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Coast To Coast Walking Adventure Istria
Guided Walking Tour 2016

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing:

Pula – Buje – Momjan – Grožnjan – Motovun – Pazin – Beram – Oprtalj – Buzet – Hum – Buzet – Učka – Lovran – Pula

Participants:

Minimum 4 / Maximum 14

 

Includes

• Airport transfers at start (Pula Airport) & end of tour (Pula Airport) (Group transfer)
• Local transfers as per itinerary
• Luggage transportation between accommodation
• 7 nights in 3* guesthouses & hotels
• 7 breakfasts & 7 dinners (B, D)
• Visit wine cellar with tasting (T)
• Tour Guide – English speaking
• Water & fruit during walking

Accommodation (or similar)

• Buje: Guest house Lovac (3*)
• Motovun: Hotel Villa Borgo (3*)
• Buzet: Hotel Fontana (3*)
• Lovran: Hotel Štanger (3*)

 

Highlights

• Sightseeing tours of the medieval towns of Grožnjan, Motovun & Buzet
• Visit Hum, the smallest town in the world
• Hiking in Učka Nature Park
• Exploring the rich cultural heritage & local culinary delicacies

 

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.

2016 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2016-FIO
Twin ShareSingle
May 14, 21
Sep 17
1,9852,175
Jul 092,3502,570

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1, Saturday: Pula

Arrival in Pula airport and group transfer to our hotel in Buje area. Brief orientation meeting with our guide followed by a dinner together. Overnight in hotel in Buje area. (D)

Day 2, Sunday: Momjan

Stage starts with a narrow road through forrests and fields to Kremenje village. From there the route starts to go down and leads you by the spring Argila and brings you under the medieval castle of Momjan built on a rock at an altitude of 270 meter, which you can visit. Walking through Momjan is relaxing and it’s on your way to Sv. Mauro village where you can try famous Momjan muscat white wine in traditional cellar .You can enjoy in perfect wine with perfect view. Route continues downhill through villages, forests, and fields with a view on Buje. The path continues towards Buje, after passing the old railway station you will reach Buje. Enjoy sightseeing in this town full of history and culture. The route finishes in front of your hotel where you will get by ex old railway. Overnight in Buje area. (B, T, D)
Hiking approx 3-4hours

Day 3, Monday: Grožnjan – Motovun

After breakfast you are ready to start exploring istrian villages and hidden paths. After 10 minute transfer walking stage 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 kilometres 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 It’s 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 hill is the town of Motovun where is your hotel. Overnight in Motovun. (B, D)
Hiking approx 5-6hours

Day 4, Tuesday: Pazin – Beram

After breakfast transfer to Pazin where we will start with our hiking tour. It goes alongside Kaštel, over the Pazin cave bridge, and after the factory it turns right and goes uphill along the road to Gortan hill. After the Gortan hill one branch of the trail turns left towards Beram, and the other continues the circle along the hill spine towards the Dušani village and returns to Pazin. Continue following a path starting next to St. Mary on Škrilinah church, then it rises mildly until the Findrle hill, and finally it takes you to Pazin through Dušani village. Day we will end by the cave. (Some hundred metres beneath the largest and best preserved medieval castle in Istria, the largest Istrian karst river Pazinčica disappears into the crater of this most striking example of karst evolution in Istria and the surrounding area. This cave is an attraction that leaves a strong impression on every visitor – from Dante and Jules Verne to everybody else who has had the chance to see this unique work of natural forces. (B, D)
Walking distance approx 4hours

Day 5, Wednesday: Oprtalj – Buzet

After 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. Overnight in Buzet. (B, D)
Walking distance approx 4-5hours

Day 6, Thursday: 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 Korita, the water springs with natural pools and an old watermill. The trail continues following the riverbed and it’s passing trough Benčići, an abandoned village where you can see traditional Istrian stone houses. From there you’ll see Hum and it’s recognizable church tower in the distance. When you get to Hum, take a walk and you’ll understand why its the smallest town in the world. In Hum you can eat in the local “konoba”, a word form 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. (B, D)
Walking distance approx 4-5hours

Day 7, Friday: Učka

Transfer to Poklon, 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 1,401 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. (B, D)
Walking distance approx 4-5hours

Day 8, Saturday: Pula

After breakfast group transfer to Pula airport. (B)

 

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