Croatian and Slovenian Istria

Just south of Trieste is Istria, in Slovenia and Croatia. Pittoresque inland villages, curvy landscape with the characteristic red soil, truffles, good wines, olive oil, bays and islands, fishing villages and ports.

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  • Duration: 11 Hours
  • Easy
  • Small Groups
    (15 max)
  • Meet on location
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Description

Just south of Trieste is Istria. The peninsula includes Slovenia’s coastline but most of this fantastic area is in Croatia. The sea is crystal clear and attracts great number of tourists each year. In fact, three of the top five tourist destinations in Croatia are here. But Istria is much much more. Pittoresque inland villages, curvy landscape with the characteristic red soil, truffles, good wines, olive oil, bays and islands, fishing villages and ports.   

This tour takes you to the beautiful cities at the sea on the western shore of Istra, and to a couple of villages in the truffle district. 

First stop is Pula, known for its multitude of ancient Roman buildings, the most famous of which is the Arena that is one of the best preserved Roman amphitheaters, and it’s beautiful sea. The city has a long tradition of wine making, fishing, shipbuilding and tourism. Outside Pula are the Brioni Islands, from where President Tito governed Yugoslavia half of the year. We will visit the Arena but unfortunately do not have time for a guided tour.

Rovigno is a spectacular town on a peninsula on the west side. It was first built on an island close to the coast, in 1763 it became connected to the mainland by filling in the channel. From 1283 to 1797 it was one of the most important towns in Istria, governed by the Republic of Venice. After that Napoleon brought the republic to an end, Rovigno was under Austria-Hungary, till 1918 when it came under Italy. In 1947 it became part of Yugoslavia.  Today it is a very important tourist destination. From outside the St. Euphenia Cathedral, you will enjoy the 360 degree overview over the old town and the islands outside. 

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Lunch.

Porec, the 3rd tourist destination in Croatia, almost 2000 years old, is also on a peninsula. We will visit the early Byzantine Euphrasius Basilica with its mosaic that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The present church was built from 553 to 563 A.D. The wall mosaics were made by Byzantian masters and the floor mosaics by local experts.  

In-land in Istria there are numerous small villages built in stone, and being higher up in altitude, enjoying a view over the sea and the coastline. We will visit Groznjan and Buje. You may want to visit one of the truffle shops in Buje.

Further north, on the way to Piran we will pass through Portoroz, overlooking the bay between Croatia and Slovenia. This town is Slovenia’s main holiday resort at the sea. It is full of restaurants, hotels, spas. The salt from the ponds are highly recognized. 

Piran is a venezian fishing village on a promontory a few kilometers from Portoroz. On a clear day you will see the Dolomites across the Gulf of Trieste.  Narrow streets, the central Tartini square, fishing boats in the marina, good restaurants along the seafront, Piran is a very charming town. 

Transport back to Trieste and Piazza Oberdan where the tour ends. 

We reserve the right to cancel the tour on fixed dates if a sufficient number of participants is not reached. As a custom tour, small numbers of participants is possible.

Itinerary

Itinerary for the day

  • Departure from Piazza Oberdan in front of the Hotel Posta at 08:30. 
  • After 100 minutes and 120 km, arrival to Pula and visit to the  Arena 45 minutes.
  • 45 minutes 37 km drive to Rovigno for a guided tour of one hour. Lunch.
  • Porec is 45 min 36 km drive north. Visit to the Euphrasius Basilica. 45 minutes.
  • 45 minutes 33 km drive to Groznjan, 15 minutes walk.
  • 15 minutes 8 km drive to Buje. 15 minutes to buy truffles. 
  • 36 minutes 20 km to Piran. 
  • 1 hour walk.
  • 50 minutes 39 km drive to Trieste and Piazza Oberdan. Arrival circa 19:30
  • In case of delays, for example from passing the passport controls between Croatia and Slovenia, the visit to Pirano may have to be skipped.

Meeting Points

What’s included

  • Transportation. 
  • Guide in Rovigno
  • Entrance to the Arena in Pula and the Euphrasius Basilica in Porec.
  • Lunch.
  • Your local friend accompanying the tour.

What’s excluded

  • Eventual transport from the hotel to the pick-up place and from the drop-off place to the hotel.

What do I need to bring

  • A valid passport
  • Comfortable clothes and walking shoes

Friendly cancellation & refund policy

Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.

  • 7 days notice: 100% charge

Guided Language

  • English

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