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Northern Istria (Self Drive - Trieste - Slovenian Riviera - North Istria Coast)
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This is a suggested independent itinerary that you customize. Please select the best flights, hotels, trains, activities, transportation and number of nights in each destination to fit your needs.
This package, involving Italy, Slovenia and Croatia, features three beautiful areas for a trip that wont be forgotten. Start off this adventure in: Trieste (was a prosperous Italian seaport city in the Mediterranean region). Then, continue to The Slovenian Riviera (coastline of Slovenia, located on the Gulf of Trieste, by the Adriatic Sea. Because of its location, the region features a distinct blend of Roman, Venetian and Medieval architecture whose towns are so closely clustered, they all seamlessly blend together). Finally, visit The North Istria (the largest green oasis of the Croatia North Adriatic area. The area it is known for its natural beauty, medieval hilltop villages, excellent food, islands, and hundreds more sites/sights). Combine these destinations with a Rental Car. This is a flexible package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

This 8 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into Trieste and out of Pula
  • Rental Car for 9 days
  • Pick Up: Trieste Airport/Drop Off: Pula Airport
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Trieste
  • Hotel for 3 nights in The Slovenian Riviera
  • Hotel for 3 nights in The North Istria Coast
  • Driving Time
    Trieste - Slovenian Riviera: 30 mins. approx.
    Slovenian Riviera - North Istria Coast Area: 1 hr. approx.
    North Istria Coast Area - Pula Airport: 40 - 50 mins. approx.


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Related Cities:
Trieste (3)     Rovinj (4)     Piran (Slovenian Riviera) (1)     Porec (3)     Slovenian Riviera (4)     Portoroz (Slovenian Riviera) (1)     North Istria Coast (3)    
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1. Trieste
  34 hotels
2. Slovenian Riviera
   (29 hotels)
3. North Istria Coast
   (65 hotels)
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Trip Summary
2 nights in Trieste

Trieste, Italy is a city at the crossroads. This important port town has passed through the hands of the Romans, the Venetians, the powerful Hapsburg monarchy (who poured money into it), and the Germans during WWII. In fact, it was only returned to Italy in 1954. Between land and sea, war and peace, it has developed a unique and vibrant culture that sits somewhere between Austrian, Italian, and Slovenian.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Castello Miramare, La Risiera di San Sabba, Piazza Unità d`Italia, Trieste Cathedral, Il Ghetto and The Synagogue of Trieste, Joyce and Svevo Museum, Canal Grande, La Grotta Gigante and so much more!



3 nights in Slovenian Riviera

The Slovenian Riviera (Slovenska obala) is a popular seaside tourist destination, and has been since the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, when it was then referred to as the `Austrian Riviera`. It consists of a mere 29 miles of coastline on the Gulf of Trieste, sandwiched between Italy and Croatia. The towns on the Slovenian Riviera, such as Koper, Piran, Portorož, Strunjan, Izola, and Ankaran, all have considerable Italian influence, as the area was ruled by Italy for three decades in the 20th century. Perhaps the most popular beach in the country is Portorož Beach, one of the few sandy ones along the coast. Whether you`re looking for sun and sand, sightseeing, or yachting, the towns of the Slovenian Riviera have everything you`re looking for, and many points of interest you never realized you needed to see.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Koper, Piran, Portorož, Strunjan, Izola, Ankaran, Portorož Beach, Dragonja River, Praetorian Palace, Tartini Square, Strunjan Nature Reserve, and so much more!



3 nights in North Istria Coast

The northern Croatian Istrian coast comprises part of the middle portion of the Istrian Peninsula, which is less than an hour away by car not just from Pula, Croatian Istria`s largest city, but also from Portoroz and the Slovenian Riviera. The seaside cities, towns, and resorts are comprised of a beautiful mix of buildings, ranging from stone villas to Austro-Hungarian-era grand palaces to state-of-the-art five-star resort complexes. The Italian influence on Istria can be seen and felt everywhere, from bilingual street signs to sumptuous wines and food cooked with fresh truffles. The major cities of the northern coast, from north to south, are Umag, Novigrad, Porec, and Rovinj. Other towns and villages of note in the region include Basanija, Zambratija, Katoro, Monterol, Mareda, Tar, Vabriga, Mali Maj, Funtana, and Vrsar.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Umag, Novigrad, Porec, Rovinj, Basanija, Zambratija, Katoro, Monterol, Mareda, Tar, Vabriga, Mali Maj, Funtana, Vrsar, Church of St. Euphemia, Euphrasian Basilica, and so much more!




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Trieste
Day 1
Arrive to Trieste
Overnight in Trieste   34 hotels offered
Optional   65 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Trieste   34 hotels offered
Optional   65 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Trieste
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Slovenian Riviera
Day 3
Arrive to Slovenian Riviera
Overnight in Slovenian Riviera   29 hotels offered
Day 4
Overnight in Slovenian Riviera   29 hotels offered
Day 5
Overnight in Slovenian Riviera   29 hotels offered
Day 6
Departing from Slovenian Riviera
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
North Istria Coast
Day 6
Arrive to North Istria Coast
Overnight in North Istria Coast   65 hotels offered
Day 7
Overnight in North Istria Coast   65 hotels offered
Day 8
Overnight in North Istria Coast   65 hotels offered
Day 9
Departing from North Istria Coast

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Italy

For centuries <b>Italy</b> has drawn foreign visitors - mostly for its architectural, artistic, and scenic splendors. Italy can truly be all things to all people. From the passion and excitement of noisy urban crowds to the quiet, rural idyll where the traditional life can be experienced. Italy's great cities are replete with rich attractions and culture alongside some of the most pristine beaches and spectacular mountains in the world.
Slovenia

For such a small nation, <b>Slovenia</b>, at the crossroads of Central and Eastern Europe, offers so many distinct vacation opportunities. People who want a city getaway will fall in love with Ljubljana, the capital and largest city. Winter sports enthusiasts will be right at home on the ski slopes near Lake Bled and nearby Lake Bohinj. A countryside getaway wouldn't be complete without a tour of Styria and the culturally significant Lasko Valley. Finally, a summer getaway is easily within reach if you sun yourself on the beaches of the Slovenian Riviera in towns such as Koper, Piran, and Portoroz.
Croatia

<b>Croatia</b> is a fast-growing European travel destination, as Americans are becoming turned on to a destination that Europeans have visited for decades. It has some of the most popular beaches in Europe, with the numerous islands offshore considered to offer the best beaches. Croatia is also well-known for its history and geographic beauty. Croatia also offers to the tourist opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and mountain climbing at their many national parks such as Plitvice Lakes. Croatia also offers tourists the opportunity to learn about its history by visiting its many walled cities (such as Dubrovnik, Trogir, and Korcula), Roman-era buildings (of which Diocletian`s Palace is perhaps the best-known), and religious buildings such as Zagreb Cathedral in the country`s exquisite capital.
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Northern Istria (Self Drive - Trieste - Slovenian Riviera - North Istria Coast)
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Trieste
Trieste, Italy is a city at the crossroads. This important port town has passed through the hands of the Romans, the Venetians, the powerful Hapsburg monarchy (who poured money into it), and the Germans during WWII. In fact, it was only returned to Italy in 1954. Between land and sea, war and peace, it has developed a unique and vibrant culture that sits somewhere between Austrian, Italian, and Slovenian.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Castello Miramare, La Risiera di San Sabba, Piazza Unità d`Italia, Trieste Cathedral, Il Ghetto and The Synagogue of Trieste, Joyce and Svevo Museum, Canal Grande, La Grotta Gigante and so much more!
Slovenian Riviera
The Slovenian Riviera (Slovenska obala) is a popular seaside tourist destination, and has been since the times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, when it was then referred to as the `Austrian Riviera`. It consists of a mere 29 miles of coastline on the Gulf of Trieste, sandwiched between Italy and Croatia. The towns on the Slovenian Riviera, such as Koper, Piran, Portorož, Strunjan, Izola, and Ankaran, all have considerable Italian influence, as the area was ruled by Italy for three decades in the 20th century. Perhaps the most popular beach in the country is Portorož Beach, one of the few sandy ones along the coast. Whether you`re looking for sun and sand, sightseeing, or yachting, the towns of the Slovenian Riviera have everything you`re looking for, and many points of interest you never realized you needed to see.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Koper, Piran, Portorož, Strunjan, Izola, Ankaran, Portorož Beach, Dragonja River, Praetorian Palace, Tartini Square, Strunjan Nature Reserve, and so much more!
North Istria Coast
The northern Croatian Istrian coast comprises part of the middle portion of the Istrian Peninsula, which is less than an hour away by car not just from Pula, Croatian Istria`s largest city, but also from Portoroz and the Slovenian Riviera. The seaside cities, towns, and resorts are comprised of a beautiful mix of buildings, ranging from stone villas to Austro-Hungarian-era grand palaces to state-of-the-art five-star resort complexes. The Italian influence on Istria can be seen and felt everywhere, from bilingual street signs to sumptuous wines and food cooked with fresh truffles. The major cities of the northern coast, from north to south, are Umag, Novigrad, Porec, and Rovinj. Other towns and villages of note in the region include Basanija, Zambratija, Katoro, Monterol, Mareda, Tar, Vabriga, Mali Maj, Funtana, and Vrsar.


Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Umag, Novigrad, Porec, Rovinj, Basanija, Zambratija, Katoro, Monterol, Mareda, Tar, Vabriga, Mali Maj, Funtana, Vrsar, Church of St. Euphemia, Euphrasian Basilica, and so much more!

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