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Istria County

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Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

1. Pula: Dolphin Watching Cruise with Dinner and Drinks

Cruise on a modern boat and take some time to admire Pula, Istria. Watch the beautiful sunset and take the opportunity to watch dolphins play. The three-hour voyage starts from the port of Pula and continues along the coast of the Brijuni National Park where you can see dolphins in their natural environment. Dolphins are frequent visitors to the Brijuni waters because of the abundance of fish that dolphins come to hunt in the evening. With beautiful sunset scenes, dolphins, and Brijuni National Park, enjoy dinner and drinks onboard. For dinner, choose between a Mediterranean fish menu, meat menu, or vegetarian menu. Drinks are served throughout the ride (coca cola, fanta, red and white wine, and water). Upon your return to the Port of Pula, take the opportunity to see the famous Pula giants and the Pula Arena at night.

From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

2. From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

Leave from Pula and embark on a sightseeing boat trip through Brijuni National Park, and take in the beautiful views of the 14 islands of the park. Enjoy a beautiful sunset and make a stop to watch the park's dolphins in their natural habitat. Depart from Pula in the boat Martinabela, and set out for Brijuni National Park, in the beautiful clear waters of the Adriatic Sea. Try to spot various species of fish and other wildlife on the tour, as the park is a protected area known for its different wildlife species. Sightsee around all 14 of the park's islands, and enjoy a stop to watch the park's resident dolphins, and take beautiful photos and videos of these wonderful creatures. Luckily, dolphins are free animals and nobody can guarantee number of them, but we find them in 99%.

Poreč: Evening Boat Trip to Discover Dolphins

3. Poreč: Evening Boat Trip to Discover Dolphins

Sail along the the west coast of Istria in search of majestic dolphins on this boat day trip from the main port of Poreč. Admire the glow of the sunset on the water before returning to port.  Embark on your cruise from the main port of Poreč onboard a spacious craft called 'Kristofor.' Relax in a comfortable seat as you captain navigates along the dynamic landscapes of the coast of Istria. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins that leap and race along. Feel the joy of watching these exuberate creatures. Capture pictures of these animals to share with your friends and family back home. View the golden and pink colors of the sunset reflecting off the water before returning to the main port in Poreč and disembarking. 

Pula: Kayaking and Snorkeling Sea Cave Exploration Tour

4. 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. You will receive the link in a few days after the tour (photos are not being separated). The experienced guides will ensure your safety throughout the tour. Relax with a cold drink of water or beer after this amazing activity.

Pula: Arena Entrance Ticket

5. 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.

Kamenjak: Medulin Sunset Dolphin Tour

6. Kamenjak: Medulin Sunset Dolphin Tour

Your evening trip starts at Medulin harbour. After boarding, you will receive a welcome drink and the trip begins with a panoramic view of Medulin's archipelago. Throughout the boat trip, there is music on board which makes for a relaxed atmosphere. Dancing is also welcome. While you cruise along the Adriatic sea, keep an eye out for dolphins. There is a 50/50 chance you will see them, but if not, you can still make the most of the stunning scenery. Enjoy a beautiful view of the Austro-Hungarian lighthouse 'Porer' on the way, and later on, have the chance to admire a stunning sunset view. Dinner is served on the boat: fish, meat and vegetarian options are available with a cabbage salad and ciabatta bread. Drinks during the excursions (wine, soda and water) are included in the price. The boat trip finishes by slowly heading back to Medulin.

Vrsar: 2-Hour Dolphin Watching Tour including Drinks

7. 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.

Poreč: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice, 1-Way or Return

8. Poreč: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice, 1-Way or Return

On this 12-hour program, you’ll travel to Venice by high-speed catamaran. Discover old squares, stunning palaces, churches, and galleries as you explore the city. At 7 AM you'll board the catamaran in the port of Poreč, and at 07:30 you’ll be on your way to Venice. On the catamaran sails out, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a short introduction to Venice. You'll also be offered some optional services such as gondola rides, taxi boat rides, lunch, and more. As you approach Venice you’ll have views of the islands in the lagoon and a panoramic view of the city. Disembark at 10:30 AM and from that point, you can explore the city at your leisure. Take a short walk to Piazza San Marco. From there you can head into the maze of streets off the square. Enjoy a gondola ride along the canals. Try some of the city’s fine cuisine. If you like, you can visit one of the Murano glass workshops and see the process of glassmaking. At 5 PM the catamaran departs Venice. The excursion ends at 8 PM back in the port of Poreč.

Poreč: Sunset Dolphin Safari Cruise with Drinks

9. Poreč: Sunset Dolphin Safari Cruise with Drinks

Enjoy a drink and slowly sail to the open sea with a beautiful view of the Poreč Riviera. On the other side you can see the open sea and the sun meeting the horizon. Watch the elegant tricks dolphins can show you in their natural environment, in their complete wilderness and freedom.  This is not a dolphinarium, there is no trainer, and these animals behave in harmony with nature. It is particularly exciting to watch dolphins swimming at the side of the boat and in front of the bow.  If you are lucky enough, you can see a young dolphin that is usually accompanied by a smaller group of adults who keep a distance from the ship. For those who suffer from stress this is a perfect opportunity for therapy, for parents with children this is a perfect gift and surprise for their kids.

From Pula: Sunset Cruise with Dolphin Watching

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Istria County

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,590 reviews

Informative and fun experince provided by a knowledgeable guide who not only took us through a flavourful tour of Istria but also left us with some tips to use in your everyday life to spot authentic olive oil. Loved it!

The boat was nice, the crew professional, the trip just the right amount of time and beautiful experience

Die Tour hat Spaß gemacht. Auf den Inseln hatte man Zeit sich diese anzuschauen oder baden zu gehen.

das spiel hat uns echt positiv überrascht. können wir nur weiterempfehlen.

echt klasse. hat uns sehr viel spaß gemacht! mal was anderes.