Culture, art & history trip
Split, the largest city on the Croatian coast has preserved the relaxed lifestyle of the Mediterranean. There are many sides to this region: a magnificent history and an abundance of landmarks, exquisite food and wine, the beauty of natural and cultural heritage and a pleasant climate year-around. The region boasts some of the many UNESCO World Heritage sites in Croatia: the city of Split grew around the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian and the small medieval island town of Trogir. Visit the stunning historical places and cross also the Old Bridge in Mostar protected under the UNESCO. Is is a must-do in the city of contrasts, influenced by different eastern and western culture and religions.
People do not say for nothing that travelling is the source of youth. If you are curious and an explorer, find your inspiration in Croatia starting in Split. We will take you to some stunning historical sights under the protection of UNESCO. Feel as though you have travelled back in time when you take a look at the sublime classical architecture of the Diocletian’s palace in Split and the medieval town of Trogir. Experience Mostar’s rich cultural heritage and find out what does the shape of the Old Bridge represent. A trip to Međugorje, one of the famous Roman-Catholic pilgrimage destinations in the world will round up the day.
|Trip available||Any time of year|
|Suitable for||2-6 people|
|Price per person||from 437.00 €|
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Activities are taking place in Split and Trogir, with an excursion to Mostar and Međugorje (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The view of Split at night. Did we ever tell you what a popular tourist destination it is?
Ships tied along Split's promenade. Diocletian's palace and Cathedral & Bell Tower of St. Domnius behind them.
A view of Trogir from the castle walls
A field trip outside of Croatia just over to Mostar will take you to the Old Bridge, another UNESCO World Heritage site
Hotel Marmont Heritage 4* opened its doors in 2008, and The Times has recently listed it among the 20 best and most charming boutique hotels in the Balkans. Every room overlooks the authentic city locations and the 1700 year-old architecture within Diocletian’s palace. The rooms are 24 m2, with a double bed and a bathroom. They are equipped with air conditioning, a vault, LCD satellite TVs, and they have a fast and free internet connection and a landline with the possibility for international calls. The hotel has a lounge bar, open terrace and café-restaurant Marshal.
Arrival to Split and accommodation in Marmont Heritage Hotel 4*, in the heart of the old town nucleus, near Diocletian’s palace. Take a break on the hotel terrace among the rooftops of the centuries-old Split. You will most surely be mesmerised by the view of the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Domnius, the patron saint of the city, and embark on the exploration of the gastronomical scene under the Marjan hill.
The Dalmatian table mostly contains slowly cooked and easily digested food with a lot of fish, olive oil, vegetables and herbs. The little culinary secrets with the scent of bay leaves, rosemary or basil also include capers and olives, bura-dried Dalmatian prosciutto and sheep milk cheese.
Some of the most well-known Dalmatian restaurants, as well as numerous indigenous taverns can be found in Split. The choice is yours, but we recommend restaurants Diocletian Wine House, Paradigma, Kadena, Zrno soli, Noštromo, Uje Oil Bar, Tavern Marjan, Tavern Varoš, Kitchen 5 and many others, but it would be hard to name all which are worth the visit.
Prokurative, known as the Republic Square, is a big square west from Riva (waterfront), it resembles the Venetian St. Marcus Square and it is surrounded on three sides by Neo-Renaissance buildings with arches the square was named after. It has a wonderful view overlooking the harbour and Riva.
Try poljički soparnik – a meal made from chard and dough baked on coal under the bell. But the specialties of Dalmatian Hinterland are also interesting, such as sinjski arambašići – meat wrapped in small leaves of sour cabbage, fried frog legs and trout from the river Cetina.
Start your day with an energising breakfast in the hotel as afterwards you will walk around Split and go sightseeing. This also includes Diocletian’s palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in the heart of the old town.
You will also visit old Roman cellars and Peristyle, the central square of the palace, located at the intersection of two main ancient roads. Peristyle is dominated by the great Cathedral of St. Domnius, positioned on the area once belonging to Diocletian’s mausoleum. You will then walk to the magnificent Golden Gate which in Roman times led to Salonae, and then to the statue of the Croatian bishop Gregory of Nin.
From there you will move on to Trogir, a medieval town whose nucleus is situated on a small island, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit to the Cathedral of St. Lawrence, built in the 13th century, one of the most significant monuments in Trogir. The main entrance to the Cathedral takes you to Radovan’s Portal, a masterpiece from 1340. Free time for lunch (payment on the spot).
Upon return, you will visit the remains of the ancient city of Salonae, the capital of the Roman province Dalmatia, from where the medieval town of Solin later expanded. Salonae was founded in the 2nd century B.C., and it had its peak in 3rd and 4th century because, as legend has it, it was the home town of Emperor Diocletian and it is also the largest archaeological park in Croatia. You will see the remains of fortified walls, aqueducts, basilicas, thermal baths, theatres and amphitheatres. Return to Split.
Among European cathedrals, Split cathedral has the oldest building as its centre – Emperor Diocletian’s mausoleum. While there, touch the thumb of the Gregory of Nin statue because the legend has it that almost everybody passing by the statue touches it, believing that it will bring good luck and make wishes come true.
For lunch in Trogir, we recommend a gourmet restaurant Tragos, the top of Dalmatian and Croatian gastronomy. Try Trogir pašticada and specialties from Adriatic fish, meat and home-grown vegetables.
All day field trip to Mostar and Međugorje
Buffet breakfast. We will leave the hotel at 8.00 and drive down the coast road through the inner Dalmatia up to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Situated on the bank of the river Neretva, it is the city of contrasts, wide streets, narrow alleys and traditional old bazaars, where eastern and western cultures meet.
The city was named after the guardians of the bridge (mostari). The old bridge is the city’s unique landmark that absolutely has to be visited and also offers a unique view of the city. It is also a member of UNESCO World Heritage sites list for Bosnia and Herzegovina (one of total three sites). It was built by the workers from Dubrovnik as ordered by Suleiman the Magnificent and following the project by Hajrudin, the pupil of Sinan, a great Turkish builder from the 16th century.
After sightseeing, visit to the wine-cellar Brkić and tasting of 5 different wines, with prosciutto, cheese and olive oil. Next up is the trip to Međugorje, one of the most famous Roman-Catholic pilgrimage destinations in the world. What made it famous are the apparitions of Virgin Mary on the Crnica hill that have been occurring as a phenomenon since 1981. Tour of the Shrine, visited yearly by a million of Catholics from around the world, and later free time for lunch (payment on the spot). Return to Split.
The story about the shape of the Old Bridge in Mostar says that it represents one half of the circle, its reflection in the water is the other, and the overall image represents life itself.
We recommend the restaurant Gardens for lunch in Međugorje. You will like beefsteak wrapped in prosciutto and leek or venison with home-made pasta.
After a buffet breakfast, make time for Split, the Mediterranean’s flower. From Marjan hill viewpoint you will have a spectacular view on the city and the Brač channel, and wandering the hill you can discover more than 40 old sacral objects where sailors’ wives would pray for the safe return of their husbands.
Take a stroll at the Fruit square, possibly the most beautiful square in the city, with cafés, restaurants and exclusive shops making it so vivid.