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CRUISES More than a thousand islands and one of the world`s most indented coastlines guarantee a lot of hideout bays; numerous World Heritage sites and national parks will mesmerize you with their beauty, a zillion impressive stories and marvellous architecture; pristine-clean sea, distinctively quirky islands and industry-free mainland offer delicious locally-grown food.
EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL Croatia abounds in natural and cultural diversity, and as such it represents an ideal vacation destination with an emphasis on virtually any topic. Here you can acquire experience and impressions which, in terms of their content, can be classified as a more specific form of tourism.
EASY-GOING TOURS Are you one of those people who don`t like to move around, but would rather stay in one place and explore only if you feel like it? Or would you like to see the country but “below the radar”, exploring for yourself whenever and whatever you like? Or to move from one place to another without much fuss, avoiding main tourist roads and locations?
ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOURS Croatian territory in general is renowned for its rich historic heritage. Numerous cultures have left their trace here over the course of more than two millennia, allowing the local people to weave their threads into the fabric of the local ambience. Visiting and exploring its historical lacework represents a unique experience for any culture-lover. Having learned more about Croatia, you are bound to learn more about yourself...
FOOD & WINE TOURS Croatian gastronomy features diversity as its most important hallmark, which is completely logical considering its geopolitical history. Over the course of the centuries, all four sides of the world have poured their influence into the Croatian pot(s), incorporating it in the context of their era.
SELF-DRIVE TOURS For the people who want a bit broader experience during their travel through Croatia, it would be a pity not to spend some quality time outside Croatia’s territory. Due to its unique geographical position and the shape of its borders, Croatia offers great possibilities for visiting its neighbouring countries’ attractions.
CROATIA & BEYOND For the people who want a bit broader experience during their travel through Croatia, it would be a pity not to spend some quality time outside Croatia’s territory. Due to its unique geographical position and the shape of its borders, Croatia offers great possibilities for visiting its neighbouring countries’ attractions.

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Ventula put together a great tour for us. The destinations were a good mix of what inland Croatia and Slovenia have to offer, the recommended restaurants were great, and the personal guides made the trip a total pleasure. We felt we had a fantastic scenic and cultural experience. I would...

Karen W., USA

We had an unforgettable custom tour with Ventula Travel to Serbia and Montenegro where my parents grew up. The tour was well-organized and tailored specifically to our desires. Marko gave us an excellent overview of Belgrade -- driving and walking. Salon presented one of the top meals of our entire...

Helen Bogolubov Desai, Richmond (USA)

The guides, sightseeing destinations, accommodations, transportation vehicles were are first class. There was admirable attention to detail and excellent choices of guides who were knowledgeable, engaging and professional. Choices of hotels were what we expected. I would recommend this company to friends and family. Nancy G.

Nancy Gooding, Denver (USA)

Robert put together a perfect time and introduction and immersion to the culture people and food of beautiful Croatia.

Terry Mather, Littleton (USA)

We are experienced older travelers who have always booked our own travel, however our trip to Croatia was a bit overwhelming when we realized we would have many stops and transfers to see everything we wanted to see in two weeks. Ventula was recommended to us by friends and I...

Judy Poe, Chicago (USA)

We had a fabulous time in Croatia and Montenegro! We went with two other couples and Robert tried his best to accomodate everyone's needs. Bogdan, our tour guide in Montenegro, was fabulous! He made the tour fun and interesting; we enjoyed him a lot. Anada was our tour guide in...

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Mediterranean Cuisine

The Mediterranean diet consists of a set of skills, knowledge and practices that link the landscape with the dining table, including the method of growing crops, harvesting, fishing, food preservation, its processing and preparation, and sometimes the pattern of consumption. (Source: wikipedia) So it’s more than just food. It brings people together and nourishes habits and customs, thus forming a cultural identity of the region and the man. While sharing food, people sang and exchanged wisdom, and it served as the foundation around which various traditions and legends were preserved and developed. With its beneficial properties, the Mediterranean cuisine offers a well-balanced gastronomic delight, because virtually its only fat comes from the olive tree which provides an abundance of positive effects on human health… It is just as important to mention that the benefits of Mediterranean cuisine have been recognised by UNESCO and included on its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Roman Emperors Augustus and Diocletian

These two emperors, considered by many as the most significant Roman emperors, played a crucial part in the history of Dalmatia, one as its founder, and the other as its heir. After several wars, the first Roman emperor Augustus, whose full name is Caius Iulius Caesar Octavianus, finally managed to conquer the Illyrian tribe of Delmatae in the year 9 AD, occupying their land and founding the Roman province of Dalmatia with the capital of Salona. The emperor Diocletian, on the other hand, was important not only for his Dalmatian origin, but also for having constructed a grandiose palace in 305 AD, which was the core of the present-day city of Split, the capital of the region and the second largest city in the Republic of Croatia.

Cricket on Vis

On the island of Vis, cricket has been played since 1809: it was first introduced by Sir William Hoste, an officer of the British Royal Navy known as the Young Nelson, famous for his historical victory in the last sailing ships battle against a considerab ly superior Napoleon’s fleet. Two hundred years later, Oliver Roki, a winemaker and restaurant owner from the island of Vis, picked up where Sir Hoste had left off, which is why cricket is played again today in the island of Vis, in Plisko Field near the WW2 British airport, in the club named after the famous captain.

Dalmatia

Dalmatia is one of the most ancient regional toponyms in Croatia. It was first mentioned in the year 9 AD, when it was founded by the Roman emperor Augustus, encompassing the area inhabited by an Illyrian tribe of Delmatae, i.e. when it was a synonym for a part of the former Illyricum. Although the territorial range of Dalmatia changed significantly throughout history, encompassing the neighbouring countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania, today this name applies only to a part of Croatia. It covers an area of about 12 260 km2 or approximately 22% of Croatia’s surface, but due to a lack of fertile soil, it is inhabited by only 20% of Croatia’s population. It is important to highlight that Dalmatia is an exclusively geographic and cultural term, which encompasses two entirely different territories, each with its own past and tradition: one part of it comprises the coastline and the islands which can be classified under the Mediterranean area, while the other part comprises the mountains and the inland and belongs to the continental land area. Thus, its fate as the land of cultural polarity was sealed from the very beginning. The patron saint of Dalmatia is St. Jerome.

Stećci

Stećci are monolithic stone blocks, horizontal or vertical tombstones from the 14th and 15th century, characteristic for Dalmatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, parts of Montenegro, west Serbia and Kosovo. Stećci cannot be found anywhere outside this territory. Most scientists agree that these monuments belonged to the Vlachs. The Vlachs were a nomadic tribe, probably of Illyrian origin, who were cattle breeders and often also merchants and mercenaries. The area around the town of Imotski particularly abounds in stećci. These roughly and somewhat unskilfully carved tombstones, these monumental stone blocks, have found their place in the past of the Imotski Region, testifying to the literacy, culture, faith, and power of this area.

Dalmatian Identity

The identity of Dalmatia is largely determined by centuries-old interfusion of the East and the West in this area, which is evident in countless and often rather dramatic contrasts present at every step, from cultural and historical heritage, through theway of life, to the mentality of its inhabitants in particular. Thus the Dalmatian coastline and islands have inherited the western European civilization and cultural heritage, while the Dalmatian Hinterland bears witness to oriental influences. Nonetheless, the creative power of the Dalmatian folk has always been successful in using all those different influences and subordinating them time and time again to their own spirituality, thus forming a unique identity thanks to which we are recognized in the world, and remembered for the impression we provide. Therefore, if you at least once properly experience the true Dalmatia, you might become a Dalmatian forever!

Illyrian Hill-Forts

Hill-forts are the most important remains of the Illyrian material culture. The Illyrians erected their hill-forts in natural elevations which were difficult to access and easily defensible against the enemies. The economic factor was an important element in the selection of the location in which they were built. Hill-forts were constructed next to fertile plains on which agriculture could be developed. Ideally, somewhere in the vicinity there would have been a river, for the purpose of irrigation and defence of the borough. The hill-forts were also fortified with walls. Oftentimes, a tower was erected next to the main gate for a better protection of the borough. The buildings were made of dry-stone walls until the arrival of the Romans. That is when the Illyrians begun to use mortar.

Bikla

Bikla is an alcoholic drink which is well-known in Dalmatia, both in the hinterland and on the islands. It is made by mixing red wine and milk, usually in equal parts. Bikla can be made with either goat or cow milk. Its colour ranges from lighter to darker shades of purple, depending on the quantity of the red wine used. It is made at any time of year, but for medicinal purposes only. It is administered to a person suffering from a mild illness.

Pagania

The Principality of Neretva (10th century) was an Early Croatian state occupying the territory between the rivers Cetina and Neretva. Unlike its neighbouring lands, a pagan, non-Christian religion was predominant among the people of this highly isolated state due to a belief that Christianity was a tool of oppression. Thus, the Croats who lived in this territory were called “the Pagans”, and the land was named “Poganska” (Latin: Pagania). The inhabitants were predominantly fishermen and fig and olive growers. However, the most lucrative business was piracy.

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