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Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
From UNESCO listed national parks and natural karst caves, to fortified towns and Roman relics, discover the treasures of Croatia’s slice-shaped peninsula on this scenic journey along the coast.
Fly to Pula where you will be met by your representative and transferred to your hotel in Porec for seven nights.
Croatia's Plitvice Lakes is a UNESCO listed region of undulating hills, deep, wildlife-filled forests, craggy rocks and 16 blue-green lakes and waterfalls that are a wonder to behold. Today is dedicated to experiencing this natural treasure with a guided sightseeing tour. With an expert guide, delve into this spectacular area, walking its trails and crossing bridges that span its magnificent lakes; capturing its enchanting waterfalls on camera and simply soaking up the wondrous scenery.
Enjoy a free day to relax or explore under your own steam today. Perhaps see the Roman ruins and the glorious basilica, the charming old quarter and the picturesque harbour.
Today, your destination is Brijuni National Park. Transfer by bus to Fazana harbour for a memorable boat trip to the Brijuni Islands. Take in these idyllic green islands carpeted in pines, olive groves, pastures and wild meadows grazed by deer and moufon. Next, stop to visit an archaeological museum housed within a 16th century Venetian castle and see the replica frescoes, and exhibitions at the small Gothic Church of St German.
Today brings a visit to Pula, one of the oldest towns in Istria, whose history dates back some 3,000 years. After a panoramic drive around Austrian Pula, best known for its Marine Cemetery and Marine Church, stroll through the old city to view its highlights, including stunning Roman relics such as its amphitheatre, walls, triumphal arch and forum, as well as its Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Afterwards, head to Rovinj, considered by many to be Istria's most beautiful town. Brimmed full with colourful Venetian-style houses, this island town boasts the lovely Church of St Euphemia, home to an early 4th century sarcophagus. After your tour, enjoy free time to explore at your own pace, delving into the narrow cobbled streets lined with shops, cafes and eateries. En route back to Porec, look out for Lim Fiord, a beautiful river estuary lined by steep, wooded bank that cries out to be captured on camera.
Today is dedicated to the awe-inspiring natural beauty of this verdant slice of Europe. Your first stop is the Postojna Caves in Slovenia, Europe's largest natural cave network. Carved through the millennia by the Pivka River, this subterranean maze boasts chambers, tunnels, passages, galleries and echoing halls glittering with stalactites and stalagmites. After your visit and lunch, enjoy time free for souvenir shopping before continuing to Lipica, a famous centre for horse breeding. Visit Lipica Stud Farm, where the celebrated white Lipizzaner horses are bred for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Watch a fabulous horse show and take a guided tour around the stables before your return to Porec.
This morning, travel to Motovun, a medieval, walled hill town above the Mirna River in the midst of one of Istria's most fertile regions. Delve into the old quarter and enjoy the wonderful views over the walls down over the river, whose banks are coated in vineyards and truffle-filled woodlands. Admire the 13th century Gothic bell tower next to the 17th century St Stephen church and a handsome a Romanesque palace in the main town square. Next, visit the elegant town of Opatija, sitting on Croatia's Opatija Riviera. Admire this lovely resort, which lines a seven-mile promenade and is filled with ornate villas, gardens and cafes. Your final stop today is at Moscenice, a medieval fortified village that was once settle by the Illyrian tribe of Liburnia, which lends the region its name. Visit a fascinating museum on Mount Ucka and enjoy a tour of the Moscenice old town and the legendary olive oil press that is now a symbol of the town. If you wish, choose an optional visit to the village of Pican to sample some of the region's wines, olive oils and other produce before heading back to Porec.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
This was a good holiday, with some great trips - except for the Brijuni Islands. Now I'd already read on t'internet that this was a short ferry ride rather than a "cruise" (something you should address in your info), but even so the best advice would be to skip it altogether, because a free day for R'n'R by the pool would have made this holiday so much better. Instead, we took the coach trip and ferry to the island that was the former home of Tito, with its two claims to fame; Tito "museum" and zoo. Well the Tito "museum" was the worst museum I've ever visited in my life; downstairs was a collection on stuffed or flattened animals that all supposedly died of natural cuases, some at a surprisingly young age (eg the 3 baby giraffes and all those big cat kittens), while upstairs were 200 photos of Tito, 190 of them poor B&W prints, with captions but no narrative - actuially spare us the narrative, as an exhibition it was just rubbish. The zoo wasn't worth the trip either, and it was very sad to see a single lonely elephant - she should be re-homed with friends!! My advice to anyone going to Croatia with a chance to do this trip - skip it! On the other hand, the Plitvice Lakes, Postjna Caves and Pula Ampitheatre were briliant, and the other trips were all good; we especially loved the truffle tasting organised by our guide Ratko, who is by far and away the best tour guide we've ever experienced. Bravo Ratko if you ever read this!
Well thought out. Good value. Informative. Lovely to be based in one place, but with lots of tours. Some of the places were not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties, in particular the lakes which where the paths were very rough and unsteady underfoot.
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