Venice and The Croatian Coast: A Wander Women Journey

Operated by: Insight Vacations

13 Days from $4,895 per person
JUN 2022
Croatia Venice And Croatian Coast Women On Boat

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Venice, Opatija, Rovinj, Pula, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik ...more Venice, Opatija, Rovinj, Pula, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Venice

    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.(Dinner with Wine)

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

    On your orientation see the Byzantine basilica in St Mark’s Square, the colonnaded Doge’s Palace and the iconic Bridge of Sighs. Continue to the island of Murano and witness the ancient skill of glassblowing, now practiced by precious few masters. Watch artisans create delicate works of art using rare traditional practices and support the master glassblowers in preserving their art. Listen to traditional Venetian songs as your gondola glides through the myriad of beautiful canals. Spend the rest of your day further exploring the back lanes and campi of Venice or perhaps join an optional excursion to the colourful island of Burano.(Breakfast)

    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 carrying out important conservation work in the Gulf of Piran. Join her on a short boat ride to see her family’s fish farm and learn about the breeding of highest quality sustainable sea bass. 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 flavours of the fresh Fonda sea bass. Cross the border to Croatia and arrive to the Opatija Riviera, a favourite 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.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
  4. Day 4 Discover the Jewels of Istria

    The Istrian Peninsula is dotted with coastal towns, rocky bays and rustic hilltop villages. Join a Local Expert to learn about the various influences that shaped its present image. 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 amphitheatre. 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.(Breakfast / Lunch with wine)

    meals Breakfast, Lunch with Wine
  5. Day 5 Pristine Plitvice National Park

    Head inland to the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park and walk along the forest paths among 16 interconnecting lakes with your 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

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

    In the morning meet the industrious women of the Tara Community Centre, who produce handicrafts enabling employment and engagement in the community. Your journey then takes you to Zadar, the ancient capital of the historical region of Dalmatia. 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. Visit Brlog, Croatia’s first women co-op brewery and try a selection of their natural craft beers. 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.(Breakfast)

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

    Explore Split with Insight Choice. Choose between discovering Diocletian’s Palace and the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town with a Local Expert, or alternatively go on a walk with the local Domine organisation to uncover the stories of the women who helped shape Split’s history and who often go unnoticed on the pages of history books. Spend time at your leisure before your island-hopping adventure begins this afternoon. Cross the azure waters of the Adriatic to Hvar, famed for being the sunniest island in the country. Dine tonight at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

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

    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 and 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.(Breakfast)

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

    Your journey takes you back to mainland. Pass the fertile and colourful fields of the Neretva Delta before you briefly enter Bosnia Hercegovina. Continue to the island of Korčula and delight in Croatian fare at a local restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

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

    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.(Breakfast)

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

    This morning, should weather permit, cruise the tranquil waters of the bay of Mali Ston and meet Tomislav, a local oyster farmer. Enjoy a delicious Sea-to-Table tasting of fresh shellfish, 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. Visit the workshop of Deša, an organisation founded following the Siege of Dubrovnik to help refugees and women who were victims of violence. Settle into your seaside hotel and perhaps join a home hosted dinner.(Breakfast / Morning Tea)

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

    Travel into the heart of the nearby Konavle region and 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 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, should weather permit, 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.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    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, 09:00 and 11:30.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

PRICING INCLUDES

  • Accommodation in hand picked hotels in the best locations
  • Escorted by an expert Travel Director throughout
  • Business class legroom onboard your 40 seater luxury air conditioned coach
  • Included airport transfer service on first and last day of the trip (selected times)
  • Hotels and restaurant tips included
  • Concierge service and luggage handling throughout

Authentic Dining

  • Venice: Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 17:30, then enjoy a delightful Welcome Dinner at a nearby restaurant.
  • Piran: Make your way to a seafront restaurant in the atmospheric Old Town of Piran and indulge in a Sea-to-Table lunch of the freshest seabass and seafood directly from the farm and seasoned to perfection.
  • Barban: Enjoy a mouth-watering Farm-to-Table lunch in the medieval town of 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.
  • Split: Meet mother and daughter Deana and Ivana Perič to taste their homemade cakes steeped in local folklore.
  • 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: 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: 12 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners with wine (DW), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT)

Insight Choice

  • Split: Choose to discover Diocletian’s Palace and the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town with a Local Expert. Alternatively, go on a walk with the local Domine organisation to uncover the stories of the women who helped shape Split’s history.
  • Hvar: Choose a sustainable chocolate tasting with Fedra Gamulin, the founder of Faria Women’s Co-op. Alternatively, join Ivana Carić for a wine tasting at her family’s wine cellar.
  • Korčula: Explore Korčula with Insight Choice. Choose to immerse yourself in nature as you join a Local Expert for a gentle hike in the healing nature surrounding Korčula Town. Alternatively, grab a sea-view spot and connect with your inner peace as you take part in a yoga class.

Insight Experiences

  • Korčula: Immerse yourself in nature as you join a Local Expert for a gentle hike in the healing nature surrounding Korčula Town.
  • Korčula: Grab a sea-view spot and connect with your inner peace as you take part in a yoga class.
  • 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.

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 advances SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. The workshops 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.
  • Piran: Meet Irena Fonda, a passionate and awarded biologist carrying out important conservation work in the Gulf of Piran. Join her on a short boat ride to see her family’s fish farm and learn about their journey breeding sustainable Piran sea bass of the highest quality. This experience advances SDG 14: Life Below Water. 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.
  • Plitvice National Park: Join a Local Expert to explore Plitvice National Park and learn how the site actively carries out research to monitor the natural habitat of species. This experience advances SDG 14: Life Below Water. The heritage site actively carries out studies to monitor and protect the natural habitat. It educates its visitors on the marine environment and best practices for a low-impact experience. This experience also advances SDG 15: Life On Land. The heritage site participates in habitat restoration and is constantly working to protect the parks natural ecosystems and animal population. This experience also advances SDG 11: Sustainable cities & Communities. The staff educate their visitors about local traditions and share their personal story of the village with great passion from personal knowledge and experience.
  • Plitvice National Park: Meet the industrious women of the Tara Community Centre, who produce handicrafts enabling employment and engagement in the community. The Tara Centre advances SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities. Through its income the Tara Centre has built a small community centre 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. It also advances SDG 11: Sustainable cities & Communities. The staff educate their visitors about local traditions and share their personal story of the village with great passion from personal knowledge and experience.
  • Zadar: Visit Brlog, Croatia’s first women-owned co-op brewery and try a selection of their natural craft beers. Hear the inspiring story of founders Maja Šepetavec and Ana Teskera and how they built their responsible social enterprise. This experience advances SDG 5: Gender Equality. 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 to make their brewery a success and to bring a new colour to the business palette of Zadar.
  • Hvar: Join Fedra, the founder of the Faria women’s co-op and learn about their remarkable job work in using the ingredients indigenous to the island to create delicacies and cosmetics. Taste her sustainable chocolates that were inspired by her love of locally available produce and grandma’s recipes. This experience advances SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption. Majority of the cocoa used in the production of the chocolate is sourced sustainably and certifies to the Fairtrade international standard. All the other ingredients used are seasonal and native of Hvar island. This experience also advances SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Faria Women’s Co-op, the only women’s association on Hvar island, empowers local women to maintain the strong cultural heritage of the island, re-inventing the traditional recipes and know-how of their grandmothers and bringing it back at to 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.
  • 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. This experience advances SDG 5: Gender Equality. 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.
  • 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. This experience advances SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. 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.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Venice: On your orientation see the Byzantine basilica in St Mark’s Square, the colonnaded Doge’s Palace and the iconic Bridge of Sighs.
  • 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 learn about the various influences that shaped the Istrian Peninsula’s present image. 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 amphitheatre.
  • Zadar: 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: 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.
  • Hvar: Cruise back to the mainland to continue your journey.
  • 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.
  • 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 and the mighty city walls rising straight from the cliffs before your cruise moors in the Old Town Harbour.

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