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Croatia: Where Culture Runs Deep and Coastal Beauty Reigns
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Red-roofed medieval cities huddle on Adriatic shores. A thousand emerald islands unfurl along a sparkling coast like a shining necklace. A forested mountainside is awash in a mesmerizing network of lakes and waterfalls. Croatia is overlooked by many travelers to Europe, and that's a shame, because we think it's one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It's also a gateway to even more Adriatic splendor that, when combined into one sweeping trip, introduce you to a vastly diverse range of culture and beauty.
Historic Cultural Capitals Glitter on a Magical Coast
Long the capital of the Ragusa Republic, which rivaled the Venetian Empire in power and influence, the glittering city of Dubrovnik (above) has been called the "Pearl of the Adriatic." It's easy to see how this historic city gained the nickname. Jutting into the Adriatic on a limestone promontory and protected by a fully intact medieval wall, it is a city like no other. Brimming with Gothic and Renaissance treasures – including the splendid Rector's Palace, Sponza Palace and Franciscan Monastery – this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a delight to explore. One sure way to get a sense of its breadth is to climb the stairs to the ramparts that surround it; Dubrovnik's 800-year old wall completely encircles the city and affords magnificent views over medieval rooftops and the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea.
Once you witness this magnificent setting, you'll come to understand why one of the Roman Empire's most powerful leaders wanted to live out his days here. Emperor Diocletian chose Split as his retirement destination in 305 AD, and had a grand palace built here to accommodate his post-imperial court. Today, the ancient Roman palace – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – serves as Split's marketplace and its city center. To be sure, the passing of the ages has taken its toll on some of its structures, but many residents of Split make their homes and run their businesses within its walls. It's remarkable to think that 2,000 people still call the palace grounds home.
Croatia's capital of Zagreb has long been a crossroads of culture and commerce, and remains so today. It is the nation's most important hub, the point where Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean are linked to Western and Northern Europe. Amidst its modern-day bustle, however, the past reigns supreme. The city's historic Upper Town is dominated by the twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral on Kaptol Square, the most monumental ecclesiastic building southeast of the Alps. On Krvavi Most, St. Mark's Church, with two coats of arms emblazoned on its roof, and the Jesuit St. Catherine's Church, built when followers of that religion were invited here by the Croatian Parliament in the 17th century, are also impressive.
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11 Day Affordable Croatia & Slovenia
I had a WONDERFUL experience traveling with Gate 1. All the arrangements with accommodations, food, transports, sightseeing, etc, were fantastic. The guides were phenomenal. They were very thorough, took their jobs very seriously, made sure that nothing was missed, insured our luggage was handled correctly, had all prepared for our arrivals at the hotels, made sure no one was missing, made it easy for our personal interests to be met, like when I went on my own day excursion to Medjugorje, and were pleasant with all of us. They shared of their own heritage and were very proud from where they came from.
In all, being that this was my first "guided" vacation tour, I was totally impressed. Also, I loved the fact that the group of travelers were very diverse from different age groups, married and singles, gender, geographic and cultural backgrounds, and nice people to get to know. We all bonded well and helped each other.
-- Bienvenida F. Newport Beach, CA
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