Illyrian Mysteries

With Domagoj Nikolić!

Forget all you know about Dalmatia and the Adriatic history for now. The most monumental sites are not on the coast: it is not Dubrovnik, Split or Zadar that hold the most fascinating and mysterious wonders of ancient history. Hidden in the Dalmatian inland, far from the main tourist hubs, Illyrian Dalmatia is a wonderful mystery! The story of the region's ancient settlers is still being unraveled, revised and enriched. As new findings surface from the deep layers of the underground and in the areas off the beaten path, connecting the known dots remains an inspiring journey to the very beginnings, especially when told by Mr. Domagoj Nikolić, an author, winemaker, expert in Dalmatian cuisine, cosmologist in mystical disguise and probably the best connoisseur of Illyrian mysteries in the world.

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Duration:   full day

Difficulty:   moderate

Location:   Imotski

Available on request

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Ruins of Hellenistic Daorson town
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Stećak monuments at Radimlja
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Ancient engravings on stećak monuments
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Ancient engravings on stećak monuments
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Ancient engravings on stećak monuments
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Used as medieval tombstones
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Blue lake at Imotski
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Guardian stones at Red Lake
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Classic cuisine of Dalmatian countryside
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At Domagoj's home

Tour description


Ever wondered how Dalmatia got its name? It’s not after the Dalmatian dogs, but rather after the Illyrian tribe Delmati, who settled the region along the Croatian coast long before the Greeks, Romans and Slavs did. Other Illyrian tribes lived in these areas as well, settling the whole region of the western Balkans. Today often regarded as warrior hordes, as judged based on the known tangible findings and a history written mainly by the winners, a lot remains to be said about their culture, their mystic knowledge and their spiritual superstructures.  One of the most amazing megalithic cultures of Europe predates any remembered history, established academics claim it is at least 10,000 years old, but we claim it goes much further back in history, to Pre-Diluvian times.

Unveiling the landscapes behind Biokovo Mountain, the town of Imotski and its tiny neighbor Cista Provo, this tour takes you to see some of the most amazing megalithic sites in Europe: sacred temples, wells, cairns, burial sites and landscapes dotted with astronomical markers. All of these amazing places had been built with the knowledge of mystical mathematics, astronomy, alchemy and ancient science of cosmic principles. Unless you have seen Dalmatia with symbolist and philosophical eyes, you have not seen it at all.

Get away from crowds and enjoy the peaceful solitude of ancient mysteries while going to places most people don't get into. You will get to experience the most amazing food and local wines prepared to the mystical rules of the season and to ancient traditions and beliefs to celebrate this wonderful land and our time together.

There are thousands of other tours that offer very little to the heart and the mind, not to mention the soul. However, after this life-changing experience, you will be able to discern the difference between true civilization dedicated to the immortality of the soul, and the situation that we find ourselves in today, called "progress".

  • This tour is fully private and on request only.
  • Tour includes collection from your hotel, villa or private accommodation by our professional English speaking chauffeur in a comfortable luxury sedan car or passenger van and traditional lunch in the company of your host and his family.
  • Bring your camera, comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen in the summer months.
  • Please advise if you have any mobility issues so the tour can be adjusted accordingly.

Stećak monuments

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Stećci are megalithic pieces of stone scattered throughout the territories of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, also Serbia and Montenegro, often found in remote but spectacular locations. Over 70.000 have been registered to date, but experts estimate there might be over 100.000.
A number of stećci are known to have been used as medieval tombstones which was derived from the elaborate engraved illustrations and epitaphs on the found pieces. It remains unclear what the remaining remarkable pieces were intended for. In 2016 stećci have been listed as UNESCO heritage site.

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Illyrian Mysteries

Illyrian Mysteries

With Domagoj Nikolić!