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Pula: 3-Hour Cliffs and Caves Kayaking Tour

1. Pula: 3-Hour Cliffs and Caves Kayaking Tour

Before beginning your adventure, learn the basics of paddling, steering and controlling the kayak from your expert guide. When you're ready, head out to explore Pula's rocky coastline, cozy bays, and cute little caves. Visit a 30-meter long cave and admire its stalactites, natural cathedral and the many bats that call the cave home. Then, climb to the top of the cliffs and dive into the sea. Feel the breeze in your face and the adrenaline in your veins as you fly through the air and crash into the sea below. Afterward, take a snorkel mask and dive into the pristine waters of one of Pula's lesser-known locations. Discover the area's vibrant aquatic life and take breathtaking underwater photos for memories that will last a lifetime.

Pula: Bike Tour with Wine Tasting

2. Pula: Bike Tour with Wine Tasting

Meet your local guide and get ready to ride your bike and discover Pula. The tour starts with an easy ride through the historical city center. Discover the city's landmarks such as the Roman amphitheater, the Castle of Pula, and the gates of the Roman city. Further on, the tour takes you along the seaside. Discover beautiful views all the way along the coastal promenade. With occasional photo stops and breaks, arrive at the marina. Later on, reach Cave Romane, a quarry from Roman times. To conclude the tour, stop at the local winery for wine tasting. Taste three local wines accompanied with Istrian cold dishes. Finally, cycle back to the starting point.

Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

3. Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

Be collected at your accommodation in Zagreb and drive for approximately three hours to Pula. This is the biggest city and the center of the Istrian peninsula. The city was founded by an ancient tribe in the 10th century B.C. and it was well known by Greek travelers and sailors so is mentioned in many Greek myths. In the 1st century, the Romans made the city strong and today the vivid remains of this era can be explored. Pula Arena is one of the best-preserved amphitheaters in the world and will take you back in time as you imagine gladiators battles. Other examples of Roman architecture to discover are the Temple of Augustus and the gates to the city including the Arch of the Sergii and the gate of Hercules.  Continue your journey for 45 minutes to Rovinj. This city was also founded by the Istrian tribes. It was built on a small island close to the mainland and in the 18th was connected to it. It was ruled for five centuries by Venice so both the Italian and Croatian languages are spoken in the city. During this period of occupation, walls were built around the city and the remains are standing still today. Rovinj is a real gem and adored because with every step you take you are compelled to take another photograph. Travel another 45 minutes to Porec. The Old Town is almost 2000 years old and is most famous for the Euphrasian Basilica, from 1997. It is on the UNESCO world heritage list and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Istria. Notice the roman influence and architecture in the city as you walk through the main streets, still preserved in their original form.

Rovinj: Half-Day Bike Tour with Wine and Olive Oil Tasting

4. Rovinj: Half-Day Bike Tour with Wine and Olive Oil Tasting

You will meet with your guide and start the tour riding through the typical Istrian countryside around Rovinj. Your tour will then continue as you ride along the coast on the Macadame Path until you reach Rovinjsko Selo. Following a refreshment break, you will cycle through the woods and along olive groves and vineyards. You will then ride past changing scenery over narrow roads and trails along the west coast, before reaching the Rovinj city center. Once having, arrived, you will be free to taste the local food, wine, and olive oil. This is your opportunity to discover one of the last true romantic Mediterranean towns, complete with its narrow streets, unique and authentic houses, and rich variety of charming art galleries, taverns, cafés and souvenir shops.

Rijeka: Pula, Rovinj, and Panoramic Istrian Coast Tour

5. Rijeka: Pula, Rovinj, and Panoramic Istrian Coast Tour

Situated near the base of the Istrian peninsula, Pula is the largest city in Istria. Its most famous attraction, the well-preserved Roman amphitheater, is one of the most famous sights in the whole of Croatia. Pula, like the rest of the region, it is known for its mild climate, smooth sea, beautiful beaches, and unspoiled nature. Throughout your tour you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture: the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi from the 1st century B.C., Hercules’ Gate and Twin Gates, the Temple of Augustus, and the Arena and Small Roman Theatre in the town center. Historical attractions aside, Pula is a busy commercial city on the sea that has managed to retain a friendly small-town appeal. Although marred with residential and holiday developments, the coast is dotted with fragrant pine groves, seaside cafes and a clutch of good restaurants. The main town square offers you the chance to relax in a unique atmosphere, with the square having managed to retain its role as the meeting place since the Augustan Age. Situated on the west coast of Istria, Rovinj is one of the most popular and most developed tourist resorts in Croatia. The old town is built on the island, which was only connected with the mainland in the 18th century. Known as one of the most picturesque and romantic towns on the Mediterranean, over the last few decades Rovinj attracts a large number of tourists, most of them faithfully returning year after year. Rovinj manages to combine its rich tradition with modern times in a very interesting way. As it is also an active fishing port, you can experience the atmosphere of a small fishing village. On the other hand, the town has been developing exquisite gastronomy and offers a high standard of tourist services in general. The city at the foot of the Church of St. Euphemia is the favorite gathering place of artists from around the world. Walking down its streets, you will bump into many art galleries and studios.

From Rovinj/Bale: Istria in 1 Day Tour with Lunch & Tastings

6. From Rovinj/Bale: Istria in 1 Day Tour with Lunch & Tastings

Discover the wonders of Istria County on this multi-stop, guided tour from your choice of meeting point in Rovinj or Bale. Blend into local life as you explore the towns of Poreč, Grožnjan, and Motovun. Enjoy lunch at a local eatery and join a truffle tasting. The first stop is in Poreč. Here, you can see golden early-Christian mosaics at the Euphresian Basilica, a UNESCO world heritage site (entry fee not included). After a walking tour of Poreč, head to Grožnjan, a village that was abandoned entirely after World War II and has since been revitalized with the help of artists from all around Yugoslavia. Romantic stone-cobbled alleys and colorful workshops around every corner make the tiny town of Grožnjan a must-see location in Istria. Afterward, continue to Motovun, the mightiest hilltop town in Istria. Once in Motovun, try the most expensive mushroom in the world during a truffle tasting. Walk the panoramic city walls and admire Istria in all its glory before arriving at a konoba, the local word for trattoria (Italian-style eatery). You'll return to Rovinj or Bale in the late afternoon.

Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

7. Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

Hum is situated in the center of Istria with barely 20 inhabitants. Turn your trip to Hum into a beautiful story of Istrian small towns. This hidden part of Istria is extremely welcoming to visitors. According to the legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the river Mirna valley, an area in central Istria including the wonderful hill towns of Motovun, Roc, and Bale. Despite the small number of residents, Hum has preserved the ritual of Election of the Prefect for a Year. All the men from the parish gather at the Municipal Loggia (Town Hall) to elect the village superior by carving their votes into a wooden stick. Apart from being famous for being the smallest city in the world, Hum has recently become popular for Biska, which a brandy spiced with mistletoe and made according to an old recipe originating in Hum. Every year, at the end of October, the Grappa festival takes place here and hosts brandy producers from all over Istria.  In the north of Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is probably the most attractive and famous medieval town of Istria, Motovun. This fascinating site on top of a hill is a characteristic symbol of the interior of Istria. The bell tower, which is 13th-century Romanesque-Gothic, has a crown that is crenulated and dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th-century parish church. In the center square stands the Romanesque Municipal Palace, which was Istria’s biggest secular building when it was built. Many other historical buildings surround it. Motovun’s forest which reaches down the Mirna River’s valley is particularly good for finding truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac malodorous fungus that grows underground. These white truffles of Istria, which are in season from September to December, are said to be as good as even the best French and Italian truffles. Vineyards surround the town from all sides and Istria’s finest wines including the red Teran and the white Malvasia are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole locality is sprinkled with superb restaurants serving konobe. The city of Labin is an old medieval town located on a 320-meter hill with the new part of the town below. The Old Labin is the best preserved acropolis in Istria. Apart from many cultural and historical monuments, Labin is a city of artists. There are some 30 artists living and working there as well as several galleries. In nearby Dubrova, there is the Sculpture Par where International Sculptors Symposium have taken place for the past 40 years. In the summer, the old center is taken over by the Art Republic, which is a combination of music, performance, and fine arts. The town gates of St Flor, built in 1587, lead to the old town. There is also a 17th-century tower in the town offering a magnificent view. 

A Real Istrian experience - Olive grove tour, oil and more

8. A Real Istrian experience - Olive grove tour, oil and more

Immerse yourself in this farm to table gastronomic walking tour of a farm in Kršete. Learn about the production of premium olive oil in a region that has been declared the best olive oil region in the world by the Italian Flos Olei. Meet your host at their family property that was built in 1899. Admire views of the olive groves, vineyards, and orchards before heading down to the olive oil tasting room. Listen as your guide reveals the secrets behind the olive harvesting and oil extraction process. Discover how the process has changed over the years. Get tips on how to store olive oil properly to ensure its freshness. Taste some Olivo Istriano Premium Grand Cuvée oil. Learn how to taste and distinguish premium oil from inferior olive oil. Pair your oil with an Istrian charcuterie board of assorted cured meats and two organic cheeses from a local farm. Taste freshly prepared homemade ricotta cheese with olives. Savor fresh seasonal fruits from the garden with homemade bread. Finish your tasting with some artisan ice cream. Sip on Malvasia Istrina wine, dry Muscat cuvee wine, olive liquor, elderflower juice, and coffee. Head out for a stroll through the olive grove to find out about various types olive trees.

Pula: Historic Walking Tour with Local Guide & City Views

9. Pula: Historic Walking Tour with Local Guide & City Views

My name is Marina, I've been working as a licensed tour guide in Istria for over 15 years and am specialized in guiding german-speaking guests. Experience Pula's highlights in a personalized way through a individualized city tour. We can focus on any topic that may be of interest to you – the local lifestyle, culture, nature or food, whatever it may be, I'm sure we'll have something to talk about. We'll meet up in front of my city's main attaction, an undeniable gem on the mediterranean sea – Pula's roman Amphitheatre. You'll find out what it was built and used for, which goes way beyond the gladiator games. The path will naturally lead us to other antique parts of the city. Besides the Amphitheatre, Pula can proudly count three roman city gates that are still standing up to this day. The Twin, Hercules and Sergii gates – the beautifully preserved details will allow me to reveal the story behind them. As a foodie and passionate cook when it comes to local cuisine, the tour wouldn't be complete without taking you to the Pula farmer's market. It's the place where locals buy and sell products that are native to Istrian soil. While we're already talking about trade, our next point will lead us to the Forum square. It was the roman version of our beloved farmer's market, but not only that – as the heart of every roman city, this is where you will see remains of the August temple and admire our venetian city hall which is also the perfect opportunity to explain why there is a goat on our regional flag. The tour ends with my favourite view of the city – a little higher up, as we visit the city castello. Even if you're not a romantic just joining me for the beautiful view, we're standing by a location of big military importance throughout history. With its pristine loaction it was used by the romans, venetians, austrians and many more in order to protect the city.

Pula: Guided Christmas Walking Tour

10. Pula: Guided Christmas Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the pleasant atmosphere of the holiday season on a guided Christmas tour of Pula. Admire the charming holiday decorations around the city as you learn about the history of Christmas. Find out the story behind the Christmas tree, learn about Christmas spells, and hear all about local Christmas legends and traditions. Learn about what local foods you should try around this time, visit the magnificently lit Christmas tree, and enjoy a magical time in Pula during the most magical time of the year.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 31 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.

This excursion was just fantastic and exciting at the same time! Our guide Maida was super friendly, funny and really enjoyable. It wouldn't have been half as good without you. The excursion starts with cave and jellyfish visits and ends with cliff jumping, snorkeling and fresh fruit. Meanwhile, Maida always explains something, also brings in a historical part and takes great pictures, which you get afterwards by mail. All in all, we can only recommend this kayak trip and would do it again and again! Thank you thank you thank you! Price-performance ratio completely in order!

We had a great day out with Tanja. It was an early start (7am) which was worth it as it meant we had longer in each place and we missed the traffic. Tanja was an excellent guide, she was so friendly and had lots of interesting facts and information to tell us. We saw beautiful coastal towns, including the incredible Roman amphitheatre in Pula. We had a wonderful day and couldn’t recommend Tanja or this tour highly enough.

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.

Fantastic experience and wonderful kayak trip including cave tour, opportunity for snorkeling and cliff jumping. Our guide Luka was very nice, sociable and relaxed, and took time for all group members. Absolute recommendation for vacation in Pula.