Porec & the Istrian Riviera

9 days from £659pp.


Rovinj

Visit: Rovinj, Croatia

Ljubljana

Visit: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Porec

Visit: Porec, Croatia

Pula

Visit: Pula, Croatia

About the Tour

Join us on a holiday to Croatia’s golden peninsula. From your base at the 4-star Valamar Crystal, we take you on a tour of some of the country’s most celebrated sights, from amazing architecture to stunning coastlines. We begin in the town of Porec, where its richness is measured by its historical heritage, with stunning Roman architecture and famous sites such as the 6th century Basilica to witness, all adding to the beauty of this coastal town. On to Ljubljana, the historic capital of Slovenia, where you can take a tour of the Old Town and visit Triple Bridge. From our base in Porec, we also offer a range of optional excursions, from the beautiful coastal towns of Rovinj and Vrsar, to the Roman ruins in Pula. On the 12-day tour we also visit the Slovenian resort of Piran, with its Venetian influenced architecture and labyrinth of alleyways.

Tour Includes


  • 6 or 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 6 or 9 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
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Your Itinerary

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then travel overnight towards Porec.

Afternoon arrival in Porec for a six-night stay.

  • Included meals: Dinner
Porec

Porec

Porec’s richness is measured by its historical heritage, which has been deeply rooted in this area for thousands of years. It is a city of culture with 37kms of coastline, extending into the Mirna Valley in the north and the deep Lim Fjord in the south.

The old city of Porec is a monument of culture and has preserved the structure of the old Roman castrum. The main streets, Decumanus and Cardo Maximus, are still preserved in their original forms. Decumanus connected the square Marafor, in the western part of the old city, with city gates at its eastern end. The Roman Forum with temples to Roman gods was located on Marafor square. Today, there is still a Romanic house and a few beautiful Venetian Gothic palaces.

Why not join our optional walking tour where our expert guide will provide an informative overview of the city. The walking tour will last for approximately 2 hours and will take in the main sights of the town including the 6th century Basilica and the old Roman ruins. (Entrances to places of interest are at extra cost). Spend the rest of the day exploring the quaint old cobbled town at your leisure.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Ljubljana

Ljubljana

After breakfast, join our included excursion to Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. It may be one of Europe’s smaller capital cities but it is filled with history and ancient sights. The capital lies in a basin between the Karst and the sunny Alps. There were mysterious people living here on pile-houses thousands of years before the Romans built the town of Emona, whose remains can still be found.

This historic capital, developed by the Romans, is now a blend of Baroque Churches and mansions overlooked by a medieval castle. Spend the day at leisure exploring this fascinating city or take a stroll along the willow-lined walkways along the Ljubljana River.

To make the most of your visit why not join our optional guided walking tour? We take a walk through the elegant Baroque streets and over the picturesque bridges to see the beautiful churches and palaces, and enjoy the atmosphere of the squares and riverbanks. The present appearance of Ljubljana is a harmonious blend of Baroque, Secessionist and modern styles, with the added spice of masterpieces by the architect Plecnik. The green oasis of Congress Square bears witness to the momentous past, connecting the new and the old parts of Ljubljana. The lively Prešeren Square, everyone’s favourite meeting place, is adorned with a garland of graceful Secessionist buildings, the monumental Franciscan church, and the monument to the greatest Slovenian poet. The unique Three Bridges span the River Ljubljanica, which winds its way through the city. The magnificent Town Hall, and the nearby Robba’s Fountain dominates the elegant Town Square, which lies below a green hill, crowned by the unconquerable castle. We visit the splendid cathedral and stroll through the colourful open-air market, towards the Dragon Bridge.

You will also have some time to wander the streets on your own, discovering its pleasant surprises and immersing yourself in the city’s alluring atmosphere.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Rovinj

Rovinj

Our optional excursion today takes us to the beautiful harbour town of Rovinj, located on the western coast of Istria. It has a rich history as well as many interesting architectural buildings.

Enjoy free time ambling around the narrow streets of the lovely Old Town, regarded as one of the most photographed on the Croatian coast.

We return to Porec, pausing en-route at the beautiful hill-top village of Vrsar. With a commanding view of the coast, Vrsar naturally became a defended fortress, however, only parts of the fortification system have been preserved. Casanova, Italy's most famous lover, visited Vrsar twice and even noted it in his memoirs.

Spend time exploring the narrow streets in the hill-top town or stroll along the picturesque harbour front.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Opatija

Opatija

Our full-day optional excursion takes us to the beautiful town of Opatija, guarded by a backdrop of densely-wooded hills and sitting where the Istrian peninsula joins the Kvarner Riviera. The name Opatija means 'abbey' in Croatian, and the name was derived from a 14th century Benedictine abbey Opatija Sv. Jakova (Abbey of Saint James) which stood here.

Today, very little of the original abbey has been preserved and now, in its spot, stands St. Jakov's Church. You will find the church in the central Opatija park which covers an area of 3.64 hectares. The park itself is divided into two separate units, one known as Saint James' Park (Park Svetog Jakova), which is where the church stands, and the other near Villa Angiolina, known as Park Angiolina.

Another of Opatija’s famous sights is the maiden with the seagull, a statue by Zvonko Car (1956), which is positioned on a promontory by the Juraj Šporer art pavilion. It has turned into one of the symbols of Opatija.

Spend time exploring the town at your leisure. Perhaps work up an appetite strolling along Opatija's promenade, the Lungomare, and enjoy a leisurely al fresco lunch. Much of the promenade's length is shaded by chestnut and laurel trees and there are handily placed benches which invite you to sit and admire the view of the islands of Cres and Krk looming in the shimmering blue of Kvarner bay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Pula

Pula

Why not join our optional excursion to Pula, with its 3,000 years of history and heritage.

Take a stroll through the town and you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture, including the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi, which dates from the first century B.C. You can also see Hercules' Gate and Twin Gates, the Temple of Augustus and, of course, the magnificent amphitheatre. This arena was built in the 1st century AD, during the rule of Emperor Vespasian. It is elliptical in shape and 32 meters high. This ranks it as the sixth largest Roman amphitheatre existing today. The arena could once hold up to 23,000 spectators, whereas today, it can seat 5,000 people.

Spend time relaxing in one of the many cafés and exploring the town before we head back to the hotel.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Free time before leaving for the overnight journey towards home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Ljubljana - Beautiful historic capital of Slovenia
  • Piran (12-day tour only)

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Porec Sightseeing Tour - Get an insight into this delightful old town
  • Rovinj & Vrsar - Stunning old walled town and picturesque harbour.
  • Opatija - The 'Nice of the Adriatic'
  • Pula - Best of Istria and home to the historic Roman amphitheatre
  • Ljubljana Sightseeing Tour - See the sights

Notes


Single Room Supplement from £49.00 (9 days), £129.00 (12 days).

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

We continue our journey to Bavaria for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head to our hotel in Porec for seven nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Porec

Porec

Porec’s richness is measured by its historical heritage, which has been deeply rooted in this area for thousands of years. It is a city of culture with 37kms of coastline, extending into the Mirna Valley in the north and the deep Lim Fjord in the south. The old city of Porec is a monument of culture and has preserved the structure of the old Roman castrum. The main streets, Decumanus and Cardo Maximus, are still preserved in their original forms. Decumanus connected the square Marafor, in the western part of the old city, with city gates at its eastern end. The Roman Forum with temples to Roman gods was located on Marafor square. Today, there is still a Romanic house and a few beautiful Venetian gothic palaces. Why not join our optional walking tour where our expert guide will provide an informative overview of the city. The walking tour will last for approximately 2 hours and will take in the main sights of the town including the 6th century Basilica and the old Roman ruins. (Entrances to places of interest are not included). Spend the rest of the day exploring the quaint old cobbled town at your leisure.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Ljubljana

Ljubljana

After breakfast why not join our included excursion to Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. It may be one of Europe’s smaller capital cities but it is filled with history and ancient sights. The capital lies in a basin between the mysterious Karst and the sunny Alps. There were mysterious people living here on pile-houses thousands of years before the Romans built the town of Emona, whose remains can still be found. This historic capital, developed by the Romans, is now a blend of Baroque Churches and mansions overlooked by a medieval castle. Spend the day at leisure exploring this fascinating city or take a stroll along the willow-lined walkways along the Ljubljana River. To make the most of your visit why not join our optional guided walking tour? We take a walk through the elegant Baroque streets and over the picturesque bridges to see the beautiful churches and palaces, and enjoy the atmosphere of the squares and riverbanks. The present appearance of Ljubljana is a harmonious blend of Baroque, Secessionist and modern styles, with the added spice of masterpieces by the architect Plecnik. The green oasis of Congress Square bears witness to the momentous past, connecting the new and the old parts of Ljubljana. The lively Prešeren Square, everyone’s favourite meeting place, is adorned with a garland of graceful Secessionist buildings, the monumental Franciscan church, and the monument to the greatest Slovenian poet. The unique Three Bridges spans the River Ljubljanica, which winds its way through the city. The magnificent Town Hall, and the nearby Robba’s Fountain, dominates the elegant Town Square, which lies below a green hill, crowned by the unconquerable Castle. We visit the splendid Cathedral and stroll through the colourful open-air market, towards the Dragon Bridge. You will also have some time to wander the streets on your own, discovering its pleasant surprises and immersing yourself in the city’s alluring atmosphere.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Vrsar

Vrsar

Our optional excursion today takes us to the beautiful harbour town of Rovinj, located on the western coast of Istria. It has a rich history as well as many interesting architectural buildings. Enjoy free time ambling around the narrow streets of the lovely Old Town, regarded as one of the most photographed on the Croatian coast. We return to Porec pausing en-route at the beautiful hilltop village of Vrsar. With a commanding view of the coast, Vrsar naturally became a defended fortress, however, only parts of the fortification system have been preserved. Casanova, Italy's most famous lover, visited Vrsar twice and even noted it in his memoirs. Spend time exploring the narrow streets in the hilltop town or stroll along the picturesque harbour front.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Opatija

Opatija

Our full day optional excursion takes us to the beautiful town of Opatija, guarded by a backdrop of densely-wooded hills and sitting where the Istrian peninsula joins the Kvarner Riviera. The name Opatija means 'abbey' in Croatian and the name was derived from a 14th-century Benedictine abbey 'Opatija Sv. Jakova' (Abbey of Saint James) that stood here. Today, very little of the original abbey has been preserved and now, in its spot, stands St. Jakov's Church. You will find the church in the central Opatija park which covers an area of 3.64 hectares. The park itself is divided into two separate units, one known as Saint James' Park (Park Svetog Jakova), which is where the church stands, and the other near Villa Angiolina known as Park Angiolina. Another of Opatija’s famous sights is the Maiden with the seagull, a statue by Zvonko Car (1956), which is positioned on a promontory by the Juraj Šporer art pavilion. It has turned into one of the symbols of Opatija. Spend time exploring the town at your leisure. Perhaps work up an appetite strolling along Opatija's promenade the Lungomare, and enjoy a leisurely al fresco lunch. Much of the promenades length is shaded by chestnut and laurel trees and there are handily placed benches which invite you to sit and admire the view of the islands of Cres and Krk looming in the shimmering blue of Kvarner bay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Pula

Pula

Why not join our optional excursion to Pula, with its 3,000 years of history and heritage. Take a stroll through the town and you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture including the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi which dates from the first century B.C. You can also see Hercules' Gate and Twin Gates, the Temple of Augustus and of course, the magnificent Amphitheatre. This arena was built in the 1st century AD, during the rule of Emperor Vespasian. It is elliptical in shape and is 32 meters high. This ranks it as the sixth largest Roman amphitheater existing today. The arena could once hold up to 23,000 spectators, whereas today it can seat some 5,000 people. Spend time relaxing in one of the many cafes and exploring the town before we head back to the hotel.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Piran

Piran

Today our included excursion takes us to the neighbouring Slovenian resort of Piran. Piran is a real jewel on the Adriatic Coast, with close links to Venice. Explore the Old Town with its labyrinth of alleyways, covered arches, churches and Venetian influenced architecture. Relax in Tartini Square and watch the world go by, as you look across the charming harbour.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Time to say farewell to Croatia and begin our journey home. We travel to the Austrian Tyrol for a overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Through Germany to Belgium for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Your Excursions

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Ljubljana - Beautiful historic capital of Slovenia
  • Piran (12-day tour only)

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Porec Sightseeing Tour - Get an insight into this delightful old town
  • Rovinj & Vrsar - Stunning old walled town and picturesque harbour.
  • Opatija - The 'Nice of the Adriatic'
  • Pula - Best of Istria and home to the historic Roman amphitheatre
  • Ljubljana Sightseeing Tour - See the sights

Notes


Single Room Supplement from £49.00 (9 days), £129.00 (12 days).

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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Accommodation

You will stay for six (9-day tour) or seven (12-day tour) nights at the 4-star Hotel Valamar Crystal, situated just 150 metres from the beach and approximately a 20-minute scenic walk from Porec resort centre. The hotel has become a firm favourite with Leger guests and has a restaurant, bar, lift and an outdoor swimming pool. Twin rooms have a balcony, whilst single rooms are without a balcony.

On the 12-day itinerary, overnight stays in Belgium will be in city-style hotels. You will also stay for one night at the 3-star Hotel Johannisbad in Bad Aibling in Bavaria and one night at the 4-star Hotel Sonnschein in Niederau in the Austrian Tyrol.


Croatia

Valamar Crystal Hotel

Valamar Crystal

Valamar Crystal


This 4 star hotel provides an excellent base for a relaxing break, amidst the beauty of the Istrian Riviera. The Valamar Crystal is set in its grounds, with gardens and beautiful pine woodland surrounding the hotel. The hotel has become a firm favourite with Leger guests and is situated just 150 metres from the beach and approximately a 20-minute scenic walk from Porec town centre, with its harbour, shops, bars and restaurants. Alternatively, for those less energetic, you can take at additional cost, the tourist train to the resort centre, or even one the local shuttle boats. All bedrooms are furnished to a high standard with modern facilities - twin rooms have a balcony, whilst single rooms are without a balcony.The hotel has a buffet-style restaurant, bar, outside terrace with snack-bar, lift and an outdoor swimming pool.

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Bureau de Change
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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Travel Information

Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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