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Due to its long and history, Croatia is rich with cultural heritage.
Along with Ancient Roman ruins, you spend time visiting picturesque and well-preserved medieval towns, Baroque city centres, even prehistoric archaeological sites.
This exciting self-drive tour is a true delight for all art, history and architecture lovers.
Travel with us to Croatia’s distant past, explore the Roman ruins and roads and learn about this country’s intriguing history.
You can drive yourself or be escorted by a guide/driver on your way from Zadar to Split, Brač and more.
Your adventure starts in modern Zadar, once the Roman city of Iader.
Explore the remains of Roman forum in the very centre if Zadar and learn about its role in the Roman rule of Ancient province of Dalmatia.
Even after Roman times, Zadar remained a very influential centre. Its main landmark is the pre-Romanesque church of St Donat.
From Zadar, head towards Split, the Ancient city of Spalatum. Split is famous for the fantastic UNESCO-protected palace, situated in its very centre.
This palace was built in the beginning of the 4th century by Roman Emperor Diocletian, who wanted to retire here.
Only a 20-minute drive away from Split is a small town of Solin. Solin was the centre of Ancient Dalmatia in Roman times; today, tourists can visit the remains of a Roman amphitheatre in Solin.
Continue to the UNESCO-protected city of Trogir. Trogir was an Ancient Greek colony at first, under the name of Tragurium.
In the Middle Ages, this charming city developed into one of the most beautiful Medieval towns in the Adriatic, with some excellent examples of Venetian architecture.
On your way, you’ll also visit the Island of Brač, known as Bretia in Ancient Roman times, and Narona (modern-day town of Vid), boasting a remarkable Archaeological Museum.
If you don’t fancy driving, we can organise for a driver/tour guide to escort you on your way though Croatia’s Roman past.
Zadar and Split
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Upon your arrival in Zadar, you’ll meet your tour guide and start your journey through Croatia’s Roman past.
Iader, a modern-day Zadar, was a historical centre of the Roman province of Dalmatia as well as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Iader.
The city got its urban structure in Roman times; during the time of Julius Caesar and Emperor Augustus, the town was fortified and the city walls were built.
The Roman Forum in the centre of the city was founded by the first Roman Emperor Augustus.
Most Roman remains were used during construction of the fortifications, but two squares are embellished with lofty marble columns.
A Roman tower stands on the eastern side of the town and some parts of a Roman aqueduct can be seen outside the ramparts.
After the tour, our guide will take you to the 4* hotel in Zadar city centre.
Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll head to the Ancient city of Spalatum, which is a modern-day city of Split.
You’ll check in into a 4* hotel in Split city centre.
Your guide will meet you here and take you on a guided tour of Split once you’ve dropped your bags off and are ready to go.
Spalatum/Split is considered to be over 1700 years old
The Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to retire here and built the magnificent Palace in the beginning of the 4th century in Spalatum.
This palace is one of the best preserved examples of late-antique architecture.
After the tour, enjoy your free time in the centre of Split.
Accompanied by your travel guide, drive to Salona/modern-day Solin, a town very close to Split.
Salona is well known to historians and archaeologists as the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia – as such, Salona made a quite important centre.
In the old part of town, you’ll see many monuments from the Roman period and after the visit, including the remains of Roman forum and amphitheatre.
After the visit, you’ll head back to your hotel in Spalatum/Split.
Overnight at a 4* hotel in Split city centre. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today you’ll visit the Ancient town of Tragurium, the modern-day city of Trogir.
This picturesque town was a Greek colony at first. During the Roman period, it was called Varvaria.
Because of its unique position on a small island, it was called a “Croatian Venice”.
In Ancient Roman times Trogir was known as “Tragurium marmore notum”, for its masterpieces in marble.
After the tour, enjoy your free time in charming Tragurium/Trogir.
Return to your hotel in Split. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Your Roman destination today is the modern-day Island of Brač, which was inhabited in the Roman period.
Some remains from the Roman period are in the town of Supetar: Villa rusticae, from the 6th century, near the cemetery, remains of the early Christian sarcophagi by the church.
Other towns were also inhabited in the Roman period and you’ll head on a tour to see most of them and walk the Roman roads.
Return to the hotel in Split.
Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel.
You’ll head for an excursion to the Roman town of Narona – modern-day Vid.
The Narona Archeological Museum is the first museum in Croatia which is built at the place where its artifacts were actually found.
Here the lovers of Roman history can see many Roman statues, mosaics and glass exhibits.
After the guided tour, return to the hotel in Spalatum/Split.
Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast. Check out of your hotel and transfer to Split airport.
Have a safe journey home!
Breakfast varies, although it mostly includes fried or scrambled eggs, a selection of salami, sausages and cheese with bread, rolls or toast and different types of cereal.
Lunch is the main meal in Croatia – it usually starts with soup, which is followed by a cooked meal.
Croatian food is heavily influenced by Austrian and Italian cuisines.
In Dalmatia, seafood, risottos, and pasta are very popular.
In continental parts, you should try schnitzel, roast meat dishes, roast potatoes, different types of pies etc.
If you prefer a lighter lunch, many restaurants offer different salads, soups, sandwiches etc.
Beaches in Croatia are mostly pebbly, some are rocky and there are several sandy beaches, although rare.
If you’re traveling with small children, it might be a good idea to get the beach shoes for them.
These can be purchased at shops and stands situated by or at beaches in Croatia.
Since January 2023, the Euro has been adopted as the official currency in Croatia. As of July 2023, 1 Croatian Euro is valued at approximately 0.86 Pound sterling.
Yes, Croatia entered the European Union in 2013.
Yes. Your travel agent will provide his/her mobile phone number, so you can reach them quickly.
Should you need any assistance before or during the holiday, let them know and they will help as soon as possible.
Give your agent a day’s notice and he/she will book a table at a requested restaurant for you or suggest best restaurants in the area.
Yes. Any additional cost will be added to your remaining balance invoice, which is due 60 days prior to your departure.
Your agent will share their personal mobile phone number with you; you’re welcome to contact them anytime (we recommend Whatsapp to save money!) should you have any questions or need assistance.
All our agents are native Croatians with rich knowledge of their country and the region.
A minimum deposit of 20% is due at the time of booking and the remaining balance is due 60 days before your departure date.
Please note that the deposit and balance due date may vary depending on the nature of the booking.
We accept payment from all major credit/debit cards.
You can pay via an online payment link which will be sent to you upon request or via bank transfer.
Yes, just let your agent know that you’d like to pay in instalments. The full amount needs to be paid 60 days prior to your departure.
We’ll email the confirmation pack to you.
Three weeks before departure, we’ll send you a pack containing all your travel documents (service vouchers).
The pack will normally be sent to your home address.
Alternatively, we can arrange the delivery to another address or to your hotel in Europe (applicable for clients travelling from other continents).
Please see our Terms & Conditions for our cancellation policy.
Since 2007 the Croatian government has levied a tourist tax or otherwise known as a Sojourn tax.
This is a tax imposed on all visitors and is common amongst virtually all the European countries.
The tax is paid to the various tourist boards and used to maintain their tourist facilities.
The amount levied ranges from 10kn to 20kn per person, per day depending on which town/city you are staying in and the season you arrive in.
The tourist tax is calculated by the hotel and added to your final hotel bill when you check out.
Please note it is your responsibility to make sure your travel documents are valid.
If you require a Visa to visit Croatia, please make sure to obtain it on time.
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We also suggest that you purchase travel health insurance before your trip to Croatia.