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Across the Istrian Peninsula

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.
 

Book now for autumn 2020 or summer 2021

The easing of travel restrictions for UK citizens means that we are resuming this holiday from the start of September 2020.

Looking further ahead, we are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.

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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 and 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.
 

Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 15 April 2020 - 30 June 2020 & 25 August 2020 - 31 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    15 - 30 Apr 2020 £995 £180
    1 - 21 May 2020 £1035 £185
    22 May - 23 Jun 2020 £1065 £225
    25 Aug - 30 Sep 2020 £1065 £225
    1 - 24 Oct 2020 £1045 £245
    3rd & 4th person discount -£95
    Single traveller supplement £95

    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.

  • 7 nights, staying at Hotel San Rocco (1 dinner): 15 April 2020 - 30 June 2020 & 25 August 2020 - 31 October 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    15 - 30 Apr 2020 £1060 £175
    1 - 18 May 2020 £1085 £185
    19 May - 23 Jun 2020 £1165 £410
    25 Aug - 19 Sep 2020 £1165 £410
    20 Sep - 24 Oct 2020 £1095 £250
    3rd & 4th person discount -£105
    Single traveller supplement £105

    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: 15 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £13
    Junior suite: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £13
    Hotel Kastel, Motovun
    Deluxe with balcony: 15 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £16
    Deluxe with balcony: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £16
    Villa Vera, Lovran
    Junior suite: 15 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £17
    Junior suite: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £17
  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel San Rocco, Brtonigla
    Deluxe comfort plus: 15 Apr - 18 May 2020 £12
    Deluxe comfort plus: 19 May - 30 Jun 2020 £16
    Deluxe comfort plus: 25 Aug - 19 Sep 2020 £16
    Deluxe comfort plus: 20 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £12
    Hotel Kastel, Motovun
    Deluxe with balcony: 15 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £16
    Deluxe with balcony: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £16
    Villa Vera, Lovran
    Junior suite: 15 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £17
    Junior suite: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2020 £17

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel San Rocco, Brtonigla (B&B) Double room Single room
    15 Apr - 18 May 2020 £88 £114
    19 May - 30 Jun 2020 £110 £218
    25 Aug - 19 Sep 2020 £110 £218
    20 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £88 £114
  • 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.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Pula

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Pula airport to hotel (1h) £56 1730
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Pula airport (1h30) £52 flexible
    coach Lovran to Pula bus station (1h50) £12 1200

    Connecting travel options - flying via Trieste

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Trieste airport to hotel (2h) £80 1730
    coach Trieste bus station to Novigrad (2h), hotel transfer Novigrad to hotel (0h30) £30 1530
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Trieste airport (1h45) £95 flexible
    hotel transfer to Opatija bus station (0h20), coach Opatija to Trieste bus station (1h30-3h) £12 1200

    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) £72 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Trieste (1h30), rail Trieste to Venice Mestre (3h20) £88 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) £72 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Trieste (1h30), rail Trieste to Treviso (2h30) £88 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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