Thursday, 09 April 2020 16:00

Since we are approaching Easter…

If you ever find yourself in Croatia during Holy Week, enjoying a vacation on island of Hvar you might have chance to witness one of the most remarkable traditions in Croatia. This event that has history of over 500 years is so unique and memorable that UNESCO decided to put it on the list as intangible world heritage in 2009.
In Vrbanj, Vrboska, Jelsa, Pitve, Vrisnik and Svirče, six charming little villages of central Hvar traditional procession is held every year, on the night between Holy Thursday and Good Friday. If you would witness this event you would be under impression that Hvar has returned hundreds of years back into the past, in the time when island was under Venetian rule and lives of the people were dominated by small number of local nobleman. After long period of oppression thing were just about to explode in a bloody conflict. In this turbulent time, it has been recorded that a small golden crucifix, kept in one of the altars of Hvar cathedral started to miraculously bleed. This miracle, obviously, had such large impact on the people of Hvar, that it postponed the revolution which was about to happen and started this remarkable traditional religious feast. Miraculous event happened at the start of the XVI century so as a result procession that is organized every year to commemorate it, has very historical ambiance. People participating in the procession wear traditional outfits, the hoods of guilds and fraternities, which date back in the medieval time. They chant old songs on archaic dialect while carrying chandeliers and following the cross bearer.
Each of the 6 processions starts from parish church in each of those six villages at 10:30 PM and they have to make full circle, over 25 km of rocky hill trails, through all the 6 villages and back to the starting point, in the morning hours of the next day. To be the Cross bearer, is the most prestigious task and a great honor, which is one in a life time opportunity. If a person wants to become cross bearer his name will be put on the list during his early childhood. The waiting list is so long that it will take 20- 30 years until he gets a chance to carry the cross. Arguably the honor and the prestige of being the cross bearer comes with cost. Cross weights around 20 kg and you have to carry it barefoot for 8 hours with no chance for a rest, because cross must not touch the ground. Tradition of this procession has never been interrupted in five centuries of its existence. It was always organized, even in the darkest times of the WW II, during the occupation, or even in exile of a refugee camp El Shatt, in deserts of Egypt, where island inhabitants had to take shelter during bitter fights on the Island in 1944.
This year is going to be a special one, smallest ever. Due to the pandemic, there will not be the people participating, just a Cross bearer with a few of his most trusted men. But in minds, there will be many, many more people united!

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Starting with a walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town and ending with a stroll around its City Walls, this guided visit of Dubrovnik leaves no stone unturned.
The medieval walled town of Dubrovnik was built to be shut down for an extended period of time in case of an attack or an epidemic. In order to survive if the need arose, very early on Dubrovnik had a sewer, running water, a pharmacy, granary and other epitomes of advanced civilizations. After meeting your guide at Pile gate, you will explore this UNESCO World heritage site before climbing the city walls. An unparalleled vantage point, the walls deliver a unique perspective onto the treasures so worth protecting.
48,00 €


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Monday, 27 November 2017 10:01

Split and Trogir from Split

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In this day trip full of culture and history, compare the two UNESCO listed World Heritage sites, the hip harbor of Split and the petite Trogir.
Split and Trogir have both seen the Greeks, the Romans, Venetians, Napoleon, the Habsburgs, yet have, each in their own way, managed to sustain an easy-going seaside mindset. Still, over time, Split flourished into Croatia’s second largest city, while Trogir retained its small-scale charms. Learn about the stunning heritage in their UNESCO-listed historic centers, and visit their Cathedrals, St. Domnius in Split and St. Lawrence in Trogir. In this full day excursion coupling two guided city tours with leisure time for you own exploration, draw comparisons of two Dalmatian UNESCO jewels without having to pick any favorites!
50,00 €

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 17:21

Split Walking Tour

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Enjoy a promenade through 1700 years of fascinating history which turned Split from a one man’s palace to the present day bustling city.
The historic core of Split, its stunning Diocletian’s Palace, was originally built as the Roman Emperor’s retirement venue at the turn of the 4th century AD. But when the Slavs ransacked Roman Salona in the 7th century, the entire town fled to the palace, setting foundation for the wondrous city Split is today. Flourishing, creative, and with a distinct Dalmatian spirit, the heart of Split enthralls with sites like its Peristyle, the Golden and Silver Gates, the Cathedral and Jupiter’s Temple. Starting underground, in the Palace Cellars, make your way to the daylight, and witness local living happen as you stroll past.
21,00 €

Published in Split
Thursday, 09 March 2017 17:16

Plitvice from Split and Trogir

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The jaw-dropping beauty of Plitvice Lakes promises a day to remember.
With 16 cascading lakes and over 90 waterfalls, Plitvice Lakes always take a shortcut to the ‘Croatian favorites’ list. One of the most famous sites in the country, Plitvice have been a National Park for over half a century, and enlisted as the UNESCO natural heritage since 1979. After a scenic drive, explore this wondrous corner of water and forests accompanied by a local guide. Hike, walk, take a boat and drive around on a train, before taking some time to enjoy the picture-perfect scenery on your own. Untouched, untamed yet endearingly pristine, Plitvice Lakes soothe the soul with a beauty only nature can create.

140,00 € April, May

162,00 € ,June, July, August, September

Published in Split
Sunday, 05 February 2017 17:52

City Walls Walking Tour from Dubrovnik

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Starting with a walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town and ending with a stroll around its City Walls, this guided visit of Dubrovnik leaves no stone unturned.
The medieval walled town of Dubrovnik was built to be shut down for an extended period of time in case of an attack or an epidemic. In order to survive if the need arose, very early on Dubrovnik had a sewer, running water, a pharmacy, granary and other epitomes of advanced civilizations. After meeting your guide at Pile gate, you will explore this UNESCO World heritage site before climbing the city walls. An unparalleled vantage point, the walls deliver a unique perspective onto the treasures so worth protecting.
48,00 €

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