Croatia Food & Wine Holiday
We begin the Dalmatia culinary expedition in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. The magnificent city boasts a rich history, stunning views, and indulgent hearty food on the menu. You will have an opportunity to try kulen sausage and štrukli, and delicious local wines like Škrlet.
In Opatija, the Croatian city with the oldest organised tourism, you will enjoy culinary treats that were once reserved for the Austro-Hungarian elite and nobility. The Istrian peninsula is renowned for its truffles and Malvazija wine. Here, you can join a truffle hunt, and appreciate the picturesque panorama of beautiful hills and forests.
We transfer to Plitvice Lakes National Park, to experience its breathtaking waterfalls, lakes and flora. Continuing towards Zadar, we arrive just in time to admire the exquisite sunset that once even impressed Alfred Hitchcock.
Our next destination is Split. En route we stop at the famous, award-winning BIBICh winery. For more than 75 years, the local vintage Bedrica scooped the grand prix award in Toulouse, France. It was also rated amongst the six best wines in the world!
At BIBICh winery you will have an opportunity to sample the white wine Debit and red wine R6. These wines are made from grapes indigenous to Central Dalmatia that were previously considered to be second-class varieties.
After the wine tasting, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the charming streets of Šibenik, formerly a seat of Croatian King Petar Krešimir. The impressive UNESCO-listed church of St James will undoubtedly draw your attention.
While in Split, you also have a chance to visit Klis Fortress, which was used as a film set for the ‘Games of Thrones’ TV show. The historic location features as the city of Mereen. Departing Klis, we stop at the UNESCO-listed island-town of Trogir.
Your culinary journey comes to an end in Dubrovnik. The ‘Pearl of Adriatic’ has many treasures to reveal. Explore the famous landmarks before we send you on a final tasting adventure to sample emerging Bosnian wines, and a visit to the Tvrdoš monastery, where monks have been making wines since 15th century.
- Return flights from London Gatwick, regional departures available
- Private guided tours of Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik
- 2 nights in Zagreb in a 5-star hotel
- 2 nights in Opatija in a 4-star hotel
- 1 night in Zadar in a 4-star hotel
- 3 nights in Split in a 4-star hotel
- 3 nights in Dubrovnik in a 4- or 5-star hotel
- Staying on a bed and breakfast basis in each hotel
- Day trips to Klis fortress, Trogir and Plitvice Lakes
- Cooking class in Istria
- Truffle hunting and tasting in the Motovun Forest
- Cable car ride to the top of Srdj mountain in Dubrovnik
- Wine-tasting in Bosnia
- Wine tasting in Dubrovnik
- Visit to Tvrdoš Monastery
- Private transfers throughout
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DAY 1 ZAGREB
Explore the Croatian capital of Zagreb in the best possible way with a culinary expedition to the city’s wonderful cafes, markets and restaurants. Stroll amongst the historical landmarks and attractions, ornate promenades and beautiful parks. Satisfy your lust for culture with a visit to museums, galleries and theatres, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere. On arrival, you will be taken directly to your hotel where you will join our private English-speaking guide for a tour. In the cooking class you can recreate some of the classic Croatian dishes available on the city’s menus.
DAY 2 ZAGREB
We venture just outside of the city of Zagreb to visit a quaint village. The village is home to a small family vineyard and a picturesque little restaurant, which serves traditional local food and wine. You will also be able to stop at a traditional čardak house and sample the wonderful Škrlet (white), Graševina (white), Sauvignon (white), Pinot (white), Chardonnay and Frankovka (red) wines that are produced in the region. Your taste buds will come alive tasting the delicious fruity wines. Enjoy an evening dining in one of Zagreb’s popular restaurants.
DAY 3 OPATIJA
We depart Zagreb and head to one of the oldest cities in Croatia. Opatija welcomed tourism as far back as the mid-nineteenth century, and is a popular destination for the rich, royal and famous. As you stroll along the spectacular 12-km-long Riviera promenade you could easily rub shoulders with a celebrity. After checking into your hotel you will be escorted to a cooking lesson. Prepare to discover the cooking traditions of the city. You will learn the secrets of Istrian pasta, fish filleting and grilling, and how to make žgvacet – the tasty local paprika seasoned stew of meat and vegetables.
DAY 4 OPATIJA
Today’s culinary adventure begins with a hunt into the beautiful Motovun forest for some illusive truffles. You will be accompanied by specially trained truffle-sniffing dogs, and will learn all of the tips and secrets to finding these precious delicacies. You will also be shown how to expertly prepare and taste your bounty afterwards. You have a free afternoon to do as you please. Explore the popular attractions in Opatija, including its long Lungomare promenade. Wining and dining at the restaurant Ružmarin is recommended. The local Istria wine Malvazija is the perfect accompaniment to the traditional dishes.
DAY 5 ZADAR – PLITVICE LAKES
An early morning start is required to make the most of our visit to the wonderful UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes National Park. The stunning park boasts 16 crystal-clear lakes, beautiful waterfalls, and lush greenery. From the tranquil lakes we head to Zadar to explore the rich history of this area through its many archaeological sites, monuments and cultural landmarks. The seaside promenade boasts outstanding views that will whet your appetite for delicious food and wine. We recommend a dining experience at the restaurant Bruschetta as it serves a gorgeous sunset view during dinner.
DAY 6 ZADAR – SPLIT
A visit to the magnificent city of Split is on the menu today. Along the way we will visit the famous BIBICh winery that has a reputation for producing some of the finest wines in Croatia. Join the wine tasting tour and learn all about the winery’s history and place in the region, before departing for Sibernik. Founded over 1,000 years ago, Sibernik is the former seat of King Petar Krešimir and is still known as “Krešimir’s town”. The historic town is a living museum, with ancient fortifications, towers and monuments clustered around the Gothic-Renaissance cathedral of St James.
DAY 7 SPLIT
We venture deeper into the heart of Split today. The city’s origins are linked to the impressive Diocletian’s Palace, in the Old Town centre. After breakfast, join our English-speaking guide on a walking tour of Split’s many treasures. Discover the cavernous chambers inside the palace walls and the historic features. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city’s delightful collection of galleries, shops and museums. Hike to the top of Marjan Hill for wonderful views over the city. The cobbled streets of the Old Town will take you to the famous palm tree-lined promenade.
DAY 8 SPLIT
Today you will discover the hidden Klis Fortress that is tucked away on a mountain high above the city of Split. The historic fortress has served many different purposes through centuries. Recently it has featured as a location setting for the popular TV show Game of Thrones. On your visit to a charming local village you can learn about the traditional Dalmatian style of housing and way of life in the region. Sample the locally produced olive oil, cheeses, jams, meats and wines. We then continue to the UNESCO-listed town of Trogir and its impeccably preserved Kamerlengo castle and tower.
DAY 9 DUBROVNIK
Our final destination on this culinary adventure is the city of Dubrovnik. Many gastronomical delights await you here. En route we will stop for some oyster tasting in the Pelješac Peninsula and sample them with an accompaniment of locally produced fine wines. On arrival in Dubrovnik, join our afternoon guided tour of the city’s Old Town. The tour includes a peek at some of the locations featured in the TV show Game of Thrones. After the tour, you can relax and indulge in some wine tasting at the delightful D’Vino wine bar.
DAY 10 DUBROVNIK – HALF-DAY WINE TASTING BOSNIA
Our English-speaking guide will accompany you on a half-day tour into the neighbouring country of Bosnia, famous for its up and coming wine producing regions. You will join the elite few who have been lucky to venture into these vineyards and wineries. You will also visit the impressive Tvrdos monastery, where monks first started making wine in the 15th century. Lunch will be served in a charming traditional tavern. Feast on delicious authentic hearty dishes that take you back in time. Enjoy a free evening on a last tasting adventure of the city.
DAY 11 DEPARTURE
After breakfast the tour comes to an end. Once you have checked out of your hotel you will be escorted to the airport via private transfer.