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Walking trails and flavours of Istria - self-guided walking tour 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, fi nally, round off this green adventure with the delicious fl avors 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 in Učka Nature Park
● Exploring the rich cultural heritage and local culinary delicacies
● Parenzana, railway of a of great historical significance for Istria

Facilities

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
Arrival in Istria. Info meeting with Fiore representative at 7pm at the hotel reception area where we will provide you with the package including hotel vouchers, maps and a road book, luggage tags. Overnight in Buje Area
Accommodation:
CLASSIC HOTELS: Guesthouse La Parenzana 3* in Volpija or Guesthouse Lovac 3* in Kaldanija
PREMIUM HOTELS: Heritage Hotel San Rocco 4* in Brtonigla or Wine Residence Cattunar 5* in Nova Vas
Meals: welcome dinner – 3 course menu
Walking distance: no
Transfer: not included

DAY 2 - HIKING BRTONIGLA TO 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 center of vibrating nature that lives intact, far away from the modern civilization. It is also a place where you can find superior wines and olive oils - many family cellars and tasting premises invite the travelers to discover the authentic power of the local lifestyle. Visit one of the best wine cellars in Istria where you will get acquainted with wine production and have opportunity to taste istrian wines with snack. After 3 hours walking through vineyards we reach Buje, a small 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 former old railway. Overnight in Buje or Brtonigla.
Accommodation:
CLASSIC HOTELS: Guesthouse La Parenzana 3* in Volpija or Guesthouse Lovac 3* in Kaldanija
PREMIUM HOTELS: Heritage Hotel San Rocco 4* in Brtonigla or Wine Residence Cattunar 5* in Nova Vas
Meals: Breakfast, wine tasting with snack
Transfer: 10 minutes transfer to the walking trail
Walking distance: Ascent: 323m. Descent: -313m. Distance: 15 km / 10 miles. Time: 4-5 hours.

DAY 3 - GROŽNJAN - MOTOVUN
After breakfast you are ready to start exploring Istrian villages and hidden paths. After 10 minutes transfer walking stage starts on ex railway Parenzana, a narrow - gauge Austrian railway connecting Trieste with Poreč through a series of Istrian small towns, for 123 kilometers 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 Its 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 hilltop town Motovun where is your hotel. Overnight in Motovun.
Accommodation:
CLASSIC HOTELS: Hotel Kaštel 3* or Villa Borgo 3*in Motovun or similar
PREMIUM HOTELS: Wine & Heritage Hotel Roxanich
Meals: Breakfast
Transfer: 10 minutes transfer luggage transfer
Walking distance: Ascent: 455m. Descent: 478m. Distance: 26 km / 16 miles. Time: 7-8 hours.

DAY 4 - TRUFFLE HUNT
This day you will be picked up at your hotel by our driver who will transfer you to a small village where you will meet local family. They will introduce you in truffles of Istria, prepare a light lunch with wine and then show you how to find a truffle with dressed dogs and educated truffle hunter in nearby forest. Transfer back to your hotel.
Rest of the day at your leisure, you can explore Motovun or do a loop hike.
Accommodation:
CLASSIC HOTELS: Hotel Kaštel 3* or Villa Borgo 3*in Motovun or similar
PREMIUM HOTELS: Wine & Heritage Hotel Roxanich 4* in Motovun
Meals: Breakfast, light lunch with truffles and wine
Transfer: none
Walking distance: Ascent 429m / descent 429m, Distance 17 km / 10 miles (approx 3 -4h),

DAY 5 - OPRTALJ - BUZET
DAY 5 OPRTALJ TO 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. Upon arriving in Buzet you can stop in a grappa brewery where they will show you how they prepare over 100 different typed of brandy and have opportunity to taste few different grappas. Overnight in Buzet.
Accommodation:
CLASSIC HOTELS: Hotel Vela Vrata 4* or Hotel Fontana 3 or similar in Buzet
PREMIUM HOTELS: Hotel Vela Vrata 4* or Hotel Fontana 3 or similar in Buzet
Meals: Breakfast, grappa tasting, dinner – 3 course menu
Transfer: 15 min transfer to the walking trail luggage transfer
Hiking distance: Ascent: 622m. Descent: 866m. Distance: 19 km / 11 miles. Time: 5-6 hours.

DAY 6 - 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 Kotli, the water springs with natural pools and an old watermill. The trail continues following the riverbed and it's passing through Benčići, an abandoned village where you can see traditional Istrian stone houses. From there you'll see Hum and its recognizable church tower in the distance. When you get to Hum, take a walk and you'll understand why it’s the smallest town in the world. In Hum you can eat in the local "konoba", a wordform 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:
CLASSIC HOTELS: Hotel Vela Vrata 4* or Hotel Fontana 3 or similar in Buzet
PREMIUM HOTELS: Hotel Vela Vrata 4* or Hotel Fontana 3 or similar in Buzet
Meals: Breakfast
Transfer: not included
Walking distance: Ascent: 534m. Descent: 534m. Distance: 26km/16 miles. Time: 7-8 hours.
Alternative shorter walk is available at approximately 14 km / 8 miles. Time: 3-4 hours.

DAY 7 - UČKA
Transfer to Poklon, a 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 Lovran.
Accommodation:
CLASSIC HOTELS: Hotel Park 4* or Villa Eugenia 4*in Lovran or similar
PREMIUM HOTELS: Hotel Villa Vera 4* in Lovran or similar
Meals: Breakfast Included
Transfer: 30 min transfer from Buzet to Poklon (start point) luggage transfer
Walking distance: Ascent: 452m. Descent: 1400m. Distance: 12 km / 7 miles. Time: 5-6 hours.
Alternative shorter walk is available at approximately Ascent: 90m. Descent: 390m. Distance 6 km / 4 miles. Time: 2 hours.

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE OR POSSIBILITY FOR EXTENDED STAY

After breakfast departure.
Accommodation: not included
Meals: Breakfast included
Transfer: not included
Walking Distance: no
Points of interest: no

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Essentials

Included

  • Welcome meeting
  • 2 x overnight in a 3* hotel in Buje area
  • 2 x overnight in a 3* hotel in Motovun
  • 2 x overnight in a 4* hotel in Buzet
  • 1 x overnight in a 4* hotel in Lovran
  • 6 x breakfast, 2 dinners
  • Information package including detailed route description (map and road book) and vouchers
  • Luggage transport between accommodations
  • 24/7 emergency number
  • Private truffle hunt with light lunch and wine

  • wine tasting with snack

  • grappa brewery with tasting
  • Excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Arrival and departure from Istria
  • Transfer from airport to hotel and re-tour (can be organised)
  • Pickup Instructions

    Transfer from airport or bus/station to start point can be organised. Feel free to contact us about any detailed informations. You can also meet us in our office

    Restrictions

    This trip requires moderate physical condition.
    (Hiking shoes, backpack)

    Extras/Upgrades

    Single room supplement (traveling with others) 120,00€ (March, April, October, November) and 140,00€ (May, June, July, August, September)
    Single traveler supplement (traveling with alone) 240,00€ (March, April, October, November) and 260,00€ (May, June, July, August, September)

    Essentials

    Accomodation 3* and 4* hotels
    Small hotels runned by families with great service

    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.

     

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