Istrian Gourmet Adventure
6-day self-guided culinary tour of Istria and Adriatic Coast, through villages and vineyards, to the sea and coastal towns
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
Istria, the mysterious and widely undiscovered peninsula in Adriatic, with it’s rich history, diverse climate and stunning nature is a destination for those, who wish to explore what is to others yet unknown! Istria’s history is a story of cultural diversity, benefiting from Italian cuisine, Slovenian and Croatian culinary traditions, mild Mediterranean climate and life by the sea. Why not treating yourself to six days of culinary extravaganza: superb dishes prepared with local ingredients such as Istrian truffles, pršut dry-cured ham, cheese, wild asparagus, olive oil, fresh fish and seafood, homemade pasta, local wine, and so much more! We created this unique vacation for you to relax and re-energise in a luxury environment, satisfying all your senses!
Day 1: Arrival to Savudrija: in-take meeting, dinner at a local restaurant
Day 2: From Savudrija to Motovun: visit village Grožnjan, wine tasting, truffle hunting with dogs, truffle dinner
Day 3: From Motovun to Rovinj: visit village Višnjan, olive oil and wine tasting, lunch at an instrian konoba, dinner in Rovinj
Day 4: From Rovinj to the inland Istria and back to Rovinj: visit Bale-Valle village, wine tasting, energy tour at Histria Aromatica , lunch at an exquisite estate, dinner in Rovinj Old Town
Day 5: From Rovinj to Pula: Pula city tour with Roman Amphitheater, wine tasting, quads trip from Barban to Rakalj for lunch, dinner with private cook at a resort
Day 6: Free morning, optional activities, transfer to the airport, departure
- Airport pickup and drop-off
- All private land transfers according to the itinerary
- 5x accommodation in a 4 or 5-star hotels with breakfast (twin/double room)
- Welcome drink
- 4x dinner in Istria’s finest restaurants, drinks included
- 4x lunch in Istria’s finest restaurants, drinks included
- 4x wine tasting
- 1x olive oil tasting
- Truffle hunting with dogs and truffle tasting
- Histria Aromatica tour
- 1-hour guided quad ride
- 2-hour bike rental at the Morchaki resort
- Self-Guided booklet with detailed route description, maps and best travel tips
- Tourist tax and vat
- In-take meeting on day 1, logistical support, 24/7 emergency support
- Travel to Croatia
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
Welcome to Istria!
You will meet with our representative for a welcome drink at the 5-star Kempinski Hotel Adriatic. You deserve all the luxury and splendor that Istria has to offer and it is only befitting that this is where your culinary adventure will begin! Enjoy the marvelous views of the northern Adriatic from the hotel’s terrace while we lay out a plan for the upcoming days, full of exquisite cuisine and fun, making your trip the most unique experience. Enjoy a free afternoon in a nearby town of Savudrija; walk to a lighthouse and go for a swim in the warm Adriatic sea, the best way to build up an appetite for an early dinner at a famous, family-owned restaurant Konoba Buščina, known for domestic Istrian cuisine. The restaurant has been in the top five in Istria for the past five years, partially also due to their well-known sommeliers, who will be there to your service.
Today it’s all about truffles! After breakfast at the Kempinski hotel a private transfer will take you to a village Grožnjan above the Mirna valley, surrounded by terraced olive groves and vineyards. Known for its summer art festivals and camps, jazz festivals and art exhibits, the village boasts a rich history, dating back to the time of the Roman Empire. Like so many other Istrian villages, Groznjan sits atop a hill, and despite its uniqueness, this most picturesque town in Istria still manages to largely stay under a tourist radar. Your visit to the heart of Istria will continue at a family owned vineyard. Your lunch is only a short drive away at the Tončič farm stay, a remote all-inclusive farm, exposed to nothing but lush vegetation, clean air, rich aromas coming from olive trees and vineyards, and chirping birds. Panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and rich soil, full of truffles and asparagus, rival food and wine destinations around the globe! After lunch you will go deep into a dense Istrian forest with truffle-hunting dogs and learn secrets of the trade.. Following the hunt you will have an opportunity to indulge in truffles, at a tasting and dinner. Your day will end in Motovun.
Today is the Mediterranean cuisine day! You will start with oil tasting at an eco farm with some 50 olive trees that are over hundred years old and then continue to a family vineyard, which prides itself on utilizing only traditional cultivation practices. The vineyard benefits from mild climate as well as the Istrian deep red soil. Your lunch today will feature traditional Istrian dishes, recreated with a modern, fresh twist in an unpretentious, homy restaurant. You will be staying at the five-star Hotel Monte Mulini, situated 10min from the old town Rovinj. The hotel prides itself with excellent restaurants, offering unbeatable wine selections. Here is where you will taste a modern Istrian gastronomy, a fusion of local, Mediterranean and French cuisines.
Romantic Rovinj and its surroundings
Your culinary adventure is headed inland to Bale today, to a typical hilltop 15th-century village, recognizable by an imposing white stone 16th-century castle. Your nose and taste buds will fully awoken in a nearby Histria Aromatica, a unique production and educational agro-tourism center, composed of olive groves, orchards and vineyards, gardens and plantations, conceived on a principle “from seed to brand”. You will not have to travel far for a tasty refreshment after the visit to this ethnobotany park; your next stop is a winery a short 20min drive away. Although very close to Rovinj, this small winery feels very much off the beaten track. A view of the sea and Rovinj from the farm is priceless and it alone is enough of a reason for many guests to return for a visit. Your lunch will be at an exquisite Restaurant Meneghetti, a location dedicated to offering thrilling and memorable meals.The secluded mansion is nestled in a tranquil nature, surrounded by vines and olive trees, and gently caressed by calming sea breeze from the Adriatic. After the lunch, you will return to Rovinj for an afternoon at a beach. Then take a walk through the old town to your dinner destination, where they serve a contemporary fusion of traditional and French cuisine. Having such a culinary experience in a romantic embrace of Rovinj will turn your evening into a creative event, full of emotions. You will turn in for the night at the 5-star Hotel Lone.
South and East
Enjoy one last breakfast with the view of dreamy Rovinj and then head toward the south of the Istrian peninsula, to the city of Pula. The city is magnificent! During a walk through the city, you can travel from the Roman times to the Venetian period and Austrian Empire, to the modern life of the 8th biggest city in Croatia: mosaics, Hercules Gates, Venetian Kastel Fortress, Pula’s market, and most famous of all, Pula’s Roman amphitheater. A 15min drive from Pula is a family-owned Trapan winery, where they will be awaiting you with a wine tasting. From the winery, you’ll go on a guided ride with quads to a village on a bay on the Eastern side of the Istrian Peninsula for a lunch of perfectly prepared classic Croatian seafood dishes. You will remain on the eastern side for the rest of the day at the Morchaki Country Resort & Spa. The remotely located estate dates back to 1880s when it was known for winemaking. In the serenity of the estate your dinner will be served to you by your personal chef.
See you soon!
Your last day will start with a breakfast at the Morhcaki estate, taking in dramatic views of the Istrian peninsula landscape. There’s much to do around the estate, if nothing else, you can take a bike through their olive groves or enjoy their wellness facilities. A private transfer to your point of departure (nearby airports Pula, Trieste, Zagreb, Ljubljana) will be available to you at your leisure.
You will be staying in one-of-a kind, luxury hotels and country resorts.
Day 1: 5-star hotel, Savudrija – in the northern most part of Istria, offering luxury and splendor, with marvelous views of the Northern Adriatic
Day 2: 4-star wellness hotel, Motovun – this hotel takes the best location in town, with a quiet garden surrounded by city’s medieval walls
Day 3: 5-star hotel, Rovinj – hotel with lush gardens, infinity pools, overlooking a quiet cove, serving exquisite dishes in their excellent restaurants
Day 4: 5-star hotel, Rovinj – 5-star chic retreat, designed by leading Croatian architects and decorated by their top artists
Day 5: Exquisite country resort & spa, Labin – former winery, surrounded by olive groves, meadows and forests, offers serenity and a view of natural splendor that stretches as far as the eye can see
- The tour is not appropriate for pregnant women and minors.
- All customers are required to notify us before booking the tour of any medical conditions, as well as dietary restrictions. All medications can and should be brought to all activities in the program. If you suffer from any medical conditions, we strongly suggest that you consult your physician before booking a tour to receive an expert medical advice. We are more than happy to discuss and recommend the most suitable adventure for you based on your conditions, but cannot ultimately be responsible for your health.
- We suggest that you travel with a comprehensive travel insurance, including emergency evacuation coverage. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance that includes cancellation protection so that you will be covered in the event that you are unable to attend our trip (due to injury, illness or other unforeseen circumstances). We do not provide travel insurance for our clients. Please contact your local travel agent to purchase travel insurance. As coverage and a price of the insurance changes depending on your travel destination, do make sure that you purchase a coverage for all countries you will be traveling in on your adventure.
- Please, refer to the U.S. Department of State’s website for further travel guidlines: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html
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