Istrian Castles to Coast Walking Tour

Croatia
Walking
Self-Guided
Istrian Castles to Coast Walking Tour

Istrian Castles to Coast Walking Tour

Prices

From $575USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels, guest houses, homestays

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Highlights

Walk from the heart of Croatian Istria to the Adriatic Sea

Start from the hilltop towns of Motovun, perched above the rolling green hills of central Istria.

Walk past old castles, fortresses, and walled cities that reveal the history of this region.

Explore olive groves and vineyards, then watch truffle hunters and their dogs searching their way through the forests.

End your tour at the stunning Adriatic Coast, taking a celebratory swim at one of the beautiful beaches.

The Istrian Castles to Coast Walking Tour is a relaxing walking trip from Motovun, the heart of Istria in northern Croatia, to Opatija, an elegant 19th century coastal resort on the stunning Adriatic coast. This town’s turbulent history is reflected in the wide variety of monuments, architectural styles, cuisine and even language that you’ll appreciate upon arriving. As you walk, the strong Italian influence of nearby Venice is unmistakable throughout the undulating hills and medieval hilltop villages that resemble those of central Italy 30 years ago.

Walk through small vineyards and olive groves, and in the early morning admire the truffle hunters with their dogs as they sniff their way through the vast oak forests. Stay in a variety of small friendly inns and hotels in well preserved walled hamlets where you can taste traditional local recipes. This walking tour is an idyllic way to embrace the charm of Croatian Istria.

The Istrian Castles to Coast Walking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Motovun

Arrival in the famous town of Motovun on top of a hill in the heart of Istria. The hotel is on the central square on the highest point of the town and from the garden there are splendid views over the green surroundings. The afternoon is free to relax by the pool and stroll through the ancient cobbled streets.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Motovun
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Motovun Loop in the Kaldir Valley

The Kaldir Valley is situated at the foot of Motovun and is known for its fruit. Walk through orchards of apples, peaches, cherries, and plums. Along the route you will pass several national shrines and walk through small remote hamlets. An upper ridge offers great views of the top of the mountains and the sea on the other side. Find a nice picnic spot among the olive trees, look for honeybees and listen to the hammering of the lesser spotted woodpecker.

At the end of the walk a steep climb takes you back to the hotel in Motovun.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Motovun
Distance
6 hours, 17.5km, 638m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Walk to Sovinjak

After descending from Motovun you walk through the Kadir Valley, then take a winding climb over small forest paths surrounded by greenery and many wildflowers. This path leads you past several small villages perched high above the Mrna River. You can hear the church bells ring down into the valleys and the blue rock thrush seen flitting among the branches as you continue the climb on a stony path used by merchants and travelers since the Middle Ages. In the distance you see Sovinjak already in front of you, a beautiful tiny hamlet with 29 inhabitants.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Sovinjak
Distance
4.5 hours, 14km, 429m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Walk to Istarske Toplice

In the morning you’ll walk to the ancient thermal baths of Istarske Toplice where you can opt for a visit to the baths or to relax and have a drink at the bar. The warm thermal waters contain many healing minerals. To climb the impressive 85 meter high rocky outcrop which rises steeply above the baths, you follow a narrow path. From the top you have a beautiful view of the surroundings.

The route back to Sovinjak is on small paths and through quaint villages.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Sovinjak
Distance
3.5 hours, 10km, 468m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Walk in the Woods to Hum

The first 3 km today are on a quiet asphalt road heading towards the town of Sveti Donat. From here on, you will venture into a remote area and will hardly see tarmac anymore. In Kozari you can make a stop at the local konoba before continuing through the woods.

After a steep descent you reach a well-marked trail that leads to Hum, officially the smallest town in the world, with a city wall, church and cemetery. On the way you pass the picturesque hamlet of Kotli which has a grand total of one permanent resident! Make sure to stop at the small little bar if it’s open.

Overnight Location
Homestay in Hum
Distance
5 hours, 15km, 516m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Transfer to Poklonon Ucka N. P. and Descend to Opatija

The day begins with a transfer to Poklon Pass (922m) near the top of Ucka National Park. In good weather conditions you can climb up to the top of Mt. Vojak (1401m) for stunning 360° views. At Poklon you’ll begin the long descent to the Adriatic Sea, first over narrow, sometimes steep paths through the beech woods, later between buildings. The trail crosses the road, with regular views across the Adriatic and the many islands.

Once at sea level you follow a coastal footpath lined with small coves, inviting terraces, and classic style villas, built for wealthy Austrians and Hungarians who at the turn of the century came to spend the winter. Tonight you can try one of the many local restaurants near the marina.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Opatija
Distance
4/7 hours, 11/7 km, 429/532m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch

Day 7 Farewell Istria!

The tour ends after breakfast unless you’ve pre-booked extra days to enjoy the coast. Safe travels home!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Istrian Castles to Cost Walking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided tour to Croatia is always run as a private tour for your group only and the pricing depends on the time of the year, as well as the room types required.

The prices below are per person.

Departures on April 1st - 20th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €825EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €695EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €625EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €550EUR

Departures on April 21st - May 26th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €825EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €695EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €625EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €550EUR

Departures on May 27th - June 25th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €850EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €725EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €650EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €575EUR

Departures on June 26th - August 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: €925EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €775EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €675EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €625EUR

Departures on September 1st - 30th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €850EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €725EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €650EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €575EUR

Departures on October 1st - 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: €825EUR
  • Price per person in single room (group of 2+): €695EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double room: €625EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €550EUR
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Accommodation on the Istrian Castles to Coast Walking Tour

This tour is based in hotels, guesthouses, and homestays. Hotels on this trip are 2-3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on.

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

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Hotel Kastel

Hotel Kastel is elegant and chic. Unwind in the sauna or spa or take a dip in the pool or book one of the most extensive wellness experiences.

Night 3-4

Konoba Santa Terra

Enjoy the hospitality at this cozy guesthouse, which enjoys a beautiful location. Ask the helpful hosts if you want any local recommendations.

Night 5

B&B Nela, Hum

There’s nothing quite like a locally-run B&B in the countryside, and this one will have you feeling in touch with the Istrian countryside.

Hotel Savoy, Opatija

Where better to end the tour than a hotel with a seaside pool, outdoor bar and terrace, and elegant rooms? You won’t want to head back home once you’re here!

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Istrian Castles to Coast Walking Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Luggage transfer is included. Your transfer on Day 6 from Hum to Poklon is also included. Airport transfers are not included but can be added as an upgrade.

Also Included

  • Information kit
  • Route notes
  • 24/7 telephone support

Not included

  • Tourist city taxes
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Meals not previously mentioned
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single room supplement(s)
  • Transfer from airport to Motovun
  • Transfer from Opatija to airport

Frequenty Asked Questions about Istrian Castles to Coast Walking Tour

How hard is the Istrian Castles to Coast Walking Tour?

We rate this tour as a 2/5. The walks are mostly along vineyards, uneven footpaths, mule tracks, and small gravel roads. The trails through the vineyards can get slippery, muddy and heavy-going when wet or after heavy rain. The trails do not always have markings. This tour is mostly suited to fit, adventurous travellers who can walk several hours per day for consecutive days.

Do I need a visa to travel to Croatia?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel, since you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided with all the information you’ll need to follow the route each day and often have access to phone support or other kinds of assistance. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

Are meals included on the Istrian Castles to Coast Walking Tour?

6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Motovun to start this tour?

Fly to Pula International Airport (PUY), from where you will need a transfer to reach Motovun. You can also fly to Italy at Venice Airport Marco Polo (VCE), Trevor Airport (TSF), or Trieste Airport and travel by land or by boat to Motovun. Airport transfers can be added as an upgrade.

Where does the Istrian Castles to Coast Walking Tour end?

The tour ends in Opatija. You can either use trains or buses to reach your departure airport or arrange a transfer as an upgrade.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Croatia?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Croatia?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Prices

From $575USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels, guest houses, homestays

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 2/5. The walks are mostly along vineyards, uneven footpaths, mule tracks, and small gravel roads. The trails through the vineyards can get slippery, muddy and heavy-going when wet or after heavy rain. The trails do not always have markings. This tour is mostly suited to fit, adventurous travellers who can walk several hours per day for consecutive days.


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