Explore the Island of Vis through historical adventure
The island of Vis is the farthest inhabited island off the Croatian mainland with a long and stormy history that reaches back to the Neolithic period. Vis was strategically significant in the Adriatic and was fought over in many naval battles. The Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Venetians, Austrians, French and British have all controlled Vis at different times.
In 4th century BC, the Greeks founded a colony named Issa on the island and in the 1st century BC it became a part of the Roman Empire. Until 1797, Vis was under the rule of the Republic of Venice. The Venetian influence is still recognizable in the island’s architecture and local Croatian dialect. Major naval battles took place in 1811 when the British defeated the French and in 1866 when Austrian forces trounced Italy.
During the Second World War, the island was at different times under the control of Tito’s partisans and played the important role as the British Military Mission Headquarters. After the war, Vis became a military base to which access was strictly controlled and it was only in summer 1989 that the island opened to foreign visitors.
This historical tour of the island will take you on an adventure with Land Rover jeeps and show you all the important sites. You will learn more about the island of Vis and get to know its interesting history reaching back to ancient times.
You can depart either from the town of Komiža or from Vis town. The tour will take you to Tito’s cave, the island’s highest peak Hum (587m) for a panoramic view, former RAF airport and cricket field in Plisko polje, George III fort above Vis town, former military base Parja and submarine tunnel “Jastog” (Lobster). When you arrive at Vis town you will also be able to see the remains of a Greek cemetery and Roman bath.
Duration: 4 – 4,5 hours
Price: 40€ per person
Service includes: guide, Land Rover vehicles, helmets, and headlights