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Vrsar: Dolphin Watching Boat Ride

1. Vrsar: Dolphin Watching Boat Ride

Marvel at the Adriatic Sea with the opportunity to see Adriatic dolphins on this boat ride in Vrsar. Benefit from experienced staff and a captain that knows the movements of dolphins and how to easily find them. Enjoy complimentary drinks and a transfer to the boat and back. After meeting in Vrsar, get a transfer to the boat to start your adventure. Be greeted with drinks before setting out on the Adriatic Sea. Keep an eye out for dolphins and enjoy panoramic views of Poreč and Rovinj. As an added perk, enjoy another tour for free if there were no opportunities to see dolphins at the conclusion of your boat ride.

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Rovinj: Guided Walking Tour

2. Rovinj: Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide just outside the local farmers' market located in the lower town. Your guides will be a local person who was born in the city. Throughout the tour, they will present Rovinj in an authentic way and will be happy to answer all of your questions. Arrive at Valdibora Square, the first area people see when approaching Rovinj from the North. Find out exactly where the channel and respective bridge used to be. Discover how the channel was landfilled 1000 years ago, making Rovinj an island. Then, walk along Carera Street and get an idea of the wealth accumulated through trade in olive oil, fish, and wine in the 18th century. Stop at the waterfront, a must-see destination and the perfect spot for an Aperol Spritz. Navigate through the maze of cobbled streets towards the old Jewish Ghetto and stables area. Follow the ancient city walls to the top of the hill where the magnificent Saint Euphemia church watches over the city. End the tour here, the prime location to watch the best sunset in the Adriatic. By the end of the tour, know where locals buy their fruits and vegetables, where the best coffee is made, and where to find sublime cakes and gelato which will leave you breathless. Gain a local point of view on many topics - something that you won't be able to find in any guidebook.

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From Poreč: Lim Fjord, Rovinj, & Vrsar Boat Trip with Lunch

3. From Poreč: Lim Fjord, Rovinj, & Vrsar Boat Trip with Lunch

On this tour, you will have a chance to explore Croatia’s stunning west coast and charming villages. From the narrow alleyways and romantic streets of Rovinj to the natural beauty of the Lim Fjord where you will enjoy lunch served onboard the boat. After meeting your guide in Poreč, your day starts with a 1-hour trip to Rovinj. You will have 2-hours to explore here before boarding a traditional wooden boat to discover the Lim Fjord.  As you sail up the Fjord, enjoy breathtaking views while you tuck into a grilled fish, meat, or vegetarian lunch served onboard. Enjoy a glass of wine while your captain takes you to a pirate cave for a photo stop. Further up the Fjord, you will arrive at Vrsar village for your final stop of the day. Relax on the beach, have a swim in the sea, or explore the charming town before returning to Poreč at around 4:30 pm.

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Rijeka: Pula, Rovinj, and Panoramic Istrian Coast Tour

4. 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.

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Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

5. 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.

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Rovinj: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

6. Rovinj: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

Your tour will begin with Postojna Cave, one of the best-known caves in the world 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.  From here the tour extends to the Predjama Castle which reigns over the surrounding area 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 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. 

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From Vrsar: Half Day Pirate Boat Tour to Rovinj

7. From Vrsar: Half Day Pirate Boat Tour to Rovinj

Set sail in Vrsar on board a pirate boat along the beautiful Istrian coastline to reach and discover the stunning fishing port of Rovinj. Head south and experience a unique view of the west coast of Istria and the deep blue Adriatic Sea. Your crew will provide you with drinks and will be happy to answer your questions about the geography, history, and culture of the peninsula. After a 45 minute cruise, reach the port of Rovinj and freely explore the picturesque town. Stroll along the harbor and through the narrow streets, discover the historic old town, or try Croatian specialties in one of the many restaurants. Visit one of the nearby beaches or indulge in some ice cream at one of the many cafes. Finally, hop on board once again and sail back to Vrsar.

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From Vrsar: Night Cruise to Rovinj

8. From Vrsar: Night Cruise to Rovinj

Hop on board this special pirate boat and enjoy the most beautiful sunsets the Istrian peninsula has to offer on a cruise to Rovinj. At 7 PM, you'll leave the port from Vrsar and sail along the west coast of Istria to Rovinj. During the trip on the sparkling Adriatic Sea, the crew will serve you drinks and answer all your questions about the town, its most famous sights, and the surrounding area. About 45 minutes later, you'll reach the port of Rovinj, where you will have about 2.5 hours to explore the town on your own. You can walk through the narrow streets and stroll along the picturesque harbor. In the old town, stop at one of the many restaurants and try some Croatian specialties. Or just take the food with you to the beach and picnic while the sun goes down. When you're back on board you can sit back, relax, and watch the lights in the harbor slowly disappear.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,292 reviews

It was a very nice experience. First of all, I had to consider whether the dolphins should not be pushed too hard. The captain tried to turn the ship so that you could see her well without pushing her or getting too close. Many small boats, on the other hand, were very aggressive towards the dolphins. We always saw the same group of dolphins with young animals, at some point they swam straight towards the ship and kept jumping out of the water. I can only recommend the excursion. The crew was very friendly and tried hard.

Tanya was a fantastic guide. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to do whatever to make our experience the best day possible (including stopping on the side of the highway so I could get some pictures)!

Super friendly staff and small NOT overcrowded ship like many others we have seen. We saw several groups of dolphins. It couldn't be better. Thank you and see you next time.

Our guide Tanya was friendly, knowledgeable, and so organized. She drove safely.

The guides are super fun and we had a great time on board !