8 days
Duration
Istria
Location
8+
Age
5/10
Activity level
Apr-Oct
Dates
4-16
Group size

This multisport adventure holiday is all about the Istria region and Plitvice Lakes National Park. Nestled between the Adriatic sea and the continental part of the country lies the greenest rustic area filled with spectacular forests, verdant valleys, clear rivers and rich history. You will explore beautiful routes with amazing scenery and experience local cuisine and culture.

Porec, one of Istria’s most renowned tourist destinations, manages to balance the authentic charm of a small coastal town filled with magnificent historical sites, with the perks and exciting features modern and active travelers expect. Spread across 37 km of stunning coastline, Porec Riviera is surrounded by untouched nature suited to every taste. The city of Porec offers a wealth of amazing historical sites. As you walk down the old Roman streets, turn back the hands of time and step into the Decumanus, the Great Temple or the UNESCO protected Euphrasius’ basilica built in the 6th century and one of the most beautifully preserved works of Byzantine art.

DayActivitiesPlaceLodgingMeals
1ArrivalPorecPorecD
2Sea kayakingRovinjPorecBD
3CyclingIstrian CountrysidePorecBD
4Sea kayakingPorec IslandsMotovunBD
5Optional dayMotovunMotovunBD
6CyclingIstrian CountrysideMotovunBD
7WalkingPlitvice Lakes NPGacka HotelBD
8DepartureGacka hotelB
1

Arrival in Porec

Porec is not far from the airports and harbors of Pula, Rijeka, Trieste and Venice. We will meet you at the airport, train/bus station or in the harbor and take you there (unless you travel by your own car). Our groups usually get together around mid-day which will give us enough time to choose and test the bicycles on a short tour through the old town. Before sunset we will meet for a welcome drink, dinner and brief orientation where we will have a chance to discuss the upcoming holiday and get to know our guides and fellow travelers. Accommodation: Porec guesthouse; Meals: D.
2

Sea Kayaking Rovinj Islands

The old town of Rovinj is a masterpiece of urban art and architecture, but its surroundings, the Rovinj Archipelago Islands, are masterpieces of nature. The best way to explore and enjoy them is in a kayak. Kayaks will take you to the old town harbour, the Sv.Katarina Island, the Golden Cape, the Red Island and hidden beaches – all of those in an easy half-day round trip. There will be time to enjoy a walk in the old, narrow streets of Rovinj, have a coffee, an ice cream or a glass of wine. Accommodation: Porec guesthouse; Meals: B, D.
3

Oprtalj - Groznjan - Motovun Cycling Tour

The Istrian Peninsula is well known for its coast but the real treasures are inland. Don’t miss out on typical Istrian towns built on top of the hills, vineyards, fields and forests which are very pleasant for touring on a bike. This cycling tour includes Oprtalj and Groznjan, charming hillside towns where we will have time for a short walk and exploring. We will get the chance to cycle the Parenzana, old rail road nowdays known as a mecca for cyclists. Slowly traveling down to Mirna River Valley we will be enjoying magnificent views of the countryside. Our trip ends with a lunch on a family farm offering local made Istrian specialties. Since the picturesque hillside town of Motovun is just a short ride away, there will be an option for an afternoon coffee and walk along its walls. Accommodation: Porec guesthouse; Meals: B, D.
4

Sea Kayaking Porec Islands

Porec, one of Istria’s most renowned tourist destinations, manages to balance the authentic charm of a small coastal town filled with magnificent historical sites, with the perks and exciting features modern and active travelers expect. Spread across 37 km of stunning coastline, Porec Riviera is ideal for sea kayaking which will show you Porec in another light and give you the chance to explore it from a different perspective. This round trip is ideal for those who want to explore Istria in an exciting and adventurous way, but also for families with children and groups who want to enjoy in an active day and beautiful scenery. In the afternoon we will drive to the beautiful old town Motovun. Accommodation: Motovun; Meals: B, D.
5

Optional Trip Day – Istrian Wine Safari / Ucka, Hiking and Walking / Mirna River canoe / Relaxing in Motovun

Explore best Istrian wineries tasting the best local wines and traditional Istrian gourment cuisine. Spent a day driving through the breathtaking hills of Istria, enjoy the view and let all your senses feel best of Istria. // Ucka is the highest mountain of the Istrian peninsula and its highest peak Vojak offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Croatia’s northern coast and islands, the mountains of Gorski Kotar, the Italian Alps and Dolomites and the whole of the Istrian Peninsula. Ucka Nature Park is where the Mediterranean and continental climates meet, resulting in a unique spectrum of flora and fauna. Thus, this is the only place on Earth where you can enjoy taking pictures of steno-endemic Ucka’s Bellflower. // Take a guided canoe tour from old town of Motovun in the hearth of Istria and follow Mirna River all the way to the Adriatic sea. Enjoy beautiful scenery along the way and see an invaluable biotope of protected bird species and rich natural system. Accommodation: Motovun; Meals:B, D.
6

Draguc – Sovinjak- Motovun Cycling Tour

Today we explore the inner Istria, starting our journey in Draguc. Located on the top of the hill, this village will immediately capture your heart with its ancient history and friendly local people. Because of the many films that have been filmed here, and movie stars who walked in its streets, some people named it the Istrian Hollywood. Our bikes will then take us to Sovinjak, another charming Istrian village with a very picturesque view of the Mirna Valley. This village sometimes seems so peacefull that it makes you want to whisper. Accommodation: Motovun; Meals: B, D.
7

Plitvice Lakes National Park Hiking

Today we are visiting the most beautiful and stunning national park of Croatia – Plitvice Lakes National Park – possible only by hiking around its 16 lakes, numerous waterfalls fed by both the Black and White Rivers, and seemingly endless forests. We start our trip walking along the wooden paths and bridges in and around Plitvice Lakes, Croatia’s premier national park. Its exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the pure, untouched nature. A panoramic boat and train ride will take us back to the start. Accommodation: Plitvice Lakes NP area guesthouse; Meals: D.
8

Departure

Depart to the airport and flight home. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time, but we recommend not to book to early departures and to depart from areas that are close to the Plitvice National Park area. Have in mind that drive from Plitvice Lakes National Park is some 3 hour drive from Istria region. If you decide to spend more time in Croatia, our guides will be happy to recommend other beautiful places to visit – especially those you won’t find in tourist guidebooks. Meals: B
This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Huck Finn guides and trip leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their clients without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional situations. Huck Finn reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.
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double990,00 €940,00 €820,00 €790,00 €740,00 €620,00 €
child891,00 €846,00 €738,00 €711,00 €666,00 €558,00 €
single1188,00 €1128,00 €984,,00 €948,00 €888,00 €744,00 €

All prices are per person. Child discount valid for children aged 12 and under at time of travel.

Seasons 2019

High: June 15 – September 6
Intermediate: May 25 – June 14, September 7 – September 27
Low: April 13 – May 24, September 28 – October 26

Departure dates 2019 - Saturdays
April27
May418
June822
July620
August1024
September721
October5

Other dates on request.

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 2 meals per day (dinner day 1-breakfast day 8)
  • use of equipment
  • 5 days organized activities
  • National Park entrance fee
  • local taxes, sea and river permits
  • Transfers to and from Rijeka or Pula airport, or any place in Istria region. Transfers from Zagreb on request
  • skilled English speaking guide and assistance
  • ground transportation
  • insurance

Not included:

  • airfare
  • drinks and meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • tips and other personal expenses
  • optional trips

Arrival and departure airport: Pula and Rijeka. Transfers from Zagreb on request.

Arrival and departure transfers: several group transfers between the airport and destination depending on arrival/departure time. Arrivals after 6 pm may be subject to surcharge of 30 € per transfer.

Optional trips are not included in the price and can be booked and paid on the spot. Optional trips cost approxmately 40-70 € per person, payable on site, and are dependent on suitable weather conditions. The price is based on a minimum of 4 participants.

Maximum number of participants: 16 guests per group. Larger groups upon request.

Minimum age: 8 years if accompanied by parent(s).

Child discount: valid for children of 12 years of age if accompanied by an adult. One child enjoying discount shares parent’s room; two or more children can have their own room.

Single use rooms are available upon request with a 20% surcharge. Sharing a twin room with another person is possible in case there are other guests interested in sharing.

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