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“Highlight of our visit”
Review of Istriana Travel

Istriana Travel
Ranked #5 of 9 things to do in Buzet
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: "Istriana travel" is a small boutique travel agency that organizes private and tailor made tours in Istria (Croatia). Our objective is to satisfy your curiosity by designing a uniquely creative excursions and tours providing first-class service.
Reviewed May 11, 2017 via mobile

We are not usually drawn to 'tourist trap' activities. So we don't usually pay money for tours. But this was worth every penny. We loved the truffle and wine tasting, learning everything about truffles, the family, the dogs and our tour guide. Highly recommend doing this!

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Janine W
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Istrianatravel B, Owner at Istriana Travel, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2017

Dear Janine W,

thank you very much for your kind review. I hope you will be drown to some more "tourist traps" in Istria since there are a lot of hidden things to be seen.

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Reviewed May 9, 2017

We were recommended to do the truffle hunting tour by a friend, and we booked online through Istriana travel while the actual tour was done by the Karlic family, which is also a separate listing here and has many reviews. Not sure what's the difference between booking directly with Karlic and through this agency but maybe worth checking next time. Regardless, it went smoothly and we were taken by Zdenka(who we've been contact with before hand, and she answered our questions promptly) to the family and had a wonderful experience. The food offered was amazing and the amount of truffles they used in the dish is definitely worth the cost!The actual truffle hunting was about 15 minutes but it was fun watching the dogs search for truffles. All in all, highly recommend this tour!

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank wendy0124
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Istrianatravel B, Owner at Istriana Travel, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2017

Dear Wendy0124,

thank you for your kind review. When booking the tour with us you will get a licenced truffle hunting specialised English (Italian, French or German) speaking tour guide within the price as well as a person who will take care about you all the time while taking this personalized and private tour. I hope you will come back next autumn so we can hunt for white truffles.

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Reviewed October 22, 2016

We initially made a reservation for truffle hunting through Istriana Tours, then realized that they were merely a broker for others and particularly Karlic truffle tours which can be booked directly. They didn't make it clear to us that they were merely making a reservation for us at Karlic which was inconvenient since we had already booked one visit directly through Karlic (we wanted to do more than one truffle hunt/experience and were looking for more than one place). While the price Istriana offered was the same as Karlic and Istriana Tours was very responsive in their communictions, I'm not sure that there is any "value added" by going through them.

Regardless of how you book, we highly recommend the Karlic truffle experience/hunt - it was great (see my separate review of Karlic)

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank jamesmN1052EC
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Istrianatravel B, Owner at Istriana Travel, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2017

Dear mr James M,
thank you for your review. We are very sorry that you have canceled your tour after confirming it. If you have had booked with us you would have got a private licensed English (or French or German or Italian) speaking truffle hunting specialized tour guide and a special personalized tour guide that would take care of you while staying on the tour as well as a guarantee of a topnotch experience. We are also helping our guests in booking many different tours and saving their time and money. There are people that like to do all on their own and that is ok, too. We are glad that you enjoyed your tour!

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Reviewed October 12, 2016

We greatly enjoyed this truffle hunting excursion with the Karlic family. We started off the tour with a wonderful spread of food featuring truffles. The food was delicious and really featured the truffle. During the tasting our host gave us an interesting tutorial on truffles. She was very knowledgeable and engaging, and I learned a lot. Afterwards we headed to the forest to participate in a truffle hunt. It was fun to hike through the forest with the dogs and get a firsthand view of what it is like to be a truffle hunter. They found 3 truffles during our time out in the forest. We have three young children, and they loved this tour. The family was so welcoming to my kids, and they loved hiking through the forest with the dogs in search of the truffles. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone traveling in the Istrian region of Croatia!

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank audrey c
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Istrianatravel B, Owner at Istriana Travel, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2017

Dear Audrey C, Thank you very much for your kind review. We hope to meet you again in Istria!

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Reviewed October 14, 2015

What an experience! First, we had a brief orientation about truffles - more than I had ever known. Then, a first class breakfast including eggs with black truffles. (Not white truffles and, if you want to know why, you'll have to go on the hunt to find out) Then, a real truffle hunt in the woods. The dogs were wonderful to watch as they ran through the forest. But, Zdenka had to move quickly. As soon as one of the dogs smelled a truffle, they started to dig furiously with the hope they could eat it. Zdenka had to get to the truffle before they dug too far and ruined the precious find. On our adventure, the dogs found over $500 worth of truffles. To get the real experience, attempt to go in a small group and never on a bus tour

Date of experience: September 2015
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Istrianatravel B, Owner at Istriana Travel, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2017

Dear Robertrudy, Thank you very much for your kind review. I hope you will come back to Istria soon!

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