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Walking Adventure Through Green Istria
Self Guided Tour 2016

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Buje area – Brtonigla – Buje – Parenzana – Grožnjan – Livade – Motovun – Oprtalj –
St Ivan – St Lucija – Mali Mlun – Buzet – Hum – Korita – Benčići – Buzet – Poklon –
Učka – Lovran




• Informational meeting
• 6 nights in 3* & 4* hotels
• 6 breakfasts (B)
• Local transfers as per itinerary
• Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
• Information Package including detailed route description (map & road book), guide book about Istria, luggage tags & vouchers
• 24/7 emergency number

Accommodation (or similar)

• Volpija – Hotel Casa la Parenzana (3*)
• Motovun – Hotel Kaštel (3*)
• Buzet – Hotel Vela Vrata (4*)
• Lovran – Hotel Park (4*)

Not Included

• Airport or hotel transfers available on request


• Visit hilltop towns Grožnjan, Motovun and Buzet
• Visit Hum, the smallest town in the world
• Hiking in Učka Nature Park
• Exploring the rich cultural heritage and local culinary delicacies
• Visit Parenzana, railway of great historical significance for Istria

Optional Extras

• Half-Board supplement NZ$273 surcharge
• GPS Garmin 450 supplement NZ$114 surcharge

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, finally, round off this green adventure with the delicious flavors of indigenous Istrian delicacies and wines.

Per Person NZ$
Active Holiday Code: 2016-FIO
Start DatesEnd DatesTwin ShareSingle
01 Mar28 May1,1101,330
29 May27 Jun1,1501,400
28 Jun28 Aug1,2401,495
29 Aug27 Sep1,1501,400
28 Sep30 Nov1,1101,330


Day 1: Buje area

Arrival in Istria. Info meeting with a representative at 7pm at the hotel reception area where we will provide you with the package including hotel vouchers, maps, road book & luggage tags. Overnight in Buje area. 

Day 2: Buje area – Brtonigla – 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 heart 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 beauty of the local lifestyle. After 3 hours walking through vineyards we reach Buje, a small hilltop town. From the top of the hill you can enjoy the amazing 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 the old, ex railway. Overnight in Buje area. (B)
Walking approx 13km/11km

Day 3: Buje – Parenzana – Grožnjan – Livade – Motovun 

After breakfast you are ready to start exploring Istrian villages and hidden paths. After a 10 minute transfer the walk starts on ex railway Parenzana. Parenzana was 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 1,902 until 1,935 and today, the track has been rearranged for cycling and hiking paths winding through Istrian hills. Grožnjan will be your start point. After viewing its galleries and viewpoints you can pass through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards. Passing through several tunnels & over old bridges you can stop at many fascinating view points before reaching the village of Livade, the truffle centre of the world where you can taste and buy some products. In front of Livade on a hill is the town of Motovun where you will overnight. (B)
Walking approx 16km/25km

Day 4: Motovun – Oprtalj – St Ivan – St Lucija – Mali Mlun – Buzet 

After breakfast a short transfer to Oprtalj, a little town in the Istrian peninsula from where the Istrian Mountain Trail starts. The route goes downhill into the forest and passes St Ivan (St John) village and St Lucija village which has a very beautiful church. After a few villages you will get to the Check Point with one of the best views of the Mirna river valley. The trail will go by the Pietrapelosa castle and lead down in the valley. Passing an aqueduct the trail goes down the hill towards the village of Mali Mlun, with a beautiful view on the town of Buzet. Overnight in Buzet. (B)
Walking approx 12km/21km

Day 5: Buzet – Hum – Korita – Benčići – Buzet 

The 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, crossing over a shallow river, or riverbed if it’s dry and passing by some waterfalls with lakes. The trail leads you all the way to Korita, the water springs with natural pools and an old watermill, it continues following the riverbed and its 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 word from the local dialect that means tavern. 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 one way. Overnight in Buzet. (B)
Walking approx 12km/24km

Day 6: Buzet – Učka – Lovran 

Transfer to Poklon where the trail starts. This trail goes to the top of Učka Mountain, which is the biggest mountain in Istria with an altitude of 1,401m. From the top it goes all the way down to sea level in Lovran. The path is covered by oak and chestnut forests. The very summit of Učka, Vojak is worth the climb for stunning views. The panorama of Kvarner Bay includes sea and coastal towns, as well as the mountains in the background. Sometimes, if visibility is good you can see towards Venice and the Alps on the north side. Overnight in in Lovran. (B)
Walking approx 6km/11km

Day 7: Lovran

After breakfast departure. (B)


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