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Castles to Coast Walk

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Explore the beautifully unspoiled province of Istria and discover a timeless world of Venetian castles and Renaissance palaces set amidst lush valleys. Orchards, artist villages and vineyards predominate inland, with delightful bays and marinas along the coast.

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All about the Castles to Coast Walk.

This walking holiday 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 and fruit orchards, and emerald ranks of vines. From Motovun you walk above the Mirna 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) for incredible 360ree; 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 5-star 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 for you to enjoy local restaurants.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All continental breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 2 evening meals
  • 7 Nights Accommodation, hotel-to-hotel
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (at designated place and time)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Croatia’s Istrian peninsula: Venetian castles, Renaissance palaces, hilltop villages, Adriatic Riviera
  • Diverse regional cuisine: local wines, homemade pasta, truffles and fresh fish
  • 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 villa
  1. Day 1 Day 1 - Arrive in Motovun

    Arrive at your hotel in hilltop Motovun. Dinner is included on the panoramic terrace tonight. (Staying at Hotel Kastel, Half Board)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 - At Motovun - Circular Walk 17km/11mi/5hr

    The Kaldir Valley below Motovun is well known locally for fruit, and your ascent through orchards of apples, peaches, cherries and plums passes country shrines and tiny hamlets. A high ridge affords excellent views east to Mt Vojak and west to the sea. Picnic amid olive groves; look out for honey buzzards and listen to lesser spotted woodpecker rattling the pines as you descend back into the valley. Stroll along the castle sentry’s walkway around the ancient city walls before dining out in the village. (Staying at Hotel Kastel, Breakfast only)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 - At Motovun - Motovun to Groznjan 20km/12.5mi/5hr or 25km/16mi/6hr

    Today’s shorter option starts with a transfer (10 mins) to Livade; the longer option departs from the hotel with a steady descent through vines before reaching Livade from where a panoramic walking track (originally a railway abandoned in 1935) leads over aqueducts and bridges. Then it’s on through apple orchards and smreka bushes – the berries are used to make local raki – to reach the artists’ village of Groznjan. Time to relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the views as far as Slovenia’s Julian Alps and Venice whilst waiting for your transfer back to Motovun (20 mins). (Staying at Hotel Kastel, Breakfast only)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 - Motovun to Buzet 14km/9mi/4.5hr

    After a transfer (10 mins) to the ghost village of Bentonici, a winding ascent on a forest trail sprinkled with green-winged orchid leads you high above the clear Mirna River. Church bells chime across valleys of beech from pointed steeples that crown every hilltop. Blue rock thrush flit between branches as you ascend an amazing stone-slab trail used since the Middle Ages by traders and travellers, before descending to Buzet, a Roman settlement on a hilltop with intact C18 Venetian fortifications. (Staying at Hotel Vela Vrata, Half Board)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 - At Buzet - Circular Walk 12km/7.5mi/4.5hr

    High above Buzet, a limestone escarpment runs east to west above shady oak woods peppered with smallholdings. Chickens scatter as you pass through villages leading up onto the ridge for uninterrupted views back to Motovun. You follow the escarpment edge across wind-scoured limestone as Buzet floats on a blanket of cloud below, and paragliders launch themselves into the sky. A descent past country churches and tumbledown villages leads back to the hotel. (Staying at Hotel Vela Vrata, Breakfast only)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 - Buzet to Opatija 10km/6.5mi/4hr

    Mt Vojak, Istria’s highest peak, towers 1401m over the east coast in Ucka Nature Park, a haven for many protected flowers and plants. After a transfer (40 mins), you zigzag to the summit for 360ree; views of Croatia’s islands and Alpine peaks in Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland. Look out for orange fire lily, amethyst sea holly and bee orchids on the descent. It’s then a short transfer (20 mins) to Opatija, where your waterfront hotel in a converted C19 villa awaits. Dine in one of the local restaurants near the marina. (Staying at Hotel Sveti Jakov, Breakfast only)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 - At Opatija 6km/4mi/2hr or 12km/7.5mi/4hr

    The Adriatic Riviera was a playground for the social elite in the C19. Impressive villas with opulent gardens rich in local and exotic plants line the waterfront with views over to the Velebit mountains. A panoramic walkway leads along the sea between yachting marinas and swimming platforms, pretty coves, sea cliffs and azure bays for 6km into Lovran. Enjoy lunch (payable locally) on the waterside with a view over to Cres Island, then either catch the local bus back or stroll home above the waves. (Staying at Hotel Sveti Jakov, Breakfast only)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 - Leave Opatija
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Where you stay
Hotel Kastel
Hotel Kastel is within the castle walls of Motovun, right at the very top of the hill. It is a converted family palace dating from the C16. There is a shady terrace with great views where you can have dinner in the evening under the plane trees. Warrens of alleyways lined with artist studios and shops selling local produce surround the central square. It has some lovely outdoor gardens, a state of the art spa with pool and massage suites. Rooms are modern and spacious, with views either onto the square or of the surrounding hills. Dinner is included at the hotel on your first evening, the other evenings you are free to choose from one of the many local restaurants.
Hotel Vela Vrata
Hotel Vela Vrata is enclosed within the city walls of the ancient part of Buzet, set on a hilltop at a bend in the Mirna River Valley. The hotel is a series of 4 converted townhouses that have been beautifully renovated, even including an indoor pool. It has a terrace out the front on the street with views of the hills across the city walls, while inside, still life paintings on the walls and period furniture in the public rooms on the ground floor create an old world atmosphere. Bedrooms are very modern and classy, with state of the art bathrooms. Much of the main (more modern) town of Buzet is a short walk downhill from hotel. Dinner is included at the hotel on your first evening, your second evening is booked on a B+B basis.
Hotel Sveti Jakov
The Hotel Sveti Jakov is superbly located in the heart of Opatija right next to the park and just across from the Church of St. James. It is also just over 100m from the nearest beach. Built in 1886 in the style of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the hotel is a former aristocratic villa and was known as the long-time residence of the Viennese physician and scientist Julius Glax (born in Vienna in 1846). So fond was he of Opatija that, having moved here, he stayed for the rest of his life. The historically-styled rooms feature elegant parquet flooring, rich fabrics and period furniture along with views of either the city or the gardens. Additionally, you can enjoys views of St. James’ Park and the famous Helios and Selene fountain designed by Austrian sculptor Hans Rathausky. With so many local restaurants to choose from, your stay here is on a B+B basis.
Eating and Drinking

All continental breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 2 evening meals.

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely/Moderate)

You begin in Motovun where walks follow high ridges and an abandoned railway offers panoramic views over truffle-rich valleys of oak and fruit orchards, and emerald ranks of vines. From Motovun you walk above the Mirna 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) for incredible 360┬░ree; 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.

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