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Route: Poreč – Limfjord – Pula – Rabac – Cres – Mali Lošinj – Brijuni Islands National Park – Rovinj – Poreč
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Route:
Poreč – Limfjord – Pula – Rabac – Cres – Mali Lošinj – Brijuni Islands National Park – Rovinj – Poreč
Embarkation in the port of Poreč takes place between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon at the latest. Please refer to your travel documents regarding arrival. Afterwards, our representative will welcome you with a welcome drink and get to know the crew and fellow passengers. During a snack we lift anchor and head first for the Limfjord – a narrow, fjord-like bay that stretches about 10 km into the mainland. The Limfjord is a nature reserve and also widely known for its mussel and oyster farming. After a swim break, we continue our journey to Pula. First mentioned by the Greeks three thousand years ago, the Romans left one of their most impressive buildings here: the Arena – an amphitheatre for 23,000 spectators at that time, framed by a 31 m high circular wall. Today, the "Days of Antiquity", the film festival, the "Histria Festival", as well as music concerts and opera performances take place here - the list of internationally renowned artists who have performed in the Arena of Pula is long. During a guided tour of the city you will get to know not only the Arena but also the other ancient sights, from the Roman Forum to the Sergian Arch. Dinner on board and overnight stay.

The port of embarkation for passengers depends on flight times. If flight and transfer are booked via I.D. Riva Tours and arrival at Pula airport is before 11:00 am, embarkation in Poreč is guaranteed; if arrival is later, embarkation takes place at the first overnight port.
After breakfast we sail around the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula and head north along the east coast. At lunchtime we sail into the 12 km deep bay of Raša, where we take an extensive bathing break and have lunch on board before continuing to Rabac, our destination for today. Rabac, originally a small fishing village with only a few houses, is now a modern holiday resort with shallow pebble beaches with crystal-clear water, which are repeatedly interrupted by rocky sections. Opportunity for dinner in one of the numerous restaurants and overnight stay.
We leave the Istrian peninsula and set course for the island of Cres in the Kvarner Bay. A striking feature of the island are the almost endless olive groves and countless flocks of sheep. It is not without reason that lamb is one of the specialities of the island of Cres. After the already natural bathing break and lunch, we head for the picturesque town of Cres, in whose harbour we also spend the night.
We set off for the island of Lošinj, which is not only known for having 300 cloudless or only slightly cloudy sunny days a year, but is also covered in dense pine forests. With a bit of luck, we might be able to watch dolphins playing in the waves today, as there are more than 220 dolphins registered by the "Adriatic Dolphin Project" living in the waters around the island of Lošinj. After a swim break, we will reach Mali Lošinj, in whose harbour the Captain's Dinner will be served on board today and where we will also spend the night.
After about five hours of sailing, we reach the Brijuni Islands National Park, which is located off the west coast in the south of Istria. The national park consists of 14 islands and islets, whereby only the main island Veliki Brijun (Great Brijun) can be visited. The islands were already inhabited in prehistoric times, archaeological traces point to a first settlement around 3000 BC. In 1893, the Austrian industrialist Paul Kupelwieser bought the islands and made them habitable. The reason for the "uninhabitability" was malaria, which he eradicated here together with the German physician Robert Koch. From 1947 onwards, Yugoslavian state and party leader Tito had one of his favourite residences here, and the entire archipelago was thus off-limits to the ordinary population. After Tito's death in 1980, the islands became a national park. The island of Veli Brijun is still used by the Croatian government for state receptions and as the summer residence of the Croatian president. During an approximately one-hour round trip by mini-train, we see remains from ancient times, the unique flora with around 680 plant species, over 250 bird species such as cormorants, as well as free-roaming deer, roe deer and mouflon. One of the biggest attractions is the Safari Park - here we see elephants, llamas, zebras, Nile Gau antelopes, Somali sheep, sacred Indian cows, donkeys and ostriches. The museum "Interactive Boat House" and the exhibition "Tito on Brijuni" complete the experience. Opportunity for dinner in one of the restaurants on Veliki Brijun and overnight stay.
Our destination today is probably the most picturesque old town in Istria – Rovinj. Dominated by the baroque church of St. Euphemia and the 60-metre-high bell tower, the old town is situated on the Monterosso peninsula. The characteristic silhouette of the little town has attracted many painters, which is why Rovinj is a true artists' colony today. But it is not only the painters who offer their works in galleries, streets and squares, but also the narrow, winding streets and steep staircases with their countless wine bars and cafés that attract tourists from all over the world, who populate the old town every evening. Of course, there will also be an extended bathing break today, during which lunch will also be served on board. We dock in Rovinj in the late afternoon, where you will have the opportunity to have dinner in one of the countless restaurants.
After breakfast we drive along the west coast of Istria and slowly return to the starting point of our journey. We pass the picturesque Vrsar with its offshore 18 green islets, where we will also enjoy an extended last bathing break. In the afternoon we dock in Poreč. Poreč is not only the most important holiday resort in Istria, but in Croatia as a whole. Nevertheless, Poreč has much more to offer than just hotels and holiday resorts – when you walk over the ancient cobblestones of the main street Decumanus, you should be transported back to times long past, because the Romans were already walking here in the 1st century BC! Of course, the Decumanus is not the only historical legacy, this also includes the Roman Forum or the Euphrasius Basilica, which has been included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List due to its unique mosaics. Opportunity for dinner in one of the restaurants, overnight on board.
After breakfast, disembarkation until 9:00 am.
What's included…
* 8-day cruise as per programme
* Half board (dinner on embarkation day, breakfast and lunch on the following days)
* Welcome snack
* Captain's Dinner
* English-speaking representative in the port during embarkation and disembarkation
* Guided tour of Pula
* Entrance to the Brijuni Islands National Park incl. round trip by the mini train and visit to the museum "Interactive Boathouse" and the exhibition "Tito on Brijuni“

 

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Sojourn tax and groundage are not included in the prices and are payable on board upon embarkation. These are € 35 per person and week, € 17 for children up to 12 years.

Tip recommendation: You will certainly be happy to reward the service crew’s performance with a tip. We recommend an amount from € 10 per cabin and day.

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