From  £1380
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Explore the scenic countryside of the Istrian Peninsula
  • See the Roman Amphitheatre at Pula - a rival to Rome's Colosseum
  • Explore Krk - Croatia's largest island
  • Travel at your own pace in your own hire car
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Istria & Kvarner Fly-Drive Holiday

12 Day Tour, from £1380 per person

Discover the stunning Croatian coast from the comfort of your own four wheels. Pick up your hire car to tour the pretty towns and scenic countryside of the Istrian Peninsula, before crossing the sparkling waters to discover some of the beautiful islands that dot the Adriatic. Explore the natural beauty and intriguing history of the region, uncovering medieval and Roman towns, bustling harbours and coastal coves, wine districts and wild landscapes.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO PULA

Fly to Pula on Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula. Pick up the hire car and head into the city. Spend three nights in Pula .

DAY 2
PULA

Enjoy a day exploring the city. Once the Roman administrative headquarters, Pula boasts an impressive Roman Amphitheatre that now hosts concerts throughout the summer. History is scattered throughout the town and at its centre is the Forum containing the Temple of Augustus. (B)

DAY 3
BRIJUNI ISLANDS

Take the boat out to visit the olive and pine tree strewn Brijuni Islands, 15 minutes off the coast of Fazana. The islands are home to the former summer residence of President Tito – from where he entertained the rich and famous. The islands are now a national park. (B)

DAY 4
PULA TO POREC

Drive from Istria’s southern tip up the western coast, stopping in the quaint medieval town of Rovinj. Reminiscent of Venice, Rovinj is traversed by a network of winding lanes, flanked by colourful buildings leading to a bustling working harbour. Continue driving north on the local road past the Lim Channel; a steep sided sea inlet reminiscent of a fjord. Stop at one of the viewpoints for some stunning views. Continue on to Porec for a 3 night stay. (B)

DAY 5
POREC

Explore Porec – a town which has retained the original grid layout of a Roman garrison town. The highlight is its Byzantine Euphrasius Basilica and remarkable 6th-century Byzantine mosaics. (B)

DAY 6
MOTOVUN AND THE ISTRIAN INTERIOR

Head inland to the beautiful Istrian interior, dotted with hilltop villages, the most scenic of these being Motovun. Walk around the town walls and admire views of the vineyards and forests below which harbour Istria’s famous wine and truffles. Another picturesque hilltop town to visit is Groznjan. Situated high above the Mirna river valley, this 14th Century Venetian fortress was colonised by artists and musicians in the 1960s and today a summer school for musicians means you will often find an impromptu concert taking place. (B)

DAY 7
POREC TO MALI LOSINJ

Hop over to the islands today, making your way across the peninsula to the port at Brestova. Take the 20 minute ferry ride to Porozina on the island of Cres and head south through the wild landscape to Italianate Cres town, featuring many well preserved Venetian elements. Continue down to Losinj for two nights in the town of Mali Losinj. (B)

DAY 8
LOSINJ ISLAND

The island has been popular since the Austro-Hungarian reign and remains littered with fine homes and villas from this period of its history. Stroll around the town of Mali Losinj, soaking up its relaxed atmosphere and stop in one of the quayside cafes that line the waterfront. (B)

DAY 9
MALI LOSINJ TO KRK

Drive to the port at Merag for the 25 minute ferry across to Valbiska on Krk island- the largest of Croatia’s islands. Explore the striking onion-domed Campanile of old town Krk, before heading to the old stone hilltop village and wine cellars of Vrbnik, which produce the famous Zlatina white wine. Overnight at a hotel in Punat. (B)

DAY 10
KRK TO OPATIJA

Cross the toll bridge to the mainland and head up to Opatija. Opatija boasts a wide seafront promenade lined with grand Austro- Hungarian and Hapsburg villas, a reminder of the town’s popularity in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Discover the secluded rocky coves leading along to the small town of Lovran. (B)

DAY 11
RIJEKA

Spend the day exploring Rijeka, named 2020's European Capital of Culture. The city, home to Croatia's largest port, has recently exploded with new bars, restaurants and art spaces. Enjoy fresh seafood from Kvarner bay and explore the city-centre streets lined with ornate Austro-Hungarian–style buildings. (B)

DAY 12
FLY TO UK

Make your way to Pula airport via the picturesque town of Labin. Return to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

12 day tour, from £1380 per person
(Single person supplement + £785)

Price Includes

  • Return flights from the UK to Pula 
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation in 3 or 4-star hotels on bed & breakfast basis
  • Car hire, VW Golf or similar, including CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage and taxes 

Price Excludes

  • Super damage waivers and deposit on hire vehicle
  • Toll charges on certain main roads
  • Ferry tickets as detailed in the itinerary (can be purchased at the dock or at Jadrolinja offices/website, or included in the total cost of the holiday)

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Price Notes

Flights from alternative airports can be offered -please speak to a Regent Specialist about the other options


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