Meet your guide and driver in the port for a private full day tour of Istria peninsula.
First you will visit Bale – a hidden pearl of Istria inland. A town of exquisite beauty, it was rather forgotten in the past and thus it avoided the abrupt tourist development that destroyed so many cities. A magical town is all made in stone and once allegedly attracted the great lover Casanova in the 18th century. The agricultural land around the town of Bale, called “stancije”, is known for the good quality olive oil and wine.
Then you will continue towards the small town of Fazana where you will embark a small public boat to the national park of Brijuni islands - known as the pieces of heaven. A stunning archipelago of green islands sinks into the turquoise-blue sea in front of your eyes in the unique harmony of intact nature and cultural heritage. Brijuni were also known as the exclusive beach resort for the aristocrats and the personal summer residence of the Yugoslav president Tito. You will enjoy safari tour of and visit some of the numerous archaeological and historical sites. After taking the boat to the mainland, you will continue with your guide and driver towards Pula, a beautiful 3000 year old Roman town.
Pula is the largest town on the Istrian peninsula and offers a diversity of attractions to lovers of culture. The rich itinerary, where every step you take through the old town is a landmark, begins and ends with the Roman amphitheatre, popularly called the Arena of Pula. Built in the 1st century AD, at the same time as the magnificent Colosseum in Rome, it was once the site of gladiator fights. In the Middle Ages it was the site of knights tournaments and fairs and today it is the venue for summer performances. While strolling through Pula you will come across numerous monuments of Roman architecture such as the Triumphal Arch of the Sergi from the 1st century B.C., the Temple of Augustus and Small Roman Theatre in the town centre. Later this afternoon your guide and driver will take you back to the port of Rovinj.