Istria Self-Guided 8-Day Hike

Istria Self-Guided 8-Day Hike

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What You'll Do
  • Hike through the small villages of inland Istria
  • See vineyards of Muscat wine and sample some of the finest at Sv. Mauro
  • Trek along the disused Austro-Hungarian railway line of Parenzana
  • Explore the musical town of Grožnjan
  • Taste exquisite truffles in Livade
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Mirna Valley as you walk from Sv. Juraj to Buzet
  • Visit the smallest city in the world at Hum
  • Trek through the oak and chestnut forests of Učka Mountain
  • Get fantastic views as far as Venice and the Alps on clear days
  • Stay in the fashionable resort of Lovran and walk the coastal promenade to Opatija
Hike the Istria peninsula on Croatia’s northern Adriatic coast, and walk across country from the Gulf of Trieste to the Bay of Kvarner. Discover remote Istrian villages and vineyards of Muscat wine, pass narrow gauge railways, and sleep in quaint hotels.
What to Expect
Hike across the northern limits of Croatia’s Istria peninsula and discover an inland landscape dotted with colorful vineyards and old villages. Take hill walks between medieval hamlets, rambling along moderately graded trails that pass over old bridges and alongside narrow gauge railways. See waterfalls and lakes, and stop at a truffle center to sample some of the finest truffles in the world.

Your luggage will be transported between your overnight accommodations, relieving you of the strain of carrying it on your back. And each night you will stay in a characterful hotel or guesthouse, with breakfasts that take into account your active program.

Day 1: Arrival - Buje
After you have made your own way to Porec from Trieste or Pula Airports, arrive in Istria and meet with your guide for a presentation of the week’s program. Transfers are available and recommended from both airports on request. Dinner and overnight accommodation will be at the romantic Casa La Parenzana in Buje, a rural retreat that provides a peaceful oasis to relax and prepare for your hike ahead.

Day 2: Buje - Momjan - Buje
Your first day’s hike takes you along a narrow road through forests and fields to the small village of Kremenje, where you will begin your descent to the Argila Spring and medieval castle of Momjan.

Perched on top of a hill, with enchanting views of the surrounding countryside, Momjan is world-famous for its Muscat white wines, and you will get to sample some in a traditional cellar in the tiny hamlet of Sv. Mauro.

Continue hiking downhill through a few villages and forests until you see Buje ahead of you. Located on a hilltop, and sometimes referred to as the “sentinel of Istria,” explore the narrow streets and baroque churches at leisure, with overnight accommodation at a local hotel.

Day 3: Grožnjan - Motovun
Today’s walk follows a section of a disused Austro-Hungarian railway line that once connected Trieste to Poreč. Known as the Parenzana, the railway traveled for 74 miles (123 kilometers) through a series of small Istrian towns, and functioned from 1902 until it closed in 1935.

Start you hike at Grožnjan, a handsome town with a prominent and continuing musical heritage. Explore its galleries, alleys and panoramic views, before you set off you through the magnificent landscape of rolling hills, studded with vineyards. You will pass through many tunnels and over old bridges before reaching the town of Livade, known for its exquisite truffles, which are celebrated at a regional fair every October.

Taste some of the best examples of the culinary treasure, and buy some to enjoy later, before settling into your overnight accommodation in the hill town of Motovun.

Day 4: Sv. Juraj - Buzet
After breakfast and a short transfer to the picturesque village of Sv. Juraj, start your trek on a downhill pass through forests and the enchanting villages of Sv. Ivan and St. Lucija. Enjoy panoramic views of the Mirna Valley, and pass by the old fort of Pietra Pelosa in Kostel.

Follow the trail past an aqueduct and the village of Mali Mlun, and continue through the forest along a field trail with stunning views, to reach your overnight accommodation in Buzet.

Day 5: Buzet - Hum - Buzet
Today’s hike follows a shallow river – or riverbed when the river is dry – past waterfalls and lakes, as well as Hum, the smallest city in the world.

You can opt to take a circular route from Buzet and back, via Hum, or start in Hum itself. Whichever you choose, sit down in the charming Humska Konoba Restaurant and enjoy some of the best traditional Istrian cuisine, with splendid countryside views from its terrace.

The path from Buzet passes the water springs, natural pools, and old watermill of Korita, and the abandoned village of Benčići, where you will see traditional Istrian stone houses and the church tower of Hum in the distance.

Walk along the 3-hour “Way of Mistletoe” back to Buzet for your overnight stay.

Day 6: Učka
Transfer to Poklon, a pass that separates Učka from Cicarija, and the starting point of your trek through the oak and chestnut forests of Učka Mountain, the biggest mountain in Istria.

Climb to the summit for stunning panoramas of Kvarner Bay and its coastal towns, as well as the backdrop of the mountains of Obruc, Snjeznik, and Risnjak. If visibility is especially good, you can see as far as Venice and the Alps on the north side. Continue to the coastal town of Lovran and check in to your hotel.

Day 7: Lovran
After breakfast, you are free to relax in Lovran, one of the oldest coastal settlements on the eastern shore of the Istrian peninsula, and a fashionable resort of the Austro-Hungarian nobility in the 19th century. Alternatively, take a leisurely stroll along the coastal promenade to Opatija, approximately 4 miles north of Lovran.

Day 8: Departure
Depart after breakfast for your onward journey or flight home.
What's Included
  • Welcome meeting
  • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Buje
  • 1 night in a 3-star hotel in Motovun
  • 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Buzet
  • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Lovran
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Information package, including detailed route description, map, road book, and vouchers
  • Luggage transport between accommodations
  • 24/7 emergency number
What's Not Included
  • Travel insurance
  • Arrival and departure from Istria
  • Transfers between airport and hotels (available on request)
Meeting Point

Transfer from airport or bus/train station can be organised.(It is not included in price). Transfer from hotel to airport or bus/train statio can also be organised. Nearest airports : -Pula airport: you can take local bus froma Pula airport to Pula bus station and from Bus station to Porec bus station. The best way is to take transfer. -Trieste airport: The best way is to take transfer.There's no bus. Transfers during the trip are included.

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