Istria Coastal Walking Adventure
Istria Coastal Walking Adventure

Istria Coastal Walking Adventure

8 days

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Hike the Mediterranean coast as you explore the three countries that make up Istria

Explore the beautiful Mediterranean peninsula of Istria on this 8-day self-guided hiking tour. Find yourself in three different countries as you hike from coastal fishing villages in Italy into the hilltop towns in the hills of Croatia.

This walking adventure shows off the diverse landscapes of the Istria peninsula. You’ll hike along the sunny coast that belongs to Italy and Slovenia and then turn inland for walks through the hills, valleys, and vineyards in Croatia. You’ll soak in the culture as you experience the sights and sounds of charming overnight stops along your route. This hiking tour is the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of busier tourist destination and enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine. Get three countries off your bucket list in one go!

Highlights of the Istria Coastal Walking Adventure

Hike along the sunny coastline and into the vineyards of the karst hills as you explore the peninsula.
Visit fascinating sites, including the UNESCO-designated Euphrasian Basilica and Roman aqueducts.
Look for traces of historic settlements along your coastal hikes.
Spend the night in the amazing car-free seaside village of Koper.

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From $775USD
8 days
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Self-Guided
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Istria Coastal Walking Adventure

Istria Coastal Walking Adventure Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Trieste

After you’ve checked into your Trieste hotel you’ll have the whole day to explore this beautiful port city. It has a fascinating history and unique personality for you to discover.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Trieste
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Hike the Val Rosandra Valley

You’ll need to take public transportation to reach your starting point today. Follow an old railway through lovely forests to the quaint hamlet of Pesek. Along your way keep your eyes open to spot ruins of prehistoric settlements!

Kick back and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this little settlement, worlds away from the daily hustle.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Pesek
Distance: 3.5-4.5 hours, 300m of ascent, 175m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Explore Villages En Route to Muggia

Continue your hike today through the Val Rosandra. There will be interesting caves and an ancient Roman aqueduct along you can stop into on your way to the village of Bagnoli della Rosandra.

When you arrive at Aquilina you’ll take public transit to reach your final destination in the charming fishing town of Muggia.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Muggia
Distance: 3-4 hours, 125m of ascent, 550m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Hike Across the Border to Slovenia

Shortly after you begin your hike today you’ll cross into Slovenia. Your route includes tranquil forests and lovely views of the Mediterranean. A transfer will take you to the village of Koper, also known as Capodistiria. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring this beautiful car-free village.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Koper
Distance: 3-4 hours, 275m of ascent, 250m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Seaside Walk to Piran

This morning you’ll leave Koper by taking a beautiful seaside route that leads to another fishing town, Izola. You’ll finish your walk in Piran, a beautiful city with Venetian influence.

Your afternoon is free for you to stroll the streets to admire the Venetian palaces and soak in the vibrant atmosphere.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Piran
Distance: 5-6 hours, 250m of ascent, 250m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Hike through Historic Villages

A transfer will drop you off in Groznjan, which is known for its world-class music scene. Your hike moves inland and travels towards Livade on your way to Motovun. Spend the rest of your afternoon exploring this beautiful Croatian hilltop town.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Motovun
Distance: 6-7 hours, 425m of ascent, 450m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Hike to Porec

The final leg of your journey is to Porec. On your way, it's worth stopping at the Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A transfer will take you from Vizinada the rest of the way to Porec. Celebrate your arrival in Porec with a glass of local wine in the historic centre of town.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Porec
Distance: 3-4 hours, 275m of ascent, 275m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Departure

Your tour is completed after breakfast. Begin your journey home, or extend your stay to spend more time in historic Porec.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Istria Coastal Walking Adventure Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour of Istria is run as a custom tour and the price depends on the time of year in which you choose to travel and how many people will be in each room.

The best time to travel to Istria for this tour is the less busy spring or early fall (April-June or September) when the weather is warm and pleasant. If you prefer to be able to swim in hot weather and you’re okay with heavier crowds, try travelling in July or August. Note that there are no departures available between July 17th and 27th, 2021.

Private Self-Guided Istria Coastal Walking Adventure

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person.
Important note: the departures are available on Saturdays only. In some cases, it’s available to arrange the departures on different weekdays for groups of 5 and more (please enquire).

Low season (from April 2nd to July 1st and from September 11th to November 11th):

  • Price per person staying in a single room: $950 USD per person
  • Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $775 USD per person

High season (from July 2ndto September 10th):

  • Price per person staying in a single room: $1,025 USD per person
  • Price per person staying in a double room (min 2 travellers): $850 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Istria Coastal Walking Adventure

This tour is based in hotels and B&Bs. Hotels on this trip are 3 and 4-star and offer inviting, comfortable rooms. Spend each night enjoying the hospitality of a different town or city along your route.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. If you prefer a single rooms, the required supplement is included in the listed prices.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1

Hotel in Trieste

This seaport town is full of classic images of Italy with its canals, bridges, and boats lining the docks. It’s a romantic town that has inspired many famous Italian writers.

Night 2

Hotel in Pesek

Enjoy the night at a comfortable 3 or 4-star hotel or cozy bed and breakfast.

Night 3

Hotel in Muggia

Enjoy the night at a comfortable 3 or 4-star hotel or cozy bed and breakfast.

Night 4

Hotel in Koper

Enjoy the night at a comfortable 3 or 4-star hotel or cozy bed and breakfast.

Night 5

Hotel in Piran

Piran is paradise, and your small, charming hotel will give you easy access to the beach, the village, and everything in between.

Night 6

Hotel in Motovun

You’ll enjoy the hospitality at a small 3-star hotel with regional charm and a great location along your route.

Night 7

Hotel in Poreč

You’ll enjoy the hospitality at a small 3-star hotel with regional charm and a great location along your route.

What’s Included in the Istria Coastal Walking Adventure?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour in Trieste and after the tour in Porec are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for you and your luggage is included throughout the tour, including all transfers as outlined in the itinerary. Your luggage will be transported between hotels during your hikes. Airport transfers are not included but may be added as a supplement.

Also Included

  • Pre-planned hiking route
  • Detailed documents, guides and trail maps
  • Emergency telephone support hotline for the duration of the tour
  • Luggage transfer between hotels

Not included

  • Guide services
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist hotel tax, payable each night at the hotel
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Anything not mentioned as included
  • Gratuities for drivers, servers, or other staff if desired
  • Admissions or entry fees

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions
  • Shuttle transfer from Porec to Trieste (runs each Saturday and can be booked in advance)

Frequently Asked Questions about Istria Coastal Walking Adventure

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also towards Austria, Slovenia, and Istria.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. This tour includes daily hikes up to 7 hours per day, but most days you’ll walk about 3 or 4 hours. The paths are comfortable with varied terrain. You will be climbing through a hilly region for a portion of the tour.

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