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About Rovinj

Rovinj, the Blue Pearl of the Adriatic, is one of the last true Mediterranean fishing ports. This picturesque Croatian town is situated on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula, with the 14 islands of the Rovinj archipelago immediately off the mainland. The old town lies within an egg-shaped peninsula with its pastel coloured houses stretching down to the shoreline.

 

Romantic and mysterious, the historical centre is crammed with strong Venetian influences - even the town clock bears the Venetian lion. A web of steep cobbled streets and piazzas, filled with boutiques and cafés, leads to the Baroque, hilltop church of St Euphemia. Here the 61-metre Venetian bell tower (a copy of the one next to St Mark's Basilica in Venice) dominates the skyline. And the views from the top are spectacular.

 

Just minutes from town you'll find gorgeous pine-fringed beaches, the Punta Corrente Forest Park, a Roman amphitheatre and the subterranean Baredine Cave.

 

Shore excursions in Rovinj

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.

Brijuni National Park

Activity high

Duration: 6½ hours

Visit the beautiful islands of Brijuni, a National Park equally noted for its natural and political history.

Brijuni National Park consists of 2 islands and 12 islets off the coast of Pula that are considered to be some of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. Their unique environment is home to almost 700 plant species and 250 bird species, with the clean air and crystal-clear waters also drawing tourists throughout history – using the islands as a health resort.

After a scenic drive to Fazana, a short ferry ride will then take you to Veliki Brijun – the largest of Brijuni’s islands. A trolley train will take you on a journey around the island to discover its natural beauty. You’ll see a safari park, a 2nd century Byzantine Castrum and a Roman villa. Former president of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito made Brijuni his official summer residence – hosting several historic meetings there. The island’s part in Yugoslav history is shown in the 'Tito on Brijuni islands' exhibit. You will also have the opportunity to visit a Natural History Museum to learn more about the Park’s important habitat.

You will have free time to explore the island further, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery, before your return ferry to the mainland followed by a scenic drive over the Istrian peninsula.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat, trolley train and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour, as well as a few steps to negotiate.

Explore Croatian Wineries

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4¼ hours

Travel across the beautiful Istrian peninsula, as you visit 2 family wineries and enjoy delicious local wines.

Enjoy a scenic drive through a chain of small picturesque villages to Vižinada, a charming rural town that is home to your first hosts of the day – the Arman family and their winery. Take a tour of the winery, and see how the wines are made, before the owner invites you to join him for a tasting of some of his best wines. Choose 3 wines from a broad selection to tempt your taste buds, accompanied by homemade bread and cheese.

Bidding Vižinada farewell, it’s time to take a short drive through the Istrian countryside to the village of Sveti Lovrec and the wine cellar of the Matosevic family one of Croatia's newer and best-known wine producers. Spend time with some of the family and sample some of their favourite wines, accompanied by smoked ham, cheese, olives and breads.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. Walking is over mostly flat, paved ground with some steps and cobblestones. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Local currency is advised should you wish to make purchases at the wineries.

Istrian Riviera: Porec and Rovinj

Activity medium

Duration: 5 hours

Visit 2 beautiful Istrian towns and get to know them on foot with your guide, the best way to experience local life up close.

Head to the pearl of Istria – the historic town of Porec. Together with your guide, walk around the Old City (a former Roman castrum) and see a variety of Romanesque buildings that exemplify the town’s versatile past. One of Porec’s most famous buildings is the 6th century Basilica Euphrasiana and you will have an opportunity to visit the lobby, atrium and the bell tower. Enjoy some free time to explore the town further or relax and enjoy your surroundings, before rejoining your guide for the journey to Rovinj.

Thought to be the one of the most photogenic towns in the Mediterranean, Rovinj is a former fishing town that has grown into an enchanting tourist destination. The main Church of St Euphemia keeps relics of the saint and presents one of the most beautiful Baroque achievements in Istria. The arrangement of streets from the medieval era, have been preserved and your guide will give you flavours of local life through the ages, as you explore the town during a guided walking tour.

The ship will be docked a short distance away so at the conclusion of your walking tour you may return with your guide or later at your leisure.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on Foot. There is approximately 1¼ hours of walking on this tour, some of which is over cobblestones. The drive to Porec is around 1 hour each way.

Istrian Treasure: The Story of Truffles

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4¾ hours

Discover a gourmet chef’s favourite delicacy – the truffle - and sample some of the finest examples of its use in local cuisine.

A previously well-kept secret from the rest of the world, truffles have been pursued and consumed in Istria for centuries. The growing conditions are just right for these subterranean fungi and the Motovun Forest in particular is one of the best producing regions. In 1999 Giancarlo Zigante, a local caterer and truffle-hunter and his dog, Diana, even dug up one of the largest truffles ever found weighing in at 1.3kg!

Travel inland to the small hidden village of Paladini and the Karlic family estate. Meet some of the family, now in its 3rd generation of truffle-hunters, who will tell you all about the traditions and dogs used to help find these elusive delicacies.

You will have the chance to sample products prepared at home by the family, all enhanced by the truffles found on the estate including cheese, sausages, pate, honey and olive oil. There will even be a live cooking demonstration showcasing the famous Istrian specialty of fritaja – scrambled eggs with truffles.

Following the tasting, your hosts will show you the woodland where they grow and harvest the black truffle, considered to be amongst the best quality in the area.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive to Paladini is approximately 1¼ hours each way.

Pula and Olive Oil Tasting

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Take a walking tour of Pula, including its famous amphitheatre, before visiting a local olive oil estate to sample their award-winning produce.

The lively city of Pula is best known for its many surviving ancient Roman ruins, the most famous and best preserved of which is the magnificent first century Roman amphitheatre.

Your guide will take you around this magnificent structure, used for gladiatorial contests until 400 AD and now used for concerts and film festivals. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city and its charming streets.

Another Roman import to the area was olive trees, and olive oil has been produced in Istria since the trees were introduced centuries ago. In the nearby village of Vodnjan, you'll visit the Chiavalon family farm - famous for producing top quality extra virgin olive oils. Enjoy an olive oil tasting and delicious Croatian delicacies, accompanied by locally-produced wine. The estate’s award-winning olive oils are listed among the world's top 15. The world famous olive oil guide L'extravergine, has declared this to be the "most promising [olive] farm in the world."

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour, as well as a number of steps to negotiate. Local currency is recommended if you wish to make purchases at the olive oil estate. The drive to Pula is around 1 hour each way.

Pula and Olive Oil Tasting
 

A selection of cruises to Rovinj

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