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Rovinj, Croatia

Croatia – A Taste of Istria

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

7 Days

Prices Start from

£4,095pp (ex. flights)

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.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Main Square, Zagreb, Croatia 1

Cosmopolitan Zagreb

Experience this emerging city with its art boom and culinary awakening

Truffle Hunting, Tuscany, Italy 2

Truffle Hunting

Join a family on a truffle hunt in the Motovun forest.

Brijuni National Park, Istria, Croatia 3

Brijuni National Park

Take a boat trip to swim in the crystal clear waters and snorkel at Fish Bay.

Wine Tours, Zagreb, Croatia 4

Istrian Wine

Stay at the fabulous Meneghetti Wine Hotel and Winery and sample Istria’s renowned viniculture.

Why we like it

Farm-to-fork dining and exceptional wines are well-preserved traditions in Istria. Staying at the outstanding Meneghetti Wine Hotel and Winery, this holiday celebrates these traditions while giving you the perfect platform for exploring the history and culture of Zagreb.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1 - 2

    Zagreb

  • Day 3

    Zagreb - Rovinj

  • Day 4 - 5

    Rovinj

  • Day 6

    Rovinj - Plitvice lakes - Zagreb

  • Day 7

    Zagreb

Day 1 - 2

Zagreb

Spend the first two days enjoying Zagreb. This city embraces the modern with its thriving arts, music and food scene but also celebrates its rich past and has a history dating back to Roman times.

Day 3

Zagreb - Rovinj

Make your way to the the stunning Meneghetti Wine Hotel. Situated near the Istrian coast, discover the sites and old fishing ports of Rovinj.

Day 4 - 5

Rovinj

Two full days based at the Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery. Explore the beautiful vineyard, where the hotel sits more like a small secret village, search for truffles in season, visit the Croatian coast, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the hotel.

Day 6

Rovinj - Plitvice lakes - Zagreb

Travel back to Zagreb with a stop at the Plitvice Lakes – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. with sixteen lakes, all connected by waterfalls and woodlands, this National Park covers 300 kms and offers a cooling change of scene.

Day 7

Zagreb

Return to Zagreb for further travels in Croatia or return home.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Main Square, Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb Walking Tour

Zagreb is a rare combination of a city that embraces the modern but never forgets its glorious past. The city is perfect for discovering on foot on a walking tour. Explore the winding lanes and alleys of the Old Town, with its fabulous open-air flower and produce market, terrific pastry shops, cafes, and boutiques.

Trakoscan, Zagorje, Croatia
Croatia

Zagorje Castles

The fairy tale castles of Zagorje are located just half an hour from bustling Zagreb. A hilly region filled with Medieval and Renaissance fortresses and Baroque castles, the most famous being Trakoscan.

Truffle Hunting, Tuscany, Italy
Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Italy

Truffle Hunting

You will be welcomed by the local family that first started truffle hunting in Istria and learn all about truffle hunting and different delicacies produced using the various truffles that get discovered. Join the family and their specially trained dogs, heading downhill through the steep Motovun forest where the largest white truffle in the world was discovered – and try your luck with the valuable black and precious white truffles.

Croatia, Meneghetti, Wine Hotel, wine
Croatia

Istrian Wine

Based at the Meneghetti Wine Hotel, get to know the little known wine producing region of Istria where the tradition has been around since ancient times. Taste award-winning wines – as many as 200 varieties are being grown across the four main wine regions and 39 of these are indigenous – making the wine scene here endlessly fascinating.

Brijuni National Park, Istria, Croatia
Brijuni National Park, Croatia

Ulysses Theatre on Brijuni National Park

Aside from the spectacular beauty of nature that you will witness at Brijuni National Park, you will also have a chance to go inside the Ulysses Theatre which was co-founded by Croatian actor Rade Serbedzija. We can arrange tickets for the summer shows in advance.

Accommodation

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

Hotel Esplanade £££££

  • Croatia
  • City

Built next to the train station in 1925 to accommodate discerning passengers from the Orient Express, today the Hotel Esplanade continues to deliver first class service in a setting drenched in history with art deco masterpieces, swirling marble, immense staircases and wood panelled lifts. The restaurants are some of the best in the city, and Zinfandel’s restaurant requires advance bookings. The rooms are beautifully designed with a combination of art deco heritage and contemporary touches. Stunning views of the city from all 208 rooms.

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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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Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery £££££

  • Croatia
  • Boutique

Set in a rural landscape of vineyards and olive groves, Meneghetti Wine Hotel is former family farm, dating from the early 1900s. It’s now an stylish 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, suites and villas, with wooden floors and beamed ceilings, tastefully furnished with antiques. Stay in a residence or villa before the end of October 2022 and receive a complimentary night – a saving from £800

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When to travel

Croatia in January

January is a chilly time of year in Croatia, with snow falling inland, and occasionally on the coast too. Days can be sunny and pleasant though, and the scenery will be spectacular covered in snow.

Croatia in February

It’s generally mild on the coast, with Carnival heating things up in Rijeka. Expect wild costumes and parades, but you’ll need to book well in advance to get the best accommodation. It’s still snowy near Zagreb and a good time to put your skis on.

Croatia in March

A great time to visit Dubrovnik and the Adriatic Coast before it gets too crowded over the summer and it feels like the locals are still in the majority.

Croatia in April

Longer and sunnier days makes it a lovely time to explore the country, and you can experience the Easter celebrations. These include traditional processions, bonfires and costumes in the local areas.

Croatia in May

May brings gorgeous warm and dry weather throughout the country, whilst visitor numbers remain low. Winds can be less predictable though and the occasional storm can occur.

Croatia in June

The country heats up as summer gets into full swing. A great time to enjoy the beautiful beaches without the crowds. If you like outdoor activities, it is a good time to get out into the mountains.

Croatia in July

July and August is peak season, with both locals and tourists flocking to the coast to search for the cooler sea breezes. Temperatures can get close to 40C, making it a perfect time to enjoy the stunning white sandy beaches fringing secluded blue water bays. It is recommended that you book well in advance to secure the best accommodation, especially during school holidays.

Croatia in August

July and August is peak season, with both locals and tourists flocking to the coast to search for the cooler sea breezes. Temperatures can get close to 40C, making it a perfect time to enjoy the stunning white sandy beaches fringing secluded blue water bays. It is recommended that you book well in advance to secure the best accommodation, especially during school holidays.

Croatia in September

September sees visitor numbers drop significantly, whilst the weather cools off a little but remains warm. A great time to explore the cities and beautiful countryside without the crowds and searing heat of summer. It is also an ideal time for swimming, as the sea will have warmed up all summer.

Croatia in October

The start of low season brings cooler weather, making for ideal hiking temperatures. It is still possible to get very pleasant weather right throughout the month, but there is a chance that some facilities and accommodation will start to close.

Croatia in November

November is a very quiet month to visit Croatia, after the summer, but before the Christmas rush. You are unlikely to encounter snow making for easy travel, whilst you can enjoy the inland lakes and national parks surrounded by autumnal woodland colours.

Croatia in December

The run-up to Christmas sees the cities of Zagreb and others buzzing with markets and celebrations. Snow begins to fall in the mountains, offering skiing opportunities, whilst the coast remains milder.

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