DESCRIPTION OF ITINERARY

1st day

ARRIVAL IN TROGIR

Arrival by bus to hotel***, Trogir - Seget Donji – acommodation in rooms – free time – dinner in hotel.

2nd day

ŠIBENIK

After breakfast, departure by bus to organized sightseeing of historical and cultural monuments of Šibenik* city, accompanied by guide - lunch in a restaurant Zlatna Školjka, Skradin - afterwards visit to river Krka falls** (by boat and on foot ) - free time - dinner in hotel.

* ŠIBENIK is significant among all Croatian cities on the Adriatic coast with its unique location in a picturesque bay, through which flows the river Krka. Initially founded as a fort or fortress Castrum below St. Michael which is dominating the city, mentioned for the first time at 1066th in a document published by one of the largest Croatian sovereign - King Petar Kresimir IV.
Status of the city has received in 1298th, when the diocese was founded.
View on the architecture of Šibenik reveals a unique balance of urban poetry and the natural environment, with the port associated with the open sea through the Strait of St. Anthony, which in the past was an important cradle for development of commercial navigation sailing significant for the economic prosperity of the city.

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At the entrance to strait, an imposing Renaissance fortress ST. Nicholas is considered the largest building of its kind on the east Adriatic coast. The city has other forts, such as St. Michael, St.John and Šubićevac, but when it comes to St. Nicholas we must say that she was in a certain period of its history unconquerable, and for centuries has represented a symbol of invincibility.

Šibenik's Cathedral of St. Jakov, whose construction extended to more than a century, is testimony of strong will, sacrifice and faith for generations of its inhabitants. For many people this is a unique monument of the glorious history of Croatian and European architecture, built entirely of stone, in its construction hasn't been used any other material, so it remained famous for its unique structure of stone blocks and dome ribs, as well as for its three foliar facade in accordance with overall architecture of buildings and carved 71 portraits around the apse.

Preserved written documents of last times testify about contribution of the whole local community in its construction, but also of a large number of stonecutters, and also of other builders and craftsmen from all over the country. Foremost among them was Juraj Matejev Dalmatian, a newcomer from Zadar in 1441st year, to whom the city of Šibenik has given full authority to continue the work of proto-master of the cathedral.

Cathedral and town hall from Renaissance, the other churches and the Duke's Palace (today the county Museum) are definitely the best part of Croatian heritage of urban planning from that time. At the time from 5 to 16 century Šibenik was one of the most important centers of humanism and the Renaissance in Croatia. This period has given us writers such as Juraj Šišgorić, Antun and Faust Vrancic, Peter and Ivan Polycarp Severitan, composers Ivan Sibenčanin, Julij Skjavetić and Ivan Lukačić, historian Dinko Zavorović, painters Nikola Vladanov and Juraj Čulinović, engraver Martin Kolunic-Rota, Horace Fortezza and Natale Bonifacio, and many sculptors and builders from the circle of Matthew George Dalmatian's workshop.

Visionary scientist, lexicographer and storyteller, philosopher and theologian Faust Vrančić is the most famous Croatian Renaissance character, but as the author of the first Croatian dictionary. In his book of inventions Machine novae, among his many ideas, drawing of homo volans, flying man, was the first printed copy of the parachute in history.

Church and convent of St. Franjo from the 14th century, as the first Croatian national shrine of St. Nicholas Tavelić, for centuries is the cultural and religious meeting place of the region. The monastery library is more than 150 incunabula and many other manuscripts, codices of great value, including Sibenik Prayer, the first text of Croatian poetry written in the Latin language symbols. The church also contains organs in very good condition, which was in the 18th century built by the famous Croatian artist, master Petar Nakic, preserved in its original form.

Cultural life of Šibenik also marks the traditional International Children's Festival.

** KRKA FALLS - In the middle of the karst landscape of Dalmatian hinterland arise the river Krka, which in its course towards the sea creats a sort of whirl which is natural phenomena, with water sources at the bottom of the Dinara mountain in the eastern sector of the city of Knin.

Her starting flow turns into a lake, and finally, after 72 km journey, founds its confluence with the sea in the Šibenik city; due to its natural, scientific and cultural values, Krka was in 1985. pronounced a protected national park of nature.

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Along the river Krka there are countless reports with traces of ancient civilizations, and even those from Paleolithic. Archaeological research has led to the discovery of pottery, bones and stone knives. Right next to the river, near Skradinski Buk, are discovered the remains of an ancient water systems Scardona, and in this area there are ruins of several ancient Croatian fortresses from the 14th century.

Among the religious monuments stands out the one on the island Visovac, jewel of nature in the middle of the river lake. This Franciscan monastery was first mentioned in 1400th, providing valuable evidence of past centuries, as well as the other religious monument - Orthodox monastery from 1402nd with its rich collection of old books, icons, scripts, and liturgical vestments.

River Krka has seven beautiful waterfalls. The most famous is Skradinski buk - waterfall with a total height of 45.7 meters. The second is known as Roški slap with 25.5 meters high waterfall and river banks filled with green vegetation (200 species of aromatic Mediterranean and sub - Mediterranean aromatic herbs), which each year attracts thousands of visitors.

At a bend of the river Krka, 16 km upstream of Šibenik, there is a town called Skradin that exists here from the Illyrians (first discovered monument dates from the 339th BC). Named after the ancient settlement toponyms Scardona under Roman rule, in which was in the 530th year of our Christian era established the first diocese.

Over the century, Skradin was the target of various tribes and nations, mainly due to its geo-strategic position, and with arrival of the Slaves in the 7th century Scardona was completely destroyed. During the 10th century town was renewed by Croats (after whom got the present name Skradin), becoms the diocese and the historical headquarters of dukes Šubić Bribirski.

1522nd Skradin was defeated, and untill the 1684th occupied by the Turks, then passes into the hands of Venice, where he remained until 1797th, when is taken over by the Austrians and the Frenchs.

At the largest square in the center of town stands out the church of Nativity of the Virgin Mary from the 18th century, in the old part is the Orthodox church of St. Spiridon from the 19th century and the Catholic Church of St. Jerome and St. Petke.

The ancient inhabitants of Skradin mainly were producting olives and wine. Due to tidal water, waters of Skradin populate with fish and shellfish, which motivates its citizens to stay connected to their traditions, living today from agriculture and the exploitation of natural resources. Tourism is also one of the traditions of Skradin because it would be difficult to imagine any domestic or foreign tourist who would refuse to visit Skradin and river Krka, so there hasn't been a sailor that is not 'immune' to at least once in their lives anchor their boat in the known marina Skradin.
The main street of the town is located at the intersection of a multitude of mysterious streets, too tight for numerous visitors to pass, eager to compare various gourmet offers of seafood restaurants in Dalmatian region.

3rd day

ISLAND HVAR

Departure by excursion boat to discover the natural and cultural beauty of the island Hvar - lunch - grilled fish on the boat - free time, then return to the hotel for an evening meal in the hotel restaurant.

4th day

TROGIR AND SPLIT

Tour of historic and cultural monuments of cities Trogir* and Split**, - Lunch at the restaurant Le Monde, Split - free time, afternoon: time to relax and free choice - on return a short tour of Salone - dinner in the hotel restaurant.

* TROGIR was founded by Greeks in IV-III century BC, at the time of their various conquests and discovering Mediterran. In the first century BC, the settlement became a Roman colony Tragurium civium Romanorum associated to Salona, in that time the center of the Roman province Dalmatiae. 1997th Trogir is as a city of very rich historical and cultural value placed in the World Cultural heritage under UNESCO protection.

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After the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, Trogir became independent, and in the 6th century, it was inhabited by Croats, which were with a lot of enthusiasm creating buildings and monuments that would later celebrate a citadel of the ancient art. So from the early Middle Ages the old Greek city Tragurion felt the warmth and inspiration of the new medieval culture, so builders and masons continued to build churches, interwined with Renaissance and Gothic ornamentation.

In the 10th century, Trogir citizens again take over possession of oppidum (Roman fort), but in the battle against the Venetians, the Hungarian kings by fraud re-occupied the town, in exchange for promises to citizens that they will be independent. Although they could freely choose their representatives in city councils, yet in the 11th century, a small refugee communities are moving to fortified island (Čiovo), which had its bishop, becoming assistant to Archbishop of Split.

In the early 13th century, the city is recovering from attack of Venetians (let's remember that during the 12th century Hungarian crown enforced its hegemony along the Dalmatian coast). Trogir citizens under rule of duke Ilija from the family Kačić built a new cathedral, and forty years later, master Radovan from Siget's stone carves its widely known main portal.

Boom of Trogir was brutally interrupted in 1420th , when city again came under Venetian rule, terribly devastated after a long struggle. That occupation lasted for almost four centuries, until 1797th . However, at that time a new palaces, houses, towers and fortresses are beeing built.

After a brief period of independence, Trogir came under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte, who has done significant reforms on the health plan of the city, as well as the modernization of the economy. 1848th began the process of democratization, so since 1877th Croats took control of their city. The Austrians once again won Trogir (1814th -1914th ) when citizens suffered humiliation, hunger and epidemics. After the First World War, Trogir and the whole Croatia, became part of the south slavens empires - the so-called Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

Real growth of the city began in the 1970th, when shipbuilding and tourism industry employs more than 50% of working age population of Trogir. New developments, however, briefly interrupted during a Serbian aggression on Croatia in 1991st, when Trogir and also the rest of the Croatia, suffers enormous economic damage and other serious consequences of war.

Within the first few years of the integration process of receiving Croatia in the European Union, Trogir was in 1997th recognized by UNESCO as a city of immeasurable cultural and historical heritage.

** SPLIT is a quiet, relaxing town where you got the feeling every day is a day for rest, because the city squares, restaurants and bars are full of tourists and local inhabitants. Inevitable walk in summer is a tour of Diocletian's palace at gentle and refreshing wind mistral, while in the winter Mediterranean sun protects you from the cold. This is the ancient city which for centuries had eternal turmoils, where has right before 1700 and more years ago Roman Emperor Diocletian, son of a god Jupiter, built a first summer palace, one like you will not find anywhere else.
It is located in the central part of the eastern Adriatic sea, surrounded by a river Žrnovnica in southeast and a river Jadro in the north.

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It was in the 293rd year of the new era - 1719 years ago, when the Roman Emperor Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletian began building his palace in the bay Asphalatos on the coast of Dalmatiae, in the country where he was born. After his abdication in 305th, the emperor withdrew and left Nicomedia and settled in his palace with the intention to stay until the end of life. A rectangular building covers an area of approximately 28,900 square meters, and after the death of Diocletian, the palace remained in the possession of the imperial family.

In the 10th and 11th century Split came under the rule of the Croatian kings, and in the 12th century, as well as other cities of Dalmatia, became a free city under the protection of the Hungarian-Croatian kings.

At the beginning of the 15th century, free medieval commune is replaced by the Venetian administration. They established their authorities by the end of the 18th century, and in the 19th century, after a brief period of French rule, the town fell under the influence of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.

After the First World War, Split became a cultural, administrative and economic center, the city expanded with significant increase of population.

During the Second World War, the city has suffered frequent air attacks, and after the liberation started a dynamic development of Split.

This beautiful town offers the charm of a pine forest of Marjan hill in the western part of the peninsula, where you can hear the sound of the sea and also occasionally sound of 'a cappella' songs of Dalmatian harmony-singing groups that echoes through the cobbled streets of the city.

As a main feature of Split are very favorable climatic conditions and the blue sky with about 2700 sunny hours per year. The cultural offer of the city, which recently celebrated 17 centuries of existence, is rich with various facilities within the 30,000 square feet of Diocletian's palace as a place where many visitors come to 'hear' an interesting story about the forgotten times.

5th day

ZADAR

Excursion by bus to visit the historical and cultural monuments of Zadar* - leisure - on the way back lunch at the rural household Jurlinovi dvori, near Primosten - return to Trogir and leisure - dinner in the hotel restaurant.

* ZADAR is a historical city with 3000 years of existence and prestigious history: cultural, economic and administrative center of northern Dalmatia, situated along a major road which connects north and south of Croatia. The city draws with its natural beauties and hospitality of the inhabitants, and many visitors and artists compare it with Venice and Dubrovnik. It is rich with important archaeological monuments, relics of art and culture of ancient times, Middle Ages and the Renaissance as an inexhaustible source of the rich history of Croatian heritage.

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Current agglomeration grew around the former Roman forum: within a very well-preserved walls, together with its sacred monuments, archives, libraries and museums, the city keeps a generous literary and musical heritage, and also here you can find the oldest Croatian university (founded in 1396th ).

In Zadar have been published the first newspaper on Croatian language, which is the reason why there exist countless of other institutions related to culture, where different events occur, such as a permanent exhibition of sacral art (SICU), for example. Here are many exhibition halls, puppet theater, and happenings like musical evenings in St. Donat.

Zadar is known for its tourist animations with lots of sporting events (city known by basketball) and music during the summer season (with many festivals) under a protection of the four saints: St. Ilija, St. Šimun - patron, St. Krševan and Saint Anastasia.

The city has a long tradition in tourism. In the 1899th is established the first tourist society - Liburnia. Its tourist attraction is based on the happy marriage between culture and history, as well as many contents for relaxation: tourists have a choice between nautical tourism, conventions, religious tourism, marinas, hotels, rental apartments and villas in small communities, there is a lot of small restaurants, where dominates an intimate atmosphere and invites you to explore new destinations.

It is hard to resist not to swim in the sea, walk along the coast or towards Zadar hinterland of untouched and preserved nature, sports and other attractions.

We invite you to discover them yourself!

6th day

BY BOAT ON THE RIVER CETINA

Departure by bus towards Omiš, fourty minutes drive by boat on the river Cetina upstream to Radmanove mlinice - lunch at traditional restaurant - free time - afternoon devoted to sightseeing of Omiš citadel - return to hotel, dinner in the hotel restaurant.

7th day

MALACOLOGICAL MUSEUM IN MAKARSKA

In the morning departure by bus to Makarska, a short city tour along with the 'coffee' on waterfront - a visit to the famous Malacological Museum (collection of shells) - lunch in the restaurant Porto - in the afternoon free time - in the evening on return, dinner on the lookout Topic Tavern which is located on the slopes of mountain Biokovo (200 mn / v) in the nearness of Baska Voda - back to the hotel for overnight stay.

8. DAN

DEPARTURE

Breakfast, free time and leaving the hotel rooms, boarding on bus and return to home (at the initial destination).

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