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Some say Istria is the best-kept secret in Croatia – come and explore this relatively-undiscovered gem.

Istria in the north-west is a green peninsula with a close cultural tie to northern Italy. The region is best known for its Venetian-era port towns of Porec and Rovinj. The hills of the interior are planted with vineyards.

Streets, Porec, Istria, Croatia
Porec, Croatia
Vineyard, Croatia
Wine Tours, Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb, Croatia
Food market, Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb, Croatia

Why we like Istria

Istria is a land of great tradition. Ancient Romans selected among their territories the best areas for each product: wheat, fish, wine, oil, fruits and vegetables – and Istria was selected as one of the most important areas for wine and oil. Today wine and creative cookery are having a resurgence and a handful of innovative vineyards and olive groves have opened their doors to tourism.

Tasting Menu with Wine Pairing, Brac Island, Croatia
Brac Island, Croatia

Croatia – A Taste of Istria

Visit the historical heart of Croatia on this seven-day holiday to Istria. From Zagreb, explore an interior of rolling hills and ancient villages famed for vineyards and truffle hunting. Continue to the Istrian coast of Rovinj and Pula, home to fishing ports and old-world charm.

7 days

from £2,700 pp

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Where to stay

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Hotel Monte Mulini £££££

  • Croatia
  • Boutique

High-end accommodation, excellent service supported by experience and expertise and the best amenities, create a perfect blend with the surrounding area, turning this hotel and resort into an ideal choice. All rooms and suites have balconies, with panoramic views of the picturesque cove and protected park forest Zlatni Rt.

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Villa Meneghetti £££££

  • Croatia
  • Boutique

Set in a rural landscape of vineyards and olive groves, Villa Meneghetti is an imposing stone villa dating from the early 1900s. It’s now an upscale hotel, restaurant and winery, and its cellars are open daily for tasting. They also arrange sommelier classes and creative cookery lessons on request. The choice of dishes you’ll learn to make changes with the seasons, depending on the availability of fresh local produce. Guests are accommodated in spacious rooms and suites, with wooden floors and beamed ceilings, tastefully furnished with antiques.

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Explore Istria

  • Istria

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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