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Tastes and customs of the Istrian peninsula

Overview

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.

Facilities

DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN ISTRIA
Independent arrival in Istria. Meeting with the guide and welcome dinner. Overnight in charming Brtonigla.
Accommodation: Hotel San Rocco 4* or Cattunar in Brtonigla
Meals: welcome dinner
Transportation: not included, transfer from any airport/station/town can be organized with supplement
Visit included: visit Motovun, entrance to Motovun city walls

DAY 2 ISTRIAN HILLTOP TOWNS AND LOCAL WINES
Transfer to Grožnjan where we are going to explore town of artist: City filled with history and art, known as the city of artist. In 1950's Grožnjan was almost a ghost town when a group of painters, musicians and artists decided to renovate the houses and started to live in the town .Today most of inhabitants are artists and there are almost 200 of them. In the narrow, cobbled alleys you’ll find numerous galleries and art studios with handmade jewelry and items. Beautiful view spreads from the sea on one side to the istrian inland and Mirna river valley on the other side. Grožnjan is surrounded by endless wine yards and winemakers so tasting some local wine would be perfect closure for the day. We will visit traditional Istrian "stancija" and one of the best wine producers – Kabola and enjoy in local istrian flavors with perfect view. Drive back to your hotel. Overnight in Motovun.
Accommodation: Hotel San Rocco 4* or Cattunar in Brtonigla
Meals: breakfast, 2 x wine tasting with snack
Transportation: in private car/van
Visit included: visit Grožnjan and Oprtalj

DAY 3 TRUFFLE HUNT AND GRAPPA BREWERY
Today we are going to meet with truffler and his dogs. Culinary agree only on one thing – truffle in gastronomy is on top level. Unusual underground hidden bulb, with no plant above ground is very difficult to find. Only, a well trained dog can sniff them. Truffles grow in grey soil, in woody humid area of Motovun/Buzet in the valley Mirna. Exactly that is where we go with a truffler and with his well dressed dogs seeking his majesty –truffle. During our 1 hour walk through the forest truffler will tell us all the secrets and particulars about truffles. After that hour
host (truffler) will prepare light lunch with truffles and local wine. After dlicious lunch we drive to Hum, according to Guiness book of record Hum is the smallest town in the world. On the way back to the hotel we will stop in Buzet to visit the Grappa brewery where you will acquainted with grappa production and have the opportunity to taste different grappas. Overnight in Motovun.
Accommodation: Hotel San Rocco 4* or Cattunar in Brtonigla
Meals: breakfast, light lunch with truffles and wine, grappa tasting
Transportation: in private car/van
Visit included: visit Hum

DAY 4 POREČ
In the morning we drive to Poreč. The whole old city of Porec is monument of culture. The old city has preserved the structure of old Roman castrum. The main streets, Decumanus and Cardo Maximus, are still preserved in their original forms. Decumanus connected the square Marafor in the western part of old city with city gates at its eastern end. Roman Forum with temples to Roman gods was located on the Marafor square. There is still today a Romanic house and a few beautiful Venetian gothic palaces. The Istrian Assembly Hall, originally a 13th century gothic Franciscan church, was remade in baroque style in the 18th century. Porec was surrounded with fortification walls from 12th to 19th century. Three defense towers still exist at the entrance of the old city. The most important cultural monument of Porec is the complex of Euphrasian Basilica dating from the 5th century. The original church was extended in the 6th century under Byzantine Empire and bishop Euphrasius. The interior of the basilica is ornamented with unique mosaics. From 1997 Eufrasius basilica is protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Drive to Rovinj where you will spend last 4 nights in Istria.
Accommodation: Hotel San Rocco 4* or Cattunar in Brtonigla
Meals: breakfast
Transportation: in private car/van
Visit included: entrance to komplex of Euphrasius Basilica, Poreč

DAY 5 COOKING CLASS ISTRIAN PASTA
After breakfast we are going to explore the old town of Rovinj on foot. Feel the enchantment of the town in its narrow medieval streets with many galleries 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. Later we drive to a small village where we will visit local family where you will learn how to make two types of Istrian pasta and of course have lunch with food which you have prepared:
Makaruni or pljukanci, spindle-shaped pasta, are gaining popularity and the most popular by far are fusi –tubes of thin pasta three to five centimeters long. The smooth dough is made from wheat, salt, eggs and water, kneaded and rolled into a thin sheet before being cut into 4x4 centimeter cubes. Opposing corners are folded toward the middle and pressed. Like lasagna, fusi also have a wide use but are generally smothered in homemade sauces (žgvaceti), or Istrian goulash - a thick, dense meat sauce.
In afternoon drive back to Rovinj, rest of the day on your leisure. Overnight in Rovinj.
Accommodation: Hotel Angelo d’Oro 4* in Rovinj
Meals: breakfast, lunch with wine
Transportation: in private car/van
Visit included: visit Rovinj

DAY 6 ANCIENT PULA AND CHEESE PRODUCTION
After breakfast we are heading to Pula, where we are going to "walk through time", from ancient times through Roman arches and the Arena, one of the most preserved amphitheatres, through ancient renaissance and finally to modern day.
Later we are going to visit the family homestead from the 14th century, situated in Štancija Kumparička next to Pula, produces high-quality cheeses. Their products are made in complete harmony with nature, respecting and promoting the true taste and smell in gastronomy. In early afternoon drive back to your hotel. Overnight in Rovinj.
Accommodation: Hotel Angelo d’Oro 4* in Rovinj
Meals: breakfast, cheese tasting and lunch with wine
Transportation: in private car/van
Visit included: entrance to amphitheatre Arena, visit Pula

DAY 7 NP BRIJUNI AND ISTRIAN OLIVE OIL
After 30 minutes drive through Istrian countryside we arrive in small fishermen village Fažana, where we will embark on a boat which brings us in 25 minutes to Veli Brijun island. Brijuni Archipelago, 14 green jewels of the northern Adriatic, is one Croatia's most beautiful National Parks. Northwest of Pula, separated from the mainland by 3 km wide Fažana channel, the archipelago covers an area of 736 hectares, numerous picturesque coves and inlets forming a beautiful 44 km long coast. A mild Mediterranean climate enables more then 680 different local and exotic plants to grow here and to be the home of some 150 species of birds. Lovers of historic buildings will immediately admire the many archaeological finds, from the Neolithic settlement, Illyrian ruins and many ancient monuments. Visit of the island can be done using the bicycles on easy and flat terrain or on foot.
The tour continues towards the village of Vodnjan where you will be welcomed by one of the best olive oil producers, Chiavalon Extra Virgin Olive Oil. You will learn everything about the production of olive oil and you will have the opportunity to taste different varieties of istrian olive oil. At the end of the tour, drive back to your hotel. Our farewell dinner (6 course tasting menu, drinks are not included) will take place in a restaurant Monte in Rovinj, a first Michelin star restaurant in Croatia. Overnight in Rovinj.
Accommodation: Hotel Angelo d’Oro 4* in Rovinj
Meals: breakfast, olive oil tasting with snack, a 6 course tasting menu farewell dinner
Transportation: in private car/van
Visit included: entrance to national park Brijuni, visit Brijuni

DAY 8 DEPARTURE
After breakfast departure.

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Essentials

Included

Price includes:
• 3 x overnights with breakfast in Brtonigla
• 4 x overnights with breakfast in Rovinj
• 2 x visit wine produces with tasting and snacks
• 3 course welcome dinner
• 6 course tasting menu for farewell dinner
• Truffle hunt with truffe tasting and wine
• Visit grappa brewery with tasting
• Cooking class with lunch or dinner
• Visit olive oil producer with tasting
• Cheese tasting with lunch in Stancija Kumparička
• Entrance fees in national park Brijuni, Euphrasius basilica in Poreč, amphitheatre Arena in Pula and Motovun city walls
• English speaking local guide
• Transportation in private car/van

Excluded

Not included:
• Arrival and departure from Istria
• Airport transfers
• Tips
• Meals and drinks if not specified in the itinerary

Pickup Instructions

Transfer from any airport or bus/train staion and re-tour to hotel can be organized on request

Restrictions

No special skills are requested for this trip.

Essentials

GROUP SIZE:
Minimal number of participants: 2 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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