CROATIA FOODIE TOUR
As grape – wine breeding has been nurtured in this area since the ancient times. Croatia is rightly proud of its wide palette of wines. More than a thousand different wine labels are on offer, from which 900 are with the protection and control of geographical origin.
PROSCIUTTO AND CHEESE
Together with home-made fried or pickled olives, a mandatory accompaniment to prosciutto is local sheep, goat or mixed cheese , which has largely become known outside the Croatian borders.
73 extra virgin olive oils from Croatia are being included in Flos Olei’s 2021 guide – and 71 out of 73 are from Istria. Croatian olive oil producers make up 14% of the best in the industry across the world
Croatia enjoys the privilege of having one of the greatest gastronomy in the world. It offers a diverse culinary experience with a variety of natural and savory dishes. Croatian cuisine is based on locally and ecologically produced ingredients, which is why it is difficult to capture its authentic flavor elsewhere. That is why we made this program – to tase it yourself!
Day 1 – ZAGREB – ARRIVAL (T)
Individual arrivals to Zagreb Airport.
Your driver will wait for you and transfer you to the hotel – let us know your flight details at least 7 days before arrival!
Meet your tour leader and all your travel gastronomy lovers’ companions on this tour for full travel information.
In the evening we will take you to one of the restaurants in the city centre for a light dinner and then to a wine bar where you will spent cosy evening with our sommelier Jelena Šimić Valentić and program: „Introduction to the world of Croatian wines“. She will line up for you 8 great Croatian wines. She will walk you through the tastes and characteristics of famous Croatian wine regions. There will also be served Croatian autochthonous prosciutto from Drniš, Croatian autochthonous cheese from Pag, extra virgin olive oil and homemade bread. After some 2 hours of this unique experience, we will walk you back to your hotel. Overnight.
DAY 2 – ZAGREB – OPATIJA (B, D)
After breakfast you will meet your tour leader and your local guide for Zagreb for city walking tour: The tour starts by introducing you to history of Zagreb. You will walk around Zrinjevac, which is a part of the so-called Green horseshoe or Lenuci’s horseshoe. Than we will visit Kaptol and its landmark – Zagreb Cathedral, which story goes all the way from 11th century. We will pass the Dolac market, to come to Radićeva Street that leads us all the way to Stone Gates. This is the entrance to old city of Gradec, today „the upper town“, where you will hear all about city legends, witches and lovers that represent this part of the town. We will walk to St. Marko church, the landmark of the old city, and finish our tour by passing the very famous Museum of Broken Relationships and Tower of Lotrščak all the way back to Ban Jelačić square. After the sightseeing and some free time for lunch, you will board the bus for transfer to Opatija.
Check in to your hotel.
Opatija is located beneath the Učka mountain and on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, Opatija is one of Croatia’s most famous destinations thanks to its local climate, beautiful architecture, boutique hotels, and luxurious, well-tended parks and promenades. Opatija is called the Queen of Adriatic for a good reason. Enjoy this day bay taking a stroll on Opatija lungomare – a 14 km long sidewalk by the sea and stop for photo with Maiden with the seagull.
Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight.
DAY 3 – ISTRIA TOUR (B, T, L)
Breakfast.. Today we will take you to visit Istria. Istria is a peninsula full of history, nice small towns, lots of vineyards and wonderful food.
First we will take you to visit Pula, the place where Romans builted the great amphiteater, which still stands and is one of the 3 in Europe that still exists. A local guide will show you all the amenities of Pula and tell you all about its turbulent history. We will stop at local farm and present you with local chees and olive oil production, where you will have chance to learn how to taste the olive oil.
Than we will take you to visits Motovun. Motovun is the best-preserved medieval fortification on the Istrian peninsula. The story of this beautiful city begins at the foot of the Motovun hill, where the mythical Jason and the Argonauts sailed along the Mirna River. The story about Motovun goes all the way back to the period between 3,500 and 2,200 B.C., but the first mention of the name is written in 809 A.D. The town itself remained in the shape of old fortress, from which the name Montona is derived – the fortress on the hill. The forests around Motovun are the place where the black truffle grows, which is highly esteemed in the world. We will take you to try local truffle lunch – will take you to try it in a local household, where we will show you how the truffles are found, and how they are used today.
Return to Opatija for overnight.
DAY 4 – OPATIJA – PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will meet your guide, board the bus and head towards Plitvice Lakes National Park. The unity and the harmony of the 16 lakes and their natural and cultural values is famous worldwide, earning this remarkable national park a coveted place on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Arriving at Plitvice, you’ll walk through these ancient woodlands led by our experienced guide. The path takes you across the Upper Lakes and then it’s time for a magical boat ride within the sound of the waterfalls to the Lower Lakes. Wherever you are in Plitvice it’s easy to see why its travertine marble formations are such an extraordinary natural phenomenon. The barriers, sills and other forms created in these lakes, karst rivers and streams is still an ongoing process that shapes the wonderful landscapes that make your walk through the park so enjoyable. It’s these same travertine formations that have and are still creating the numerous magnificent waterfalls here. Over time, the water changes its course, leaving some barriers dry and as it deposits new layers elsewhere. This constant evolution makes the Plitvice Lakes never look the same. The best way to actually see this happening is when you are standing in front of the Great fall, 78 m high. The roaring thunder of the water as it hits the ground is unforgettable! Your journey ends with a panoramic train ride. After visit to National park, which takes 3-4 hours walking, we will take you to nice lunch. Transfer further to Split, check in to hotel. Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight.
Day 5 – SPLIT (B, COOKING CLASS)
After breakfast, we will organize a Cooking class where you will meet one of the local chefs who will take you to open market and pick your own food to cook. Than he will take you to his kitchen, where you will learn how to make some traditional meals from this area. Meet or fish – you will pick your own menu.
After this experience, explore Split with a local guide: Split walking tour includes the Roman part of town (Diocletian palace) and old part of town (City hall, promenade, Fish market.) The ruins of the Palace, can be found throughout the city. The cathedral locally known as St. Duje church was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Twelfth- and 13th-century Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th-century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the protected area.
Free evening. Overnight.
Day 6 – SPLIT – PELJEŠAC – DUBROVNIK (B, T, L)
This day will start with panoramic ride along the Dalmatian coastline. After 3 hours’ drive to our first stop, Pelješac Peninsula. First we will take you through wine-growing region of “Dingač”. You will get a great insight into the local life and traditions. A wine-growing tradition has been part of the local culture for centuries. The highlight of the trip is a visit to a local winery “Miloš”. The production of grapes and wine in Ponikva has been a family tradition for many generations. Production is based on the indigenous variety of Plavac Mali. Today, Miloš winery owns 15 hectares of vineyards on some of the highest quality positions of the Pelješac Peninsula. In the winery, they make different types of wine: dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, and natural dessert wines. In the family-owned house, we will organize for you a presentation and wine tasting.
Than you will continue to the town of Ston. Famous for the longest stone wall in Europe (5.5 km), salt cultivation farming and oyster growing farms, since Roman times. The city walls with 5km in length, are the longest defensive structure in Europe. They are sometimes referred to as the “European Walls of China”. Following extensive renovations, the walls were open to visitors. In Ston we suggest to visit the local salt factory. Interesting is the ancient salt pans that were in use during the Dubrovnik Republic. Salt is still produced here. After time in Ston, we continue to mali Ston.
At the seaside promenade in Mali Ston, in the medieval salt storage room, there is a restaurant called “Bota Šare” which is an old name for an arched ceiling, where we will serve you with traditional oyster and fish lunch.
Oyster are the symbol of this area. Together with crabs and fish are stored according to original Ston recipes from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic. Homemade bread, grilled fish, stews, risottos & homemade desserts of this region will impress you and return to the past glorious times of this region.
Check in to your Dubrovnik hotel. Overnight.
Day 7 – DUBROVNIK (B)
After breakfast, this day is reserved for Discover Dubrovnik an ultimate tour for visitors who wish to take in all the main sights and explore the architecture and history of this famous city. Accompanied by our experienced guide, the story of Dubrovnik’s golden age will unfold before your eyes. The route takes you around the Old Town via Onofrio’s Fountain and up Prijeko Street to the Old Port – the key to Dubrovnik’s trading and maritime success. Along the way, you will pay a visit to St. Saviour’s, the grandiose Franciscan and Dominican church, and see wine-producing vines believed to be more than 100 years old. Ships from Dubrovnik were renowned throughout the Mediterranean and galleons from the Republic could be found in navies across Europe and beyond. These ships were built and loaded in the legendary Arsenal, which is another stop on the tour. Once in the Old Port, your guide will relate the stories of the famous Quarantine and the nearby fortresses of St. Luke and St. John as well as legends about the Church of St Blaise, the Cathedral, the Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, and Orlando’s Column.
DAY 8 – DUBROVNIK – CAVTAT – KONAVLE (B, L)
After breakfast, a local guide will wait for you at hotel reception and lead you on a half day tour to most northern part of Croatia.
The Konavle valley is a fascinating region in the hinterland of Dubrovnik.
Cavtat is located on a Rat peninsula which, together with the Sustjepan peninsula, closes a well-protected and accessible bay. A Greek colony Epidurum was located on the place of today’s Cavtat, after which the Romans founded their Epidaurus colony. Its natural beauties and a rich cultural and historical heritage make it attractive destination on the Adriatic.
Lunch in the local traditional restaurant where you will have chance to try traditional dish prepared under „peka”
Return to Dubrovnik with a free afternoon and overnight.
DAY 9 – DUBROVNIK – DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast. Free time before departure to airport for departure flight. Let us know your flight details so we can organize your departure transfer.
PACKAGE PRICES PER PERSON FOR A FULLY GUIDED TOUR (DRIVER GUIDE AND CAR RENTAL WITH EXPENSES INCLUDED):
FROM 2990 EUR if you are paying in euro
PACKAGE PRICES PER PERSON FOR A SELF-GUIDED TOUR (CAR RENTAL INCLUDED – NO EXPENSES):
FROM 1709 EUR if you are paying in euro
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
- Accommodation: 8 overnights in Zagreb, Opatija, Split, and Dubrovnik, breakfast included (1x Zagreb, 2 x Opatija, 2 x Split, 3 x Dubrovnik – 4* hotels),
- English-speaking tour guide;
- 2 x dinner, 2 x lunch, 1 x wine evening, 1 x cooking class Split, 1 x olive oil and cheese tasting, 1 x wine tasting;
- Local guides in Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik;
- Entrance tickets: National Park Plitvice lakes and Amphitheater Pula;
- City taxes and fees
TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Flights – each passenger is responsible to book their own flight tickets and let us know about the flight timetables in order to organize arrival/departure transfer
- Insurance – we consider adequate travel insurance to be essential. We cannot accept responsibility for any cost for you or any of your travel companions that may incur as a result of failing to take out insurance coverage.
- Visa costs – if required for entry
- Additional meals, unless stated under price includes
- Additional entrance tickets, unless stated under price includes
- Tips for guides and drivers – it is desired; it is not mandatory. If you are satisfied with the service, organization and effort of our guides and drivers, it is nice to reward them (recommendation of the average tip 2-5 eur per person; the tip depends on your assessment and satisfaction and can be higher, and you determine it yourself if you want to leave it)
FULLY GUIDED BUS FOODIE TOUR!
On our programs, we use 4* high standard hotel, that will make you feel good while on this tour!
All hotel star category is per local category.
All hotel calculated are on bed and breakfast basis. Breakfast served in hotels are mainly hot or cold buffet with vegetarian food options.
THERE IS NO EXTRAS ON THIS TOUR – all is included!
Cancellation terms and conditions:
• More than 35 days prior to arrival – bank transactional fees/credit card fees if you paid for deposit and we are refunding the deposit (max. 100 €)
• 35 – 21 days before arrival – 25% of package price
• 21 – 14 days before arrival – 50% of package price
• 14 – 7 days before arrival – 75% of package price
• Less than 7 days and non-show – 100% of package price
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