Tour the Istrian Peninsula

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Buje / Lovran
  • Distance 95 km / 59 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
    JFMAMJJASOND
  • Availability
    March - November
  • Price From $1,028

Overview

Surprise yourself by touring the Adriatic Sea's largest peninsula, the coast of Istria, and begin on its 242 km between Croatia, Italy and Slovenia while enjoying the spectacular landscapes, small coastal and fishing villages, and the fortified towns from the Middle Ages anchored on top of the hills. 

Visit the charming villages that in the past were places of great civilizations and cultures. Get to know the quiet 'Adriatic Tuscany', which is currently an intercultural zone due to the multiculturalism of its inhabitants: Italians, Slavs and Croats, and yes, pirates!

Experience true rural tourism amid olive groves and vineyards of fairytale villages, such as the artists' village of Groznjan, Motovun or Buje, known as the Istrian Watchtower, whose Venetian architecture and influence, due to its proximity to Italy and Slovenia, is present in its palaces, cobblestoned streets, baroque churches and ancient walls.

  • Tour some of the smallest cities in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • Try a typical Malvasia wine, a Muscatel or a Terrano in one of the villages of "Croatian Tuscany".
  • Visit The Pazin Grotto, in Ucka's mountain system, inspired by Jules Verne for his novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
  • Join expert hunters and their dogs in the 'truffle hunt' during autumn, and taste Livade's exquisite white truffles.
  • Explora Lovran, one of the oldest coastal settlements and its church with medieval frescoes and glagolitic inscriptions.
  • Try the traditional Grilled Cripnja, meat or fish with potatoes cooked in a grilled cast-iron pot.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation 
    • Breakfasts
    • Transfers at the beginning of the walks according to the itinerary
    • Transfer from Pula Airport to Buje
    • Information dossier with maps and routes
    • Baggage transfer service according to itinerary
    • 24-hour telephone support
    • Taxes included

    Excluded

    • Transfers to Pula and Lovran
    • Unspecified meals
    • Drinks and snacks
    • Personal equipment
    • Unspecified transfers
    • Tourist taxes

    Extras

    • Travel insurance
    • Cancellation insurance
    • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
    • Improved hotel room upgrades (if available)
    • Additional transfers

    Accomodation

    General information

    The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

    Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

    The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

    We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

    The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

    Room types

    It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

    All rooms have private bathrooms.

    Map

    Travel & Transfers

    You must arrive at Pula Airport in Croatia, or Trieste Airport in Italy. From the city of Pula you can reach Buje by bus or private transport that you must book in advance, this is the most recommended option if you arrive in Trieste, as public transport is limited.

    For the return from Lovran take the bus to Pula Airport or private transport booked in advance. Both options can also be used to head to Trieste Airport and continue your journey to your next destination.

    FAQs

    We recommend starting the route in spring, from April to June, when the weather in Croatia is ideal.

    The months of July and August are another alternative, and although the heat increases, Croatia organises a host of varied seasonal festivals that you can enjoy.

    Please note that in early April and the end of October, in-unit pools may not be available and restaurant service may be more limited.

    This route is classified as of medium-low difficulty and with ascents between 400 m to 800 m each day over rugged, slippery terrain and with a little difficulty in the wettest areas or seasons, it will be easier for those who have an active lifestyle and walking experience. 

    The duration of the walks varies each day, from 4 to 5 hours, and on some routes there are shorter options to avoid difficulties on your return or on descent.

    While some routes are signposted, many are not, and are very distant, so we recommend that you pre-check our directions and check the maps before embarking on the walks. 

    You can call us to arrange a private transfer for you. If you prefer, you can also use public transport or local taxis to get to your next accommodation.

    Yes, it's included. We will transfer the luggage between each accommodation according to your itinerary. Each person can take a suitcase up to 20 kg (45 lbs).

    We recommend that you book as soon as you are sure about your dates, as accommodation can fill up very quickly in this area. 

    Once you make your reservation we will send you all the detailed information about the specific equipment you need for this route, considering recommendations for shoes, boots, clothes and a day-to day backpack. 

    This route is ideal for those looking to walk and relax in a real natural paradise, breathe fresh air, explore beautiful almost unspoilt beaches, coves, and cliffs in the middle of true natural parks.

    If you are a lover of history, archaeology, vegetation, exotic fauna, gourmet food, and you also like to experiment with new local flavours, truffles, local wine or whisky, you will find a perfect plan on this route through Croatia.