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Croatia – A Taste of Istria



7 Days

Prices Start from

£3,105pp (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

Explore Cosmopolitan Zagreb

Experience this emerging city with its art boom and culinary awakening

Truffle Hunting, Tuscany, Italy 2

Discover Truffle Hunting

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

Brijuni National Park, Istria, Croatia 3

Experience Brijuni National Park

Take a boat to Brijuni National Park, swim in the crystal clear waters and snorkel at Fish Bay.

Wine Tours, Zagreb, Croatia 4

Taste Istrian Wine

Take a wine journey through the Kabola and Kozkivic wineries.

Why we like it

This seven day holiday is perfect for anyone interested in the culture and history of Zagreb and the culinary traditions of Istria. From your base of Zagreb and Rovinj, this holiday packs a punch when it comes to experiences. For anybody with an interest in traditional farming, farm to fork dining, and the great outdoors, this holiday shines a light on those well-preserved traditions of this region.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Day 2


  • Day 3

    Zagreb - Rovinj

  • Day 4


  • Day 5


  • Day 6

    Rovinj - Plitvice lakes - Zagreb

  • Day 7


Day 1


Upper Town, Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb 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 2


Day 3

Zagreb - Rovinj

Day 4


Rovinj, Croatia

Situated on the Istrian coast, discover the sites and old fishing ports of Rovinj.

Day 5


Day 6

Rovinj - Plitvice lakes - Zagreb

Day 7


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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

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.

Korak Winery, Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb, Croatia

Istrian Wine

Get to know the little known wine producing region of Istria where the tradition has been around since ancient times. Taste award-winning wines and homemade specialties in a range of picturesque natural settings. 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. The Korak winery is a family owned and run winery for several generations in the picturesque town of Plesivica. Here, Riesling is the most widely planted grape in this region.

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.


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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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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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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