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Dalmatian Heroines – Then and now

The story of the Dalmatian women’s heroism through history and the present is instructive, witty, and somewhat bitter-sweet. It will be enjoyed by absolutely all admirers of women, feminists, as well as those who are about to become one. Their almost forgotten destinies will surely leave a lasting …

Group size: 1-12 max.

TOUR DESCRIPTION

OVERVIEW

The story of the Dalmatian women’s heroism through history and the present is instructive, witty, and somewhat bitter-sweet. It will be enjoyed by absolutely all admirers of women, feminists, as well as those who are about to become one. Their almost forgotten destinies will surely leave a lasting impression on any interested traveler. Throughout history, defiance and distinctiveness have transformed the local women into heroines, often sacrificed in their heroic struggle for family, justice and equality. A Dalmatian woman is the soul and the essence of Dalmatian mentality, and her physical and mental strength is best described by the most famous Dalmatian saying, “a woman holds three corners of the house, while a man holds only one”. This itinerary theme is applicable to many places in Croatia, but can also be partially incorporated into any existing itinerary.

TOUR DURATION6 nights/7 days
PERIOD OF YEARYear round
ARRIVAL AIRPORTSSplit, Dubrovnik
DEPARTURE AIRPORTSDubrovnik, Split
TRAVEL VISASPassengers from EU and English speaking countries do not require Croatian Visa. For more information, please check the following link.
TRAVEL INSURANCEAdvisable and available on request
OVERNIGHT LOCATIONSSmall boutique heritage hotels
TRANSPORTATION TYPECar or minivan + ferry or speedboat
TOUR STYLEIn-depth cultural
TOUR PACEEasy
ACTIVITIESLeisure, walking, exploring history & gastronomy, occasional swim stop depending on season
FEATURESUNESCO sites and Intangible Heritage, meeting the locals, hands-on experiences

DAY 1  / Arrival

  • Arrival at Split Airport
  • Check-in and leisure time
  • Overnight stay

DAY 2  / Split

  • After breakfast, guided tour of Split with an ethnologist
  • Visit to the Ethnographic Museum and lunch in a traditional tavern
  • Leisure time, overnight stay

DAY 3  / Poljica (Village Principality)

  • Breakfast
  • Drive to Poljica – the village area near Split
  • Exploring the abandoned and still thriving local households
  • Becoming familiar with the story of Mila Gojsalić and other heroines from the Ottoman times
  • Socializing with the brave female defenders from the Homeland War
  • Return to Split, leisure time, overnight stay

DAY 4  / Makarska

  • Breakfast
  • Drive to Makarska
  • Socializing with the old Ledarice (women who used to carry heavy ice from the Biokovo mountain down to supply butchers, restaurants, hotels…).
  • Lunch in Vrgorac
  • Return to Split, leisure time, overnight stay

DAY 5  / Brač

  • Breakfast
  • Ferry ride to the island of Brač
  • Presentation of a woman’s life on the island in the previous century through daily activities
  • Visiting stonecutters in Pučišća
  • Return to Split / overnight stay

DAY 6  / Split

  • Breakfast
  • Becoming familiar with the story about meritorious women of Split

DAY 7  / Departure

  • Breakfast / Check out
  • Transfer to airport and farewell

 

Testimonials

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