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Istria in Depth
Experience the spectacular scenery and varied history of Croatia’s northern towns. The contrasting grandeur of Zagreb Upper Town, Opatija’s ‘Austrian Riviera’ and the Venetian romance of Rovinj make the region perfect for a leisurely fly drive holiday.
- Style: Fly Drive Holiday
- Duration: 8 days/7 nights
- Starts in: Zagreb
Guide Price £545
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
Day 1 Zagreb
Head to your hotel for check in before spending the afternoon getting acquainted with the local area. This evening, enjoy a taste of Croatian nightlife on your included small group Wine & Dine Zagreb tour.
Day 2 Zagreb
Today is free to explore this fascinating city in depth. Start in the Upper Town at the imposing cathedral, learn about the areas turbulent history at the City Museum and admire the colourful tiles on the roof of St Mark’s Church. Spend the afternoon in the Lower Town where the winding streets make way for wide boulevards and beautiful public gardens.
Day 3 Zagreb to Opatija
This morning pick up your car and begin your journey west towards Istria. En route perhaps stop off in the city of Rijeka to visit the restored Trsat fortress and 17th Century Baroque cathedral.
Day 4 Opatija
Start today with a morning stroll along a section of the towns 12km of waterfront promenade. Opatija was built to be a holiday retreat and the relaxed ambience can be felt across town. Stop off to see the statue of the ‘Maiden with the Seagull’, a symbol of the city, and take a coffee break beside one of the many pretty harbours.
Day 5 Opatija to Rovinj
Drive on through the Istrian countryside to reach the picture perfect coastal town of Rovinj. Perhaps pause for lunch in Motovun, a small hilltop town, famous for the black and white truffles found in the surrounding forests. Continue through stunning vineyards and olive groves to reach the western coast.
Day 6 Rovinj
Enjoy a full day immersed in the delights of this pretty seaside town. Set on a tiny peninsula, the Old Town is compact and easily explored on foot. Make your way through the winding streets past quaint cafes and boutiques to the bell tower at the hilltop. Here you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Adriatic and neighbouring Katarina Island.
Day 7 Rovinj
Why not take the opportunity to enjoy a day at the beach? Istria’s rugged coastline offers a multitude of hidden coves and sheltered pebble beaches.
Day 8 Rovinj to Pula
Head to Pula for your final morning and visit the incredibly preserved Pula Arena, the sixth largest Roman amphitheatre in the world with space for 20,000 spectators. After your visit drop off your car at the airport in time for your onward flight.
per person (based on 2 adults sharing)
- 6 days Alamo Compact car hire including 24 hour Roadside Assistance. A one way drop off fee is payable locally
- 7 nights 3 to 4 accommodation
- Wine & Dine Zagreb
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