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From Krk: Half-Day 4-Islands Tour

1. From Krk: Half-Day 4-Islands Tour

Begin your excursion at the Krk Harbor at around 11:00 AM. From there, cruise directly to your first destination: Sveti Juraj. This spot used to be an important harbor during the times of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Explore the beautiful landscape and discover its rich history. Your next stop around 12:00 PM will be the Island Plavnik, where you'll have time for some adventurous cave-swimming. Keep your eyes peeled for white-head griffons. Right after, around 1:30 PM, arrive on the Island Kornat, which is famous for being an island full of seagulls, and sometimes also dolphins. Next, sail off to Stara Baska, a small fishermen's village, and go for a swim off Golden Beach. Afterward, head back to Krk.

Krk Island: Ziplining Tour

2. Krk Island: Ziplining Tour

Begin your ziplining adventure at the zipline base located near the monument of the Glagolitic Alley. Here you’ll be provided with a zipline safety harness and additional ziplining equipment. Afterward, travel by jeep to the zipline starting point where you’ll be briefed on how to zipline and zipline safety measures. Learn how to zipline in the monkey style on a so-called baby zipline before starting the zipline tour. Once everyone is comfortable using the zipline the group will start the tour. The zipline tour consists of 8 ziplines, with the longest zip line reaching 700 meters. Enjoy the stunning views of the Island of Krk as you travel along the zipline course. Along the way, you’ll be guided by 2 instructors and have the chance to take some amazing photos while on the tour. After everyone has completed the 8 ziplines, you’ll be transported back to the base.

Istria Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

3. 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. 

Rijeka: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

4. Rijeka: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

Your tour will begin with Postojna Cave, one of the best-known caves in the world. It is also the greatest tourist attraction in Slovenia and one of the world’s largest karst monuments. This is the only place in the world where the underground landscape can be traversed on an electric train and where you can meet this underground kingdom’s most famous inhabitant, the proteus (olm), up close. A fantastic web of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls, astonishing diversity of karst features as well as easy access are certainly the main reasons for the popularity of the cave and a large number of visitors. From here the tour extends to the Predjama Castle which reigns over the surrounding area, not far from the Postojna Cave, in the idyllic village of Predjama. This picturesque, magnificent, defiant, mysterious and impregnable castle has been perched in the middle of a vertical 123-meter high cliff for more than 800 years. Its romantic appeal is further emphasized by the idyllic Lokva River, which disappears into the underground world deep below the castle. As the only preserved cave castle in Europe, the Predjama Castle offers a unique insight into the building techniques and resourcefulness of people in the Middle Ages, who were looking for and found a safe harbor for themselves right at the entrance of the cave. During a siege that took place in the 15th century, the castle provided a refuge for its best known and most notorious owner, Erazem of Predjama. The legend of the courageous robber baron Erazem, who remained undefeated until one of his servants betrayed him, is still in people’s minds, inspiring and alluring as ever. It was this safe abode of his which helped the brave knight resist the besiegers without much difficulty for more than a year.

From Rijeka: Golden Island of Krk Tour

5. From Rijeka: Golden Island of Krk Tour

Among the 1185 Croatian islands, the island Krk is known as the Golden Island. Located in the centre of the Kvarner bay, it is considered one of the most attractive tourist destinations. Its mild Mediterranean climate, good geographical position, and variety of natural and cultural beauties gave it, even in ancient times, the name “golden island”.  Discover the island with a knowledgeable guide as you uncover its charms and treasures. Cruise through its beautiful and varied landscapes and visit its thousand-year-old monuments. Breathe in the sea air while walking along the romantic pathways by the sea or along the wild shepherd’s rock paths. Enjoy the magical tastes of Krk cuisine and delightful home-made wine. During the tour, you'll see the sights of the old city centre and discover the island's cultural and historical heritage.

Rijeka: Pula, Rovinj, and Panoramic Istrian Coast Tour

6. 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.

Zagorje: Full-Day Custom Tour from Zagreb

7. Zagorje: Full-Day Custom Tour from Zagreb

Head out from Zagreb center towards Klanjec city, immersed in noble history. Enter a church from the 17th century, built by the noble Erdody family as a family mausoleum. In the basement of the convent, see two sarcophagi made for the burial of the Habsburg royal family. Continue to Kumrovec, an open-air museum with restored houses from the beginning of the 20th century, and the birthplace of Josip Broz Tito, the famous Yugoslav president.  Move on to the preserved castle Veliki Tabor. Hear one of the most beautiful Croatian love stories, the legend of Veronika. After a lunch break with traditional Zagorje food, continue to Krapina city to see the Evolution Museum and Neanderthal findings. Discover history from the Big Bang to the construction of the museum. Finally, visit the fairytale Trakošćan castle. Discover this recently restored medieval fortress, with original furniture and fittings. Stroll around the grounds before returning to Zagreb.

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What people are saying about Rijeka

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 279 reviews

The guides were super nice and the ziplining was a lot of fun. We were even lucky enough to get transport from the provider himself, as there were hardly any free taxi companies on our part of the island. Very accommodating and customer friendly! We will come again on our next visit to Croatia.

All I can say is that everything was great, from the equipment and instructors to the support during the tour and the experience itself. If we are back on Krk next year, the tour will definitely be a highlight of our vacation again.

Fantastic and adrenaline-pumping experience. The instructors very good at explaining and nice.

Unique experience in a very beautiful location. Very knowledgeable and nice staff.

It was a great experience Well organized and funny accompanied by the trainers!