A Taste of Dalmatia
The coast of Dalmatia has become a booming gourmet destination. In the region you can visit local wine and cheese bars that showcase the best wines and cheeses of Croatia. There are also specialist seafood restaurants, serving the best catch of the day that the Adriatic Sea has to offer. After you explore the streets of Diocletian’s Palace you can easily find a restaurant that serves delicious ‘pašticada’ (beef marinated in red wine, cooked with prunes and cloves, and served with gnocchi) or ‘buzara’ (a seafood stew, with mussels and/or shrimps, cooked in white wine). Finish off your gourmet experience with a cup of coffee and a slice of ‘Splitska torta’ (Split cake), all the while enjoying the best sea views on Riva Promenade.
You will have an opportunity to learn to cook some of the local specialties during a cooking class in Trogir. After you have eaten your dish, spend a relaxing afternoon and evening charming Trogir and Čiovo Island.
On cosmopolitan Hvar Island, enjoy a wine tasting experience at one of the renowned and award-winning wineries. You will have plenty of leisure time to bask in the sun and explore the sights of jet-set Hvar.
We hop over to Korčula Island and Korčula Town, the birthplace of Marco Polo, to explore the nearby agritourism/farm restaurants to sample ‘peka’- meat, octopus or vegetables baked under an iron bell among hot coals and ash. Across the sea in the Pelješac peninsula, some of the best wines in Croatia are produced.
Complete your culinary journey in Dubrovnik, affectionately known as the ‘Pearl of Adriatic’. Explore the city’s historic marble streets, the medieval palaces and squares, and the imposing Old City walls and fortresses that once kept the Republic of Ragusa safe. A cable car ride up to Srdj Mountain will reward you with spectacular scenic views. You also have an opportunity to enjoy a day trip to Bosnia, to visit the Tvrdoš monastery, where monks have been making wine since 15th century. Sampling the local wine and traditional local food is highly recommended.
- Private guided tours of Split, Hvar, Korčula and Dubrovnik
- 2 nights in Split in a 4-star hotel
- 2 nights in Hvar in a 4-star hotel
- 1 night in Korčula in a 4-star hotel
- 2 nights in Dubrovnik in a 4- or 5-star hotel
- Staying on a bed and breakfast basis in each hotel
- Food and wine tasting in Bosnia, Wine tasting in Hvar
- Cooking class in Trogir
- Cable car ride up Srdj mountain in Dubrovnik
- Return UK flights
- Private transfers throughout your trip
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- Optional gratuities
- Any drinks and meals not included in this itinerary
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DAY 1 – SPLIT
Croatia’s second biggest city, Split, is the ideal starting place from which to begin tasting your way through the magnificent Dalmatian region. On arrival in Split, you can join our private English speaking guided tour of the Old Town, and explore the Roman Diocletian Palace, which is considered to be the emblem of the city. Stroll along the famous Riva Promenade, and admire its palm trees and stunning sea views. If you want to work up an appetite, take a hike to the top of Marjan hill for unforgettable panoramic cityscapes.
DAY 2 – SPLIT
No gourmet culinary tour would be complete without an opportunity to learn how to cook the local specialities. Our cooking course is led by one of Croatia’s most revered chefs. In the kitchen of her 13th-century Trogir home, you will learn to cook authentic Croatian food using fresh local produce. You will have the chance to shop at the food and fish markets for the best ingredients for your dish. Chef Tatjana will give you step-by-step instructions to turn the ingredients into a tasty meal. Enjoy an evening dining in the courtyard.
DAY 3 – HVAR
The stunning Dalmatian coastline is made up of around 80 beautiful islands. Today, you will visit the jet-set island of Hvar, known for its fragrant lavender fields and stunning beaches. It also has a reputation for being the holiday hotspot of the rich and famous. Join our private guided tour through the Old Town and explore the charming medieval theatre and cobbled old streets. For breathtaking views, head to Fortress Fortica, situated above the town centre. Hvar’s thriving entertainment and restaurant scene offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy first class food and wine.
DAY 4 – HVAR
A visit to the award-winning Tomić winery offers the perfect introduction to some of the finest wines in the Dalmatia region. Your tasting will include Plavac Mali, local favorites Bogdanuša and ‘Prošek’, and Hectorovich, a sweet dessert wine. All of the wines are stored in traditional stone cellars, much like the type that the Romans would have used. Learn about the grape varieties and the local wine making processes. You will also be able to experiment with food pairings. After a hard day tasting wine, relax on a free evening at your leisure.
DAY 5 – KORČULA
We continue island hopping to Korčula. Reported to be the birthplace of the famous world explorer Marco Polo, the beautiful scenic island was once run by the Venetians, and therefore has many landmark that are reminiscent of that time. Explore Korčula’s unique fish bone streets that were originally designed to protect against inclement weather. View the city from the outside, by walking along the ancient outer walls that are now a promenade. Feast your eyes on the awe-inspiring vistas across the surrounding countryside of Pelješac Peninsula’s vineyards. Enjoy lunch at a delightful farm restaurant just outside the town.
DAY 6 – DUBROVNIK
Affectionately known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, the city of Dubrovnik is best explored on foot. On arrival, you can join our private guided walking tour to all of the city’s most prestigious and popular landmarks and attractions. Visit the historic stone walls and ancient churches, which somehow survived the brutal Homeland war during the 90s. If you are a Game of Thrones fan you may recognise some of the filming locations featured on the hit TV show. Spend the late afternoon and evening exploring the impressive city at your leisure.
DAY 7 – DUBROVNIK
Bosnia is fast becoming a popular wine producer. Today, we cross the border to enjoy a unique wine tasting experience. On this guided half-day tour you will sample many of Bosnia’s exciting wines, and learn about the Bosnian art of wine making. You will also visit the wine cellars. Lunch is accompanied by a glass of local wine in a traditional tavern. After lunch we visit another famous wine destination. The Tvrdos Monastery is situated in the city of Trebinje, and has been producing wine since the 15th century. Tour the historic cellar, before shopping at the local farmers’ market.
DAY 8 – DEPARTURE
Enjoy breakfast before checking out of your hotel, and taking a transfer to Dubrovnik Airport for your flight home.