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Croatia Istria to Veneto Hiking

Zagreb, Croatia to Venice, Italy

Croatia Istria to Veneto Hiking
Food lovers, raise your taste buds to the next level on this culinary and cultural journey that traces Croatia's Istrian Peninsula, Slovenia's Julian Alps, and Italy's Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region. Take in the best sites of this trio of countries, experiencing rich historical settings and spectacular national parks on moderate hikes. Go wine tasting, learn how to hunt truffles, taste olive oil, and sample regional delicacies in the Mediterranean as you've never seen it before, far from the crowds. Luxurious hotels awaiting at the end of each day make for a dreamy finale.
  • Discover an emerging gourmet destination on a trip designed to tickle picky palates
  • Experience the best, and most delicious, of three countries on one comprehensive adventure
  • Hike through orchards and vineyards by day, sampling local treats; savor sumptuous dinners each evening

Minimum Age: 16
Interests
  • Adventure and Active
  • Educational and Learning
8 Nights Starting At
June 25, 2023 through July 03, 2023
Book by:
June 21, 2023 7:00 PM
Itinerary Overview
Day 2
Explore the Brijuni Islands & Bale
Day 3
Discover Rovinj, Porec & Hilltop Motovun
Day 4
Hunt for Truffles & Visit Groznjan, the Town of Artists
Day 6
Marvel At Lake Bled & Hike By Bohinj Lake
Day 7
Hike into the Soca Valley for a Culinary Feast
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Dates & prices
Additional
Offers
June 25, 2023

to July 03, 2023

8 Nights from $5,765.00 (USD) Per Person
June 21, 2023 7:00 PM
June 16, 2023

to June 24, 2023

8 Nights from $5,765.00 (USD) Per Person
June 12, 2023 7:00 PM
August 31, 2023

to September 08, 2023

8 Nights from $5,765.00 (USD) Per Person
August 27, 2023 7:00 PM
September 21, 2023

to September 29, 2023

8 Nights from $5,765.00 (USD) Per Person
September 17, 2023 7:00 PM
Additional
Offers
June 25, 2023

July 03, 2023

June 16, 2023

June 24, 2023

August 31, 2023

September 08, 2023

September 21, 2023

September 29, 2023

Accommodations
MT Sobek: Croatia Istria to Veneto Hiking

Day: 1, duration: 2
Hotel La Grisa

Located in a charming medieval town of Bale in southwestern Istrian peninsula, Hotel La Grisa is a delightful hideaway. Guest rooms come equipped with a seating area as well as A/C, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a free-standing bathtub, while others come with a walk-in shower or corner bath.

Day: 3, duration: 2
Hotel Kastel

The family-run Hotel Kastel sits at the heart of the medieval hilltop town of Motovun. The spa area with a sauna, an indoor pool and relaxing grounds has lovely views of the surrounding landscapes. Comfortable rooms come with satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms; many offer delightful views of the valley and vineyards. The on-site restaurant serves stellar regional cuisine.

Day: 5, duration: 2
Hotel Triglav

A stroll away from the lake and the town center, the recently renovated Hotel Triglav has well-equipped guest rooms with the full range of amenities and beautiful lake views. Guests enjoy the many on-site facilities, including a piano bar, wine cellar, a fireplace lounge, and a modern spa center.

Day: 7, duration: 1
Hisa Franko

Once a roadside inn and a village mill, Hisa Franko is now home to a three-generation family who run this historic countryside estate famed for its restaurant headed up by Slovenia's star chef Ana Ros. The beautifully appointed rooms are spacious and light; some have terraces with hammocks. Guests can enjoy in-room massages, the lovely grounds, and myriad activities in the surrounding valley.

Day: 8, duration: 1
Hotel Gredic

Set in a 16th-century castle, the luxury Hotel Gredic sits in the heart of Slovenia's Brda wine country. The individually decorated guest rooms feature a range of amenities like Wi-Fi, A/C, and private bathrooms with heated floors. The on-site restaurant serves local specialties, the bar offers drinks and snacks, and there's a terrace with views of the surrounding vineyards.

Guides
MT Sobek: Croatia Istria to Veneto Hiking

Miha Klanjscek
Miha is a seasoned guide with more than 15 years’ experience leading groups through the Balkans—one of the most culturally, architecturally and geographically diverse regions in the world! Miha first fell in love with the nature and cuisine of the region after spending youthful summers exploring the Mediterranean. He enjoys several outdoor pursuits, including mountain biking, trail running, and trekking in the Slovenian Alps. An adventurer by heart, you can hardly find a better person to show you Istrian wine routes, Slovenian hiking trails, and lively Italian piazzas. Meet Miha on MT Sobek’s adventures in the region.





Primoz Kadunc
Primoz is a licensed mountain guide with a degree in organizational management, which he very much puts into practice while leading trips! Primoz guides MT Sobek’s Istria to Venice and Alpe Adria trips and has a passion for the whole Balkan region—with a special fondness for the Slovenia Alps. In his spare time, Primoz enjoys rock climbing, scuba diving, sailing, exploring new Alpine trails on foot. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Serbo-Croatian.





Inclusions/Exclusions
MT Sobek: Croatia Istria to Veneto Hiking

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
What To Expect
MT Sobek: Croatia Istria to Veneto Hiking

Reason #01

Easy to moderate walking tours take travelers through hard to find orchards, vineyards, hillsides, and medieval villages across 3 countries in 9 days.

Reason #02

Enjoy Tuscan-style landscapes and culinary specialties of Croatia's up-and-coming gastronomical region, Istria, with far less tourists than in neighboring Italy.

Reason #03

This custom designed MT Sobek trip allows plenty of leisure time to swim in the Adriatic Sea and visit artisan shops and galleries.

Activities

Tasting local wines, olive oil and truffles, touring medieval towns and famed cities, scenic drives, and hikes through stunning landscapes.

Lodging

Charming family-run hotels, historic countryside estates and hotels inside medieval castles, all surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Climate

Weather can be variable, from 82°F by the sea to 59°F in the mountains, so we suggest bringing layers and rain gear.

Who will meet me on arrival?

We meet on Day 1 at 9AM, in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel, Zagreb. Many people doing this tour will arrive a day or two early.

Is there a dress code for the dinners on this trip?

No, there is not a particular dress code. There are no jackets and ties required at any of the restaurants. Shorts are not recommended for dinners.

Are there pools at any of the hotels?

Yes. All of the hotels but one on this trip have swimming pools.

Can I wear trail shoes/cross training shoes on this trip?

Yes, on this trip, running shoes/cross training shoes are acceptable.

If I want to extend my stay in Venice or Zagreb, can you help me make hotel reservations?

We do not offer a hotel reservation service, but we will provide you with a list of recommended hotels in each city.

I would like to fly into and out of Venice. Can you arrange for me to get to Zagreb for the start of the tour?

Unfortunately there are no great transportation options for travelling between Venice and Zagreb. We recommend flying into Zagreb and flying out of Venice.

MT Sobek: Croatia Istria to Veneto Hiking

Day: 1, duration: 2
Hotel La Grisa

Located in a charming medieval town of Bale in southwestern Istrian peninsula, Hotel La Grisa is a delightful hideaway. Guest rooms come equipped with a seating area as well as A/C, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a free-standing bathtub, while others come with a walk-in shower or corner bath.

Day: 3, duration: 2
Hotel Kastel

The family-run Hotel Kastel sits at the heart of the medieval hilltop town of Motovun. The spa area with a sauna, an indoor pool and relaxing grounds has lovely views of the surrounding landscapes. Comfortable rooms come with satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms; many offer delightful views of the valley and vineyards. The on-site restaurant serves stellar regional cuisine.

Day: 5, duration: 2
Hotel Triglav

A stroll away from the lake and the town center, the recently renovated Hotel Triglav has well-equipped guest rooms with the full range of amenities and beautiful lake views. Guests enjoy the many on-site facilities, including a piano bar, wine cellar, a fireplace lounge, and a modern spa center.

Day: 7, duration: 1
Hisa Franko

Once a roadside inn and a village mill, Hisa Franko is now home to a three-generation family who run this historic countryside estate famed for its restaurant headed up by Slovenia's star chef Ana Ros. The beautifully appointed rooms are spacious and light; some have terraces with hammocks. Guests can enjoy in-room massages, the lovely grounds, and myriad activities in the surrounding valley.

Day: 8, duration: 1
Hotel Gredic

Set in a 16th-century castle, the luxury Hotel Gredic sits in the heart of Slovenia's Brda wine country. The individually decorated guest rooms feature a range of amenities like Wi-Fi, A/C, and private bathrooms with heated floors. The on-site restaurant serves local specialties, the bar offers drinks and snacks, and there's a terrace with views of the surrounding vineyards.

MT Sobek: Croatia Istria to Veneto Hiking

Miha Klanjscek
Miha is a seasoned guide with more than 15 years’ experience leading groups through the Balkans—one of the most culturally, architecturally and geographically diverse regions in the world! Miha first fell in love with the nature and cuisine of the region after spending youthful summers exploring the Mediterranean. He enjoys several outdoor pursuits, including mountain biking, trail running, and trekking in the Slovenian Alps. An adventurer by heart, you can hardly find a better person to show you Istrian wine routes, Slovenian hiking trails, and lively Italian piazzas. Meet Miha on MT Sobek’s adventures in the region.





Primoz Kadunc
Primoz is a licensed mountain guide with a degree in organizational management, which he very much puts into practice while leading trips! Primoz guides MT Sobek’s Istria to Venice and Alpe Adria trips and has a passion for the whole Balkan region—with a special fondness for the Slovenia Alps. In his spare time, Primoz enjoys rock climbing, scuba diving, sailing, exploring new Alpine trails on foot. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Serbo-Croatian.





MT Sobek: Croatia Istria to Veneto Hiking

Inclusions
Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
Snacks and water between meals
Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
Baggage transfers and porterage

Exclusions
International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
Travel Protection Program
Personal expenses
MT Sobek: Croatia Istria to Veneto Hiking

Reason #01

Easy to moderate walking tours take travelers through hard to find orchards, vineyards, hillsides, and medieval villages across 3 countries in 9 days.

Reason #02

Enjoy Tuscan-style landscapes and culinary specialties of Croatia's up-and-coming gastronomical region, Istria, with far less tourists than in neighboring Italy.

Reason #03

This custom designed MT Sobek trip allows plenty of leisure time to swim in the Adriatic Sea and visit artisan shops and galleries.

Activities

Tasting local wines, olive oil and truffles, touring medieval towns and famed cities, scenic drives, and hikes through stunning landscapes.

Lodging

Charming family-run hotels, historic countryside estates and hotels inside medieval castles, all surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Climate

Weather can be variable, from 82°F by the sea to 59°F in the mountains, so we suggest bringing layers and rain gear.

Who will meet me on arrival?

We meet on Day 1 at 9AM, in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel, Zagreb. Many people doing this tour will arrive a day or two early.

Is there a dress code for the dinners on this trip?

No, there is not a particular dress code. There are no jackets and ties required at any of the restaurants. Shorts are not recommended for dinners.

Are there pools at any of the hotels?

Yes. All of the hotels but one on this trip have swimming pools.

Can I wear trail shoes/cross training shoes on this trip?

Yes, on this trip, running shoes/cross training shoes are acceptable.

If I want to extend my stay in Venice or Zagreb, can you help me make hotel reservations?

We do not offer a hotel reservation service, but we will provide you with a list of recommended hotels in each city.

I would like to fly into and out of Venice. Can you arrange for me to get to Zagreb for the start of the tour?

Unfortunately there are no great transportation options for travelling between Venice and Zagreb. We recommend flying into Zagreb and flying out of Venice.

About MT Sobek
This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

Read More

About MT Sobek
This is where adventure travel began! Since our first Everest Base Camp trek in 1969, we’ve been connecting adventurers to the world through genuine, active and immersive experiences. We can’t think of anything more fulfilling than being outside and going deep into nature, exploring hidden places and getting to know local people. It’s what we love to do, so let us share it with you.

To feed your spirit of adventure, Mountain Travel Sobek offers a wide range of unique and perfectly paced itineraries led by incredible local guides. We keep groups small, usually fewer than 10 people, and seek out great food and characterful accommodations everywhere we go.

Beyond the seamless logistics and careful attention to detail, our aim is to create a space for truly special moments in unforgettable places.

We are the Adventure Company—come explore with us.

Read More

Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.