Experience Istria in a day tour from Zagreb - in Zagreb - LikeALocal Guide

Experience Istria in a day tour from Zagreb


125 EUR

Istria – the heart-shaped peninsula where Continental Croatia meets the Adriatic – you will have the opportunity to see the beautiful and diverse Croatian landscape.

Duration: 9 hours
    Available in
  • English

Hi, I am Jakov, Croatian 3/1 tour/local guide,professional driver and travel professional. Being a people person and very passionate about history and culture, I have always been aspiring for and pursuing new experiences. My greatest pleasure has always been travelling and exploring the world. I have been traveling in different countries getting to know their cultures for more than 15 years now. However, during past few years I have been working as a tour guide and a tour leader throughout Croatia and surrounding region which ultimately became my most favorite occupation. It has been a dream come true when I got the opportunity to pass on my knowledge and passion for my country with my dear guests from all over the world. Sharing the glory and the beauty of Croatia and our region with my future friends continues to be my greatest joy.

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  • Visit to medieval town of Motovun - the guardian of the royal mushroom
  • walk on the old Motovun walls with a view on the Istrian vineyards
  • truffle produce tasting at Motovun
  • visit to Town of Opatija - the Queen of the Adriatic
  • coffee at Opatija overlooking its beautiful seafront promenade

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Morning departure from Zagreb – pickup at the hotel. 1,5-hour drive to our first stop in Trsat hilltop castle (fortification) located just above the beautiful coastal city of Rijeka and the third largest city in Croatia. The castle itself is one of the oldest castle-forts in Croatia founded by the House of Frankopan – one of the most famous and oldest Croatian noble families. After our coffee break we are continuing with the trip towards Istria, most known as the region of the royal mushroom – the truffle.

There we shall visit medieval hilltop town of Motovun. Its location, overlooking the vast Motovun forest rich in truffles and hillside vineyards, makes it one of the most beautiful and unique Mediterranean old towns. After exploring the stones of an old medieval fortification you will have time for lunch (optional). We can definitely warn you to prepare your palate for the true taste explosion because you will have the opportunity to experience a traditional Istrian truffle lunch.

After lunch we are heading back to Zagreb with one last stop at the town of Opatija. This elegant destination also known as the Queen of the Adriatic has the longest tourism tradition in Croatia.

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What’s included & not included

  • comfortable vehicle
  • driver and experienced English speaking private guide
  • pick up and drop off at the hotel
  • coffee and cake

Meeting point

At your hotel in Zagreb

Reviews from travellers (2)


Outstanding Day Trip
for Jakov 'The Guide'’s tour (Experience Istria in a day tour from Zagreb)
Marko was phenomenal. Prompt, open to input on what I wanted out of the day. Friendly, knowledgable...enriched the trip to Istria.
Professional and Friendly Service
for Jakov 'The Guide'’s tour (Experience Istria in a day tour from Zagreb)
We had a private tour for two and our guide Marko was very engaging and professional. He was well informed about Croatia and its history and the conversation flowed freely. His driving was excellent and we were very pleased with the visits to Trsat Castle and Motovun - I would recommend this company as local guides.

This operator has 4 reviews for other tours


Amazing tour, with a fantastic guide
for Jakov 'The Guide'’s tour (Day Trip from Split to Dubrovnik via Mostar and Ston)
Marko was a fabulous tour guide, it felt more like a day out with a friend. He had a vast knowledge of the history of the area, and shared many stories from his own life which really brought the tour alive. I really couldn’t recommend him or the trip enough. It was a great way to see more of the area, rather than just getting a direct transfer. We really enjoyed the eclectic mix of cultures in Mostar, and even saw the bridge divers take a dip in the river, which was a bit of a shock! Definitely book this trip if you can.
Lake Bled and Ljubljana with a difference
for Jakov 'The Guide'’s tour (Day Trip to Slovenia from Zagreb)
A fabulous day for my cousin and I touring two of the highlights of Slovenia yesterday with Jakov! We couldn’t have asked for a better guide to spend the day with!! Jakov’s enthusiasm, humour, personalised attention, knowledge and story telling surpassed our expectations. He made sure the day was what we wanted combined with the best that these two places had to offer, providing information in both English and Croatian.
Thank you from Mare and Lisa for making our day a memorable one with lots of laughs!
Awesome day, one we’ll remember always! ❤️
Private Zagreb City Tour is Great
for Jakov 'The Guide'’s tour (Private Zagreb City Tour)
Don´t miss the opportunity to have your private tour. The beauty of it is that you can stop and ask questions, visit or skip the landmarks, take pictures when you want, buy something without delaying the rest of the tour.

Marco was great, well educated in history and anecdotes of the city. I really enjoyed the tour.

From now on, I will consult first likealocal, before I book a tour.

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