Advertorial – Discover the Dalmatian coast as we journey to the Croatian cities of Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and the island of Krk. Enjoy the sparkling waters, long sunny days, and historic harbourfront villages before taking in the highlight of the trip: the Passion Play in Oberammergau! Join us for fourteen days beginning on either May 27 or July 22 as we travel north through Croatia, with stops in Italy, Austria and Germany along the way.
Discover delightful Dubrovnik as we begin our journey here and travel north. Dubrovnik is a beautiful jewel along the Dalmatian Coast, but it wasn’t always the enchanting and alluring city it is today. During the 1990s, the city was under siege and desecrated from both sides due to a civil war known as “The Siege of Dubrovnik.” Since being named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, it’s been consistently rebuilt from the ground up and today it is nearly impossible to tell which areas were severely damaged.
After three splendid days in Dubrovnik, we move on to Split. As the second largest city in Croatia, it’s a testament to how life is enjoyed along the Dalmatian coast. Enjoy dramatic views of towering mountains nestled along the cerulean waters of the Adriatic Sea. We’ll step inside Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see dozens of bars, restaurants and shops thriving amid the atmospheric old walls where Split has been humming along for thousands of years.
Next, we’ll enjoy a coastal drive from Split to Zadar, an intriguing city with strong historical ties to the ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Venetians. Zadar is home to a historic old town of Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafés and fascinating museums set on a small peninsula. This vibrant city is a mix of ancient relics, coastal elegance and hilly hinterland. It’s not too crowded and its two unique attractions, the sound-and-light spectacle of the Sea Organ and the Sun Salutation, must be seen and heard to be believed.
The Adriatic Sea is home to many beautiful islands with all of the magic of the Mediterranean! Krk is the largest island in the Adriatic Sea and is accessible from the mainland by bridge. It’s beautiful geographic location and cultural significance has led to it being known as the “Golden Island” and the cradle of Croatian culture. As we stroll through town, we will be spoiled by the commanding views from seafront promontories and beautiful fishing villages that seem to transport us back in time to a bygone era.
The highlight of our journey is the Passion Play in Oberammergau which has been a tradition since 1633. Every 10 years, this unique theatrical tradition is performed, depicting the Passion of Christ from His entry into Jerusalem to the Resurrection. When stricken by the plague in 1633, the people of Oberammergau made a plea to God to spare them and pledged to act out the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ once every decade. The play’s home is within a theatre built in 1930, which features an open-air stage that uses the natural grandeur of the region as the backdrop while the 4,800 seat audience is covered. The environs of Oberammergau are not only renowned for the Passion Play and the great scenic beauty, but for exterior house painting depicting religious scenes and adding great charm to the area.
Don’t miss your chance to go on this remarkable adventure along the sparkling Croatian coast – seats are filling up fast! Contact one of our Tour Specialist at 1.800.387.8890 to book and reserve your spots for our May 27 and July 22 departure dates.