|Travel by Express Coach|
|2 Included Excursions|
Staying on Croatia’s beautiful Istrian Peninsula, we explore the hidden delights, historic towns and scenic shores of this wonderful region, as well as enjoying a great value inclusive package during our stay. We’ll make the most of our time away as well, travelling overnight to reach our destination.
The heart-shaped Istrian Peninsula is a beautiful destination within Croatia and is home to many fantastic towns and cities that are well worth visiting. We’ll be based in the resort town of Rabac during our break, and will call at Rovinj, Porec and Opatija, with additional optional excursions to choose from.
The towns and villages located within the Istrian Peninsula all have their own attractions to look forward to but, in each, we’ll be able to enjoy the stunning views that are associated with this part of Croatia. With amazing scenery, including the pastel-coloured houses of these seaside towns, we’re sure to be amazed by the sights of Croatia.
Day One: Depart UK
In the morning of day one, we’ll make the journey from the UK to Rabac, which will see us travelling via Calais. From there, we’ll travel through the night on our overnight express coach.
Day Two: To Rabac
We arrive in Rabac and have time to settle into our hotel, the Hotel Narcis, for our first night in this beautiful destination. (D)
Days Three to Seven: Rabac
We’ll spend five full days in the quaint town Rabac at the Hotel Narcis, which offers beautiful seaviews and access to the port and old town centre. We have included two excursions, we visit Opatija, a beautiful resort that was a playground for the rich a famous in the 19th century and retains that opulence to this day. We also visit Rovinj and Porec, Rovinj’s old town is packed onto a small island and its labyrinthine streets are fascinating to explore. The village of Porec has a number of Roman ruins which give a glimpse of the great wealth the Romans enjoyed in the Adriatic, with great examples of uncovered mosaic floors in former villas. The rest of the time is free to spend at your leisure, it will be possible to take optional excursions, details of which are listed in the excursions and extras tab. (B,L,D)
Day Eight: Depart Rabac
As our holiday draws to a close, we’ll say goodbye to Rabac and will travel to Calais. (B,L)
Day Nine: Arrive in UK
We’ll then return to the UK via Calais, and will take the coach back to our local joining points.
B,L,D : Breakfast, lunch, dinner
FREE selected drinks between 11am and 10pm in Rabac
Be treated to free local drinks, including beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks between 11am and 10pm in Rabac.
Located in the charming fishing village of Rabac and featuring stunning sea views, the beautiful Narcis Hotel offers a fantastic mix of fantastic scenery and a relaxing atmosphere. Renovated in 2012 the hotel offers bright and modern bedrooms and fantastically decorated public areas. Relax and enjoy the scenery and hotel facilities at this excellent accommodation option, where you are guaranteed to leave feeling rejuvenated.
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Full Day: Opatija
Just a short way along the coast, also nestled on the banks of the Adriatic Sea, is the lovely resort of Opatija, which we’ll visit today. Enjoy time at your leisure to soak up the beautiful architecture, seafront promenade and colourful parks.
Opatija has a number of attractions that are worth visiting, such as the Benedictine Abbey of Saint James (Opatija Sv. Jakova), and the famous statue titled ‘Maiden with the Seagull’, which can be found by the Juraj Sporer art pavilion.
Full Day: Rovinj and Porec
Discover the west side of the Istrian Peninsula as we visit charming Rovinj, with its pretty pastel coloured houses clustered along the winding streets, overlooked by the Venetian style bell tower. The historical centre is completely contained within the oval peninsula and the town and harbour are a delight to explore, including St. Euphemia's Basilica.
From Rovinj, we’ll continue to the popular town of Porec, where you can enjoy a stroll along the two main bays, known as the Green and Blue Lagoons. There’ll also be time to see the old centre, streets, and squares. One of the major attractions in Porec is its UNESCO World Heritage Site-designated Euphrasian Basilica, also known as the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Mary. Why not visit the cathedral at your leisure to see the stunning mosaics and Byzantine architecture.
Boat trip to Cres
Sit back and take in the coastal scenery from the water, on our optional boat trip to discover one of Croatia’s largest islands, Cres. This lovely island is situated at the top of the Kvarner Gulf and boasts beautiful coves, bays and pebbled beaches. Our trip will call at Cres and Valun, with an interesting town tour in Cres, as well as an included lunch.
Full Day Umag And Piran
Umag and its surrounding riviera is a very popular destination in Croatia - the old town has attractive and narrow, cobbled streets to explore, whilst its coastline is full of pretty little bays. After time to explore, we cross the border today into Slovenia to visit picture-postcard Piran on the Adriatic coast.
Half Day: Pula
Travelling to the south of the peninsula today, we’ll discover historic Pula, Istria’s largest city. While in Pula, you’ll have free time to explore the city itself, where sights include the Chapel of St. Mary Formosa, the Arch of the Sergii and the Temple of Roma and Augustus. Pula's ampitheatre is one of the top attractions and this is the sixth largest and one of the best-preserved in the world.