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From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

1. From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

This is a pleasant evening tour that will last for about 3 hours and take you out to the sea, to hopefully see some dolphins. You will start by boarding your boat Orion-Ariete at the Pula harbor. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city’s amphitheater as you sail out of the harbor. You'll be heading straight towards the Brijuni archipelago where you can start watching for dolphins. Then as the sun sets, you will be served a delicious Mediterranean dinner on board. There are a variety of entree items that you can choose from during the booking process. There's something to suit every taste including vegetarians. Although it is not guaranteed that you will see dolphins, the captain will always push forward to find them and enable you to enjoy dolphins in their natural habitat. Most of the time, dolphin families are spotted playing in the sea at some point during the cruise. Once the sun has set, the tour is nearly over and you'll head back to Pula harbor. Sailing back to the city, you can enjoy the seaside panoramic view of the city’s harbor under the evening lights.

Pula: Half-Day Kayak, Cliff, and Cave Tour

2. Pula: Half-Day Kayak, Cliff, and Cave Tour

The day will commence at Valsaline Beach, where you’ll get to know your guide and familiarize yourself with the day’s program. All participants will be provided with diving masks, life jackets, and some waterproof bags for their valuables/belongings. Start rowing toward the famous Tarzan cliff — a place only accessible by boat. After around 45 minutes of paddling, spend 30 minutes relaxing and enjoying the scenery. The adventurous can try out diving and the extra-adventurous can even jump off the cliff into the water. Then, head to the famous Pula’s cave, entering one at a time. Leave the kayaks in the cave while you tour the area. With some more free time, simply enjoy your natural surroundings, dive into the blue waters, or jump from a 10 or 12-meter cliff. Your local guide will happily answer any remaining questions, and of course, teach, explain, and show you the most important things when it comes to cliff-jumping and diving. The tour will end back at Valsaline Beach. Look through and take home some of the photos and videos taken throughout the day.

Kamenjak: Medulin Sunset Dolphin Tour

3. Kamenjak: Medulin Sunset Dolphin Tour

Your evening trip starts at Medulin harbour. After boarding, you will receive a welcome drink and the trip begins with a panoramic view of Medulin's archipelago. Throughout the boat trip, there is music on board which makes for a relaxed atmosphere. Dancing is also welcome. While you cruise along the Adriatic sea, keep an eye out for dolphins. There is a 50/50 chance you will see them, but if not, you can still make the most of the stunning scenery. Enjoy a beautiful view of the Austro-Hungarian lighthouse 'Porer' on the way, and later on, have the chance to admire a stunning sunset view. Dinner is served on the boat: fish, meat and vegetarian options are available with a cabbage salad and ciabatta bread. Drinks during the excursions are included in the price. The boat trip finishes by slowly heading back to Medulin.

From Rovinj: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice 1-Way or Return

4. From Rovinj: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice 1-Way or Return

Depart Rovinj or Venice and take an unforgettable sailing trip across the Adriatic Sea. Explore the 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 (own expense) 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 (on the boat ride towards Venice), you'll also be offered some optional products such as: gondola ride, taxi boat ride, lunch etc.

Poreč: Sunset Dolphin Safari & Drinks

5. Poreč: Sunset Dolphin Safari & Drinks

Enjoy a drink and slowly sail to the open sea with a beautiful view of the Poreč Riviera. On the other side you can see the open sea and the sun meeting the horizon. Watch the elegant tricks dolphins can show you in their natural environment, in their complete wilderness and freedom.  This is not a dolphinarium, there is no trainer, and these animals behave in harmony with nature. It is particularly exciting to watch dolphins swimming at the side of the boat and in front of the bow.  If you are lucky enough, you can see a young dolphin that is usually accompanied by a smaller group of adults who keep a distance from the ship. For those who suffer from stress this is a perfect opportunity for therapy, for parents with children this is a perfect gift and surprise for their kids.

Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

6. Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

The starting point of this kayak experience is Cape Kamenjak, a protected natural park south of Pula. From one of its charming pebble beaches, you will start your adventure after a quick briefing from the tour guides. After settling in the kayaks, you'll paddle for approximately 40 minutes following the rugged coast while enjoying the summer scenery all the way to the Kolombarica Sea Cave. In the cave, you'll swim in the turquoise water lit by the sun rays that enter through a cave opening above. Snorkeling and exploring the vibrant sea life of Kamenjak is a memory you'll want to remember. That's why this tour includes free GoPro photos. If you're an adrenaline seeker, you'll love jumping from the cliffs (up to 15m high) after exploring the cave. If not, you can enjoy some time sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. On the way back, the tour guides will make short stops as needed. If you're interested, you can find out some amazing facts about the area. This tour is an ideal summer experience for friends and families. It's completely safe and suitable for beginners and kids.

Poreč: Evening Boat Trip to Discover Dolphins

7. Poreč: Evening Boat Trip to Discover Dolphins

Sail along the the west coast of Istria in search of majestic dolphins on this boat day trip from the main port of Poreč. Admire the glow of the sunset on the water before returning to port.  Embark on your cruise from the main port of Poreč onboard a spacious craft called 'Kristofor.' Relax in a comfortable seat as you captain navigates along the dynamic landscapes of the coast of Istria. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins that leap and race along. Feel the joy of watching these exuberate creatures. Capture pictures of these animals to share with your friends and family back home. View the golden and pink colors of the sunset reflecting off the water before returning to the main port in Poreč and disembarking. 

· From Poreč: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice, 1-Way or Return

8. · From Poreč: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice, 1-Way or Return

On this 12-hour program, you’ll travel to Venice by high-speed catamaran. Discover old squares, stunning palaces, churches, and galleries as you explore the city. At 7 AM you'll board the catamaran in the port of Poreč, and at 07:30 you’ll be on your way 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 at 10:30 AM 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 process of glassmaking. At 5 PM the catamaran departs Venice. The excursion ends at 8 PM back in the port of Poreč.

From Istria: Venice Day Trip with High Speed Catamaran

9. 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, Pula, and Umag in Croatia, or Piran in Slovenia. Once you finish the check-in and passport control, 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 around 10:45 AM at San Basilio, make your way through passport control. Then, walk to the center with your guides, or embark on an optional guided transfer to St. Mark's Square. Find out where Elton John has a house in Venice, and hear some more special stories of the city while avoiding the hot summer sun. At 12:15 PM, gather at Saint Marcus Square for your free, 35-minute 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. Around 4 PM, it's time to head back to the port. Walk with the guides or take an optional, typical water taxi ride through the Grand Canal and see the Rialto Bridge and all the palazzos (palaces) en route. Pass through immigration control again at 4:45 PM and embark upon your return journey aboard the catamaran at 5:15 PM. Sit back, relax, and reflect upon a wonderful day in Venice until you arrive back at your original port of origin around 8 PM.

Rovinj: Guided Electric Scooter Tour

10. Rovinj: Guided Electric Scooter Tour

Start your activity in Villas Rubin Resort where your guide will welcome you and give you a short training lesson. Venture out on your 1.5-hour exploration of Rovinj, the coast with its beaches, and the Golden Cape nature park. Learn some interesting facts about Rovinj from your guide.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 867 reviews

Great Tour, Even Better Tour Guide What a great day. So glad I chose to visit Istria as a day tour from Zagreb. Not only are the coastal cities beautiful but they seem almost unreal in their perfect amalgam of cute buildings, beautiful seaside harbors, and Roman monuments among narrow cobblestone streets. My wonderful guide Tanja, smiled at my American references to the towns being too perfect to be real…almost like something from the creative minds of Disneyland. Speaking of Tanja, what a fantastic guide. She had historical facts aplenty, and her sense of humor infused our day-long outing from Zagreb with smiles and a sense that time was passing too quickly. Not to take away anything from our visits to Pula, Rovinj, Porec and her secret Viking Fjord, I could fully enjoy a day with her if she were just driving the highways of the beautiful Croatian countryside. Fantastic day trip to Istria, made even better by a wonderful Tanja. I hope to travel with her again someday.

The trip was easy to arrange with Tanja, at short notice, who was very helpful. My guide, Ivica, was great to speak to, and gave good information and tips about Istria, the places visited, and also Croatia and Zagreb in general. The tour is made to your requirements ensuring that you visit all the places you want to see. I would highly recommend booking tours with this company.

The crew was friendly. They gave us cookies and fruit and poured some adult drinks for us. We saw many dolphins and the sunset was nice.

It was a great time and one I’ll never forget. First time kayaking and it was super fun!

Great experience and a super nice captain. Gladly again