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Guided Walking : Europe

Croatia: The Istrian Peninsula

Easy to Moderate Terrain: 3 - 5 miles daily

Istria Walking Tour Map

Following ancient forested footpaths, grand seaside promenades, and tranquil mountain trails, experience an idyllic region along the shimmering Adriatic Sea. 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.


Tour Highlights:
  • Join a hunter and his dog in search of the elusive truffle in the Mirna River Valley.
  • Tour the medieval coastal towns of Pula and Rovinj with local guides.
  • Explore the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, home to over 100 waterfalls and 16 lakes.
  • Sample fresh Adriatic seafood and fine Croatian wines throughout your journey.
Flight + Tour Combo

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $6,198 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extensions available
Zagreb
1 nights $148

Tour Only

7 days, 6 nights

FROM $5,148 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Why Walk With Us

  • Trust our expertise with 38+ years in active travel.
  • Immersive experiences with our local guides.
  • Virtually everything is included, even beer and wine with dinner.
  • Your departure is always guaranteed.
  • We take care of our solo travelers.
  • Past guests and referrals always save.

Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers Croatia: The Istrian Peninsula tour

Your guides meet you at the Savoia Excelsior Palace Hotel at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby. Your guides will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Drive to the Val Rosandra Nature Reserve to hike spectacular low alpine landscapes of karst limestone and black-pine forest to the breathtaking Glinščice Waterfall. Continue to Croatian Istria for a wine tasting and a tour of the magnificent Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč.

Accommodation: Hotel Monte Mulini (or equivalent), Rovinj

This hotel offers every possible amenity in a breathtaking setting. Relax in an ultra-modern guestroom with stylish bath, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, and more. The hotel spa offers an array of treatments and facilities, including an indoor resistance pool. Outside are terraced pools, one of which is heated; and the hotel’s pristine pebbly beach. Mediterraneo, the hotel’s excellent restaurant, boasts an expert head chef and sommelier.

Day 2

Završje to Grožnjan

Explore Istria’s green Mirna River valley, where you search for truffles with a hunter and his dog. In Motovun, enjoy a special truffle-inspired lunch. Then walk a converted rail trail to the hilltop medieval arts village of Grožnjan.

Accommodation: Hotel Monte Mulini (or equivalent), Rovinj

This hotel offers every possible amenity in a breathtaking setting. Relax in an ultra-modern guestroom with stylish bath, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, and more. The hotel spa offers an array of treatments and facilities, including an indoor resistance pool. Outside are terraced pools, one of which is heated; and the hotel’s pristine pebbly beach. Mediterraneo, the hotel’s excellent restaurant, boasts an expert head chef and sommelier.

Day 3

Brijuni National Park & Pula

Ferry to Veliki Brijun, Marshal Tito’s lavish part-time island home, to explore laurel forests and Roman ruins. After lunch and a wine tasting at a grand estate on the mainland, see historic Pula with a local historian.

Accommodation: Hotel Monte Mulini (or equivalent), Rovinj

This hotel offers every possible amenity in a breathtaking setting. Relax in an ultra-modern guestroom with stylish bath, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, and more. The hotel spa offers an array of treatments and facilities, including an indoor resistance pool. Outside are terraced pools, one of which is heated; and the hotel’s pristine pebbly beach. Mediterraneo, the hotel’s excellent restaurant, boasts an expert head chef and sommelier.

Day 4

Zlatni Rt (Golden Cape) Park Forest and Rovinj walking tour

Enjoy a morning coastal stroll through the stunning Golden Cape Forest. Then tour the splendid highlights of Rovinj including its outdoor market. After, you drive to Opatija and stroll the villa-lined seaside promenade to the charming harbor of Volosko for a stellar dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Sveti Jakov, Opatija

The former home of Viennese physician and scientist, Julius Glax, is now a boutique hotel where you experience firsthand 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.

Day 5

Učka Nature Park

Take an invigorating morning hike through a scenic beech forest to the top of Mt. Učka. From the summit, enjoy sweeping views over the Istrian peninsula, the Bay of Trieste, the Julian Alps, and the islands of the Adriatic. Your afternoon is free to relax, perhaps strolling Opatija’s waterfront.

Accommodation: Hotel Sveti Jakov, Opatija

The former home of Viennese physician and scientist, Julius Glax, is now a boutique hotel where you experience firsthand 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.

Day 6

Plitvice National Park

Follow the boardwalks and hiking trails of Plitvice National Park, Croatia’s beloved nature reserve of tiered lakes linked by waterfalls and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a picnic lunch, a scenic boat ride, and time to explore before continuing to Zagreb.

Accommodation: Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb

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.

Day 7

Your Country Walkers Croatia: The Istrian Peninsula tour concludes

Your tour concludes after breakfast.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Trieste, Italy

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival

Arrive in Trieste, Italy

Upon arrival at Trieste’s Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport, a representative holding a Country Walkers meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are other guests arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to the Hotel Savoia Excelsior Palace in Trieste, approximately 30 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Savoia Excelsior Palace Hotel, Trieste, Italy

Savoia Excelsior Palace Hotel 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.

Day 1

Join Your Country Walkers Croatia: The Istrian Peninsula tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guides meet you at the Savoia Excelsior Palace Hotel at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby. Your guides will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Your guides meet you at the Savoia Excelsior Palace Hotel at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby. Your guides will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

Drive to the Val Rosandra Nature Reserve to hike spectacular low alpine landscapes of karst limestone and black-pine forest to the breathtaking Glinščice Waterfall. Continue to Croatian Istria for a wine tasting and a tour of the magnificent Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč.

Accommodation: Hotel Monte Mulini (or equivalent), Rovinj

This hotel offers every possible amenity in a breathtaking setting. Relax in an ultra-modern guestroom with stylish bath, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, and more. The hotel spa offers an array of treatments and facilities, including an indoor resistance pool. Outside are terraced pools, one of which is heated; and the hotel’s pristine pebbly beach. Mediterraneo, the hotel’s excellent restaurant, boasts an expert head chef and sommelier.

Day 2

Završje to Grožnjan

Explore Istria’s green Mirna River valley, where you search for truffles with a hunter and his dog. In Motovun, enjoy a special truffle-inspired lunch. Then walk a converted rail trail to the hilltop medieval arts village of Grožnjan.

Accommodation: Hotel Monte Mulini (or equivalent), Rovinj

This hotel offers every possible amenity in a breathtaking setting. Relax in an ultra-modern guestroom with stylish bath, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, and more. The hotel spa offers an array of treatments and facilities, including an indoor resistance pool. Outside are terraced pools, one of which is heated; and the hotel’s pristine pebbly beach. Mediterraneo, the hotel’s excellent restaurant, boasts an expert head chef and sommelier.

Day 3

Brijuni National Park & Pula

Ferry to Veliki Brijun, Marshal Tito’s lavish part-time island home, to explore laurel forests and Roman ruins. After lunch and a wine tasting at a grand estate on the mainland, see historic Pula with a local historian.

Accommodation: Hotel Monte Mulini (or equivalent), Rovinj

This hotel offers every possible amenity in a breathtaking setting. Relax in an ultra-modern guestroom with stylish bath, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, and more. The hotel spa offers an array of treatments and facilities, including an indoor resistance pool. Outside are terraced pools, one of which is heated; and the hotel’s pristine pebbly beach. Mediterraneo, the hotel’s excellent restaurant, boasts an expert head chef and sommelier.

Day 4

Zlatni Rt (Golden Cape) Park Forest and Rovinj walking tour

Enjoy a morning coastal stroll through the stunning Golden Cape Forest. Then tour the splendid highlights of Rovinj including its outdoor market. After, you drive to Opatija and stroll the villa-lined seaside promenade to the charming harbor of Volosko for a stellar dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Sveti Jakov, Opatija

The former home of Viennese physician and scientist, Julius Glax, is now a boutique hotel where you experience firsthand 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.

Day 5

Učka Nature Park

Take an invigorating morning hike through a scenic beech forest to the top of Mt. Učka. From the summit, enjoy sweeping views over the Istrian peninsula, the Bay of Trieste, the Julian Alps, and the islands of the Adriatic. Your afternoon is free to relax, perhaps strolling Opatija’s waterfront.

Accommodation: Hotel Sveti Jakov, Opatija

The former home of Viennese physician and scientist, Julius Glax, is now a boutique hotel where you experience firsthand 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.

Day 6

Plitvice National Park

Follow the boardwalks and hiking trails of Plitvice National Park, Croatia’s beloved nature reserve of tiered lakes linked by waterfalls and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a picnic lunch, a scenic boat ride, and time to explore before continuing to Zagreb.

Accommodation: Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb

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.

Day 7

Your Country Walkers Croatia: The Istrian Peninsula tour concludes

Your tour concludes after breakfast.

Post-Night

Your Country Walkers Croatia: The Istrian Peninsula tour concludes

After enjoying a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, you have the full day to explore this vibrant city on your own. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb

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.

Departure

Doviđenja! This morning a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Zagreb’s Franjo Tuđman International Airport based on your departure time. (Please note that your departure transfer time will be communicated to you by your guides on tour.)

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Post-Tour Extension: Zagreb

1 night from only $148*

  • One night at the Hotel Esplanade*
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • One breakfast

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Croatia with an additional night in Zagreb.

Zagreb is Croatia’s capital, a city with a fascinating history and proud modern identity. Exploring is easy from your very central hotel. There are several excellent art museums to choose from, depending on your taste, and a fascinating technology museum featuring antique trams, automobiles and aircraft 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.

Single Supplement: $148

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • 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*
  • Two breakfasts
  • Guided walking tour of Zagreb (2-3 hours)
  • 7-day/6-night Croatia: The Istrian Peninsula guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Zagreb
1 nights from only $148

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Dates & Prices

Tour Only

2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Oct 2 - Oct 8 $5,148 $898

Flight + Tour Combo

2017 Dates NEW YORK Change Departure Airport
Flight + Tour Combo
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Flight + Tour Combo
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Single Supplement
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Sep 30 - Oct 9 $6,198
$1,148
Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Call for details. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only. We reserve the right to correct errors.

Tour Only

2018 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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May 7 - May 13 $5,148 $898
May 28 - Jun 3 $5,148 $898
Jun 4 - Jun 10 $5,148 $898
Sep 17 - Sep 23 $5,148 $898
Oct 1 - Oct 7 $5,148 $898

Flight + Tour Combo

2018 Dates NEW YORK Change Departure Airport
Flight + Tour Combo
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Flight + Tour Combo
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Single Supplement
more info
May 5 - May 14 $6,198
$1,148
May 26 - Jun 4 $6,198 $1,148
Jun 2 - Jun 11 $6,198 $1,148
Sep 15 - Sep 24 $6,198 $1,148
Sep 29 - Oct 8 $6,198 $1,148
Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Call for details. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only. We reserve the right to correct errors.

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