09:00AM You will meet Your personal English - speaking driver and guide at the Lobby of Your Hotel for Your full day truffle experience.
Your tour will start with a transfer to Paladini where You will meet Karlic family. Friendly hosts will tell you all about truffles, truffle hunting and their hunting dogs. Tasting of truffle products will be prepared for you in beautiful surroundings and afterwards You will continue to truffle hunting.
The truffle business of the Karlic family from Paladini near Buzet was established last century by Mr Ivan Rašpolić, in 1966 to be exact. Back then Motovun forest was quite bigger than today. Both white and black truffles found in that area were considered to be among the best quality truffles in Istria. However, one of the richest truffle fields now lies at the bottom of the Butoniga lake! A rush of adrenaline that you will experience together during the truffle hunting certainly will not leave you indifferent, because truffles are their love and their way of life.
Your next stop will be Motovun – unique hilltop town known among other things for a film festival.
Motovun is located in the northern part of Istria, overlooking the Mirna River valley, lies surely the most famous and attractive Istrian medieval town of Motovun. This captivating hilltop town is one of the characteristic symbols of the Istrian interior. The Romanesque-Gothic bell tower with a crenulated crown from the 13th century, standing next to the Parish Church of St. Stephen from the 17th century, dominates the town's historic core.
Today half the size it once was, Motovun Forest covers about one thousand hectares of land along the Mirna River. It differs completely from the karst forests that surround it. While the occasional traveller might associate the forest with fairies and magical experiences, in the gourmet world it is known as a site for harvesting truffles, expensive underground mushrooms that some believe have aphrodisiacal powers.
After sightseeing of Motovun You will continue to the local restaurants in Istria, Agrotourism Tikel where You will have traditional lunch (lunch is included).
Istrian gastronomy mainly consists of fresh fish and seafood, prepared with aromatic herbs and spices, and quality Istrian olive oil. In the inland part of Istria, you will find excellent lamb under peka, sausages with sauerkraut and traditional pastas named pljukanci and fuzi that go well with wild meat stew.