Istria seamlessly blends a stunning range of influences: you’ll delight in its remarkably preserved Roman ruins, glorious Venetian-style churches, savory Italian-influenced cuisine, and Austro-Hungarian spas. Traveling from “Blue” to “Green” Istria—from the sea to the peaceful interior—you encounter the region’s extraordinary nature, culture, and cuisine with expert guides, even strolling along the summit of Croatia’s highest mountain. Take part in a hunt for the elusive Istrian white truffle, taste fine wines poured by the vintners who nurture them, and wander an amazingly intact first-century Roman amphitheater. Each night, come home to luxurious lodgings, including a chic modern seaside hotel and spa, a renovated Belle Époque villa, and a city hotel that once welcomed Orient Express travelers.
Perfectly situated in the heart of Croatia’s vibrant capital, the Esplanade is an imposing building outside, while inside it’s lavishly appointed throughout in Art Deco style, with marble walls, beautiful woodwork and elegant furnishings. Guest rooms are spacious and sophisticated, with sumptuous marble baths. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi and a fitness facility. Attentive professional staff will ensure your comfort. There’s a fine restaurant, Zinfandel, as well as a bistro with terrace seating.
With a splendid setting amidst the Punta Corrente Forest and steps away from the pebbled beach on Lone Bay, the Hotel Lone was designed for comfort in a contemporary and cutting-edge style. Croatia’s top architects and artists have created a bright and airy haven. Enjoy a soothing treatment at the spa or take a dip in the outdoor pool. The hotel’s three restaurants serve regional cuisine from small plates to lavish meals. Your guestroom features an urban aesthetic, stylish bath, complimentary WiFi, a balcony, and more.
Hotel Sveti Jakov
The former home of Viennese physician and scientist, Julius Glax, is now a boutique hotel where you experience first-hand the belle époque esthetic that prevailed under Austro-Hungarian rule. Its classical elegance features archways, lavish draperies and gleaming parquet floors enhanced by desirable modern amenities. You also enjoy access to the luxurious spa and beach facilities of Sveti Jakov’s sister hotel right next door. The delightful hotel restaurant has outdoor seating protected by an arcade.
Hotel Savoia Excelsior Palace
Hotel Savoia Excelsior Palace blends Old World elegance with modern luxury and even a hint of intrigue. This is, after all, Trieste, where cultures, history and the leaders who shaped them have intermingled for centuries. Amenities include a fitness center with massage room and sauna, an excellent restaurant and bar, concierge service, and a peaceful library.
Post-Tour Extension - Zagreb
1 Night From $148
per person, double occupancy
After breakfast at the hotel you have a full day to explore Croatia’s historical and modern capital city. From your very central hotel you have access to several excellent museums. There are many art museums, depending on your taste, a fascinating technology museum featuring antique trams, automobiles and aircrafts not found in the West. The Zagreb City Museum offers historical perspective. There’s also an offbeat option: the Museum of Broken Relationships. For fresh air and exercise, Maksimir Park offers lovely walks, bike paths, gardens, oak trees and a zoo. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)
Dovidenja! This morning a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Zagreb’s Franjo Tudman International Airport based on your departure time. (Please note that your departure transfer time will be communicated to you by your guides on tour.)
Flight + Tour Combo
|Two expert, local guides (for groups of 8 or more), with you 24/7|
|All meals included except one lunch and two dinners. Local wine and/or beer included with dinner.|
|All accommodations while on tour|
|Transportation from the meeting point to the departure point|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Destination information (weather, visa requirements, etc.) and other travel assistance available 24/7 provided by One Call International|
|The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff|
|Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)|
|Small-group airport and hotel transfers|
|One night at the Savoia Excelsior Palace Hotel in Trieste, Italy and one night at the Hotel Esplanade in Zagreb, Croatia|
|7-day/6-night Croatia: The Istrian Peninsula guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Primoz Kadunc holds a degree in organizational management which he has put into practice while guiding and on his journeys worldwide. Thanks to a legendary road trip to India, his extensive travels throughout South and Central America, and the time he spent completing his education in Portugal and Spain, he’s fluent in multiple languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, and Serbo-Croatian. When not guiding, Primoz enjoys sailing (in fact, he has sailed across the Atlantic!), scuba diving, climbing, and exploring new Alpine trails.
Since his early teens, Domen Bancic has been fueled by challenging adventures and endless curiosity-driven exploration—from hitchhiking and bicycle touring across most of Europe to jungle trekking and discovering ancient ruins in Central America and Southeast Asia. With a Bachelor’s degree in Russian studies and Master’s degree in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology plus his years of experience as a Scout leader, his guiding skills span from bush craft to humanities and social sciences. Be it walking, mountaineering, or simply discussing the different facets of various cultural phenomena, Domen is the perfect companion for an exploration of the Adriatic region.
Like a mountain goat, Anze Princic’s natural habitat is the quiet and beautiful mountain environment. As a proponent of tourism development, he is eager to develop innovative ideas about regional tourism, with no preference for season as he is both a winter explorer and a summer hiker. He remains a scout at heart and you can often find him teaching survival skills to the next generation. His life principal is learning by doing and he is always expanding his knowledge by accepting new challenges which makes him a dedicated and passionate guide.