Start by exploring Croatia’s capital of Zagreb, taking in its old town and cafe culture, before travelling to Istria and Pula’s ancient Roman architecture. Take a day trip to Cape Kamenjak to see a nature reserve that’s home to 20 different species of orchid, before travelling to the port town of Rovinj. Head away from Istria’s coastline into its hills, where you can visit the picturesque, medieval villages of Motovun and Grožnjan. Next, travel to the seaside resort of Lovran before ending your trip back in Zagreb to depart.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Rovinj, Lovran, Zagreb, Istria’s hilltop villages, Pula
Activity Activity Beach, Culture
Physical Level Physical Level Easy
Season Season May - September

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Taste cafe culture in Zagreb

Taste cafe culture in Zagreb

Day 1 in Zagreb

Croatia’s gritty capital mixes concrete slabs with old town glory, but its cafe culture is the main draw. Whether you choose coffee or beer, grab a seat and spend some time people-watching.

Visit Pula’s Roman architecture

Visit Pula’s Roman architecture

Day 2 in Pula

The busy seaside town of Pula is best-known for its ancient Roman architecture, such as the Arch of the Sergii which dates back to 27BC. However, it’s most famous relic the 1st-century amphitheatre which dominates the city centre. Come in summer to see festivals and concerts in its spectacular setting.

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See orchids in Cape Kamenjak

See orchids in Cape Kamenjak

The Cape Kamenjak Nature Reserve is just 12km south of Pula. Here, you can spot more than 20 different varieties of orchid, as well as explore its hiking and biking trails.

Get charmed by Rovinj old town

Get charmed by Rovinj old town

Day 3 in Rovinj

Rovinj’s egg-shaped peninsula houses it’s charming old town, where you can wander through cobbled streets, cosy squares and tasty restaurants.

Explore Istria’s hilltop villages

Explore Istria’s hilltop villages

Day 4–6 in Istria’s hilltop villages

Many visitors to Istria confine themselves to the coastlines of Pula and Rovinj, but head inland to the greenery of its hilltop villages for a hidden treat. Try the walled town of Grožnjan for art and music, Motovun for its 13th-century bell tower and Livade for black and white truffles.

Head to the beach in Lovran

Head to the beach in Lovran

Day 7 in Lovran

Little-known to foreign tourists, Lovran is actually a town with a long history of tourism. Found on the slopes of the Ucka mountain, it’s worth visiting for the courtyards of the old town, proximity to national parks and excellent seafront.

Return to Zagreb and depart

Return to Zagreb and depart

Day 8 in Zagreb

Transfer to Zagreb airport.

Where to stay

Classic

Hotel Kastel Motovun

This family-run hotel in the heart of the medieval town of Motovun offers fantastic views of central Istria, the Mirna river valley, Motovun vineyards and city square. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, à-la-carte restaurant, spa with sauna and gardens to relax in.

Deluxe

Amadria Park Hotel Milenij

This 5* luxury hotel is located in central Opatija, overlooking Kvarner Bay. With stylish contemporary suites, this hotel offers a number of facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, sundeck, tennis courts, wellness centre, sea-view terrace, 2 restaurants and a lobby bar complete with piano music.

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This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from £2,026pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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