Istria From Coast To Coast

Istria From Coast To Coast

Croatia » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Sightseeing of the medieval towns of Istria
  • Enjoying local culinary delicacies and wines
  • Hiking in Učka Nature Park
  • jan
  • feb
  • mar
  • apr
  • may
  • jun
  • jul
  • aug
  • sep
  • oct
  • nov
  • dec

From 645 €

Duration (days): 7

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Imagine walking through green countryside full of vineyards, olive trees, rivers and forests, full of beautiful villages and medieval towns situated on hills. Indeed it sounds like a dream. This dream can come true! Join us on a hiking adventure through green Istria. Learn about the natural beauty that will open before you every step of the way, and with every new winding of the road. Learn about the culture and heritage of Istria and visit picturesque towns on the hills with 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. To get to know the best of Istria, walk through Učka Nature Park which contains a wealth of life and, fi nally, round off this green adventure with the delicious flavors of indigenous Istrian delicacies and wines.

/shorter hiking options are available for some of the days/
Day 1:
Arrival in ISTRIA.
Arrival in Istria, meeting with a guide and program presentation (normally held at 19:00 in your hotel). Overnight in hotel in Buje area. Rural house in the heart of Istria, a peaceful oasis for relaxation and an ideal starting point for daily exploration of this beautiful area.
* Private transfers from other locations available to Buje; contact us for a price offer!
Short transfer to Brtonigla. The numerous acres of vineyards and olive groves are surrounded by pathways that lead towards meadows and woods, deep into the centre of vibrating nature that lives intact, far away from the modern civilisation. It is also a place where you can find superior wines and olive oils - many family cellars and tasting premises invite the travellers to discover the authentic power of the local lifestyle. After 3 hours walking through vineyards we reach Buje, a small town hilltop town. From the top of the hill you can enjoy the pretty view of terraced fields and arable land, vineyards and olive groves. Enjoy sightseeing in this town full of history and culture. The route finishes in front of your hotel where you will get by ex old railway. Overnight in Buje area. (Walking distance: 13 km (approx 4 h); ascen/descent: +300m/-270m)
After breakfast you are ready to start exploring Istrian villages and hidden paths. After 10 minute transfer walking stage starts on ex railway Parenzana. Parenzana was a narrow - gauge Austrian railway connecting Trieste with Poreč through a series of Istrian small towns, for 123 kilometres long. The railway was in function from 1902 until 1935, and today, the track has been rearranged for cycling and hiking paths wounding through Istrian hills. Grožnjan will be your start point. After you saw It's galleries and viewpoints you can pass through magnificent rolling landscapes and lively Istrian vineyards. After passing through several tunnels, over old bridges you can stop on many fascinating view point before reaching the village of Livade, the truffle center of the world where you can taste and buy some products with truffles. In front of Livade on a hill is the town of Motovun where is your hotel. Overnight in Motovun. (Hiking distance: 25 km (approx 5-6 h); ascen/descent: +550m/-610m); *shorter walk of 16km is available too)
Short transfer to Oprtalj. Picturesque little town deeply in Istrian Peninsula from where it starts the Istrian Mountain Trail. The walking route goes downhill into the forest and passing Sv.Ivan (st.John) village. Next village in st. Lucija with a very beautiful church. The trail passes by the Pietrapelosa castle and leads down in the valley. After passing an aqueduct the trail goes on the hill towards the village of Mali Mlun and few more villages opens a beautiful view on the town of Buzet. Through a forest and fields the trail will get you to Buzet. Overnight in Buzet. (Walking distance: 21 km (approx 4,5 - 5 h); ascen/descent: +650m/-900m); *shorter walk of 13km is available too)
The path from Buzet to Hum can be a circular trail or one other way if you start from Hum. The trail starts by the river and turns into the forest, passing over shallow river or riverbed if it's dry. It passes by some waterfalls with lakes. Nice, and not too steep, the trail leads you all the way to Korita, the water springs with natural pools and an old watermill. The trail continues following the riverbed and trough Benči an abandoned village where you can see traditional Istrian stone houses. From there you'll see Hum and it's recognizable churchtower in the distance. When you get to Hum, take a walk and you'll understand why its the smallest town in the world. In Hum you can eat in the local "konoba", a word form the local dialect that means restaurant. The "konoba" in hum offers you nothing but traditional istrian dishes. The «way of mistletoe» will lead you all the way back to Buzet. It takes about 3 hours of hiking in one way. Overnight in Buzet. (Hiking distance: 24 km (approx 6-7 h); ascen/descent: +550m/-550m); *shorter walk of 12km is available too)
Day 6: UČKA
Transfer to Poklon ,saddle between two hills from where trail starts.It goes on the top of Učka mountain which is biggest mountain in Istria with altitude of 1401 m. From the top it goes all the way down on sea level in Lovran. The path is covered by oak and chestnut forests that gives pleasant freshness in hot summers. The very summit of Ucka (Vojak) is worth to climb on for stunning panorama. The panorama of Kvarner bay includes sea and coastal towns, as well as the mountains in background: Obruc, Snjeznik and Risnjak Western side the whole Istra Peninsula lies in front of you. Sometimes, if visibility is good, view towards to Venice and on Alps on the north side. Overnight in Lovran. (Walking distance: 11km (approx 4-5 h); ascen/descent: +450m/-450m (or -1390m)

Accommodation and luggage transportation: 3-4* hotels with en-suite rooms, including breakfast; luggage is transferred between the inns;

>> March-May; Oct-Nov: 645 Euro
>> June, Sept: 685 Euro
>> July-August: 725 Euro
* In case your travel period involves arrival/departure in different months, the higher rate is used as a base for the per person package price.

Halfboard supplement (6x dinners): 130 Euro

Single room supplement: 155 Euro

Group size: min 2 persons

The price includes: welcome meeting; accommodation and meals as mentioned in the program; information package including detailed route description (map and road book) and vouchers; luggage transport between accommodations; emergency number;

The price does not include: airport transfers; other meals and drinks; personal expenses; tips, insurance;

Tips: the trip is available between March and November (best period May/June and September/October); the hikes are not particularly difficult at all but the warm weather may make some stages more exhausting; private transfers to the starting point available from Pula, Venice, Trieste, Zagreb and Ljubljna; private transfers from the last overnight place available to the same destinations (ask for price).