Dalmatia Multisport & Culture Holiday

Dalmatia is a region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, situated mostly in the modern Croatia and spreading between the island of Rab in the northwest and the Gulf of Kotor (Montenegro) in the southeast.

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Dalmatia Multisport & Culture Holiday

Although Croatia developed under the impact of many different cultures - Greek, Roman, Celtic, Illyrian, Austrian, Hungarian, Byzantine, Islamic - it gave its own and unique imprint to the history of European civilization.

Dalmatia is a region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, situated mostly in the modern Croatia and spreading between the island of Rab in the northwest and the Gulf of Kotor (Montenegro) in the southeast. The hinterland, Inner Dalmatia (Dalmatinska Zagora), ranges from fifty kilometers in width in the north but narrows to just a few kilometers in the south. Its name has probably derived from the name of an Illyrian tribe called the Dalmatae which lived in the area of the eastern Adriatic coast in the 1st millennium BC.
We will explore central Dalmatia, Split where the Roman Emperor Diocletian spent his declining years in an enormous palace (305.a.c.) that he had built near his birthplace, Aspalthos.

We will explore the islands Brac and Hvar, their secrets, monasteries, churches, old fisherman villages, beautiful stone architecture , natural beauties and tranquillity,   Dalmatian vegetation which is unique….Passing through vineyards we will have a chance to try this nectar of gods.

We will explore the Dalmatian hinterland, and its ancient villages, which are away from busy and crowded tourist places. In the tranquillity of these villages we will sample the culinary delights of the region and enjoy in preparation of food in a traditional way ...

DAY 1

Arrival to Bol, island Brac

Bol is the oldest coastal town on the island Brač, and from the town of fishermen and wine growers, it became a well-known tourist destination. Bol is in many a way a very special town. It is the first and the oldest little island town on the coast. It didn't take the usual position like other coastal towns between the amphitheatrical slopes of the protected bays, but it stands alone and separated on the southern, open part of the island, with the beaches connected like necklace of pearls. We will have an introductory meeting and dinner tonight.

DAY 2

Biking to Dragon’s cave + optional windsurf intro course

To reach Dragon’s cave we will pedal along the south coast of Brac, passing numerous beaches and bays on a gravel road…. The Dragon's Cave contains a famous relief showing a dragon, a first class monument to the monastic life in the caves of the Glagolitic friars in the 15th century. Set about 200 meters above Murvica this cave served as a dwelling and a temple to the priests who fled to these uninhabited steep southern slopes to begin here their monastic life and to develop it to a high standard.. The whole cave was altered and used as a church or hermitage. There are holes of various shapes and at their foot are stone seats on the walls of the cave. On the eastern side, above the little chapels are figures of humans and birds in their nests ...

After our visit we will have an optional  “Dalmatian lunch” in an ethno village, and then we will start our way back to Bol.

OPTIONAL: Optional introductory windsurfing course in the afternoon.
Today Bol has become the favourite place for surfers from all over the world.
The channel between the islands Brac and Hvar and the wind that blows there offer the ideal conditions for windsurfing. Due to these conditions, Bol has become a well known windsurfing destination. Every year numerous competitions are organised.

Ride: we ride today cca 6 km on flat gravel road to Murvica, followed by a  45min. walk before reaching Dragon’s cave. We have 6 km of the same road on the way back. Total 15km. Passing near many nice beaches along the coast


DAY 3

Boat excursion to Blaca

After breakfast we board the boat for Blatacka bay – the harbour of Blaca, located in the southern part of the island, between Bol and Milna.

Blaca is actually a monastery founded 500 years ago by glagolitic priests hiding from the Turks. Through centuries the monastery grew from a simple cave shelter to a very important cultural and scientific centre with a school for children, a library with nearly 8000 books in 5 different languages and an astronomical observatory. Today it is a museum. Blaca is a unique monument on our coast.
Return to Bol in the afternoon.

Note: in case of rough sea we will shuttle to Blaca by bus.  From the bus stop we have a 45 min walk to reach The Blaca monastery.


DAY 4

Exploring Island Hvar

Today we will explore the island Hvar by bike. Greeks settled the  island of Hvar in the 4th century BC.The ride today is relatively flat and takes us through lavender and rosemary fields, quiet stone built villages, and alongside the narrow “fjord” between Vrboska and Jelsa. We start the morning ride in Jelsa, for many years a simple fishing port. From here we ride the flat and scenic road on the edge of the “fjord” filled with small coves perfect for a cooling dip (don't forget your swimsuit!). Our second destination, Vrboska, is an adorable small harbor famous for its fortified church. Unique in all of Croatia, the church is a result of a strange but necessary alliance between the church and the need for fortification from invaders. The next town we reach is Stari Grad, literally Old Town, the oldest settlement on the island, and one of the first on all the Adriatic islands. The town’s architecture is a complex of Greek walls, Roman Mosaics, the complex of streets built in the Middle Ages and above all Tvrdalj - the Renaissance fortified castle with a fish-pond and park constructed by the Croatian poet Petar Hektorović (he wrote Ribanje i ribarsko prigovaranje - "Fishing and Fishermen's Narrations"). After a short break in Stari Grad we ride through the mountain village of Pitve, with its traditional stone houses, it's “konobas” (taverns), and its terrace gardens, Pitve epitomizes the island towns of Croatia. In the late afternoon we will shuttle into Hvar town. Hvar, with its seven century-old walls and fortifications,  that became powerful in the Middle Ages being an important port for the Venetian Republic is definitely worth visiting. After some time at leisure in Hvar, we transfer back to Bol.

Note: in case of rough sea there are 2 ferries from Brac via Split to reach the island Hvar. If this happens we will not be biking on the island, but will still be able to see most of the island!
Ride: 20 kms of almost flat terrain, afternoon shuttle to Hvar town and back to Jelsa to catch boat

DAY 5

Sightseeing of Split and canoeing in the river Cetina canyon

Today we say goodbye to Bol and our islands explorations, and continue to Split - a city with a 1700 year old tradition, a variety of archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, among which the world famous Palace of Diocletian, inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage List, the Peristyle, Diocletian's mausoleum, Jupiter's temple, the colonnades along the streets, Early Croatian churches, Romanesque houses.... With the passing centuries the original architecture of the palace has been altered, the people inhabiting the city using the structures of the palace, damaging it as little as possible, under Byzantine, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian rule. Enjoy guided walk through the old Palace while looking how ordinary people live day by day ...

After a lunch break we transfer to Omis and further, to Podgradje, a village situated on the river Cetina where we cool down while paddling along the Cetina river in canoes. Be a participant of an exciting and attractive meeting with the river. Due to its wilderness and constant rearing this river was called the River Horse in the Illyrian times. Feel the charms of that beautiful and unpredictable Dalmatian river.

Overnight in old traditional houses in Podgradje, village situated on the river Cetina.  

Guided sightseeing of Split (cca 1.5 h) + canoeing 7 km long. On the scale ranging from I to VI the river got marks II to III. Canoeing lasts from 3 to 4 hours

DAY 6

Trekking in the canyon, then visit Omis, pirate town…

Today after breakfast we go for a walk through the vineyard in stone "Pasike", the amazing "Pograjska jut", full of cracks, funnel-shaped holes and round karsts valleys, with different trees and plants in the canyon of the Cetina river. 

 A lot of birds and small forest animals dwell here. Feel a breath of past times, since the forest Jut is full of old, half-demolished housings and "bađine" and different remainders of stone fences which were important to people, living and existing in that interesting landscape. It is necessary to wear sports shoes and trousers to protect you from sharp plants, growing by the paths. It is also possible to have some time for swimming in the river so take your bathing suit.  After a small picnic of home made food, we transfer to Omis, where you will have time at leisure to explore the ancient town, the Mirabela fortress of the Pirates of Omis, or just have a coffee and relax before dinner tonight in Podgradje.  We sleep again in traditional houses in Podgradje.

Trekking cca 3 – 4 hours, small picnic included after the hike, afternoon time at leisure in Omis

DAY 7

Canyoning or rafting on the Cetina river + Split

Canyoning

Experience a real adventure in the canyon of the Cetina River, which is called, due to its wilderness, its rearing and timelessness The River Horse. Enjoy its hidden beauty, its canyons that reach 120 mts of depth, explore the famous Gubavica waterfall, and have a swim in it. Don't be afraid, the people leading you were born by the canyon and have spent their whole lives there. They know all the charms and eventual dangers of the canyons. Visit the deserted Devil’s home, see the lake 'Crni kotao’ high up in the mountain, Enjoy the breath taking reliefs of cut stone, and astonishing never ending play of rock and water. At the end of the trip we will again have a small picnic waiting for us….This is called canyoning!!!

For those who don’t feel so adventurous, rafting is the more relaxed option, 9 kms of river, level 1 to 2 on the difficulty scale. During the rafting on the Cetina River you will pass light and moderate water rapids, deep calm lakes, ideal for having a refreshment, river banks covered with rich vegetation that makes tunnels of branches, impressive rocks and caves. Most of the parts are easily managed, but combined manoeuvres and teamwork are a must…

After this trip we will transfer to Split, foe accommodation and free time until our final dinner     
tonight!

Rafting (level 1 to 2), 9 km of river, cca 3 hours
Canyoning 3-4 hours,  
Transfer Split, time for leisure, final dinner together

DAY 8
Transfer to Split airport, end of our services

Price per person for groups of 4 persons:

From £1190* (seasonal variation may apply ... contact us to confirm price)

Price per person for groups of 6 persons:

From £1060* (seasonal variation may apply ... contact us to confirm price)

Price includes:

  • In and out transfers from/to Split airport,
  • HB accommodation in Bol (4 nts), Podgradje (2 nts),
  • BB accommodation in Split ( 1 nt),
  • sports activities as described in programs,
  • sightseeing of Split. 
  • introductory dinner in Bol, welcome drink
  • farewell dinner in Split
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 lunch
  • tour leader assistance

 Price does not include:

  1. tips
  2. travel insurance

Lodging:

- lodging in a 3* or 4*  hotels , Podgradje - rooms (shared rooms in private houses)

N.B: accommodation in Podgradje is in private houses, and usually two sleeping rooms have to share 1 bathroom.

* All prices below are Sunshine World LTD’s own prices and we reserve the right to change our prices at any time. Your confirmation receipt price will not change. Please contact us to discuss our putting together of an all-inclusive package for you!

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