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Pula: Arena Entrance Ticket

1. 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

2. 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 are included in the price. The boat trip finishes by slowly heading back to Medulin.

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

3. Pula: Full-Day Boat Trip to Venice 1-Way or Return

Take an unforgettable sailing trip across the Adriatic Sea, and spend the day in Venice at your own pace on a full-day excursion from Pula. Upon arrival, experience the romantic and historic ambiance of a city, where 118 islands and 150 channels are connected by 400 bridges! During the Venice introduction (on the boat), you'll also be offered some optional products such as: gondola ride, taxi boat ride, lunch etc.  Board your boat in Pula at 07:00 for an 07:30 departure. Then, relax aboard the catamaran with a cup of coffee and freshly baked croissants (own expense) as you set sail. Glide into the lagoon for an estimated arrival time in Venice of 11:00. Then disappear down the back streets to encounter romantic bridges and hidden squares at your own pace. Marvel at the Byzantine monuments of the Piazza San Marco, or enjoy a truly authentic experience and explore the canals by gondola. Find a nice restaurant to sample the delicious food of Italy. Depart for Pula at 17:30 at the end of your day in Venice, and get a last look at the city built on water as you head back towards Croatia. Arrive back in Pula at approximately 21:00, and continue with your evening at leisure.

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

4. 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.

Pula: Brijuni National Park Tour with Island Visit

5. Pula: Brijuni National Park Tour with Island Visit

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.

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

6. 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.

From Istria: Venice Day Trip with High Speed Catamaran

7. 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 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. Hear special stories of the city while avoiding the hot summer sun. Gather at Saint Marcus Square for your free 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. Later, head back to the port. Walk with the guides or take an optional water taxi ride through the Grand Canal and see the Rialto Bridge and all the palazzos en route. Embark upon your return journey aboard the catamaran, and sit back, relax, and reflect upon a wonderful day in Venice.

Pula: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

8. 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 Pula: Brijuni National Park Panorama Tour with Lunch

9. From Pula: Brijuni National Park Panorama Tour with Lunch

Depart from Pula and sail around the 14 islands of the Brijuni National Park. Listen to narration provided by the crew and enjoy food and unlimited drinks served on board. Take a swim or the Punta Christo Fortress before you return to Pula. Discover the beauty of the Brijuni National Park as you sail on the 'Vagabundo'. Take in the views of the surroundings and relax as you taste food and drinks. Take and break and enjoy some swimming near the park. Jump in the water or go and explore the large Austro-Hungarian fortress Punta Christo with beautiful views of Pula and Brijuni National Park. 

Poreč: Day Trip to Rovinj, Vrsar & Lim Fjord

10. 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.

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A great choice, despite the initial doubts. Venice is wonderful, and with the optional package purchased it turned out to be possible to see, taste and get to know in one day! We already bought the package on the ship, it turned out to be very attractive in terms of price and included a transfer to St. Mark by a boat with an open balcony, then a guided tour of the square (Anna who lives in Croatia and is Polish) gave us a lot of information about the history of Venice and its monuments - all in Polish - really invaluable), lunch, a half-hour gondola ride through my canals and a piece of the Grand Canal, (much more expensive on its own), then free time at your own disposal and finally a water taxi transfer to the port! Venice can be visited in one day when you do not have to search for everything, read on your own, wait for a meal in a restaurant or for a gondola, and above all, you can get everywhere on foot. Water transport is a great solution and so much Venetian at the same time! I

A very nice trip. The tour is very well organized. Very nice and helpful tour guide with very good tips for Venice. Additional offers for Venice are sold on board. You don't have to take part in this, everyone as they wish. We took the boat trip from the port of call to St. Mark's Square and the return trip by taxi boat, as it was very hot that day. We can always recommend the return trip by taxi boat through the Grand Canal. You can see everything from Venice again. The tour guide is very attentive and also makes sure that all passengers are back on board. It was a beautiful day in Venice. Many thanks to the entire ship staff

The crossing and the program are very well organized and given the temperatures, we were grateful to be guided a bit. There were no significant delays or anything like that and all 3 guides from the Kompas team acted very professionally, always provided information in several languages, steered with a lot of friendliness, quickly grouped us before the boat trips and thus brought us a good deal closer to Venice. Great, that's how we imagined it. Thank you Team Kompas for a great day

The travelguide was a very nice man . He was very entertaining. He told a lot before arraving to Venice.

I was in Pula arena (Rome koloseum) and everything was ok, no problem.