Getting to know Opatija, your base town Arrival and settling in at your apartment in the afternoon. Meeting the local guide. Opatija lies at the very heart of the riviera with the longest tradition in tourism in Croatia. Get to know Opatija better on a guided walking tour and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask our friendly host who will show you what life is like in this quiet Mediterranean town. The architecturally diverse buildings, gorgeous gardens, the 12 km long waterfront promenade known as Lungomare and the well-tended beaches and fountains provide a breathtaking backdrop for an array of villas and hotels. We recommend that after the tour you have a relaxing dinner at one of the local restaurants. Overnight stay.
Discovering inland Istria on foot A licensed tour guide will meet you in the morning and take you to Istria, the largest Croatian peninsula, by car or van. Your first activity of the day will be a light hike on one of the Via Dinarica Blue trails, starting from the village of Brgudac. You will reach the spring of Korita in 45 minutes via a mountain trail that leads from the village. Korita is situated in a meadow at 1010 m above sea level beneath the Brajkove Stijene cliff and consists of 10 massive wooden troughs (korita) in which women used to wash laundry not so long ago. Take a well-deserved break, have a sip of pure spring water and breathe in the fragrant air filled with the aroma of medicinal herbs and then get ready to head back on a different and gentler trail.
Next on your itinerary is a scenic ride past Mount Ćićarija to the village of Brest, where you will hear an interesting story about the local church and the bell tower. You will then continue your ride towards Slum, another ancient Istrian village and the home of the biggest tree in Istria. You can literally get inside this old linden tree and capture the moment by snapping a few photos. It's time for a lunch break at one of the traditional Istrian inns. Your hosts will welcome you with a drink – a local liqueur that will work up your appetite. After trying the local delicacies, you will continue your drive by passing through Lupoglav until you reach Vela Draga, where you will go sightseeing on foot (cca. 30 minutes). After listening to a few more fascinating tales, you will draw your excursion to a close and return to your point of departure. Overnight stay.
Food Tip: While you taste the local liquer, the kids can have Pašareta, a local non-alcoholic drink with a cult following and Istria's best-kept secret.
Hiking trip in Gorski Kotar After breakfast and check-out, you will meet with the guide and depart for Gorski kotar region, which is also known as the "green heart of Croatia". Your first stop is Platak where the popular Via Dinarica trail re-emerges. After arriving at the Platak mountain lodge, you can prepare for your hike over a cup of coffee: the Radeševo trail (marked with green and white lines) – a forest macadam road that leads to the top of Radeševo (1363 m) with a trail branching off to the top of the Tešnje ski trail (1309 m) and then continuing further to the fascinating Malo Radeševo peak (1364 m) before descending to the Sušak mountain lodge (2-2.5h hike). Return to the Platak mountain lodge/restaurant for the well-deserved lunch. After trying the local cuisine, we will take the road to Fužine (30 minutes) and visit Vrelo, a small, but exceptionally beautiful cave richly adorned with cave decorations. We will cap off our excursion with a walk alongside the stunning Lake Bajer (0.5-1h), followed by a short coffee break in the centre of Fužine. Return to the point of departure.
Tip: The temperature in Vrelo Cave is 8°C so make sure you wear appropriate clothing.
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