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8 Days Flavor of Autumn Culinary Vacation in Istria, Croatia

La Grisa 23, 52211, Bale, Croatia

Exciting Culinary Vacation in Croatia

Autumn is the best time to visit Istria. Summer crowds dissipate and the region becomes relaxed and calm. It is a time when grapes and olives get picked and turned in to amazing wine and world-famous olive oil, truffle hunters set off to a new season of harvesting the magical truffle, and mushrooms start growing everywhere - the local gastronomy scene flourishes in all its glory. Fishermen bring their best catch of the year and prosciutto and cheese producers roll out their new products. The weather and air temperature is just perfect and locals are happy and satisfied that the summer craziness is finally over. The relaxing atmosphere takes over the whole region and it is impossible for you to feel any different than relaxed and happy. It is indeed a feast for all of your senses.

Highlights

  • Visit an Autumn food festival
  • Visit the olive oil museum to taste various olive oils
  • Participate in a truffle hunt in the forest and truffle tasting
  • Taste some of the most amazing liquors produced in Istria
  • Explore Pula, Motovun, and sightseeing and visit a local museum of Vodnjan
  • Sightseeing and great wines and olive oil tasting in a 500 years old palace
  • Visit the “old” Istria and three nearly abandoned towns in Istria
  • 7 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel with breakfast

Styles


7 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer included: Pula Airport
Airport transfer available:
Rijeka Airport (US$144 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (US$177 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Portorož Airport (US$111 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lobby
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Beauty salon
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Currency exchange
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

Heritage Hotel La Grisa is named after the oldest and principal street in the romantic medieval town of Bale (Valle) in southern Istria. With the vision shared by the Municipality of Bale - the idea of Bale old town center as a “City Hotel”, each room represents the house and the corridors represent streets and lanes. All rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished with a combination of modern and traditional style, and contain details that make them unique and comfortable.

Program

Day 1

On day one, you will arrive at Istria and check in to the hotel. After the meeting with your tour guide, the rest of the first day is off.

Day 2

Your first tour is on schedule on Sunday, the day after your arrival. There is a food festival in Istria every Sunday of autumn. The usual themes are seafood, truffles, prosciutto, wine, olive oil or mushrooms. Of course, it's never just the single product that you get to taste, it's always a mix of all listed themes, but the main star of the event is just one of them. Besides visiting the food festival, you will have lunch in a local tavern and visit a location or two in Istria depending on where the food festival is.

Day 3

On day three, you will visit Pula, Istria's biggest city and its historical and cultural hub. The tour will start with a visit to the city market and fishery where you will see what are the usual, everyday ingredients of Istrian food. After that, you will continue your tour through the city and visit the olive oil museum where you will have the opportunity to taste various olive oils from different Istrian producers and learn more about the oil itself. Then, it will be time for lunch, which will be served in a local winery and paired with some amazing wines. When you finish your lunch, you will head to the town of Vodnjan where, besides sightseeing, you will visit a local museum and find out more about how life looked like there a hundred years ago.

Day 4

On day four, you will have the whole day for yourself.

Day 5

Today, you will visit one of the most charming hilltop towns in Istria, the town of Motovun. You’ll do a bit of sightseeing and tasting of amazing truffle products. After that, you’ll participate in a truffle hunt in the forest, accompanied by a truffle hunter and his dogs. When you catch some truffles, you will take them to the hunter's house where they will be prepared for you for lunch! After finishing the truffle experience, you will head to the town of Buzet where you will taste some of the most amazing liquors produced in Istria.

Day 6

On day six, you will visit the “old” Istria. You will visit the towns of Gračišće and Plomin where you will discover amazing architecture, hear about their fascinating history and have lunch in a local tavern. When you finish your lunch, you will go to the city of Labin for some more sightseeing and great wines and olive oil tasting in a 500 years old palace.

Day 7

Your last day will take you to three nearly abandoned towns in Istria. First is the town of Grožnjan which got its second chance with the colonization of numerous different artists which transformed the nearly abandoned town into a vibrant artist colony. After Grožnjan, you will visit Završje which wasn’t so lucky – it’s almost completely abandoned, but it gives an amazing insight into life after people. The third location is somewhere in-between, not completely abandoned, but also not flourishing with life. What saves it is the fact that there is one of the best taverns in Istria where you will have an amazing traditional lunch paired with Istrian wines. After you finish your lunch you will head to the last stop of the day – an amazing wine tasting of 15 different Istrian wines.

Day 8

After breakfast you will check-out and head back home.

Location

Discover the amazing areas of Pula, Vodnjan, Motovun, Buzet, Gračišće, Plomin, Labin, Grožnjan, Završje, and Oprtalj during this culinary tour in Croatia.

Features

Activities

  • Gym
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (indoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Parking lot

Food

During this culinary holiday, you will enjoy seven breakfasts, five lunches, two dinners, three wine tastings, one liquor tasting, two olive oil tastings.

The hotel’s restaurant is open-type and is located exactly where once was the “Alla Pace” inn, one of the oldest and the finest taverns in the area. The restaurant offers traditional meals with a contemporary touch, Istrian authentic meat and fish specialties, crafted with love by chef Nikola Vuković. Sommelier Marko Divić will choose wines from a list consisting of more than 50 brands and labels from Istria and around Croatia.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1 liquor tasting
  • 1 visit to a museum
  • 2 olive oil tastings
  • 3 wine tastings
  • 7 nights accommodation in a 4-star boutique hotel
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Professional local guide
  • Air-conditioned van for all tours

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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The tour needs a minimum of 2 persons for a guaranteed departure.

 

Availability

This vacation is available from September to November with arrival every Saturday. Please select your arrival date below.

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