DALMATIAN FESTIVALS – THE BEST OF 2018 (prices incl. of entrance tickets, local guide and transportation)
Dalmatian-festivals-the-best-of-2018. Come and join us for a hosted small group tour of some of Dalmatia’s very best 2018 summer festivals – all our festivals are easily reachable from Split. We make a day out of our festival tours, commencing with a fully guided tour of the vicinity during the day before the fun festivities commence in the evening … our tour includes all entrance tickets and transportation to and from your festival of choice! Truly unforgettable local experiences of Dalmatia for you, your friends and family to enjoy – ask us …
The Omis Pirate Festival
Saturday, 18th August 2018 – Departs 10h30 until late
Adults – Euro 95 pp/ Child (up to 12yo) Euro 70 pp
A re-enactment of pirate battles between the Venetians and Omis pirates that occurred in the 13th century is held in Omiš harbour each year. The Omiš pirates won after a fierce battle and ordered the Venetians to pay them a fee in gold coins for safe passage through the Brač channel. The festival celebrates this famous victory over Venice and is a riot of colour and pageantry with a spectacular choice of homemade street food and drinks available plus some traditional Croatian music. On the way we’ll take you to the fortress of Klis with its spectacular views over the Adriatic islands – the setting of some of GOT.
The Alka Festival – Sinj
Sunday, 5th August 2018 – Departs 09.30 returns late.
Adults – Euro 100 pp/ Child (up to 12yo) Euro 80 pp
Sinj is famous for its annual Sinjska alka, a medieval joust that celebrates the townsfolk’s victory over the Ottomans – contestants, clad in eighteenth-century costume, gallop down a steeply sloping street at the southern end of town and attempt to thread their lances through a ring dangled from a rope. First recorded in 1715, the Alka is one of the few remaining examples of the contests that once took place in all the Adriatic towns. You will enjoy a guided tour of the town and visit the local Alka museum. For just one day a year, a riot of colour with spit roasts and local delicacies a-plenty. On the way, we’ll stop off at a number of places of local interest. We stop at Kamisac, the gorgeous River Sana flows through the village. Kamicak is famous for its Old Ottoman Castle located of the Sana River
Tickets for the main spectator stand are hard to get hold of so early booking is recommended.
Tribunj Donkey Racing – Tribunj.
August 1 2018 – Departs 10h30 returns late
Adults – Euro 95 pp/ Child Eur 70 pp (up to 12yo)
For over half a century, 12 local plucky amateurs, dressed in traditional gear, and some equally stubborn donkeys have gathered to race around the village of Tribunj a number of times in what is a riot of colour and all round silliness. Augmented with wonderful food and wine stalls and local music this is a fun and hilarious night out for young and old (and those in-between!). On the way we’ll stop of at places of local interest including Omis, Primosten and Sibenik.
Neretva Boat Race (Ladja)
August 11 2018 – Departs 09.30 returns late
Adults – Euro 95 pp/ Child 70 pp (up to 12yo)
With at least 300 competitors, 30 odd boats (Ladja), the rhythmic banging of partisan drums, a mass of colour amongst the smell of local delicacies … the annual Ladja boat race gets underway. It’s not taken lightly by the contestants who are specifically selected based on strength and stamina and who train long and hard for this most coveted of awards. Join us as we follow the 22.5 km boat race along the beautiful Neretva river to its final destination at Ploce. A truly authentic experience. On the way we’ll stop off at a number of places of local interest.
Peljesac Wine Festival
Prices by arrangement
What is there not to like about this festival…. It’s vibrant, it’s colourful, it has great local live music, it informs you on all you possibly need to know about viticulture and local grape varities and the food and particularly wine is out of this world and plentiful.
It’s worth a December mini-break to Croatia on its own and that’s exactly what we will provide for you with local accommodation thrown in.
Read all about the Gecko team’s “reccy” of the festival in 2017 – you will be tempted!!
Peljesac wine festival