8-Nights Istria to Veneto: A Culinary Route
OFFER ID 1376645
Croatia, Slovenia & Italy Village to Village Walking Food lovers! Reward fulfilling days on spectacular trails by raising your taste buds to the next level on this active cultural and culinary journey. Trace Croatia's Istrian Peninsula, Slovenia's Julian Alps, and Italy's Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region and discover an array of beautiful villages and towns including Rovinj, Bale, Motovun, Groznjan, Bled, and Montemaggiore. Discover the wonders of this trio of countries on awe-inspiring hikes. Go wine tasting, learn how to hunt truffles, taste olive oil, and sample regional delicacies in the Mediterranean as you've never seen it before.
Experience the best and most delicious of three countries as you hike delightful trails through scenic Mediterranean landscapes
Visit cobblestone medieval towns and villages, including picturesque Rovinj and hill-top Motovun, and explore bountiful orchards and vineyards
Hunt for truffles, stop to sip olive oils, and savor a variety of local treats along the way — all while enjoying the region's warm hospitality
Minimum Age: 16
8 nights from $6,395 per person
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MT Sobek: Croatia, Slovenia & Italy Village to Village Walking
Day 1 Meet in Zagreb, Croatia & Head to Istria 1-hour walking, 3-4 hour private van transfer from Zagreb to Bale Meet in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, and transfer to the medieval village of Bale on the beautiful Istrian peninsula. After lunch, explore the nearby seaside town of Rovinj and its gorgeous cobblestoned alleys. Reconvene for a brief orientation, followed by the welcome dinner. Accommodation: Hotel La Grisa (L, D)
Day 2 Explore the Brijuni Islands & Bale 30-minute boat transfer and drive 2–3 hours/3–5 miles walking tour A spectacular landscape of sparkling blue seas, green rolling hills and hilltop medieval towns, Istria is known for its olive groves, vineyards, and stellar restaurants. Continue along the peninsula's outer edges, reaching the coastal village of Fazana to board a ferry for a short voyage to the scenic Brijuni Islands. Collectively, the 14 islands are a Croatian National Park and were once the summer residence of Yugoslavia's President Tito. Return to Fazana in the afternoon and then drive to the historic town of Bale. In the evening take a tour of enchanting Bale and sample top-quality virgin olive oil in a local home. Accommodation: Hotel La Grisa (B, L, D)
Day 3 Discover Rovinj, Porec & Hilltop Motovun 2-hour private boat transfer and 1.5-hour private van transfer 2-3 hours/3-4 miles walking Awake to a hearty breakfast in Bale and then journey to Rovinj for a stroll through Golden Cape Park. Next, leave the peninsula as the Venetian traders did, by boat, enjoying a unique vantage point from the sea. Pass small inlets and secluded bays and enter the Lim Fjord, known for its extraordinary mussels. Enjoy lunch at a traditional Istrian "Konoba" before heading to the coastal town of Porec to see its UNESCO-list Euphrasian Basilica. Leave coastal Istria and head inland to explore its verdant hills, truffle-rich forests, and vineyards. Stay in the medieval hilltop town of Motovun, famed for its international summer film festival, and wrap up with a gourmet Istrian dinner. Accommodation: Hotel Kastel (B, L, D)
Day 4 Hunt for Truffles & Visit Groznjan, the Town of Artists 1-hour private van transfer 3-4 hours/5-7 miles hiking Wake up on a hilltop overlooking the kingdom of truffles and enjoy breakfast on the hotel's splendid terrace. Take a hike along the truffle route, to learn the art of 'hunting' this precious subterranean mushroom also called the 'black gold.' Enjoy a truffle tasting paired with local red wine, and continue hiking to Groznjan, a walled Renaissance town perched on another hill. Wander around this enchanting town of artists, known for its art studios, galleries, and gorgeous views. Return to Motovun to unwind at the hotel's swimming pool and spa. Accommodation: Hotel Kastel (B, L, D)
Day 5 Explore Slovenia’s Skocjan Caves & Ljubljana 2.5-hour private van transfer 2-hour underground walking tour, 2-hour city walking tour Leave the Adriatic today and head into the Alps, leaving Croatia behind and entering Slovenia. The first stop is in the Slovenian karst region — the Skocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you take a 2-hour underground walk. Continue to Ljubljana, Slovenia's charming capital that has recently become one of the hippest cities in Europe. Wander around the small, green city center along the banks of Ljubljanica River, exploring the highlights, and travel on to Lake Bled, a picturesque alpine lake and the location of tonight's hotel. Accommodation: Hotel Triglav (B, L, D)
Day 6 Marvel At Lake Bled & Hike By Bohinj Lake 1.5-hour private van transfer 3-5 hours/3-7 miles walking on flat terrain Today take in the picture-postcard tranquility of Lake Bled, with the bell tower of a medieval church rising from a tiny islet in the midst of the lake, guarded by a clifftop castle. Embark on a rewarding hike through Blejski Vintgar Gorge, walking above crystal-clear Radovna Stream on wooden planks over the whirlpools. Transfer to Bohinj Lake, Bled's wild brother, to hike on a soft forest trail by the lake. Return to Bled, known for its healing thermal waters; enjoy a spa treatment or massage before dinner. Accommodation: Hotel Triglav (B, L, D)
Day 7 Hike into the Soca Valley for a Culinary Feast 2-hour private van transfer 2–3 hours/4 miles hiking on flat terrain Take a ride around the Julian Alps en route to the emerald-green Soca River Valley. Pass the village of Kranjska Gora, before heading up to the Vrsic pass (5,290'), once the border line between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Take in breathtaking views and continue the winding drive to the spring of the Soca River. From here, hike down into its magnificent valley and visit a museum dedicated to a WWI battle that took place in the valley. Accommodation: Hotel Sanje OB Soci (B, L, D)
Day 8 Hike to Montemaggiore & Explore Italy’s Collio Wine Country 1.5-hour private van transfer 3–4 hours/2-3 miles hiking with 1,200' elevation gain After a delicious breakfast, say goodbye to Slovenia for the day and enter the Italian province of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. Hike up to the top of the scenic Montemaggiore for its famous views; on a clear day, see the blue Adriatic, the Julian Alps, and the Dolomites in the distance. In the afternoon, take a short drive to Collio wine country, a hilly vineyard area spreading over Slovenia and Italy. Visit the local wineries to sample the 'big reds,' and Friuli's exquisite wine grape called ribolla. Accommodation: Hotel Gredic (B, L, D)
Day 9 Visit Vicenza, depart from Venice 3-hour private van transfer 1.5-hour city walking tour Travel west to the Italian region of Veneto, along the way visiting the historical city of Vicenza and its lovely countryside, famed for the Renaissance villas built by the great architect Andrea Palladio. The tour ends at the airport in Venice in the late afternoon, where you depart on homeward-bound flights. Accommodation: Hotel Gredic (B, L)
You will meet Your personal English-speakinger at the Rovinj harbor for Your full day tour. This day will start with transfer to to a town Vodnjan, to visit Chiavalon – one of the best olive oil producers in Istria. Did you know that some olive trees in Istria are over 1000 years old? Following the oil tasting, you will continue to Krnica where you will meet local honey producer. You wouldn't believe how smart and special bees are. You will find out more about completely natural honey production, explore bee hive, enjoy in tasting honey with local snacks and complete the whole experience with apitherapy. After a day tasting local products it is time to wrap it up with a perfect wine tasting combined with local snacks in a fancy estate – Meneghetti winery. If this day would be any more perfect, it would be too much!
Unique olive oil experience
Honey tasting & wine tasting
Tour Duration: up to 8h
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Light
You will meet your private driver and head towards Pula - a city in Istria existing for over 3000 years. Spectacular monuments scattered around the city testify about a great history of Pula, once an important city of the Roman Empire. The most amazing one among them is an Amphitheatre (Arena) - today a centre for cultural events, once a battlefield for cruel Roman gladiator games. After sightseeing of Pula, you will proceed to Motovun - situated high up on the hill, with cute, colorful houses rising one atop of the other. This medieval little town, surrounded with city walls will be waiting for you in all its beauty. The final stop after Motovun will be a family owned tavern nearby where you have a traditional dinner.
Tour Duration: up to 8h
Tour can operate: Morning
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Physical Activity Level: Moderate
This tour consists of two amazing locations. Pula is a 2000 years old city – a home to many monuments from the great Roman Empire. You will visit the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi, Hercules gate, Temple of Augustus and many more. The most famous and important monument, the starting and ending point of every sightseeing tour is the Amphitheater (the Arena) which was once a site of cruel gladiator fights. After learning the most interesting facts on Pula, you will head to Rovinj – considered to be the most beautiful town in Istria. Its charming old town is filled with A-class restaurants, galleries and shops. Not only it has an exceptionally interesting past but it later evolved into the most sophisticated coastal oasis on Istrian peninsula.
Tour Duration: approx. 5h
Tour can operate: Morning or afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Physical Activity Level: Light
Today, with a private driver and a car on disposal, you will visit various locations where you will have the time to freely enjoy and explore. First town to explore is Rovinj. This small coastal gem is the most beautiful city in Istria. Its charming old town is filled with A-class restaurants, galleries and shops. Not only it has an exceptionally interesting past and cultural heritage but it later evolved into the most sophisticated coastal oasis in Istria. After Rovinj, you will head to Agroturism Tikel, a traditional “taverna” where you will enjoy your genuine, Istrian lunch. After a perfcet lunch break, you will proceed to Motovun – a one of a kind hilltop village, surrounded with Istrian truffle forests. What a day to be alive!
Old Town of Rovinj and Motovun
Tour Duration: up to 8h Tour can operate: Morning Wheelchair Accessible: No Physical Activity Level: Light
This tour starts with a transfer to village Paladini where you will meet the Karlic family. This caringly crafted experience allows you to enter the world of your hosts who will let you into their fairy tale of truffles and truffle hunting with their amazing dogs. After tasting the products prepared for you in beautiful surroundings, you will join your hosts and their dogs in truffle hunting. Imagine the adrenaline rush while immersing into an authentic Istrian way of life. Next stop will be Motovun, a hilltop town above the 45th parallel, which is believed to bring good energy into the area. After sightseeing, Agrotourism Tikel – a family-owned tavern will serve you the best specialties of this part of Istria. A day to remember!
Tour Duration:approx. 8h Tour can operate: Morning Wheelchair Accessible: No Physical Activity Level: Light
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