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Delicious Journey Through Croatia (12 Days)

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Delicious Journey Through Croatia (12 Days)

 

Vacations are all about relaxation and time spent away from home while discovering the beauty of foreign places. At the end, it all comes to having great unforgettable experience that you can tell stories about. But what would a vacation be without some tasty food and mellow wine to serve it with? And that’s what Croatia is all about– a combination of breathtaking nature, fantastic wines, and great food. The best way to understand Croatian culture is to join us on this gastro tour and leave the country with a great taste in your mouth. We will take you to the best wineries hidden from human eyes, you will get a chance to cook with Croatian chefs and learn how to make local dishes. Croatia is well known for different food regions, visit them all and let us know which one you like the most. You can travel with your family, friends or by your own - we promise you won’t get bored a second. 

 

Price From: $2,850 per person
Travel type: Croatia tours
Fly in city: Zagreb
Fly out city: Dubrovnik
Recommended time to travel: April - October

Highlights:

Accommodation in hand-picked hotels
Wine tasting and a visit to  4 wineries
1 cooking class
Visit olive oil producers and take home a bottle of one of the best olive oils in the world
Experience truffle dinner and learn about truffle region in Croatia with locals
Visit a cheese factory
Enjoy private daily boat charters in Dubrovnik and Split to explore nearby islands
Local tavern visits

 

This tour can be further customized to meet any travel preferences.

Day 1

Arrival to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia and more than a 1000 year old City, with its historic charm. Hotel check-in. After a long trip hotel amenities will help you relax and rejuvenate. Overnight in Zagreb.

 

Day 2

After breakfast meeting with the local guide. Your day will start with magnificent cup of coffee in the oldest coffee shop in Zagreb situated on the main square overlooking the statue of Ban Jelacic. Croatians are very sensitive about the coffee and coffee drinking in local coffee shops is part of the culture. After morning relaxation you will take a walk with your local guide and start exploring Zagreb. Guide will tell you all the interesting stories about the city and give you recommendations and main attractions of the city which you can later use for self exploration. With an eclectic mix of the Central European and Mediterranean lifestyles, Zagreb pairs well the Austro Hungarian tradition and the warm Southern flavor. The most important cultural institutions in Zagreb and many hotels, of which a large part is within the international hotel chains, are located in the pedestrian area which is - when time permits - probably Europe's largest outdoor café. There are also other attractions such as the picturesque open-air market - one of the last in Europe, which is absolutely first-class experience for all who are coming to Zagreb. For dinner we are taking you to the oldest restaurant in Zagreb. The restaurant that was catering food for many politicians, actors and other famous people who ever traveled to Zagreb. The restaurant has a menu with dishes prepared from receits that are dating from 15th and 16th century. The owner will also hold the presentation of each dish as it will be served and paired well with best local wine. Overnight in Zagreb.

 

Day 3

After breakfast departure to the region Croatian Zagorje, an area of chocolate-box enchantment: miniature wooded hills are crowned with the castles they seem designed for, and streams tumble through lush vineyards. Visit castle Trakoscan with a local guide to experience the way of life during the past in the area. Castle Trakošćan's cultural heritage, is protected as a historical entity, which consists of the castle, the building next to the castle, park and forest park with a lake. Today the castle is one of the few facilities in Croatia with preserved its own constitution, historically closely related to the architectural framework and the life of its owners. After the Trakoscan castle, continue to a local farm for a farm to table food. After dinner return back to Zagreb. Overnight in Zagreb. * Possible to arrange a cooking class at a local farm! Overnight in Zagreb.

 

Day 4

After breakfast we will continue to National Park Plitivce Lakes. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Take a walk with a local guide through this heaven on earth. Enjoy scenery of beautiful waterfalls and untouched nature. And don’t forget to make a wish under the largest waterfall as it is supposedly making your wishes come true. Explore the park with a local guide. After the visit we will have late lunch in local restaurant and depart further to Rovinj. Hotel check-in and overnight in Rovinj

Day 5

After breakfast departure to Pula. Pula is the most important and largest port in Istria, and recently a real tourist treasure. Well-protected Pula Bay is among the best natural harbors in the Adriatic. Also, surrounded by lush green countryside of southern Istria, the city possess extraordinary beauty and culture. This coastal resort town with a surprising number of historical monuments, magnificent beaches and the amazing beauty of the interior is an ideal place to relax. By far the most memorable symbol of the Roman influence in Istria is magnificent twenty centuries old city Arena, the sixth largest amphitheater in the world. Free time to explore Pula. In the afternoon departure to Motovun, little charm city with spectacular landscape including the Motovun Forest, a prime locale for truffle-hunting. We will proceed to local authentic restaurant for the most famous truffle tasting in the area. The highlight of the day is cooking class and truffle tasting. After Dinner return back to Rovinj for overnight.

 

Day 6

After breakfast we will continue to city of Zadar. Zadar is an ancient city, built in the center of the Croatian Adriatic, full of historical and cultural monuments. It is three thousand years old, a city of old, tumultuous and dynamic history, often destructed, looted, devastated, every time emerging from the ruins stronger, richer and more beautiful. Zadar appeared for the first time in history in the 4th century B.C. as a settlement of the Illyrian tribe of Liburnians. Hotel check and afternoon sightseeing of the city. Visit sea organs - an experimental musical instrument made out of the stone, which plays along with sea waves. In Zadar you will explore The St. Donat’s Church, Museum of Ancient Glass (not include in price), and small ancient street from the Roman times. Afternoon departure to local winery for wine tasting and a dinner. Overnight in Zadar.

 

Day 7

After breakfast embark on a private boat for boat excursion to National Park Kornati. Discover the sailor’s paradise – National Park Kornati. This archipelago consists of 140 islands covering an area of 114 square miles (300 square km), with most of it declared a National Park – and with its natural beauty, numerous coves and crystal clear blue waters, it’s easy to see why. Swim in most hidden bays and the clearest water you have ever seen. The lunch will also be organized in one of the local islands that are only accessible by boat. Return to Zadar later afternoon. Overnight in Zadar.

 

Day 8

After breakfast continue along the coast to Split, the second largest city in Croatia and the city that has all: Roman ruins and grand museums alongside fashionable cafes and trendy shops. On the way to Split stop in Ethno Land Dalmati for prosciutto and wine tasting. Presentation from locals about food and wine making process. Continue Trogir (UNESCO Heritage Site) for a short sightseeing. Trogir is a remarkable example of urban continuity. The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period. Continue to Split for hotel check in and free evening.

 

Day 9

Morning sightseeing of historical complex of Split along with the Palace of Diocletian, the UNESCO protected site. In the early afternoon, by 11am, embark on a private boat to island Hvar. Visit local winery ‘Zlatan Otok’ for wine tasting and slow food degustation. After, sail further to town of Hvar for a local sightseeing of the old town. Hvar is the longest island in central Dalmatia and in front of its western part a group of 17 small islands called Pakleni islands is positioned there. It is located between the islands of Brač, Vis and Korčula in addition to peninsula Pelješac. Hvar is considered to be the warmest and sunniest place in Croatia with 2,718 sunny hours per year. Inhabited since the Stone Age it is not surprising that Hvar is rich with sites. Out of numerous cultural and historic monuments most prominent place is given to a municipal theatre building in Central Square. Built in 1612. Theatre is one of the oldest in this part of Europe. After sightseeing of Hvar we will be sailing around Pakleni islands for beautiful sceneries and possibly optional swim. After, we will return back to Split. Overnight in Split.

 

 
Day 10

After breakfast proceed to Dubrovnik. On the way to Dubrovnik stop in Ston. The under-visited Ston and its neighbor Mali Ston on the Peljesac peninsula are a great escape from the standard southern Dalmatia tourist route. About 59km northwest of Dubrovnik, there are no big resorts or luxury hotels in Ston but there is great eating, great scenery, old stone houses and the longest fortifications in Europe. It's not the place for a beach holiday but there's plenty to see and the small-town atmosphere is enchanting. We will explore the area with the guide and lunch in a local restaurant will be served for our group. After lunch, proceed further to Dubrovnik. Hotel check in free afternoon and overnight.

 

Day 11

After breakfast proceed to a local sightseeing of Dubrovnik. Local guide will take you to the most wonderful and hidden streets of the Dubrovnik. Explore Dubrovnik City Walls and enjoy a unique view of the Old Town (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE) of Dubrovnik including its narrow streets and small squares, shop on the Stradun street, and explore Game of Thrones locations. In the early afternoon embark on a boat and explore Elaphiti islands. Since the ancient times, the islands were a place of comfort, vacation, and delight. All this due to well preserved nature, clean and clear sea, sandy beaches, beautiful pine forest, olive gardens, numerous promenades and footpaths. Those are the scenes that remain forever in people's memory and landscapes that make the people come back again. The crew will show you hidden beaches, caves and secret places that you will absolutely love. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

 

Day 12

End of tour. Depart from Dubrovnik.

 

Recommended time to travel: April - October

Price:- From $2,850 per person. Please contact us for availability

 

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