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About Rijeka

This cosmopolitan coastal city is famous for its annual carnival, Rijeka's theatres, museums and abundant history make cruises to Rijeka an intriguing destination at any time of the year. The unique Baroque rotunda of St Vitus Cathedral, dedicated to the port's Patron Saint and protector, is in the old town. He appears again in a relief on the early 16th century city flagpole outside the Municipal Palace close to the Church of St Jerome, once part of an Augustinian monastery complex. Further stone decorations, this time of fish and molluscs, are found in the city's Great Market. Energetic visitors on Rijeka cruises can climb the 500 steps to reach the ancient district of Trsat and the Church of Our Lady of Trsat, the oldest Croatian sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

 

Shore excursions in Rijeka

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Best of Pula

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 7 hours

Visit historic Pula and its Roman Amphitheatre, enjoy a delicious local lunch and visit one of the finest olive oil estates in the world.

Take a scenic journey to the southernmost part of the Istrian Peninsula. The town of Pula immerses you in 3,000 years of history. Its grand 1st century amphitheatre, one of Pula's many surviving ancient Roman structures, ranks among the largest in the world.

During a guided walking tour, you'll wander down narrow streets, through flower-filled parks, and past a host of ancient buildings. You'll pass notable landmarks, such as the Triumphal Arch of Sergius, constructed in 27 BC, the Twin Gates, which heralded the entrance to the city, the Temple of Augustus, built in honour of the 1st century Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus; and the 6th century Byzantine Basilica of Saint Maria Formosa.

Enjoy a visit inside the Roman Amphitheatre, before indulging in a delicious local lunch with wine at a traditional restaurant. Afterwards, visit the Chiavalon Family Estate, which grows more than 7,000 olive trees to produce extra virgin olive oils consistently ranked among the finest in the world. Harvesting is done manually, and the olives are pressed within 2 hours to produce the highest-quality extra virgin olive oil. Sample the olive oil along with some local snacks. At the end of your visit you will have a chance to purchase the estate’s produce if you wish.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour, as well as some steps to negotiate. The journey to Pula is approximately 1½ hours each way.

Discover Rijeka on Foot

Activity high

Duration: 2 hours

This compact guided walking tour is the perfect opportunity to get to know the lively Old Town and the beautiful Korzo pedestrian promenade.

The busy port of Rijeka is the gateway to several Croatian cities, but there is much to be discovered here as well. Your guide will take you on a fascinating walking tour through the lively Old Town.

Stroll along the narrow streets lined with 18th century buildings, ornate churches and refreshing fountains. The many historic landmarks include the Leaning Tower, which tilts at a precarious angle and is found next to the Church of St Mary of the Assumption. Step inside the Cathedral of Saint Vitus with its rotunda and central dome supported by marble pillars. The Baroque altar houses a 13th century crucifix.

Your walking tour continues through the local marketplace, before pausing to admire the impressive Croatian National Theatre. Explore the beautiful Korzo promenade – the traditional meeting point for Rijeka’s citizens. Symbolic palaces constructed along the promenade demonstrate various styles including classical, historical and modernist. The promenade bustles with local life as residents and tourists alike enjoy the cafés, bars and shops. Soak up the atmosphere as the city’s culture unfolds before you.

Essential information

This excursion is conducted entirely on foot and involves around 2 hours of walking. Comfortable, flat walking shoes and a bottle of water are recommended. Upon completion of the tour, passengers who wish to stay in town to shop or explore independently are welcome to do so, but must make their own way back to the ship.

Green Heart of Croatia

Activity lowMeal included

Duration: 4 hours

Sample a hearty local breakfast in the green mountain town of Delnice, before stepping back in time at a traditional flour mill.

Delnice is the highest town in Croatia at 698m above sea level. Surrounded by highland forests the area is known as the ‘Green Heart’ of Croatia and is a centre of the forestry and wood processing industry. To give you a local flavour and prepare for a morning of exploring a hearty highlander breakfast awaits you – including venison ham, deer sausages, smoked cheese and homemade bread. Learn how the town enjoys a reputation as a health resort, thanks to its mountain climate and fresh mountain air, enriched by the scent of conifers working as a natural aromatherapy.

A highlight of your tour will be a visit to the Mihlecic family mill, also known as ‘The Popovic Mill’. Located in the oldest street in Delnice, and the first building in the village to receive electricity, the mill is now preserved in its original state. During this fascinating visit you’ll step back in time as the mill’s history comes to life, and see how flour was ground in the past.

Your return drive will include a photo stop overlooking the Lokve Lake and the highest mountain in the region.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes of walking on this tour over mostly paved surfaces with 18 steps leading to the first floor of the Mill.

Hum, the Smallest Town in the World

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Visit the smallest town in the world and enjoy locally-made drinks and delicacies, before journeying through the stunning Ucka foothills.

Hum is a fascinating fortified settlement located on a hill above the Mirna Valley. It has maintained all the charm and features of medieval urban architecture. On its western side it is enclosed by town walls and on the remaining sides, houses are built into the defensive walls. A bell and watch tower was built in 1552 as part of the town's defences beside the town loggia. Hum has a population of less than 20 people (2001 census), but its 2 small streets with 3 rows of houses within defensive walls earn it the official status of town, and it is the Guinness World Record holder for the smallest town in the world.

Enjoy a guided tour that includes a chance to sample the delicious Istrian brandy with local specialities that include smoked ham, local sausages, truffle cheese and a glass of wine. Rejoin your coach for a panoramic drive through the Ucka Foothills towards the Capo Pax Tecum lookout spot, located at the tip of this cape at over 244m above sea level. It has great views of the Kvarner Gulf and the nearby islands of Cres and Lošinj. The environment is far from the hustle and bustle of city life, offering a sense of untouched nature with the scent of the sea in the air.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking on this tour, over mostly cobblestoned streets. There are a few steps to negotiate, plus a number of inclines.

Island of Krk

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 6¼ hours

Explore picturesque streets and historic sites on the island of Krk, and enjoy a local wine tasting on this immersive tour.

Krk (pronounced kirk) is the largest island of the Adriatic, and is often referred to as the Golden Island because of its sparkling sandy beaches. A scenic coastal drive of around 1½ hours crosses the arched Krk Bridge, bringing you to this beautiful island.

Upon arrival, your guide will take you on a guided walking tour through the island’s city, showcasing the fascinating array of architecture from Roman times, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to stroll the charming streets lined with small shops and galleries.

Your next destination is the village of Vrbnik – known as the cradle of Croatian literacy due to its Glagolitic heritage. This is one of the oldest villages on the island of Krk and it is surrounded by lush vineyards that produce the famed žlahtina white wine. A guided walking tour through the picturesque Old Town reveals terracotta-roofed houses and a plethora of historic sites, including Krk Cathedral - the most iconic structure in the city, originally built in the 5th century as an early-Romanesque basilica. Don't miss a stroll down the world's narrowest street for a unique photo opportunity, before returning to your ship

Complete your tour with visit to the family-operated Konoba Nada wine cellar and restaurant for a video presentation about the art of wine production, followed by a wine tasting session accompanied by some local delicacies.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour over mostly paved surfaces.

 

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