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Our most recommended Istria County Bus & Minivan Tours

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

Porec: Boat Cruise with Barbecue Lunch

2. Porec: Boat Cruise with Barbecue Lunch

See the stunning coastline of Croatia from a different perspective on a boat cruise with barbecue lunch. Pass rugged cliffs and sandy coves as you sail across the crystal-clear waters off the coast of the towns of Rovinj and Porec. Drop anchor in a beautiful bay to swim or snorkel, or just relax on deck and soak up the sun. Stop for lunch in Rovinj, where the tall townhouses and narrow cobblestone streets of the seaside town resemble Venice in miniature. Next, cruise around the islets off the coast of Vrsar. See the wooded bays and hidden coves of the archipelago from the water. Make your way to Lim Bay, where freshwater flows into the sea from numerous underground springs.

From Porec and Rovinj: Full-Day Plitvice Lakes Guided Trip

3. From Porec and Rovinj: Full-Day Plitvice Lakes Guided Trip

Join this incredible journey and discover beauties that will capture your heart. The vibrant blue pools, luscious green trees, and dribbling waterfalls of Plitvice lakes will make you wonder how there is so much beauty in the world. Expect nothing less than breathtaking views once you walk into this unspoilt oasis. Wander along the boardwalks and bridges or take a boat trip across Lake Kozjak, the biggest stretch of water in the area. On your way back, stop for a lunch break at the fairy-tale village of Rastoke. Once a rural settlement, the tiny village will amaze you with its stunning landscapes dotted with watermills, waterfalls and wooden houses.

Rovinj: Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle

4. 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. 

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

5. 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.

From Porec: Alpine Jewel Lake Bled

6. From Porec: Alpine Jewel Lake Bled

Depart Porec and journey across the border to spend the day at beautiful Lake Bled in Slovenia. Marvel at the stunning pine forest surrounded by snow-capped mountains as you appreciate the natural beauty of the Pearl of the Alps. Imagine you have just stepped into a scene from the Sound of Music as you encounter enchanted forests, toy townhouses, and a fairytale church. Make your way to medieval Bled Castle for a panoramic view across the glacial waters of the lake. Turn your attention to the cone-shaped turrets, yard-thick walls, and lofty parapets of the fortress.

Rijeka: Pula, Rovinj, and Panoramic Istrian Coast Tour

7. 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 Highlights Tour from Rijeka or Pula

8. 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. 

Istria Day Tour From Zagreb

9. 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

10. 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.  

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4.6 / 5

based on 115 reviews

A wonderful day with The best guide! We had both historical, cultural and excellent food experiences. We bought truffles and good wine and met lovely people. We had some heavy rain at one point, but with Ivana behind The wheels that didn’t cause any problems. Recommended! Ps There seems to be some problems with their bookings, so make s phone call snd make sure The booking has come through and The trip is on. We had one day ‘delay’ but as long as they fix it, its okay by me.

Picking up was a bit incomprehensible, we thought we would be picked up by bus, hadn't paid attention to the taxi. But through a phone call to the pick-up person, a taxi was quickly sent to take us to the small bus that was waiting for us at the service area and then take us to the Tui bus at another gas station .It was a bit complicated but great organization and everything worked out. Next time we'll know how the pickup works

Was really better than I thought. Super informative. We were there at 10 a.m. and sat upstairs, which was really good at these temperatures due to the headwind......I can fully recommend it

Just beautiful. Was completely impressed from pickup to return. Thank you, keep it up. Gerd and Susann.

French translation nice to see my city walk it monuments and places to visit