COACH HOLIDAY ITINERARY
DAY 1 The weather in Rovinji during October can boast mild conditions. The sun will shine for up to 7 hours this month, with average high temperatures of 19°C. There may be some showers though, and on some cooler days the temperature may fall below 13°C so we recommend packing some warmer clothes. Depart home area and head to London Heathrow where we board our direct flight to Zagreb, Croatia (flight duration approx. 2 hours 30 mins). We are transferred from this airport to the hotel, which includes a boat ride from the port at Rovinji. Hotel Istra is located on the idyllic St Andrew’s Island, also known as Crveni Otok or Red Island. Enjoy a welcome fruit juice on arrival with time to freshen up before our evening meal.
DAY 2 After breakfast enjoy a full day coach excursion visiting Opatija. This coastal town on the Adriatic Sea prides itself with its picturesque surroundings and a rich history. We can stroll along its 12km promenade lined with impressive villas and pretty gardens and wander through the historic centre brimming with chic shops, Viennese-style coffee houses, bars and restaurants. Return to the hotel later for our evening meal.
DAY 3 After breakfast we have a full day excursion to Pula. Dominating the streetscape is the well-preserved magnificent Roman amphitheatre which is at the heart of this city. Located beneath 7 hills on the southern tip of Croatia’s Istrian peninsula with views of the Adriatic, Pula’s natural surroundings are unspoilt. It has a long tradition of winemaking and fishing, so be sure to try the world’s best malvasia wine and Italian food with a Croatian twist. Three are many bars, cafes and boutiques to explore.
DAY 4 We will spend today either exploring our private island at leisure, relaxing on the beaches or taking the ferry to Rovinj, famous for the St Euphemia Cathedral, the largest baroque building in Istria. Rovinj was originally an island too, but 250 years ago the narrow channel which separated it from the mainland was filled in. Rovinj is extremely pretty with numerous cafés and restaurants, galleries and an active fishing port and worth the effort if we can bear to leave our resort island!
DAY 5 After breakfast we have a coach excursion visiting Krk Island, which is Croatia’s largest island. Located in the centre of the Kvarner bay, it is considered one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Croatia. Return to the hotel later for our evening meal.
DAY 6 Today we wave goodbye to our resort and return to Zagreb Airport where we board our return flight to London Heathrow. Upon arrival at Heathrow we will be returned to home area.
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HOTEL ISTRA, ST ANDREW’S ISLAND, ROVINJ, CROATIA ****
Set on the traffic-free St Andrew’s Island, only 50 yards from the clear blue shoreline, this 4-star hotel is the perfect place to escape. It boasts an elegant and sophisticated outdoor terrace where you can recline and soak up the daytime rays on sun loungers, or, after the sun goes down, sit and have a cool beverage in this stylish atmosphere with contemporary lighting. The exciting city of Rovinj is only a 15-minute boat ride away. There is a shuttle service from the parking lot to the pier which is free of charge. Not one, but two conveniently located outdoor pools are available. Enjoy a rich offer of hot and cold dishes, salads and cereals of continental or Mediterranean variety, served from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. For dinner, choose your favourite of the three themes: international and Mediterranean, seafood or the gourmet treasures of Istria. Buffet dinner served from 6.30 p.m. until 9.30 p.m. All bedrooms boast a balcony and have air conditioning. The single rooms are all doubles/twins for sole occupancy.
AT A GLANCE
√ Exclusive coach travel with Kirbys
√ Return British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia
√ 5 nights buffet dinner, bed & breakfast
√ Glass of house wine, local beer or soft drink with dinner each night
√ All coach transfers included
√ Boat transfers to & from island of St Andrija
√ Airport transfers & assistance in Croatia
√ Porterage on arrival and departure from hotel
√ Welcome fruit juice on arrival
√ 1 night of entertainment at hotel
√ Free use of the hotel’s leisure facilities
√ A full day coach excursion and guide to Opatija
√ A full day coach excursion and guide to Pula
√ A full day coach excursion and guide to Krk Island
√ Fully escorted throughout by Karen Kirby
√ Please visit our website for more pictures of the Hotel resort
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A deposit of £250 per person is required for this holiday. Passport details will be requested at time of booking.
All prices are subject to increase of flight costs.