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Pietro - Travel specialist

Having grown up on the Island of Sicily, I was introduced to Croatia over a decade ago and I immediately fell in love. Like Sicily its adorned with spectacular coastline, charming Old Towns and warm and welcoming locals at every turn.

Pietro

Croatia Specialist

+44 208 004 2345

Overview

  • from £1,745 PP
  • 7, 10 or 14 Nights
  • Private
  • Apr - Oct
  • Easy
  • 3hrs from London

Highlights

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

  • Days 1/4
    • Pula & Opatija

      • Private transfer from Pula airport to Opatija hotel
      • Day at Leisure. OPTIONAL: Explore the town
      • Explore Istria with lunch
      • Day at Leisure: OPTIONAL: Plitvice Lakes private tour
  • Days 5/8
    • Rovinj

      • Private transfer to Rovinj
      • Day at Leisure. OPTIONAL: Explore the town
      • Day at Leisure. OPTIONAL: Explore Lim Bay
      • Private transfer from Rovinj hotel to Pula airport
  • Day by Day Itinerary

    DAY 1 Arrival to Pula & transfer to Opatija

    Pula

    You will be met on arrival at Pula Airport and your driver will transfer you to your hotel in Opatija. Enjoy your scenic 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 epoque. Visit the Croatian Walk of Fame and the small harbour known locally as Portić and the famous statue of the Girl with the Seagull.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Ambasador, Opatija

    DAY 2 Day at Leisure. OPTIONAL: Explore the town

    Opatija, Croatia

    Opatija is an opulent town that 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 that 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 of 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.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Ambasador, Opatija

    DAY 3 Explore Istria with lunch

    glass of wine

    For food and wine lovers there may be no better way to experience its flavours than this private tour. Start by sampling local delicacies and brandies in Hum, the world’s smallest town. While it may be the world’s smallest town with just one street looping around its historic walls, it has an especially enchanting atmosphere. Continue your journey to Motovun, which is arguably Istria’s most beautiful hill town and a center for the local truffle industry. Here you will have the chance to taste rare and delectable truffle products for lunch, paired with local wines.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Ambasador, Opatija

    DAY 4 Day at Leisure: OPTIONAL: Plitvice Lakes Private Tour

    Plitvice

    Today is free to relax and explore at your own leisure.

    Optional Tour: Private Plitvice Lakes
    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!

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Ambasador, Opatija

    DAY 5 Private transfer to Rovinj

    Rovinj, Croatia

    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.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Lone, Rovinj

    DAY 6 Day at Leisure. OPTIONAL: Explore the town

    Rovinj, Istria

    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.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Lone, Rovinj

    DAY 7 Day at Leisure. OPTIONAL: Explore Lim Bay

    Lim Bay, Croatia

    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.

    • Preferred Hotel Hotel Lone, Rovinj

    DAY 8 Departure from Rovinj

    Istria, Croatia, Unforgettable Croatia

    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.

      Preferred Hotels

      Hotel Ambasador, Opatija

      Hotel Ambasador, Opatija

      Overlooking the Adriatic, Hotel Ambasador is ideally located while featuring a wide range of amenities and immersive activities. With Opatija known as a wellness resort for over a century, the property continues the tradition with a lavish spa for massage and pampering treatments that are themed in the element of water, saunas, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and whirlpools for soaking your cares away.

      Hotel Lone

      Hotel Lone, Rovinj

      This award-winning boutique hotel and its beautiful surroundings, the Zlatni Rt forest, create a picture-perfect luxury escape in Rovinj. All the elements of this hotel offer the ultimate indulgent experience. The beautiful rooms have a minimalistic design with simple lines, stone elements, quality wood, luxurious fabrics and large glass walls.

      What’s Included

      • Return flights from UK airports
      • Bed and breakfast accommodation in 4 or 5-star hotels in Opatija and Rovinj
      • Private transfers throughout your trip
      • Explore Istria with lunch tour
      • Flexibility – you can select how many nights you would like to spend in both Opatija and Rovinj as this holiday will be tailor-made for you
      • ATOL Protection

      What's Not Included

      • Gratuities
      • Optional tours mentioned in the itinerary
      • We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance

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