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Pula: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Pula: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Enjoy this excellent opportunity to see this beautiful city from the comfort of a double-decker bus. Experience the best historical and cultural monuments of Pula and choose when to get off and see them at your own pace. Admire Pula and learn about its history, its role in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and its place in modern Croatian culture, and everything in between.  With onboard commentary that’s available in 13 languages, be enchanted by 7 of the most famous locations across town. The 7 stops include: • The Amphiteater • Giardini • Our Lady of the Sea Church • Valkane Beach • Zlatne Stijene • Verudela • Pula University

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

2. 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

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: 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.

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.

From Pula and Medulin: Flavors of Istria

6. From Pula and Medulin: Flavors of Istria

Like a fairy-tale settlement, Rovinj is jam-packed with small yellow and scarlet houses connected with cobbled streets and squares. This tiny gem has it all: the history, the culture, the cuisine, and you will love it! Your final stop is the city of Porec, one of the most famous vacation destinations in Istria. Known for a long seafront promenade, great beaches, modern restaurants and numerous historical sights, Porec will easily capture you with its beauty. The highlight of this city is the Basilica of Euphrasia, known for its beautiful mosaics on a gold background.  

Parenzana: Guided Old Railway Bike Tour with Lunch

7. Parenzana: Guided Old Railway Bike Tour with Lunch

Parenzana was a narrow gauge railway which connected Trieste with Porec, operating from 1902 until 1935. It was eliminated due to not being profitable and because cheaper and faster road transportation existed.  Today the Parenzana route attracts many visitors during the year. With its nine tunnels, six bridges, viaducts and stations the route is ideal for everyone who wants to discover and get to know Istria. Enjoy a hotel pick-up, and then head to Groznjan, a small Istrian town of great cultural heritage, in more recent history known as the “Town of Artists”. Then start your ride along Grožnjan’s narrow and cobbled streets. Continue your route on Parenzana with a beautiful view over the Mirna valley. Through tunnels and bridges, the road will take you to Livade. Then cross the Mirna River to reach the other side of the valley and climb towards Motovun, one of the most popular Istrian medieval towns. Here you will enjoy lunch in a beautiful local tavern. Then enjoy a return transfer to your hotel.

Istria: Guided Tour of Inner Istria with Food Tasting

8. Istria: Guided Tour of Inner Istria with Food Tasting

Discover some of Istria's most spectacular landscapes and idyllic locations on a guided tour of the peninsula. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle and learn about Istria's history from your knowledgeable guide. Start your day with a convenient pickup from a range of locations and get ready to see the best of what Istria has to offer. Your first stop, Lim Fjord on the western coast of Istria. Stop to take photos and capture the beauty of this striking landscape before moving on to your next destination, Groznjan. Join your driver and guide on a walking tour of this small medieval jewel known as the artist village. See the old town and wander down the romantic alleys lined with rustic cafes and konobas, the Dalmatian word for taverns. Hop back into your vehicle and head to Motovun, a scenic hilltop town dominated by Gothic and Romanesque architecture. Enjoy a tasting of some local products before joining your guide on a walking tour of the town and the ancient city walls. Make the most of some free time after the tour and sit down for lunch at one of the local restaurants. The Motovun forest is packed with truffles, making this town one of the best places to get your truffle fix. The last stop on your tour of the Istrian Peninsula is Pazin, where you'll visit the Pazin Abyss, an extraordinary natural attraction that has been declared a protected area. Enjoy a short stop here before heading back to your original starting point.

Istria: Guided Tour of Southern Istria and Olive Oil Tasting

9. Istria: Guided Tour of Southern Istria and Olive Oil Tasting

Discover the medieval Istrian towns of Bale, Rovinj, and Vodnjan on a guided tour of southern Istria. Visit idyllic locations and marvel at spectacular scenery as you learn about the region's history from your guide. Enjoy a convenient pickup and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle as you journey through the peninsula's incredible landscapes. Your first stop of the day, the town of Bale. One of Croatia's best-kept secrets, this stone town was built on a hill and is surrounded by seemingly endless olive groves and vineyards. Follow your guide down narrow, cobbled streets on a walking tour of this medieval gem before heading to your next stop, the coastal town of Rovinj. Once a fishing port and today a tourist resort, Rovinj is considered one of the most photogenic towns in the Mediterranean. Wander its streets accompanied by your guide and learn about this idyllic seaside town. After your walking tour, make the most of some free time and indulge in a delicious lunch at one of the local eateries. Fueled by your meal, hop back into the van and head to your next and final destination for the day, Vodnjan. In Vodnjan, you'll stop at the local olive oil farm Chiavalon. This family farm specializes in growing olives and producing high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Take part in a guided tasting of the estate's award-winning oils. End your day with a comfortable return transfer.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 58 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.

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.

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)!

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