Istria, Croatia’s northern peninsula has been hailed as ‘the new Tuscany’ and we can see why. The colourful region is home to Mediterranean coastal towns, rural hilltop villages, forests, home to the famous Istria truffle and boutique vineyards. We have created a delicious itinerary with hand-selected accommodation and activities for a luxury gourmet experience. This itinerary is perfect for a romantic getaway or an indulgent trip for groups of friends.
Day 1 - Welcome to Pula
Welcome to Pula! The entry point of Istria. Our driver will greet you on arrival and take you to your hotel, a short drive outside the main town and overlooking a charming bay. Spend some time settling in and enjoying a drink at your hotel before a private guided tour of Pula and the famous Pula Arena – the best-preserved Roman amphitheatre in the world. Enjoy dinner in the old town before returning to your hotel.Accommodation
Day 2 - Three courses of truffles lovingly prepared by you
Today is all about Truffles! You will meet your guide at Pula Green Market to shop for ingredients before putting together a 3-course Truffle inspired menu, Yes, that’s right, even dessert will include the highly-prized ingredient! Your host is a trained sommelier and will also discuss the basics of wine pairing before you sit down to enjoy the end results.
Day 3 - A wine estate to remember
Today, you depart Pula and make your way further north, just outside the village of Bale. Your destination: The Relais & Chateaux Meneghetti Wine Hotel. One of Croatia’s boutique vineyards and luxury estates. Spend the afternoon settling in by the choice of swimming pools before a late afternoon wine and olive oil tasting. We highly recommend rounding off your day with dinner at the Michelin recommended restaurant.Accommodation
Day 4 - Relax and enjoy your surroundings
Relaxation is the word of the day. Spend your day soaking in the lavender and sage scented air. Take the hotel shuttle to the private beach for some sea air or if you’d prefer to work up a thirst, take a bike for a leisurely cycle to explore the village of Bale and the surrounding area.
Day 5 - Romantic Rovinj
After breakfast you depart your rural sanctuary to the colourfully charming Mediterranean town of Rovinj. Said to be the most romantic town in Istria. You will stay at the newly opened 5-star plus Grand Park Hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at the pool overlooking the marina. later in the afternoon wander through the cobbled streets and climb the church tower before returning to the restaurant for a 12-course tasting menu at the signature restaurant.Accommodation
Day 6 - Explore Rovinj at your leisure
A day to spend at your leisure. We highly recommend a bike ride through the golden cape forest park. You’ll come across secluded pebbled bays to take a dip and if you are feeling adventurous there’s also a naturist beach. Be sure to pick up some delicious bites from the Deli in front of Hotel Grand Park to stop off for a picnic along the way.
- Prices start from £1,125 per person
- Accommodation on B&B basis at selected luxury hotels
- Private transfers (air-conditioned vehicle)
- Private tour of Pula and entrance fees to the arena
- Truffle Cooking class including market trip and 3-course meal
- Wine tasting at Meneghetti
- All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered