Porec, a Touch of History, Culture & The Family Tradition of Wine Making
Don't miss this delightful half-day excursion for a more personal and extensive look into the Istria Peninsula. Find out why the Roman's, among other invaders, came, saw and conquered. Aren't you curious? We promise you a bit of history, culture, exercise in the form of exploring the streets of beautiful Porec and the opportunity to meet members of a local family, that just happens to know how to make some excellent wines. Of course you can taste the wines as well as a sampling of local foods. First we'll head for Porec, a peaceful cultural and historical jewel. The towns plan dates from the Roman times of about 50 BC. The main attraction is the Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO world heritage site, built in the 6th Century, which features beautifully preserved Byzantine gold mosaics. The sculpture, capitals and architecture are wonderful survivors from that period of time. This stunning masterpiece is not to be missed. Marafor, the oldest part of the town has the remains of two Roman temples, The House of Two Saints, the Istrian Parliament Building and the Leoni and Zuccato Palaces. You will have some free time to explore this charming little town on your own prior to a scenic drive in Istrian Hinterland to visit the wine cellar of the Gvido Bernobi Family. You will be invited to sample their wines, white, red and sweet accompanied by a light snack; and we also suggest you sample their Grappa, and leave the driving to us. Have we convinced you yet to join up with your friends and fellow SeaDreamers? Looking for more history? Croatia is a unique and interesting country situated on the Adriatic Sea, which has been described as "a deep gulf in the Mediterranean cut into the Continent of Europe". Because of its prime location, it was the cradle of ancient civilizations and the most economical trade route between Europe and the East. The east coast of the Adriatic was inhabited as early as the beginning of the early Stone Age. The ancient Greeks from the 6th Century B.C. left their mark to be followed by the Romans, followed by the Slavs in a time marked by constant struggles for supremacy as well as defense against diverse enemies. Napoleon ruled for a short time in the 18th century followed by the Austrian Monarchy. During the next hundred years Italy and Austria fought each other for control when finally at the Battle of Vis in 1860, Austria won. This commenced the Austro-Hungarian reign during which time ports were built and trade and shipbuilding flourished. This area also played an important part during both World Wars. Let us know what your guide tells you!
Notes: This land adventure includes a moderate amount of walking so comfortable walking shoes are recommended. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. If you have not pre-booked please make your reservations as soon as possible after boarding to avoid disappointment. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.
Duration: 4 hours
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