HERZEGOVINA & CROATIAN ISLANDS - 12 DAY GUIDED TOUR ITINERARY
DAY 1 - Arrival to Cavtat
Arrival to Dubrovnik Airport. Once you arrive, taxi will take you to your hotel in Cavtat. You will spend the day at your leisure in picturesque charming town of Cavtat and depending on your arrival time should have time to do some self-guided sightseeing before we start guided tour the next day.
Gorgeous Cavtat peninsula.
The mausoleum of the well-known ship-owners family Račić from Cavtat was built on St. Rock's cemetery. Mausoleum of Račić Family is a unique beauty that seams to sail above the sunny sea and pine, cypress and palm lines, like a white swan of eternity.
Its construction took place in 1921, on the place of St. Rock's church from 15th century, following the will of the testatrix Marija Račić. It was built from the white stone from thye island of Brač in the form of cupola. In the whole building no other material but stone was used, except bronze for the door, bell and angel.
The whole mausoleum is full of symbolic representing three basic stages of human fate: birth, life and death.
This is contained in the ornaments like the heads of angels on the vault; the symbols of four evangelists on the floor, the main alter and the lateral naves. On the bell founded by Meštrović's design we find his beautiful reflection: "Comprehend the secret of love, you will solve the secret of death and believe that the life is eternal".
The birth house of Vlaho Bukovac, one of the most famous Croatian painters and the forefather of the Croatian modern painting, has been made available for public since May 2004, after a ten-year break and a thorough three-year reconstruction.
The monumental features of the Bukovac House are not only its architecture, garden space and the location in the very heart of the town, but above all, it is the legacy of the name of the great artist, his artistic heritage and the heritage of his family's history.
The arrangement of space shows it to be a typical Dalmatian 19th century bourgeois house: stone-built, two-storey building with a central court-yard (korto) and a spacious back garden. Particularly interesting are the newly discovered wall paintings which cover the old walls in the eastern part of the house, made by the young Bukovac before leaving to Paris.
In what used to be the living room (tinel) and the painter's studio, there are about thirty paintings displayed, along with a part of the furniture collection, everyday and personal items from the time of Vlaho Bukovac.
The ground floor constitutes a separate exhibition space where modern art exhibitions are regularly organized.
Narrow streets of Cavtat Old Town.
The beautiful arches around Cavtat old town with a backdrop of boats in the bay.
Walk through the pine forest on Cavtat peninsula.
Overnight in Hotel Cavtat.