Seafront to Hilltop in Istria: Charming Opatija and Medieval Moscenice
- Opatija: A leisurely walking tour of an Adriatic summer haven, its seaside promenade, convent, and Villa Angiolina, one of the town's grandest structures.
- Moscenice: Stone houses and narrow streets characterize this walled village on a hill above the water, where you'll tour the museum, sample wine, and taste Istria's traditional foods.
- Scenic Kvarner Bay drive: Intoxicating views of Krk, the largest island in the Adriatic, and wild Cres with its dense forests and coastline of soaring cliffs.
About This Opatija Tour
Beautiful belle epoch villas, grand spa hotels, a miles-long seaside promenade, and a gorgeous park filled with exotic plants and flowers from around the world. You'll find all this in genteel Opatija, once the most fashionable seaside resort for Viennese royalty at the turn of the last century. They came for the sea air and decorous atmosphere – the same pleasures that make today's visitors oh-so-happy in Opatija.
The town sprawls elegantly along the coast between forested hills and the sparkling sea. We'll stroll Park Angiolina, a horticultural masterpiece with English- and French-style gardens. Linger on the charming pathways to admire the profusion of fragrant flowers and herbs. Take in the breezes along the promenade and see impressive villas and gardens that epitomize stylish living by the sea.
We could call this tour the "Tale of Two Cities" because our next town, while equally fascinating, is very different. Taking a scenic route, we'll climb 600 feet above the sea to Moscenice, a medieval town with ancient walls and narrow stone streets. Its tumultuous history and hard-won conquests leave little trace. Enter the gates and step into a charming town of 13th- and 14th-century architecture.
Explore the narrow medieval streets, duck under passageways, visit the museum, and see how some houses actually fortify the outer fortress walls. This is the tour's geographic high point, with wonderful panoramas of Kvarner Bay. But GoBe loves to elevate the moment, so you'll enjoy the views with a glass of wine and a sampling of traditional cheeses and ham. This tour of contrasting towns ends with a perfect pairing.
The maiden with the seagull
Along the promenade in Opatija, look for a lovely statue of a girl with a gull in her palm. Her story begins in 1891, when a count lost his wife in stormy seas and placed a statue here to honor her. That statue, damaged by waves, was replaced by this maiden in 1956 (the original is now restored and in the Villa Angiolina). When waves splash over the reef, she's like a spirit rising from the sea, and that's why locals call her "the Nymph."
Make your way to the Main bus station in Opatija (Velog Joze 1) to meet your GoBe representative with the logo sign.
Enjoy scenic views during the hour-long coach ride. Shopping is available independently in the town of Opatija, upon the conclusion of the tour, if desired.
Expect to walk for about 1.5 miles, over cobblestones/gravel, and climb some steps. If your mobility is limited, you may find it too challenging to keep up with the group and enjoy yourself. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Scenic, Bus Tour, Food & Wine, Walking Tour
Beverages - Glass of Grape Brandy, Water
Snack - Local Favorites
English, German, Italian, French, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Under 18 years old? Sorry you won't be able to sample wine on this tour. Bring photo ID as proof of age if asked.
Special Medical Restriction
If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact the GoTo Crew in advance for any accommodation, if possible.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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