Castles to Coast Self-Guided Walk

Castles to Coast Self-Guided Walk
Castles to Coast Self-Guided Walk
Castles to Coast Self-Guided Walk
Castles to Coast Self-Guided Walk
Castles to Coast Self-Guided Walk
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This walking holiday opens up a timeless world that in the oldest towns takes you back 2000 years. The coastline sparkles with bays and inlets, while inland, castles and palaces in hilltop villages float in the early morning like stone battleships on a swirling sea of valley mist.Enjoy on this tour.

Highlights
  • Charming hotels: a converted palace, beautiful townhouse and a 19th century villa
  • Diverse regional cuisine: local wines, homemade pasta, truffles and fresh fish
  • Natural bounty: bee and green-winged orchid, orange fire lily, amethyst sea holly, truffle-rich woods
  • Croatia's Istrian peninsula: Venetian castles, Renaissance palaces, hilltop villages, Adriatic Riviera
  • Panoramic walking paths, ghost villages, lush orchards
Food

All continental breakfasts.

Destinations
  • Croatia
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Flowers and Gardens
  • Adventure
  • Self Guided
  • Small Group
  • Singles
  • Sightseeing
  • Trekking
  • Walking
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Photography

Location: Motovun

Arrive at your hotel in hilltop Motovun. *Comfortable Hotel*

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Location: Motovun

The Kaldir Valley below Motovun is well known locally for fruit, and your ascent through orchards of apples, peaches, cherries and plums passes country shrines and tiny hamlets. A high ridge affords excellent views east to Mt Vojak and west to the sea. Picnic amid olive groves; look out for honey buzzards and listen to lesser spotted woodpecker rattling the pines as you descend back into the valley. Stroll along the castle sentry's walkway around the ancient city walls before dining out in the village. *Comfortable Hotel*

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Location: Motovun, Grožnjan

Today's shorter option starts with a transfer (10 mins) to Livade; the longer option departs from the hotel with a steady descent through vines before reaching Livade from where a panoramic walking track (originally a railway abandoned in 1935) leads over aqueducts and bridges. Then it's on through apple orchards and smreka bushes - the berries are used to make local raki - to reach the artists' village of Groznjan. Time to relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the views as far as Slovenia's Julian Alps and Venice whilst waiting for your transfer back to Motovun (20 mins). Walking distance either 20km/12.5mi/5hr or 25km/16mi/6hr *Comfortable Hotel*

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Location: Motovun, Buzet

After a transfer (10 mins) to the ghost village of Bentonici, a winding ascent on a forest trail sprinkled with green-winged orchid leads you high above the clear Mirna River. Church bells chime across valleys of beech from pointed steeples that crown every hilltop. Blue rock thrush flit between branches as you ascend an amazing stone-slab trail used since the Middle Ages by traders and travellers, before descending to Buzet, a Roman settlement on a hilltop with intact 18th century Venetian fortifications. *Comfortable Hotel*

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Location: Buzet

High above Buzet, a limestone escarpment runs east to west above shady oak woods peppered with smallholdings. Chickens scatter as you pass through villages leading up onto the ridge for uninterrupted views back to Motovun. You follow the escarpment edge across wind-scoured limestone as Buzet floats on a blanket of cloud below, and paragliders launch themselves into the sky. A descent past country churches and tumbledown villages leads back to the hotel. *Comfortable Hotel*

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Location: Buzet, Opatija

Mt Vojak, Istria's highest peak, towers 1401m over the east coast in Ucka Nature Park, a haven for many protected flowers and plants. After a transfer (40 mins), you zigzag to the summit for 360° views of Croatia's islands and Alpine peaks in Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland. Look out for orange fire lily, amethyst sea holly and bee orchids on the descent. It's then a short transfer (20 mins) to Opatija, where your waterfront hotel in a converted 9th century villa awaits. *Comfortable Hotel*

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Location: Opatija

The Adriatic Riviera was a playground for the social elite in the 19th century. Impressive villas with opulent gardens rich in local and exotic plants line the waterfront with views over to the Velebit mountains. A panoramic walkway leads along the sea between yachting marinas and swimming platforms, pretty coves, sea cliffs and azure bays for 6km into Lovran. Enjoy lunch (payable locally) on the waterside with a view over to Cres Island, then either catch the local bus back or stroll home above the waves. Walking distance either 6km/4mi/2hr or 12km/7.5mi/4hr *Comfortable Hotel*

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Location: Opatija

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Included
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers
  • All continental breakfasts
  • All accommodation

Not Included
  • Visas and vaccinations
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  • Travel insurance
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  • Single supplements
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You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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Touring with Exodus

With over 45 years’ experience of taking people on amazing adventure holidays, Exodus can help you reach some of the most incredible destinations on 500 itineraries across more than 90 countries around the world. All staff at Exodus have a passion for travel and adventure, and some team members have been professional archaeologists, wildlife guides, overland drivers, mountain leaders, diving and ski specialists and mountain bike gurus. But that’s not all. This reputable company is a Which? recommended escorted tour provider and has won many prestigious awards, including Best Activity and Sports Holiday Company at the 2018 British Travel Awards.

Exodus is all about adventure and helping others to achieve their travel dreams by offering a fantastic range of guided group holidays, self-guided trips, tailor-made getaways and escorted tours. So, if you’re looking to discover different countries, cultures, environments, cities, mountain ranges, deserts, coasts or even jungles, the expert team at Exodus can help you plan an unforgettable solo, group or family adventure.

Each tour and adventure has been created to give you maximum value for money, often including authentic activities, as well as flights, accommodation and a tour guide. And as the team has developed one of the very best and most exciting collections of guided-group tours and self-guided holidays, you’re guaranteed the adventure holiday of a lifetime, no matter which one you pick. Trips include everything from family adventure holidays and walking and cycling tours to mixed-activity tours and seasonal getaways. You can also ask Exodus to plan a tailored itinerary from scratch or tweak an existing one, which means you can book a bespoke holiday that is designed just for you.

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When it comes to travelling together as a family with Exodus, all family holidays are specifically designed to offer a mix of education and exploration, with plenty of downtime. Each adventure and tour has been created with one of three age ranges in mind, but children outside of the 5-8, 9-12 and 13-16 age bracket are welcome to travel too. Plus, the price for children up to the age of 16 is 25% lower than the adult cost for Exodus guided holidays to help make your trip more affordable. From canoeing and cycling in the Dordogne to safari tours in Africa and dolphin watching in Costa Rica, Exodus offer family adventures all over the world.

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At Exodus, they make sure that everyone travels respectfully and courteously in a small group to minimise their impact and to ensure each holiday is a beneficial experience for all those involved. Where possible, they believe in putting money directly into the communities they visit by eating locally produced food and using locally owned and run accommodation. They also strive to provide as much flexibility and choice as possible to make it simple for you to experience a memorable holiday, your way.

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This tour is operated by Exodus

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Start:Motovun
Finish:Opatija
Group size:2 - 6
Suitable for: 12 to 99
Physical rating:Leisurely / Moderate
Meals:7 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners.
Diets:Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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