Sibenik Cruises, Croatia
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The Kornati National Park is made up of a group of islands scattered off the coast of Croatia. There are more than 140 uninhabited islets and islands in total, some of which are stark and rocky, others of which are cloaked in vast olive groves and sweeping vineyards. On this tour, you’ll enjoy a scenic boat ride through the region, stopping at a sleepy cove for a swim along the way. As you sail around the islands, your guide will recount the tales that hail from these parts – stories of pirates and treasure-seekers that have put the park on the map. Lunch will be served by waiters on the boat, with the likes of grilled fish and salad made up of fresh local produce on the menu. Wine and water is included, too.
You’ll be introduced to the beautiful Krka National Park on this trip. This huge expanse of land runs parallel to the Krka River, and is padded with thick forests and glassy lakes. It’s home to more than 800 species of flora and a huge range of birds. You’ll trek through the vegetation to the Skradinski Buk, a colossal waterfall which crashes down over a natural rocky staircase. There’s a lovely blue pool at the bottom that’s perfect for cooling off in. You’ll stop by a traditional watermill next, before moving on to an ethnographic museum that charts the history of the area’s plants and wildlife. Then, it’s back on the coach and on to Sibenik, where you’ll have a chance to explore the terracotta-topped old town on foot. Your guide will steer you towards the imposing Cathedral of St Jacob. Here, you can admire the mish-mash of Gothic and Renaissance architecture the 15th-century structure is known for.
You’ll get to explore the ancient site of Solin on this tour. Known as ‘Salona’ back in the 3rd and 4th centuries, it was once a thriving Roman city housing around 40,000 residents. Today, it’s brimming with ruins – archaeologists have uncovered remains of religious temples, early Christian churches, burial grounds and Roman baths. You can also see the remnants of an amphitheatre, which was once used for bloody gladiatorial contests. You’ll have plenty of time to wander around the ruins, before visiting Split’s old town. Underneath the sea of terracotta rooftops is a maze of stone buildings, built around a 4th-century Roman palace. You’ll enjoy a walking tour of the cobbled streets, delving into the palace’s well-preserved cellars, and checking out the Cathedral of St Duje along the way. Other camera-worthy sights include the Temple of Jupiter, the Golden and Silver Gates, and busy Peristyle Square.