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Castles to Coast Croatia Walk

2019 Pricing

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  • Croatia's Istrian peninsula: Venetian castles, Renaissance palaces, hilltop villages, Adriatic Riviera
  • Panoramic walking paths, ghost villages, lush orchards
  • Natural bounty: bee and green winged orchid, orange fire lily, amethyst sea holly, truffle-rich woods
  • Charming hotels: a converted palace, beautiful townhouse and C19 coastal villa
  • Diverse regional cuisine: local wines, home-made pasta, truffles and fish fresh from the sea

This walking tour opens up a timeless world that in the oldest towns takes you back 2000 years. The coastline sparkles with bays and inlets, while inland castles and palaces in hilltop villages float in the early morning like stone battleships on a swirling sea of valley mist.

You begin in Motovun where walks follow high ridges and an abandoned railway offers panoramic views over truffle-rich valleys of oak, fruit orchards, and emerald ranks of vines. From Motovun you walk above the Mrna River Valley to the fortified hill town of Buzet. You then head east to the bright lights of the Adriatic Riviera, summiting Istria's highest peak - Mt Vojak (1401m) - along the way for incredible 360o views as far as the Dolomites and Switzerland. Your final two nights are spent in Opatija, once the playground of the wealthy classes in the C19. Impressive villas line the shore, shops and cafes cluster around C17 churches, and fishermen land their catch just outside bustling local restaurants on crowded marinas. There are swimming opportunities every day.

You'll spend three nights in hilltop Motovun in a converted C17 palace with a stunning spa and indoor pool. In Buzet, your accommodation for two nights is a beautiful converted townhouse with indoor pool, set within the original C18 Venetian battlements. Finally in Opatija your ***** luxury waterfront hotel dates back to 1886 and offers beautiful rooms with period furniture.

Dining options are excellent and varied, so we have included two dinners, with five nights free to enjoy local restaurants.

Additional Tour Details

Meals Continental breakfast, 5 picnic lunches and 2 evening meals.
Tour Starts Pula airport, pick up at 12:25 (transfer to hotel, 60 mins, provided).
Tour Ends Pula airport, drop off at 11:40 provided).
Rail Options Rail/Bus options from Venice to Pula. Inquire for details and prices.
Rail Supplement
Singles Add $49 per night.
Other details This tour is unsuitable for children under 12. Extra nights: We recommend Motovun or Opatija, prices from $108 per person, per night based on 2 sharing. Airport and luggage transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure
Hotels ***** (2 nights), **** (2 nights), *** (3 nights)

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