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Across the Istrian Peninsula

Istria - hill-top towns, vineyards & coast
 
Follow unexplored countryside paths through varied landscapes of vineyards and hill-top towns on this self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transported. Stay in good-quality accommodation and enjoy excellent food and wine, as well as an included tasting at a local vineyard.
 
Across the Istrian Peninsula. 7 nights
Across the Istrian Peninsula. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on the Istrian Peninsula

From the Adriatic Coast, a lush, green landscape of rolling hills slowly gives way to a more mountainous east where the high, rugged peaks of the Ucka Mountains drop steeply down into the glistening waters of the Bay of Kvarner. This is a land of secluded valleys and fertile plains dotted with hill-top towns and a spectacular jagged coastline of lagoons and islands, secret coves and long tranquil beaches.
On this fascinating walk, you cross the breadth of the Istrian Peninsula, from close to the Adriatic Sea in the west to the beautiful eastern seaboard. As you walk through the rolling fields, woods and neat vineyards of the Mirna Valley, you pass through small hill-top towns and villages where the fascinating history of this area comes alive. Starting near bustling Buje then moving on to medieval Motovun, before continuing over the mountains and down to the sea for a final flourish at Lovran, you experience the authentic and picturesque heart of the Istrian Peninsula.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
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  • Arrival in Krasica or Brtonigla
    Night 1: at Al Merlo Olivo in Krasica (the first of two nights here). Alternatively, you can choose to upgrade to the Hotel San Rocco in Brtonigla for your first two nights.
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular route from Krasica: 16km, 4.5hrs; or from Brtoniglia: 11.5km, 4hrs

    Circular route from Krasica: 16km, 4.5hrs
    Our introductory circuit from Krasica leads you along scenic paths and quiet roads to the charming hill-top village of Buje. After a leisurely lunch here, return to Krasica via olive and vine-clad hills.

    Circular route from Brtoniglia: 11.5km, 4hrs
    If you are staying in Brtoniglia, we recommend a route which explores the Skarline Nature Reserve south-east of the town, with several small lakes and a stream that has carved a canyon on its course to the River Mirna. Be sure to leave time to explore Brtoniglia, too – this historic hill-top village has a lovely medieval centre, rich wine-making heritage and a number of excellent Istrian eateries.
    Hill top town of Buje on the route around Krasica
    Circular route from Krasica: 16km
    Circular route from Brtoniglia: 11.5km
  • Krasica to Motovun: 22km, 6.5hrs; Brtoniglia to Motovun: 19km, 5.5hrs
    If you are starting from Krasica, you begin by walking to Grožnjan, but if you are starting from Brtoniglia we include a transfer to this medieval hill-top village, where many art galleries line its narrow cobbled streets. Enjoy a browse and a coffee before striking out across high rural uplands towards the historic village of Oprtalj, a former fort surrounded by high defensive walls upon which the village houses have now been built among the former town gates. The town is centred on the 16th-century church of St George and its tall bell tower. Descending steeply to the plain, you follow a short section of La Parenzana, the former Austro-Hungarian railway line that connected Trieste and Porec and now a walking and cycling track. On reaching Livade (a world centre of truffles), you take a pre-arranged taxi to Motovun, where you have two nights at the Hotel Kastel.
    Krasica to Motovun: 22km
    Hill top village of Groznjan on the route from Krasica to Motovun
  • Free day in Motovun
    You could simply relax in the town or use the hotel’s spa facilities today, but we suggest a choice of circular walks.

    Circular route via Kanal & Meluni: 14.5km, 4.5hrs
    The first explores the southern side of Motovun which is Istria’s well known – and picturesque – fruit-growing area, where apples, pears and plums grow together with olives, figs and cherries. We include a visit and tasting at the excellent Benvenuti vineyard you pass along the way.

    Circular route via La Parenzana: 16km, 5hrs
    The second walk partly explores La Parenzana on the western side of town, meandering across an isolated stretch of the old railway route amid lush vegetation and with stunning views. You leave La Parenzana to reach a typical rural inn for lunch (Špinovci) before returning on little-trodden paths to cross a small valley into neighbouring Brkac and directly back to nearby Motovun.
    The route around Motovun
    Circular route via Kanal & Meluni: 14.5km
    La Parenzana on the route around Motovun
    Circular route via La Parenzana: 16km
  • Pocklon to Lovran: 12.5km, 4.5hrs
    You are transferred to Poklon, high in the Ucka Mountains, from where you enjoy a long traverse through oak and beech trees before a steady descent through woods, catching glimpses over to the islands of Kvarner Bay as you near the sea. In Lovran, your final three nights are spent at the Villa Vera.
    Pocklon to Lovran: 12.5km
    The route from Motovun to Lovran
  • Free day in Lovran
    Lovran is a charming and relaxed town set in a natural bay with the Ucka Mountains as a stunning backdrop and it's well worth spending one day enjoying a relaxed exploration of its streets. The town takes its name from laurel, Laurus nobilis, which grows abundantly in the town's numerous parks and gardens. From humble beginnings as a port and ship-building centre, the town later became a fashionable resort of the Austro-Hungarian nobility in the 19th century.

    Medieval Moscenice: 9.5km, 3.5hrs
    If you decide to walk, we suggest catching the bus to Mošcenicka Draga to then head inland and climb up forested slopes for glorious views over the rugged coastline and Kvarner Bay. Wander across the hillside to linger over a leisurely lunch in the medieval village of Mošcenice before descending paved steps to the coast and along the promenade to your starting point.

    Along the Prom to Opatija: 12km, 4hrs
    Alternatively, you may like to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the coastal promenade, the lungomare, to lively Opatija, for wonderful views along the coast and over to Mount Ucka and the islands of Krk and Cres. This paved promenade runs for 12 kilometres along the coast through woodland of mighty oak trees and laurel groves, passing opulent villas and luxuriant gardens. There are plenty of benches to sit and admire the view, and shingle beaches or platforms from which to swim.
    Moscenice on the route around Lovran
    Medieval Moscenice: 9.5km
    Opatija on the route around Lovran
 

Accommodation

Our chosen hotels and guesthouse offer a warm welcome, comfortable accommodation and delicious regional cuisine.

To make your holiday all the more special, opt for our upgrade hotel in Brtonigla. Please indicate your hotel preference at the time of booking. If you do choose to upgrade, we recommend adding an extra night here to relax at this lovely hotel with pool.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 April 2019 - 30 June 2019 & 25 August 2019 - 31 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 Apr 2019 £975 £170
    1 - 23 May 2019 £995 £175
    24 May - 23 Jun 2019 £1035 £220
    25 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 £1035 £220
    1 - 24 Oct 2019 £1015 £245
    3rd & 4th person discount -£90
    Single traveller supplement £90

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Al Merlo Olivo, Krasica
    Junior suite: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £12
    Junior suite: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £12
    Hotel Kastel, Motovun
    Deluxe with balcony: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £16
    Deluxe with balcony: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £16
    Villa Vera, Lovran
    Junior suite: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £16
    Junior suite: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £16
  • 7 nights, staying in the boutique hotel Hotel San Rocco (3 dinnners)

    1 April - 30 June 2019 25 August - 31 October 2019 Price Single room
    1 - 9 April £985 £160
    10 - 30 April £1020 £170
    1 - 17 May £1040 £180
    18 - 26 May £1080 £300
    27 May - 23 June £1120 £400
    25 August - 19 September £1120 £400
    20 - 30 September £1080 £300
    1 - 24 October £1060 £250
    3rd & 4th person discount -£105 n/a
    Single traveller supplement £105 -
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Pula, Trieste, Venice

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Venice (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Pula jet2,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Venice (via Brussels) Brussels Airlines 
    Birmingham - Venice (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Pula easyJet,  TUI 
    Bristol - Treviso Ryanair 
    Bristol - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Venice Marco Polo Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Pula TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Pula TUI 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Treviso Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Pula jet2 
    Edinburgh - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Pula jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Treviso Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Venice Marco Polo jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Pula easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Venice Marco Polo British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Pula easyJet,  Norwegian,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Venice Marco Polo British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Pula British Airways 
    Heathrow - Trieste (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Heathrow - Venice Marco Polo British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Venice Marco Polo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Pula easyJet 
    London Southend - Venice Marco Polo Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Pula jet2,  Ryanair 
    Stansted - Treviso Ryanair 
    Stansted - Trieste Ryanair 
    Stansted - Venice Marco Polo Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Pula jet2,  TUI 
    Manchester - Venice Marco Polo easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Venice Marco Polo (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Venice Marco Polo (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Pula

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Pula airport to hotel (1h) £55 1730
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Pula airport (1h30) £50 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Trieste

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Trieste airport to hotel (2h) £78 1730
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Trieste airport (1h45) £94 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Venice Marco Polo

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Venice Mestre to Trieste (2h50), taxi Trieste to hotel (1h) £66 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Trieste (1h30), rail Trieste to Venice Mestre (3h20) £82 1400

    Connecting travel options - flying via Venice Treviso

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Treviso to Trieste (2h30), taxi Trieste to hotel (1h) £66 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Trieste (1h30), rail Trieste to Treviso (2h30) £82 1400
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 3 dinners (1 dinner if upgrading hotels),
    2 picnics,
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfers on days 2 & 4
  • vineyard visit and tasting
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Croatia, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is Croatian. The currency is the Kuna. Croatian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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