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Venice and The Croatian Coast: A Wander Women Journey

Operated by: Insight Vacations

13 Days
JUN 2022
Croatia Venice And Croatian Coast Women On Boat

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Italy, Slovenia, Croatia ...more Italy, Slovenia, Croatia

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Venice, Piran, Opatija, Istria, Rovinj, Pula, Barban, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik, Gruda ...more Venice, Piran, Opatija, Istria, Rovinj, Pula, Barban, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Split, Hvar, Korčula, Dubrovnik, Gruda
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  1. Day 1 Welcome to Venice

    Welcome to the Queen of the Adriatic, where grand waterfront palazzi and long-standing traditions echo the city’s medieval grace and glory. Transfers depart from Venice Airport at 11:00 and 13:00 to your hotel. As you start off your women’s-only tour, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers at 17:30 to enjoy a delightful Welcome Dinner at a nearby restaurant.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Continental Venice.
  2. Day 2 The Magic of La Serenissima Relaxed Start

    This morning join your Travel Director to see the sights of Venice, including the Byzantine basilica in St Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace and the iconic Bridge of Sighs. Continue to the island of Murano and join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience to witness the ancient skill of glassblowing. Listen to Venetian songs as you glide through the myriad of beautiful canals on a gondola. Spend the rest of your day further exploring the back lanes and campi of Venice or perhaps join an optional excursion to the colorful island of Burano?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Continental Venice.
  3. Day 3 Through Slovenia onto Croatia

    Travel to Slovenia and meet Irena Fonda, a passionate and awarded biologist who is carrying out important conservation work in the Gulf of Piran. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you accompany her on a short boat ride to see her family’s fish farm. Make your way to a seafront restaurant in the atmospheric Old Town of Piran and indulge in a fresh Sea-to-Table lunch, tasting the unique and refined flavors of the fresh Fonda sea bass. Cross the border to Croatia and arrive to the Opatija Riviera, a favorite destination of the Austro-Hungarian elite in the 19th century and still synonymous with style and elegance. Take time to stroll along Lungomare, the seafront promenade lined with luxurious villas.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Hotel Astoria, Opatija.
  4. Day 4 Discover the Jewels of Istria

    The Istria Peninsula is dotted with coastal towns, rocky bays and hilltop rustic villages. Join a Local Expert to learn about the various influences that shaped its present image. Enjoy a mouth-watering Farm-to-Table lunch in Barban hosted by three generations of women of the Zufič Family. Learn about Prstenac, a popular medieval jousting game they reintroduced to the community in 1976 and that became a highlight cultural event attracting thousands of visitors each year.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
    hotel Hotel Astoria, Opatija.
  5. Day 5 Pristine Plitvice National Park

    Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at Plitvice Lakes National Park as you walk along the forest paths among 16 interconnecting lakes with a Local Expert. Be amazed by this unique landscape and learn how the site actively carries out research to monitor the natural habitat of its species. Spend the night surrounded by nature at your hotel, a modern resort committed to sustainability, the regeneration of the war-torn local area and bringing together different ethnic communities. Enjoy a delicious dinner prepared from locally available ingredients and when the night falls take your chances at stargazing undisturbed by light pollution.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Lyra, Ličko Petrovo Selo.
  6. Day 6 The Dalmatian Coast to Split

    In the morning join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and meet the industrious women of the Tara Community Center. Learn how they are producing handicrafts, and enabling employment and engagement in the community. Your journey then takes you to Zadar, the ancient capital of the historical region of Dalmatia. Visit Brlog, Croatia’s first female-owned co-op brewery and try a selection of their natural craft beers. On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience hear the inspiring story of founders Maja Šepetavec and Ana Teskera and how they built their responsible social enterprise. Continue towards Split and meet mother and daughter Deana and Ivana Perič to taste their homemade cakes steeped in local folklore. In the evening, don't miss the opportunity of dinner in a traditional konoba.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel President Solin, Split.
  7. Day 7 Island Hopping to Hvar

    Explore Split with Insight Choice. Choose to discover Diocletian’s Palace and the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town with a Local Expert. Or alternatively join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and go on a walk with the local Domine organisation to uncover the stories of the women who helped shape Split’s history. Cross the azure waters of the Adriatic this afternoon to Hvar, the sunniest island in the country. Dine tonight at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Amfora, Hvar Grand Beach Resort.
  8. Day 8 Exploring the island of Hvar Relaxed Start

    Hvar is often called the Lavender Island but aromatic herbs, citrus fruits, olive trees and grapes also flourish in the warm Mediterranean climate. The Faria Women’s Co-op is doing a remarkable job in using the indigenous island ingredients to create delicacies and cosmetics. Explore Hvar with Insight Choice. Choose to join Fedra Gamulin, the founder of the co-op on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience to taste her sustainable chocolate creations that were inspired by the love of locally available produce and grandma’s recipes. Alternatively, meet Ivana Carić and join her for a wine tasting at her family’s wine cellar. Spend the rest of your day at leisure or perhaps stroll around Stari Grad, Croatia’s oldest town and Hvar’s historical heart.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Amfora, Hvar Grand Beach Resort.
  9. Day 9 Onto Korčula

    Your journey takes you back to the mainland. Pass the fertile and colourful fields of the Neretva Delta before you briefly enter Bosnia & Herzegovina. Continue to the island of Korčula and delight in Croatian fare at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Liburna, Korcula. , Hotel Marko Polo, Korčula.
  10. Day 10 Captivating Korčula Relaxed Start

    Get active this morning and start your day with Insight Choice. Choose to immerse yourself in nature as you join a Local Expert for a gentle hike in the area surrounding Korčula Town. Alternatively, grab a sea-view spot and connect with your inner peace as you take part in a yoga class. Visit an organic farm run by the Marovič family offering seasonal homemade products ranging from olive oil to jams and marmalades. The rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the narrow streets, beautiful churches and laid-back atmosphere of this charming medieval town.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Liburna, Korcula. , Hotel Marko Polo, Korčula.
  11. Day 11 Dubrovnik, the Pearl of the Adriatic

    This morning, should weather permit, cruise the tranquil waters of the bay of Mali Ston. Meet Tomislav, a local oyster farmer and taste fresh shellfish direct from the sea, accompanied with a glass of wine.  Continue along the coast and arrive to Dubrovnik and its perfectly preserved Old Town. Known as the self- governing Republic of Ragusa for most of its history, the city has always been a metaphor of freedom. Enter through the 15th century gate and join a Local Expert to walk past Onofrio's Fountain, see the Rector’s Palace, the Church of St Blaise and the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you visit the workshop of Deša, an organisation founded following the Siege of Dubrovnik to help refugees and women who were victims of violence. Later, settle into your seaside hotel and perhaps join a home hosted dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Morning Tea
    hotel Hotel Dubrovnik Palace.
  12. Day 12 A Dazzling Finale Relaxed Start

    Travel into the heart of the nearby Konavle region and join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you meet Antonia Rusković Radonić, a dedicated artist working to preserve the local silk and embroidery traditions originating in the 15thcentury. Learn how silkworms became popular here, the importance of the craft in national folklore and the efforts made to keep this heritage alive. Upon returning to Dubrovnik enjoy time at leisure. This evening, weather permitting, embark on a dazzling cruise before savouring authentic flavours of local specialties at your Celebration Dinner. Raise a glass to your travels and the wonderful women of the Adriatic.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Dubrovnik Palace.
  13. Day 13 Depart Dubrovnik

    Your travels draw to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Dubrovnik airport at 05:00, 09:30 and 11:30.

    meals Breakfast
Venice Croatian Coast Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • All port taxes are included. Insight hotel in Trogir includes all taxes and porterage charges.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Split: Join a Local Expert of the Domine organization to uncover the stories of the women who helped shape Split’s history and who often go unnoticed in the pages of history books. Learn about the important work the organization does to empower women and advocate equality across society, through workshops, research, training and networking opportunities. All profits from the HerSplit sightseeing tours go back to fund the counselling services that the organization offers to victims of violence.  This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality.
  • Split: Join a Local Expert and discover Diocletian’s Palace as you walk through its well-preserved Cellars. See the Temple of Jupiter, St Duje’s Bell Tower and the Golden Gate. Continue through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares of the Old Town.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Hvar: Meet Ivana Carić and join her for a wine tasting at her family’s wine cellar. Special grape varieties ideal for the local microclimate grow in their vineyards that are bordered by the original Greek dry walls.
  • Hvar: Join Fedra, the founder of the Faria women’s co-op. Learn how they use indigenous island ingredients to create delicacies and cosmetics, including tasty chocolates! All empowering local women to maintain the strong cultural heritage of the island. By re-inventing the traditional recipes and know-how of their grandmothers, they are bringing their heritage back the heart of the island life and community. The co-operation also works with young students in mentoring them to use their knowledge and skills in setting up their own business cooperatives.  This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption and UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Alternatively, join  Ivana Carić for a wine tasting at her family’s wine cellar.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Korčula: Take time to connect with yourself and your beautiful surroundings with a yoga class. Enjoy sea views, fresh air and peaceful calm.
  • Korčula: Connect with nature on a gentle hike with a Local Expert. Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the healing nature surrounding Korčula Town, taking in the fresh sea air and beautiful scenery.

Well-being

  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Travel Director

  • : "One food I really love introducing my guests to is tramezzini sandwiches because they are a real art form in Venice. For the locals it is a quick inexpensive bite to get them through the day...best eaten standing up at the bar!"
  • : "Venice is so unique that anyone seeing it for the first time is never fully prepared for the magic, from seeing their first gondola to the facade of St. Mark’s Cathedral."
  • : "It's magical to see how a group of guests comes together over the course of our trip. I can always tell when that's happening because suddenly the enthusiasm is palpable."

Summary

  • : Plitvice National Park • Brlog Brewery • Chocolate tasting • Tara Comunity Centre.

Authentic Dining

  • Venice: Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a delicious Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. Sample traditional Venetian fare and soak up the ambiance of this charming city, and get to know each other before you embark on your journey together.
  • Piran: Dine on Fonda seabass in the Old Town of Piran with views over the sea. Enjoy the freshest fish, direct from the farm, seasoned to perfection in a sea-to-table lunch.
  • Barban: Enjoy a sumptuous farm-to-table feast of traditional Istrian food. This local inn is run by grandmother, mother and daughter - 3 generations of women. Delicious food is mostly cooked in an open fire or furnace, including traditional bread and pasta. They make their own truffle sauce and wine as well. While you dine, learn about the fascinating history of the Inn.
  • Split: Meet Ivana Peric and her mother, whose cakes not only tasty but steeped in history. A visit here will take you back in time as their creations remind of the smells, tastes and memories of ancient cuisines, traditions and lifestyles.
  • Hvar: Meet Ivana Carić and join her for a wine tasting at her family’s wine cellar. Special grape varieties ideal for the local microclimate grow in their vineyards that are bordered by the original Greek dry walls.
  • Dubrovnik: Savour authentic flavours of local specialties at your Celebration Dinner as you raise a glass to your travels and the wonderful women of the Adriatic.
  • Dining Summary: 5 Dinner with Wine (DW), 12 Breakfast (B), 2 Lunch with Wine (LW), and 1 Morning Tea (MT)

Top Rated Highlights

  • Venice: See the sights of Venice with your Travel Director as your guide. Also known as the “City of Canals”, Venice is one of Italy’s most picturesque cities, filled with striking architecture and magnificent sights. Among these are the Byzantine basilica in St Mark’s Square, the impressive Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs – one of the most admires landmarks in Venice.
  • Venice: Delight in the magic of this charming city as you are serenaded, travelling through the atmospheric canals by gondola.
  • Istria: Join a Local Expert to explore the largest green oasis of the North Adriatic. Start in Rovinj, a seaside gem with a prominent Italian heritage and wander through its cobbled streets filled with art galleries. Continue to Pula and visit its well-preserved, first-century Roman amphitheater.
  • Zadar: Situated on the Adriatic Sea, Zadar is the oldest continually inhabited Croatian city. On your orientation, walk through the market, past the Roman Forum to the Sea Organ and take a moment to enjoy the sounds generated by the waves.
  • Split: Cruise to the sunniest island of the country, Hvar, your home for the next two nights. Enjoy beautiful views and crystal waters on this one hour ferry crossing.
  • Split: Join a Local Expert and discover Diocletian’s Palace as you walk through its well-preserved Cellars. See the Temple of Jupiter, St Duje’s Bell Tower and the Golden Gate. Continue through the labyrinthine streets and arcaded squares of the Old Town.
  • Korčula: Visit an organic farm ran by the Marovič family offering seasonal homemade produce ranging from olive oil to jams and marmalades.
  • Dubrovnik: Explore the Pearl of the Adriatic with your Local Expert. Walk the stone-paved streets of the Old Town to see Onofrio's Fountain, Rector's Palace and the medieval city walls. Admire the Franciscan and Dominican monasteries.
  • Dubrovnik: As the sun descends and should the weather be favourable, enjoy a relaxing cruise around the fabled bay of Dubrovnik. Gaze out at views of the glistening Adriatic before your cruise moors in the Old Town Harbour.

Make Travel Matter

  • Venice: Witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practised by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditional practices. The workshop's master craftsmen teach visitors about the traditional craft of glassblowing and its history which dates back to the 15th century. Every visit helps to support the workshop and the survival of this traditional craft.  The workshop advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.
  • Piran: Meet biologist Irena Fonda, visit her family’s fish farm and learn about their journey breeding sustainable Piran sea bass of the highest quality. Through their sustainable practices and monitoring work the Fonda family plays a significant role in the protection of the indigenous marine life in the Gulf of Piran.  This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park: Join a Local Expert to explore Plitvice National Park. Learn about the studies taking place to monitor and protect the natural habitat, and education initiatives on the marine environment and best practices for a low-impact experience. The site participates in habitat restoration and is constantly working to protect the parks natural ecosystems and animal population. The staff educate their visitors about local traditions and share their personal story of the village with great passion from personal knowledge and experience.  This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water, UN Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life On Land and UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable cities & Communities.  Alternatively, meet the industrious women of the Tara Community Center.
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park: Through its income the Tara Center has built a small community Center that is used by the Tara Citizens’ Association, a collective of mostly older women, many of whom were refugees. There the women produce handicrafts which have giving them a much-needed financial and psychological boost. The staff educate their visitors about local traditions and share their personal story of the village with great passion from personal knowledge and experience.  The Tara Center advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities and UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable cities & Communities.  Alternatively, join a Local Expert to explore Plitvice National Park.
  • Zadar: Taste fine craft-beer in Brlog as you meet Maja Šepetavec and Ana Teskera. Following their passion, Maja and Ana opened the first female-led brewery in Croatia in a male dominated industry. Believing in equality and cooperation, their aim is to bring together the best people. Thus making their brewery a success and bringing a new color to the business palette of Zadar.  This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal​ 5: Gender Equality.
  • Split: Join a Local Expert of the Domine organization to uncover the stories of the women who helped shape Split’s history and who often go unnoticed in the pages of history books. Learn about the important work the organization does to empower women and advocate equality across society, through workshops, research, training and networking opportunities. All profits from the HerSplit sightseeing tours go back to fund the counselling services that the organization offers to victims of violence.  This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality.
  • Hvar: Join Fedra, the founder of the Faria women’s co-op. Learn how they use indigenous island ingredients to create delicacies and cosmetics, including tasty chocolates! All empowering local women to maintain the strong cultural heritage of the island. By re-inventing the traditional recipes and know-how of their grandmothers, they are bringing their heritage back the heart of the island life and community. The co-operation also works with young students in mentoring them to use their knowledge and skills in setting up their own business cooperatives.  This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption and UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Alternatively, join  Ivana Carić for a wine tasting at her family’s wine cellar.
  • Dubrovnik: Visit the workshop of Deša, an organisation founded following the Siege of Dubrovnik to help refugees and women who were victims of violence. They have grown to be an important educational centre, workshop and an advocate for women’s rights. Through its meaningful work Deša continues to act as a safe space for women to support one another, provides training opportunities and sponsors the revival of traditional crafts. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality.
  • Gruda: In the heart of the Konavle region, meet Antonia Rusković Radonić, a dedicated artist working to preserve the local silk and embroidery traditions originating in the 15th century. Learn how silkworms became popular here, the relevance of the craft in the 21st century and the efforts made to keep this heritage alive. Antonia’s work in reviving silk production and teaching old embroidery techniques helps to maintain a big part of Konvale’s culture, including the preservation of traditional folk costumes.This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Insight Experiences

  • Korčula: Take time to connect with yourself and your beautiful surroundings with a yoga class. Enjoy sea views, fresh air and peaceful calm.
  • Korčula: Connect with nature on a gentle hike with a Local Expert. Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the healing nature surrounding Korčula Town, taking in the fresh sea air and beautiful scenery.
  • Ston: Meet a local oyster farmer and learn about the cultivation of oysters, before enjoying a delicious Sea-to-Table tasting of fresh shellfish and local wine.

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