A Short Break in Rijeka: European Capital of Culture 202025 - 28 September, 2020

Trip Dates:
25 - 28 September, 2020
Trip Price: £760
Single Room Supplement: £90
Trip Length: 4 days

Rijeka is Croatia’s third largest city, enjoying a spectacularly beautiful location at the bottom of the Bay of Kvarner, framed by the magnificent Dinaric Alps and the islands of Krk and Cres. It is a working port and a beacon of multiculturalism, a true melting pot where Balkan and central-European cultures peacefully collide.

Following the city’s successful bid to become the European Capital of Culture 2020, there is a buzz of activity as former industrial complexes are being transformed into art spaces and new cafes and restaurants spring up alongside the city’s Austro-Hungarian seafront, baroque cathedral, Roman fortress and Tito’s concrete curios. Korzo, the city’s vibrant promenade once populated exclusively by the locals, is welcoming more and more tourists as they discover the subtle charms of Rijeka. Over 1000 cultural events are planned for Rijeka’s ‘cultural reign’. Under the title ‘Port of Diversity’, they will channel the themes of historical divides, post-industrial life, urban rejuvenation, ports as symbols of cultural mixtures...

In 2020 the city will be one of Europe’s most fascinating and ‘original’ cities to visit. Visit historic neighbourhood of Trsat, with its fortress and the oldest Marian shrine in Croatia; Opatija, ‘the Pearl of Kvarner’, once favoured by the Habsburg court for its winter holidays; and the ancient town of Kastav, situated on top of the hill above Rijeka, with magnificent views over the entire bay of Kvarner, Illyrian necropolis, medieval walls and town loggia and many remnants of the town’s rich history. Sample the city’s cuisine, which is bursting with flavours form all over the Balkans and neighbouring countries, perfectly illustrates Rijeka’s multiculturalism – Italy-inspired sea food, dry-cured ham, truffles, lamb fed on salty herbs from the islands and Istria; and Austrian-inspired meat, wild game and mushrooms and berries from Likaand Gorski Kotar.


Maximum Party Size: 20

Trip Leader: NIrvana Romell

Nirvana Romell is an International lecturer in West European Art and Culture, she is a born and bred Dalmatian, coming from Dalmatia- the central coastal province of Croatia.With postgraduate degrees from the University of Zagreb (English Language and Literature / History of Art -Western Europe and the western Balkans). Her main areas of interest are the history of Western art, including Balkan art and culture. She also regularly researches, arranges and accompanies journeys  to the western Balkans and related countries and she has just accompanied a very successful journey to Kosovo, Montenegro and Albania for the Alumni of Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

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A Short Break in Rijeka: European Capital of Culture 2020 Trip Comments:

‘Nirvana’s knowledge and expertise enabled us to visit a huge variety of locations in such a short space of time, many of which a non-Croat would never have known about . She seemed totally unfazed by non-cooperative bureaucracy, surmounted all problems with incomparable humour. We cannot speak too highly of her’
‘Many of the meals had been selected by Nirvana – we could never have sampled such a variation of local specialities and of such high standard if left to our own devices.’
‘The tour was fabulous – almost too much to take in for 6 days but thanks to Nirvana, we had moments to draw breath and think – most leaders forget this is necessary. Her notes are a great aide-memoire.’
‘It was a highly informative and enjoyable trip. Nirvana excelled in the artistic and cultural content but also gave us a comprehensive explanation into the complex history of the region.’