A Slow Tour of Island Brač

Wander through little scenic villages, discover the tastes, and meet the colourful locals. A SLOW FOOD & WINE CULTURAL journey filling the senses with all that Brač has to offer. Specifically designed for small groups 2 – 8 guests. P.O.A.

DAY 1. On your arrival to Split Airport, you’ll be greeted by your driver and taken to the port of Split to continue your 50-minute journey to the Island of Brač, arriving in the major town of Supetar then transferring to your accommodation. Welcome dinner and briefing followed by an evening stroll. ACCOMMODATION: Pučišća

DAY 2 . After breakfast we’ll take a walking trail through Skrip, the most important archaeological site on Brač, and in fact, of all Croatia! So many stories from ancient times to tell! A 3rd-century Roman mausoleum, and on top of it, a defence fortification commissioned by the Radojković family erected in the 16th century during the Venetian-Turkish wars. We’ll wander through the village, and visit the museum of olive oil. Here in this ambience of rustic beauty, we’ll learn about olive oil pressing techniques of days gone by compared to the present. A prepared light lunch and a glass or two of the local wine is always so greatly appreciated here in this setting. Another superb highlight! ACCOMODATION: Pučišća

After arriving mid afternoon into the village of Pučišća, a hidden treasure by the sea, and home of the famous white stone of Brač, the School of Stone Masonry and delicious cuisine, we’ll have a rest before venturing along the coastline at sunset by small boat to one of the most extraordinary restaurants hidden away in a magical cove. All culinary and wine products are locally produced, organically and homemade. Another gastronomic experience! ACCOMMODATION: Pučišća

In the village of Pučišća, tucked away in a hidden cove. Pristine and so welcoming.

The Story of Brač Stone When you visit Brač for the first time you will notice numerous stone structures such as dry-stone walls , stone roofs on houses, and villas, churches and bell towers. Stone from the island of Brač is praised worldwide among engineers and architects and it is worth knowing that even some parts of the White House in Washington are built of it. The story of Brač stone began way back in ancient history when the first settlers the Illyrians built their abodes with it, followed by the Romans who exploited it, building the ancient city of Salona near Split, Diocletian’s Palace, and other buildings all around the Roman Empire.

In the village of Pučišća…so many delicious decisions..from fresh seafood to delicious lamb..a foodie heaven!

DAY 3. A free morning in peaceful Pučišća. At 10.00am after a late breakfast we’ll take an escorted tour of the village, so much to see in this delightful and pristine old town of white stone and then we’ll drive to the village of Bol on the southern side of the island via Pražnice and Gornji Humac on the heights of inland Brač. We’ll explore these villages and have a traditional lunch in an almost forgotten village. The 15th century Renaissance sculptor Niccolo Fiorentino influenced many of the religious works of stone and the famous Juraj Dalmatinac (George of Dalmatia) made an exquisite stone triptych in the chapel of Our Lady of Attendance in Gornji Humac. ACCOMMODATION: Pučišća

On Day 4 Sharing time with the Tomas Family on Smrka Bay is an experience never to be forgotten! A table of Dalmatian favourites, welcoming liqueurs and grappa, followed by slowly roasted meats under the Peka bell, or seafood if you prefer, desserts to die for, all accompanied by Tomas local wines from Island Brač. Take a swim while your meal is being prepared! Many of my guests have commented about this day being a definite highlight of their Dalmatian tour!

DAY 4. After breakfast we’ll take a guided walk through the old town and after lunch we’ll sail west along the coastline past the world-famous Golden Horn Beach to Blaca Bay. From here we’ll walk up the 2 km track to the Blaca Hermitage, where monks in the 15th century fled to the island from the mainland to escape plundering Turks and Venetians. Here they lived and worked, carving reliefs in the stone. This is always a highlight to so many of my guests. From here we’ll continue sailing along the coastline to Smrka Bay where we’ll be warmly greeted by the Tomas family at their 300 year old family home, located right on the sea. Take a swim in the most amazing azure waters and get ready to enjoy their hospitality and a feast you will long remember! Sail back to Bol and enjoy an evening stroll before bedtime.   Free evening in Bol. ACCOMMODATION: Pučišća

DAY 5. A completely free day in Bol. A day to wander, immersing yourself in the tastes, sounds and colours of this magical Dalmatian environment. ACCOMMODATION: Pučišća

DAY 6. After breakfast we’ll make our way back to Supetar and depart for Split late afternoon. On the way we’ll visit the highest peak Vidova Gora. From here the views of the surrounding islands are amazing. On a clear day the mountains along the Italian Coast are visible! Visiting the village of Nerežišća and Donji Humac we’ll enjoy art and craft galleries, local cuisine in a rustic restaurant, and the local vintages at a family vineyard. You can also see hidden gems of ancient island architecture, sculpture, flora and fauna, and the islander’s way of living in the surrounding villages. Late afternoon, at sunset it will be time to say goodbye to Brač as we board our ferry returning back to Split in the distance. ACCOMMODATION: at a favourite B&B in Split where friendly hospitality is well known.

DAY 7 Split  After breakfast our guide will accompany us on a unique walking tour of Old Split. On your tour, you’ll discover the ancient centre of this remarkable city, the second-largest in Croatia. Diocletian’s Palace, the very centre of Split, is a UNESCO protected world heritage site and offers unique perspectives on ancient Roman architecture. After exploring the narrow walkways, palace basements, Jupiter’s Temple, visiting  Saint Dominus Cathedral and much more, and tasting some Dalmatian specialities, my guests often make this comment, “ We can understand why you love living here Robyn!” Free afternoon. Evenings in Split are to be enjoyed, there is something for everyone, in this buzzing 1700-year-old Mediterranean city where English is widely spoken. ACCOMMODATION: Split B&B

DAY 8. Split – Free day in Split. In the evening, our farewell dinner will be organised in the old town in one of my favourite restaurants that have sprung up in recent years since Split’s gastronomic scene has exploded in this city of divine hospitality and ambience.

DAY 9. Departure day. Time to say ‘Dovidjenja’ (goodbye.) From here you may wish to travel to other regions of Croatia, Zadar in Northern Dalmatia, Dubrovnik in Southern Dalmatia, Istria in the North-West, Slavonia in the East, Lika to the North, or spend some time in Continental Croatia around Zagreb and Varaždin in the land of castles, Baroque architecture and fairytales, or take a slow cruise through the Dalmatian Islands, or charter a yacht and sail to some of the 1200  islands…so much to see and do in Croatia.

For all inquiries and a quote of cost according to numbers of participants in your group, please contact Robyn Vulinovich on email: myhiddencroatia@bigpond.com Please note, this fully escorted tour includes ferry and first class air-conditioned transport, accommodation, breakfast and either a daily 3 course lunch or dinner, plus extra food and wine tastings.