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Croatia - 8 nights
Available year round
Raise your glasses at a winery perched above the Adriatic Sea. Shop at the outdoor market and cook up freshly caught fish with a local at her house inside the medieval town of Trogir. Spend an afternoon on the island of Solta with olive oil and honey producers who’ve been honing their skills for generations. Indulge in some delicious citrus sweets and liqueurs. Go crazy over southern Dalmatian wines like Plavac Mali. Learn to roll the traditional pasta called zrnovski makaruni and get lost in a maze of cobble stone streets on the island of Korcula. Kick back and go for a swim, wine bar hop and then take a walk along ancient walls of fabled Dubrovnik.
Arrival and transfer to your 3-star boutique hotel in Trogir, located just 3km from Split airport.
After settling in, your local guide will give you a walking tour of historic Trogir, including a visit to St. Lawrence cathedral, its 11th century stone portal carvings and bell tower.
Welcome dinner at the town’s finest restaurant. You will sample wines from Central Dalmatia, such as Babic and Debit reds, and tuck into the traditional dish known as pašticada (traditional slow cooked beef roast marinated in wine and herbs and cooked in a mouth watering plum sauce).
Welcome to Croatia!
Today’s focus is a morning cooking class in the old town of Trogir. After getting the back story on Croatia’s culinary influences and history over coffee, you will shop for ingredients (fresh Adriatic fish and vegetables) with the host chef at a local farmers market before learning traditional Dalmatian home-cooking techniques and recipes.
Mid afternoon leisure time to enjoy Trogir’s charms, shops and waterfront cafes.
In the early evening enjoy a wine tasting that overlooks the entire central Dalmatia archipelago. This is one of the most breathtaking views on the Adriatic Coast. The winery produces Crljenak Kaštelanski, an almost forgotten, old, authentic Dalmatian variety better known as the father of Zinfandel. Tasting also includes Syrah, Tempranillo and Merlot.
Enjoy dinner on your own in Trogir or opt-in for dinner in some of the smaller coastal towns/villages (recommendations from your tour guide).
Today you will have a full day excursion to the nearby island island of Solta. This is one Dalmatian island that does not have mass tourism. It’s more of a locals’ hangout spot. Solta was the place where ancient Romans had their villas and is known by fellow Dalmatians for its olive groves, honey and wine. Partake in an olive oil tour with the local family that are fourth generation of olive growers.
Lunch will be at an olive mill, combining varietal and flavored oils with different courses and Solta’s "Plavac Mali" red wine. You will then pay a visit to the last bee keeper of the island (there used to be 300 of them!) and learn everything about the bee world and rosemary honey production. This is held at the open-air classroom with bee hives in the garden.
Take the ferry back to the mainland with your guide and enjoy something completely different as we tour the palace of Roman Emperor that was built as his retirement palace way back in 297 AD. Amazingly, most of it is still intact within the old quarter of Split, Croatia’s second largest city. We bask in the glow of the sunset and nosh on Dalmatian tapas for dinner.
Drive down the Dalmatian coast and into the Peljesac peninsula, arguably Croatia’s most drop-dead gorgeous wine region (among many finalists). We stop in a small seaside village where people have been harvesting oysters since Roman times. Try a few oysters alongside Stonska torta, a locally made cake with sweet and savoury elements. Then a wine tasting follows at a 500 year-old family home that produces about 20,000 liters a year. The majority wine produced here is Plavac Mali, the undisputed king of reds in Dalmatia. (They also produce a lessor know white called Rukatac which we will try as well).
Arrival to Korcula Town, located at the tip of Korcula island. The island has stone walled olive groves, rolling vineyards, small inland villages and quaint fishing villages dotted along the coast line.
Guided walking tour of the old town along with tastings of Korcula’s specialty cakes (filled with the like of almonds, lemon and orange or walnuts with rose brandy) before our dinner next to the Adriatic.
Take a late morning journey to a small interior town on the island for a cooking class with a local chef at his family restaurant. Learn to prepare and roll out the island’s most traditional dish, Žrnovski Makaruni, as well as island desserts. Your self-cooked lunch will also include goat cheeses, olives, dried tomatoes with homemade bread.
We head to a different part of the island, stopping at an olive grove for tastings before arriving in the town of Lumbarda on the seaside.
We will take a scenic walk through the Lumbarda countryside, passing vineyards, before tasting Grk, a white wine, and Plavac Mali, a red wine. Enjoy traditional hors d'oeuvres and dinner at one of the wineries.
We will take an evening walk through vineyards near the sea before heading back to the hotel.
Today is a full day at leisure in Korcula to soak up the charms of the old town and visit the Abbey of San Marcos or get a view from the medieval towers.
Go for a swim - there are plenty of excellent beaches nearby on the island, even a few sandy ones which are hard to come by in Croatia - or perhaps find a wine bar and watch the world go by.
We can also arrange optional activities such as sailing around the beautiful islets lying off the coast of Korcula Town, visiting the island of Mljet with its lush national park, sea-kayaking, cycling or even horse trekking around the Peljesac peninsula and traditional Dalmatian villages there that are hidden from the regular tourists.
Dinner on your own this evening.
We will travel down the southern coast of Croatia to Dubrovnik, the ‘pearl of the Adriatic’. This ancient city lies on the Adriatic Sea and its old town is completely surrounded by a stone wall, some 80 feet high in certain places. A walking tour of the center reveals its rich history as an independent city-state for nearly 600 years plus its cultural and architecture gems.
Dining al fresco at a top restaurant situated at the top of a long flight of steps, so only inquisitive travelers will find it. The menu has contemporary interpretations of local favorites (meat, fish or vegetarian options) plus incredibly delicious desserts.
Enjoy the whole day at your leisure to discover and take in Dubrovnik. Go for an unforgettable walk along its city walls.
Ride the cable car up for great views of the city there is also an excellent photo gallery regarding the 1990’s war in a nearby museum.
Other sights include the Dominican and Franciscan monasteries, Lovrijenac Fortress and Rector’s Palace. For nature over culture, escape the crowds with a trip to nearby Lokrum island. Short ferry rides start at the old town harbor. Dubrovnik is now home to Game of Thrones as it fills in for King's Landing on the show. Fans can get a revealing behind the scenes look with special GOT tours.
Dinner on your own this evening.
Transfer to Dubrovnik airport or extend your stay in Dubrovnik. We can arrange day trips to the gorgeous fjords in Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor or the oriental flavors and Ottoman imprints of Mostar in Bosnia. Additional cooking classes or culinary/wine themed trips also available.
*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc.
*Menus are samples and may vary according to the season
A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 6 participants.
(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)
HOW TO ARRIVE
Closest Airports/Train Stations:
Airport: Split - 3 miles/9 minutes to first accommodation
Train Station: Split - 18 miles/45 minutes to first accommodation
*Please inquire about lower pricing based on 4 or more persons
*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation
After availability is confirmed, a 30% deposit per person and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date.
Available year round based on availability.
*Supplement applies for high season (July/August) - please inquire.
*Four (4) lunches
*Five (5) dinners (with wine)
*Two (2) hands on cooking classes
*Transport during the entire tour
*Tranfers from/to Split Airport or Split Train Station
Airfare, optional activities/excursions, personal expenses, dinner on Day 2, 6 and 8 are not included.
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