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Tour Description

The Best of Istria Food Tour

Experience life as it should be. Yes you will find it is Istria. Istria is indeed a feast for the eyes. Its streams flow to the sea through deep valleys and gullies which bring to mind the ancient local myths about giants. Rolling hills overlook the fields and valleys with little towns perched on the peaks, recalling some old paintings. The view is splendid: white-topped mountains, lush wheat fields, plateaux, valleys, vineyards and olive groves on hillsides, and, finally the sea.

Istria offers something for everyone and it doesn't matter if you prefer exquisite gourmet offer, exciting outdoor activities or culture, everyone will find something for themselves. The beautiful coastal part of Istria with numerous beaches and untouched inland with rich history are one of the reasons why Istria is your ideal destination to escape from everyday life with many possibilities for a relaxing vacation.

Countries
Croatia
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Route length
740 km
Group size
8
Price
from 2.590 €
Activity type
Culture
Cuisine diversity
Physical rating
Tour Map

Tour Characteristics

Tour Overview

Culture:
Cuisine diversity:
Physical rating:
Highlights
  • Truffle hunt + preparing specialties
  • Oyster tasting 
  • Wine tasting @ Kozlović winery
  • Family holds presentations of how the olive oil used to be produced in the past.
  • Sit for a morning snack prepared with locally grown ingredients
  • Wine taste some of the finest home grown wines at local wineries
  • Visit to Brijuni
  • Pasture with goats and cheese tastings
Tour starts / ends
Start Pula / End Pula
Dates in 2021
07 May 2021 - 14 May 2021
Route

Total mileage: 740 km
Daily mileage: 80-100 km


 

Tour transport
Luxury limousine or shuttle
Accommodation
High rated hotels and accommodations

Tour Overview

Day By Day

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8

Arrival day Croatia, Pula

Arrival at the airport and transfer to a hotel in Rovinj. Check-in at a hotel and free time for refreshment and relaxation. After check-in, dinner at the restaurant Puntulina, known for its unique location, overlooks the sea. After dinner, return to the hotel and overnight. 

 

10:00 - 20:00 Arrival in Rovinj (airport pick up, transfer and hotel check-in) 

20:00 - 22:00 Dinner at Puntulina restaurant 

Grožnjan and Motovun

After breakfast at the hotel, a meeting with a guide and departure for Grožnjan. A short transfer to Grožnjan and a visit to this beautiful Istrian town. The city is known for its music festivals and art events. After visiting Grožnjan, transfer to Paladin. A truffle hunt with dogs and preparation of truffle specialties with the hosts. After a beautiful experience with the Karlić family, transfer to Motovun. Sightseeing of undoubtedly the most famous and most attractive Istrian medieval town, Motovun. This stunning town on a hill is one of the characteristic symbols of the Istrian interior. After visiting Motovun, follows an olive oil tasting with the Ipša family, one of the best Istrian producers and a longtime member of the Flos Olei guide. After a delicious tasting, a departure to Kozlović winery, the most beautiful winery in Istria. A short drive to the Stari Podrum restaurant and a traditional Istrian dinner. Return to the hotel and overnight stay. 

09:00 - 09:45 Visit to Grožnjan  
10:30 - 13:30 Truffle hunt  
14:00 - 15:00 Visit to Motovun  
15:30 - 16:30 Olive tasting at Ipša family 
17:15 - 18:15 Wine tasting at Kozlović winery  
19:00 - 21:00 Dinner at restaurant Stari Podrum 

Pula green market and cooking class, olive grove

A meeting with a guide at the Pula market, where you buy groceries for the cooking class. After shopping, a departure to the cooking studio located in the olive grove. You will learn the art of traditional Istrian pasta in the cooking class and taste some of the best Istrian wines and olive oils. The day ends with free time to explore Rovinj and enjoy its beauties.  

09:00 - 17:00 Cooking class 
18:00 - 22:00 Free time in Rovinj 

 

Rovinj, Svetivinčenat, goat farm visit and cheese tastings

After breakfast free time to explore Rovinj. In the early afternoon departure for Svetvincenat, a charming town in the heart of Istria. After visiting this Istrian gem, departure to the goat farm. Kumparička is a family farm where you will learn how to make real goat cheese, what an authentic shepherd's life looks like and what goat cheese tastes like. Everything will end with an unforgettable dinner with the hosts. 

16:00 - 17:30 Visit to Svetvinčenat 
18:00 - 22:00 Visit to goat farm + pasture 

Brijuni Islands

After breakfast departure to Fažana, before the heat of the day, you will discover Brist oils' story. The tour is dynamic and covers the work of an olive farm and looks at the fantastic ecology, history, and archaeology of the area. After the olive tour, a short boat transfer to Brijuni, one of the most diverse Mediterranean islands. The island is rich in flora and fauna and the historical heritage of its rich past. Due to the clean sea and silence, an ideal place to relax and swim. After enjoying the island, return to Fažana. Dinner at the Alla Beccacia restaurant, a place known for its meat and fish delicacies. 

08:30 - 11:00 Visit to Brist olive grove 
11:30 - 16:30 Visit to Brijuni Islands 
17:00 - 20:00 Dinner in Alla Beccaccia restaurant 

Poreč sightseeing, wine tasting in Veralda vinery

Meeting with a guide in the early afternoon and transfer to Poreč. Poreč is practically a museum under the stars. There are a Roman temple's remains, a Roman layout of streets and squares, medieval towers, the Early Christian Euphrasian Basilica, Romanesque houses, Gothic and Baroque palaces. The Euphrasian Basilica complex is the most famous landmark in Poreč and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. After sightseeing this gem, head to the Veralda winery. The winery is known for numerous awards and excellent wines, especially red ones. Our day ends in the fine dining restaurant Pergola with the famous Croatian chef Fabrizio. 

14:00 - 16:15 Visit to Poreč 
17:00 - 18:30 Wine tasting at Veralda winery 
19:00 - 21:00 Dinner at Pergola restaurant 

Lim channel visit, oyster tasting, winery visit

We start the day by tasting oysters in the beautiful Lim Channel. Apart from shellfish farming, the canal is known for its lush vegetation and unique shape. Near the canal is the Matošević winery. Here you will taste wines that have made Istria famous on the world wine scene. After the tasting, going to lunch at the Ograde farm. Here you will get acquainted with authentic Istrian cuisine. The afternoon is reserved for relaxation in Rovinj. 

11:00 - 12:00 Oyster tasting 
12:30 - 13:30 Wine tasting at Matošević Winery 
14:00 - 16:00 Dinner at Ograde family farm 

Departure

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport. 

09:00-17:00 Departure from Rovinj (hotel check out and airport drop-off) 

Tour Notes

Important Notes

Included in the price:

3 nights in Hotel in Split (day 1 - day 3) 
Breakfast (day 2 - day 4) 
City tax (day 1 - day 8) 
Transportation by luxury car (day 1 - day 4) 
Tour escort (day 1 - day 4) 
4-course dinner at Puntulina restaurant / 4 glasses of wine included (day 1) 
Truffle hunt and tasting (day 2) 
Olive tasting (3 oils+finger food) (day 2) 
Wine tasting (3 wines+finger food) (day 2) 
3-course dinner at restaurant Stari Podrum / 3 glasses of wine included (day 2) 
Brunch before we start the class (day 3) 
3-course meal at cooking studio/ 4 glasses of wine (day 3) 
Coffee and/or digestif (rakija, herb-infused liquors...) (day 3) 
Dinner at Kumparička goat farm (day 4) 
Olive tasting at Brist olive grove (day 5) 
Entrance ticket for Brijuni NP (day 5) 
3-course dinner at Alla Beccaccia restaurant / 3 glasses of wine included (day 5) 
Wine tasting at Veralda winery (3 wines+fingerfood) (day 6) 
5-course dinner at Pergola restaurant / 5 glasses of wine included (day 6) 
Oyster tasting (day 7) 
Wine tasting at Matošević winery (3 wines+fingerfood) (day 7) 
3-course lunch at Ograde family farm / 3 glasses of wine included (day 7) 

Not included in the price:

Drinks and the meals stated as not included in the price 
Extra services and options arranged directly on the spot with the tour guide/tour leader 
Personal expenses (such as souvenirs, extra meals, extra tickets, etc.) 
Gratuities and the tipping service 

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