IPA Croatia invites you to the 64th IPA World Congress and Friendship Week 2019!

09 Mar 2019


It is my pleasure, on behalf of the Organising Committee and all members of IPA Section Croatia, to invite you to the 64th IPA World Congress followed by the IPA Friendship Week, in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The IPA World Congress will be held from 8 - 13 October 2019 in the area of the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ – Dubrovnik, and the venue is the five star Hotel Croatia.

The old city of Dubrovnik, a cultural and UNESCO World Heritage Centre, will proudly host the opening ceremony of the 64th IPA World Congress and welcome delegates and visitors from all over the world in IPA friendship!

Dubrovnik, situated on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, became a famous independent republic that existed for many centuries under the proud motto of ‘Freedom cannot be sold for all the gold in the world’. Today, it is a major tourist landmark in the Mediterranean Sea, enchanting visitors with its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, fountains and mighty city ramparts decorated with fortresses, bastions and towers. In addition, the ‘King’s Landing’ in the world-famous ‘Game of Thrones’ series is also a must-see landmark.

The congress will be held in the seaside town of Cavtat, the capital of the Konavle Municipality, in an area of natural beauty clinched between the mountains to the north and the crystal clear Adriatic Sea to the south.wc2

The IPA Friendship Week will be held from 12 – 19 October 2019 and includes a guided tour of Croatia visiting some of the most attractive natural, historical and cultural landmarks of our country.

Heading out from Dubrovnik along the coast, the tour’s first highlight is one of Dalmatia’s major cities, Šibenik, where you’ll be able to listen to stories of ancestors and history, see and learn about Dalmatian customs and traditions, and of course taste true Dalmatian food and wine.

The tour continues to the Island of Pag to visit some of its unique treasures: sea salt farming facilities, the well-known cheese factory of Pag, the laceworks on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List and the first wind farm. The return trip will take you to the city of Zadar, with a guided tour of this ancient coastal city that boasts a fascinating pre-Roman history, lovely marbled streets with tremendous 16th century fortifications, the beautiful Byzantine churches of St. Donat, St. Francis and St. Simon, and we finish our day at the unique Sea Organ.

The next day takes you to Plitvice Lakes National Park, a special geological and hydrological phenomenon. The national park consists of 16 lakes embraced by vast forest areas of exceptional natural beauty, lakes and waterfalls, flora and fauna, mountain air, contrasting colours of autumn or spring, forest trails and wooden bridges, protected by the UNESCO World Natural Heritage.

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In the city of Split, once the capital of the Roman Province of Dalmatia with 1700 years of history, you will visit the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian, St. Duje Cathedral, Peristil, the Statue of Gregory of Nin, the Golden Gate, Vestibul, Riva, the City Clock, City Hall and much more.

On your way back towards Dubrovnik, the Neretva River Valley and the Narona Archaeological Museum, built on the remains of the ancient Roman city of Narona, are on the programme. The remains of a Roman temple, the Augusteum, became the first on-site museum in Croatia and has won many awards. It displays 17 magnificent marble statues, amongst them the emperors Claudius and Vespasian, as well as two of Augustus and his wife Livia. The tour continues with a boat trip on a ‘Lađa’- a traditional river boat to explore the oldest part of the Neretva wetlands, swamps, backwaters and narrow channels, where you will discover the diversity of wildlife and natural vegetation.

The end of the Friendship week gives you the opportunity to visit the magical city of Dubrovnik, by enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the old city, the island of Lokrum and the Adriatic Sea. Drift away through centuries of history, culture and tradition, accompanied by your knowledgeable local guide!

The tour ends with our Friendship Dinner when we take you to Poljice, a small village in the Konavle region that dates back to the Middle Ages.

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In the home and the country estate of the Glavić Family, we’ll enjoy a delicious homemade dinner prepared in a traditional way, and local wine accompanied by some charming entertainment from local members, all in the atmosphere of IPA friendship!

The deadline for registration and deposits for both the World Congress and the Friendship Week Registration is 1 June 2019, and full payment(s) must be made before 1 July 2019.

More information is available, and all documents can be downloaded from the website of IPA Section Croatia at www.ipa.hr. For additional information or assistance, please e-mail us at ipawc2019@ipa.hr (for the World Congress) or ipafw2019@ipa.hr (for the Friendship Week). Departures are guaranteed.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all in Croatia, in Friendship!

Miljenko Vidak, President IPA Croatia

(Photos courtesy of: City Tourist Board Zadar; City Tourist Board Split; National Park Plitvice Lakes, Narona Archeological Museum; Game of Thrones – HBO Productions)