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Trekking in Istria (Self-guided)

Life Adventures - 7 days

  • Trekking in Istria (Self-guided)
  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • Max. group: 8 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
Packing List
FAQ
Safety
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Overview

> Experience the breathtaking scenery of Istrian peninsula.
> Walk on great and gentle trails around Istria.
> Enjoy walking around Motovun and Gro?njan town above Mirna valley.
> Discover the unique coastal towns of Novigrad, Lovran and Pula.
> Explore the wine-growing region of Istria with its distinct red soil (terra rosa).
> Stay in charming Mediterranean accommodations.
> Taste the richness of Istrian agrotourism.

Join us on this 7-day walking holiday in Croatia with 6 walking tours around the magical Istrian peninsula. Experience Istria with all senses in their truest form and enjoy our walking tour on six different and beautiful walking trails. During this trek, you will explore Brioni National Park and Kamenjak Nature Park, and you will climb to the top of Istrian highest Mt. Vojak Peak (1401 m) in U?ka Nature Park. Enjoy homemade culinary specialties, rich culture, friendly people and stone architecture in this breathtaking trek across the Istrian Peninsula!

Important: this trek is available from March 1st to November 31st.. This trek must be booked at least 21 days before the beginning of the tour.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Novigrad to Groznjan

Morning introductory briefing with a welcome drink. Walking from Novigrad to Groznjan via Mirna Valley.
Accommodation in Groznjan town / Walking (21 kilometers, approximately 5 hours).

Day 2: Groznjan to Istarske Toplice Walking

Walking from Groznjan via Znidarici to Istarske Toplice. Transfer from Istarske Toplice to Motovun. Accommodation in Motovun / Walking (18 kilometers, approximately 5-6 hours).

Day 3: Seven Waterfalls Walking Trail

Walking from Selca to Kotli and back (circle trail). Transfer to Motovun. Accommodation in Motovun / Walking (15 kilometers, approximately 5 hours).

Day 4: Motovun to Pula and Kamenjak trail

Transfer from Motovun to Pula. Walking in Kamenjak Nature Park - Orchids Trail (circle trail). Accommodation in Pula / Walking (13 kilometers, approximately 4-5 hours).

Day 5: Brioni National Park Walk

Bus transfer to Fazana and boat transfer to Brioni National Park. Walking trail on Brioni. Accommodation in Motovun / Walking (10-13 kilometers, approximately 3-5 hours).

Day 6: Ucka Nature Park Walk

Transfer from Pula to Poklon Pass, walking tour to Vojak Peak (1401 m) and back to Mountain hut in U?ka Nature Park. Accommodation in Lovran / Walking (15 kilometers, approximately 5 hours).

Day 7: Lovran and Kvarner Bay

Morning in Kvarner bay. Bus transfer from Lovran to Rijeka where trip concludes.

What's Included

Included:

√ Land transfers
All land transfers according to the itinerary are included in the trek:

_ Private return transfers from Motovun to Selca (day 3)
- Private transfers from Motovun to Pula (day 4)
- Private transfer from Pula to Poklon Pass (day 6)
- Bus transfers from Lovran to Rijeka (day 7)
- Return transfers by local bus from Pula to Kamenjak Nature Park and Pula to Fazana (Brioni Park)

√ Luggage Transfers
On days 1 and 6 we will take your bags from one place to the other to make your trek easier:

- Main luggage transfer from Novigrad to Motovun (day 1)
- Main luggage transfer from Pula to Lovran (day 6)

√ Full organization and Travel Booklet
We will take care of all the transfer and accommodation arrangements. We will also provide you with a booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions, ferry and catamaran timetables and details with all vouchers for accommodations. The booklet also includes maps with marked routes.

√ Introductory briefing
On the morning of the first day of the trek, we will meet you in Split for an introductory briefing where we will explain all the details of the trek and we will answer all your questions.

√ Accommodation
You will spend 6 nights in  3/4* accommodations with breakfast.

√ Breakfast
Breakfast is included and will be provided at the hotels and apartments during the trek.

√ Emergency contact number 24/7
There is an emergency contact number available 24/7 in case of an emergency. We will be available to assist you during the whole trek.

√ Walking Equipment
7-day rental of walking equipment is included in the price of the trek. You are welcome to bring your own trekking equipment. However, if you don't have the necessary items, we can provide them for you. Our package includes hiking poles, a backpack, and a basic rain jacket. If you need our trekking equipment package, please request it when you book this trek. 

√ Fees and Taxes
The entrance fees to the Brioni National Park and Kamenjak Nature Park, the tourist tax and VAT are included in the price of this trek.

Excluded:

× Flights
The total amount excludes flights to and from Croatia. You will also have to make your way to the starting point of the trek. 

× Guide
This trek is a self-guided tour. We will provide you with a booklet with detailed information about the route and you will do the trek on your own. If you need any help, there is an emergency contact number available 24/7 where you can call to get assistance. 

× Lunch and dinner
Lunch and dinner are not included in the price of the trek. You will find plenty of cozy restaurants to enjoy along the trek.

× Luggage transfer
You will have to carry all your luggage and gear from one accommodation to another in your backpack on the walking tour, except on days 1 and 6, when luggage transfers will be arranged.

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers trekking trips. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Croatia.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is in a combination of 3* and 4* hotels (with en-suite) and private accommodations. On our self-guided tours, a comfort, rest and moments for pampering are very important. We know that, after a long day of hiking, cycling or participating in other adventures, coming to a nice accommodation and a peaceful, comfortable room, is one of the greatest pleasures. Understanding this, we put lots of effort, picking out only the finest accommodations for you.

To not offer you only a bed and a morning meal, the hosts owners will make you feel like you found a home, far away from your home. You will experience genuine hospitality, meet with the locals and have an opportunity to try some homemade local culinary delights.

Single supplement available for EUR 220,- extra.

Packing List

Packing List
Packing the right clothes can make a huge difference during your trek. Life Adventures has prepared a packing list for this trek so that you don't miss any important items while preparing your bags for this adventure:

- Jacket – warm, wind & waterproof, soft-shell,
- comfortable clothes,
- sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, any other sun protection,
- water bottle (preferably reusable),
- first aid (a small basic kit with items such as bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze, antibacterial ointment, sterile pads),
- large backpack to pack all your belongings,
- Hiking shoes –  choose wisely.

IMPORTANT: Appropriate footwear is an essential part of any hiking tour. There are a variety of models on the market designed to meet the needs of different types of hikers; the challenge is finding the one that works best for your purposes.

Choose softer and more flexible hiking shoes, appropriate for longer walks. Those shoes are typically made of breathable material, are comfortable and do not require breaking in. Shoes like that are usually not waterproof, but Croatia during the summertime has very little rain and the odds are good that during your tour, there will be no rain.

FAQ

What is the weather like?
Croatian coast has a typically Mediterranean climate consisting of hot, dry and sunny weather during summer months. Average temperatures during summer lies in the high 20°C, although it is more likely that you’ll have temperatures well into the 30 °C. Croatia boasts with very low humidity, sitting at about 60%, so even in the scorching sun the heat is bearable.

How Demanding is the Tour?
The tour is considered to be moderate to challenging. There is an average of 4-5 hours of hiking each day with many ascends and descends. A good physical condition is essential. Make sure you take sufficient water/drinks on a trip every day.

Tipping
During this self-guided trip, there won't be a guide to tip at the end of your trek. However, private drivers will take care of your transfers and you will be eating at restaurants where the waiters might deserve a tip for their good services. Tipping is not obligatory in Croatia, but it is always appreciated if the service provider did a good job. A tip of 5 to 15 percent is greatly appreciated in restaurants. 

Safety

Safety

Our treks in Slovenia and Croatia are absolutely safe. We will give an introductory briefing on day 1 and we will provide you with a booklet with detailed itinerary and route instructions, vouchers, contact numbers and other needed information. Moreover, a 24-hour helpline is available for you during the whole trek in case of an emergency. We will be there for you every step of the way!

Life Adventures


Life Adventures

We are specialists for self-guided tours and holidays throughout Croatia and Slovenia, with creative itineraries that feature the best of each region at the greatest possible value to you. With over 20 years of experience, we know all the secrets of self-guided tours.

We are a team, which passionately believes that adventure and sustainable travel makes the world a better place. We are committed to creating unique stories, successful tours, itineraries and holidays.

We believe that a life outdoors is a life well-lived. We've been sharing our passion for the outdoors since 1998. Our way is to provide unique experiences, adventure tours and holidays coexisting with nature.

We know Croatia, Slovenia, and nort-eastern Italy very well. We are present at various locations in Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy more than two hundred days a year. There are no limits to our possible self-guided locations and we feel at home at any of them.


 

How to Book

How does it work?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case, you can proceed to book. For the self-guided treks in Croatia and Slovenia, you can book your trek by paying 15% of the total amount. However, 30 days before your trek, you must pay the remaining 85%. If you book within 30 days of your trip, then you must pay the full amount. 

This is so because the trekking companies must pay for the accommodation and transfers beforehand in order to secure your spots. 

Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all the necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy
You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. If you cancel your trip within 30 days before the trek, then the amount is non-refundable. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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