Day 1 Zagreb
Make your own way to Zagreb where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel in Lovran, a charming town with a relaxed atmosphere on the eastern coast of Istria. Enjoy some time to settle in and explore your surroundings, and get to know your travelling companions over a welcome drink before dinner this evening.
Day 2 Opatija
Located in Kvarner Bay, the stylish resort of Opatija boasts amazing sea views and splendid Austro- Hungarian architecture. We’ll visit here on today’s included excursion and take a stroll around the beautifully maintained gardens and along the lovely coastal promenade – the Lungomare – which forms a stunning backdrop to the town’s elegant villas, hotels, shops and cafés. We’ll also enjoy a chocolate making demonstration followed by a tasting. Tonight we join the Kvarner themed dinner in the hotel where you will sample some local specialities.
Day 3 Plitvice National Park
Croatia’s UNESCO-listed Plitvice National Park is situated in a valley between forested mountainsides. Here, 16 beautiful lakes spill into one another forming impressive cascading waterfalls, and we’ll enjoy a full day wandering around the bridges and paths that connect the lakes. We’ll take a relaxing boat trip across Lake Kozjak, the largest in the park, and look out for native deer, wild boar and a huge array of bird species.
Day 4 Pula & Rovinj
We’ll discover more highlights of the Istrian Peninsula on today’s included excursion. Our first stop is Pula with its Roman ruins and immense amphitheatre – one of the world’s largest and best preserved. We’ll then head to a family-owned winery set on a hill surrounded by vineyards. Here we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the cellars and a tasting of four different wines with a light lunch of cheese, prosciutto, bread and olive oil. Next we’ll head to the popular resort of Rovinj to take in the sights of the bustling harbour and the Old Town, before calling at a traditional farm where we’ll learn about olive oil production and enjoy a tasting.
Day 5 Lovran - at Leisure
Enjoy the hotel facilities today. Perhaps take a swim in the pool or relax on the stone-paved beach, soaking up the sun as you look out over the Adriatic Sea. If you want to explore a little further afield, why not join our optional excursion to Ljubljana in neighbouring Slovenia. In the company of a Local Guide, we’ll take the funicular up to Ljubljana Castle, enter the courtyard and admire sensational vistas from the viewing tower. After lunch in a restaurant you’ll have some free time to explore at your own pace. Perhaps shop for souvenirs or enjoy a drink with your travelling companions in one of the inviting local bars.
Day 6 Lovran - at Leisure
Explore at leisure today. Your hotel is located just a short stroll from the historic centre of Lovran. Alternatively, there are a couple of optional excursions to choose from. You could join us on an optional boat trip to the beautiful island of Cres. We’ll drop anchor in a lovely bay where you can swim in the crystal-clear waters and enjoy a tasty barbecue lunch on board. Or, for something completely different, how about a zip line adventure? You’ll head to the town of Pazin and admire views of the stunning countryside, a river gorge and medieval castle as you soar through the air on this exhilarating experience. This evening there’s a treat in store as we get together for a Mediterranean-themed dinner.
Day 7 Lovran - at Leisure
Enjoy another relaxing day today. Maybe take a swim in one of the hotel’s pools or if you fancy some pampering, perhaps treat yourself to a beauty treatment or massage in the hotel spa. If you want to discover more, today’s optional excursion takes us to the medieval hill-top town of Motovun where you’ll admire wonderful views over the surrounding landscape. We’ll head off on a truffle hunt with an official guide and his dog, and will learn more about this local delicacy and how it is sought. Afterwards we’ll enjoy a delicious truffle lunch at a farm in Livade. This evening, we’ll gather as a group for a farewell get-together.
Day 8 Departure
Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport please see www.justyou.com/transfers
Please note: We want you to get the most from your holiday with us please be advised this tour requires a good degree of physical fitness and is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility.