This seasonal tour (lavender is in bloom usually from late May until mid-July, with the best time to visit in late June to coincide with the festival) includes an expert guide to take you through the aromatic fields, where you will learn the harsh realities of life in Dalmatia before tourism.
The walk will include a tour of Velo Grablje and its two small churches, one of Dalmatia’s most atmospheric villages, followed by lunch or dinner in the village, complete with a capella traditional Dalmatia singing.
Tour type: Cultural, Traditional, Nature, Youth and Family
Duration: half-day program
Categories: Unique & Uncommon
Price: 185 € per person
Min. pax: 4 people
Activity level: Light
Disabilities friendly: Yes
Kid friendly: Yes
From € 185 per person
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This half-day program for small groups starts at 09:00 or, late afternoon at 17:00. We’ll visit the lavender fields around Velo Grablje, just a 10 min drive from Hvar Old Town. After our 45 min gentle walk we’ll reach the Velo Grablje lavender distillery where we will take a brief tour to see how lavender is made into aromatics. Then we will stroll to a central part of the village visiting the St.Kuzma and Damian church where you will enjoy local traditional a cappella singing, Then it’s time for either a delicious brunch or supper prepared using local delicacies served on the central square of the Velo Grablje, or if bad weather at the house of your host.
Did you know that a small village on Hvar which until recently had a population of just five people was once the centre of lavender production for all Dalmatia? Or that just 50 years ago, this fragrant island accounted for 8% of the world’s lavender production?
Sadly economic hardship and devastating forest fires have decimated that lavender industry, but Hvar’s lavender story is a fascinating one, and one which is undergoing a revival with the rebirth of that village, Velo Grablje. Thanks to the work of some enthusiastic locals with links to the village, the village is thriving thanks to its lavender heritage, and its population has increased to 14, there is a restaurant, winter pub and its most famous attraction, the annual Lavender Festival at the end of June.
We will pick you up at your hotel, villa, private accommodation, where your boat is moored or agreed pick-up location. We will agree on this when the tour is booked.
9 AM for morning program or 5 PM for the afternoon program. This tour can also be arranged at a time that is convenient for you, so please ask us what your unique requirements are and we will be happy to get back to you with the particulars and our price.
We will end this tour where you wish – at the marina, your hotel, villa or private accommodation. Just let us know.
This is a half day program.
This program includes lunch or dinner, but not gratuities to guides and items purchased for personal use. Please bring also a hat, sun cream and a towel because it is hot, especially in the afternoon hours.
Cultural, Traditional, Nature, Youth and Family
Air-conditioned van with 8 seats or with Toyota Land Cruiser or Mitsubishi Pajero – both 4WD vehicles.
** CANCELATIONS CAUSED BY COVID
FULL REFUND in case of any reason related with COVID 19 (travel ban, infection, any objective reason that prevents service delivery) – upon presented evidence/proof/official medical COVID test report.
Such a unique experience
‘’Everything was fantastic…… The food at the abandoned village was great, and it was such a unique experience. Our tour guide for the day was knowledgeable and friendly, and we learned a lot about Hvar and Croatian wine… We’d highly recommend Hvar Tours for anyone looking for a daytime excursion in Hvar.’’
Above and beyond the normal tour
“We booked with this company 3 times and each one was better and better. Ivana was super helpful and accommodating… Our guide Leo was outstanding and incredibly knowledgeable about wine and the history of the island. He went above and beyond the normal tour and showed us significant historical sights, stopping for us to take photos whenever we wanted … each vineyard has a fascinating story behind it … stunning hill-top views of other islands … These tours were above and beyond what I would have expected.”
A travel through time
“From breathtaking sceneries to amazing wine, Boris takes you on a travel through time! Not to miss during your trip on Hvar if you want to get a real flavor of the island!! Thank you both for the great time, we’ll definitely come back.’”
Unmatched thoughtfulness and care
“The thoughtfulness and care that Hvar Tours put into planning this day for us was unmatched. Our guides were so knowledgeable, kind, and passionate about their homeland. They shared music, culture, food, wine, and love for this precious island with us. We left with full hearts and memories we will cherish forever.”
Great and informative tour!
‘’ We really loved Violet – she was friendly and you could tell she was passionate and knowledgeable …The drive was beautiful – high up in the rocky mountains of Hvar, away from the hustle … We stopped on the way at a scenic overlook and it was beautiful. We visited one of the top three wineries in Hvar and the tasting was done in a cave. Pretty cool … We also got to try 4 different kinds of olive oils with a side of cheese and bread…. the atmosphere of the wine cellar (think romantic candle light surrounded by oak barrels) …’’