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Truffle hunt in Istria

Unique experience!

Croatian cuisine is based on fresh local produce and seasonal availability, and many restaurant chefs pick herbs and vegetables just before preparation, but there is surely no experience quite like hunting truffles for dinner!
The Motovun forest and surrounding area is home to the precious white and black truffles, which attract food-lovers from all over the world, and the Secret Dalmatia Exclusive Private Truffle-Hunting Tour will bring you a culinary adventure like no other you have experienced.
Our first stop is the pretty village of Vrh overlooking Lake Butoniga, where you will meet the pioneers of truffle hunting in Istria – the Karlić family and learn all about truffle hunting and delicacies produced of various truffles that grow in the area.
You will join the Karlić family and their specially trained dogs, and head downhill through the steep forest, - and try your luck with the valuable black and precious white truffles. After all, this is the region where the largest white truffle in the world was discovered!
Afterwards, your efforts will be rewarded by a hearty lunch prepared exclusively for Secret Dalmatia guests and a tasting of local truffle delicacies including different types of cheese, truffle honey, pâté and even truffle biscuits.
Due to ample time spent in the forest, this tour is best experienced wearing sport shoes and long pants.
*Suggestion – Combine our exclusive truffle hunting tour with a tour of magical hilltop towns of Istria. Nighttime truffle hunting also available! Contact us for more details!


Collection from your hotel, villa or private apartment by our English speaking professional guide/driver, truffle hunt with dogs, light truffle lunch with wine

Quick facts

Available year round
9 AM departure from your hotel or other meeting place. Night hunting possible 
Bring camera, sports shoes, sun screen, mosquito repelent...
Terrain in the woods is steep so be careful when following your guide


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Truffle is a unique underground mushroom with potato-like body and is considered the highlight of any regional cuisine. Istria has become known for the highest quality truffles - especially the white truffle that can rival those of Alba and Piedmont regions in Italy.
The fine white truffle is the most valued among all truffles. It grows from September till January and is eaten fresh usually shaved over hot steaming pasta, meat or fish. The 1.31 kg white truffle, found in the forest around Motovun in 1999, is still the heaviest truffle ever found.
Certain black truffle varieties grow year round so truffle hunting is possible in all seasons.

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