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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Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability. 

Day 1
Arrival | Istria Sunset, Croatia Monte mulini, Istria, Croatia

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

Exeter Services: Airport Arrival Transfer

 Grand Park Hotel

Day 2
Istrian Coastline | Rovinj, Croatia Rovinj, Istria, Croatia

Meet your guide and driver for your day in the Istrian countryside. The interior of Istria, with its rugged and hilly terrain, is very different from its coast.

There are many picturesque villages in this area, such as the artist colony of Groznjan and the medieval town of Motovun. Your guide will discuss with you which villages you would like to visit, based on your interests.

The artist colony of Groznjan was all but deserted after WWII until being revitalized as a center for artists. Groznjan is also a favorite of musicians, as the International Cultural Centre of Young Musicians has its seat here. You will have time to wander the twisting streets, filled with shops from local artisans, or perhaps to take in an impromptu music or drama performance in the main square.

Motovun is an excellent example of the ancient townships that dotted the Istrian peninsula long ago. We think it’s worth the long trek up to the top of the hill, so eat a hearty breakfast! Motovun is a medieval city that dates back to the 12th century, which thankfully remained intact owing to its hilltop location and walled fortifications.

Later your guide will take you to Livade, the small village in the Istrian countryside famous for being one of the best-known truffle regions in Europe! White Istrian truffles are among of the most expensive mushrooms in the world, and truffle harvesting is a local tradition. We highly recommend stopping for a truffle lunch here; make room in your luggage for truffle oil to take home!

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This afternoon you will be invited to a private wine tasting with snacks and olive oil at one of the private family vineyards in Istria.

Exeter Services: Vehicle, Driver, and Guide (8 Hours)

 Grand Park Hotel

Day 3
Day at Leisure | Istria, Croatia 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 Services

 Grand Park Hotel

Day 4
Departure | Truffles - Istria, Croatia Truffles, Istria, Croatia

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

Exeter Services: Departure Transfer

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