Jewish Heritage Tour
13 Day Jewish Heritage in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro
ZAGREB – BLED – LJUBLJANA – CROATIAN ZAGORJE – PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK – SPLIT – MOSTAR – SARAJEVO – DUBROVNIK – MONTENEGRO
The Jewish community in Croatia dates back to the 3rd century AD, although little is known of the community until the 10th and 15th centuries. The community, over 20,000 strong on the eve of World War II, was almost entirely destroyed in The Holocaust. After World War II half of the survivors choose to settle in Israel while some 2,500 live today in Croatia. That number is an estimate and it is believed that the number of Croatian Jews is larger because more than 80 percent of the 1,500 members of Zagreb’s Jewish community were either born in mixed marriages or are married to a non-Jew.
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Day 1 – ZAGREB
Day 2 – ZAGREB
Day 3 – ZAGREB
Day 4 – ZAGREB – BLED – LJUBLJANA
Day 5 – ZAGREB – CROATIAN ZAGORJE
Day 6 – ZAGREB – PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK – SPLIT
Day 7 – SPLIT
Day 8 - SPLIT – MOSTAR – SARAJEVO
Day 9 – SARAJEVO
Day 10 – DUBROVNIK
Day 11 – DUBROVNIK
Day 12 – DUBROVNIK – MONTENEGRO
Day 13 – DUBROVNIK
- Morning visit to Hlebine. A visit to the Gallery of Naive Art (Galerija naivne umjetnosti) and Ivan Generalić’s old house and the Josip Generalić Gallery (Galerija Josipa Generalića). Apart from the work of art of this great figure of naive art, you can see Ivan Generalić’s family photos and possessions, and a folk collection in the old house. Return to Zagreb. Sightseeing tour of Podravina, the region bounded by the River Drava, and the slopes of Bilogora; exploring the rich cultural heritage and tradition; visiting rural homesteads and tasting eco-products and local delicacies; visiting the wine roads. 39 years ago "Fiddler on the Roof" won 3 Academy Awards. Most of the exteriors in the movie were filmed in two villages in the vicinity of Croatia's capital, Zagreb.
- Morning departure for Jasenovac(with a short stop in Lekenik), the largest concentration and extermination camp in Croatia during World War II. At the outbreak of World War II, 23,000 Jews lived in Croatia. Jasenovac was established in August 1941, and was dismantled only in April 1945. According to incomplete lists, some 60,000 names were identified in Jasenovac and Stara Gradiška camps, mostly Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies. According to some estimations, the total number of victims varies and goes far over this number. Visit to Jasenovac Memorial Center. Continuation to Rastoke, followed by accommodation at National Park Plitvice. Dinner and an overnight at the National Park.
- A drive to Šibenik, a city situated along the mouth of Krka and as the oldest Croatian autochtonous town first mentioned in 1066. The rich cultural and historical heritage of the city is visible in the impressive Cathedral of sv. Jakov [St. Jacob], built by the famous architect Juraj Dalmatinac and is under UNESCO protection. Numerous churches, monasteries, palaces and four fortresses 'frame' the city. Extension to Trogir- a harmonious stone town on a small island that is connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges. The old town, under UNESCO protection, is a treasure trove for lovers of art, Renaissance and Baroque buildings, Romanesque churches. The famous portal of Trogir cathedral by the craftsman Radovan in 1240, a Renaissance city lodge, the thousand-year-old Monastery of sv. Nikola [St. Nicholas] which has the ancient famous relief of Kairos preserved in it from the 4th century BC, the small, narrow streets and small village squares, numerous restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, and galleries give this town a special atmosphere of the Mediterranean.
- A morning ferry will take you from Split to town of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. Upon arrival, a short transfer to the town of Hvar is organized. Hvar has an outstanding historical heritage – the Cathedral, the Franciscan and Benedictine monastery, Hvar theatre and the fortresses serving for an amazing view over to the Pakleni Islands and the island of Vis. During the visit to the Benedictine nuns, you can buy and see the production of unique kind of a lace made of agave fibers. Hvar lavender is also exceptional and can be bought in the monastery. A visit will include the town loggia and a clock tower, the town’s main square, arsenal – warehouse for the communal war galley, and Hvar’s theatre – one of the oldest in Europe and the first municipal one. During the lunch, you can learn about the aromatic herbs and plants growing on the island (lavender, rosemary etc.) and the products made out of them, such as oils and bath salts. A return to Split in the late afternoon.
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- Tips and porterage services