Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Istria Croatia by Tour Guide Matijas - Matt (Guide #3100)


Andrea Kahan

United States
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Tour: #166053, Istrian Peninsula in two days, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: May 26/18

Our two day istria tour with Matijas was wonderful. He accommodated all our requests and was a wealth of information. He was flexible with the planning including a hike for us and lunch at a restaurant recommended by a friend. He was friendly and had a nice way about himself. Highly recommended!

Brian Thiel

United States
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Tour: #19364, Pula - Pola walking tour with Roman Amphitheater, Pula, Croatia    view tour
Date: May 22/18

Matijas is tremendously knowledgeable on all aspects of Pula and Istrian peninsula sights and history. He ensured we saw the key sights of Pula and avoided crowds and other tours so he could best converse with us while still see the highlights. This was my third guided tour of Pula and his was by far the best. He encouraged our questions. He gave us the opportunity to tailor the selection of sights. As we finished the tour, he gave recommendations for local restaurants and other Pula towns to see.

Robert Winer

United States
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Tour: Daily Guiding Fee, Rovinj, Croatia
Date: Oct 12/17

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Michael Wilt

United States
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Tour: #189529, Motovun and Grožnjan - guiding fee only, Pula, Croatia    view tour
Date: Oct 6/17

Michael Wilt

United States
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Tour: Pula an Bale - guiding fee, Pula, Croatia
Date: Oct 5/17

Barry Shapiro

United States
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Tour: #307759, Pula and Rovinj with Bale, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Oct 4/17

Matt is as good a guide as you can find. Thoroughly professional, extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He tailored a tour for us and we were absolutely thrilled with our day. We told him what we were interested in, what we were not interested in and he listened and delivered. We could not have been more pleased. I recommend him without reservation.

Gary Love

United States
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Tour: #90434, Three days of Istrian Peninsula, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Sep 17/17

Matijas is simply the best ever. We have used guides for 30 years and Matijas was as good as anyone. We did the three day tour of the Istrian peninsula. Learned history, culture, architure, religion, truffles, olive oil, wine, the people and much more. A shear joyful time. On the business side, Matijas was professional and punctual. It was a pleasure and worth the time and cost. You won't be sorry for using Matijas for any of his tours. Gary and Candace Love Dallas, Texas September 2017

Jane Troller

Canada
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Tour: #19364, Pula - Pola walking tour with Roman Amphitheater, Pula, Croatia    view tour
Date: Sep 15/17

We rate him a 5 on all areas. He was extremely knowledgeable and invited questions at any point in time. Matijas was informed about history, culture, architecture and added humour to make his accounts interesting. He asked what we were interested in hearing about. We would highly recommend him as a tour guide for Pula. He made our one-day stay thoroughly enjoyable. Many thanks, Jane and Frank Troller

Robert Riechmann

United States
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Tour: #136111, Pula Rovinj and Modern Istria, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Sep 6/17

Great guide! The city of Pula was amazing with the amphitheater and other Roman monuments. Highly reccomended. At my request he took us to a restaurant in a small village between Roving and Pula. I had a risotto with black truffles dish which was delicious(and only $15.00)

Jillian Singleton

United States
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Tour: #19364, Pula - Pola walking tour with Roman Amphitheater, Pula, Croatia    view tour
Date: Jul 3/17

Matijas is an exceptional guide. Not only did he accept my booking on the day of but he showed me everything there was to see. His explanations were descriptive and interesting. He made sure that everything was to my liking. He even took the time to find out about my interests so that he could cater the tour to my preferences. Absolutely fabulous experience!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, I am very glad you have enjoyed the tour! All the best and have a great time!

Pauline Dinnauer

United States
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Tour: #19363, Rovinj - Rovigno walking tour, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Jun 23/17

Matt was a fantastic tour guide! Our group of 8 people thoroughly enjoyed our walking tour in beautiful Rovinj! Matt helped us with shopping and dining recommendations and even made dinner reservations for us at Puntulina, our favorite restaurant we experienced during our 10 day European tour. Thank you Matt!!!

John Rose

United States
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Tour: #142969, Rovinj and Poreč, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: May 15/17

Our tour of Rovinj and Porec with Matijas was one of the best tours we have ever had. Matijas has wide experience in this part of the world and is so knowledgeable about everything we were interested in. He is also witty and just enjoyable to be with, and also unhurried (not watching his watch to see when our tour was supposed to end but actually keeping us an hour longer than our booked tour). He is a real find!

Andrew Frayne

Australia
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Tour: #231821, Istrian Wineries visit & tasting, Strunjan, Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy    view tour
Date: May 2/17

Matijas was an excellent guide, providing a tailored itinerary and taking us to a mix of wineries and other areas we wanted to see. He was very knowledgable on the area and its history. I would highly recommend him for a driving tour or any sort of tour, whether it is a small group or a large group.

Tereza Lvova

United Kingdom
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Tour: #19364, Pula walking tour with Roman Amphitheater, Pula, Croatia    view tour
Date: Apr 16/17

We enjoyed our tour with Matijas and felt we got more out of Pula on his guided tour than just wondering about on our own.

Jane Walsh

United States
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Tour: #189529, Motovun and Grožnjan, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Oct 19/16

Julia Hamilton

Australia
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Tour: #154607, Istrian Peninsula from Trieste, Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Oct 2/16

Our thanks go to Matijas for a great tour. Well done and highly recommended!

Susan Brown

United States
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Tour: #231821, Istrian Wineries and Olive Oil farm visit & tasting, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Sep 30/16

Iva B.

United States
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Tour: #19363, Rovinj - Rovigno walking tour, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Sep 7/16

Iva B.

United States
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Tour: #19363, Rovinj - Rovigno walking tour, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Sep 7/16

Matijas did a superb job for my group of 10. He has so much insider's knowledge since he is from Rovinj. He helped me with the additional aspects of our visit in Rovinj. He not only suggested a restaurant for us in Rovinj, but contacted the owners on my behalf to make a reservation, explore options for set menu, etc. Same for our dinner and wine tasting in Bale. He found an option to rent an accordion for one of my guests. No request was too big, we really enjoyed meeting him and highly recommend him.

Martha Rosas acosta

Mexico
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Tour: #36216, Hilltowns of Istria and Rovinj, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Sep 2/16

Love Rovinji. And Matijas Gave us the tour on the Croatian tuscany. Beautiful places, the views where amazing. Matijas was very helpful When we lost our ferry to Venice.

Mark T.

Carmichael, CA, United States
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Tour: #154607, Istrian Peninsula from Trieste, Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 21/16

Good tour. Matijas was very knowledgeable. Took us to a great little place for lunch with the "locals" that we really enjoyed. When one in our party got sick mid-morning, he arranged for alternative transportation back to ship while rest of us continued. Pretty area. Pleasant day. BTW, this review is for tour that took place in August '16.

Pike Barber

United States
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Tour: #154607, Istrian Peninsula from Trieste, Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Aug 20/16

This was an awesome trip as our guide Matijas was very knowledgeable and fun. He took us to some great sites, gave us plenty of education and made sure we were fed well. I can definitely say that by traveling with Matijas that after 8 hours we all felt like locals!!!

Sandra Parry

Australia
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Tour: #19363, Rovinj - Rovigno walking tour, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Aug 19/16

Very knowledgeable and interesting. Recommended some restaurants to go to.

Gary Flax

United States
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Tour: #90434, 3 days of Istrian Peninsula, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Jul 5/16

Matijas did a wonderful job and is one of the most knowledgeable guides Ive ever had. Great job

Robert Duval

United States
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Tour: #154607, Istrian Peninsula from Trieste, Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy    view tour
Date: Apr 30/16

"Mat" was a force of nature! His love of his home and country was evident in every aspect of the tour. We took a 9 hr tour of the Istrian peninsula of Croatia. I now know the entire history of that area going back to the bronze age! Gorgeous country! To say that he was enthusiastic was an understatement. Highly recommended!

Nancy DeFord

United States
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Tour: #36216, Hilltowns of Istria, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Oct 20/15

I asked for scenery, history, culture, food and wine -- and I got all that and more. Matijas was prompt, interesting, well-informed and very kind. A great spokesperson for his Istrian territory.

Bj Macatulad

New Zealand
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Tour: #36216, Food & Wine in Istria, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Oct 8/15

Our full-day Food & Wine Tour with Matijas was the probably the highlight of our 10-day trip to Croatia. Matijas created a tour that incorporated all our interests (food and more food), plus more (walks through the hilltop towns,achitecture, gorgeous scenery). We spent close to 10 hours with him but the hours simply flew by because we were having so much fun. You can instantly feel Matijas' passion for Istria and we are very grateful that he shared with us al the my reasons to love Istria. Priceless!

Sherry Merrow

United States
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Tour: #166053, Istrian Peninsula in two days, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Sep 21/15

Tom Draeger

United States
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Tour: #19364, Pula walking tour with Roman Amphitheater, Pula, Croatia    view tour
Date: Sep 7/15

We had two tours with Matijas and both were very nice. Quite informative and he really knew his history! This is another guide we highly recommend.

Wayne Yoshigai

United States
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Tour: #142969, Rovinj, Poreč and Grožnjan, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Sep 4/15

Matijas shared his wealth of knowledge of his Istrian home on our day tour of Rovinj, Porec and Groznjan. We enjoyed his company and appreciated his local insights of restaurants (oysters in Lim Fjord), olive oil and wine. Thanks Matijas for helping us to experience this unique part of Croatia from a local's perspective.

Crystal Teter

Columbus, OH, United States
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Tour: Pula, Rovinj & Modern Istria, Rovinj, Croatia
Date: May 21/15

EXCELLENT! Matijas have great history and background on the towns that we visited, as well as sites along the way wow driving. Really fantastic tour. We learned much about Istria's history, and got to see some incredibly beautiful scenery.

Andrew Verb

United States
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Tour: #36216, Hilltowns of Istria, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Oct 20/14

We are so happy we hired Matt for a tour of Istria. Although we booked him at the last minute, he was super professional and organized. He is passionate about the area and had a nice sense of humor. I would highly recommend him to others.

Jill Foster

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Tour: #90434, 3 days of Istrian Peninsula, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Oct 5/14

Marijas is extremely professional and knowledgeable in all areas. His customer focus ensures that you are enjoying the time. Although he is very serious regarding his profession, his sense of humor and story telling enriches the exchange. He is able to gauge your interests, is flexible, and steady in character. Whatever your personal interests is, he ensures your goals are met. Because of him, I fell in love with Istria. If you book a tour with him, you are sure to have a wonderful experience.

Dorothy (Dottie) Stone

United States
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Tour: #19364, Pula walking tour with Roman Amphitheater, Pula, Croatia    view tour
Date: Sep 2/14

Matt was very helpful right from the time we first contacted him by e-mail. He provided options for meeting him, sent detailed directions, and even changed the date of our tour when we requested it. As a guide, he is both friendly and knowledgeable, and was very good about adjusting the tour based on our interests and capabilities. In just 3 hours, we were able to learn about Pula's rich history, as well as understand much more about the Istrian Peninsula and its people. Well worth the money!

Bruce Price

Australia
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Tour: Pula, Rovinj & Modern Istria, Rovinj, Croatia
Date: Jul 26/14

Matijas was good fun and very efficient with our time. We managed to do many things in the day without feeling rushed, but an excellent variety of the best sights in Rovinj! Thanks Matty! Bruce and Jill

Heidi Thomas

United States
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Tour: #36216, Hilltowns of Istria for two, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Jun 19/14

Matt made it easy for us to enjoy the hilltowns as he drove the side roads we would not have known. His descrption of the countryside was so interesting. He knew the best place to go for a wonderful local lunch. I loved having the personal attention of a private tour with Matt. He offered us additional information about Croatia to make our trip even better. Thanks Matt.

Heidi Thomas

United States
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Tour: #19363, Rovinj - Rovigno walking tour, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Jun 18/14

Matt's experience and knowledge of Rovinj made this a great tour. It truly was a tour with a local as we passed many people he knew. His description of the town and its history were very informative. He was very willing to help us with any questions we had. As it turned out we loved Rovinj enough to stay longer, which pleased Matt. He was very helpful to us with arranging for travel out of Rovinj also. We could not have done this without his help. Thank you!!

Carlisle Albertson

Fort Smith, AR, United States
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Tour: #19364, Pula walking tour with Roman Amphitheater, Pula, Croatia    view tour
Date: Jun 14/14

Matt is a fabulous tour guide and very knowledgable about the area of Istria. He grew up in Rovinj and still lives in the Old City area. He specializes in custom tours. Tell him what you want - he will make it happen. He did for us and it was fantastic! Carlisle and Chris Albertson U.S.A.

Gail Parkhill

United States
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Tour: #19363, Rovinj - Rovigno walking tour, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Jun 12/14

This was a very informative tour. Matijas was very helpful to us. We would highly recommend him.

Ronald Benson

United States
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Tour: #36216, Hilltowns of Istria for two, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: May 18/14

Kept the tour interesting and informative. Very knowledgeable.

Kathy Budge

United States
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Tour: #36216, Hilltowns of Istria, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Oct 5/13

Matijas is a wonderful tour guide! He was very flexible and accomodating to our wishes. When he found out that I love truffles, he took us to a local festival where I was able to see the coveted white truffles and we were able to taste many locally made foods and wines. We visited several very beautiful, small villages and also had a delicious lunch at a restaurant that Matijas had arranged for us. Matijas is very knowledgeable about the area and his english is excellent! Highly recommended!!

Laura Weisner

United States
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Tour: #36488, Porec walking tour with Euphrasius Basilica, Porec, Croatia    view tour
Date: Aug 5/13

Excellent guide for the Basilica. Went above and beyond to be helpful. Spoke English well. Friendly.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thx :) it was great for me to have such great guests, all the best!

Laura Weisner

United States
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Tour: #19364, Pula walking tour with Roman Amphitheater, Pula, Croatia    view tour
Date: Aug 4/13

We enjoyed all of Pula with Matt. He gave excellent history and descriptions of ruins and monuments. We enjoyed his tour very much.

Pauline T.

Australia
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Tour: #36216, Hilltowns of Istria, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: Jun 8/13

Very informative on local history, great tour mixed with a bit of fun. The tour of hill towns of istria is recommended

Karen Fuller

Canada
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Tour: #36216, Hilltowns of Istria, Rovinj, Croatia    view tour
Date: May 12/13

Matijas is a well seasoned, knowledgable guide and we spent a wonderful day with him touring the hill towns of Istria. We were so glad to take this tour - we were on a cruise and dislike the large, crowded excursions offered by the ship - this tour got us into the countryside of Croatia. The hilltop towns were quiet, with few tourists and breathtakingly beautiful. We sampled local foods, olive oil and wine and wandered through charming villages. Matijas will adapt the tour to meet your personal needs.

Marianne Tomlinson

Canada
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Tour: #19364, Pula walking tour with Roman Amphitheater, Pula, Croatia    view tour
Date: Oct 30/12

very informative Matijas was very knowlegable able to answer all our questions about Pula. good pace for walking tour, saw a number of things off the regular streets which you would not know about. Would look for Matijas if in the area again.

Jane Schwartz

United States
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Tour: Pula, Rovinj & Modern Istria, Rovinj, Croatia
Date: Sep 12/11