Accompanying persons programme
on Thursday 17th March and Friday 18th March 2016
During the congress there will be a rich accompanying persons program in one of the most beautiful jewel of Croatia’s cultural heritage. It will be organized on Thursday and Friday. There are plenty of things to do in this masterpiece of medieval architecture, choosing from: old town sightseeing, cultural historical monuments such as charming palaces, churches, museums and for the ones that enjoy art- galleries with amazing artworks, followed by tour guides and other experts. Enjoying the rich wellness program is always an option as well as shopping in the town center and visiting the most popular souvenir and jewelry shops.
1) Beautiful Salona and Trogir; UNESCO protected treasure – sightseeing / March 17th, 2016
of a wonderful archaeological site of ancient city of Salona, the
metropolis of the Roman province of Dalmatia – 6 km from Split.
Originally the coastal stronghold and the port of the Iliryan Delmata
close to Tragurion (Trogir today) and Epetion, colony of Greeks.
After visiting the beautiful Salona we continue our journey through Kastela Riviera to the old Roman stone town of Trogir – 30km from Split. What makes it special and one of the most interesting historic oasis on the Adriatic Sea is the fact that it is connected with the bridge with the island of Čiovo. Organized lunch at the restaurant.
Walk throughout the history of this UNESCO protected treasure. Walk along the Trogir`s beautiful narrow street and the guide will take you into the past time by retelling the stories and legends of Trogir. On the entrance in to the St. Lawrence Cathedral you will see its majestic portal of Radovan, the most significant medieval portal on this part of Europe. We continue our tour with visit of the Palace of Cipico with its unique and noteworthy features, which was home from one of the Trogir`s most prominent families. Afterwords we will come to Tower of Kamerlengo, which was the Venetian governor`s palace. We will see the masterpieces of local sculptors and many of them who came here to participate in creating the history of this town. While strolling through this interesting city which is on UNESCO World Heritage List, this tour will give you the best introduction of its importance and impressive sights.
Departure from hotel at 09:00h (by minivan or bus with English speaking guide)
Drive along Split Riviera to Salona (tickets included)
Sightseeing of Salona; the metropolis of the Roman province
Drive along Kastela Riviera to Trogir
Walking tour of Trogir (tickets included to the cathedral of St. Lawrence)
Return to hotel at 17:00h
2) Split Old City walking tour / March, 18th 2016
The story of Split is already 17 centuries old, dating to the time the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his Palace right on the peninsula near the great Roman city Salona, where he wanted to spend the last years of his life. During these 1700 years the Palace slowly turned into a city, which to this day lures with its rich tradition, glorious history and beauty of its natural and cultural heritage.
Diocletian Palace and the entire historical core of Split have been
on the World Heritage UNESCO list ever since 1979, and not only for the
extraordinary preservation of the Palace, but also because the Palace
and its city (or the city and its Palace, if you like) continue to live a
full life. All historical layers from the old Rome, middle ages till
today are still visible and alive in this structure. A walk through the
ancient city takes you through time, along the great examples of ancient
architecture like Peristyle, the middle aged Romanesque Church and
Gothic Palace, Renaissance portals of the noblemen’s houses, Baroque
facades and modern architecture superbly merged in the rich heritage.
- Departure from hotel (with English speaking guide)
- Walking tour of the Old City (tickets included)
- Your expert guide will lead you through the narrow streets of the Old City introducing you to the history and culture of this magnificent city
Return to the hotel at 15:00h
Diocletian Palace is one of the best preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world. The Emperor`s Palace was built as a combination of a luxury villa - summer house and a Roman military camp (castrum), divided into four parts with two main streets. Southern part of the Palace was, in this scheme, intended for the Emperor`s apartment and appropriate governmental and religious ceremonies, while the north part was for the Imperial guard - the military, servants, storage etc. The Palace is a rectangular building (approximately 215 x 180 meters) with four large towers at the corners, doors on each of the four sides and four small towers on the walls. The lower part of the walls has no openings, while the upper floor is open with a monumental porch on the south and halls with grand arch windows on the other three sides.
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Among the European cathedrals the one in Split finds its seat in the oldest building - the Mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Inside the cathedral, at the end of the second millennium, the history reconciles ancient pagan, Christian Medieval and modern heritage. Mausoleum of the Emperor - persecutor of Christians becomes a cathedral in the 7th century where altars with relics of St Domnius and St Anastasius, martyrs executed in the nearby Solin, take an honorary place.
The Golden Gate
Porta septemtrionalis is their Roman name. Emperor Diocletian walked through them as he entered the Palace on the 1st of June 305. They were built in the shape of a rectangle, with double doors, as part of the defensive military tactics (propugnaculum). The facade was decorated with niches containing figure sculptures of the four tetrarchs (Diocletian, Maximian, Galerius and Constantius Chlorus). These doors, starting from Peristyle, and then through Cardo street, led directly towards Salona as the capital city of the Roman Province Dalmatia, and could only be used by the emperor and the members of his family.
Shopping and souvenirs
Discover Split in its typical souvenirs, brandies with stories, top quality red and white wines, valuable stone-masons handicrafts, golden olive oil, cold-pressed soaps with laurel and rosemary fragrance.
3) Wellness & SPA delight
Renew and revitalize at the largest spa in Split. Guests will enjoy unique facilities like a sun studio, a thermal area with 2 traditional Finnish saunas, a hydrotherapy pool, and a Japanese Onsen pool. The spa area also holds the fitness centre and changing rooms.