Flavours Of Istria Tasting Experience From Trieste

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    11/3/2019 - 3/16/2021Monday - Sunday:08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Trieste, UTI Giuliana, Italy
    Traveler pickup is offered
    - The pickup is flexible (any hotel, apartment, cruise terminal, bus station, train station etc.).
    - For Hotel Guests the departure loc.. read more
  • Return Details :
    If not otherwise agreed the return location is the same as the pickup location.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Experience Mediterranean flavours in their purest form, the product of imagination and nature. Let these new tastes reveal themselves to you, intensifying your senses and dismissing the stress of the outside world, replacing it with new friendships and experiences to treasure and share.
Istria, a wonderful peninsula that lies near the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, is famous for its coastal sights and its vibrant green inland vegetation, with numerous cultural-historic attractions and memorable natural vistas viewed from village hilltops. Additionally, it is a treasure trove of culinary delights. Istrian cuisine is a reflection of the climatic, geographical, and historical wonders of the area, combining multiple local culinary traditions based on olive oil, seafood, seasonal vegetables, aromatic spices, and indigenous plants. Hidden beneath your Istrian hosts smile is an on-going invitation to taste and discover the real features of this idyllic coastal land.

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During our tour we will visit 3 famous Istrian villages where we will taste local liquors, wines, cheeses, truffle products, and marmalades.

Hum, the smallest town in the world, is located in the heart of Istria that claims only 20 inhabitants. Your visit to Hum will be like a beautiful fairy tale of small Istrian towns. This hidden, picturesque region of Istria is extremely friendly to all visitors who come to marvel in the sights the town has to offer. According to local legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the Mirna River valley, an area in central Istria that includes wonderful mountain towns such as Motovun, Ro, and Bale. Apart from being famous for being the smallest town in the world, Hum recently became popular for biska, a spiced brandy made with mistletoe according to an old Hum recipe.

Northern Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is home to arguably the most attractive and famous medieval town in the country Motovun. This fascinating city that lies on top of a hill is the characteristic symbol for the inner heart of Istria. The bell tower, which was built in the 13th century in a Romanesque-Gothic style, dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephens 17th century parish church. There are many other beautiful historic buildings that surround it. Motovuns forest is a particularly good hunting ground for truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac fungus which grows underground and is prized for its distinctive aroma. Vineyards surround the town from all sides; Istrias finest wines are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole region is sprinkled with superb restaurants and konobe.

Gronjan is a small Istrian town that holds a great cultural significance not only to Croatia but worldwide. Surrounded by green hills and magical white soil, this town is a must-see for those who want to discover the treasure trove that is Istria. Because of its interesting history, Gronjan is rich in ancient churches, prehistoric sites, medieval castles, magnificent palaces, and many other historic structures whose past glory was recovered once again through restoration. Its white soil feeds the many neighboring vineyards and olive groves. Because of all this, the area of Gronjan is ripe with agritourism and many taverns and restaurants offer traditional Istrian cuisine to their guests. Gronjan is also home to several national and international artists. There are as many as 28 ateliers in this small town; there is also the City Art Gallery which hosts artists works from around the world (even the well-known Imaginary Film Academy found its home here). In the summer, all of Gronjan becomes a stage for world renowned jazz and classical musicians, as well as many of the other artists who have discovered the true joy of creation here.

Inclusions

Tasting of wine, local liquors and food

Pickup and drop-off

Driver/guide

Transportation

Insurance

Snacks

Alcoholic Beverages

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Hotel Guests must advise supplier as soon as possible: hotel details or any other preferred pickup location,

Cruise Passengers must advise supplier as soon as possible: ship name, arrival time and departure time.

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Infant seats available

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 02-Sep-2018

    Tour was not as advertised. Only one of 3 listed stops was actually visited. Tastings involved visiting commercial shops that had samples of olive oil, truffles and the like. There was no formal meal provided or even offered. Wine tasting was again at commercial establishments. The last stop was at a winery where we were charged to taste wines. The scenery in Istria is beautiful, but I do not believe we received the value provided in the pre-tour description of what the tour would involve. A disappointment.

  • 22-Apr-2018

    The description of this tour is absolutely accurate: you travel safely and in comfort! from Trieste via Slovenia to very nearby Croatia passports are needed. There is an abundance of superb landscapes, beautiful villages and a number of tastings among them truffles, olives/olive oil, cheese, mistletoe and other liquors and some outstanding wine. If you wish, it is possible to buy what you have tasted but there is no sense of obligation. We particularly enjoyed all the information from our guide actually, on the day we had two! about the history and culture along the road - the kind of insights that add colour and perspective to the past and the present. Istria is really worth this most enjoyable and relaxing trip!

  • 04-Jan-2018

    Dejan was great, it was a really fun day riding around Croatia with him and we loved the restaurant where we ate lunch -- the steak with truffles was fantastic! The local olive oil was also great, and the country was beautiful.