Available: April, October

from: €1300

Coast to coast walking tour Istria

8 days / 7 nights

HIGLIGHTS

  • Sightseeing tours of the medieval towns of Grožnjan, Motovun and Buzet
  • Visiting Hum, the smallest town in the world
  • Hiking in Učka Nature Park
  • Exploring the rich cultural heritage and local culinary delicacies
  • Eight days walking vacation in Istria, known as croatian "Tuscany"

    Join us on a walking adventure through green Istria, a countryside full of vineyards, olive trees, rivers and forests, beautiful villages and medieval hilltop towns. Walk at your own pace and learn about the Istrian culture and heritage fulfilled with unforgettable views that leave you breathless. Visit Hum, the smallest town in the world and experience the spirit of the past in Motovun and Grožnjan, the town of artists. To get to know the best of Istria, walk through the Učka Nature Park which contains a wealth of life with delicious flavors of indigenous Istrian delicacies and wines
    Guided walk/hike | Special offer TOUR

    From: €1300

    Available: April, October

    Overview

    Imagine walking through green countryside full of vineyards, olive trees, rivers and forests, full of beautiful villages and medieval towns situated on hills. Indeed it sounds like a dream. This dream can come true! Join us on a walking adventure through green Istria. Learn about the natural beauty that will open before you every step of the way and with every new winding of the road. Learn about the culture and heritage of Istria and visit picturesque towns on the hills with unforgettable views which will leave you breathless. Visit Hum, the smallest town in the world and experience the spirit of the past in Motovun and Grožnjan, the town of artists. To get to know the best of Istria, walk through Učka Nature Park which contains a wealth of life and finally round off this green adventure with the delicious flavors of indigenous Istrian delicacies and wines.

    OTHER TOUR INFORMATION

    START/FINISH: Buje, Grožnjan, Motovun, Hum, Buzet, Učka, Lovran
    GRADE:
    2/5
    DISTANCE: 98 km / 60 miles
    ACCOMMODATION COMFORT RATING:
    3/5
    DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights
    FROM: €1300
    EXTRAS:

    This hiking trip requires moderate physical shape.

    GROUP SIZE:

    Minimal number of participants: 4 persons
    Maximal number of participants: 16 persons

    If You like our "Coast to coast walking tour Istria" tour, please make an Enquiry or Book today. For more information contact us HERE!

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    OUR GROUP SERVICES

    If you’re considering bringing your group to Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Hercegovina or Montenegro trust FIORE TOURS to organize and deliver your custom travel experience. Our comprehensive group services include:

    All components for an integrated tourism experience. These include professional driver and licensed guides, transportation (car, minivan, 15 passenger minibus or coach), accommodation (hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, private accommodation, even camping), meals (from picnics to fine dining) and activities (hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting).

    Innovative itinerary development. We work with our clients to develop itineraries that respond to their customer’s psycho-graphics and exertion and comfort levels. Feel free to ask us for examples of popular itineraries or ones that are more “off the beaten path.”

    Outstanding customer service. Our success is largely due to our guides who place the customer first. As a “hands on” tourism business, our guides also work in the office, help set policy and basically keep the rest of us honest. We respond to all inquiries within 24 hours and keep a 24 hour emergency line open.

    Value for money. The quality of our product and its cost represent some of best value for money spent. Our local knowledge, innovative ideas, access to a wide variety of unique properties and direct service delivery contribute to competitive pricing and customer satisfaction.

    WHAT IS RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL?

    Tourism is the world’s fastest growing industry. Traveling to far flung places gives us a wonderful opportunity to experience cultures that are so different from our own. But with the wondrous joy of travel comes the responsibility of ensuring that we do not adversely affect those countries that we visit. In a nutshell, Responsible Travel is about ensuring that you, as travelers, and Fiore Adventure, as a promoter of travel:

    • respect the local culture
    • do not inadvertently introduce new social ills and
    • promote & practice environmental responsibility in the places that we visit


    That way, you enjoy a unique and memorable experience as well as authentic cross-cultural exchange and our local resources, cultures and customs are protected.

    It has always been at the heart of Fiore Adventure’ ethos to not exploit local communities’ culture and environment.

    We ensure our tours are:

    • low impact on natural resources
    • respectful and observant of local customs and
    • supportive of local economies


    All staff of Fiore Adventure are locally employed and all our guides are, ensuring a more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and culture. We also involve local communities in remote areas that we travel to.


    Our environmental policy:

    • We recycle all our waste paper
    • Our correspondence and promotion is carried out via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities
    • We use established, locally-owned and run accommodation wherever possible and aim to leave sites in better condition than we find them.
    • Our vehicle fleet is managed to minimise environmental impact.
    • Our group sizes are small, helping minimise cultural and environmental impact.
    • We monitor our impact, and where necessary alter our programmes accordingly.
    • We always abide by site-specific guidelines pertaining to flora and fauna.


    Social policy:

    • All staff of Fiore Adventure are locally employed and all our guides are, ensuring a more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and culture. We also involve local communities in remote areas that we travel to.
    • Our accommodation is mostly provided in small hotels, guest houses or apartments.
      On all our tours we use local produce and provide local-style meals, and we encourage our guests to try local dishes and delicacies
    • We support local economy and small business by supporting locally owned shops, restaurants, and using local guide services.
      Using local employees, accommodation providers, local restaurants and transportation services, Fiore Adventure ensures that financial benefits remain in the local community.

    What you can do:

    • Learn something about Croatia: culture, religion, geography, politics and local customs.I strongly recommend to get a good travel guide such as Lonely Planet guides or Croatian Tourism Board. They are very useful before and during your staying.
    • Try to speak at least a few words of Croatian, you will make a big impression by doing it and it’s also a show of respect and interest on your part.
    • In many places fresh water is a very precious commodity and should not be wasted, so use a minimum for showering and washing, especially when you are on islands, tap water is drinkable throughout Croatia
    • Turn out the lights or air condition when you leave your room, use the public transport as much as you can, minimize your waste generally
    • Pick up your litter, never live any trace in nature, when you are in rural areas please stay to the trails and don’t damage or take any plants or flowers

    TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

    Fiore tours & adventure operates a fleet of different vehicles from cars, minivans and minibuses. Each van is equipped stereo radio/ CD sound systems with microphone, cloth/velour upholstered seats, carpeted interior and air conditioning. The vans are regularly serviced and continuously checked by a well established network of maintenance and service facilities throughout the country. This adds up to the best preventative maintenance program, but technical problems are not always avoidable.

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    TRANSFER SERVICE

    We cater to clients from all around the world and in doing so understand their basic needs and requirements. Whether you are on a business trip or on a holiday, we can assist you move in and around Croatia.

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    BEFORE YOU GO

    Preparing for your trip!!!! So you have booked! Please take the time to read the following information; it will help you prepare for the trip of a lifetime. The information provided here is a guideline and should be used as such, if you need further information please feel free to contact us – one of our staff will be happy to help you.

    Travel documents

    Passports
    Passport valid for at least three months beyond length of stay is required for those nationals that need a visa. Those not requiring a visa need a valid passport and must leave the country before the passport has expired.If you don’t have a passport, apply for one in good time. If you do have a passport, check the expiry date.

    Visa
    Citizens of Australia, Canada, the EU, New Zealand, and the US do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Visas cost US$26 (single-entry), US$33 (double-entry), and US$52 (multiple-entry). Apply for a visa at your nearest Croatian embassy or consulate at least one month before planned arrival.

    Travel Insurance
    A requirement for all overland travel is that you have valid insurance cover for the duration of our tour. It must cover you against personal accident, medical, cancellation, curtailment and repatriation expenses , you should also make sure you are covered for hiking and other expedition activities or optional excursions that you intend to do. You should purchase your travel insurance policy at the same time as you book your tour.Please remember to bring your policy with you.

    Regional Information
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    Packing list – adventure travel
    One word: versatility. Your destination and the duration of time you’re traveling generally dictates what—and how much—to bring along. But whether you’re living out of your bag for two weeks or four months, pack clothes that can do double duty, ones that are functional enough for the trail but sharp enough not to stand out in a city. Sun hats can become rain hats, backpacks with detachable daypacks free your hands when lugging your gear from bus stop to hotel, and a good pair of travel pants with a concealed zipper pocket could stand in for a money belt.

    When it comes to clothing, stay away from cotton (or at least aim for poly/cotton blends; it may be comfortable, but it takes forever to dry), and try for wrinkle-free clothes. Pack one nice outfit for that must-have dinner in a Parisian café, and always have pants or a skirt that’s long enough to cover your legs should you be traveling in a country where custom dictates a degree of modesty. In warmer climes, you’ll naturally be packing lighter. In cooler locales, layering will stretch your wardrobe. Another piece of advice: darker colors generally blend in anywhere, let you mix and match without becoming a fashion accident, and save the hassle of constant washing. And if you’re heading someplace with inexpensive markets and shopping (Southeast Asia, for example), you can always buy a few new items when the need or desire strikes.

    In the brave new world of bags, you can get a rolling bag/backpack hybrid that gives you the versatility, and the newer generation of rollers come with wheels that swallow up Central European cobblestone as much as NYC asphalt. But if you’re uncertain, let your interest be your guide. Trekking in Annapurna? Go with a traditional backpack. Crawling the pavement of South America’s metropolises? A rolling bag will save your back and serve you well.

    Travel Items
    • passport + photocopy of front page of passport
    • airline tickets
    • travel insurance
    • wallet (cash, credit cards, traveler’s cheque, ID Card)
    • money belt
    • medications
    • list of contact addresses and telephone numbers
    • backpack
    • daypack
    • multi-tool or pocket knife
    • headlamp
    • camera, memory card/film, charger/extra camera batteries
    • ziploc plastic bags
    • travel alarm clock / calculator
    • small umbrella
    • reading material
    • International electric adapters

    Clothing
    • 2 to 3 synthetic/wicking polo shirts or t-shirts or 1 to 2 short-sleeve blouses, gauzy material
    • fleece jacket or vest
    • rainjacket (gore tex or similar)
    • convertible nylon pants or a few skirts
    • underwear and socks
    • clothing and shoes for downtime and restaurants
    • lightweight sarong
    • sun/rain hat
    • mid thigh-length shorts
    • swimmsuit
    • sleepwear
    • sunglasses

    Footwear
    • waterproof sandals (or flip-flops for public showers)
    • trail-running or hiking shoes
    • “dress up” shoes (or buy them in-country)
    • hiking socks
    Toiletry Kit
    • super-absorbent camp towel
    • dramamine, or other motion sickness tablets
    • anti-diarrhea medicine
    • anti-bacterial cream
    • insect repellent
    • sunscreen and lip ointment
    • handi Wipes
    • feminine products
    • shaving accessories

    Repair Kit
    • safety pins (keep straps together, etc.)
    • clothespins (keep curtains closed and hang clothing to dry)
    • mini sewing kit

    Packing list – Cycling Holidays
    Complete packing list for adventure travel
    Bicycling Clothing & Gear
    • bicycling shoes or stiff-soled sneakers
    • bicycling shorts
    • short-fingered bicycling gloves
    • brightly colored cycling jerseys or synthetic T-shirts
    • lightweight jacket or vest
    • breathable windproof and waterproof rain jacket
    Optional Bicycling Clothing & Gear
    • arm and knee/leg warmers
    • headband that covers ears (worn under helmet)
    • synthetic mid-weight socks
    • toe covers or booties (worn over clip-in bike shoes)
    • bicycling tights
    • windproof outer gloves (worn over biking gloves)
    • lightweight but warm cycling cap that fits under helmet (skullcap)
    • hydration backpack
    • personal biking gear and helmet

    Packing list – Walking/Hiking Holidays
    Complete packing list for adventure travel
    Walking/Hiking Clothing & Gear
    • waterproof hiking boots/shoes
    • walking/hiking shorts
    • long-fingered, waterproof gloves
    • lightweight windproof jacket/vest or warm sweater
    • synthetic walking/hiking pants
    • synthetic T-shirts
    • walking sticks optional

    Packing list – Sea Kayak Holidays
    Complete packing list for adventure travel
    Sea Kayaking Clothing & Gear
    • water bottles/hydration pack
    • dry bags
    • synthetic T-shirts
    • waterproof sandals
    • swim suit and spare
    • towel
    • hat: baseball or wide-brim
    • polypro long-sleeve top
    • suncream & lipsalve
    • gloves

    Packing list – Multi-Sport Holidays
    Complete packing list for adventure travel
    Bicycling Clothing & Gear
    • bicycling shoes or stiff-soled sneakers
    • bicycling shorts
    • short-fingered bicycling gloves
    • brightly colored cycling jerseys or synthetic T-shirts
    • lightweight jacket or vest
    • breathable windproof and waterproof rain jacket
    Optional Bicycling Clothing & Gear
    • arm and knee/leg warmers
    • headband that covers ears (worn under helmet)
    • synthetic mid-weight socks
    • toe covers or booties (worn over clip-in bike shoes)
    • bicycling tights
    • windproof outer gloves (worn over biking gloves)
    • lightweight but warm cycling cap that fits under helmet (skullcap)
    • hydration backpack
    • personal biking gear and helmet

    Sea Kayaking Clothing & Gear
    • water bottles/hydration pack
    • dry bags
    • synthetic T-shirts
    • waterproof sandals
    • swim suit and spare
    • towel
    • hat: baseball or wide-brim
    • polypro long-sleeve top
    • suncream & lipsalve
    • gloves

    Notice On Filing Customer's Complaints

    Pursuant to Article 8 Paragraph 2 of the Law on Consumer Protection (Narodne Novine Official Gazette No. 97/07 and 125/07 – corr. 79/09 and 89/09 – corr., 133/09), we inform our clients that complaints regarding the quality of our services can be submitted in writing to:
    Fiore d.o.o., travel agency, Mate Vlašića 6, 52440 Poreč, Croatia or sending to following E-mail address: adventure@fiore.hr

    You will receive a response to your complaint in writing within 15 days of receipt of the complaint. Required information: name and surname of the person filing the complaint, the exact address for submission of responses.

    Coast to coast walking tour Istria

    PRICES AND AVAILABILITY

    Price per person in a standard double/twin room in EUR:
    1300 EUR
    Single supplement – 180 EUR per person.

    Coast to coast walking tour Istria

    ITINERARY

    1. DAY – ARRIVAL
    Arrival to Pula airport and group transfer to our hotel in Buje area. Brief orientation meeting with our guide followed by a welcome dinner. Overnight in hotel in Buje area.

    Accommodation: B&B Lovac 3* in Buje area or similar
    Meals: dinner
    Walking distance: –
    Transfer: transfer from Pula airport to Buje, approx. 50 minutes.

    2. DAY – BRTONIGLA – BUJE
    Today starts with a very brief transfer (10mins) to Brtonigla, a small Istrain village almost hidden from view and home to a pretty church and quaint architecture. This area is famous for its acres of vineyards and olive groves and today’s trails lead us through meadows, woods and beautiful snippet of nature. Producing olive oils and wine is a way of life for many families in this wonderful area so here is easy to enjoy some time away from modern civilisation. The trail also takes us to the hilltop town of Buje located at 220m. Buje is known as the Guard of Istria and is a superb place to see the traditional landscape of Istria including fertile, terraced fields. The town grew in importance under the Venetians who took hold following the collapse of the Roman Empire. What is truly delightful is that most of the churches and architecture dates from the time of the Venetians. The town’s walls have been restored and include a stunning medieval tower. The church was renovated in baroque style in 1784 and today is considered one of the most important churches in Istria. Buje has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and is a great place to stroll through. Our walk finishes near the famous old railway line – the Parenzana. This line was once a lifeline for the rural communities of Istria and tomorrow we’ll enjoy a walk along it. Tonight we’ll enjoy a second night in the area of Buje.

    Accommodation: B&B Lovac 3* in Buje area or similar
    Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch, wine tasting, dinner
    Transfer: local transfers
    Walking distance: 3-4 hours hiking, 15km, ascent 300m, descent -300m

    3. DAY – GROŽNJAN – MOTOVUN
    Today we wave goodbye to the area of Buje and take a brief transfer to the stunning medieval town of Groznjan. Superbly perched on a hill and surrounded by spectacular scenery, Groznjan is truly beautiful and from here you can see how Istria has earned the name The Tuscany of Croatia. Looking out we’ll be able to see an abundance of Istrian villages amongst rolling hills. There will be time to explore meandering streets which are filled with elaborate sandstone houses, hidden art galleries, a towering castle and pretty floral courtyards. Enclosed in walls, the town was once a home to two gates. The larger of the two can be seen today, whilst a Venetian column stands on the site of the smaller gate. Upon leaving Groznjan we join the Parenzana Heritage Line. Once a narrow gauge Austrian railway connecting Trieste in Italy with Porec in Croatia, the Parenzana meanders for 123kms and was used to link the small towns of Istria. In use from 1902 until 1935, today it’s a great way to walk and learn about the railway’s history. We’ll hike through several tunnels and over bridges whilst enjoying the views. Next we reach Livade, one of the most famous truffle centres of the world. Spread out over the hillside, our walk ends here and we’ll have time to visit the small shops that sell Istria’s wonderful truffle oil. On the neighbouring hill sits the charming town of Motovun which is our base for tonight.

    Accommodation: Hotel Villa Borgo 3* in Motovun or similar
    Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch
    Transfer: local transfers, luggage transfer
    Walking distance: 6 hours, 25 km, ascent 700, descent -700

    4. DAY – ROVINJ FREE DAY
    Today starts after breakfast with a transfer to the coastal gem of Rovinj for a free day. In 1283., the town swore an allegiance to the Venetian republic in exchange for protection against piracy and today it’s this wonderful architecture that makes it one of prettiest towns in Croatia. Situated on an oval-shaped peninsula, Rovinj is home to wonderful cobbled streets, hidden piazzas and a fantastic variety of pavement cafes. The old town is dominated by a tall church tower which rises from the highest point. Originally an island, Rovinj was only connected to the mainland in 1763., when the narrow channel that separated it from the mainland was filled in. From the end of WW1 until 1947. Rovinj remained part of Italy, however it was made part of Yugoslavia in 1947. and although many Italians fled, the town still feels and looks incredibly Italian. The famed Balbi Arch is the official entrance to the old town and a symbol of Venice’s rule over Rovinj. On the top of the arch stands the Venetian Lion of St Mark holding an open book to signify the town’s acceptance to the Venetian Republic without war. On entering the old town don’t forget to look up as you’ll see Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical windows and balconies. St Euphemia’s Church is the largest baroque church in Istria and dominates the town from its hilltop location in the middle of the old town. It is home to a 61m-high bell tower which is older than the present church. The imposing tower was modelled on the campanile of St Mark’s in Venice, and is proudly topped by a 4m copper statue of St Euphemia. This rather elaborate statue shows the direction of the wind by turning on a spindle. Rovinj Heritage Museum is located in a wonderful Baroque palace and displays collections by old masters, a maritime section and archaeological findings. Tonight we stay in Rovinj so you can expore the town as the sun sets and the evening lights create an almost fairytale atmosphere.

    Accommodation: B&B Baron Gautsch 3* in Rovinj or similar
    Meals: breakfast
    Transfer: local transfers
    Walking distance: –

    5. DAY – OPRTALJ – BUZET
    This morning we leave Rovinj and head to the picturesque little town of Oprtalj – the official start of the Istrian Mountain Trail. Initially we head through rich forest which leads us to the pretty villages of St. John and St Lucija. St Lucija has a beautiful church and along the way we’ll be rewarded with wonderful views over the Mirna Valley, which is home to the atmospheric castle of Pietrapelosa. Hidden in lush vegetation, this 10th Century ruined fortress is a great place to explore and has a fantastic location. We’ll walk through Mali Mlun and pass a host of traditional villages and an aqueduct. Towards the end of the walk we hike through lush forest and traditional fields to reach Buzet and our hotel for the next two nights. Buzet was first settled by the Romans but achieved real prominence under the Venetians, who built great walls, gates and churches. With its cobbled streets, Buzet is a lovely place to stay.

    Accommodation: Hotel Vela Vrata 4*, Buzet or similar
    Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch, grappa tasting, dinner
    Transfer: 15 min transfer, luggage transfer
    Hiking distance: 5-6 hours, 18 km, ascent 600, descent -750m

    6. DAY – BUZET – HUM – BUZET
    This morning’s walk starts by a river which meanders through forest before passing waterfalls and lakes. Next we reach Korita, which is home to natural springs and an old watermill. Our trail follows a river and takes us through a wonderful abandoned village where we’ll be able to see some examples of traditional Istrian stone houses. From here we’ll be able to see Hum and its church tower in the distance. On reaching Hum there will be time to explore the smallest town in the world before enjoying lunch in an Istrian Konoba. These small local restaurants specialise in simple but typical Istrian dishes and are popular with locals. After lunch we pick up a lovely trail called the Way of Mistletoe which leads us back to Buzet for a second night.

    Accommodation: Hotel Vela Vrata 4*, Buzet or similar
    Meals: breakfast, lunch in local tavern
    Transfer: local transfers
    Walking distance: 4-5 hours, 13km, ascent 450, descent -200m

    7. DAY – UČKA
    For our final day of walking we start with a brief transfer to Poklon which is nestled between hills and trails to the top of Ucka (1401m), the highest mountain. Our mountain trail takes us from the mountain of Ucka all the way to Lovran on the beautiful Adriatic Coast. We’ll be surrounded by rich oak and chestnut forests and will have fantastic views over the bay of Kvarner and its coastal towns. Behind us sits the mountains of Obruc, Snjeznik and Risnjak whilst the complete Istrian peninsula lies in front of us. If we are lucky we’ll be able to see as far as Venice and the Slovenian Alps. Today is a wonderful grand finale to the week as we reach the coast and get to enjoy our last night on the wonderful Istrian east coast.

    Accommodation: B&B Štanger 3* in Lovran or similar
    Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch
    Transfer: 30 min transfer from Buzet to Poklon (Startpoint), luggage transfer
    Walking distance: 5-6 hours, 13km, ascent 500m, descent -1400m

    8. DAY – DEPARTURE
    After breakfast organized group transfer to Pula airport.

    Accommodation: –
    Meals: breakfast
    Transfer: from Lovran to Pula airport, approx. 1 hour
    Walking Distance: –
    Points of interest: –

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    Coast to coast walking tour Istria

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 2 x overnight with breakfast in a guesthouse in Buje area
  • 1 x overnight with breakfast in a guesthouse in Motovun
  • 1 x overnight with breakfast in a guesthouse in Rovinj
  • 2 x overnight with breakfast in a guesthouse/hotel in Buzet
  • 1 x overnight with breakfast in a guesthouse /hotel in Lovran
  • 5 x lunches (picnic or local restaurant), 3 x dinners
  • English-speaking local guide
  • A single timed return airport transfer
  • All land transport required by the itinerary
  • WHAT'S EXCLUDED

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • Airport transfers other than group transfers
  • Some meals as detailed in the meal plan
  • Extra activities and excursions not part of the itinerary
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenditure
  • Coast to coast walking tour Istria

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    What is a guided walking tour?

    A tour accompanied by an expert walkingg guide and a driver with a vehicle to transfer the group and the luggage form place to place. Following a specific itinerary we let you follow your pace and enjoy beauties of the destination with short breaks along the way. – Groups of up to 16 passengers – Expert walking tour guide speaking various languages – Driver with vehicle following the group with luggage – Included transfers, activities, hotels and meals (sometimes with picnic lunch during walking) – Twinning service – Single rooms at request and upon surcharge – Taxes included in the rate

    What is the size of the groups for the guided walking tours?

    Our groups are usually made up of 4 to 16 people maximum. In case of more people there are more guides joining the group. The size of the groups can be adjusted to the clients’ needs in case of a private inquiry.

    What happens if the minimum number of participants is not reached?

    According to our General Terms and Conditions (GTC), a trip can be canceled up to the 30 days before the start of the trip if the minimum number of participants is not reached. We will get back to you with alternative travel suggestions.

    Is transfer from /to airport included?

    Yes, a single timed return airport transfer is arranged for the group to fit most of the guests’ arrival/departure time. In case your arrival/departure time is different and the group transfer doesn’t fit you, our team can help you out with private arrangements to suit your need.

    What is the average age of travelers in the group?

    Depending on the level of difficulty of the trip, the age of travelers can vary between 30 and 70 years. Average age is around 50 years of age. In family guided trips we also welcome kids, please contact us before booking to check which trip is the most suitable for each age range.

    How many participants have already registered?

    The exact number of registered participants can be requested from our sales team.

    How can I book a group tour?

    The group tour can be booked both on our homepage (simply select your desired date and start an inquiry) as well as in your travel agency. You can also get information about vacant places for a trip by telephone or request a non-binding offer. However, for a binding booking we need a written confirmation or an online booking via our website.

    Is there vegetarian / vegan … food on site?

    You can note your desire for vegetarian or vegan food when booking, we will forward your request to the property. Please note that in remote regions some catering requirements simply cannot be fulfilled.

    Can I arrive earlier / leave later?

    Yes, this is possible, please specify your wishes in the booking. We would check the possibilities and make you a non-binding offer for a private transfer or an extra night.

    Do you offer twinning?

    Yes, if possible, we offer you matchmaking service with a person of the same sex. If that’s not an option for you or nobody is available for twinning you can still join the group by booking a single room for which a single supplement needs to be paid. For exact offer for a single room please ask our team.

    Which vehicles are used in guided walking tours?

    Fiore tours along with partners operates a fleet of different vehicles from cars, minivans and minibuses. Usually up to 7 people we use a 9-seater van and for groups from 8 to 16 people a 20-seater minibus or two 9-seater vans.

    Coast to coast walking tour Istria

    ACCOMMODATION

    B&B Lovac 3*

    Bed and Breakfast Lovac is located 1.9 mi / 3 km from the center of Buje. This charming property is surrounded by a lush garden and an olive grove. The on-site restaurant serves Istrian specialties. Free Wi-Fi and parking are available. All accommodations units are air-conditioned and feature a wardrobe and a TV. Private bathrooms are fitted with a shower. Breakfast is served daily at the on-site restaurant. A bike and tool storage is at the guests’ disposal. The restaurant serves local foods such as truffle and fish dishes, wild asparagus and game specialties. The towns of Grožnjan and Motovun can be reached in 6.2 mi / 10 km, while the coast is 9.3 mi / 15 km away. Pula Airport can be reached in 43 mi / 70 km.

    Hotel Casa Romantica La Parenzana 3*

    The family-owned Casa Romantica La Parenzana is a rugged former farmhouse with thick stone walls, wooden beams and open fireplaces, offering fine Istrian cuisine and free internet. Located close to Buje in Istria, on the former tracks of the Parenzana Railway Line, the historic towns of Motovun and Grožnjan are just about a few meters from the Casa Romantica La Parenzana. Traditional local food like Čripnja – roasted meat or fish and potatoes cooked in a cast iron pot over an open hearth fire – or dishes with truffles are served in the Konoba restaurant. All 16 rooms are heated and have an private bathroom and a TV. Internet access is available for free at the reception. Trieste airport is 29 mi / 46 km away, while Pula airport is 39 mi / 63 km away from hotel. Visit page

    Hotel Villa Borgo 3*

    This B&B, situated close to the main square, the walls and the main Motovun street filled with restaurants and souvenirs, has the most beautiful view of the natural beauty of the interior of Istria from its terrace. Formerly old traditional stone house (formerly a seashell) is now newly renovated with all together nine rooms with private bathrooms. There is also the neighboring building “Baka Ljubica”, which contains six newly renovated rooms, with private bathrooms and a street view. Pula Airport is 44 mi / 71 km from Villa Borgo, while Rijeka Airport can be reached within 62 mi / 100 km. A bus stops at the foot of Motovun.Visit page

    Boutique Hotel Kaštel 3*

    Featuring an indoor swimming pool and à-la-carte restaurant, the family-run Hotel Kaštel is set at the top of a hill in the center of the medieval town of Motovun. Its guests can enjoy spa area with a sauna, a relaxing garden and various massage treatments. The wellness and spa area as well as most of the hotel rooms offer views of characteristic central Istrian landscape, the valley of the river Mirna and the famous Motovun vineyards. Amenities in each of 33 rooms include air-conditioning, satellite TV, a telephone, free Wi-Fi internet and central heating. All rooms consist of a bathroom with bathtub or shower and a hairdryer. The distance to the beach is 19 mi / 30 km from the Kaštel Hotel. Pula Airport can be reached within 44 mi / 71 km and Rijeka Airport is at a distance of 62 mi / 100 km. Visit page

    Hotel Vela vrata 4*

    Boutique Hotel Vela Vrata nests among old, stony streets of the town of Buzet. Carefully restored and transformed into a charming family hotel, from 150 metres high it offers an unreal view across the small hills, parted by the Mirna River Valley. All the 19 painstakingly furnished rooms, enriched by details, entirely breathe the spirit of past times. Wooden details, antique furniture and warm earthy colours, emphasised in all rooms, evoke a feeling of the olden days. Its restaurant famous for Istrian cuisine – always prepared locally, seasonally and home-made – according to chef Zoran’s philosophy. Whether it concerns meat, pasta or forest crops, ingredients are carefully selected from the local farmers, or picked and prepared personally. Hotel also features Spa & relax zone with swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna. It is located 32 mi / 51.2 km away from Rijeka airport, 35 mi / 56.6 km from Pula airport and 38 mi / 60.5 km from Trieste airport. Visit page

    Hotel Park 4*

    Located by the main road, Hotel Park is 50 m from the sea and the famous Lungo Mare promenade in Lovran. It offers breakfast and free use of the indoor swimming pool and fitness area. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Restaurant offers meals as a buffet. The hotel’s spa area can be used at an extra charge, upon availability and with a prior reservation. Lovran is located at the foot of the Učka Nature Park, which is blooming with Mediteranean vegetation. Hotel Park is 4.3 mi / 7 km from Opatija while the nearest airport is 15 mi / 24 km away. Visit page

    WALKING/HIKING TOURS GRADES

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    EASY

    This type of walking holiday is for those who don’t have previous experience in walking holidays and prefer sightseeing more than long walks. Paths are without long ascent and descents.
    Distance for a day less than 14 km

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    EASY TO MODERATE

    Distances on this holiday are bit longer with ascents and descents which require good level of fitness. So this trips is perfect for those who are active and can enjoy in longer walks.
    Distance for a day are 14 km to 21 km

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    MODERATE

    Walking distances on this type of holiday are longer and some of the days may be challenging than others. Possible are days with easy scrambling and steeper descents. Suitable for most regular walkers who have a reasonable level of fitness.
    Distance for a day are 21 km to 27 km

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    MODERATE TO STRENUOUS

    This walk is made for the experienced walkers looking for a challenge. Distances are long and ascents and descent are steep and more often, terrain is changeable and scrambling is more often. Very good level of fitness is required.
    Distance for a day are 27 km to 30 km

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    STRENUOUS

    For this holiday excellent level of fitness and experience is required. Walkers need to have experience in navigation and mountaineering skills. Weather conditions can be changeable and rough.
    Distance for a day are more than 30 km

    CYCLING TOURS GRADES

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    EASY

    Easy and relaxed cycling holiday suitable for families with children. On this tour there are no steep hills and cycling days are short.
    Distance for a day less than 35 km

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    EASY TO MODERATE

    This holiday requires cyclist with better level of fitness who are occasional cyclist. Cycling days are longer and higher hills are possible.
    Distance for a day are 35 km to 55 km

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    MODERATE

    This holiday is suitable for cyclist with higher level of fitness who are active and cycling weekly. Distances and hills are longer and some of the days are challenging.
    Distance for a day are 55 km to 75 km

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    MODERATE TO STRENUOUS

    This is challenging holiday for the avid cyclist who are prepared for steep hills and long distances.
    Distance for a day are 75 km to 95 km

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    STRENUOUS

    This holidays are made for keen cyclist who can cycle long and challenging days in a row. Hills are steep and distances are long.
    Distance for a day are 95 km to 120 km

    ACCOMMODATION GRADES

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    BASIC

    Basic accommodation is represented by mostly mountain huts or rural houses with dormitory rooms and shared bathroom / shower / WC.

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    BUDGET

    Budget accommodation is represented by family run 2* guest-houses/ B&B’s and rooms with en suite bathroom and breakfast. We guarantee friendly service and clean accommodation.

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    CLASSIC

    Classic accommodation is represented by small, family run guest-houses and B&B’s in rural areas with en suite bathroom and 3* family run hotels with unique  atmosphere. Most accommodations are offering dinner, fresh and traditional food (some needs information in advance).

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    PREMIUM

    Premium accommodation includes small 4* family run hotels with various types of rooms. Some boutique hotels also have a pool (indoor or outdoor) and spa. All hotels have restaurants that offer traditional and local cuisine.

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    LUXURY

    Luxury accommodation includes 4* and 5* hotels with best possible service. Hotels are at best locations and in city centre. Luxury hotels include spa centres and massage service as well as great restaurants with excellent views and unique atmosphere.

    Coast to coast walking tour Istria

    CUSTOMER REVIEWS

    Reviewed by Elaine Duncan on Jul 10th, 2019
    Their selection of places to stay (hotels) was really good. The care, attention and love of preparing and serving food to our group really added something to the whole walking experience. This was especially the case at our first place in Buje. Maurice really pulled out all the stops to prepare delicious food and probably the best of the whole holiday! That is saying something when I consider how many great food experiences we had. I wasn’t so blown away by the buffet arrangement in the final night hotel (something hard to get used to when we had all enjoyed so many intimate dinners and conversations about the menu!) But I understand that accommodation books out quickly and the hotel we did have was of a good quality, generally.Ilija was excellent at ensuring his clients needs were met. He seemed to care about the person not just about the walking and he gave a lot of his time to answering questions and sharing what he knew about history and culture of Croatia/more widely. Professional but also with a good sense of fun, good with the logistics with respect to needs of a couple of the clients. Helped to introduce us to hotel owners, and places to eat when we were independent of hotel food a couple of nights. Hw was really good with me and the nightmare time I had with bites from mosquitos! I can react badly (just about anywhere in the world I am exposed to them!). Croatia had a late than usual flurry of them due to wet May. Normally they wouldn’t be too much of an issue.
    Reviewed by Grant Phillips on Jul 10th, 2019
    Ilija was superb. excellent spoken English and very empathetic to the differing walking needs of the small but diverse group. He really was top class and great fun as well as being very willing to share his insights upon Istrian culture and the history of Yugoslavia.
    Reviewed by Bill Hoffman and WPW Walkers on Feb 10th, 2016
    Fiore Tours did an excellent job preparing and executing a program for our Minnesota USA walking group. We walked the Parenzana Trail beginning in Koper, Slovenia just down the Adriatic coast from Trieste, Italy, into the hill country of Croatia, and finishing in Porec on the western coast of the Istrian peninsula. Luka was a superb guide for our 110 km journey. He was very knowledgeable about the history, geography, culture, languages, and contemporary characteristics of the region. We had fine accommodations throughout (Hotel Roza in Portorose, Pension Lovac in Kaldanija, B&B Al Merlo Olivo in Krasica, Villa Borgo in Motovun, Rural House Ritossa in Vižinada, Rural House Milena in Višnjan, and Hotel Porec in Porec). After finishing the Parenzana Trail we were transported by Fiore Tours across Istria to the Poklon pass of the Učka mountain nature park from where we climbed to Vojak, the highest point (1400m). We then descended to Lovran on Istria’s eastern coast located in the “Riviera” region of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. Istrian food and wine and associated village festivals, together with the goodwill of the people we encountered along the way, made this a journey to remember. Bill Hoffman, group leader, WPW Walkers, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. Visited October 2013

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    OCJENE SMJEŠTAJA

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    OSNOVNI

    Osnovni smještaj su najčešće planinske kuće ili privatne kuće u ruralnim krajevima sa višekrevetnim spavaonama i zajedničkom kupaonicom / tušem / wc-om.

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    BUDŽETNI

    Budžetni smještaj su najčešće obiteljski vođeni pansioni kategorizirani pod 2*. Sobe imaju privatnu kupaonicu te je u sklopu smještaja uključen i doručak. Sobe su čiste i uredne a domaćini ljubazni.

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    STANDARDNI

    Standardni smještaj su najčešće mali obiteljski hoteli od 3* ili sobe s doručkom, često u ruralnim područjima sa posebnom obiteljskom atmosferom. Sobe su sa odvojenom kupaonicom i ugodnim namještajem. Smještaj najčešće uz doručak nudi i večere sa svježim i tradicionalnim namirnicama.

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    PREMIJUM

    Premijum smještaj su obiteljski hoteli od 4* koji nude različite vrste soba u sklopu objekta. Svi hoteli sadrže restoran sa tradicionalnom ponudom. Neki od malih obiteljskih hotela imaju i bazen (unutrašnji ili vanjski) te uslugu wellnesa.

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    LUKSUZNI

    Luksuzni smještaj su hoteli od 4* I 5* sa vrhunskom uslugom. Hoteli su najčešće na najboljim lokacijama u centru grada te nude raznolike vrste soba, uslugu wellnessa, bazen te restorane sa vrhunskom tradicionalnom i internacionalnom kuhinjom.

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