Romance in Istria

Mid MAY – Mid OCT
Croatia | ZAGREB–OPATIJA–HUM & MOTOVUN–ROVINJ–PULA

A honeymoon is a special occasion and there is almost no need to say it. After the wedding rush and the most important ''I do'' in your lives you want to steal a few moments for the two of you and for the start of your life together. Relax, this is our job and no stress is allowed. It was once said that honeymoons are a time "when there is nothing but tenderness and pleasure".
If you are in search of the perfect place to go to for your honeymoon or just want to organize a flawless trip for your significant other and yourself, Croatia is for sure a great place for couples, with pristine beaches and exceptional resorts on the coastline that will make you never want to leave. Numerous islands, islets and rocks adorn the Croatian coast and make it so beautiful. Exceptional views of the Adriatic Sea, charming historical towns, gourmet food and local wineries…the perfect package for a romantic trip!
Discover the most romantic sunsets on the heart-shaped peninsula. Enjoying the fiery sunset together that will inspire you for a passion-filled night. Romance is a way of life in Istria, and the moment when day meets night is important to all Istrians who are in love. Visit one of the places we have chosen for you with your loved one and together enjoy the colorful show that the sun puts on before it sets behind the horizon.

Meals: B (breakfast) – L (lunch) – D (dinner)

 

Suggested itinerary:

 

Day 1 – ZAGREB, arrival day

Croatia’s vibrant capital, Zagreb, has everything you could possibly want in a city and more, from fascinating museums and stunning architecture to top notch gastronomy and a wealth of natural beauty. The main city centre, which revolves around Ban Jelačić Square, is easily walkable and full of restaurants, cafes and bars as well as a plethora of shops and boutiques. Zagreb is so romantic that even a city map comes marked with town’s best kissing spots. So why not have a kiss under one of the street lights in the Upper Town of Zagreb, as they have a tradition of their own, one that does not rely on electricity. The 217 gas lamps that illuminate the old streets have been lit by hand, one by one every single day, since 1863.
Zagreb is well known for its coffee culture, especially on Saturday, when Zagreb see Croatia’s coffee culture reach its peak when the Zagreb cafés in the city centre are swarmed by locals in the morning and early afternoon hours. So have a cup of coffee with your loved one.

Must see and experience: Explore upper and down town, Museum of Broken Relationships, shop at Dolac Zagreb's farmers' market, explore Zagreb parks and forests, sip a coffee, the Lotrščak tower, Stone gate (Kamenita vrata), St. Marc Church, learn about Secrets of Grič, Jelačić Square, Tkaličićeva street, Meštrović Atelier, Nikola Tesla - Technical Museum, Museum of Illusions, Visit Zagreb Cathedral, Zagreb 360° Eye observation deck, Funicular, Zrinjevac park, Mirogoj cemetery

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You will be brought from the airport to the hotel, followed by a guided city tour in the afternoon. You will have a free evening, dinner at the hotel and an overnight.

Meals, prepaid: D

Accommodation, Zagreb: hotel

 

Day 2 – ZAGREB - OPATIJA

Elegant Opatija is situated on the Gulf of Kvarner in a sheltered position at the foot of a mountain. It is a magnificent city of history past and present, of invigorating restaurants hidden away in nooks on a marvellous bit of coast. Opatija’s surrounding is taken by beautiful woods of laurel, with the entire maritime coast to the north and a rocky and picturesque landscape to the south. The oceanfront promenade is lined with grand buildings in the Austro-Hungarian style, has well-maintained public gardens and an illuminated 12 kilometre coastal promenade known as the "Lungomare". There are well-kept beaches, restaurants, cafes, bars and shops all of which make Opatija a real northern drawcard.
In historical days, Austrian tourists went to Opatija to avoid massive snow storms in Austria. First tourist guide on Opatija was printed in Wiena in 1883, and in 1889 Austrian government officially proclaimed Opatija as a first air resort.

Must see and experience: Stroll down the Walk of Fame, take a photo next to statue of  Girl with the Seagull, Museum of Croatian Tourism, take a romantic stroll along the “Lungomare” promenade, the church of St. James-the saint patron of Opatija, the parish church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Protestant church, the church of St. Ana, the parish church of St. Marc, landmarks such as old Austrian villas, villa Angiolina , St. James park, fountains Helios and Selena

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After breakfast you will be driven to Opatija. After settling down at the hotel there will be a guided tour of a town. Upon finishing tour you will have free time to explore and enjoy the town yourself. You will have a dinner at a traditional restaurant, overnight in a hotel.

Meals, prepaid: B - D

Accommodation, Opatija: hotel

 

Day 3 –OPATIJA – HUM – MOTOVUN - ROVINJ

Hum, the smallest town in the world. It was mentioned for the first time in 1102. Town walls protected the town from frequent intrusions of the Venetians and the Turks. On the west town gates are two Glagolitic writings. The gates will be again solemnly opened next year – the Town of Hum Day brings the new town patron «For a year». Hum lies 7 km from Roč. Apart from being famous as the smallest town in the world, it has also been recently promoted as the Town of “biska”, a mistletoe brandy whose original recipe comes from Hum.

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Motovun is an Istrian medieval town whose appearance is a frequent motive of the Istrian hinterland. It is located on a hill above Mirna river, one of the most fertile territories of Istria, known for many vineyards and truffles. Therefore, it is a perfect choice for a one-day escape from the coast. Due to a favourable climate and the influence of Mirna river, Motovun forest is one of the most favourable places for “hunting” truffles and experts point out that the white truffle from this part of Istria is one of the highest quality truffles in the world. The most popular wines are those from the Istrian sorts of white malvasia and red teran.

Must see and experience: Must try a local cuisine with famous white truffles, try local wine, olive oil tasting, enjoy a romantic meal at Pod Voltom, paraglide over Motovun, walk the ancient walls, visit to Benvenuti family winery, go on a truffle hunt

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After breakfast you will drive to Hum where you will have free time to explore the smallest world town. Afterwards you will proceed to Motovun. For more experience truffle hunt tour can be organised. Lunch will be at the Benvenuti family winery as well as some wine tasting. In the afternoon we will continue to Rovinj. Free time until dinner that will be served at the hotel.

Meals, prepaid: B – L – D

Accommodation, Rovinj: hotel

 

Day 4 – ROVINJ

Some say that if you only visit one place in Croatia, Rovinj should be it. There’s so much atmosphere and character in this town, and there’s plenty of things to do in Rovinj. You can just walk its cobbled streets, get lost within the old town, have a glass of wine by the sea, watch the world go by and feel good. There are not too many places that can charm you in such a way. If an opportunity arises sail over to the island of Sveta Katarina, which was the playground of various counts and dukes in the Habsburg days, the forerunners of today’s pleasure seekers.

Must see and experience: take a stroll around the Old Town, St. Euphemia Cathedral, Rovinj port, Monkodonja, Balbi’s Arch, Rovinj heritage museum, Rovinj town clock, Dvigrad, browse Valdibor square, go the whole seven courses at Monte, sip champagne at Valentino, sail over to Sveta Katarina

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After breakfast you will have guided tour of Rovinj and afterwards free time to explore or join wine tour of Rovinj region (this is an additional fee and needs to be pointed out earlier). Dinner at the hotel.

Meals, prepaid: B-D

Accommodation, Rovinj: hotel

 

Day 5 –ROVINJ – PULA

Ruling the Adriatic from the southern end of the Istrian Peninsula, Pula has been a strategic prize for a host of power players, going back to the Romans. This city with its natural harbour was developed in Augustan times, and a breath-taking amphitheatre, temples and a collection of arches have survived for 2,000 years.
Later, the Venetians made it part of their Adriatic defences, enriching the city with yet more military heritage. But it was the Austro-Hungarian empire that really went to town in Pula, picking the harbour for their imperial maritime arsenal in the 1800s. What remains is a city jammed with majestic old buildings, but also in a stunning hillside location hemmed by natural parks.

Must see and experience: explore Colosseum, drink with James Joyce, enter Pula in triumph, find Roman treasure in a car park, sample local wines at Enoteca Istriana, go underground at Rojc, archaeological Museum of Istria, Scale Pula Fortress, visit a Roman temple

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After a breakfast you will head to Pula. Tour and sightseeing of the amphitheater (outer side), Porta Gemina, Herculs’ entrance, Triumphal arch of the Sergi family. Free time for a walk. Visit to local winery can be arraigned upon the requests. Dinner at the hotel.

Meals, prepaid: B – D

Accommodation, Pula: hotel

 

Day 6 – PULA, departure day

After a breakfast you will be taken to the airport for your designated flight.

Meals, prepaid: B

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