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The Smallest Town in the World

3.75 Hours
Group Activity
Moderate
Cruise Friendly

From (USD) $85 Per Person (Minimum 10)

The Smallest Town in the World

3.75 Hours
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From (USD) $85 Per Person (Minimum 10)

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      The Smallest Town in the World

      Opatija, Croatia
      From (USD) $85 Per Person (Minimum 10)
      Highlights
      • Hum: It may be small, but it has a huge history to share. Explore Hum's narrow streets and stone buildings and see houses actually built into the massive walls.
      • Snack and free time: Take a break in the tavern and do a little exploring on your own. (Extra points for spotting a local – there are barely 20 in town.)
      • Mountain drive and scenic lookout: After a teeny town, you'll be ready for big vistas of the mountainous countryside, Kvarber Gulf, and the islands of Cres and Losin.
      About This Opatija Tour

      Hum's story begins with a little irony. A local legend tells of giants who built the towns in central Istria's Mirna River valley. The stones these huge fellows left behind were used to build what is now the smallest town in the world.

      As you enter town, look for the inscriptions on the sturdy 11th-century gate. (We'll translate – they're welcoming you.) That strange lettering is Glagolitic, the script revered as the earliest form of written Croatian. It arrived with Saints Cyril and Methodius, 9th-century Greek brothers who wanted to translate the Bible and make it more accessible. Examples of this beautiful script around town make Hum a cultural treasure.

      Once inside the gate, you may have the unreal feeling you've entered a perfectly designed movie set for a medieval romance. Everything's on a small scale and so beautifully preserved. Yet, as you explore, you'll discover Hum has everything a romantic location needs – captivating cobblestone streets, homes, a church, and, of course, a tavern.

      But it's all real. The signs of life are everywhere as you wander within Hum's cozy walls – laundry drying in the breeze, a local selling olive oil, a cat sleeping lazily on a windowsill. Bells chime from the tower and candles cast a glow on the 12-century frescoes in the Church of St. Jerome. In the kanoba (tavern) where we'll stop for a snack, you'll find this little town even has its own famous local brandy. Hum is a small wonder.

      And you thought mistletoe was just for kissing

      Hum is famous for more than being the world's smallest town. It's also celebrated for biska, a homemade brandy spiced with mistletoe and herbs. The concoction is based on a 2,000-year-old recipe, and earns this little place the title of "Town of Biska." But to this day, that recipe remains a big secret.

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      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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