ISTRIA TOUR FROM ZAGREB
Sometimes referred to as the “new Tuscany,” Istria tour include a beautiful peninsula in Northern Croatia, whose history and present day are infused with Italian influence. Holiday makers are attracted to its sunny coast, while Istria’s medieval hilltop villages attract painters and artisans. Enjoy seeing this charming part of Croatia on a private Istria tour with a friendly local guide.
Brendan Francis Newnam, Special to CNN stated: “No, Istria is not the new Tuscany,” I thought. “It’s the old Tuscany.”
Istria Tour from Zagreb
Istria tour include a leisurely wander through Rovinj is a must: this late medieval town is imbued with Venetian overtones, and the architecture and picturesque harbour setting combine to make it one of the most romantic villages you’ll see on your travels. Of course, we will visit the Roman Amphitheatre at Pula, where you can witness a modern performance in the well-preserved ancient setting. In Poreč, you can see the World Heritage-listed Euphrasian Basilica, a superb example of 6th century Byzantine art.
Best places of Istria
A large, triangular peninsula pointing down into the northern Adriatic, Istria (in Croatian, “Istra”) represents Croatian tourism at its most developed. In recent decades the region’s proximity to Western Europe has ensured an annual influx of sun-seeking package tourists, with Italians, Germans, Austrians and what seems like the entire population of Slovenia flocking to the mega-hotel developments that dot the coastline. Istrian beaches – often rocky areas that have been concreted over to provide sunbathers with a level surface on which to sprawl – lack the appeal of the out-of-the-way coves that you’ll find on the Dalmatian islands, yet the hotel complexes and rambling campsites have done little to detract from the essential charm of the Istrian coast, with its compact towns of alley-hugging houses grouped around spear-belfried churches. Meanwhile, inland Istria is an area of rare and disarming beauty, characterized by medieval hilltop settlements and stone-built villages.
Istria’s cultural legacy is a complex affair. Historically, Italians lived in the towns while Croats occupied the rural areas. Despite post-World War II expulsions, there’s still a fair-sized Italian community, and Italian is very much the peninsula’s second language.With its amphitheatre and other Roman relics, the port of Pula, at the southern tip of the peninsula, is Istria’s largest city and a rewarding place to spend a couple of days; many of Istria’s most interesting spots are only a short bus ride away. On the western side of the Istrian peninsula are pretty resort towns like Rovinj and Novigrad, with their cobbled piazzas, shuttered houses and back alleys laden with laundry. Poised midway between the two, Poreč is much more of a package destination, but offers bundles of Mediterranean charm if you visit out of season. Inland Istria couldn’t be more different – historic hilltop towns like Motovun, Grožnjan, Oprtalj and Hum look like leftovers from another century, half-abandoned accretions of ancient stone poised high above rich green pastures and forests.
- Transportation by Mercedes luxury car
- Coffee at cafe bar on the Adriatic coast
- Cheese & schnaps tasting – map & brochure
- Guide fee
- Licensed tourist guide
Prices for private Istria tour
Group size (people) / Price per person:
2 – 166 €
3 – 119 €
4 – 98 €
5 – 88 €
6 – 79 €
7 – 75 €
8 – 70 €