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The Dalmatian Coast

The Dalmatian Coast

The Dalmatian Coast Overview

Safe Harbours: The Dalmatian Coast by CICERONI Travel, Spectacular scenery along the Dalmatian coastline. Captivating Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Explore Emperor Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Visits to Hvar Island & the Bay of Kotor, Montenegro. Centrally located hotels in Split, Dubrovnik & Hvar.

Safe Harbours: The Dalmatian Coast

Tour Leader; James Hill

Hanging ‘necklace-like’ along the Adriatic coast, Dalmatia has deep historical roots embedded in many competing cultural identities. To begin, Illyrian tribesman held out until the Greeks took charge, followed by the Romans, who divided the long coastline and its hinterland into the provinces of Dalmatia and Illyricum. When the eastern Roman Empire metamorphosed into ‘Byzantium’ power oscillated between the constantly warring forces which dominated the complex Slavic migrations of the medieval period. Venice took full advantage of Byzantium’s weakness, placing its naval bases in strategic bays, such as at Ragusa (now Dubrovnik), allowing it to consolidate its grip on trade from the east. Venetian domination ended as the approaching Ottoman Turks swept through the Balkans. Indeed, Ottoman and later Habsburg expansion would carry the region towards the artificial ‘Land of the Southern Slavs’, a dubious entity which eventually became Yugoslavia.

During the region’s evolution, the islands of Dalmatia played host to frequent naval confrontations between the trading nations that used this busy Adriatic channel. In search of such encounters, we shall travel by boat to Hvar and onto Korčula. Venice’s dominant role is perfectly expressed in many of the beautiful towns where classical loggias, handsome piazzas, splendid churches and secular buildings carved from brilliant white Istrian limestone proudly dominate many of the almond-shaped Medieval centres we shall visit.

Given the physical length of Dalmatia we shall stay in two locally rated 4* and one locally rated 5* hotels. The 4* Hotel Cornaro is ideally located at the edge of the old town of Split whilst the 4* Hotel Adriana on the island of Hvar looks directly onto the town’s charming little port. The 5* Grand Villa Argentina is just that, with a terraced formal garden overlooking the sea and a spectacular view of Dubrovnik’s walled old town.

Please note, this tour has now departed, we next expect to offer this tour in 2022. For the latest information about our current and future tours please visit www.ciceroni.co.uk or call 01869 811167

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Reviews of this holiday

The Dalmatian Coast by Not remembered Ciceroni Croatia tour, 27 Sep 2017
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The Dalmatian Coast by Anonymous, 28 Apr 2015
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My holiday in Montenegro and Dubrovnik was well planned and was much enjoyed .The visits and restaurants were all excellent ... read more

The Dalmatian Coast by Happy, 28 Apr 2015
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Well organised. Very knowledgeable guide. Excellent time table with mixture of organised visits with local guides and ... read more

The Dalmatian Coast by JHS, 23 Apr 2015
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Cultural and historical tour of all we wanted to discover read more

The Dalmatian Coast by Montaigne, 6 Oct 2014
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The holiday was made by the tour guide who should be canonised. A model of clarity, tact and the patience of Job. The whole ... read more

The Dalmatian Coast by Damson, 4 Oct 2014
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A wonderful few days immaculately looked after by experienced guide who made it all great fun and full of interest. We ... read more

The Dalmatian Coast by Anna, 30 Sep 2014
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Superbly organised, interesting visits, excellent restaurants chosen read more

The Dalmatian Coast by Stickleback, 30 Sep 2014
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Seeing Montenegro and Croatia for the first time made one realise what a politically difficult part of the world the Balkans ... read more

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The Dalmatian Coast by Not remembered Ciceroni Croatia tour, 27 Sep 2017
Traveller rating:

a tour of Croatia read more

The Dalmatian Coast by Anonymous, 28 Apr 2015
Traveller rating:

My holiday in Montenegro and Dubrovnik was well planned and was much enjoyed .The visits and restaurants were all excellent ... read more