The dreamlike nature, almost mythical landscapes and gorgeous mediaeval towns of Istria will awake within you the primeval and deep, true pleasure!
Istria is one of the rare Mediterranean regions adorned with the quality of unspoiled natural landscapes and rich heritage. Numerous coves and hillocks connect
and divide many magic-like settlements, creating almost unreal scenery.
1 day: Opatija and Novigrad
Opatija, this elegant tourist destination, lies at the centre of the Riviera with the longest tradition of tourism in Croatia.The contrasts of sea and mountains, green parks and blue ocean, old buildings and modern comforts, noisy entertainment venues and quiet destinations for excursions allcombine to make Opatija and its surroundings a very attractive tourist resort at any time of the year.After sightseeing Opatija,continue to Novigrad,tourist resort on the west coast of Istria, the town proud of its peacefulness, cordiality and beauty as well as of its rich historical and cultural heritage.Arrival to the hotel,welcome drink, dinner, overnight.
2.day: Rovinj and Poreč
Rovinj:A walk through these lovely little streets will take you to a distant past. From the seaside, Rovinj is protected by the high rocky coast and walls of the houses built on the cliffs, and from the landside it is sheltered by solid bulwarks.All of it still preserved! Once you step through the Balbi Arch and enter the old town, you will find yourselves in a different time dimension. All its lovely little streets will take you to the top of a small hill, where you will find the biggest and most significant monument in town - the church of St. Euphemia (pop. Fuma). This baroque building made in Venetian style was dedicated to the saint and martyr whose sarcophagus, according to a legend, was miraculously washed ashore somewhere around 800.
Poreč:In this former Roman colony you can enjoy the sights of Romanesque architecture with beautiful Venetian gothic palaces that will make your walk a truly memorable experience. Its orthogonal set of streets has been completely preserved till today! During the reign of the Byzantine emperor Justinian, Porec reached its highest peak. This will become obvious to you once you see the Euphrasius' basilica, beyond doubt a breathtaking sight. It was built in the middle of the 6th century in the Byzantine style, and the mosaics on its front and interior are truly one of the most beautiful works ofart in the world! The whole edifice has been included in the UNESCO's World Heritage list. Entering the basilica, you will feel the ghosts of past centuries and will be able to touch the eternity!
The history of Pula starts with the myth of the Argonauts and the search for the Golden Fleece. It was the home of the Histrians, the Romans and the Venetians. Once the central Austrian port, today it is the largest cultural and economic center of Istria. Various layers of history took part in the making of this unique town in which Roman temples defy baroque palaces, early Christian churches stand face to face to Austrian villas, and the remnants of mediaeval walls are cut through by antique town gates.This is one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in the world, the most significant monument in Pula! Arena, the place where gladiators faced lions, used to be able to entertain 25 000 spectators. This grandiose edifice allows you to get an insight of its glorious history, the one you can see, feel, and experience. It also serves as a host to greatest cultural programs.
4.day: back home
The package includes:
- 3 overnights with halfboard in a hotel
- tour quide
- sightseeing Opatija,Rovinj,Poreč and Pula with the quide
- tourist tax