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Date: October 12, 2024 
Time: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM  
Starting Point: Hotel Dubrovnik Palace

Price: TBA

the price includes:

  • private transportation

  • professional guide

  • light lunch

the price does not include:

  • drink consumption

FIELD TRIP – Neretva River valley

Itinerary Overview
Discover the geological wonders of the Dubrovnik region on this comprehensive excursion designed for enthusiasts and professionals alike. This day-long journey will take you through breathtaking landscapes, medieval towns, and significant geological sites, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and scientific insight. From the engineering marvels of the Pelješac bridge to the pristine waters of the Karst Spring Prud, every stop on our itinerary is curated to provide an in-depth understanding of the region's geology and hydrogeology.


9:00 AM – Departure from Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
Our geology excursion begins promptly at 9:00 AM in front of the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace. Nestled along the stunning Adriatic coastline, this luxurious hotel serves as the perfect starting point for our day of geological exploration. As we gather, the early morning sunlight glistens off the clear blue waters, promising a day filled with natural beauty and scientific discovery.

On the Bus: Dubrovnik to Pelješac Bridge
As we board the bus and set off towards the Pelješac bridge, our guide introduces the engineering geological project of constructing the motorway. This section of the journey provides insights into the challenges and solutions involved in building infrastructure in a region characterized by rugged terrain and complex geological formations. You'll learn about the innovative techniques used to ensure the stability and safety of the motorway.

10:30 AM – Ston: A Medieval Town  
Our first stop is the historic town of Ston, renowned for its impressive medieval fortifications, including one of the longest stone walls in Europe. We'll take a coffee break here, allowing you to soak in the quaint atmosphere and explore the ancient walls. Following the break, there will be a general presentation on the Dinaric karst, highlighting its geological significance and unique features that dominate the landscape of this region.

12:00 PM – Viewpoint: Pelješac Bridge
Next, we visit a viewpoint offering a spectacular view of the Pelješac bridge. Our guide will delve into the engineering geological aspects of the bridge's construction, discussing the challenges posed by the karstic terrain and the innovative solutions implemented to overcome them. This segment will provide a deeper understanding of the intersection between natural geology and human engineering.

1:00 PM – Karst Spring Prud
We then proceed to the Karst Spring Prud, a crucial site for understanding hydrogeological and water quality aspects. Here, you'll learn about the water supply system and the transboundary catchment area, which plays a vital role in the region's hydrology. The clear, refreshing waters of the spring and the surrounding karst landscape provide a perfect backdrop for this segment of our excursion.

2:00 PM – Lunch Break
A well-deserved lunch break will allow you to relax and enjoy the local cuisine. This is a great time to discuss the morning's insights and prepare for the afternoon's explorations.

3:30 PM – Neretva River Delta and Alluvial Plain
Our afternoon begins with a visit to the Neretva River delta and its alluvial plain. Here, we'll examine the ongoing project of a dam designed to prevent river and groundwater salinization. This segment focuses on the engineering geological and hydrogeological problems faced in managing and protecting this vital water resource. You'll gain an appreciation for the intricate balance required to maintain both ecological and human needs in this dynamic environment.

5:00 PM – Return Journey to Dubrovnik
As we head back to Dubrovnik, there will be time to reflect on the day's learnings and enjoy the scenic views. Our guide will be available to answer any lingering questions and provide additional insights into the region's geology.

8:00 PM – Arrival at Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
We conclude our excursion back at the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace around 8:00 PM. The day's experiences will have provided a comprehensive overview of the geological and hydro-geological intricacies of the Dubrovnik region, leaving you with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

Join us for this immersive journey through time and terrain, where history and geology intertwine to reveal the hidden stories of the land.

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