Gourmet Tour of Istria
So much more than a food tour of Istria
There are many Istria food and wine tours you can choose from, but none quite like this!
Istria’s wealth of legend, fertile soils, dazzling Adriatic Sea and medieval hilltop villages have earned it the nickname Terra Magica, or Land of Magic, and a visit to this 3600-sq-km peninsula will quickly reveal why.
The region’s cultural, geographic and gastronomic diversity make Istria the perfect playground for those in search of an outdoor adventure that also includes culture, history, and local cuisine.
This trip combines activities including sea kayaking, cycling, and hiking with culinary and cultural experiences such as Istria wine and olive oil tasting and truffle hunting. You will paddle past rocky coves and hidden beaches on Istria’s stunning coastline, hike through enchanting forests, cycle across the romantic countryside, and explore ancient Roman cities.
This trip will allow you to visit unique places with amazing scenery while also immersing you in the Istrian way of life.
|2||Sea Kayaking||Lim Channel||Rovinj||Breakfast, Lunch|
|3||Sea Kayaking / Swimming / Snorkeling||Rovinj||Rovinj||Breakfast, Dinner|
|4||Walking / Sightseeing||Brijuni National Park||Pula||Breakfast, Lunch|
|5||Cycling||Istrian Countryside||Motovun||Breakfast, Dinner|
|6||Hiking||Ucka Nature Park||Motovun||Breakfast, Lunch|
|7||Cycling / Truffle Hunting / Wine Tasting||Motovun||Motovun||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
Arrival in Rovinj
Our Istrian adventure begins in Rovinj, one of Croatia’s most iconic seaside towns. The group typically meets around 6pm, so please keep this in mind when booking your flights and other transportation. After settling into the hotel we will meet for a welcome drink, dinner and brief orientation where we will have a chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know our guides and fellow travelers.
Accommodation: Rovinj; Meals: Dinner.
Kayaking Lim Channel
After breakfast, we have a short drive to one of Istria’s most beautiful natural features – Lim Channel. We will explore the saltwater channel by kayak and enjoy views of steep, verdant hills stretching up above us, reaching heights of up to 100m (300 feet). We will paddle past small mussel and oyster farms and will stop for a swimming break in this protected nature reserve.
We’ll have lunch together at a restaurant bordering the channel, where you can try local delicacies including fish, mussels, oysters, and more. You’ll have free time to explore Rovinj on your own in the evening.
Accommodation: Rovinj; Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Sea kayaking Rovinj islands
Today is reserved for exploring the Rovinj Archipelago Islands by kayak. Sea kayaking is one of the best ways to explore this ancient port and its stunning natural surroundings. The tour will take us around Old Town Rovinj and to Sveta Katarina (Saint Catherine) Island, with stops for swimming, snorkeling, and optional cliff jumping. In the afternoon you will have some free time to relax on the beach or explore the town before a group dinner.
Accommodation: Rovinj; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Brijuni National Park visit; exploring Pula
From Rovinj, we have about a 40-minute drive to Fazana, where we’ll board a boat and explore Brijuni National Park. This idyllic archipelago is home to extraordinary biological diversity, Roman ruins, and the summer residence of Tito, the former president of Yugoslavia.
After the national park visit, we’ll head to the ancient Roman city of Pula and visit the Olive Oil Museum. Istria has earned the title of the best olive oil-producing region in the world four years in a row. At the museum, we’ll learn about the history of this Istrian tradition, what makes Istrian olive oils among the best in the world, and taste olive oil from various local producers. The evening is free to explore Pula on your own.
Accommodation: Pula; Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Istrian countryside cycling
This morning we leave the Istrian coast and head inland, where some of the peninsula’s most beautiful landscapes await. Our e-bike trip today takes us 48km on country roads that wind through rural Istria’s medieval hilltop villages, vineyards, olive groves and forests. The route passes through the charming hillside towns of Oprtalj and Groznjan, which we will have time to explore on foot. The second half of the trip follows the Parenzana, an old railroad bed that is now popular among cyclists and hikers. We’ll pedal through old railroad tunnels and over bridges, enjoying spectacular views of the countryside along the way. In the afternoon we’ll head to Motovun, where (weather permitting) we will enjoy a breathtaking view of the sunset over the Mirna River Valley and a dinner of truffles – a local specialty.
Accommodation: Motovun; Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Hiking Ucka Mountain; Istrian cooking class
After having breakfast on the terrace at our B&B in Motovun, we have about a one-hour drive to the starting point for our hike through Ucka Nature Park up to Vojak peak. This area is known for its unique climate and lush forests, which are home to many protected, endemic plant and animal species. Located at 1,401 meters above sea level, Vojak is the highest peak on the Istrian peninsula. At the summit, we are rewarded with a breathtaking view of Istria’s rolling green hills, the shimmering Adriatic Sea, Kvarner Islands and Velebit Mountains in the distance. On a clear day, it is possible to see the Zadar area on one side while on the other you can see the Italian Alps, Trieste and even Venice!
After the hike, we’ll visit a small museum and attend a cooking class in Motovun. We will learn about the history and culture of the region, including local trades, agricultural traditions, myths and legends. We will also learn how to make traditional Istrian pasta and enjoy eating our creation at the end of the class. You’ll have the evening free to relax or do some exploring on your own.
Accommodation: Motovun; Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Cycling and truffle hunting; wine tasting
Today is all about Istrian traditions! In the morning we will cycle through the forests surrounding Motovun until we reach the starting point for truffle hunting. With the help of a local truffle hunter and trained dogs, we will learn about the art of finding truffles and the history of this delicacy.
After enjoying a lunch of truffles, we’ll head to a local winery to learn about wine making in the region and taste various Istrian wines, including malvazija and teran. We’ll share one last dinner together as a group in Motovun in the evening.
Accommodation: Motovun; Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Today marks the end of the trip. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time, but we suggest avoiding booking departures early in the morning. Transfers are included to all areas in Istria, including the Rijeka and Pula airports. If you wish to stay longer in Croatia, your guide will be happy to provide you with recommendations for the remainder of your trip.
|Adult (double room)||3200,00 €|
All prices are per person, with a minimum of 4 people per group. We can do the tour for groups of less than 4, but the price for each person will be higher. Private tours are also available – contact us for more details.
This 8-day trip typically runs from Saturday to Saturday. Please send us an inquiry with your requested travel dates and we will get back to you with our availability.
Trip price includes:
- 7-nights accommodation
- 2 meals per day (unless otherwise stated in the itinerary)
- use of equipment
- 6 days of organized activities
- nature park and national park entrance fees
- local taxes and sea permits
- transfers within Istria at the end of the trip
- skilled English-speaking guide and assistance
- ground transportation during the tour
- international airfare to/from Croatia
- items of a personal nature
- optional gratuities for your guide(s)
- beverages and meals not stated in the itinerary
A deposit equal to 50% of the price of the trip is due at the time of booking in order to reserve your dates. The remaining balance is to be paid at least 14 days before the departure date. We accept payment via bank transfer – details will be provided to you upon booking.
If you decide to cancel your trip for any reason, you will be subject to the following cancellation policy:
- Cancellation 60 days or more before the departure date: the deposit is fully refundable.
- Cancellation 30-59 days before the departure date: the deposit is partially refundable – you will receive half of your deposit back, minus the cost of any bank fees.
- Cancellation 15-29 days before the departure date: the deposit is non-refundable.
- Cancellation within 14 days of departure date: full cost of the trip is non-refundable.
We recommend purchasing travel insurance in order to protect your investment from unforeseen circumstances.
How to book: please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +385 91 764 1300
Maximum number of participants: Maximum number of participants: 8 guests per group. Larger groups on request.
Minimum age: 12 years if accompanied by parent(s)
Single use rooms are available upon request with a 25% surcharge. Sharing a twin room with another person is possible.
Activities: sea kayaking, hiking, cycling, truffle hunting
Activity level: moderate
Accommodation: 3 nights in a 3*** accommodation in Rovinj, 1 night in a 3*** accommodation in Pula, 3 nights in a 3*** small hotel villa in Motovun
Meals and dietary requirements: All arrangements regarding dietary requirements can be made upon request. We can provide vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals. Lunches are sometimes picnic-style allowing for flexibility along our route. You will be able to buy lunch and snacks from local shops.
Highlights: best of traditional Istrian cuisine including wine and olive oil, charming towns of Rovinj, Pula and Motovun, breathtaking scenery, range of activities in diverse settings
Arrival and departure transfers: several group transfers between the airport and destination may be available depending on arrival/departure time. Arrivals after 6 pm may be subject to surcharge of 30 euros per transfer.
You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. Transfers are included to all areas within Istria. Transfers to other locations in Croatia can be arranged upon request but are not included in the price of the trip. If you are staying longer in Croatia, our guides will provide you all the information needed to continue your adventure – that includes recommendations for places, hotels and restaurants all over Croatia. We love our country and know it well, and will be happy to share our knowledge with you.