22 September 2017

 

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Cilipi Folkore
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Cilipi Folkore

Celebrate with the locals

On this fun tour you are greeted with a traditional "warm" welcome of grappa and figs as you step into the village of Cilipi. The Sunday market stalls are set out with silk embroidery, handicrafts and souvenirs, church bells call for the mass, locals dressed in their Sunday best slowly head to the church . . . just part of the scene full of village ritual and serenity.

A joyful celebration of life takes place in the church square after the mass. Dressed in dark skirts or trousers with crisp white starched shirts, red belts embroidered in gold silk, bright red leather shoes and matching red caps, locals perform songs and dances from the village and the region. You also have a chance to browse around the market and buy some authentic local souvenirs while enjoying the rhythms of Dalmatian music.

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Sea Kayaking in Dubrovnik
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Sea Kayaking in Dubrovnik

Island adventures

his exhilarating half day adventure out in the Adriatic starts beneath Fort Lovrjenac in the small port of Pile, next to the restaurant Orhan, where, accompanied by experienced instructors, you set off to explore caves and the beautiful landscape of Lokrum island. Any trip along the coast from Dubrovnik is special and the views from out at sea are spectacular.

The fun really begins when you arrive at the hidden cave known as Betina, where you will have a break for some snorkelling and swimming and enjoy a packed lunch. When you return to the mainland there is another treat in store as you go paddling in kayaks beneath the old city walls, which is a unique experience and one you won't want to miss.

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Wars, Warriors and Reforms
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Wars, Warriors and Reforms

Wars, Warriors and Reforms

Take a trip through time on an historical tour of Split that goes from the days of Diocletian to the fall of Yugoslavia. Chat with a local who saw the 90s conflicts first-hand, and share stories of Croatian culture over a tasty picnic in the park.

From the ancient Roman era to the 1990s fall of Yugoslavia, there’s a lot of history to discover in Croatia — and we’re cramming it all in on this epic Split tour that takes you time-travelling through more than 2,000 years of history.

The Roman emperor Diocletian landed in the pages of history as a great reformer, and an enlightened mind who was not afraid of changes… or their consequences. Yet some might say Diocletian’s most notable move wasn’t his many reforms, but the fact that he voluntarily resigned and retired at the end of his 21-year reign, something unheard of among Roman rulers. We’ll learn about the legacy left by the emperor with a visit to the monumental Diocletian’s Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage site has stood as a witness to many changes in Split’s history, and you’ll learn surprising facts about the palace grounds — like how the ancient property is still inhabited today.

We’ll then fast-forward to Croatia’s modern history, with the Yugoslavian break-up and the War of Independence. It was a time when brave people fought for their freedom and weren’t afraid of the consequences — much like ancient Diocletian, who had left his mark on the Balkans so many years before. This era brought in a clear vision of what the new state would be, and kick-started deep political reforms that would forever change the future of this region.

But don’t worry, we’re not going to make this Split tour just a history lecture! Instead, we’re going to have a conversation about all of it, over a picnic in the most beautiful park in Split. You’ll get to try a few traditional Dalmatian dishes as you chat with your local guide about Croatia’s past, present, and future.

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Secrets of Split
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Secrets of Split

Secrets of Split

Begin your royal adventure in the not-so-modest home of the Roman emperor Diocletian. His colossal 1,700-year-old palace is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Monument, but also a popular hangout for locals of Split and the cast of Game of Thrones.

As we wander into the heart of the city, peristil, we’ll discover the secrets of Diocletian’s life hidden in the walls of the world’s best preserved Roman palace – find out why he loved salad so much and why a piece of the mythical White Stone can make you happy. It is no secret, however, that the way to a Dalmatian’s heart is through the stomach. We’ll show you a traditional fish market, peskarija, where locals have been buying fresh seafood for centuries. Your mouth will surely be watering by now, so we’ll take you for a traditional Dalmatian snack fit for a king – air-dried smoked meat, soft sheep cheese, octopus salad, anchovies and olives. During your snack, your local guide will regale you with Split tales, past and present.

And of course a Dalmatian meal is never complete without a glass of wine. After all, wine is one of our oldest traditions and a staple of the Mediterranean diet, so just stay calm and do as the Romans do! We’ll finish our tour on the Riva promenade, leaving you feeling as satisfied and pampered as the emperor Diocletian himself. Our local guides will point you to their favourite coffee shops and the best spots for an evening of Dalmatian delicacies and entertainment.

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Korcula and Peljesac - From Dubrovnik
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Korcula and Peljesac - From Dubrovnik

On the trail of Marco Polo

Marco Polo was a famous explorer who not only changed the world map but changed history as well. Korcula is his birthplace and on this visit you will learn all about this great navigator and what he achieved during his amazing journeys. This little island on the Croatian Adriatic is also famous for its stonemasons, shipbuilders and sailors.

The best of their achievements have been left on the island for you to see. Wander the narrow streets, visit the beautiful churches and palaces, and enjoy this stunning spot. After the tour, pick out a delicious restaurant or just go swimming. And on the way back to Dubrovnik visit the famous wine cellar of Peljesac and taste some of the wines from this region.

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Montenegro Day Trip
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Montenegro Day Trip

Magic of Montenegro

Join a trip along the ever-changing South Adriatic coast to the tiny country of Montenegro, which has great natural beauty and immense cultural heritage. Admire the scenery of the only Montenegrin fjord - a Nordic look-alike where grey-white mountains envelop the waters with miniature islands dotted along the bay. Stop in Perast to visit a small island and the church of Our Lady of the Rocks, which was built in the XVII century.

The church is famous for its 68 frescos painted by the master of the Baroque Tripo Kokolja. Then visit the ancient town of Kotor - known as the pearl of the medieval Mediterranean - which you will see in all its beauty. On the way back to Dubrovnik, stop at Boka Bay where your coach goes on to the ferry to cross at the narrowest point for a 15 minute ride.

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Mostar Day Trip
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Mostar Day Trip

Mostar is a must

This is an exhilarating tour full of contrasts, where East meets West. Rugged coastal areas gradually melt into fertile greens of the Neretva River Valley full of scented citrus fruit and kiwi plantations. On arrival in Bosnia and Herzegovina a brief visit to Pocitelj will remind you of the four and a half centuries of Eastern cultural influence in these territories.

The highlight of the tour is a visit to Mostar, also known as the "melting pot of cultures". Predominantly influenced by centuries' long Turkish rule, here you see tall, slim minarets reaching for the sky, and hear the rhythmic tapping of hammers against copper plates in the bazaar souvenir shops. Walk across the famous Mostar bridge and see houses with ornate wooden balconies.

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Karkara Sunset Dinner Cruise
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Karkara Sunset Dinner Cruise

SAIL OFF INTO THE SUNSET

There's nothing quite like this romantic dinner cruise to round off any stay in beautiful Dubrovnik. The Karaka sunset dinner cruise offers an elegant experience during which you will enjoy a sumptuous meal on the cruise ship then relax and soak up the ambience. This trip offers an unforgettable dining experience on the 16th century wooden Karaka, and you will have every chance of seeing a fabulous sunset.

As you sail you will have breathtaking views of Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island then after the sun has gone down you can relax under a starlit sky with the moon reflecting on the Adriatic. During this memorable cruise you can also listen to sweet music and drink Champagne as well as enjoying excellent cuisine before returning to the city with the lights twinkling ahead of you.

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Scenic Konavle Train Ride & Wine Tasting
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Scenic Konavle Train Ride & Wine Tasting

Great wine and hospitality

Experience the traditional spirit and genuine village atmosphere on this distinctive excursion on a tourist train through vineyards in Konavle. After paying a visit to the first wine cellar, absorb the charm of this region by riding on a train through its rich vineyards. Past customs are on display in the village of Ljuta where you visit a mill to see how flour was once produced and a traditional wool processor.

Then savour some of the best wines from this part of Croatia when you visit three more wine cellars and vineyards. You may also fancy trying the traditional ploughman's lunch of bacon, onions and hard-boiled eggs, served in the customary manner of the old folks from Konavle who laboured in the fields. Then enjoy a final ride on the tourist train through picturesque vineyards before returning to Dubrovnik.

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Split Game of Thrones Tour
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Split Game of Thrones Tour

Split Game of Thrones Tour

Calling all Games of Thrones fans! Let us transport you out of modern-day Split and into Westeros on this walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace. This impressively preserved Roman camp will bring Game of Thrones to life as you walk in the footsteps of the characters, plot your revenge in its narrow streets like Khaleesi, and dine on a feast fit for Tyrion.

Old, new, and fictional worlds collide in this walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace. Not only is this impressive complex rich with history and a favourite local hangout, but it is the filming location for the hit TV series Game of Thrones.

We begin our Split walking tour on the Riva Promenade, a local spot to see and be seen. From there we enter the world of Westeros with a visit to Diocletian’s Palace cellars. Walk in the footsteps of the warriors entering Meereen to release the slaves for Khaleesi’s army. A walk through the palace will take you to the City Museum, an impressive 15th century Gothic building used as another location for Game of Thrones. Inside, you can check out the weaponry, photographs, paintings, and old documents that reveal why Split is one of the Adriatic’s most fascinating ports.

As we walk through the narrow streets into the heart of the city, peristil, it is easy to see why this imposing World Heritage Monument set the scene for the newest Game of Thrones kingdom. After all, it is the most preserved example of Roman architecture on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. The 1,700-year-old home to emperor Diocletian is a stunning example of a traditional royal villa, Hellenistic town, and Roman camp.

Top off your tour with a feast fit for Tyrion Lannister with a G.O.T-inspired meal of eggs, bacon, handmade sausages, and, of course, warm bread with sea salt – a staple of the Westerosi diet. Quench your thirst to be ruler of the Seven Kingdoms on local coffee, mint tea, and a pint of local beer.

We finish our tour back on the Riva Promenade – a great time to ask your guide to point out local haunts for goblets of wine, lemon cake, and dragon-taming…and modern fare, too!

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Best of Istria
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Best of Istria

The best of the best

Travel back in time to the days when togas were all the rage. Pula is to Croatia what Rome is to Italy and there's no hiding the city's main attraction - an enormous Roman amphitheatre. Reminiscent of the Colosseum in the Eternal City - and the biggest theatre of its kind in the world - just wandering around its mighty walls conjures images of gladiators doing battle in the dust.

Before you stop to gaze at its centuries-old arches, you'll explore the Istrian peninsula and check out the amazing 'village in the clouds' - a hilltop town that stands in a candy-floss swirl of white. Admire the sun-dappled olive groves that make this place seem more Tuscan than Croatian and tuck into a tasty Istrian lunch. All in all, it's a great day out. This tour departs from Porec, Rovinj and Pula.

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Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik Tour
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Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik Tour

Krka Waterfalls and Sibenik Tour

Explore the beauty of Croatia with a tour to the natural wonder of Krka Waterfalls and through the historic streets of Šibenik.

HIGHLIGHTS:

* Visit the impressive St James’ Cathedral
* Free time at Krka Waterfalls
* Journey along the coast and through Krka National Park

Visit the historical town of Šibenik, home to one of Dalmatia’s most valuable religious monuments – St James’ Cathedral. Dating from the 15th century, the cathedral’s dome dominates the town’s skyline and is one of the most important Renaissance monuments in the whole country. Discover the beauty of its interior and make the most of some free time to wander the historical streets, before continuing the tour on to the jaw-dropping Krka National Park.

We drive to the famous Krka Waterfalls, located in the heart of the national park. The falls are known for their outstanding beauty, with the play of light and water creating a sparkling effect over its 17 waterfalls and unspoiled natural pool. Enjoy your time surrounded by natural beauty to take photographs, explore the area and soak up the peaceful atmosphere before returning to Split.

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Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour
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Dubrovnik Game of Thrones Tour

ARE YOU GAME FOR THRONES TOUR?

If you are a fan of the hit TV series Game of Thrones then this Dubrovnik tour is a real must. You will see how the city provides the ideal natural settings for King’s Landing as you get the chance to stroll around its cobbled streets. You will also be able to recognise some other locations from the series, such as the magical town of Qarth, and your guide will explain everything about how and where the scenes were shot.

The tour starts at Pile Gate and lasts around two and a half hours and covers all the sites withing the Old Town of Dubrovnik which were featured in the shows. During this fascinating tour you will be able to see locations which were used as settings in the Season Two (episodes 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10) and Season Three, episodes 1 and 10 in which lots of memorable scenes took place.

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Lake Bled Trip
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Lake Bled Trip

Don't forsake the lake

Hop over to Slovenia to view one of Europe's most photographed spots. Slovenia's Lake Bled is truly stunning, set in a pine forest with a mountain backdrop, it's can't believe- your-eyes-pretty and deserves its name as 'the Pearl of the Alps'. All snow-capped mountains and glass-like waters, the place feels more like the Austrian Alps and at first glance you'll think you've stepped into a scene from The Sound of Music.

Think enchanted forests, toy town houses, a fairytale church and Bled Castle, which offers the best views right across the lake. Jump into a rowing boat to glide over to the tiny church on the lake's only island. Legend has it that if you make a wish as you ring the church bell, it is sure to come true.This tour is available from Porec, Rovinj and Pula.

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Plitvice Lakes Day Trip
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Plitvice Lakes Day Trip

Nature lovers dream

Connected by waterfalls, circled by forest and criss-crossed with wooden-bridges, the Plitvice Lakes are a nature lover's dream. The striking Plitvice Lakes inscribed on the UNESCO's World Heritage list are Croatia's miracle of nature.
On this tour check out the 250-foot waterfall at the lower lakes, wander along the boardwalks and bridges and take a boat trip across Lake Kozjak, the biggest stretch of water in the area.Tour Available from Porec, Rovinj and Pula


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Dubrovnik City Tour
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Dubrovnik City Tour

Pearl of the Adriatic

If there is one place in Europe that lends itself perfectly to a walking tour, it is the old walled city of Dubrovnik with its beautiful architecture and stunning views out over the sparkling Adriatic Sea. On this must-do tour you take a stroll along cobbled streets in the company of a professional guide while discovering all the many treasures of Dubrovnik's past and present.

Put your hands on its ancient walls and let the distant presence of people who lived there centuries ago come close and touch you. This half day tour will leave you mesmerised by architectural treasures, artistic intensity and cultural opulence - a day that will live with you forever. From start to finish, you will see why Dubrovnik is called the Pearl of the Adriatic.

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Elephiti Islands - From Dubrovnik
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Elephiti Islands - From Dubrovnik

Island where time stands still

Soak up the sunshine and gentle breezes as your boat leaves Dubrovnik and cuts lazily through peaceful waters heading to a world almost forgotten. The Elaphite Islands are a green oasis of scented citrus plantations, pine clad hills, sandy beaches and palm trees. As you stroll along the promenade it will appear that life on the islands has been in slow motion for a long time.

Fishermen are chatting in cafes or playing cards, while ladies sit on the porch and do their fine needle work or spread delicious aromas of home cooking through windows covered in lace curtains. Many legends and stories of these former islands' fame will be revealed to you - stories of coral divers, ship builders and sea captains that will wake up these dreamy islands for you if only for a day.

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Istrian Hill Tops
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Istrian Hill Tops

Head for the hills

On this tour you discover the green Istrian hills crowned with old city walls in a region which is hidden from everyday life. Legend has it that once upon a time in the valley of Mirna, lived giants who were so big that they were able to build the many hilltop towns. You visit the monumental town of Motovun, which stands on a high hill and is surrounded by defensive walls which guard rich treasures and cultural monuments.

Some scientists claim that Motovun is on the very crossroads of the Energy Meridians of the Earth, that supply positive life energy and relaxation and infuse spirituality. That may be the very reason why Motovun is one of the most popular Istrian tourist destinations. After Motovun, the narrow road takes you across a plateau to Oprtalj, the most picturesque town in northern Istria. A walk here ends at a tavern serving local delicacies.

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Nature's Creations
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Nature's Creations

Horses for courses

While staying in Pula you can encounter nature at it's finest on this day to Slovenia. Glide through the colourful Postojna Caves by electric train and enjoy the scenery of stalactite and stalagmite sculptures as you go. At Lipizza, the home of pure white Lipizzaner horses, enjoy an elegant display by these wonderful animals, trained specifically for Vienna's Spanish school of riding. This is a truly amazing day out.

There is also lots to see in Pula which is situated at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula. Located beneath seven hills and with views of the Adriatic, its unspoiled natural surroundings are magical. Known for its mild climate and calm, beautiful sea, Pula also has a long tradition of winemaking, fishing and shipbuilding. It is also home to many ancient Roman buildings, including the well-preserved amphitheater.

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Venice Day Trip from Istria
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Venice Day Trip from Istria

Day in magical Venice

Discover the magical city of Venice and explore some of the most picturesque islands of the Lagoon on this must-do day trip. A magical floating city that needs no introduction and one of the greatest cities in the world built on 118 islands, Venice itself is a living museum with so many iconic sights that the only problem is fitting them all in.

See St. Mark's Square and the stunning basilica from the 8th century, the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs. As you walk along many streets that were once crowded with artists, you will be able to see the beautiful masterpieces of Venetian architects. You will also be taken to see the making of the unique and beautiful Murano glass, a symbol of Venice. Later in the day you have free time to explore on your own. Available from Porec, Pula, Medulin and Rabac.

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