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WALKING ADVENTURE THROUGH GREEN ISTRIA

A 7 day self-guided walking tour

 

Imagine walking through green countryside full of vineyards, olive trees, rivers and forests, full of authentic Croatians villages and medieval towns. Indeed, it is like walking in a dream, which came true! Enjoy this walking adventure through green Istria. Discover its natural beauty opening before you step by step along every winding of the road. During this tour, you will learn about the culture and heritage of Istria and visit small picturesque towns, built on the hilltops. It is a tour with beautiful sceneries, which offer 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. You will see the best of Istria, walking through Učka Natural Park, which contains a great diversity of flora and fauna. Last but not least you will taste the delicious flavours of the local Istrian delicacies and wines.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR

  • The hilltop towns Grožnjan, Motovun and Buzet
  • Visiting Hum, the smallest town in the world,
  • Hiking in Učka Nature Park
  • Exploring the rich cultural heritage and local culinary delicacies
  • Parenzana, railway of an of a great historical significance for Istria

 

Program

Day 1

Individual arrival to Buje Area in Istria
Individual arrival in Istria. Briefing and overnight stay in *** hotel

 

Day 2 

Brontigla to Buje

You have a 10 min. transfer to Brtonigla. Today you walk along pathways that lead towards the meadows and woods crossing numerous acres of vineyards and olive groves. You are surrounded by a vibrating nature, still intact and far away from the modern civilization. It is the area of the famous Istrian superior wines and extra-virgin olive oils. There are many family wine farmers and you will discover the authentic power of the local lifestyle and you could make a stop to taste these excellent wines. After 3 hours walking through vineyards, you reach Buje, a small town hilltop town. From the village you can enjoy the pretty view of terraced fields and arable land, vineyards and olive groves. Enjoy visiting this town full of history and culture. Walking along the ex-old railway, the route finishes in front of your hotel Overnight in Buje area in *** hotel.

Walking distance: 13 km / 8 miles; Ascent/Descent: +300m -269m; Walking Time: 3-4 hours.

 

Day 3 

Grožnjan -Motovun

After breakfast, you start with exploring Istrian villages and hidden paths of this magnificent area. After a short transfer of 10 minutes your walk starts along the ex railway Parenzana. Parenzana was an Austrian railway line of 123 km long, connecting Trieste with Poreč and passing small towns. Now it is a cycling and walking path through the Istrian hills. Grožnjan will be your starting point. You pass through galleries, old bridges and will have nice viewpoints along your walk. You reach the village of Livade, a famous truffle centre. Here you can taste and buy some products with truffles. On the other side of Livade, built on a hill is the town of Motovun, where you will have your overnight stay in a *** hotel.

Walking distance: 24 km / 15 miles;Ascent / descent: +546m -609m; Walking time: 5-6 hours (As an alternative you can shorten the walk to 16 km / 10 miles/ walking time 3-4 hours)

 

Day 4 

Oprtalj-Buzet

After breakfast, you will have a short transfer to Oprtalj, a picturesque little town, in the hearth of the Istrian peninsula. From here starts the Istrian Mountain Trail, a route which goes downhill into the forest and passing Sv.Ivan (st.John) village. The next village is St. Lucija with also a very beautiful church. Then you come to a point where one of the best views on river Mirna valley is. The trail passes the Pietrapelosa castle and then leads down into the valley. After passing an aqueduct the trail goes uphill towards the village of Mali Mlun and after some more villages it opens a beautiful view on the town of Buzet. Through a forest and fields, the trail will get you to Buzet. Overnight in *** star Hotel in Buzet.

Walking distance: 20 km / 13 miles; Ascent / Descent: +622m -866m; Walking time: 4 ˝ -5 hours (As an alternative you can make a shorter walk of approximately 13 km / 8 miles / walking time 2-3 hours.

 

Day 5 

Day 5 Buzet -Hum -Buzet

Today you make a ring walk to Hum or you can choose for a shorter route in the surroundings. The trail starts at the river and you follow it into the forest and pass some waterfalls and small lakes. The trail continues following the riverbed and passes through Benčići, an abandoned village where you still can see traditional Istrian stone houses. Then you will have the first view of Hum and its typical church tower. When you get to Hum, take a walk and you'll understand why it’s called the smallest town in the world. In Hum you can eat in the local "konoba", a word from the local dialect that means restaurant. The "konoba" in Hum offers good traditional Istrian dishes. The «way of mistletoe» will lead you back to Buzet. It takes about 3 hours of hiking in one way. Overnight in Buzet, *** hotel

Walking distance:24 km / 15 miles; Ascent /Descent: +553m -560m; Walking time: 7-8 hours; The shorter alternative walk is about 12 km / 8 miles / walking time: 3-4 hours.

 

Day 6

Uka -Lovran

Transfer of 30 min. to Poklon, where your walk of today will start. It goes uphill to the top of Učka mountain, which is highest mountain in Istria with altitude of 1401 m. From the top it goes all the way down till you reach sea level in Lovran. The path crosses oak and chestnut woods that give a pleasant freshness in hot summers. The climbing to the summit of Učka (Vojak) will be rewarded with a stunning panorama over Kvarner bay, sea and coastal towns, as well as the surrounding mountains: Obruc, Snjeznikand Risnjak… the Western side the whole Istria peninsula lies in front of you. Sometimes, if the visibility is good, you can view till Venice and the Alps in the north. Overnight in Lovran, **** hotel.

Walking distance: 11 km / 7 miles; Ascent / Descent: + 452m -1386m (optional 452m descent): Walking time: 4-5 hours (Alternative shorter walk is possible: about 6 km / 4 miles – walking time 2 hours).

 

Day 7

End of tour after breakfast 

 

 

 

 

 

Included in the price:

  • 6 nights in good hotels with breakfast.
  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
  • Descriptions and maps in English or German
  • Information about places of interest along the route
  • Service – hotline 24 hours in case of emergency and problems

 

Dates

Daily from April until November

Difficulty 2/3

a walking tour with choices between longer walks (lev. 3) and shorter walks /lev.2/3) with significant differences in level. For walkers with experience and good physical condition.

Participants

From one person

Rates p.p. 2018

01/03- 28/05

In double room  € 610

In single room  € 730

Solo traveller € 850

29/05-27/06
In double room  € 630

In single room  € 770

Solo traveller € 890

28/06-28/08
In double room  € 680

In single room  € 820

Solo traveller € 940

29/08 – 27/09
In double room  € 630

In single room  € 770

Solo traveller € 890

28/09- 30/11
In double room  € 610

In single room  € 730

Solo traveller € 850

On request extra night's and transfers