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Istria Terra Magica Cultural Tour

Overview

Istria is a perfect combination for an active and a quiet holiday and don't be surprised if it wins you over with its charm.

Should you choose Buje, Buzet, Motovun or Groznjan, you'll find privacy and silence of medieval hilltowns where you can familiarize yourself with the gastronomy and the traditional wine making. Motovun (also know as Montona, the birth place of the Formula 1 champion Mario Andretti) is a small town in the interior part of Istria, just above the river Mirna valley. Surrounded by green Istrian landscape and wine roads the town is also famous for it's summer film festival. Up the same river valley is located Buzet: an authentic Istrian town that was settled in ancient history and today is known as the town of truffles. But this is only one part of Istria, the second part is the coast with the beautiful towns of Rovinj, Umag or Poreč. Every istrian town has it's own story to tell for everybody who wishes to hear them.

If you come to Istria, you will see for yourself why they refer to Istria as the " Adriatic Tuscany". The interior part of the region with its characteristic stone architecture and small towns situated on hills create a peaceful and relaxing environment. If you want busy touristic towns, simply move to the coastal blue Istria with it's historical monuments like the Eupharius basilica in Poreč or the roman amphitheatre in Pula.

Facilities

1. DAY- ARRIVAL
Arrival in Istria, meeting with the guide and program presentation. Overnight in hotel.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel in Poreč
Visit: Free time after presentation program

2. DAY - GROŽNJAN - MOTOVUN - HUM
Breakfast, drive to Grožnjan - one of most interesting medieval towns. Grožnjan is a jewel in the heart of Istria, a 14th century medieval Venetian fortress, sitting a top of the hill, towering over the Mirna river valley below. Motovun is a town monument, an ancient little Istrian town located atop a 277-meter-high hill, 21 km southeast from Buje. Its present appearance, with the city walls surrounding the center of the town, dates back to the Middle Ages. Hum, known for their small churches rich with valuable frescoes, picturesque architecture and very good taverns famous for their homemade food. Hum has a reputation of the smallest town in the world with as many as 17 inhabitants! Lunch can be organized in a typical istrian tavern. Overnight in hotel.

Accommodation: 3* hotel in Poreč
Meals: Breakfast, possibility to organize lunch
Included: Visiting Grožnjan and Motovun medieval towns, Hum the smallest city in the world
Transfer: 30 min to Grožnjan 20 to Motovun 30 to Hum and back to Poreč

3. DAY - POREC - LIM - ROVINJ
Breakfast, Today we will visit town of Rovinj. Feel the enchantment of the town in its narrow medieval streets and warm Mediterranean setting. The main Church of St. Euphemia keeps relics of the saint and presents one of the most beautiful Baroque achievements in Istria. From the church plateau there is a wonderful view of the open sea and numerous islets in the distance. A visit to the Rovinj Town Museum and the town's many galleries will complete your cultural experience. After sightseeing we proceed towards Lim bay, due to his untouched Mediterranean vegetation and extraordinary rich sea life, a real Nature reserve. This bay penetrates the inland for 10 kilometers. Natural conditions offer breading many kinds of fish and mussels. Lunch can be organized in fish restaurant. After lunch we proceed to Porec with its famous the 6th century Euphrasius Basilica, (UNESCO's World Cultural Monument). Overnight in hotel.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel in Poreč
Meals: Breakfast, Possibility to organize lunch
Included: Visiting Rovinj, Boat trip to Lim Fjord, Visiting Euphrasius Basilica
Transfer: 35 min to Rovinj 35min back

4. DAY - PULA - NP BRIONI
After breakfast short drive to Fažana where we will take a boat to Brioni national park. The Brioni archipelago covers a group of 14 islands and islets of exceptional beauty. Brioni were declared a national park in 1984. A ride on a tourist train will take you to the safari park. An expert guide will also show you the remain of a Byzantine fortification, photo-exposition "Tito on Brijuni", the Archaeological Museum and St.German's church. Pula the largest town of Istrian county with lot of great monuments like Arena, (UNESCO) the most important monument in Istria from the Roman antiquity, erected in the 1st Century AD. When strolling around the Old Town, you will view the grandeur of Pula's impressive monuments, such as The Arch of Sergii, Hercules's and the Double Gates. Overnight in hotel.

Accommodation: 3* Hotel in Poreč
Meals: Breakfast, Possibility to organize lunch
Included: Visiting Brioni National Park, Amphiteater in Pula, Visiting Roman monuments
Transfer: 50 min to Fažana 20 min to Pula and Back to Poreč

5. DAY - DEPARTURE
After breakfast departure.

Meals: Breakfast

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Essentials

Included

PRICE INCLUDES:
4 overnights in double room in hotel 3*
4 x breakfast
residence tax
tour guide during whole program
transfer in new minibuses
boat trip in Lim fjord
sightseeing tour of Rovinj, Porec,Pula, Grožnjan,Hum and Motovun
entrance fee in NP Brijuni
entrance fee in Arena
entrance fee in Euphrasius Basilica in Poreč

Excluded

NOT INCLUDED:
Travel insurance
Lunch, dinner and drinks if not mentioned in program
Flight tickets
Transfers from airport/station possible on request.
Tips

Pickup Instructions

Transfer can be organized from any airport or bus/train station

Restrictions

No special skills are required for this tour.

Extras/Upgrades

Many other activities can be organized during this tour.

Essentials

GROUP SIZE:
Minimal number of participants: 2 persons
Maximal number of participants: 40 persons

 

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?

 

You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run,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 included and organized in local taverns and specialized restaurants.  Dinners are included and served in hotels. 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 and towns and beaches are overcrowded.

 

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.

 

Which is the best airport?

 

Pula is the best airport to fly into and then you can catch the bus or we can arrange private taxi transfers to Poreč. If you fly into Venice airport you can catch ferry from Venice to Poreč which regulary connecting Venice and Poreč. Ticket must be booked in advance (by us). From Ljubljana/Triest or Zagreb airport we can organise you private transfer.

 

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