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- from £1,395 PP
- 7 Days , 10 Days , 14 Days
- Mar - May & Sep - Oct
- 3hrs from London
Escape the crowds and discover the best of Istria on this fantastic 2-centre holiday staying in 4 or 5-star hotels in both delightful towns – Opatija and Rovinj. These beautiful coastal resorts on the Istrian Peninsula are among Croatia’s most treasured jewels – with a pretty coast and glittering blue waters, steeped in history.
Inland, there are a diverse collection of charming towns – from lush interior wilds dotted with hilltop villages and quaint converted farmhouse hotels.
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At a Glance
- Private airport transfer to Opatija hotel. Explore the charismatic town.
- Explore the pretty public gardens & elegant 'Lungomare' promenade.
- Private day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Explore the terraced lakes & waterfalls & take the electronic boat.
- Private transfer to Rovinj. Explore the charming medieval town at your leisure.
- Relax at the spa and pool at the luxury hotel. Explore the nearby beaches.
- Private tour of the charming hilltop villages such as Motivun & a visit to a family winery for a wine-tasting experience.
- Private tour to ancient Lim Bay for a memorable boat trip.
- Private airport transfer.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Pula – Opatija
You will be met on arrival at Pula Airport and your driver will transfer you to the Design Hotel in Opatija. Enjoy your scenic 1 hour, 20 minute journey, admiring the beautiful views of this charming region with its pretty hilltop villages.
Opatija is a charming coastal town with a rich history and culture, boasting impressive monuments, well-manicured parks and glamorous villas that are waiting to be discovered. The enchanting town is the matriarch of Croatian tourism – famed for enticing celebrities from all over Europe during the belle époque. Visit the Croatian Walk of Fame and the small harbour known locally as Portić and the famous statue of the Girl with the Seagull.
Day 2 Opatija – Discover the town
Opatija is an opulent town has the longest tradition of tourism in Croatia and was developed at the turn of the 20th century, remaining in complete harmony with nature.
It offers well-maintained public gardens, well-kept beaches and fountains provide a stunning backdrop for the glamorous villas and hotels. The renowned ‘Lungomare’ promenade is over 100 years old dating back to the heyday of health tourism, and stretches in total for 12 kilometres from the picturesque town of Volosko to Lovran and must not be missed. It is a favourite for both local artists and visitors alike and the walk will provide an interesting tale to Opatija’s past.
You have the option to visit nearby Rijeka, just 16km along the stunning Kvarner coastline. See the Zajc Croatian National Theatre with beautiful ceiling paintings by Gustav Klimt.
DAY 3 Plitvice Lakes National Park (Optional)
Take the private day trip to Croatia’s Croatia’s lake district – the largest National Park in the country – a natural wonderland of enchanting lakes that cascade unto one another via a series of waterfalls that emerge from cracks in eroded rocks and from beneath thick vegetation.
It creates a landscape that wouldn’t be out of place in the deepest lakes of China or Vietnam. A chain of 16 terraced lakes and waterfalls that extend into a limestone canyon. Take to the walkways and hiking trails that wind around and across the water, or catch the electric boat that links the 12 upper and 4 lower lakes. A day out to enjoy mother nature’s phenomenon!
DAY 4 Private transfer to Rovinj
You will be driven to the charming medieval fishing port of Rovinj which competes with Dubrovnik as Croatia’s most photographed destination. It was originally built on an island but has since been connected to the mainland.
Take a stroll through the postcard-pretty cobbled streets and admire the colourful facades of the local buildings. Visit the hilltop church of St Euphemia to view the lofty steeple that dominates the skyline, and the pebble beaches of Lone Bay. Tucked along the narrow passages and alleyways there are many interesting shops, cafes, bars and restaurants that are well worth exploring. Enjoy a traditional local meal whilst admiring the exquisite views. This area is irresistibly photogenic.
DAY 5 Rovinj
Get lost in the old town with the colourful, medieval streets bursting with Venetian houses, squeezed one to another and right by the water’s edge. Explore the large number of excellent art galleries that are situated along the steep and narrow pedestrian streets and visit the vibrant harbour with a large collection of small pleasure and fishing boats.
The beauty of Rovinj is inspiring and full of romance and intrigue. Relax at the spa and fine swimming pool at the Hotel Lone or take a swim at one of the nearby beaches and coves. You could even try your hand at scuba diving where there are some incredible shipwrecks under the sea.
DAY 6 Wine Tasting tour – Visit the hilltop villages
A private tour of the Istria region through the dreamy countryside dotted with traditional villages that will overwhelm you with their beauty. You will visit the Kozlovic Winery which is hidden in a secret valley and has been founded on the family tradition of four generations of the Kozlovic family.
There will be an inspiring guided tour of the wine cellar with a full explanation of the wine production process, as well as a tasting of the delicious Istrian wines. You will also experience the charming hilltop medieval fortified villages of Motovun and Groznjan with its vibrant ambience and maze of cobbled streets full local of arts and crafts.
DAY 7 Explore Lim Bay (optional)
A memorable day trip on your last day, just a 20 minute drive from the hotel, will take you to the fascinating, beautiful and ancient Lim Bay area. It is a 35 km protected landscape of spectacular slopes that are covered in different forms of evergreen shrubs and oak.
Before Christ, the Illyrians were building their colonies, the Illyrian forts, on the surrounding mountains. The water in the bay is sweet and suitable for the growth of plant and animal life, including fish and oysters, that can be sampled at one of the nearby restaurants on the coast of the bay.
DAY 8 Departure Day
Time to bid farewell to the friendly hotel staff and others that you may have met during your stay.
You will be transferred to Pula airport for your flight home after a memorable twin-centre Opatija and Rovinj holiday, where you will have discovered the best of Istria.
- Return flights from the UK
- Overnight stays in comfortable 4-star hotels including breakfast in both Opatija and Rovinj
- Private transfers throughout your trip
- Includes a wine tasting tour of Kozlovich Winery and visit to Groznjan and Motovun hilltop villages
- Access to our concierge service
- Flexibility – you can select how many nights you would like to spend in both Pula and Rovinj as this holiday will be tailor-made for you
- Your holiday is ATOL protected for your peace of mind
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