ISTRIAN DELIGHTS – GASTRO TOUR

Day 1:  ZAGREB  – OPATIJA (190 km)
Arrival  in Zagreb , the capital of Croatia and departure to Rijeka, a big and important harbour in Croatia. Short visit and continue to Opatija for overnight.

Day 2:  OPATIJA – MOSCENICA – POREC (95 km)
In the morning visit Opatija, one of the most famous tourist centres on the Mediterranean that in the past century was the gathering place of European aristocracy and known as “Croatian Nica”. A series of luxury hotels and 19th century villas surrounded by beautiful parks and gardens were built along the coast. Free time for walking through the city. Continue for Moscenice, the medieval town located on top of the hill and overlooking the Kvarner Bay. A walk through narrow streets to the main square and the Ethnographic Museum followed by the local cognac tasting.
Continue to Porec for overnight.

Day 3:  POREC – LIM FJORD – ROVINJ- VISNJAN – POREC (90 km)
Visit antique town of Porec and its complex of sacral buildings erected during the time of Bishop Euphrasius (6th-century AD). One of the reasons why this complex is registered on the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage is also the apse of Basilica which with its ornately decorations with fi gural mosaics is one of the most remarkable examples of mosaic art in Europe.
Continue to the Limski Bay, the nature reserve known for oyster and mussel breeding. Lunch on the boat during the trip. Visit of Rovinj, the town on the west Istrian coast located on the picturesque peninsula. A walk through the stone paved streets to the church of St Euphemia – the symbol of the city.
Departure to Visnjan for a visit to one of famous Istrian winemakers that will, along with the story of grape vine in Istria and production process of wine making, offer tasting of his wines. Autochthonuos Istrian wines are: white wine – Malvasia and red vine – Teran and Refosk, and the most famous dessert wine is Istrian Muscat.
Today in Istria we have marked six wine roads with nearly 70 wine cellars.
Return to Porec for overnight.

Day 4:  POREC – GALIZANA – LOBOROKA – VODNJAN – POREC (140 km)
Istrian inland is a beautiful hilly area known for the production of supreme wines and quality olive oil as well as highly appreciated truffles and wild asparagus. This part of Croatia is especially attractive for those who enjoy autochthonous cusine, wine and clean water with fresh air and untouched nature.
Departure to Galizana where we will visit olive groves and get introduced to the process of making the olive oil, and taste the final product.
In town Loborika we will visit family business of one of the most famous Istrian producers of cheese and winner of many product quality awards. Visitors will be able to taste and get familiar with the production process through the presentation and also by observing a part of production process – live. Ending out visit and tasting at cheese manufactory, we continue towards VODNJAN where we eill visit famous prosciutto production
Return to Porec for overnight.

Day 5:  POREC – TRUFFLES SEARCH IN BUZET – MOTOVUN – AGROTURISM STEFANIC – POREC (110 km)
After breakfast departure towards Buzet to private estate owned by one of the most famous Istrian truffle finders. Here we will be able to, not only taste truffles, but also organise and partecipate in truffles search.
Truffles – this unattractive underground mushroom, shaped as a potatoe or a ball of mud, on whose aphrodisiac abilities is often debated, is a true treasure of Istrian region. They can be found beneath soil, on depth from 10 – 30 cm, which means that in nature men can only find them with help of specialy trained dogs or pigs. These animals, actualy, trace and discover with their smell the exact spot where truffles are located.
In Istria we can find both kinds, white and black truffles,  best white ones can be found from September till December, and best black ones can be found from May till November.
After truffles search continue towards Motovun. Sightseeing of this historical and monument little Istrian town.
Best preserved medieval istrian fortress that was built on top of a steep 277m high hill, to which the longest istrian staircase of 1052 steps leads to.
According to the legend, Motovun is one of istrian towns built by the giants, but according to the history it was built by Ilirian or Celt tribes.
Motovun forest that spreads miles away along the valley of river Mirna, is the biggest istrian truffles habitat. End your visit to Motovun and departure for late lunch on one of the Istrain agritourism.
After lunch and short break in the nature surrounding the estate, say goodbye to your hosts and departure towards Porec. Return to Porec for overnight.

Day 6:  POREC – PULA–NP BRIJUNI (120 km)
Visit to Pula, the oldest city on the eastern Adriatic coast and sightseeing of the old city centre with the famed Arena (one of the six biggest preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world).
Leaving by boat, from Fazana to Big Brijun, the biggest of fourteen islands of the National Park Brijuni archipelago. It is marked by preserved Mediterranean vegetation and a zoo in the natural environment as well as numerous archaeological examples of cultural heritage of Antiquity (the remains of the villa and the Byzantine castrum).
Return to Porec for overnight.

Day 7:  POREC – ZAGREB (270 km)
After brakfast drive to Zagreb. After arrival of the capital of Croatia, city of rich culture and tradition. Pleasant walk through the old part of the town with the Baroque palaces leads to the Cathedral and St Mark’s Church. Visit the main buildings and squares in the central part of the town (Ban Jelacic Square, Upper Town, Dolac-open air market, The Parliament..)
Overnight in Zagreb
Day 8:  GOODBYE CROATIA
Transfer to the airport Zagreb for your home flight.

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