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Slavonia 1991 War of Independence 2-Day Tour

This tour is a true story of centuries-old hardships and turmoils, a nightmare of hidden feelings and lost friendships, wounds, people of flesh and blood, wonderful ideals and vanished young lives. It’s a story of the Croatian Independence War right at its source. Experience the authentic war events that will make you sad, yes, yet empower you.

Two-day experience down the memory lane

Get a better insight into the events that made possible the foundation of the Croatian state right at its authentic locations of Pakrac and Lipik with trusted experts. With a blend of authentic war stories and heroic events that will leave you breathless, meet and explore beautiful natural and historic attractions of this heroic region such as the State Stud Farm Lipik and Lipik Spa where you will indulge in the healing thermal water. And there’s more to it.

We are positive the visit to the Museum of War and Military History Pakrac with its rich private collection and its owner will amaze you. The view from the top of the tower of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Lipik with its postcards on 7 floors will most definitely complete your experience.

Itinerary of the program:

Day 1

  • 11:00 check-in at Hotel Pakrac,
  • 12:30 – 14:00 a walk around authentic locations with the curator of the Museum of War and Military History Pakrac retelling authentic stories and locations,

The very first armed conflict arose between legitimate Croatian authorities, insurgent Serbs and the Yougoslav army in Pakrac, on March 2nd, 1991. Many historians believe that it was actually this event that trigged off the War of Independence in Croatia. (…) After Vukovar, Pakrac became the town that was hit the most during the War of Independence, where the damages were enormous due to constat and countless bombardments of the town. Not a single building was spared, not even the Hospital. Source: Benković, Stjepan, Križan, Branko. Textbook of regional history of Pakrac: Region of Pakrac during the War of Independence (vol. 6). Pakrac, 2016.

                             

  • 14:00 – 15:00  visit to authentic location in Kusonje

Here you will experience a story of one of the hardest battles of Croatian soldiers at no.55 in Kusonje according to which a film of the same name was made.

  • 16:00 – 17:30 guided tour of the Museum of War and Military History Pakrac, souvenir shopping
  • 18:00 – 19:30 induldging the indoor pool of the Lipik Spa with 33 Celzius degrees healing thermal water
  • 20:00 – 21:00 three-course meal in Hotel Pakrac from Flavours of the Golden Slavonia Region Menu

Day 2

  • 7:00 – 10.00h buffet breakfast at the hotel
  • check-out from the hotel
  • 11.00 – 12:00 Time Machine Tour with  a local tourist guide at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Lipik

Step into a time machine in Lipik and find out everything about the courage of young people where stood up to defend their town Lipik, a Fenix they has been taking huge steps to rise and shine on the map of the Continental Croatia.  Visit St.Francis of Assisi Church, protector saint of Lipik, with its unique attraction, the nine-floor church tower and a staircase leading to the bell tower. There is a multimedial showcase of the historical development of Lipik using old yet digitalized postcards. Although the focus of this historical tour is the 1991 War of Independence, the peak of the tour is the stunning 180 degree-view from the top of the tower. In the church, you can visit the cyrpt of Rev. Tomo Sruk who is remembered by chronoligically noting the events of the Independence War. At the end of the tour, take a look at 14 Stations of the Cross made of copper.

The church has always been and will remain a calm sanctuary for the locals as well as all the visitors of Lipik.

  • 12.30 – 14.00 guided tour of the State Stud Farm Lipik

The State Stud Farm in Lipk was founded in 1843 by Count Izidor Janković when he built the horse stables. As of that moment, the story unveils linking the horses, especially lipizzaners and Lipik. The official status of the State Stud Farm was gained in 1938 when the Royal Stud Farm Stančić moved to Lipik. At the begining of the War of Independence and agression on Croatia, the stud farm was systematically destroyed; the stables were burnt and a part of horses was slaugthered. The remaining lipizzan horses were stolen in November 1991 and, through Bosnia and Herzegovina transported to Serbia. After many negotiations, finally on October 13th 2007, the survining horses were finally brought to their original stables in Lipik.

  • end of the tour

Slavonia 1991 War of Independence Two-Day Tour – Lipik&Pakrac based on 6 people includes:

  • a welcome drink per person in Hotel Pakrac
  • parking space (at your own responsibility)
  • tranfer to the authentic location in Kusonje for groups up to 15 people
  • agency’s and hotel’s basic insurance
  • 1 half-board (dinner + breakfast) in  ½ room Hotel Pakrac ***
  • reserved swimming and bathing in 33 Celzius degrees healing thermal water of the Lipik Spa pool for the group
  • guided group of the State Stud Farm Lipik

This offer doesn’t include:

  • additional drinks
  • additional insurance
  • cost of the arrival to the destination
  • transfers within the destination

OPTIONS

  • additional charge for a single room
  • massage packages in the Lipik Spa
  • other accommodation such as a holiday home etc.
  • transfers anywhere from the EU and Croatia
  • visit to the local craft brewery Pivovara Slavonica
  • visit to the Museum of Pakrac with an experience of minting your own Slavonski banovac coin

The price is based on a group of 6. In case there are less people, the tour is available with a higher price.

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