Ports of call:

September 1-3: Split (Dalmatian Capital since Roman Times)

When Emperor Diocletian was considering retirement from governing the Roman Empire, he shopped around, found no decent accommodations and decided to build his own. Thus, Split was born. This magnificent walled city palace, built to Diocletian’s exacting standards, today retains enough of its original charms to attract visitors by the thousands.

 Amid the remnants of Diocletian’s grand residences, pre-Christian sphinxes and the best marble that the neighboring island of Brač could provide, there is a pleasingly workaday town. Pavement cafés, cozy bars and plenty of shops mix with two lively markets and chic apartments built from the very barracks where Diocletian’s soldiers once lived.

Split is the economic and administrative center of Central Dalmatia, with about 200,000 inhabitants. It is a busy port.  An international airport and regular ferry services connect Split to the nearby islands, the Northern and Southern Adriatic, Italy and Greece.

The new campus of University of Split will accommodate and host the School, our lectures and hands-on training activities will be held at the Faculty of Science.

September 3-4: Šibenik  (one of the first Croatian cities on the Adriatic)

Our cruise will start on Sept.3rd from Split. We sail towards Šibenik, the third largest city in Dalmatia and the most important one founded by Croatians in the middle ages (not Greeks or Romans). The evening poster session is to be held in the port, in the heart of the city, nearby it’s world famous Cathedral of St. James (UNESCO Heritage site).

September 4: Kornati  (Croatia’s most beautiful National Park)

According to a legend, the Kornati, a labyrinth of straits and islands, was created from a fistful of rocks that were left over when God created the world. He threw them into the sea, looked down and decided that they were perfect as they were. “The gods wanted to crown their work and on the last day they created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath,” wrote George Bernard Shaw about the most labyrinthine island group in the whole Mediterranean. We will sail through Kornati  in the morning of Sept. 4.  Be awake early!

September 4-6: Sali, Dugi Otok  (The Capital)

The vicinity of the Nature Park Telašćica and the National Park Kornati, seal the position of Sali as a tourist hot-spot. However, Sali is a place of a thousand-years-old fishing tradition, present in written documents from the 10th century. The ancient olive groves surrounding the village witness the intensive agricultural activities throughout the centuries. The cultural heritage of Sali is represented by sacred buildings such as the parish church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a gorgeous wooden altar from the 17th century and inscriptions written in Glagolitic, as well as the churches of St. Roch and St. Nicholas. There are also remains of layouts of other Christian churches in the fields of Sali. The cultural heritage and cultured spirit remains visible in the public library and reading room that is the focal point of public life of the village. To honor this the School will stay the longest in Sali. The community of Sali will borrow us their new lecture room.

September 7: Zadar  (heritage and modernity)

The particularity of the city is irresistible for those who respect and admire historical monuments and cultural heritage, artists, tourists and its citizens. Zadar is a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times, Renaissance and many contemporary architectural achievements such as the Sea organ. The University of Zadar is situated in the old town, a short distance form the Sea organ. The evening stroll between these two points on the Riva will reward you with a magnificent sunset. Our Closing lectures and the Farewell party will be held at the University in these beautiful surroundings. Try not to stare through the windows during the lectures…


September 8-10: Stari Grad  (Island of Hvar)

The oldest town of the eastern Adriatic, its position at the end of a long, protected bay and next to prime agricultural land has long made it attractive for human settlement. It was originally named Faros (Greek: ΦAPOΣ) by the Greek settlers from the island of Paros, who arrived in 384 BC. In Roman times, the town became known as Faria, which was turned into Hvar by the incoming Slav population. When the administrative capital of the island was moved to today’s Hvar town on the south coast, the old town became simply known as Stari Grad. (“Stari” translates as “old” and “grad” as “city” in Croatian.). The most ancient part of Stari Grad falls within the UNESCO Protected World Heritage Site of the Stari Grad Plain, while the entire municipality lies within the surrounding buffer zone.

This year Stari Grad celebrates 2400 years anniversary by organizing an International Maritime Festival >>>. The School will participate in the festivities with our ships.

How to Get to Split

By Plane:

Split Airport (15 km from the city) – Regular and low-cost airlines, direct connections available from major European centers throughout the season.

Zadar Airport (150 km from Split) – If you are arriving to Zadar (presumably by EasyJet), you will need to take a bus to Split from Zadar bus station.

Zagreb Airport (400 km from Split) – You should try to avoid this solution. Try to find a connecting flight to Split. Otherwise, you can take a bus to Split from Zagreb bus station.

By car:

  • From Zagreb (350 km) – Take the A1 Motorway and exit at Dugopolje for Split.
  • From Rijeka (310 km) – Take the D8 State Road via Senj. Continue on the A1 Motorway and exit at Dugopolje for Split.
  • From Zadar (150 km) – Take the A1 Motorway and exit at Dugopolje for Split.

By Bus:

You will need a bus connection from Zadar bus station to Split if you found an airline ticket that only takes you to Zagreb or Zadar or if you are coming by ferry from Italy to Zadar.

Regular bus lines (€50 round trip) connect Zagreb and Split almost every hour.

If you arrive to Zadar Airport, first go to Zadar bus station (by taxi or bus). From there, take a bus to city of Split. A dozen connections per day, ~20€ ticket. On departure from Zadar, try to buy the ticket on Sept 9th for the next day bus to Split.

By Rail:

From Zagreb, take a train to the railway station in Split.

Departures & Presidential Visit (10/9/2016)

On 10/09/2016 there are no lectures. However, participants are invited (not obliged) to welcome and meet President of Croatia, Ms. Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, who will visit our training ship, Queen of the Sea, around 11:00-12:00. A cocktail will be held in her honour.

Participants accommodated on A+ and A ships may depart for Split with their ships (around 07:00-08:00). Participants from the Queen of the Sea may take a ferry, as well as the sailboat crews (sailboats have to be returned to their base – which is not Split).

Ferries from Stari Grad to Split leave at 5:30, 7:45, 11:30, 14:00, 17:30, 20:00

Participants do not have to purchase ferry tickets as they will be provided by the organizers.

Detailed departure lists will be prepared during the cruise.