ZAGREB – ISTRIA DAY TOUR
Istria private day Tour – charming Rovinj, Pula amphitheatre, smallest city Hum
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Istria day tour from Zagreb
Istria Tour includes a wander around Istria region, also known as “original Tuscany”, between three stunning cities: Pula, Rovinj and Poreč. The Roman amphitheater in Pula will take back in history, Poreč is a mixture of architectural styles with the UNESCO Euphrasian basilica and Rovinj – Pearl of Adriatic coast with a panoramic view of the city that will not be erased from your memory.
– fully private tour
– departure every day
– Pula city sightseeing with Arena amphitheater
– Poreč city sightseeing
– Rovinj city sightseeing
Istria Tour includes:
- free pick up and drop off at your accommodation
- private air conditioned transportation by car or minivan
- private English speaking licensed tour guide
- Wi-Fi during the tour
- Poreč city sightseeing
- Rovinj city sightseeing
- Pula city sightseeing
- easy cancelation
- duration 10 hours
- You can “replace” destinations – you can choose your own 3 locations in Istria (Hum, Motovun…)
- Wine tasting in a local Istrian winery
- Truffle tasting or “hunting”
- Lunch in a local restaurant
Istria Tour itinerary
Istria experience starts in Zagreb when our guide picks you up at your accommodation. The drive from Zagreb to Pula is approximately 3 hours so we always recommend an early start for this tour. So, our first stop is the city of Pula.
PULA – the biggest city and the center of the Istrian peninsula. The earliest mentioning of the city was in the 10 century BC when it was founded by an ancient tribe. The city was well known by the Greek travelers and sailors so it was also included in some Greek myths. The Romans have made the city strong in the 1st century and you will explore with us the vivid remains of that era. It is well known for the roman architecture and the most famous of them is Arena, one of the best preserved amphitheaters in the world, the several gates to the city ( Arch of the Sergii, gate of Hercules…) or the Temple of Augustus.
After a 45 minute drive you arrive at ROVINJ. The 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 5 centuries by the Venice so both Italian and Croatian language are official in the city. During this period the walls were built around the city and the remains are seen even today. Rovinj is a real gem and adored by tourists because in reality on every step you take you are forced to take another photo.
Another 45 minute drive and we are in POREČ – the old town almost 2000 years old is most famous for its Euphrasian basilica, which is from 1997. on the UNESCO world heritage list. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Istria. You can still notice the roman influence and the architecture in the city. You will walk the main streets, still preserved in its original form.
We have 3 more hours to return to Zagreb in the late evening.
Prices for private Istria day tour:
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|2||340 €||170 €|
|3||360 €||120 €|
|4||370 €||93 €|
|5||400 €||80 €|
|6||420 €||70 €|
|7||440 €||63 €|
|8||460 €||58 €|
Best places of Istria
A large, triangular peninsula pointing down into the northern Adriatic, Istria (in Croatian, “Istra”) represents Croatian tourism at its most developed. In recent decades the region’s proximity to Western Europe has ensured an annual influx of sun-seeking package tourists, with Italians, Germans, Austrians and what seems like the entire population of Slovenia flocking to the mega-hotel developments that dot the coastline. Istrian beaches – often rocky areas that have been concreted over to provide sunbathers with a level surface on which to sprawl – lack the appeal of the out-of-the-way coves that you’ll find on the Dalmatian islands, yet the hotel complexes and rambling campsites have done little to detract from the essential charm of the Istrian coast, with its compact towns of alley-hugging houses grouped around spear-belfried churches. Meanwhile, inland Istria is an area of rare and disarming beauty, characterized by medieval hilltop settlements and stone-built villages.
Istria’s cultural legacy is a complex affair. Historically, Italians lived in the towns while Croats occupied the rural areas. Despite post-World War II expulsions, there’s still a fair-sized Italian community, and Italian is very much the peninsula’s second language.With its amphitheatre and other Roman relics, the port of Pula, at the southern tip of the peninsula, is Istria’s largest city and a rewarding place to spend a couple of days; many of Istria’s most interesting spots are only a short bus ride away. On the western side of the Istrian peninsula are pretty resort towns like Rovinj and Novigrad, with their cobbled piazzas, shuttered houses and back alleys laden with laundry. Poised midway between the two, Poreč is much more of a package destination, but offers bundles of Mediterranean charm if you visit out of season. Inland Istria couldn’t be more different – historic hilltop towns like Motovun, Grožnjan, Oprtalj and Hum look like leftovers from another century, half-abandoned accretions of ancient stone poised high above rich green pastures and forests.
Tour route: Zagreb – Poreč – Rovinj – Pula
ISTRIA TOUR FROM ZAGREB
Sometimes referred to as the “new Tuscany,” Istria tour include a beautiful peninsula in Northern Croatia, whose history and present day are infused with Italian influence. Holiday makers are attracted to its sunny coast, while Istria’s medieval hilltop villages attract painters and artisans. Enjoy seeing this charming part of Croatia on a private Istria tour with a friendly local guide.
Brendan Francis Newnam, Special to CNN stated: “No, Istria is not the new Tuscany,” I thought. “It’s the old Tuscany.”