Makarska Riviera: Omiš and Cetina Tour

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Get ready for an unforgettable tour to Omis, a remarkably gorgeous place, which is also a tourist centre, and the miraculous Cetina canyon.

Choose this full day tour from Makarska Riviera to the stunning Cetina Canyon and the ancient city of Omis and enjoy the breathtaking views of river valleys and coast mountains. This trip combines a guided tour with time for some sightseeing on your own, a meal, transport by coach and boat and a trip both ways at the Makarska hotel.

Cetina is a river situated in southern Croatia. It is 101 kilometers long and has 1463 square kilometers of drainage area. From its source, Cetina falls from an elevation of 385 meters above the sea level to the Adriatic Sea. What’s more, Cetina has more water than any other river in Dalmatia.

At the estuary of the Cetina river, in the coastal of Poljica, 26 kilometers to the south-east from Split, there is a small town of Omis. This town was the home of pirates in the 13th and 14 centuries. In this area, pirates could use fast boats known as Sagittae (the Arrow) to attack trade ships in the mouth of the river. After a successfull attack they could quickly return up the Cetina river, and the trade ships or their guards were unable to find them.

At that time, the Omis pirates were the most frightful at the Adriatic coast. Some of the trading republics, including Venice and Dubrovnik, made conflict-free agreements with the pirates in exchange for paying high taxes. Because of that, the pope and the Republic of Venice wanted to send crusaders to defeat the pirates. Despite the failure of their first attempt, they managed to defeat the Omis pirates at the second try and get rid of them once and for all.

After that, Omis became part of the Bosnian Kingdom, and later it was sold ot the Venetian Republic. After the fall of the Venetian Republic, Omis, along with other parts of Croatia, was part of hte Austrian Empire until World Wart I, with the exception of a 10-year period in the early 19th century, when Omis was under the reign of the French.

Currently, Omis is a ver popular tourist destination. During the full season, most of the tourists staty in family pensions or private accommodations due to the limited number of hotels in this area. Tourism is the main source of income for the city, but farming, textile, fishing and food-processing industries are also common here.

Itinerary:

  1. Pick up from one of the chosen location in the area of the Makarska Riviera.
  2. Arrival to Omis
  3. A boat trip up the Cetina river to Radmanove Mlinice
  4. Lunch and free time for activities on your own
  5. Visit in Omis
  6. Drop off in the Makarska Riviera

Duration: 8 hours

Includes:

  • private transfer
  • tour guide
  • a river cruise by boat
  • lunch (bean soup, baked mear – Dalmatian Peak, salad, wine)