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Approximately 3½ Hours
Meals not included
The port city of Rijeka has been an important transit hub for centuries. Its many old streets and avenues, lined with 18th-century homes and buildings, including several beautiful churches. This tour will introduce you to the heart of Old Rijeka.
A 30-minute motorcoach ride brings you to the hilltop village of 13th-century Trsat Castle, affording stunning views of Rijeka and Kvarner Bay. Built by the Frankopan dukes of Krk and originally used as a watchtower, it was renovated in 1824 by an Irish count in a neo-Classical, Biedermeier design. Discover this magnificent landmark's historic remains as well as its modern art gallery and permanent museum exhibition.
A guided stroll through the Old Town of Rijeka is your chance to admire its 18th-century buildings and opulent churches. Stroll the Korso -- Rijeka's main pedestrian street -- lined with period buildings and sparkling fountains. Its highlights include the Baroque Rijeka Cathedral, constructed on a round floor plan, and the neo-Gothic Capuchin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, once noted for its ornate façade. See the 538-step stone stairway, a pilgrimage path that leads to the Church of Our Lady of Trsat, containing a painted icon of Mary. Your guide will point out the graceful 19th-century City Hall and the City Tower -- part of the city's original gates, adorned with a clock and a decorative dome.
Enjoy 45 minutes of free time to explore the eclectic mix of shops and galleries showcasing locally-produced paintings and ceramics. Around the Korso, you'll find shopping malls and trendy boutiques where you can browse on your own before walking back to port.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.