Meet your guide and driver at the hotel for private sightseeing tours of Split and Trogir, historic towns included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
Set on a small island just off the mainland, Trogir is a tiny charming town surrounded by impressive fortress walls. As you enter the fortified town through the Land Gate, you will stroll along its narrow streets, flanked by ancient stone houses. In the walk through this picturesque town you will come across numerous valuable edifices, such as the St. Lawrence Cathedral with a magnificent 13th century Romanesque portal; the Old City Hall from the 15th Century, the Kamerlengo tower on the relaxing waterfront promenade and many others.
After some time at your leisure, your driver and guide take you back to Split. You will visit the Mestrovic Gallery, an institution that celebrates one of the most famous Croatian artists of the 20th century – sculptor Ivan Mestrovic. Situated in the elite part of the town, the Gallery was the original residence of the artist. You will be treated with CALVADOS CLUB Extraordinary Experience: VIP tour with the curator. You will listen to the curator’s story about this exquisite artist whose brilliant creativity was translated into sculpture. Mestrovic spent his childhood in a poor village of Dalmatian countryside, where he already showed a unique talent for moulding clay. This talent was later honed in Zagreb and Vienna, just as the secession movement was reaching its peak. In 1904 Mestrovic married Ruza Klein, one of fourteen children of a poor Jewish merchant. Most of his early works were highly symbolic (The Fountain of Life, 1905) and some of them were built outside Croatia, like the monument to Indians, erected in the Central Grant Park in Chicago in 1928.
You will finish your day with a guided tour of the 1700 years of the living monument. The first inhabitant of Split was the Roman emperor Diocletian who started to build his palace in this friendly bay around 293 AD. After his abdication he withdrew to this luxurious palace to enjoy the rest of his days. The following turbulent centuries made the palace into a town first populated by the citizens of the nearby Salona, fleeing before Avars and Slavs. The town overgrew the walls of the palace and its authorities kept changing - from Croatian kings, Hungarian and Venetian administration, to French rulers and Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Your guide will take you for a walk through this living monument and all its magnificent sights. You will discover the basement halls of the Palace and their unique role in the history of Split. In Peristyle, the main square of the Palace, you will visit the Cathedral of St. Domnius, the patron-saint of Split. The rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the town’s famous Mediterranean charm and vibrant atmosphere.