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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.

Green Heart of Croatia

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 4 hours

Visit the town of Delnice, the ‘Green Heart’ of Croatia, enjoy a highlander’s breakfast and see the Popović Mill in action.

The ‘Green Heart of Croatia’ is showcased by highland forests during a scenic drive from Zagreb to Rijeka. At the centre of the region is the town of Delnice, where a hearty highlander breakfast awaits you including venison ham, deer sausages, smoked cheese and homemade bread.

Delnice is the highest town in Croatia at 2, 290 feet and, during the tour, your guide will give an insight into the area, which is the centre of the forestry and wood processing industry. You’ll hear how Denice has enjoyed a reputation as a health resort, thanks to its mountain climate, its 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 Mihlečić family mill, also known as ‘The Popović Mill’. Located in the oldest street in Delnice, the mill is preserved in its original state. During this fascinating visit you’ll almost feel as if you have stepped back in time as you hear all about the history of the mill and witness how the grinding was done 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 1st floor of the Mill.

Hum, the Smallest Town in the World

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover Hum, the smallest town in the world; enjoy Istrian drinks and snacks before a panoramic drive of the Ucka Foothills.

Hum is a small fortified town in the central part of Istria and is located on a hill above the Mirna Valley. It has maintained all the features of medieval urban architecture and organisation. 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 only 17 people (2001 census), but is officially a town, and is the Guinness World Record holder for the smallest town in the world.

Whilst in Hum, enjoy a guided tour of this charming town as well as sampling an Istrian brandy tasting session and snack including smoked ham, local sausages, truffle cheese and a glass of wine.

Continue on a panoramic drive through the Ucka Foothills towards the Capo Pax Tecum lookout spot. Capo Pax Tecum is the ancient name for the famous lookout spot, located at the tip of this cape at over 800 feet 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 limestone streets and some gravel.

Island of Krk

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Tour the village of Vrbnik located on the island of Krk, and visit a family run wine cellar and restaurant for wine and a snack.

Your scenic drive will take you to the island of Krk to experience the village of Vrbnik, one of the most famous Croatian villages, thanks to its Glagolitic heritage. Known as the cradle of Croatian literacy, and one of the oldest villages on the island of Krk, a walk through its narrow streets is like being transported back in time. Within its nest of old houses and winding lanes, it is not surprising that this is the location of the world’s narrowest street.

The grapevine is the lifeblood of Vrbnik and its Žlahtina grapes are made into a famous dry white wine. The name Žlahtina comes from a Slavic word meaning noble and the wine itself ranges from light yellow to gold in colour.

Enjoy a guided walk through the village and some free time for self exploration before a visit to a family run wine cellar and snack in the award winning restaurant to taste the wine – an unmissable experience.

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.

Opatija, Pearl of the Adriatic

Activity low

Duration: 3½ hours

Opatija, one of Croatia’s resorts, has been enchanting visitors for over 160 years – now it’s your turn to discover its charms.

Opatija is set in the heart of the Croatian Riviera and a visit to this gem of a resort town feels a little like stepping back in time. Located on the slopes of Mount Učka, which gently descends towards the coast of Kvarner Bay, much of its grand and ornate architecture was built with the elite in mind.

In its heyday, the resort was a frequented by the rich and famous, including royalty, artists and writers, including royals Lord Byron, James Joyce and Isadora Duncan. The hotels, formerly grand, are a mix of baroque, rococo and art nouveau and you will have time to stroll, taking in the atmosphere and admiring these charming 19th century buildings.

Your knowledgeable guide will take you on a scenic drive before introducing you to Opatija on a guided walking tour. Afterwards, enjoy 1½ hours of free time, exploring at your own pace.

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 and the amount of walking in the free time is at your own discretion. Participants can choose to opt out of the guided walking tour if they wish.

Sights of Rijeka And Trsat

Activity medium

Duration: 3 hours

Take in the sights of the village of Trsat and its 13th century hill fortress castle as well as visiting the town of Rijeka.

Trsat is a settlement that treasures numerous churches, monuments and artefacts. Discover where the locals come to relax and enjoy panoramic views of Kvarner Bay and the town of Rijeka. Your informative guide will take you on a narrated tour of the area, including a visit to the 13th century hill fortress castle that is perched overlooking the whole of Rijeka, offering stunning views.

Continue to the town of Rijeka, an important trade and cultural centre in the western part of the Republic of Croatia. During a guided walking tour, discover examples of modern European architecture and a rich cultural identity that includes the old gates which were erected in Roman times, the theatre and the city clock tower. Round off your tour with the opportunity to enjoy some free time for independent exploration.

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, however there are several steps leading to different levels at the castle.

 

A selection of cruises to Rijeka

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