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Croatia Tours

Travel down Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, following the Adriatic’s sparkling azure waters to explore beautiful port cities with fine Roman, Early Christian, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance temples, churches, palaces and merchant houses.

Croatia’s beautiful Dalmatian cities and ports, such as Porec, Zadar, Kotor and Dubrovnik, are blessed with a magnificent cultural heritage. This includes Roman, Early Christian, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance temples, amphitheatres, churches, palaces and merchant houses. Croatia has fine classical sculpture and Byzantine mosaics and one of the world’s greatest Romanesque sculpted church portals. Here, cultural traditions derived from classical antiquity mingle with the culture of the colonizing lagoon city, Venice. Pula proudly displays its Roman past, with theatres and temples. These include the fine Temple of Augustus. At Split, the vast, well-preserved palace of the Emperor Diocletian metamorphosed into a medieval town. Split has a good museum of antiquities, many from the extensive inland archaeological site of Salona, capital of Rome’s province of Croatia.

The Episcopal complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in Porec rivals Ravenna as the most complete Byzantine ensemble in the world. The beautiful Venetian Renaissance Cathedral of St James in Sibenik equals Venice’s best architecture. The island city of Trogir, Greek in antiquity, boasts a masterly Romanesque portal sculpted by Dalmatia’s Master Radovan. Zadar, meanwhile, has the remains of a fine Roman aqueduct and the extraordinary, centrally planned, 9th-century Church of St Donatus. The most beautiful of Damatia’s trading cities is arguably high walled Dobrovnik (Ragusa). Historic rival of Venice, it has a pristine historic urban fabric composed of masterpieces of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. These include the Gothic Rector’s Palace, Renaissance Ponza Palace and Baroque St Blaise’s Cathedral.

Dalmatia’s coasts are sheltered by a long string of beautiful islands. Hvar has grand panoramas of lavender fields, and peaceful villages nestling among pine-covered hills. Medieval Hvar town has beautifully ornamented buildings. Their fine Venetian façades are reflected in its glistening harbour waters. Within easy reach of the Dalmatian coast are Croatia’s beautiful inland Plitvice Lakes National Park. South of Dubrovnik are the awesome deep mountain ringed fjord of Montenegro and Bosnia’s Mostar. Its famous stone bridge was built for Suleiman the Magnificent by his sublime architect, Sinan.