Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula
- Duration: 7 hours
Hum is situated in the center of Istria with barely 20 inhabitants. Turn your trip to Hum into a beautiful story of Istrian small towns. This hidden part of Istria is extremely welcoming to visitors. According to the legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the river Mirna valley, an area in central Istria including the wonderful hill towns of Motovun, Roc, and Bale. Despite the small number of residents, Hum has preserved the ritual of Election of the Prefect for a Year. All the men from the parish gather at the Municipal Loggia (Town Hall) to elect the village superior by carving their votes into a wooden stick. Apart from being famous for being the smallest city in the world, Hum has recently become popular for Biska, which a brandy spiced with mistletoe and made according to an old recipe originating in Hum. Every year, at the end of October,...
Situated near the base of the Istrian peninsula, Pula is the largest city in Istria. Its most famous attraction, the well-preserved Roman amphitheater, is one of the most famous sights in the whole of Croatia. Pula, like the rest of the region, it is known for its mild climate, smooth sea, beautiful beaches, and unspoiled nature. Throughout your tour you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture: the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi from the 1st century B.C., Hercules’ Gate and Twin Gates, the Temple of Augustus, and the Arena and Small Roman Theatre in the town center. Historical attractions aside, Pula is a busy commercial city on the sea that has managed to retain a friendly small-town appeal. Although marred with residential and holiday developments, the coast is dotted with fragrant pine groves, seaside cafes and a clutch of good restaurants. The main town square offers ...
Head out from Zagreb center towards Klanjec city, immersed in noble history. Enter a church from the 17th century, built by the noble Erdody family as a family mausoleum. In the basement of the convent, see two sarcophagi made for the burial of the Habsburg royal family. Continue to Kumrovec, an open-air museum with restored houses from the beginning of the 20th century, and the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito, the famous Yugoslav president. Move on to the preserved castle Veliki Tabor. Hear one of the most beautiful Croatian love stories, the legend of Veronika. After a lunch break with traditional Zagorje food, continue to Krapina city to see the Evolution Museum and Neanderthal findings. Discover history from the Big Bang to the construction of the museum. Finally, visit the fairytale Trakošćan castle. Discover this recently restored medieval fortress, with original furniture and fit...
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We had a fantastic day, Greg was very informative and entertaining