Croatia will take you on a tasting journey through the old and the new. Begin with Konoba dining in an abandoned medieval village, pluck oysters and mussels from the cliffs, and taste olive oils and recipes unchanged for centuries. Explore an innovative underwater winery, enjoy glitzy modern restaurants and the new-world styles of Istria and Dalmatia. This handcrafted tour will celebrate all of the flavors, balancing unique food adventures with inland and coastal highlights.
Zagreb – Soaking Up the First Croatian Flavors
Zagreb will be quick to impress on the senses as a capital city that blends what is new and old of Croatia. Church spires rise crookedly above the cobbled streets, modern apartment blocks juxtapose with tiny alleyways, and the markets deliver a great range of flavors. Touch down in the capital city, and your guide will greet you at arrivals, and then bring you to a five-star hotel in the heart of Old Town. The day will be at your leisure and there is a lot to find when walking the streets around the hotel. Like all capital cities, Zagreb is a mix of influences from across the country, so there will be many good options for your first Croatian dinner.
Zagreb – Tasting Zagreb on a Ford Model T Experience
Rovinj – Sights and Subtleties of Istria
Rovinj – Truffle Hunting, Product Tasting and Romantic Istrian Dining
Zadar – World Heritage Nature and a Singing Sea Organ
Split – History and Highlights of Croatia’s Coastal Towns
Split – Diocletian’s Palace and Croatian Fine Dining
Hvar – Island Wine and Oil Tasting Plus Family Estate Dining
Hvar – Exploring the Islands and a Konoba Dinner Experience
Korcula – Contrasting Tastes of the Green Island
Dubrovnik – An Underwater Winery, Oyster Experience and Old-World Vineyard
Dubrovnik – Highlights of Dubrovnik and Glitzy Fine Dining
Dubrovnik – A Culinary Village Experience and Final Night on the Coast
Dubrovnik – Departure
- Head out truffle hunting on the Istrian Peninsula and feel all the enchantment of the forest
- Explore the world’s first underwater winery with a tasting, and then compare the wines to those at one of Croatia’s oldest vineyards nearby
- Pluck oysters straight from the Adriatic Sea, drizzle on some lemon, and then taste with your feet in the water
- Explore the charming old cities along Croatia’s coast and get to know Pula, Rovinj, Zadar, Trogir, Split, Ston and Dubrovnik
- Embrace all of the classic Croatian flavors as part of your guided Ford Model T tour through Zagreb
- Contrast the flavors as you discover the islands, spending time on Hvar and Korcula
- Taste some of the world’s finest olive oils and dine at historical family estates as groves and vineyards fill the panorama
- Enjoy traditional Croatian dining with a konoba experience in Milna, an abandoned medieval village on the island of Hvar
- Savor the flavors of village life with a culinary experience in the Konavle region
- Discover many of Croatia’s most iconic highlights such as Plitvice Lakes National Park, the Zadar Sea Organ, Diocletian’s Palace and walking along Dubrovnik City Walls
Croatian cuisine has its roots in generational recipes passed down over many centuries. You can taste this tradition at family olive oil estates and konoba restaurants, where the food is as organic and local as it always has been. Coastal Adriatic villages are also doused in culinary heritage, whether it is plucking oysters from the rocks or dining where the fishermen dine. Croatia now has an innovative streak, and there is a new world of flavor as well that includes the world’s first underwater winery, glamorous restaurants built within medieval city walls, and the next generation of Istrian and Dalmatian dining. The mix of old and new is at the heart of this luxury gourmet tour. For every new winery, there is a taste of local plum rakia, and from truffle hunting in the forest you can head to contemporary coastal dining.
Handcrafted for the curious palate, this 2-week luxury tour will mix culinary experiences with iconic highlights. You will taste your way across the country from Zagreb through Istria and onto Dalmatia, where you will end with several nights in Dubrovnik. Along the way, there will be island hopping, product tasting, oyster picking, seafood dining, wine and olive oil tasting, local markets, waterfalls, and a singing sea organ. Some of the flavors are fiercely traditional while others reflect the changing styles of Eastern European cuisine. Expect lots of superb seafood as all but two days are on the coast, along with the full range of old and new recipes.
Zagreb is an intriguing city to start with, and you will explore its food from an electric Ford Model T replica tour. Spend the next couple of days in Istria with truffle hunting and product tasting while also discovering cities like Pula and Rovinj. Travel through Plitvice Lakes to Zadar next, and then through Trogir to Split. There will be fine seafood dining in Split before a couple of days on the island of Hvar, where wine and olive oil tasting is complemented by two unique dining experiences. Compare Hvar’s flavors with Korcula, and then pass through Drace and Ston on route to Dubrovnik. Oysters and underwater wine are just two of the highlights from these small towns before Dubrovnik balances the glitzy dining with a small village culinary experience.
$3,635 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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