Croatia's Istrian Riviera - All Inclusive
12 Days Away - 2022
Escape on an unforgettable holiday to Croatia’s stunning Istrian RIviera, renowned for its outstanding scenery and breathtaking sights around every corner. We enjoy a fantastic all-inclusive package at our wonderful base on the sparkling Croatian coast and visit the beautiful towns of Pula, Rovinj and Poreč. We also cross the border to the seaside city of Trieste in Italy and the beautiful resort of Portorož in Slovenia for a getaway to remember!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Return coach travel and ferry crossings
- First and last night on a bed and breakfast basis in France
- Additional overnight stay on outward and return journey on a half-board basis in Austria & Italy
- 7 nights all inclusive at a selected 4-star hotel in Umag:
- Welcome meeting
- Dinner & breakfast
- Lunch (packed lunches on excursion days)
- Local wine, beer & soft drinks with meals
- Free bar (10am-10pm) on selected spirits, house wine, beer & soft drinks
- Tea & coffee all day
- Free excursion to Pula & Rovinj
- Free excursion to Trieste
- Free excursion to Portorož
- Free excursion to Poreč
- Included visit to Verona
Beautifully located on the tip of Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula and overlooking the sparkling Adriatic Sea, Pula is renowned for its fascinating ancient treasures dotted around the city. Stroll under the Triumphal Arch of the Sergii which dates back to 29BC, visit the Temple of Augustus, built in honour of the Emperor during AD2-14, and marvel at the Pula Arena, an incredibly well-preserved Roman amphitheatre and one of the most famous sights throughout Croatia. Of those that still remain, this amphitheatre is the sixth largest in the world and was completed under the reign of Emperor Flavius. It once held 23,000 spectators and still plays host to a range of concerts and events today.
After all that exploring, why not treat yourself to some lovely Istrian food with its Italian and Austro-Hungarian influences. Head to the harbourside for a choice of charming restaurants or step back in time at the Roman Forum, once the main square in Roman times and still a bustling piazza today with a range of tempting cafés.
Known as the ‘Blue Pearl’ of the Adriatic, Rovinj is a beautiful fishing port nestled on Croatia’s Istrian Riviera. With its brightly-painted buildings lining the seafront, charming piazzas, winding cobbled streets and range of lovely restaurants, cafés and galleries, it’s no wonder that Rovinj is such a popular destination with visitors.
The baroque hilltop Church of St Euphemia is well worth a visit, or head to the seafront to enjoy the glorious views of the nearby islands and to watch the fishing boats coming into the harbour. You may also like to visit Rovinj Aquarium, one of the oldest in Europe with a history dating back to 1891, or the Town Museum, home to various archaeological finds, paintings and sculptures.
With its elaborate neo-Classical buildings, ancient ruins, excellent seafood and charming Old Town, the unique seaport of Trieste is one of Italy’s hidden gems. Lying close to the Slovenian border, the city is famous as the host of the Autumn Cup, the largest regatta in the world.
There are plenty of historic treasures to discover, from the ancient Castle of San Giusto and the hilltop Basilica di San Silvestro to the Roman amphitheatre, or why not tackle the 200 steps up to the top of Victory Lighthouse to see the best views of the city. To discover more about Trieste’s heritage, head to one of the many museums including the Museum of the Sea, the Joyce Museum, the Museum of History and Art and the Speleovivarium Science Museum, housed in a World War Two air-raid shelter. Alternatively, simply experience la dolce vita in one of the lovely harbourside cafés or enjoy a leisurely stroll in search of gelato!
With its lovely location in the enchanting region of Istria, Portorož is one of Slovenia’s most popular seaside resorts. Towards the end of the 19th century, the town became well known for the healing properties of its mud and salt water baths and grew to become one of the grandest resorts of the Adriatic. There are still plenty of wellness spas dotted around Portorož today for those in need of pampering!
The vast marina, dotted with restaurants and cafés, is the perfect place to soak up the Istrian ambience, or enjoy a stroll along the cosmopolitan promenade to the picturesque beach and dip your toes in the sparkling Adriatic Sea. You can also hike up to the hill overlooking the beach for stunning views across Portorož and to discover the hidden gem of the Forma Viva stone sculpture garden. Since 1961, artists from around the world have participated in the biennial Forma Viva event, leaving behind their new sculptures in a picturesque olive grove to create a spectacular outdoor gallery.
The beautiful town of Poreč on the west coast of Croatia boasts a fabulous mix of culture and architecture, coupled with golden sandy beaches offering a range of attractions and activities for you to enjoy. From water sports to glass-bottomed boats, there are plenty of ways to discover Poreč and the stunning surrounding coastline from different perspectives! You can also hop on a boat to neighbouring islands such as Sveti Nikola, renowned for its stunning beaches and crystal clear water.
Poreč’s Old Town, well preserved for thousands of years and a cultural landmark of the city, is the perfect place to while away an afternoon. Bursting with historic charm, the winding cobbled streets are lined with a host of shops, cafés and restaurants. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Euphrasius Basilica is not to be missed, famous for the brilliant craftsmanship and stunning gold mosaics as well as the superb examples of art and ornamental features. Poreč’s other architectural gems include the Istrian Parliamentary building, formally the church of St Francis, as well as the graceful Church of Our Lady of Angel.
With famous star-crossed lovers, bridges arching over the glistening waters of the Adige River and engraved 'lovelock' padlocks clasping onto every railing in the city, Verona is one amorous place!
Just a short journey from the lovely Lake Garda, a trip to the compact city Verona would not be complete without visiting the iconic Juliet’s Balcony at La Casa di Giulietta; the House of Juliet, whose exterior is completely covered in hand-written notes from visitors asking for guidance in love. Oh if walls could talk…!Spanning across the sea of terracotta rooftops, which plait their way around the many well-preserved Roman sites, don’t miss the famous amphitheatre. Built in the first century, it is still very much in use today and provides the venue for the famous summer opera festival each year.
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Hotel Features:Bedrooms with en-suite facilities, flat-screen TV, hairdryer and mini bar ● Restaurant ● Bar ● Games room ● Aqua park with outdoor swimming pool complex and slides ● Wellness centre with a fitness studio, indoor pool, three saunas, relaxation room and whirlpool (treatments available at an extra cost) ● Lift
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