Experience Croatia's countryside and cuisine with this unique truffle hunting outing in the hills of central Istria. Head into the woods with a local forager and learn how trained truffle hounds sniff out these precious tubers from under the forest floor and dig up prized white and black truffles. Cap off your adventure with a tasting featuring a number of truffle dishes paired with local red and white wines.
Connect with a local family of truffle hunters in the Motovun hills
Stroll through the woods with a forager and trained truffle dogs
Learn about how white and black truffles grow and are foraged
Sample local truffles and wines with a celebratory tasting
Truffle hunting adventure
Meeting And Pickup
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Kanal 46, 52424, Motovun, Croatia
INA gas station parking pleace. Kanal 46, Motovun.
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What To Expect
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Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Most travelers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by Svilicic truffle hunting
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
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Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
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Do not pass up this amazing experience!
Cody_F, Nov 2022
Wow! This was easily in our top 3 experiences AND food that we had during our entire 2 week honeymoon in Venice, Slovenia, and Croatia! Mihael was so fun to talk to during the entire hunt and taught us so much about truffles, hunting them, and what goes into training the dogs. And getting the 4 course meal after the hunt was really something special, his Mom really knows how to cook and like I mentioned it was one of the absolute best meals we had on our honeymoon. Thank you both for the amazing company and hospitality!
Truffle hunting with adorable dogs!!!
Flora_M, Nov 2022
Had a great time with Mihael and his adorable dogs Roxie, a beagle, and Sophie, an Italian water dog. The dogs were hilarious and wildly entertaining. Appreciate this day in the life of a truffle forager, and shadowing the job. We had a good day and found a few white truffles in just a couple of hours!
Great truffle hunting experience!
Joseph_W, Oct 2022
Our host Mijkl was very nice and informative. His dogs Lela, Mena, and Roxy were super friendly and hungry for truffles. We had fun scouring the forest for white truffles and Lela was able to find two of them. Overall it was a great experience. We opted for the 1.5 hour experience which is purely hunting for truffles and did not include truffle samples, but we did have a wonderful truffle lunch afterward in the medieval town of Modovun.
We had a great day with...
Lin_p, Oct 2022
We had a great day with Mihal. I learnt a great deal about truffle hunting. Mihal and his family were welcoming and generous. We had an unforgettable lunch looking over the green rolling hills of Motovun. It is highly recommended for anyone who loves food and local culture.
Fun Adventure and Delicious lunch
katelhammond, Oct 2022
We had a wonderful time truffle hunting. It was a bit muddy, but we were given water boots to wear. We did not find any truffles but it was still fun to see the dogs in action. The lunch afterward was delicious. The dessert was especially a highlight. Overall a great midday adventure in Motovun
The lunch was fantastic!...
DunYing_Y, Sep 2022
The lunch was fantastic! The view and food were unbeatable, and we enjoyed learning about truffle hunting!
Heather_S, Sep 2022
I never write reviews, but I felt compelled to do so after our wonderful experience with Mihael and his mom! Our day was amazing from start to finish. We met Mihael and then followed him into the forest where we met his beautiful pups, Roxy, Nina and a new puppy who was in training. We then ventured into the forest on foot and followed the dogs as they followed their noses. We were lucky enough to find 5 or six black truffles and one white truffle. Mihael had to get to the dogs quickly as they would quickly gobble them up if he didn’t. After the hunt, he took us to his family home in Motovun where his mom prepared the most AMAZING truffle dishes!! I was blown away by their hospitality, the quality of the food and the beautiful views while we were eating. 10/10 recommend this tour!!
Great excursion with an...
Tom_H, Jul 2022
Great excursion with an even better lunch!
Quite lovely, would reccomend to anyone looking for a unique trip.
Wonderful experience! Adorable, smart dogs and incredible food!
Chase_E, Jul 2022
We had a wonderful time truffle hunting with Mihael. He had three lovely dogs that were adorable and it was amazing to watch them work to find the truffles along the little hike. We then got to go to Mihael's family's beautiful terrace where his mother prepared an amazing four-course lunch for us, each dish featuring truffles. It was a highlight of our trip.
The perfect truffle search and taste experience.
Achim_W, Jun 2022
To see the dogs working and the difference of black and white truffle hunting. The four course lunch with grappa and wine, homemade by Mikhael´s mum was done with love and a lot of truffles, excellent!
Take this tour - you won't regret
svetlanak8595, Jun 2022
We enjoyed this tour very much.
Everything was great - the hunting with lovely dogs, Mihael's knowledge sharing, good lunch at his Mom's house. This tour was a highlight of our trip. We already recommended it to our friends.
Totally relaxing day with unbeatable atomsphere, great food and wine!
Darko_D, May 2022
My girlfriend booked this truffle hunting adventure for us because we love truffles and mycelium of all kinds! The tour was an absolute pleasure. Mihael (our guide) was really fun and personable and we were able to find quite a few truffles with his skilled truffle hunting dogs Mina, Roksi and Lila, who were all really cute! Afterward we enjoyed a 3 course home-cooked meal in a beautiful little place with an amazing view. The day was really relaxing and fun. Highly recommend if you are in the Istria area which is known for its truffles :)
Response from Host, May 2022
Hvala ti Darko. Pozdrav od mame i mene!
Such an amazing...
Hareesha_S, May 2022
Such an amazing experience!! Mihael was super friendly and answered all my questions. We found a few truffles and got to explore the forest. There was another group with me during the tour, a couple, and it was the perfect size group for the experience. Michael’ smother was also super warm and friendly and prepared amazing food for us. The entire experience was truly special and I would do it again.
An amazing stomp in the Istrian countryside!
Samuel_H, Apr 2022
Mihael is amazingly knowledgable about the area, it's history and (of course) truffles! It was amazing to see the love and care he has for his working dogs and they were amazing to see in action! We had a great time and would definitely advise anyone to do this!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you Sam!
Interesting trip, very...
Jiangnan_Y, Oct 2021
Interesting trip, very friendly dogs and host, walk through the forest and need to act quickly when dogs start to dig, otherwise they will eat the expensive white truffles :)
Excellent truffle hunt
Daniel_C, Oct 2021
Excellent time truffle hunting with Mihael and his dogs. We found a large truffle at the end of our time which was a thrill. The dogs were great. Mihael explained things well and answered all our questions. Well worth the time and money.
The real thing
Nicholas_J, Oct 2021
Michael and his 3 fine dogs were a delight to watch working closely together on the hunt. A very personal sort of experience, not at all staged and commercialized. Some have reprtedly been known to plant truffles to be 'found'. Not here
Meeting his family, mother Lorena and brother Mario, was a real pleasure and great lunch in a gorgeous pergola both generous and delicious.
Outstanding truffle hunting experience and Michelin-rate dinner in Motovun
Svetlana_A, Sep 2021
It was an outstanding adventure, and we were lucky to find both black and white truffles (thanks to Michael and his dogs)!
To learn how to hunt truffles was just a part of today’s experience, then we had delicious Michelin-rate dinner al fresco in Motovun on the top of the hill. Thanks to Michael and his family, passioned and experienced truffle hunters and cooks!
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Thank you Svetlana!
Bobbi_M, Sep 2021
We learned so much about truffle hunting. Mihael was fun and knowledgeable . The dogs were incredible. Highly recommend.
The hunt for truffles in the woods of Motovun
Leontine_B, Aug 2021
We enjoyed a great hunt to find the truffles, even when it was off season. Great fun with the dogs in the woods (Rocco, Lila and Luna) and when we got to Motovun we received a great, with truffles enriched lunch in the cosy and ancient town. Thanks lovely family for a fantastic day!!