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Explore the spectacular, diverse scenery of Croatia. This trek around the Učka region offers rich rewards for those who like to trek away from the crowds.
Following the Istria Mountain Trail across the peninsula, we will crest three mountain peaks, culminating in fabulous views over the entire region from the rocky summit of Mount Učka.
Day 1: UK - Ljubljana – Buzet
Arrive in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and drive across the border into Croatia’s Istria Peninsula, before heading the characterful town of Buzet. There should be time to explore the old town, and visit the local brewery.
Day 2: Oprtalj – Buzet (trek approx. 6-7 hours)
We drive to Oprtalj, a small and very picturesque town marking the start of the Istrian Mountain Trail. Our trek starts gently, passing small villages with striking churches before coming to a wonderful viewpoint over the River Mirna. We pass the imposing ruins of Pietrapelosa castle heading downhill into the valley. Along the trail, we enjoy beautiful views across to Buzet, and return there for the night.
Day 3: Buzet - Hum – Buzet (trek approx. 7-8 hours)
Walking alongside the river, we gradually gain height as we pass an old watermill beside natural pools and an old abandoned village with traditional Istrian stone houses. We see Hum, officially the world’s smallest town, which also marks our mid-way point. We head back to Buzet on a scenic path passing seven waterfalls.
Day 4: Učka - Lovran (trek approx. 7-8 hours)
We drive to Učka, where we set off uphill through forests onto the mountainous plateau of Ćićarija – a wonderful view of the Učka massif shows us where we’re heading! Then it’s over the plateau to the rocky peak of Veliki Planik with mesmerising views over Central Istria.
Descending to Poklon Pass, we take in fabulous sea views to Mount Učka – our highest point. From the top it’s possible to see the Alps to the north and the Adriatic islands to the south, as well as all over Istria: a fitting end to our trek! After soaking up the views, we drive to Lovran, a lovely historic coastal town.
Day 5: Lovran - Ljubljana - UK
After breakfast we transfer back to Ljubljana and our flight home.