• Istria to Venice—A Culinary Route

    Wine, Dine, and Hike through Europe’s Hidden Gems of Sustainable Agriculture

    Istria is often called the "Tuscany of Croatia," and with good reason! Join MTS on this culinary exploration of an area rich in local delicacies—from the rare truffle, to fine wine, to an abundance of fresh, organic produce—the route from Croatia to Venice, through Slovenia, is a gem for foodies!

    best times to go: June - July, September

    departures: 4 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $4,295 see detailed pricing

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Also great as a private trip. Call for details

Wine, Dine, and Hike through Europe’s Hidden Gems of Sustainable Agriculture

Food lovers, beware! Traveling with MTS on this unique itinerary might just raise your taste buds to the next level! Our culinary and cultural voyage traces Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, Slovenia’s Julian Alps, and Italy’s Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region. In addition to seeing some of the best sites in these three countries, you’ll also be able to experience its spectacular landscapes on moderate hikes. This is the Mediterranean as you’ve never seen before, far from the crowds but in the thick of rich historical sites, national parks, and delicious regional delicacies at every turn. You’ll go wine tasting, learn how to hunt truffles, and taste olive oil. With luxurious hotels waiting for you at the end of the day, what more could you ask for?

Activities

6 Days exploration of locally produced food and wine, 7 days easy hiking, 1 day small boat cruising

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Focusing on an emerging gourmet destination, this trip is designed to tickle the palates of food lovers
  • Experience the best sites of three countries, in one comprehensive tour
  • Active walking tours through orchards and vineyards by day, sampling delights along the way, followed by sumptuous meals in the evening

Duration: 9 days Start Location: Pula, Croatia End Location: Venice, Italy

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    Day 1 : Arrival in Pula, Croatia – Rovinj

    2014Arrive in Pula, Croatia, and transfer to the coastal village of Rovinj, located on the north Adriatic Sea. Regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Croatia, Rovinj dates back to the time of Venetian republic. After checking in to our hotel, we'll reconvene for a brief orientation, followed by our welcome dinner.

    2015Arrive in Zagreb, Croatia. Transfer to the medieval village of Bale on the beautiful Istrian Peninsula. After check-in, we’ll explore Rovinj and its cobblestoned alleys.

     

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    Day 2 : Rovinj – Brioni Islands – Rovinj

    Today, we’ll set off to the coastal village of Fazana for a ferry to the Brioni Islands. We’ll taste olive oil, the regional specialty, with a local producer before returning to Bale.

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    Day 3 : Rovinj – Porec – Motovun

    We’ll board a boat today, passing small inlets and secluded bays as we enter Lim fjord. Next, we’ll visit Porec, known for its mussels, before heading to Motovun, famous for its truffles.

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    Day 4 : Motovun – Truffles Route – Groznjan – Motovun

    Today’s hike follows the truffle route, where we’ll learn how to spot these elusive mushrooms and taste them with the local red wine! We’ll finish by visiting the renaissance city of Groznjan.

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    Day 5 : Motovun – Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Alpine Bled

    Our journey continues to Slovenia, where we’ll explore the subterranean Skocjan Caves. We’ll explore the capital city, Ljubljana, and end the day at alpine Lake Bled.

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    Day 6 : Bled Lake – Bohinj Lake (Julian Alps)

    Today, we’ll hike into the Blejski Vintgar Gorge walking on bridges above its whirlpools. Swim in Triglav National Park’s Bohinj Lake before returning to the hotel.

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    Day 7 : Bled – Soca River Valley – Kobarid (WWI Route)

    Our journey through the Julian Alps continues to the emerald Soca River Valley, where we’ll climb Vrsic Pas and descend into the flower-laden valley. We’ll finish the day visiting WWI museum in Kobarid.

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    Day 8 : Kobarid – Montemaggiore Hike (Italy) – Wine Country (Collio)

    The best chef in Slovenia will be cooking our breakfast, after which we’ll move on into the Italian province of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. Climb to Montemaggiore for outstanding views, then enjoy a regional wine tasting.

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    Day 9 : Collio – Vicenza – Venice (Italy)

    Today, we’ll visit the historical triangle of Vicenza, Castelfranco and Venice. After exploring Venice’s famous canals, we’ll depart to the airport for our flights home.

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DATES: Best time to go: June - July, September Departures: Sep 13 - 21, 2014 Jun 18 - 26, 2015 Revised itinerary - Trip begins in Zagreb, Croatia Jul 16 - 24, 2015 Revised itinerary - Trip begins in Zagreb, Croatia Sep 17 - 25, 2015 Revised itinerary - Trip begins in Zagreb, Croatia

PRICING:

2014 Prices
$4,295 (4-16 members)
$700 single supplement

*2015 Prices
$4,595 (4-16 members)
$1,000 single supplement

*2015 Revised itinerary

 

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

  • Luka Poznic

    Luka doesn't sit still for long. When he is not guiding our trips, he is exploring the outer reaches of Northern Africa, Burma, Tibet, Montenegro, Sahara, Thailand, Croatia, and Nepal; guiding, discovering new destinations or bargaining for a precious Iranian silk carpet. He takes very seriously his Arabic lessons, due to the mystical deserts of the Arabic world which have enchanted him. When he is in Slovenia, he is devoted to free-climbing, mountain-biking, photography and expert dining. In his years of traveling he has became very knowledgeable about fine wine. Luka is the right person to show you where the best Cabarnet Sauvignon in Slovenia can be found.

  • Ursula Kordis

    Ursula has a degree in management and organization. She is an avid photographer and has traveled extensively between Asia and Latin America, and spent six months in Colombia working as a photo journalist. Ursula has been guiding since 2001 and is very knowledgeable about the Slovenian outdoors. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and in her free time enjoys cooking and dancing the Salsa.

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Sep 13 - 21, 2014 Jun 18 - 26, 2015 Revised itinerary - Trip begins in Zagreb, Croatia Jul 16 - 24, 2015 Revised itinerary - Trip begins in Zagreb, Croatia Sep 17 - 25, 2015 Revised itinerary - Trip begins in Zagreb, Croatia
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