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.

  • Enjoy privileged access to Zagreb Archaeological Museum, where the curator will take us on a special tour and deliver a fascinating talk
  • Spend two days in Dubrovnik, where you’ll learn about the walled city’s early beginnings and its place in more recent history
  • Travel through Croatia, viewing Roman cities, red-roofed Medieval towns and the Adriatic’s blue waters

Themes

  • Romans
  • Historic Churches
  • Cultural Excursion

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We fly from London to Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, and upon our arrival, we explore the Zagreb Archaeological Museum, which includes a special access tour by the curator.
Hotel: Hotel Academia
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

We enjoy a leisurely walk around the Old Town of Zagreb this morning , with our local guide, we then 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 for a guided tour from the Curator. We then continue to Zadar.
Hotel: Hotel Delfin
Meals: All meals included

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.
Hotel: Hotel Delfin
Meals: All meals included

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. 
Hotel: Hotel Cornaro
Meals: All meals included

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.
Hotel: Hotel Cornaro
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

Our day begins at the Splt Archaeological Museum. 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.
Hotel: Hotel Cornaro
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

We say goodbye to Split and journey down the coast, to visit the Augusteum in Narona which has an interesting collection of imperial statues. Late this afternoon, we arrive in Dubrovnik, an historic medieval walled town, which is now one of the most famous in Europe.
Hotel: Hotel Neptun
Meals: All meals included

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 old city harbour and Lazaretto, built to quarantine sailors in an attempts to protect the city from imported disease.
Hotel: Hotel Neptun
Meals: All meals included

Day 9

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

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

We arrive in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb and enjoy an introduction to Croatia with a leisurely walk around the Old Town on our first afternoon.

Hotel: Hotel Academia
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

We start our day at the Roman settlement of Aquae Iasae in the town of Varaždinske Toplice. The natural thermal spring site, including the shrine around the spring and an adjacent bath house, has been extensively excavated over the past 50 years. We also visit the local museum. After lunch, we visit Zagreb Archaeological Museum, where we have a special access tour from its curator, examining many of the wonderful finds.

Hotel: Hotel Delfin
Meals: All meals included

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.

Hotel: Hotel Delfin
Meals: All meals included

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. 

Hotel: Hotel Cornaro
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

Today is spent exploring Diocletian’s Palace, considered to be one of the Romans’ most imposing ruins. Emperor Diocletian built the palace and after his retirement in 305 he settled there, in the Illyrian province of Rome. 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.

Hotel: Hotel Cornaro
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

We spend today in Salona, the ruins of a remarkable Roman city and former capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. We see the remains of a number of basilica style  churches as well as a bath house and amphitheatre – the site of many Christian martyrdoms in the persecutions of the early 4th century.

Hotel: Hotel Cornaro
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

We depart from Split to Dubrovnik, diverting to visit a collection of Roman Imperial sculptures found in their shrine at the Roman town of Narona. Later, we arrive in Dubrovnik. The historic medieval walled town is one of the most famous in Europe. Before embarking on a detailed exploration, we enjoy a walking tour of the old town and harbour.

Hotel: Hotel Neptun
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

We spend a full day in Dubrovnik, walking the city walls and then touring Lovrijenac Fortress. We also visit the old city harbour and Lazaretto.

Hotel: Hotel Neptun
Meals: All meals included

Day 9

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

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most 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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2020 Tour Details

Fri 8th May - Sat 16th May

Available

£2,795

inc.

sgl supp: £375

CRO20A

Led By: Dr Ffiona Gilmore Eaves

Wed 9th Sep - Thu 17th Sep

Available

£2,895

inc.

sgl supp: £375

CRO20B

Led By: Dr Lisa Graham

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