooking the sea. Upon arrival in Lovran, we dock our kayaks on the beache below our hotel. The time between now and dinner you can spend on your own. Overnight in Lovran.

Accommodation: Hotel Lovran 4* in Lovran
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Activity: sea kayaking 11 miles walking 1 hours
Transfer: local transfers in duration 60 minutes

DAY 6 HIKING UČKA MOUNTAIN
After a hearty breakfast we start rewarding hike on the trail which goes on the top of Učka mountain which is biggest mountain in Istria with altitude of 1401m. 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.Hike contiues down following the trail through the forest with magnificient panorama on the Kvarner Bay with islands. After lunch we have a scenic drive to Buzet, medieval town situated on a 150-meter-high hill overlooking the fertile Mirna river valley, whereas the new part of the town called Fontana, spreads at the foot of the hill. Buzet is also known as the "City of Truffles" since it is situated in an area rich in this highly prized underground fungus. Overnight in Buzet.

Accommodation: Hotel Vela Vrata 4* in Buzet
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Activity: hiking 4-5 hours
Transfer: local transfers in duration 30 minutes

DAY 7 HIKING BUZET TO HUM
From our hotels we start our walking adventure from Buzet to Hum. Passing through Kotli village, visiting old mill In the village Benčići now abandoned you will see traditional stone houses. Trail is climbing towards the Hum the smallest town in the world. According to the legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the river Mirna valley. It is situated in the centre of Istria with barely 20 inhabitants. Apart from being famous for being the smallest city in the world, recently it became popular for “biska”, brandy spiced with mistletoe and made according to the old recipe originating from Hum.

Accommodation: Hotel Vela Vrata 4* in Buzet
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Activity: hiking 3-4 hours
Transfer: local transfers in duration 30 minutes

DAY 8 HIKING OPRTALJ TO GROŽNJAN
Following breakfast, we will visit Motovun, and then Livade, the capital of the Istrian truffle. After learning how to find that elusive gurmet pearl, we will walk through vineyards and olive groves towards Kostajnica. There, we will visit a quaint local wine celler where we will sample authentic Istrian wine with our hosts. Our walk will continue towards Groznjan, a town overfilled with galleries and artists. We celebrate our time together with another inspiring meal, our farewell dinner. Overnight in Buzet.

Accommodation: Hotel Vela Vrata 4* in Buzet
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Activity: hiking 3-4 hours
Transfer: local transfers in duration 60 minutes

DAY 9 DEPARTURE
After breakfast transfer to Pula or Triest airport.

Accommodation: not included
Meals: breakfast
Activity: not included
Transfer: from Buzet to Pula airport 60 minutes


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Essentials

Included

Price includes:
• 3 x overnights in Rovinj in hotel 4*
• 1 x overnight in Pula in hotel 3*
• 1 x overnight in Lovran in hotel 4*
• 3 x overnights in Buzet in hotel 4*
• 8 x breakfasts
• 7 x lunches
• 6 x dinners
• All transportation in minivan/minibus as per itinerary
• Local English speaking guide throughout
• Single and double sit in kayaks with sprey deck, safety vests, paddles, waterproof bags
• Snacks and water during kayaking and hiking
• Visit olive oil mill with tasting
• Visit wine cellar with tasting
• All visits as per itinerary

Excluded

Not included:
• Arrival and departure from Istria
• Drinks nad meals if not mentioned
• Tipps
• Travel insurance

Pickup Instructions

We can organise transfer from any naerby airport or bus/train station nearby and back

Restrictions

No special skills are required for this trip.You should be in moderate shape.

Extras/Upgrades

* Insurance
* Flight tickets
* Transfer from airport to hotel and re-tour (can be organized)
* Meals and drinks if not mentioned

Essentials

Accommodation in small family run hotels or guest houses 3* or hotel 4* with supplement.

Bring backpack, swimsuit, sunscreen, hat, hiking shoes

What equipment/clothing do I need to bring with me?
You will need walking shoes, comfortable and breathable clothes, swim suit, hat, towel, sunscreen.
 
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. In private guesthouses breakfast and dinner is at your own.
 
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.
 
How busy are the roads?
The beauty of cycling in Istria is that the roads are generally very quiet. Our tours are planned on local roads with some short connections on main roads but generally the cycling is relaxed and traffic light.
 
What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?
We use local taxis to transfer your baggage and they can normally move you, your bike and baggage to the next stop in case of emergency. Local buses can also sometimes take bikes.

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.
 
Where is the meeting point?
Meeting point can be at our office agreed in advance or at any airport or bus/train station in the region.

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