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Family Adventure Istria  
Guided Multi-Adventure Tour 2016

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Routing:

Pula – Rovinj – Palud – Rovinj – Lim Fjord – Rovinj – Pula – Rovinj – Oprtalj – Grožnjan – Poreč – Pula

 

 

Includes

• Airport transfers at start (Pula Airport – Rovinj) & end of tour (Poreč – Pula Airport) (Group transfer)
• 7 nights in guesthouses & 3* hotels
• Local transfers as per itinerary
• 7 breakfasts (B)
• 4 lunches (picnic or local tavern) (L)
• 7 dinners (D)
• Visit olive oil mill with tasting (T)
• Luggage transportation between accommodation
• Tour Guide – English speaking
• Sea kayak rental with whole equipment
• Bike & helmet rental
• Activities on high rope course
• Caving
• Cooking course

Accommodation (or similar)

• Rovinj: Small Family Hotel (3*)
• Poreč: Rural Guesthouse Bačva (3*)

Highlights

• Poreč old city
• Mountainbiking on Parenzana ex railway road
• Caving Adventure
• Visit medieval hilltop towns, Grožnjan & Oprtalj
• Hiking on the Učka Mountain
• Visit Pula
• Gourmet experience – How to cook typical Istrian meal

Explore untouched nature on foot, paddle along Istrian coast, swim and snorkel in crystal clear water, bike along the old railway Parenzana etc. Istria is a carefree combination of an active or quiet holiday destination and don’t be surprised if it wins you over with its charm. Should you choose Buje, Buzet, Motovun, Groznjan, you will find privacy and the silence of medieval towns – fortresses and familiarize yourself with the gastronomy and wine making. Motovun is a small town in the interior part of Istria, with a green Istrian landscape and wine roads that also plays host to many film festivals. Buzet is an authentic Istrian town that was settled in ancient history and is known as the town of truffles. If you come to Istria, you will see for yourself why they refer to Istria as the “Tuscany of Croatia. “ The interior part of the region with its characteristic stone architecture and small towns situated on hills create a peaceful and relaxing environment. The interior part of Green Istria will greet you with a rich agrotourism offer and untouched nature.

2016 PRICES
Per Person NZ$
Tour Code: 2016-FIO
Departures BetweenFamily of 4Family of 3Single
01 Apr - 30 Apr1,7302,0002,195
01 May - 31 May1,7852,0952,285
01 Jun - 30 Jun1,9102,1852,400
01 Jul - 31 Jul2,0952,3652,620
01 Aug - 31 Aug2,0952,3652,620
01 Sep - 30 Sep1,9102,1852,400
01 Oct - 31 Oct1,7302,0002,195

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Pula – Rovinj

Arrival in Pula airport and group transfer to our hotel in Rovinj. Brief orientation meeting with our guide and short stroll through old town of Rovinj followed by a dinner together. Overnight in Rovinj. (D)

Day 2: Rovinj Archipelago

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 of its cave that is in its most part undersea. Before returning in Rovinj will not miss 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. (B, L, D)
Sea kayaking approx 10km; snorkeling

Day 3: Rovinj Riviera – Palud

After breakfast, we meet our cycling guide and collect bikes for a tour along the coast from Rovinj to Palud. The total distance will be up to 20km and the riding is all on level terrain along the coast and small villages Todays bike adventure we will end in Palud Cove, In the Palud Cove, located eight kilometers southwest of Rovinj, there is the first, and so far, the only ‘special ornithological reserve’ in Istria. Ornithologists have recorded here more than 200 bird species. 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 authentic 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 mill where you will be aquainted with olive oil production and have opportunity to taste one of the best Istrian olive oil. Overnight in Rovinj. (B, L, T, D)
Biking approx 20km; walking approx 1hour

Day 4: Lim Fjord

After breakfast we will start with our sea kayak adventure along the protected area of Lim fjord. You will enjoy paddling along the bay, with its steep banks, passing beside the cultivation of mollusks and fish to the end of Lim bay. During the trip we will stop on a wild beach for swimming and snorkeling. Hike to the Romuald´s cave, a 105-meter long cave consisting of several impressive halls that have preserved evidence of permanent existence of life since prehistoric times. The entrance to the cave is 47 centimeters high, and the main hall is five to six meters high. Romuald’s Cave is a speleological phenomenon because the cave ornaments are located on the left side only, while the right side is empty. Dinner is on your own tonight, so you’re free to explore town of Rovinj with fantastic selection of local taverns. Overnight in Rovinj. (B, L, D)
Sea kayaking approx 12km; walking approx 1hour; caving approx 30mins

Day 5: Pula

Driving for 30 minutes we reach Glavanil Park where we spend an entertaining morning on a high ropes course. On way back to Rovinj we are going to visit Pula, the epicenre of Istria. We are going to “walk through time”;’ from ancient times through Roman arches and the Arena, one of the most preserved ampitheatres, through ancient reneissance and finally to modern day. Returning to Rovinj the afternoon is free for swimming or looking around the shops. (B, D)

Day 6: Oprtalj – Grožnjan

Breakfast, transfer to Oprtalj – picturesque medieval town where we will start our 3-4 hours walk across soft hills and through light forest to Grožnjan. Perched on a hill high above the Mirna river valley, Grožnjan is a 14th-century Venetian fortress reborn as the most important arts colony in Istria. Once it was slipping into oblivion, but now Groznjan is ground zero for Istrian artists and musicians. Poor Groznjan was nearly deserted when, in 1965, the first painters and sculptors moved into its crumbling stone buildings and started restoring them. A few years later the International Cultural Centre of Jeunesses Musicales Croatia set up a summer training program for musicians in Grožnjan and the town’s renaissance began. On the way we will stop in small village for a homemade lunch before driving to small village wher we will spend last two nights in rural guesthouse. (B, L, D)
Hiking approx 3-4hours

Day 7: Poreč

Breakfast, after short drive we reach Poreč. After walking tour free time to explore Old Town or to relax on the beach. In afternoon hours we will return to our household and together we will learn how to prepare traditional Istrian dinner. We will have a ‘farewell’ dinner at the household. (B, D)

Day 8: Pula

After breakfast group transfer to Pula airport. (B)

 

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