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  • Fortress of Klis
  • Island of Brac
  • Salona
  • Step back in time at the Narona Archaeological Museum
Special Interest - History and Archaeology
History & Archaeology

Croatia's Hidden Treasures QQQ

Makarska Riviera, Croatia

Croatia's Hidden Treasures

Makarska Riviera, Croatia

2 passengers
  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

See Diocletian's palace in Split, explore Sarona and Trogir and visit Brac island

On this special archaeology holiday you can look forward to discovering some of Croatia’s fascinating history through its archaeology as you enjoy a series of visits to historic sites, museums and towns, as well as two included talks at the hotel from your archaeology host, who will also accompany your included visits.

Croatia was settled by the Illyrians around 1200BC, but by the 2nd century BC the Romans had made an appearance, attacking Dalmatia and defeating the Illyrians by 12AD. Towns including Narona and Trogir became Roman and in the late 2nd century AD the Emperor Diocletian started building his extraordinary palace, the remains of which stand today. Subsequently, the region of Dalmatia fell under the rule of Constantinople. During your holiday look forward to visiting Diocletians’ awe-inspiring palace, the Roman town of Narona, the island of Brac, and more, as you step back in time …

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plateAll breakfasts, lunches and dinners

PersonLocal expert guide

CocktailFree bar open 12 hours a day

Plus...

  • Expert host talks
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Return flights and transfers
  • 20kg checked-in luggage
  • Hotel porterage

MapIncluded excursions and visits:

  • Split and Salona (full day)
  • Klis and Trogir (full day)
  • Narona and Makarska (full day)
  • Brac (full day)
  • Tilurij and Sinj (Three-quarter day)

Address

Dalmacija Sunny Hotel by Valamar, Kralja Petra Krešimira IV 41, 21300 Makarska, Hrvatska, Croatia

Introduction

The locally rated 3-star Dalmacija Sunny Hotel by Valamar (3Q) overlooks an attractive white pebble beach lapped by crystal clear waters.

Accommodation

The hotel has air-conditioned bedrooms and all Saga rooms have a balcony with partial sea views. Bathrooms are compact and only have a shower.

Air conditioning
Balcony
Satellite Television
Telephone
Hairdryer
Wi-Fi
Laundry service
Safe
Fridge

Food and Drink

Enjoy authentic Dalmatian and Mediterranean cuisine or have a refreshing drink on the hotel's terraces which offer wonderful views of the sea. Enjoy wide-ranging buffets during breakfast and dinner when you can sample well-known Mediterranean and international specialities prepared in front of guests in a show-cooking kitchen. During the day perhaps relax on the terrace of the lobby bar or visit the pool bar where you can treat yourself to light dishes for lunch.

The hotel also has an exclusive VIP Club Lounge, which is open from 11am to 11pm offering local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Entertainment

During your stay, enjoy the following programme of activities and entertainment. Some activities may be at an extra charge and may change from time to time.

  • Live music twice per week
  • Pilates or Yoga (extra charge)
  • Tennis courts
  • Table tennis
  • Bocce

Other Hotel Information

There are three lifts with access from the garage and wellness area to all floors.

Perhaps enquire about beach-side dining
The Dalmacija Sunny Hotel
The Dalmacija Sunny lobby
Your hotel offers superb views
A classic twin room

Climate

Tilurij and Sinj

Tilurij was the site of an important 1st-century Roman Legion Camp, strategically positioned close to the River Cetina and covering some 30 acres. The 7th Roman Legion was stationed here and archaeological excavations are on-going. The camp would have had service buildings, training ground and sleeping quarters, and while the remains that are visible are limited they point to the monumental scale of the original camp.

You'll also visit the Regional museum and the historic town of Sinj, known for its annual tournament and as a site of pilgrimage.

Three-quarter day
Town of Sinj, southern Croatia
Sinj Split-Dalmatia Dalmatia Croatia Europe
  • Included on 7 nights itinerary

Narona and Makarska

The Roman town of Narona was once a thriving trading centre but was destroyed in 7AD by the Avars and languished thereafter. Excavations have revealed buildings including temples and houses, artefacts of both pagan and Christian origin, and sculpture. After exploring the site, you'll visit Narona Archaeological Museum built above the ruins of the ancient temple of Augustus in the nearby village of Vid.

You'll also visit Makarska, which started life as a Roman town, with some free time to explore the old town with its narrow streets, and 17th-century Franciscan monastery.

Full day
Museum of Archeology in Vid Narona
Vid Dubrovnik-Neretva County Dalmatia Croatia Europe
  • Included on 7 nights itinerary

Klis and Trogir

Thought to have been built as a small stronghold in 300 BC by the ancient Illyrian tribe Dalmatae, the fortress of Klis later became a royal castle and seat of many Croatian kings. It also served as a defensive fortification against the Ottoman invasion of Europe during the early 16th century. Fortified and strengthened by each ruler throughout the centuries, it's a fascinating example of the differing styles of each era.

Departing Klis, you'll continue to Trogir, situated on a small island now joined to the mainland by a bridge. Trogir's historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has a history dating back to the 3rd century BC when it was founded by Greek colonists from the island of Vis and known as Tragyrion. It was occupied by the Romans, destroyed by the Saracens and then came under both Hungarian and Venetian rule. Its palaces, churches, towers, a fortress and large array of buildings and monuments reflect its rich history and during your visit you can look forward to seeing the 15th Century Fortress Kamerlengo and the Cathedral of St Lawrence (entrance to both is included).

Full day
Klis Fortress
Trogir Split-Dalmatia Dalmatia Croatia Europe
  • Included on 7 nights itinerary

Brac

This is the third-largest of the Adriatic islands. Its first recorded occupants were the Illyrians and on your visit you'll visit the 3,000 year-old village of Skrip where the remains of ancient Illyrian walls can still be discerned. Skrip is the oldest settlement on the island and is believed to have been the birthplace of the mother of Emperor Constantine. You'll visit the Native Museum of Brac with collections spanning archaeology and ethnography relating to the island's history.

You'll also visit beautiful Lovrecina Cove to the north of the island, where you'll be able to see the ruins of the early 6th-century Christian Basilica of St Lawrence.

Full day
Explore Skrip, the oldest settlement on Brac
Brac Brac Island Split-Dalmatia Dalmatia Croatia Europe
  • Included on 7 nights itinerary

Split and Salona

At the heart of the old town of Split lies the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Construction of the palace began towards the end of the 3rd century AD and was completed in the early 4th century, resulting in a vast complex that included four gateways, temples, the emperor’s mausoleum – now the Cathedral of St Domnius – peristyle and more. There are some 220 buildings within the palace area, which were later utilised as homes, shops and offices as the palace was reused through the centuries. Look out for the Golden Gate, originally the main entrance to the palace, and the Peristyle which was the official entrance area for the imperial residence. This is a living museum within which people have lived and worked since its creation. There will also be time to visit the archaeological museum, founded in 1820 and housing exhibits ranging in date from Roman to medieval, including objects from Salona, which you visit next.

After lunch, you'll make the short journey to Salona which, under the Romans, became the capital of the Dalmatian province. By the 1st century AD it was home to theatres, temples, an amphitheatre, forum and other public buildings, only to be overcome by invaders some 400 years later and left to decay. In the 19th century archaeological investigations began and today the site includes part of the outer walls, three necropolis, the Tusculum villa, the remains of an amphitheatre, basilicas and other buildings.

Full day
See the Roman ruins of Salona
Split Split-Dalmatia Dalmatia Croatia Europe
  • Included on 7 nights itinerary

Croatia's Hidden Treasures

Makarska Riviera, Croatia

2 passengers
Croatia's Hidden Treasures QQQ

Makarska Riviera, Croatia