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Day trip to Rovinj and Poreč with lunch from Pula and Medulin

Medulin, Croatia

From $90.86

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
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  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Immerse yourself in the ancient cities and fascinating culture of the Istrian Peninsula during this 8-hour day trip from Pula and Medulin. Wander the cobblestone streets of Bale and Rovinj and enjoy a typical Istrian lunch. Then head to Porec, where you can explore the 2,000-year-old ruins of Roman temples and a Byzantine-style basilica.
  • Explore the ancient cities of the Istrian Peninsula during this full-day tour
  • Walk the cobblestone streets of Bale and visit Rovinj, also known as 'Little Venice'
  • Includes traditional Istrian lunch (with vegetarian options) in Grinzi
  • Explore the 2,000 year-old Roman temples in Porec
  • Great way to experience one of Crotia's most timeless areas

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
  • sightseeing Rovinj and Porec
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

08:20 AM

Pickup details

Upon reservation supplier booking department will contact you and inform you about pick up location nearest to your accommodation.

What To Expect

Get picked up in the morning from select hotels in Pula or Medulin and travel aboard an air-conditioned coach to the Istrian Peninsula, where you’ll arrive around mid-morning.

Start in the historic city of Bale, where you can take a stroll on its windy streets that circle around a local hill. After 45 minutes in Bale, proceed to Rovinj, known to locals as “Little Venice.” Spend 2.5 hours discovering Rovinj’s collection of tall townhouses and cobblestone streets, marveling at its similarities to Venice, its better-known Italian neighbor.

Leave Rovinj and head to Grinzi, where you’ll meet friendly local donkey and partake in an Istrian-style lunch for one hour. Following lunch, continue by coach to Porec, where you’ll have two hours to explore its ancient architecture. Learn about the town’s history dating back more than 2,000 years as you walk the timeless streets of Decumanus and Cardo Maximus. You’ll also get to visit the ruins of the former Roman temples dedicated to Neptune and Mars, and tour the Euphrasian basilica, an ancient monument built during the city’s Byzantine era.

At 6pm you’ll depart Porec and return to your hotel, arriving back in Pula and Medulin at 7pm.

Port of Rovinj

2 hours 25 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Porec Old Town

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian/Vegan option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
Operated by Gulliver Travel

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
Emma_C
Loved it! Fantastic day. Got to see some gorgeous parts of Istria. The tour was a good mix of information from the knowledgeable guide with free time to explore or grab a drink. Lunch was at a restaurant in a village. Excellent quality and an opportunity to try some typical istrian food.

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unrealistic duration time guides, both for Porec and total time on tour
Paula_C, May 2023
Though I enjoyed the trip I would just like to point out a few things which might help others thinking of booking. The length of the trip states 8hrs(approx), I cannot see how this would ever be achieved. This is my experience. I was picked up at 9am from Verudela Pula, there were already people on board. We then went to Medulin to pick up more. We left there just before 9.30. The first stop was at Bale, a 30 minute drive, yes the village was pretty, but am going to suggest this time might be better added to one of the main towns. We were there for around 40 minutes. We then drove to Rovinj, arriving at 11. We were escorted by the guide into the main cafe area, stopping a few times en route to be given snippets of information, which unless you were standing very close to her, you probably wouldn't have caught much. It was not a microphone and ear piece tour. Once in this area, she gave a long talk, while we were standing in the sunshine. Because of the heat it was too long for some people, and it was only 25th May. The area she chose to stand had no shaded area at all. Then we moved off into the old town and the cobbled streets, on the way to the church. Some travellers decided they didn't have the energy for the walk and climb to the church so decided to break away and do their own thing. It was already 11.45 by this time, and most of it had been standing still, listening to the guide. After the visit to the church there was free time until meeting back at the coach at 1.30. It was then a 30minute drive into the countryside for lunch. Arriving Grzini at 2. Although it was a pleasant meal, I just think there was too much time given to this experience. Besides the 30 mins travelling, we were there 1hr 45mins, and then we had to travel to Porec which took another 45 mins. On google maps it says even by bus you could do the Rovinj to Porec journey in 50 minutes. I would have preferred having the extra travel time and time given to the set lunch, in one of the main towns. There was an abundance of restaurants in both towns, and you could easily have had a meal in an hour, giving yourself more time to explore and enjoy Rovinj and Porec. By the time we got to Porec it was 4.30. There was quite a way to walk from the coach to the narrow streets of old town. Some people decided to sit it out at the bus station. For those who did make the walk, and listen to the guide, the decision at the end was whether to go to the basilica or explore the old town, when there should have been just enough time for a drink or ice cream. There certainly wasn't after hurrying around the basilica, clock watching, aware of the return walk ahead. We were only in Porec 1hr 30 mins, which is why I think too much time was given to driving to the village, and having lunch. So, we set off at 6pm, arriving Medulin at 7. I got off at 7.20 (still having a 15 minute walk to my hotel room), and there were still others to get off later. So in my case from Verudela Pula the amount of time on the tour was 10hrs 20mins. I think the tour time should say 10-10.30 hrs approx, I can't see any occasion where it would be done in 8, as we had 30 mins less than advertised in Porec. It was a very comfortable drive in the coach, the driver managed the country lanes very well, and was always prompt when getting back to the meeting points
Wonderful trip
Amy_L, Sep 2022
Tour guide was very detailed and knows his history very well. Driver was prompt and courteous and drove safely.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Amy, Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and that either our guide and our driver met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Good experience
Rohit_S, Aug 2022
Had a really wonderful day! Guide was funny and tour bus was comfortable. Lots of time to explore by yourself. Lunch was very good.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Rohit, Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you enjoyed all the details of this activity and that we met your travelling expectations and needs. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Recommended!
Claire_H, Jun 2022
Brilliant guide and driver. Learned a lot. Rovinj especially is stunning and great experience at the agritourism place for lunch. Thank you :)
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review us Claire. We're so glad you loved our Rovinj experience and enjoyed your day through history with our professional guide and driver! We really look forward to welcoming you back in more TUI Destination Services. Kind Regards
Good but really booking problems
Debbie_C, Jun 2022
The actual trip was great, excellent guide and sights. Lunch was tasty but heavy stodgy food is not good in 33 degrees! Booking experience shocking - given different times, then told the trio didn’t exist - when the name of it had changed!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Dear Debbie, Thank you for the comments, We will survey what has happened as this is shouldn't have affected the booking process. We always try to improve our services and your feedback really matters to us. Kind regards,
Fabulous tour
Dianne_W, May 2022
Wow from start to finish. Even though a full day, pickup from 9:30and dropped off at hotel 7pm it didn't seem long. Lovely places to see and the English speaking guide was very informative. I really enjoyed the authentic meal in the little village plus the added local wine went down well. "Little Venice" was stunning and we had time to look around ourselves after the little guided tour. On a whole I would recommend this trip as very good value for money. Just remember to wear good footwear as can be slippy underfoot at times due to the ancient roads/paths/cobbles.
Response from Host, May 2022
Dear Dianne, Thank you for taking the time to review us in such a kind way! We're so glad you loved our Rovinj and Porec select tour and enjoyed your day through history with our very informative guide ! We really look forward to welcoming you back in more TUI Destination Services.
Great!
Meradeth_B, Aug 2021
Was a really cool trip. Got to learn a lot and see a lot. The lunch alone made it worth it. Amazing traditional Istrian pasta and unlimited wine 😍
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Dear guest. thank you for the nice feedback, we are happy you enjoyed our trip. Kind regards, Gulliver travel
Loved it!
Emma_C, Aug 2021
Loved it! Fantastic day. Got to see some gorgeous parts of Istria. The tour was a good mix of information from the knowledgeable guide with free time to explore or grab a drink. Lunch was at a restaurant in a village. Excellent quality and an opportunity to try some typical istrian food.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Dear guest, thank you for sharing your experience, we are really happy you enjoyed our trip. Kind regards, Gulliver travel
Fantastic day out.Guide was...
Ross M, Aug 2017
Fantastic day out.Guide was knowledgeable and friendly.All the towns on this trip are very beautiful and thankfully the airconditioning on the bus was decent because it peaked at over 40 degrees that day.I would highly recommend this excursion
Absolut empfehlenswert
Andrea_D, Jul 2022
Wir haben viel Neues auf der Reise über die Region und ihre Geschichte erfahren. Der Guide wie auch der Busfahrer waren sehr sympathisch und erfahren. Das Essen war vorzüglich. Absolut empfehlenswert!!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Andrea, Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you enjoyed all the details of this activity and that our guide and driver fully met your expectations and needs. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Magnifique !
Sergio_G, Aug 2019
Très belle excursion avec découverte des villes magnifiques (Bale, Rovinj, Porec). Déjeuner typique dans une ferme. Notre guide Elvis était très compétant. Une très belle journée !
Response from Host, Aug 2019
Dear traveller, thank you for giving us 5 stars. We hope you'll join us on more excursions and in the meantime, we'll pass on your compliments to Elvis :) Sunny regards from Gulliver travel

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