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Handicrafts of Dalmatian Women through History

Often, unknowingly, we travel past very authentic experiences or interesting encounters, which is what happened to the writer of this program, despite him being a native. In today`s world the value of everything is expressed by means of money, but throughout history there were other ways of attributing value; for example, through the ability of women’s hands to do handiwork; an activity through which women socialized and sang, relaxed and expressed their suppressed creativity. It is ethnology that best reflects the life of the ordinary man, a life full of interesting…

Group size: 1-12 max.

TOUR DESCRIPTION

OVERVIEW

Often, unknowingly, we travel past very authentic experiences or interesting encounters, which is what happened to the writer of this program, despite him being a native. In today`s world the value of everything is expressed by means of money, but throughout history there were other ways of attributing value; for example, through the ability of women’s hands to do handiwork; an activity through which women socialized and sang, relaxed and expressed their suppressed creativity. It is ethnology that best reflects the life of the ordinary man, a life full of interesting cultural elements that passed through Dalmatia thanks to various historical circumstances. Hence the route of this itinerary winds along the coast, the islands and the hinterland, exploring their handicrafts, landscapes and gastronomy, thus illustrating the unbreakable bond between an ancient city and the secrets of its hinterland and islands – a bond embroidered by the hands of Dalmatian women. This program is intended for small groups and individuals, lovers of ethnology and intangible heritage who are eager to learn more about the life and survival of Dalmatian women throughout history. It should be emphasized that this program is highly customizable and can easily be incorporated into any trip arrangement.

TOUR DURATION6 nights/7 days
PERIOD OF YEARYear round
ARRIVAL AIRPORTSZadar, Split, Dubrovnik
DEPARTURE AIRPORTSDubrovnik, Split, Zadar
TRAVEL VISASPassangers 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

  • Guided tour of Split with an ethnologist
  • Visit to the Ethnographic Museum and lunch in a traditional tavern
  • Enjoy your free time, overnight stay

DAY 3  / Hinterland

  • After breakfast, departure to the Village area in the hinterland of Split
  • Explore the abandoned and still thriving local households
  • Meet one special grandma
  • Traditional lunch with wool-making workshop and traditional singing
  • Return to Split in the afternoon
  • Leisure time and overnight

DAY 4  / Hvar

  • After breakfast, sailing by a private speedboat or a ferry ride to Hvar
  • Guided tour of Hvar with an ethnologist
  • Visit to the Benedictine monastery / Agave lace exhibition
  • Local lunch in a hidden village
  • Visit the coastal villages of Jelsa and Vrboska
  • See the Church-fortress of St. Mary and enjoy local wine & chocolate tasting
  • Sail back to Split; free evening and overnight stay

DAY 5  / Kaštela

  • After breakfast, departure to Kastela
  • Sip coffee by the sea and visit the Vitturi Museum & Castle
  • Proceed to Sućurac Castle / Golden thread embroidery workshop
  • Return to Split for a free afternoon
  • Pairing food and wine on the slopes of Kozjak at sunset
  • Return to Split / overnight stay

DAY 6  / Split

  • Breakfast and free time
  • Optional tour / Island of Pag
  • Return to Split and overnight stay

DAY 7  / Departure

  • Breakfast / Check-out
  • Airport transfer

 

Note: Possible to organise additional overnights to explore Pag island & Zadar area.

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