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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.

Pula: Old Town Food Tasting Tour

2. Pula: Old Town Food Tasting Tour

For all the foodies who love to explore local cuisines! During a 3-hour tour, you will enjoy a variety of dishes from all parts of Istria, ranging from traditional to modern classics, and find out more about local customs. It's a fun and informative tasting tour to the food market, but also local restaurants, and food shops in the very city center of Pula. Part of the tour will take place at the green market. It's a place where you will feel the local vibe while strolling through domestic food, a variety of fish and seafood, fruits, vegetables, meat, and traditional goat cheeses. Explore the market building that is not only a delight for the stomach but also an architectural masterpiece. Pula is the city on the sea, so when in Pula, you shouldn't miss all the variety of daily fresh fish and seafood that it has to offer. Alongside your seafood dish sip some of the best Istrian wines. Hear the story about the importance of goats in Istria, why there is a goat on the flag of Istria, and try different goat cheeses. Istria is best known for its (holy trinity) wine, olive oil, and truffles. You really shouldn't leave this area without trying them, luckily, on this tour, we will cover the tasting of all of these products. You will taste a range of different olive oils, and learn that Istria produces the best olive oils in the world. Hear the stories about different types of truffles and how to hunt them. Try different types of local brandy and decide on your favorite. Not to reveal all the details, you can expect some great seafood and cheese, a glass of local soda drink or wine, some Croatian chocolates for those with a sweet tooth, and much more. Our suggestion is – come hungry!

Umag: Olive Oil, Wine, and Local Food at a Family Farm

3. Umag: Olive Oil, Wine, and Local Food at a Family Farm

Immerse yourself in this farm-to-table gastronomic experience at a family farm near Umag. Learn about the production of premium olive oil in a region that has been declared the best olive oil region in the world by the Italian Flos Olei. Meet your host at their family property that was built in 1899. Admire views of the olive groves, vineyards, and orchards before heading down to the olive oil tasting room. Listen as your guide reveals the secrets behind the olive harvesting and oil extraction process. Discover how the process has changed over the years. Get tips on how to store olive oil properly to ensure its freshness. Taste some Olivo Istriano Premium Grand Cuvée oil. Learn how to taste and distinguish premium oil from inferior olive oil. Pair your oil with an Istrian charcuterie board of assorted cured meats and two organic cheeses from a local farm. Taste freshly prepared homemade ricotta cheese with olives. Savor fresh seasonal fruits from the garden with homemade bread. Finish your tasting with some artisan ice cream. Sip on Malvasia Istrina wine, dry Muscat Cuvee wine, Istrian Refosco red wine, olive liquor, and elderflower juice. Head out for a stroll through the olive grove to find out about various types of olive trees.

Livade: Guided Truffle Hunting Walking Tour

4. Livade: Guided Truffle Hunting Walking Tour

Uncover Istria's well-kept truffle secret on this guided walking tour from Livade. Explore the Motovun forest with specially-trained dogs in search of wild truffles. Experience the local microclimate and stop to purchase a two-course meal that focuses on this Istrian delicacy.  Meet your guide in Livade and begin your hiking adventure. Greet the dogs that will assist in your hunt. Soak up the forest as you make your way through dense woods that are home to wild game. Look under the damp soil of the Motovun forest for black truffles.  Learn about truffles, the forest, and how the truffle hunting dogs are trained. Follow the local truffle hunter, Nikola Tarandek, who was featured in the New York Time’s article, “Truffles in Paradise. (And It’s Not Italy.)”  After your hunt, stop at a local restaurant to buy a two-course meal that emphasizes truffles. Savor fresh local flavors before returning to your meeting point in Livade. 

Pula: House of Istrian Olive Oil Museum and Guided Tasting

5. Pula: House of Istrian Olive Oil Museum and Guided Tasting

Enter the House of Istrian Olive Oil in the center of Pula. Learn how Romans made olive oil and where and how it was exported. See two short films that show the traditional olive oil making process and how olive oil is made today. Take a seat in the tasting room and take a close look at the taste, aroma, texture, and appearance of high-quality Istrian olive oils, as well as olive oil typically found in a supermarket. Learn how to recognize good from bad olive oils. Understand the positive and negative attributes of Olive Oil. Try a pairing of sweet dessert and olive oil.

Cape Kamenjak: Half–Day Wine Tasting & Bike Tour

6. Cape Kamenjak: Half–Day Wine Tasting & Bike Tour

Discover the magnificent and protected nature reserve Cape Kamenjak. The waters of the sea are nowhere more bluish-green and crystal clean than in this locality – the southernmost tip of Istria. The rocky beaches alternate with sandy coves. Kamenjak is situated in a purely natural environment, there are no campsites, hotels or buildings. Further on the way, close to the bay of Pinizule, the ancient dinosaur footprints were discovered in the rock slabs several years ago. Upon arrival in Kamenjak, cycle along a narrow path and pass by beautiful beaches, with a unique view to the open sea's vastness. Stop at the very tip of the Istrian peninsula. Return by bike to Pula with a stopover for wine tasting of the famous Istrian wine, served with authentic Istrian cold dishes.

Rovinj e-bike round tour

7. Rovinj e-bike round tour

You will meet with your guide and start the tour riding through the typical Istrian countryside around Rovinj. Your tour will then continue as you ride along the coast on the Macadame Path until you reach Rovinjsko Selo. Following a refreshment break, you will cycle through the woods and along olive groves and vineyards. You will then ride past changing scenery over narrow roads and trails along the west coast, before reaching again Rovinj. One of the last true romantic Mediterranean towns, complete with its narrow streets, unique and authentic houses, and rich variety of charming art galleries, taverns, caffés and souvenir shops.

From Rovinj/Bale: Istria in 1 Day Tour with Truffle tasting

8. From Rovinj/Bale: Istria in 1 Day Tour with Truffle tasting

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 of its glory. You'll return to Rovinj or Bale in the late afternoon.

Sunset Dolphin Spotting and Dinner in Medulin Archipelago

9. Sunset Dolphin Spotting and Dinner in Medulin Archipelago

Explore the beauty of the Medulin archipelago and look for dolphins on this cruise from the port of Medulin. See Cape Kamenjak, the Porer lighthouse, and views of the RT Kamenjak nature park. Savor a delicious onboard dinner while the sun sets. Relax with beer, wine, water and juices. Check in at the tour supplier's desk in the port of Medulin and board the boat. Enjoy a delicious departure drink of juice or an aperitif. Sail off on your dolphin-watching adventure. Listen to romantic music as you make your way along the Medulin archipelago towards the RT Kamenjak nature park. Take in natural scenery in this protected area as the light wanes for the day. Visit Cape Kamenjak and admire views of the Porer lighthouse which was built back in 1846 during the Austro-Hungarian era. Head off in search of dolphins, going to the places that they like to frolic and look for food. Be served a delicious meat, fish or vegetarian meal. Listen to the sounds of the sea and sea gulls as the golden colors of the sunset play over the water. Return to the port of Medulin.

Parenzana: Guided Old Railway Bike Tour with Lunch

10. Parenzana: Guided Old Railway Bike Tour with Lunch

Parenzana was a narrow gauge railway which connected Trieste with Porec, operating from 1902 until 1935. It was eliminated due to not being profitable and because cheaper and faster road transportation existed.  Today the Parenzana route attracts many visitors during the year. With its nine tunnels, six bridges, viaducts and stations the route is ideal for everyone who wants to discover and get to know Istria. Enjoy a hotel pick-up, and then head to Groznjan, a small Istrian town of great cultural heritage, in more recent history known as the “Town of Artists”. Then start your ride along Grožnjan’s narrow and cobbled streets. Continue your route on Parenzana with a beautiful view over the Mirna valley. Through tunnels and bridges, the road will take you to Livade. Then cross the Mirna River to reach the other side of the valley and climb towards Motovun, one of the most popular Istrian medieval towns. Here you will enjoy lunch in a beautiful local tavern. Then enjoy a return transfer to your hotel.

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We had a wonderful time with Martina, learning about Croatia, Pula, and Istria. We learned lots about the city in between food stops, and even though my partner doesn’t eat fish, Martina was able to tweak the plan slightly so he still had a good meal. Recommend doing this early in your trip to help you find your bearings and get ideas on where to eat the rest of the time!

This is the perfect way to explore green Istria. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with our guide. The route was breathtaking. We visited all the places we wanted to see - Groznjan and Motovun, before stopping for a lovely lunch on top of Motovun. The ebikes make this journey so much more enjoyable. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves nature, outdoors and adventure.

This family farm is awesome. Rene was a great host with a great tour of the olive grove. The wine with food tasting complete with wonderful olive oil was very tasty. I highly recommend this experience!

Our guide Nikola was very knowledgeable and we loved the dogs. While we didn’t find any truffles we had a very nice walk in the woods

Amazing trip. Nice guide! Also we found some truffles! Highly recommend.