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 breath-taking 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.
Meeting with a licensed tour guide in the morning and then departing for Istria, the largest Croatian peninsula, by car or minibus. Our first destination is the village of Brgudac at the foot of Mount Ćićarija at the western entrance of the Učka Nature Park where we will take on the Via Dinarica Blue Trail. We 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 consist 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 our 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 bell tower.
We will then continue our ride towards Slum, another old 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 our 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, while the kids can have Pasareta, a local drink with a cult following and Istria's best-kept secret. After trying the local delicacies, we will continue our drive by passing through Lupoglav until we reach Vela Draga, where we will go sightseeing on foot (cca. 30 minutes). After listening to a few more fascinating tales, we will draw our excursion to a close and return to our point of departure. Overnight stay.
Breakfast. Apartment check-out. Meeting with the guide and departure for the Gorski kotar region, which is also known as the "green heart of Croatia". Our first stop is Platak. After arriving at the Platak mountain lodge, you can prepare for your hike over a cup of coffee: the Radesevo trail (marked with green and white lines) - a forest macadam road that leads to the top of Radesevo (1363 m) with a trail branching off to the top of the Tesnje ski trail (1309 m) and then continuing further to the fascinating Malo Radesevo peak (1364) before descending to the Susak mountain lodge (2-2.5h hike). Return to the Platak mountain lodge/restaurant for a well-deserved lunch. After trying the local cuisine, we will take a minibus to Fuzine (30 min.) 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 (0.5-1 hour), followed by a short coffee break in the centre of Fuzine. Return to the point of departure.
The price includes:
- 2 overnight stays at a 3-4* apartment in Opatija or its surrounding area
- Tourist tax
- Guided tour of Opatija in Croatian, English or Italian
- Excursion to Istria as per the itinerary - licensed guide and transfers included, lunch at an Istrian inn ("konoba"): welcome drink, main course (Istrian "manestra" with sausage or homemade "fuzi"/"pljukanci" with goulash), homemade bread, homemade "krostule" and "fritule" for dessert
- Excursion to Gorski kotar as per the itinerary - licensed guide and transfers included, lunch at a mountain lodge restaurant: welcome drink, soup (bouillon or vegetable), gnocchi with wild game or porcini mushroom goulash, cake
- Organisation of the trip
Prices for more than 2 persons - available on request. Tours are appropriate for children.
The temperature in Vrelo Cave is 8 °C so make sure you wear the appropriate clothing.
We recommend that you wear clothing and footwear that are appropriate for hiking and bring a bottle of water.