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 -10 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 and your hotel. Welcome dinner and briefing followed by an evening stroll through the old town to aquaint yourself with the local scene.

DAY 2 . After breakfast we’ll start on the walking trail through narrow cobbled streets, departing Supetar and continuing to nearby villages by our first-class vehicle. From the nearby village of Donji Humac, we’ll discover the La Dolče Vita Trail. This 6km. walking trail is a journey through the natural habitat of the island, where stories about its gastronomic delicacies, life and culture are discovered. On the trail, we can enjoy art and craft galleries, local cuisine in rustic restaurants, agricultural households, 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 villages surrounding Donji Humac before continuing on to Pučišća, the home of the famous white stone of Brač and the School of Stone Masonry. All culinary and wine products are locally produced, organic and homemade. On the trail, we’ll taste olive oil, wine, cheese, traditional lamb dishes, experiencing a long tradition of Brač stonemasonry and taste authentic Brač desserts. Free evening in the picturesque hidden seaside village of Pučišća.

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 Gorni Humac on the heights of inland Brač. We’ll explore these villages before heading south. 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 Gorni Humac. Arrival into Bol will be late afternoon. Here we’ll settle into our accommodation. Dinner and wine tasting at one of Dalmatia’s prestigious wineries and a free evening in Bol to wander the exquisite walk by the seaside.  

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 return to Bol late afternoon. Dinner at a seaside restaurant.  Free evening in Bol.

DAY 5. A late morning start and at 10.00am we’ll return to Supetar via Nerežišća and Škrip. Škrip is the most important archaeological site on Brač, and in fact, all of 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! Arriving back into Supetar, we’ll take a short walking tour to discover the works of Brač’s famous son, Ivan Rendić, sculptor extraordinaire, and then it will be time to say goodbye to Brač as we board our ferry returning back to Split in the distance. Accommodation will be in at a favourite B&B in Split.

DAY 6 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

DAY 7. Split – Free day in Split. In the evening, our farewell dinner will be organized 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 ambiance.

DAY 8. 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

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