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Croatia & Slovenia Family Adventure
Guided Tour 2016

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing:

Rovinj – Palud Cove – Rovinj – Grožnjan – Parenzana – Vižinada – Poreč – Rovinj – Pazin – Beram – Rovinj – Brda – Vršić – Soča River – Kobarid – Bohinj Lake – Vogel Mountain – Ljubljana

 

 

Includes

• Airport transfers at the end of the tour (Ljubljana)
• Local transfers by minibus as per itinerary
• 7 nights in 3* & 4* hotels
• 7 breakfasts & 3 lunches (B, L)
• 4 dinners including cooking class & farewell (D)
• Visit wine cellar with tasting (T)
• Tour Guide/Driver – English speaking
• All activities with equipment as per itinerary

Accommodation (or similar)

• Rovinj: Hotel Villa Tuttorotto (4*)
• Brda: Hotel B&B Klinec (3*)
• Bovec: Hotel Sanje OB Soči (3*)
• Ljubljana: Hotel Allegro (4*)

Not Included

• Transfers to other airports/stations on request

2016 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2016-FIO
Family of 4
Departures Between
01 Apr - 31 Oct
3,075

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Rovinj

Upon arriving in Rovinj, you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. You will stay overnight in a comfortable hotel in Rovinj.

Day 2: Rovinj Archipelago – Palud 

After breakfast we’ll have a short paddling introduction and brief excursion on the water. Today we will enjoy paddling around Rovinj’s archipelago which consist of 19 islands, islets and rocks. There, you will also find Banjole Island, the so-called seven-hair island (because of its rare plant covering), which is interesting because its cave is by most part underwater. After heading towards Palud we will not miss a visit to the St John lighthouse, built in 1853. It is located on the most distant islet of the small archipelago in front of Rovinj. Today’s kayak adventure will end in Palud Cove, located 8km southwest of Rovinj, this is the only ‘special ornithological reserve’ in Istria. Ornithologists have recorded more than 200 bird species here. Since hunters are not allowed into the park, there are also a lot of pheasants, partridges and quails here. Various types of wild duck, water-hens, grebes and common snipes, garden warblers, golden orioles, woodpeckers, tawny pipits and shrieks live and nest here continuously. Besides thick forests with beautiful specimens of pubescent and holm oak, the northern part of the wetlands includes a real rainforest with huge willow trees. Before returning to Rovinj we will stop in one of the best olive oil mills where you will be acquainted with olive oil production and have opportunity to taste one of the best Istrian olive oils. Overnight in Rovinj. (B, L)
Sea kayaking approx 2-3 hours; walking 1 hour

Day 3: Parenzana Trail 

After breakfast, we take a 40 minute drive from Rovinj to Grožnjan where we start biking on the legendary route of the Parenzana, the former narrow-gauge railway line which deeply penetrates into the Istrian peninsula. From Poreč to Trieste, it connects 33 Istrian cities, which are located on the territory of the three states. Passing through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards, once it was named as the railway of the wine. After a pleasant and exciting ride from charming medieval town of Grožnjan to Vižinada we will pass through many tunnels, over old bridges and stop on many fascinating viewpoints. After Istrian lunch in local tavern we will depart towards Poreč with its famous 6th century Euphrasian Basilica. Overnight in Rovinj. (B, L)
Cycling approx 2-3 hours

Day 4: Pazin – Beram 

After breakfast transfer to Pazin where we 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 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 Škrilina church, then it rises mildly until the Findrle Hill. Finally it takes you to Pazin through Dušani village. After hiking there is an organized visit to a cave, some 100 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. 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. We will spend the rest of the day in a farm house and learn to cook authentic Istrian dishes. Together we will prepare a typical, Istrian three-course dish for dinner. (B, L, D)
Walking approx 3 hours; Caving approx 1 hour

Day 5: Slovenian Tuscany 

After breakfast we head to the Kolovrat range where structures of the third Italian line of defences were densely tossed on the both sides of the state border. A special attention was given to the restoration of these positions by using original building materials used in the time of the WWI. After sightseeing our guide will be waiting for us with bikes and we start to cycle through Brda, wine region known as the Slovenian Tuscany. We’ll pedal from village to village, experiencing the natural and cultural heritage of this region that had a very turbulent past, but also has an interesting present. Brda is a land of castles, vineyards and small white churches, often situated on the top of the hills, overlooking the villages. We’ll stop for a wine tasting at one of the hospitable local vineyards. Overnight stay in a comfortable boutique hotel in Brda. (B, T, D)
Cycling approx 2-3 hours

Day 6: Soča River 

We will start our journey early in the morning by heading towards the beautiful alpine world of the Slovenian Northwest. After crossing Vršič, Slovenia’s highest mountain pass, a magnificent view of the Julian Alps will open up before us. This is the world of the emerald green. Our main destination for the day is Soča River, considered by many the most beautiful river in Europe and we shall visit one of it’s springs. Afterwards we embark on an adrenaline-filled rafting trip down the wild rapids of the Soča River. Or we shall try canyoning, which involves cruising along natural sculptures created over the millennia. We will meander over to Sušec and Fratarca, where we can swim in crystal-clear pools, slip through both small and large waterfalls, slide along with toboggans and descend into the canyons. After we continue to Kobarid, an idyllic village at the heart of the Julian Alps that is very popular with the paragliders. (B, D)
Rafting or Canyoning approx 2-3 hours

Day 7: Lake Bohinj 

A day for resting or an easy hike around Lake Bohinj (in the summer months you can swim in its crystal clear waters). We will not miss the visit to the 70m high Savica waterfall and take a cable car ride up the 1532 metres high Vogel Mountain. After lunch we drive to Ljubljana where the rest of the day will be spent discovering the old part of this medieval town, considered to be the friendliest in Europe. Tonight we shall enjoy a special farewell dinner. (B, D)
Walking route approx 13km

Day 8: Ljubljana

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the train/bus station or the airport in Ljubljana. (B)

 

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