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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 3-4 star hotels and guesthouses
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$999USD

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Overview

Trip Code: VIW

Trip highlights


  • Marvelling at the hilltop towns of Groznjan, Motovun and Buzet
  • Visiting Hum, the smallest town in the world
  • Hiking in Ucka Nature Park
  • Discovering the rich cultural heritage and local culinary delicacies
  • Exploring part of the Parenzana railway trail with its great historical significance

Beautiful hilltop towns, green landscapes awash with vineyards and olive groves, truffles, wine and fascinating culture - these are just some of the highlights of the Istrian countryside. Istria is full of superb villages and medieval towns, all located on picturesque hilltops. Discover on foot lush valleys, rolling vineyards, forests and olive groves, together with the history and culture of a region unlike any other in Croatia. You'll visit Groznjan with its artistic vibes, Hum which is officially the smallest town in the world, Buzet which is the truffle capital of Croatia, and the charming cobblestone town of Motovun. Follow a section of the Parezana trail and hike to the summit of Istria's highest mountain. On this week long tour you're sure to experience the absolute best of Istria, staying in charming local hotels and guesthouses.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Make your own way to the first hotel in either Volpija or Kaldanija, in the Buje area. If you are arriving by bus, a transfer from Buje bus station is included - this must be arranged before your arrival (other transfers can be arranged - supplement applies). Tonight at 7pm you will meet with our local representative who will provide you with your information pack including your hotel vouchers, maps, luggage tags and route notes. Overnight in either Volpija or Kaldanija.

Meals:  Nil

This morning starts with a 10 minute transfer to Brtonigla where you will start your first walk. Surrounded by acres of vineyards and olive groves, you'll follow paths that lead you through meadows and woods. Along the way you can stop to sample the superb local wines and olive oils. After around 3 hours of walking through picturesque vineyards you'll reach Buje, a small hilltop town for which the region is named. Take a stroll through the town and admire the breathtaking view of terraced fields, vineyards and olive groves below. Continue on until you return to your hotel, overnight in either Volpija or Kaldanija. Walk: 15km/9.5mi. Ascent: 323m/1060ft. Descent: 313m/1026ft.

Meals:  B

After breakfast, today starts with another 10 minute transfer, this time taking you to the Parenzana rail trail. The Parenzana railway was a narrow gauge Austrian railway connecting Trieste with Porec, winding through a series of Istrian towns and was in operation from 1902 to 1935. Today the tracks have been converted to wonderful walking and cycling paths. The walk for today starts in Groznjan, a delightful town full of art and culture, and with spectacular views. You'll walk through rolling landscapes and Istrian vineyards, and pass through several tunnels and over old bridges before reaching the village of Livade. Livade is the truffle capital of Istria and here you can taste the local truffles. You'll overnight in the nearby Motovun. Walk: 26km/16mi. Ascent: 455m/1500ft. Descent: 478m/1570ft. *There is a shorter option available. The shorter walk is 20km/12mi or 5-6hrs.

Meals:  B

After breakfast you'll be transferred to Oprtalj (15mins), a picturesque town in the heart of the Istrian peninsula. Here the Istrian Mountain Trail will lead you through an untouched natural landscape. You begin by walking downhill into the forest, passing St John village, then St Lucija with its beautiful church. En route you'll enjoy one of the best views over the Mirna river vallley. The trail continues, passing by the Pietrapelosa castle and heading down into the valley. Later you'll walk uphill towards the village of Mali Mlun and on to the beautiful town of Buzet. Overnight Buzet. Walk: 19km/12mi. Ascent: 622m/2040ft. Descent: 866m/2841ft. *A shorter walk of 8km/5mi or 2-3hrs is possible.

Meals:  B

You have two options for today. Firstly a loop walk from Buzet to Hum. Alternatively you can be transferred to Hum (not included) and then walk from Hum to Buzet. Leaving from Buzet your walk starts along the river, before heading into the forest. En route you'll pass waterfalls, lakes, natural pools and an old watermill. The trail continues following the riverbed, passing through the abandoned village of Bencici with its traditional stone houses. From here you'll be able to see Hum in the distance. Hum is the world's smallest town and it won't take you long to stroll its two streets. If you eat lunch in Hum you'll be sure to enjoy traditional Istrian dishes, as this is all the restaurant offers. Return on foot to Buzet, where you'll overnight. Walk: 24km/16mi. Ascent 553m/1814ft. Descent: 560m/1837ft. *The shorter walk is 14km/8mi or 3-4hrs

Meals:  B

This morning you will be transferred to Poklon (30 mins) which sits in a valley between two hills. The walk today takes you to the top of Ucka mountain, which is the highest mountain in Istria with an altitude of 1401m/4597ft. Once you've reached the summit be sure to pause and enjoy the panoramic view. From the summit you can see Kvarner Bay and its many coastal towns. On a clear day you might even be able to see Venice! Continue walking all the way down to the sea at Lovran. The path that brings you to the sea is a peaceful one, through oak and chestnut forests. Overnight in Lovran. Walk: 12km/7mi. Ascent: 452m/1483ft. Descent: 1386m/4547ft. *A shorter walk is possible. This walk is 6km/4mi or 2 hours, with an ascent of 90m/295ft and a descent of 390m/1280ft.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes this morning in Lovran. Arrangements end after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 nights in 3-4 star hotels and guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (option to upgrade hotels to 4* - supplement applies)
  • Information pack with route notes and maps per room booked
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer
  • All transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Volpija/Kaldanija and from Lovran
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks daily
  • Transfers not included as part of the itinerary
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • GPS Garmin Oregon 450 or Etrex 35 hire (available for a supplement)
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided walk

Grading

moderate  

This is a self guided walk with average daily stages of between 3-8 hours, although on the longer days there are options to shorten the walks. The terrain varies from paved and cobblestone streets (during village exploration) to single-track trails with loose stones or gravel, rocky paths, ancient ruins, and sets of ancient stone steps. The trails are often exposed to the sun and weather conditions may be harsh at times (even in summer), and you will need to be comfortable walking in such conditions. A good level of fitness is required for this trip.


Departure dates

Daily from 15 Mar to 15 Nov

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 20 Jun to 19 Sep, mid season is from 20 Apr to 19 Jun and 20 Sep to 15 Nov - supplement applies.
DN2
Most days have optional shorter walks

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Total Priceper person from

$999USD

Options & Supplements*
  • GPS rental - 6 daysUSD$60
  • single supplement - Standard hotelsUSD$250
  • half board supplement - standard hotel option onlyUSD$300
  • upgrade to 4 star hotelsUSD$300
  • single traveller surcharge - standard hotelsUSD$420
  • single supplement - upgrade hotelsUSD$490
  • single traveller surcharge - upgrade hotelsUSD$660
*Prices listed are per person

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