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Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

1. Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Cruise on a modern boat and take some time to admire Pula, Istria. Watch the beautiful sunset and take the opportunity to watch dolphins play. The three-hour voyage starts from the port of Pula and continues along the coast of the Brijuni National Park where you can see dolphins in their natural environment. Dolphins are frequent visitors to the Brijuni waters because of the abundance of fish that dolphins come to hunt in the evening. With beautiful sunset scenes, dolphins, and Brijuni National Park, enjoy dinner and drinks onboard. For dinner, choose between a Mediterranean fish menu, meat menu, or vegetarian menu. Drinks are served throughout the ride (coca cola, fanta, red and white wine, and water). Upon your return to the Port of Pula, take the opportunity to see the famous Pula giants and the Pula Arena at night.

Pula: Brijuni National Park Tour with Island Visit

2. Pula: Brijuni National Park Tour with Island Visit

Visit one of the most beautiful places in the Adriatic Sea, Brijuni National Park. Explore the park by boat, spotting wild animals along the way, and swim in the water at St. Jerolim Island. Board a comfortable ship with your captain and guide and head out to the islands that form the National Park. This place is famous because its former owner, Josip Broz Tito, had a rare hobby: he collected exotic animals. Your guide on the ship will conduct a sightseeing tour around all the islands and share lots of interesting facts about the islands and their famous owners. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional Mediterranean dishes made of fish, beef, or vegetables. Don’t forget to take advantage of the unlimited drinks on board, like wine, mineral water, juice, and sodas. If you're lucky, your ship may be accompanied by dolphins, so don’t forget your camera.   On a stop off at St. Jerolim Island (Sveti Jerolim), you can choose to stay for 2.5 hours or stay on the ship. On the island, you’ll get the chance to wander its scenic beaches, take a swim, or explore the island itself. After a fun day out on the open sea, your ship will return to Pula.

Pula: Arena Entrance Ticket

3. Pula: Arena Entrance Ticket

Visit the ancient amphitheater of Pula, where the inhabitants of the city once gathered to be entertained by gladiators and animal hunts. Beat the crowds and explore this magnificent ancient site with your pre-paid entrance ticket. See an amphitheater that has become the symbol of Pula one of the most popular and beautiful venues in Croatia for events, like concerts, festivals, and even recreation of gladiatorial tournaments in the summer months.  Get access to the permanent exhibition entitled "Istrian Olive and Viticulture in Antiquity" located in the underground area used by the gladiators during their tournaments.  See reproductions of tools and equipment for oil and wine production, such as mills, presses, and sedimentation tanks, as well as amphorae, which were used as packaging for oil and wine transportation.

From Rovinj: Venice Boat Trip with Day or One-Way Option

4. From Rovinj: Venice Boat Trip with Day or One-Way Option

Go from Rovinj to Venice or back on an unforgettable sailing trip across the Adriatic Sea. Explore Venice and its 118 islands connected by 400 bridges and 150 channels that flow under them. Take a gondola ride across the lagoon, or stroll the narrow streets at leisure. Experience the famous cuisine of Italy at enchanting restaurants, or encounter old squares, beautiful palaces, art-filled churches, and galleries that perfectly illustrate the romantic ambiance of the city. Arrive at the pier at least 15 minutes in advance so that boarding can proceed smoothly. Once each passenger has been confirmed and the information sent to the border police, relax aboard the catamaran with a cup of coffee and freshly baked croissants as you set sail. Glide in or out of the lagoon of Venice and look at the architecture of the city built on water from the catamaran’s open deck. During the Venice introduction, you will also be offered some optional products such as a gondola ride, taxi boat ride, lunch, etc.

From Porec: Venice Catamaran Crossing One-Way or Round-Trip

5. From Porec: Venice Catamaran Crossing One-Way or Round-Trip

Travel to Venice by high-speed catamaran transfer from Porec. Discover old squares, stunning palaces, churches, and galleries as you explore the city. Board the catamaran in the port of Porec and head to Venice. On the catamaran sails out, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a short introduction to Venice. You'll also be offered some optional services such as gondola rides, taxi boat rides, lunch, and more. As you approach Venice, you’ll have views of the islands in the lagoon and a panoramic view of the city. Disembark, and from that point, you can explore the city at your leisure. Take a short walk to Piazza San Marco. From there, you can head into the maze of streets off the square. Enjoy a gondola ride along the canals. Try some of the city’s fine cuisine. If you like, you can visit one of the Murano glass workshops and see the glassmaking process. At 4:30 PM, the catamaran departs Venice. The excursion ends back in the port of Porec.

Pula: National Park Brijuni Dolphin Cruise with Dinner

6. Pula: National Park Brijuni Dolphin Cruise with Dinner

After being transported to the pier, you will begin your 3-hour tour which will be arranged on board of a comfortable boat around the Brijuni National Park. You will have a guide with you on board your boat, who will conduct a sightseeing tour around all islands of the National Park whilst also informing you of interesting facts about the islands and its famous owners. Your tour also includes dinner on board your boat, consisting of traditional dishes of Mediterranean cuisine such as fish, meat, or vegetarian dishes. You will also have an unlimited amount of drinks whilst on board your boat, including wine, mineral water, soft drinks, and water. You can take comfort in knowing that between 93-100% of your guide's guests have seen dolphins in the past. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

7. Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

Meet at the Verudela resort area and be introduced to the theory and techniques of kayaking, and the rules of conduct on the tour. It's then time to set off on your nocturnal sea kayaking adventure. The transparent bottom of the kayak equipped with LED lights will allow you to peak into the sleeping underwater world of the Adriatic sea. Kayak along the coast, where the sea depth is around 4-8 meters, so that you can watch everything that's happening on the sea floor. Imagine that you have a huge snorkelling mask but you don't have to get wet to observe what is going on under the sea. Experience transparent kayaking the way it's supposed to be. During the tour, catch a glimpse of various types of marine life. Your guide will also make sure that you have your once-in-a-lifetime memory immortalized as pictures and videos. Don't forget to look up at the starry sky and take in the heavens.

From Pula: Venice Boat Trip with Day or One-Way Option

8. From Pula: Venice Boat Trip with Day or One-Way Option

Take an unforgettable sailing trip across the Adriatic Sea, and spend the day in Venice at your own pace on a full-day excursion from Pula. Choose between a one-way or roundtrip transfer between Pula and Venice. Upon arrival, experience the romantic and historic ambiance of a city, where 118 islands and 150 channels are connected by 400 bridges. During the Venice introduction, you will also be offered some optional products such as a gondola ride, taxi boat ride, lunch, and more. Board your boat in Pula and relax aboard the catamaran with a cup of coffee and freshly baked croissants as you set sail. Glide into the lagoon for an estimated arrival time in Venice. Then disappear down the back streets to encounter romantic bridges and hidden squares at your own pace. Marvel at the Byzantine monuments of the Piazza San Marco, or enjoy a truly authentic experience and explore the canals by gondola. Find a nice restaurant to sample the delicious food of Italy. Depart for Pula at the end of your day in Venice, and get a last look at the city built on the water as you head back towards Croatia. Arrive back in Pula, and continue with your evening at leisure.

Pula: Snorkeling, Swimming and Kayak Tour with Blue Cave

9. Pula: Snorkeling, Swimming and Kayak Tour with Blue Cave

Explore hidden bays, cliffs, and beaches on this guided kayaking tour to a Blue Cave along Pula's coast. Swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic sea, while some jumping enthusiasts can do cliff jumping from different heights from 1 to 5 meters. First, get set up for kayaking with safety instructions and help getting your equipment ready. After the introduction, jump into your kayak and paddle for an easy 20 minutes to the rocky beach at Seagull Rocks, right where the Muzil Peninsula begins. Next, enter the Blue Cave through a hidden entrance under the Seagull Rocks. Inside the cave, discover a hidden beach with waterproof torches. The tour guides share some exciting facts about the cave that only the locals know. After the cave, continue paddling along the coastline for about 30 minutes until you reach the hidden beach at the Muzil Peninsula where it is time to chill, swim, snorkel, cliff jump, and discover aquatic life. Enjoy some time for beach activities of your own choosing, be it swimming, snorkeling, cliff jumping, or simply sunbathing on the pebbled beach. In the final part of the tour, paddle at a relaxed pace back to the starting point. The tour is captured on a GoPro 10 camera in 5.3K quality. All the photos and videos will be sent to you after the tour, you also have the freedom to take your own pictures and/or videos with the camera.

From Istria: Venice Day Trip with High Speed Catamaran

10. From Istria: Venice Day Trip with High Speed Catamaran

Get a taste of Venice in a hassle-free manner on this full-day tour. Marvel at the city's museums, churches, and palaces, take a gondola ride in the canals, or sit back and soak up the city in a cafe', bar, or restaurant.  Start your day with check-in at the port of departure. Choose from either Porec, Rovinj and Pula in Croatia, or Piran in Slovenia. Once you finish the check-in, begin your Venice experience. On the vessel, choose any seat you like and relax in comfort. While crossing the Adriatic Sea, receive an interesting explanation of Venice, its history, all the dos and don'ts in the city, what to expect, and any optional extras you can opt to take once there with your guides. Upon arrival in Venice at San Basilio, walk to the center with your guides, or embark on an optional guided transfer to St. Mark's Square. Hear special stories of the city while avoiding the hot summer sun. Gather at St. Mark's Square for your free guided tour of the square to help you appreciate Venice even more. After this, enjoy ample free time to explore the city, shop for souvenirs, take a walk in one of the many alleys, or sip a Bellini in one of the beautiful piazzas (squares). Alternatively, visit one of the many museums, churches or palazzos; your Venice experience is for you to create. Choose to join an optional gondola ride or have your guides organize a lunch for you to make your experience even more hassle-free. Later, head back to the port. Walk with the guides or take an optional water taxi ride through the Grand Canal and see the Rialto Bridge and all the palazzos en route. Embark upon your return journey aboard the catamaran, and sit back, relax, and reflect upon a wonderful day in Venice.

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A private excursion to Istria from Zagreb. It is a long trip, about three hours but the trip was very interesting and enjoyable with Tanya. She explained part of the trip to me and gave me the option to choose one of the destinations depending on my preferences. We visited three towns, in each one of them he gave me the corresponding explanations, helped me with the photos and even managed the reservation of the restaurant in Rovinj. The excursion itself is worth it. Rovinj is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque and beautiful cities in Ukraine and the Pula amphitheater (the best preserved in the world) is absolutely spectacular. A great excursion and Tanya a wonderful guide…!!!

This is the perfect way to explore green Istria. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with our guide. The route was breathtaking. We visited all the places we wanted to see - Groznjan and Motovun, before stopping for a lovely lunch on top of Motovun. The ebikes make this journey so much more enjoyable. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves nature, outdoors and adventure.

For us, the tour ended up being a personal and private tour of Inner Istria with Sini, and what an exceptional and personable guide he is. He is proud of his country, and rightly so. Spectacular. His area and historical knowledge knows no end, a truly wonderful day, capped off with a wonderful lunch in Montovun.

A beautiful tour with really nice people and a captain who put his focus on targeting dolphins and getting the best possible experience for the guests without disturbing the animals! The tour is absolutely recommendable and exceeded our expectations!!

A very friendly welcome, fine, simple food. And of course the most beautiful thing, we saw the dolphins.