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Hilltop village of Motovun, surounded by vineyards
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Highlights

  • Walking through the sublime green and fertile landscapes of Istria.
  • Hike to the ancient hilltop village of Motovun and Grožnjan, an artist’s colony.
  • Following trails through the Učka mountain range with views to Kvarner Bay.
  • Enjoy the stunning seaside resort of Lovran on the sparkling Adriatic Coast.
  • Sampling the Momjan muscat wine and white truffles famous to the region.

Get off the beaten track and enjoy walking through Istria's untouched interior and coastline. Often referred to as the 'Adriatic Tuscany’, Istria is sure to charm you.

Follow trails through magnificent rolling landscapes along sparkling turquoise coastlines and revel in the relaxed way of life. Enjoy stays in medieval hilltop villages, such as Buje, with its Venetian palaces, 15th century tower, Baroque church and ancient city walls.

Vineyards and olive groves are never far away and you can sample the treasures of the land, including the incredible local muscat wine of Momjan and the white truffles of Livade.

Day 1: Arrive in Buje and overnight

Arrive in Buje, a charming hilltop town, located inland from the Adriatic coast and where you will spend your first two nights. Take some time to visit the 16th century Baroque church, wander through the old city, and enjoy views over the surrounding landscape dominated by olive groves and vineyards.


Overnight: Casa la Parenzana***, Buje


The family run Casa la Parenzana is a peaceful oasis, and is ideally situated for exploring the highlights of the surrounding area. It takes is name from the “Parenzana“ - the old disused Austro Hungarian railway line which once connected Trieste with Poreč.


Day 2: Transfer to Brtonigla. Walk to Buje

A short transfer brings you to Brtonigla from where you begin your walk. Far away from modern civilization, enjoy your walk through numerous vineyards and olive groves and enjoy absorbing the local culture and way of life. At then end of your walk reach Buje once more.


Walk: 13 or 11 km


Overnight: Casa la Parenzana, Buje


Day 3: Walk to Motovun via Grožnjan

After breakfast you will be transferred to the starting point for today's walk, the artist’s colony of Grožnjan. Before departing explore the cobbled alleys and squares of Grožnjan and take in its galleries and art studios. From here walk along the Parenzana Railway Trail and pass through several tunnels and old bridges, enjoying magnificent rolling landscapes along the way. Visit Livade, and sample some of the local truffles, before heading on to the hilltop village of Motovun, where you will spend the night.


Walk: 16 or 25 km


Overnight: Hotel Kaštel***, Motovun


The family run Fiore Hotel Kastel, is located in the ancient part of the medieval town of Motovun. Relax in the garden or take advantage of the swimming pool and spa.


Day 4: Walk Oprtalj to Buzet

After breakfast a short transfer brings you to picturesque Sv. Juraj, at the start of the Istrian Mountain Trail. Heading downhill into the forest you will pass Sv. Ivan village and St. Lucija with its beautiful church.


Continuing on you will enjoy the stunning views over the Mirna River Valley. The trail passes through fields, forests and small villages before reaching Buzet, your base for the next two nights.


Walk: 12 or 21 km


Overnight: Hotel Vela Vrata****, Buzet


This boutique hotel is located in the old part of Buzet, overlooking the valley below. Enjoy a truffle sprinkled steak and glass of local wine on the private terrace, or indulge in the onsite spa.


Day 5: Loop walk via Hum

Today’s trail starts alongside the river and then the rail turns into the forest and crosses the shallow riverbed. Passing waterfalls and lakes the trail leads you to Korita freshwater springs and natural pools.


Pass the abandoned village of Benčići, with its traditional stone houses and continuing on you will see the town of Hum in the distance. This place is in the Guinness World Record Book for being the smallest town in the world! Enjoy some traditional Istrian dishes in a local restaurant, before following ‘the way of the mistletoe’ back to Buzet


Walk: 12 or 24 km


Overnight: Hotel Vela Vrata****, Buzet


Day 6: Poklon to Lovran via Učka

After breakfast transfer to Poklon, where the trail over the Ucka Mountain Range to the Adriatic Coast begins. Follow the path as it ascends along the Ucka ridge, in the shelter of oak and chestnut forests. It is worth climbing the summit of Vojak (1401m), where you will be rewarded with panoramic views of Kvarner Bay, and on a clear day as far as Venice and the Alps on the north side. Continue along the wooded path as you make your descent into the coastal town of Lovran.


Walk: 11 or 6km


Overnight: Hotel Park****, Lovran


The 4* Hotel Park is located next to the old town and it is only 50 metres away from the sea and the famous promenade which connects Lovran and Opatija.


Day 7: Free day in Lovrun

Today you can relax and enjoy the seaside resort of Lovran nestled under the Ucka mountain range, on the Adriatic Coast. Find one of Lovran’s lovely beaches, visit the 13th century Church of St Juraj with its gothic frescoes, or take a leisurely stroll along the coastal promenade to Opatija.


Finish off your trip with an evening of fresh seafood and local wine in one of Lovran’s popular restaurants.


Overnight: Hotel Park****, Lovran


Day 8:Onward Travel


Accommodation

The accommodation on this tour is in a combination of 3* and 4* hotels and one guest house. Many are renowned for their excellent cuisine and all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and an authentic experience.


Alternate accommodation

During high season, or when your stay falls on a closing day, you might be booked into a different accommodation which is not listed in the description. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is available to solo walkers with a supplement. Single rooms are also available, again with a supplement involved.



 

 

 



Casa la Parenzana - Buje



Casa la Parenzana - Buje

The family run Casa la Parenzana is a peaceful oasis, and is ideally situated for exploring the highlights of the surrounding area. It takes is name from the “Parenzana“ - the old disused Austro Hungarian railway line which once connected Trieste with Poreč.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Kaštel - Motovun

The family run Fiore Hotel Kastel, is located in the ancient part of the medieval town of Motovun. Relax in the garden or take advantage of the swimming pool and spa.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Vela Vrata - Buzet

This boutique hotel is located in the old part of Buzet, overlooking the valley below. Enjoy a truffle sprinkled steak and glass of local wine on the private terrace, or indulge in the onsite spa.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Park - Lovran

The 4* Hotel Park is located next to the old town and it is only 50 metres away from the sea and the famous promenade which connects Lovran and Opatija.


 

 

 

Time of Year

Spring in Croatia is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is also a favourite time of year to be there as the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet so September and October are unmissable. July and August can be hot so you will have to start walking early to miss the heat of the day, although the towns and villages are busier with many seasonal festivals which can be fun. Please note that at the very beginning and end of the season (early April and end of October) any swimming pools at accommodations may be closed and restaurant offerings may be more limited during this time.


Grade, Terrain & Experience

This walking tour is graded moderate. The trip involves some longer walks, generally from 4-5 hours a day, but offers shorter options on most days. The nature of the terrain presents little technical difficulty, but some previous hill walking experience is useful. The ascents will vary from 400m to 800m altitude gain per day


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

Some of the walks on this trip are way marked but many are not and you will need to be able to follow the route notes and maps supplied.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example. proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take.This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Getting to and from Istria

Pula is the regional airport and flights are available via Zagreb. Trieste Airport is the closest airport serviced by direct flights from the UK with Ryan Air and Alitalia also offering services.


A transfer from Pula Airport to Buje on Day 1 is included in the cost of your tour.


If you fly into Trieste we recommend that you pre-book airport transfers as public transport is very limited.


At the end of the trip when leaving Lovran you can either take a local bus to Pula or we can arrange pre-booked airport transfers.


If you need to get to Trieste from Lovran we recommend that you pre-book airport transfers as public transport is very limited. Transfers are available to other airports on request.


Further bus information to and from Pula may be found here.


Included

  • 7 Nights in 3* or 4* hotels and a guesthouse
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transport
  • Transfers to the start of the walks as specified
  • Transfer from Pula Airport to Buje
  • Detailed route notes, information pack and maps
  • Local support and 24 hour phone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Pula and from Lovran
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Extra Nights
  • Solo Walker Supplement
  • Additional Transfers
  • Single Room Supplement

How fit do I need to be?

This walking holiday is graded moderate and involves 4 - 5 hours of walking each day so you should enjoy an active lifestyle to get the most from this holiday. If you are unable to walk on any day you can use taxis or public transport to move onto the next night's accommodation.

When is the best time of year?

Spring in Croatia is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is probably my favourite time of year as the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet so September and October are unmissable. July and August can be hot so you will have to start early to miss the heat of the day, although the towns and villages are busier with many seasonal festivals on which is great.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised Croatia is extremely popular especially during July/August. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans so just ask.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. You can download a full equipment list from the downloads page of our website.

Which is the best airport?

Either Pula or Trieste are convenient. From Pula you can reach the start/end of the walk by bus or pre-booked transfers. From Trieste we recommend you pre-book airport transfers as public transport is very limited. Transfers are also available from other airports.

What about the navigation?

Some of the walks on this trip are way marked but many are not and you will need to follow the route notes and maps supplied.Some of the walks on this trip are way marked but many are not and you will need to follow the route notes and maps supplied.

Are baggage transfers included?

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

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Unspoilt Croatia

By Mary S

from Kent

About Me Regular Hiker

Pros

  • Good Food Wine
  • Great Accommodations
  • Historic Villages
  • Stunning Scenery

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Holiday

    Comments about macs adventure Istria: Vineyards & Villages:

    Loved the various medieval hill top villages. The walks were varied & easy to follow the detailed notes. We enjoyed the food & the local wines. The accommodation was all of a good standard. The hosts at Casa Lovac were so helpful & we had bear for dinner! We would have happily spent a second night at Hotel Kastel in Motovun, such a stunning setting. Finally, loved the coastal area by Lovran.

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    Istria - what an experience!

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    About Me Occasional Traveller

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    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Well Organised

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      Comments about macs adventure Istria: Vineyards & Villages:

      It was a beuatiful country to see and as always the accommodation was 5 star and in nice quiet out of the way places where you really got to meet the local people. July is just too hot for such a wak though and wouldn't recommend July.

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