Pula, Istria, Croatia Truffle Hunting, Istria, Croatia

Simply Istria

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

The perfect introduction to Istria at an uncommon value, Simply Istria is designed to introduce you to some of the sites you need to see on your first trip to the region, with just a taste of the experience that only Exeter International can provide.

The Basics

  • Three nights in one of the city’s top hotels, inclusive of tax and breakfast
  • Private airport transportation to and from your hotel

  • Private Exeter Guide at your service as described in the program

  • Entrance Fees to all the sites mentioned in the program
  • 24-hour, English-speaking local assistance in case of emergency or changes

Highlight of Exeter’s Simply Istria

  • A private vehicle, driver and guide to introduce you to the major sites of Istria, including an invitation to a vineyard and home of a famous wine making family for a tasting.

Easy to Combine with:

  • Slovenia

  • Split

  • Dubrovnik
  • Zagreb

For custom luxury travel and tours to Istria and Croatia, please contact one of our travel experts.

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Day 1
Arrival | Istria Sunset, Croatia

Arrival into Pula. Your driver will meet you outside of baggage claim and customs and transfer you to your hotel, located on the beautiful Istrian coastline.

Exeter Services: Transfer

Hotel:
 Monte Mulini

Day 2
Istrian Coastline | Rovinj, Croatia

This morning, your driver and guide will meet you in your hotel lobby to explore some of the Istrian peninsula. Drive down the western Istrian coast along the Adriatic Sea to Pula, at the southernmost tip of the Peninsula.

Pula is a story of fortunes gained and lost. The Romans, the Ostrogoths and the Byzantines all held sway over it, and the Austro-Hungarians established a naval base here. Start at the historic center of the city at the Pula Amphitheater - one of the best- preserved Roman amphitheaters in the world. Today it is Pula’s main cultural venue.

Continue to visit the Golden Door at the Temple of Augustus, built between 2 BCE and 14 CE. You will also see the City Hall with its blend of architectural styles, the Hercules Gate and the fragments of the city walls, as well as the Forum, medieval Pula’s central square.

Today all that remains are fragments of the once large Basilica of Mary Formosa in Byzantine design. Off to the side of the Basilica you will see the Arch of the Sergii. Smaller than the Hercules Gate, the arch is distinctly Corinthian in style.

Continue towards the Cathedral of Pula, which stands today is a graceful Renaissance building overlooking the Adriatic. If you like, visit the Archaeological Museum of Istria, which contains several exhibits from Neolithic times to the medieval period of objects found in Pula and the surrounding areas.

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Imbibe in a private wine tasting and learn more about the spectacular wines from this region at a private vineyard, which belongs to a local family in Istria.

Return to Rovinj, which is at its most charming at dusk. Your guide will take you to visit the Church of St. Euphemia. The Venetian Baroque structure dominated the Old Town center of Rovinj and is dedicated to St. Euphemia, the patron saint of Rovinj. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Exeter Services: Full-Day Car, Driver & Guide

Hotel:
 Monte Mulini


Day 3
Day at Leisure | Istria, Croatia

Today is at leisure to enjoy this beautiful region. You could indulge in the fantastic spa of your hotel or perhaps rent bikes at the local park adjacent.

Have any particular special interest? Istria is a perfect base for:

  • Wine, Truffles & Olive Oil

  • Biking


  • Private boat charters to explore the the Adriatic Coast

  • Cooking classes


  • Hiking

If you would like us to arrange for additional sightseeing please advise your travel consultant and we will be happy to customize your free time in Istria. 

Exeter Services: No Exeter Services

Hotel:
 Monte Mulini

Day 4
Departure | Truffles - Istria, Croatia

Your driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.

Exeter Services: Transfer

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