- Private transportation
- English speaking guide
- Scenic countryside drive
- Walking culinary visits to 3 villages: Buzet, Motovun, and Momjan
- Wine cellar tour
- Tastings in each village
Istria itself sounds so foreign and exciting. We know what to expect from Italy and France but not from this area of the world; that is another story. Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. The peninsula is located at the head of the Adriatic between the Gulf of Trieste and the Kvarner Gulf. It is shared by three countries: Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy. Your arrival into Koper Slovenia right on the Adriatic Ocean, greets you upon your arrival. Koper is a lovely seaside hub with a picturesque old city core and quaint villages on its outskirts. It has much of the medieval layout as many of the small towns in the Mediterranean, with colorful buildings lining narrow streets. What is wonderful is its easy access to small villages that can deliver even more of an insight into the lives here and the way they have changed as well as remained the same, in a comfortable way.
This excursion will open your eyes and many doors into the sophisticated level of food that has long been part of this culture. Three villages will be introduced to you, each with its own cultural and historic attractions that will be viewed from the village hilltops. Istrian cuisine is a reflection of the climatic, geographical and historical wonders of the area and in each village, culinary traditions will be combined with indigenous plants, aromatic spices, and seasonal foods.
Buzet is your first village and it is located on the far north next to the border of Slovenia. It dates back to the middle ages but today it is called 'City of Truffles' as the Mirna River Forests are uncommonly rich with this delicacy. The white truffle is thought to be on par with the Italian white truffle and the fall months here celebrate Truffle Days in a big way. During your Buzet village tour, you will stop for local liquor and food tastings.
Not far from Buzet is Motovun, located even higher above the Mirna River. Often thought the most attractive and famous of the medieval towns on the peninsula, it holds the requisite attractions such as St. Stephen's 17th century parish church, a 13th century Romanesque-Gothic bell tower, and a centre square surrounded by history. Both white and black truffles are prominent in this area and so are some of their local wines such as their Muscat of Momjan and Malvasia. As this area is so close to Austria, much of this produce that has been in production for so long were favored by the Viennese. Expect to taste truffles and local olive oil among other products on your tour through Motovun.
As you move along to Momjan, the scenery becomes even more lush and beautiful. You are climbing to almost 900 feet above sea level, surrounded by rich soil with the perfection composition for growing fruit, grapes vines, and olive trees. By this time everything sounds wonderful as a little liquor and some altitude contribute to your wellbeing. Included in your stop in Momjan is a wine cellar tour which will allow you to meet the proprietor and learn more about the cultivation and the culture.
Departures: 08:30 AM, 09:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Your experience includes tastings of wine, homemade liquors, local olive oil, truffles, cheeses, breads, and other tasty products.
- The total driving time from start to finish is just 2 hours.
- Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions.