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Pula

Expect a wealth of Roman architecture in an unspoiled natural setting in this coastal Croatian city.

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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: Arena Entrance Ticket

2. Pula: Arena Entrance Ticket

Visit the ancient amphitheater of Pula, where the inhabitants of the city once gathered to be entertained by gladiators and animal hunts. Beat the crowds and explore this magnificent ancient site with your pre-paid entrance ticket. See an amphitheater that has become the symbol of Pula one of the most popular and beautiful venues in Croatia for events, like concerts, festivals, and even recreation of gladiatorial tournaments in the summer months.  Get access to the permanent exhibition entitled "Istrian Olive and Viticulture in Antiquity" located in the underground area used by the gladiators during their tournaments.  See reproductions of tools and equipment for oil and wine production, such as mills, presses, and sedimentation tanks, as well as amphorae, which were used as packaging for oil and wine transportation.

Pula: Natural Dolphin Watching Experience with Dinner

3. Pula: Natural Dolphin Watching Experience with Dinner

After being transported to the pier, you will begin your 3-hour tour which will be arranged on board of a comfortable boat around the Brijuni National Park. You will have a guide with you on board your boat, who will conduct a sightseeing tour around all islands of the National Park whilst also informing you of interesting facts about the islands and its famous owners. Your tour also includes dinner on board your boat, consisting of traditional dishes of Mediterranean cuisine such as fish, meat, or vegetarian dishes. You will also have an unlimited amount of drinks whilst on board your boat, including wine, mineral water, soft drinks, and water. You can take comfort in knowing that between 93-100% of your guide's guests have seen dolphins in the past. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

Premantura: Sea Cave Kayak Tour

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

From Istria: Venice Day Trip with High Speed Catamaran

6. 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.

Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Sea Cave Exploration Tour

7. Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Sea Cave Exploration Tour

Kayak and snorkel your way along the coast of Pula to explore the city’s impressive sea caves. This fun and active 3-hour tour will take you to Seagull’s Rocks, where you’ll go diving inside a cave with snorkeling masks and underwater lights.  Your guides will document the adventure with GoPro underwater cameras, and share the photos with you after the tour. The experienced guides will ensure your safety throughout the tour. Relax with a cold drink of water or beer after this amazing activity.

Pula: Brijuni National Park Boat Excursion with Dinner

8. Pula: Brijuni National Park Boat Excursion with Dinner

Visit one of the most beautiful places in the Adriatic Sea, Brijuni National Park. Explore the park by boat, spotting wild animals along the way, and swim in the water at St. Jerolim Island. Board a comfortable ship with your captain and guide and head out to the islands that form the National Park. This place is famous because its former owner, Josip Broz Tito, had a rare hobby: he collected exotic animals. Your guide on the ship will conduct a sightseeing tour around all the islands and share lots of interesting facts about the islands and their famous owners. Enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional Mediterranean dishes made of fish, beef, or vegetables. Don’t forget to take advantage of the unlimited drinks on board, like wine, mineral water, juice, and sodas. If you're lucky, your ship may be accompanied by dolphins, so don’t forget your camera.   On a stop off at St. Jerolim Island (Sveti Jerolim), you can choose to stay for 2.5 hours or stay on the ship. On the island, you’ll get the chance to wander its scenic beaches, take a swim, or explore the island itself. After a fun day out on the open sea, your ship will return to Pula at around 5:00 PM.

Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

9. Pula: Night-Time Sea Kayaking Tour in Transparent Kayak

Meet at the Verudela resort area and be introduced to the theory and techniques of kayaking, and the rules of conduct on the tour. It's then time to set off on your nocturnal sea kayaking adventure. The transparent bottom of the kayak equipped with LED lights will allow you to peak into the sleeping underwater world of the Adriatic sea. Kayak along the coast, where the sea depth is around 4-8 meters, so that you can watch everything that's happening on the sea floor. During the tour, you will catch a glimpse of various types of marine life. The tour guide will explain to you all about the creatures you can see, such as sea urchins, fish, seaweed, jellyfish, and diverse corals. Your guide will also make sure that you have your once-in-a-lifetime memory immortalized as pictures and videos.

Pula: Snorkeling and Kayaking Self-Guided Adventure

10. Pula: Snorkeling and Kayaking Self-Guided Adventure

Enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea on this fun and relaxed snorkeling and kayaking adventure. See a whole new side to Croatia as you soak in the scenery, marvel at the cliffs, and see the exotic marine life. Start your adventure at Orca Diving Center where you will get all the necessary gear you need. You will get a quick run-through on how to use the equipment and find out the hidden gems to explore. Jump into the turquoise waters and enjoy paradise. Discover Pula’s best-kept secret, the enchanting heart-shaped island known as Fratarski Island. Immerse yourself in the stunning caves and cliffs. This is a fun day for all the family, you will make friends with the marine life who live here as you paddle along the gorgeous coastline.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,411 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!

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.

A wonderful experience with great caves and lots of fish. Tip: take the 7pm tour because the fish are even more active there.

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