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Our most recommended Istria County Food & Gourmet Tours

Kamenjak: Medulin Sunset Dolphin Tour

1. Kamenjak: Medulin Sunset Dolphin Tour

Your evening trip starts at Medulin harbour. After boarding, you will receive a welcome drink and the trip begins with a panoramic view of Medulin's archipelago. Throughout the boat trip, there is music on board which makes for a relaxed atmosphere. Dancing is also welcome. While you cruise along the Adriatic sea, keep an eye out for dolphins. There is a 50/50 chance you will see them, but if not, you can still make the most of the stunning scenery. Enjoy a beautiful view of the Austro-Hungarian lighthouse 'Porer' on the way, and later on, have the chance to admire a stunning sunset view. Dinner is served on the boat: fish, meat and vegetarian options are available with a cabbage salad and ciabatta bread. Drinks during the excursions are included in the price. The boat trip finishes by slowly heading back to Medulin.

Umag: A Real Istrian Olive oil, Wine & Local food experience

2. Umag: A Real Istrian Olive oil, Wine & Local food experience

Immerse yourself in this farm to table gastronomic walking tour of a farm near Umag. Learn about the production of premium olive oil in a region that has been declared the best olive oil region in the world by the Italian Flos Olei. Meet your host at their family property that was built in 1899. Admire views of the olive groves, vineyards, and orchards before heading down to the olive oil tasting room. Listen as your guide reveals the secrets behind the olive harvesting and oil extraction process. Discover how the process has changed over the years. Get tips on how to store olive oil properly to ensure its freshness. Taste some Olivo Istriano Premium Grand Cuvée oil. Learn how to taste and distinguish premium oil from inferior olive oil. Pair your oil with an Istrian charcuterie board of assorted cured meats and two organic cheeses from a local farm. Taste freshly prepared homemade ricotta cheese with olives. Savor fresh seasonal fruits from the garden with homemade bread. Finish your tasting with some artisan ice cream. Sip on Malvasia Istrina wine, dry Muscat cuvee wine, olive liquor, elderflower juice, and coffee. Head out for a stroll through the olive grove to find out about various types olive trees.

Port Bunarina: Scenic Boat Trip with Lunch & Swimming

3. Port Bunarina: Scenic Boat Trip with Lunch & Swimming

Start the trip from Port Bunarina, and sail around Fratarski Island, Little Frašker Island, and Big Frašker island. As you cruise on the open sea, enjoy the views of Banjole and the Red Cliffs. At the first stop for the day, enjoy some time swimming and snorkeling in the ocean. Explore the underwater world and try to spot a variety of marine species such as sea urchins, starfish, sea cucumbers, and colorful fish. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch onboard, with fish, meat, and vegetarian options and your choice of drinks. After lunch, continue to the second stop, Kamenjak Cave, which is a perfect spot for cliff jumping and swimming. Or, simply relax on board the boat with a few beers or glasses of wine. Finally, enjoy a panoramic view of the Porer Lighthouse before returning to port in the late afternoon.

Pula: House of Istrian Olive Oil Museum and Guided Tasting

4. Pula: House of Istrian Olive Oil Museum and Guided Tasting

Enter the House of Istrian Olive Oil in the center of Pula. Learn how Romans made olive oil and where and how it was exported. See two short films that show the traditional olive oil making process and how olive oil is made today. Take a seat in the tasting room and take a close look at the taste, aroma, texture, and appearance of high-quality Istrian olive oils, as well as olive oil typically found in a supermarket. Learn how to recognize good from bad olive oils. Understand the positive and negative attributes of Olive Oil. Try a pairing of sweet dessert and olive oil.

Cape Kamenjak: Half–Day Wine Tasting & Bike Tour

5. Cape Kamenjak: Half–Day Wine Tasting & Bike Tour

Discover the magnificent and protected nature reserve Cape Kamenjak. The waters of the sea are nowhere more bluish-green and crystal clean than in this locality – the southernmost tip of Istria. The rocky beaches alternate with sandy coves. Kamenjak is situated in a purely natural environment, there are no campsites, hotels or buildings. Further on the way, close to the bay of Pinizule, the ancient dinosaur footprints were discovered in the rock slabs several years ago. Upon arrival in Kamenjak, cycle along a narrow path and pass by beautiful beaches, with a unique view to the open sea's vastness. Stop at the very tip of the Istrian peninsula. Return by bike to Pula with a stopover for wine tasting of the famous Istrian wine, served with authentic Istrian cold dishes.

Istria County: Istrian Food Tour Day Trip with Farm Visit

6. Istria County: Istrian Food Tour Day Trip with Farm Visit

Taste the flavors of the Croatian countryside on a daylong 3-stop food tour of Istria. Meet the producers who sell fresh fruits and vegetables at a market. Chat with farmers over a meal at their own farm. Sample regional dishes at a restaurant.  Try cheese, charcuterie, and olive oil at the first stop in the countryside. Take time to chat with the producer during the visit. Find out what’s in season and enjoy a sample. Besides olives and grapes, Istria is also known for its asparagus. Further along, visit a working family farm. Share in conversation and taste traditionally prepared dishes over a light meal with your hosts. You’ll start to notice the Austrian and Venetian influences as you try each new dish.  A restaurant marks the tour’s final stop. Indulge in more traditional Istrian cuisine. Pastas and seafood are popular staples in the area. They also pair well with the locally grown wines. After the restaurant, you will return to your hotel. 

Parenzana: Guided Old Railway Bike Tour with Lunch

7. Parenzana: Guided Old Railway Bike Tour with Lunch

Parenzana was a narrow gauge railway which connected Trieste with Porec, operating from 1902 until 1935. It was eliminated due to not being profitable and because cheaper and faster road transportation existed.  Today the Parenzana route attracts many visitors during the year. With its nine tunnels, six bridges, viaducts and stations the route is ideal for everyone who wants to discover and get to know Istria. Enjoy a hotel pick-up, and then head to Groznjan, a small Istrian town of great cultural heritage, in more recent history known as the “Town of Artists”. Then start your ride along Grožnjan’s narrow and cobbled streets. Continue your route on Parenzana with a beautiful view over the Mirna valley. Through tunnels and bridges, the road will take you to Livade. Then cross the Mirna River to reach the other side of the valley and climb towards Motovun, one of the most popular Istrian medieval towns. Here you will enjoy lunch in a beautiful local tavern. Then enjoy a return transfer to your hotel.

Koper: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

8. Koper: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

Istria, a wonderful peninsula that lies near the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, is famous for its coastal sights and its vibrant green inland vegetation, with numerous cultural-historic attractions and memorable natural vistas viewed from village hilltops. Additionally, it is a treasure trove of culinary delights. Istrian cuisine is a reflection of the climatic, geographical, and historical wonders of the area, combining multiple local culinary traditions based on olive oil, seafood, seasonal vegetables, aromatic spices, and indigenous plants. Hidden beneath your Istrian host’s smile is an on-going invitation to taste and discover the real features of this idyllic coastal land. It’s the environmental beauty and living history that draws you in; along with the diligent craftsmanship witnessed in every stone. During your tour, you will visit 3 famous Istrian villages where you will taste local liquors, wines, cheeses, truffle products, and marmalades. Hum – the smallest town in the world Hum, the smallest town in the world, is located in the heart of Istria that claims only 20 inhabitants. Your visit to Hum will be like a beautiful fairy tale of small Istrian towns. This hidden, picturesque region of Istria is extremely friendly to all visitors who come to marvel in the sights the town has to offer. According to local legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the Mirna River valley, an area in central Istria that includes wonderful mountain towns such as Motovun, Roč, and Bale. Apart from being famous for being the smallest town in the world, Hum recently became popular for biska, a spiced brandy made with mistletoe according to an old Hum recipe. Motovun – the most famous medieval town of Istria Northern Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is home to arguably the most attractive and famous medieval town in the country – Motovun. This fascinating town that lies on top of a hill is the characteristic symbol for the inner heart of Istria. The bell tower, which was built in the 13th century in a Romanesque-Gothic style, dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th century parish church. There are many other beautiful historic buildings that surround it. Motovun’s forest is a particularly good hunting ground for truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac fungus which grows underground and is prized for its distinctive aroma. These white truffles are said by many to be as good as their French and Italian counterparts. Vineyards surround the town from all sides; Istria’s finest wines are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole region is sprinkled with superb restaurants and “konobe.” During your visit to Motovun, you will get to experience these delicious local truffle products for yourself. Grožnjan – town of artists and music Grožnjan is a small Istrian town that holds a great cultural significance not only to Croatia but worldwide. Surrounded by green hills and magical white soil, this town is a must-see for those who want to discover the treasure trove that is Istria. Because of its interesting history, Grožnjan is rich in ancient churches, prehistoric sites, medieval castles, magnificent palaces, and many other historic structures whose past glory was recovered once again through restoration. Its white soil feeds the many neighboring vineyards and olive groves. Because of all this, the area of Grožnjan is ripe with agritourism and many taverns and restaurants offer traditional Istrian cuisine to their guests. Grožnjan is also home to several national and international artists. There are as many as 28 ateliers in this small town; there is also the City Art Gallery which hosts artists’ works from around the world (even the well-known Imaginary Film Academy found its home here). In the summer, all of Grožnjan becomes a stage for world renowned jazz and classical musicians, as well as many of the other artists who have discovered the true joy of creation here.

Livade: Guided Truffle Hunting Walking Tour

9. Livade: Guided Truffle Hunting Walking Tour

Uncover Istria's well-kept truffle secret on this guided walking tour from Livade. Explore the Motovun forest with specially-trained dogs in search of wild truffles. Experience the local microclimate and stop to purchase a two-course meal that focuses on this Istrian delicacy.  Meet your guide in Livade and begin your hiking adventure. Greet the dogs that will assist in your hunt. Soak up the forest as you make your way through dense woods that are home to wild game. Look under the damp soil of the Motovun forest for black truffles.  Learn about truffles, the forest, and how the truffle hunting dogs are trained. Follow the local truffle hunter, Nikola Tarandek, who was featured in the New York Time’s article, “Truffles in Paradise. (And It’s Not Italy.)”  After your hunt, stop at a local restaurant to buy a two-course meal that emphasizes truffles. Savor fresh local flavors before returning to your meeting point in Livade. 

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All in all it was a wonderful experience, non-alcoholic drinks (and wine) were always provided. A nice team on site and the little highlight on board was the very nice shepherd dog. The food was adequate and tasty for the price you pay. You should just be aware that you don't get a 3-course menu. The tour was very nice and the highlight we saw a whole group of dolphins with a small juvenile dolphin. Girlfriend happy (with pee in her eyes), so I'm happy. All happy. I can only recommend!

An exciting and very personal experience from a guide who really cared about giving us this good experience and we definitely got that. There was no doubt about his arrangement and his great knowledge of the area was in a special class. We were very well disguised with the menu with the region's specialities. It is definitely a trip we would recommend others to try.

Great experience- learnt so much about Olive Oil and enjoyed tasting it. Maya was wonderful. She patiently explained the tasting process and the difference between different olive oils. Afterwards I purchased some good oils and condiments. A guided visit to the museum is highly recommended.

Daniel was an extraordinary guide and we had an amazing time biking and exploring the Istrian peninsula!

It was well worth it. Educational and entertaining. Maja was very helpful during the tasting.