Discover the medieval Istria!
Welcome to the Middle Ages!
By looking at the quaint villages of green Istria, its rolling hills, and fruit trees, it is difficult to recognize that this is where wars were fought, where people lived behind walls to survive. Now it's all about truffles, art galleries and coffee sipping.
This tour will give you a chance of getting a bit farther from the coast, away from the gelato culture of holiday-makers.
Forgotten by most, inland Istria continued at its own, genuine pace, while the coastal areas knew important development from the 1950s on. It won't be before some thirty years ago that the area will slowly start to wake up offering its charms to travelers.
Today, this small area of roughly 25 x 10 miles encompasses beautiful scenery, old stone villages, truffles, olive oil and wine.
Motovun and Grožnjan will give you an idea of what life in the dark ages would have been like while Poreč, with its 6th-century gold mosaics cathedral, is a testimony of the very beginning of Christianity.
This is a sample itinerary based on Rovinj as departure point.
9:00-9:50 scenic drive to Motovun;
9:50-10:30 visit of Motovun;
10:30-11:15 drive to Grožnjan;
11:15-11:50 visit of Grožnjan with free time for walk or coffee;
11:50-12:35 drive to Poreč;
12:35-2:00 free time for lunch;
2:00-3:00 visit of Poreč and the Euphrasius Basilica;
3:00-3:45 drive back to Rovinj.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Rovinj
For departures from Pula or any other point in the county, or for groups between 4 and 6 persons, please send me a request.
End location: Rovinj
Duration: 7 hours
Modern a/c Renault Kadjar (2016). In case of groups of 4-6 persons modern a/c van with driver.
Guiding services as stated in Motovun, Grožnjan and Poreč (Basilica and museum).
Entry ticket(s) for the Poreč UNESCO site Basilica.
Transportation costs (parking, toll roads, gas).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
60 Croatian Kuna (HRK) - For the best cake and the most flavored coffee in Goržnjan- to make a great experience even better.
Any expense not mentioned under "what's included".