Dalmatia & Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, the city on the Adriatic
Dubrovnik, the city on the Adriatic
Old canon on the Lovrijenac Fortress, Dubrovnik
Old canon on the Lovrijenac Fortress, Dubrovnik
Sibenik, a historic town and harbour on the Adriatic coast
Sibenik, a historic town and harbour on the Adriatic coast
Town of Trogir palm promenade, UNESCO world heritage site in Dalmatia
Town of Trogir palm promenade, UNESCO world heritage site in Dalmatia
Zagreb main square
Zagreb main square
The interior of the Diocletian Palace basement, Split
The interior of the Diocletian Palace basement, Split
Palace of Diocletian, Split
Palace of Diocletian, Split
Ruins of the ancient town of Salona
Ruins of the ancient town of Salona
The famous Sea Organ at Zadar
The famous Sea Organ at Zadar
Cathedral of St. Domnius, Split
Cathedral of St. Domnius, Split

Explore the spectacular archaeology of Croatia, from Zagreb to Zadar, Split to Dubrovnik. Against the backdrop of the breathtakingly beautiful Adriatic and its islands, we visit villas, temples, churches and palaces. Part of the Illyrian kingdom, the region succumbed to Roman rule around 32 BC. ‘Dalmatia’ acquired the characteristic trappings of a Roman province: military camps, towns and roads. The province furnished Rome with emperors, including Diocletian, who famously returned in retirement and built a magnificent palace at Split.

Travel with Roman specialist, Dr Ffiona Gilmore Eaves. A leisurely tour through 2,000 years of fascinating Croatian history.

  • Visit the Medieval city of Trogir, a UNESCO Site
  • Exclusive access to Zagreb Archaeological Museum
  • Spend two days in Dubrovnik and explore its history
  • Wander around the extraordinary Diocletian’s Palace
  • Journey along the beautiful Adriatic coast

Themes

  • Romans
  • Historic Churches
  • Cultural Excursion

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

We arrive in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, and in the afternoon have a special tour of Zagreb Archaeological Museum, examining many of the wonderful finds from the sites we shall see later on our travels.

Day 2

We drive to the Roman settlement of Aquae Iasae in the town of Varaždinske Toplice. The unusual natural thermal spring site, including the shrine around the spring and an adjacent bath house, has been extensively excavated over the past fifty years. We also visit the local museum here before continuing on to Zadar.

Day 3

We spend the day in Zadar, an ancient Adriatic city, which became a major trading centre under Roman rule. We explore sites along the Kalelarga (main street) and visit Romanesque churches of the Middle Ages. After lunch we visit the Archaeological Museum of Zadar, which houses finds from prehistory onwards including an amazing collection of Roman material.

Day 4

We enjoy a scenic drive along the Adriatic coastline to Šibenik, unusual in that it has no Greek or Roman antecedents but was founded by the Croats in the 9th century AD. Later, we move on to another medieval city, Trogir, but this was founded by Greek sailors in the 3rd century BC, developed into a Roman town, later sacked and then rebuilt in the Middle Ages. The town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, we travel to Split where, on our way to dinner, we will take a leisurely walk around the walls of the extraordinary Diocletian’s Palace.

Day 5

A day exploring the retirement palace of the Emperor Diocletian. After ruling for 20 years, and saving the Roman world from disintegration at the end of the third century, the emperor, uniquely, retired. This extraordinary residence, now the core of the town of Split, was built in the form of a huge fortified camp, with a temple, and mausoleum for the emperor’s use, porticoes and guardrooms.

Day 6

After a visit to Split archaeological museum, we travel to Salona to visit the ruins of a remarkable Roman city, and the former capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. This includes the remains of a number of basilican style churches as well as a bath house and amphitheatre, the site of many Christian martyrdoms in the persecutions of the early 4th century. We depart from Split to Dubrovnik

Day 7

We spend a full day in Dubrovnik. We walk the city walls, which were built towards the end of the 8th century and were strong enough to defend against a 15 month invasion in the 9th century. We continue to Lovrijenac Fortress. Dubrovnik had a strong maritime culture and this afternoon we visit the old city harbour and Lazaretto, built to quarantine sailors in attempts to protect the city from imported disease. We visit the Croatian War of Independence Musuem.

Day 8

We depart Dubrovnik and head home.

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We fly from London to Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, and enjoy a leisurely walk around the Old Town this afternoon.

Day 2

Our day starts with a visit to Aquae Iasae, in the town of Varaždinske Toplice. The town is centred around a thermal spring, of which the Romans took full advantage building an adjacent bathhouse and shrine, both have been extensively excavated over the past fifty years. We also visit the local museum, and later explore the Zagreb Archaeological Museum, which includes a special access tour by the curator.

Day 3

We spend the day in Zadar, an ancient Adriatic city which became a major trading centre under Roman rule. We explore sites along the main street and visit Romanesque churches of the Middle Ages.

After lunch, we visit the Archaeological Museum of Zadar which houses finds from prehistory onwards, including an amazing collection of Roman material.

Day 4

We enjoy a scenic drive along the Adriatic coastline to Šibenik, unusual in that it has no Greek or Roman antecedents but was founded by the Croats in the 9th century AD. Later, we move on to another medieval city, Trogir, but this was founded by Greek sailors in the 3rd century BC, developed into a Roman town, later sacked and then rebuilt in the Middle Ages. The town is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, we travel to Split where, on our way to dinner, we will take a leisurely walk around the walls of the extraordinary Diocletian’s Palace.

Day 5

A day exploring the retirement palace of the Emperor Diocletian. After ruling for 20 years, and saving the Roman world from disintegration at the end of the third century, the emperor, uniquely, retired. This extraordinary residence, now the core of the town of Split, was built in the form of a huge fortified camp, with a temple, and mausoleum for the emperor’s use, porticoes and guardrooms.

Day 6

We spend time today in Salona, the ruins of a remarkable Roman city and the former capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. We will explore the remains of a number of basilica style churches, as well as a bathhouse and amphitheatre.

Day 7

We say goodbye to Split and journey down the coast, to visit a collection of Roman Imperial sculptures found in their shrine at the Roman town of Narona.

Late this afternoon, we arrive in Dubrovnik - this historic Medieval walled town is now one of the most famous in Europe. We finish our day’s exploration at the Croatian War of Independence Museum.

Day 8

Our last day is spent exploring Dubrovnik. We will walk the city walls, which were built towards the end of the 8th century and were strong enough to defend against a 15-month invasion in the 9th century. We continue to the Lovrijenac Fortress, the old city harbour and Lazaretto, built to quarantine sailors in an attempts to protect the city from imported disease.

Day 9

There will be time for final exploration this morning before our return flight to London.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

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2019 Tour Details

Wed 8th May - Thu 16th May

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£2,595

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Led By: Dr Ffiona Gilmore Eaves

Guide Lecturer

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