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In the fall of 1918., as a consequence of World War I, the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, last empire in Central Europe disappeared. The same year on 31. October, in Pula, the largest naval port of the Empire, the hymn 'Gott erhalte unser Kaiser' is performed for the last time, and the flags are lowered on all the ships of the Imperial Navy. The very next morning the battleship Viribus Unitis is torpedoed in a covert action, and sinks to the bottom of Pula Bay, where it remains today. The sinking of the famous battleship Viribus Unitis is a symbolic end of one of the largest navies of the time.

On the site of this tragedy begins our journey through the cultural, social and military history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Pula, now the largest city of the Istrian peninsula, was a small fishing town until the decision of Emperor Franz Joseph I to turn it into a major port of the former empire. For these reasons, Pula is the ideal place for a story about famous past of this part of Europe.

Highlights
- A tour of the Austro-Hungarian civil architecture: Villa Trapp, Market building
- A tour of the Austro-Hungarian military fortifications: Fort Verudela and Muzil, from the sea
- Boat trip: Pula Bay and the story of the battleship Viribus Unitis
- A tour of the military-religious buildings: Naval Cemetery and Church of Our Lady of the Sea
- Scientific and technical developments at the turn of the century: Observatory Pula
- Mundane life of an officer: Dinner with live music in Marinen Casino

1st DAY: Meeting of the Two Empires / Pula from Rome to Vienna
We arrive in Pula in the afternoon. We are accommodated in Hotel Riviera in the center of the city. This building is an example of neo-Baroque architecture, adorned with rich art nouveau decoration, while its facade is decorated with panoramic terrace with a spectacular view of the historical old city and the sea.

City tour in the late afternoon. First we get to know the sights of the Pula left behind by a lot older European power - the Roman Empire. We visit the amphitheater from the first century (one of the few remaining in Europe, along with those in Rome and Verona), Temple of Augustus and the Triumphal Arch. Sightseeing tour of Pula continues to the harbor and market - are excellent examples of civil architecture from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Dinner in the comfortable surroundings, also within the city center.

2nd DAY: Joint Forces / The Sound of Music/ The Waltz Rhythm
Morning is reserved for a boat trip around Pula Bay with expert guidance. As part of the trip we visit military infrastructure, the shipyard and the National park Brijuni - an archipelago of 14 islands and islets, which the Viennese industrialist Paul Kupelwieser transformed into a fashionable resort in the year 1893. The journey ends at the spot Viribus Unitis sank. Viribus Unitis was the largest battleship of the Austro-Hungarian Navy, whose name (in translation "Joint Forces") was the motto of Emperor Franz Joseph I, the Austro-Hungarian Emperor and King. In memory of 300 sailors lost their lives in this place a commemorative service will take place, accompanied by music.

The afternoon is reserved for visiting Veruda, a residential neighborhood where senior naval officers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire lived. In this part of the city and impressive Villa Trapp is located. Georg von Trapp - the most famous Austro-Hungarian submariner, whose life is depicted in the famous musical 'The Sound of Music', directed by the Hollywood director Robert Wise. During the Verde tour we will also visit the Naval cemetery (K.U.K. Marine Friedhoff) where 150.000 soldiers and officers are buried, and we will visit Church of Our Lady of the Sea (Die Garnisonkirche – Madonna del Mare), which Emperor Franz Joseph I had made to commemorate the victory in the Battle of Vis.

We spend the evening in Marinen Casino, where officers of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy also spent evenings. In the former casino we will visit the officers library (K.u.k. Marine-Bibliothek), which contains many rarities almost 400 years old. We then go to dinner with live musical accompaniment, which takes us back in time officer gorgeous balls.

We go back to the hotel, and rest.

3rd DAY: Inside the Austro-Hungarian Forts / Towards the Stars
During the morning of the third day we examine the most complex system of naval fortifications built in the 19th century. Fortification of Pula harbour consisted of over a hundred forts and fortresses, and we will visit one of them - fort Verudela. Here we will find preserved officer rooms, as well as an exhibition of photographs documenting all preserved fortresses in Pula. Within this fort an Aquarium and the Center for the recovery of sea turtles is also located, and the tour of it will certainly not leave you indifferent.

In the afternoon we will visit the Observatory Pula, once the largest observatory of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Established in 1869., as one of the departments of the Imperial and Royal Navy Hydrographic Office, the observatory in Pula is also the oldest astronomical observatory in Croatia. While leaving the hill Monte Zaro, with the view on the entire city, we say goodbye to this little trip into history.

Price includes:
- 2 nights in Hotel Riviera**
- professional guidance
- all entrance tickets, except for those to the Temple of Augustus and the Amphitheatre
- all meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
- supplement residence tax

Price does't include:
- transfers
- drinks with meals
- health insurance

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