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From Rovinj: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice 1-Way or Return

1. From Rovinj: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice 1-Way or Return

Depart Rovinj or Venice and take an unforgettable sailing trip across the Adriatic Sea. Explore the Venice and its 118 islands connected by 400 bridges and 150 channels that flow under them. Take a gondola ride across the lagoon, or stroll the narrow streets at leisure. Experience the famous cuisine of Italy at enchanting restaurants, or encounter old squares, beautiful palaces, art-filled churches and galleries that perfectly illustrate the romantic ambiance of the city. Arrive at the pier at least 15 minutes in advance so that boarding can proceed smoothly. Once each passenger has been confirmed and the information sent to the border police, relax aboard the catamaran with a cup of coffee and freshly baked croissants (own expense) as you set sail. Glide in or out of the lagoon of Venice and look at the architecture of the city built on water from the catamaran’s open deck. During the Venice introduction (on the boat ride towards Venice), you'll also be offered some optional products such as: gondola ride, taxi boat ride, lunch etc.

From Istria: Venice Day Trip with High Speed Catamaran

2. 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.

Rovinj: Guided Electric Scooter Tour

3. Rovinj: Guided Electric Scooter Tour

Start your activity in Villas Rubin Resort where your guide will welcome you and give you a short training lesson. Venture out on your 1.5-hour exploration of Rovinj, the coast with its beaches, and the Golden Cape nature park. Learn some interesting facts about Rovinj from your guide.

Vrsar: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Tour including Drinks

4. Vrsar: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Tour including Drinks

Embark at the port of Vrsar, and then head north along the water on this cruise. Watch as sunset breaks over the horizon and marvel in the magnificent skyline of Istria. Take in the breathtaking play of light created by the sunset's reflection in the water. Travel to the areas where the dolphins usually swim and admire the impressive marine animals as they play in their natural habitat. From the deck of your boat, relax and soak up the sun while sipping on a drink while enjoying the moment.

Rovinj: Guided Walking Tour

5. 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.

From Vrsar: Half Day Pirate Boat Tour to Rovinj

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

Set sail in Vrsar, near Poreč, 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.

From Poreč: Boat Day Trip to Rovinj with Fish Lunch

7. From Poreč: Boat Day Trip to Rovinj with Fish Lunch

Explore the Istrian coast on this roundtrip cruise from Poreč to the town of Rovinj. Spend some free time wandering through the cobbled streets of Rovinj. Savor a delectable fish lunch onboard. Make a stop to explore Vrsar or to swim at Limski Kanal. Meet at the main port in Poreč and check in before departing on the spacious boat. Capture pictures of the west coast of Istria as you sail along. Stop in Rovinj and have some free time to explore the Old Town and make your way to the hilltop church of St. Euphemia or visit one of the pebble beaches. Head back to the boat for a fresh fish lunch and an aperitif. Depending on if the season is right for swimming, continue to Limski Kanal or Vrsar. At Limski Kanal, dive into the clear water and explore the pirate cave. In Vrsar, explore the bell tower and parish church in the historical center. Enjoy panoramic views of Vrsar from the boat before returning to the starting point in the port of Poreč.

Poreč: Day Trip to Rovinj, Vrsar & Lim Fjord

8. Poreč: Day Trip to Rovinj, Vrsar & Lim Fjord

Start your day at the harbor of Poreč. While leaving the city, enjoy the panorama of the Poreč lagoon, the small fishing village of Funtana, Vrsar, and one of the largest nudist camps in Europe, Koversada. At your first stop, explore the city of Rovinj. See the old fishermen, their fishing nets, and boats. Next, visit Lim Fjord, a nature park and a rich habitat of many Mediterranean plants and animals. See the Pirate cave, fish and shell farms, and the beautiful vegetation that comes down to the sea surface on both sides of the bay. Enjoy lunch on board and continue sailing to Vrsar for your second stop.

Rovinj: Crazy UFO Ride and Snorkeling Tour

9. Rovinj: Crazy UFO Ride and Snorkeling Tour

Enjoy a family-friendly snorkel adventure complete with a thrilling Crazy UFO or banana boat ride at the Villas Rubin resort. Hop onboard your banana boat for a thrilling 10-minute ride and see who can hold on the longest. Afterward, head to the beautiful island of Polari for a 1-hour snorkel session. See colorful fish and marine life as you snorkel in the island's crystal-clear waters.

From Vrsar: Lim Fjord and Rovinj Boat Tour

10. From Vrsar: Lim Fjord and Rovinj Boat Tour

Discover the magnificent Croatian coast on this cruise departing from Vrsar. You will make your first stop just after 30 minutes in one of the most beautiful towns in Istria, Rovinj, for a 2-hour break. Stroll through the city’s narrow streets and allies, visit some of the many galleries and cafes, or head to the market and try traditional and locally produced products such as cheese, olive oil, and honey. Once you leave Rovinj and make your way towards the next attraction of this tour. The boat will slowly cruise through the Lim Fjord, a natural reserve that is famous for its narrow width and a variety of fish species that return every year for breeding. Here you will also get to explore a pirate cave.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,306 reviews

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.

An excellent way to not only see some beautiful towns , but also the coastline a helpful crew on a lovely boat A great day out

An all around nice trip. Nice crew and a beautiful town. We went as a family and everyone loved it.

Great ride and very friendly and welcoming crew. Very child friendly. Gladly again;).

Very friendly and nice team, child-friendly, gladly again.