Taste the unparalleled flavors from the Adriatic to the Alps on this custom tailored tour that will forever more define “gourmet.” From the spectacular Adriatic Sea to the pearled Julian Alps, stretching between Croatia, Slovenia, and northeastern Italy, you will discover the remarkable landscapes and the unforgettable dishes that can no longer be kept secret. Magnificent caves abound and medieval towns decorate the plush countryside. From fabulous truffle hunting to wine tasting in a grand castle,...
Oprtalj - Over Land and Sea
Begin your Croatia tour by arriving in the small village of Oprtalj by way of Trieste, Italy. There is no doubt that the beauty outside of the windows en route to the small village is breathtaking. It looks like you have ventured into the Tuscan hills, or have hidden away in the Austrian countryside; except you have made your way into Croatia, an undoubtedly beautiful country that continues to live in wonderful partial-secrecy. Located in on the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, the greenery carpets the hills where vineyards run along the terraces; you can look out into the vast rolling landscape and see mountains at the horizon.
A cool breeze strokes your hair and the surrounding leaves. There is a natural draw for any and every level of foodie, from those who have searched their entire life for authentic cuisine hidden in the mountaintops of distant lands, to people that just want to enjoy a tasty meal in the comfort of beautiful scenery and unparalleled company. Near the village is the location where Giancarlo Zigante discovered the world’s largest truffle in 1999. From truffles to the Renaissance the region’s cultured love of olive and wine-growing, the aromas that pass through the hills make your mouth water as the scenery welcomes you to someplace like home.
Day 2 - 3
Oprtalj - Artistic Medieval Streets and Wineries of Grožnjan
Kobarid - Grandeur of the Alps
Day 5 - 6
Kobarid - Following the Footsteps of Ernest Hemingway
Kobarid - Glimpses into the Past of History
Day 8 - 9
Dobrovo - Plush Wines and Delectable Tastings
Day 10 - 11
Ljubljana - Medieval Castle and Modern Wines
Trieste - Adriatic Finale
- Experience Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy within the most luxurious restaurants and accommodation
- Traverse stunning medieval towns situated in the countryside and at the foothills of the Alps
- Delight in some of the regions’ most delectable and coveted wines
- Scour the forest in search of the sensational black truffle
- Enjoy a cheese and yogurt tasting at the artesian Zoff Family Dairy Farm
- Witness the stellar expanse of the Škocjan caves
- Discover local vintners unheard of and un-tasted outside of the Goriška Brda wine-region
The exceptional flavors of the Adriatic are yours to indulge in on this 11-day journey through diverse culture, all by sampling the local cuisine. Venture through the Western Adriatic and along the Julian Alps where you will discover the incredible gastronomical traditions that have somehow been hidden from the world until now. The landscapes are captivating and the cuisine is spellbinding. Visit Croatia, Slovenia, and northeastern Italy to find the flavors that have been missing, all wrapped up on this gourmet journey through family-run haciendas waiting for you.
Your gastronomic enlightenment begins with your arrival in Oprtalj, a hillside village that overlooks the Adriatic Sea and the rolling hills of the horizon. In the evening you will be welcomed to the region with a delectable dinner at Brtonigla. The following morning you will have a delightful breakfast at Villa Angelica before venturing off on a truffle hunt that will take you into the glorious hillside. In the afternoon you arrive in Rovinj, the Istrian Venice, where you will see the buildings rise slightly above the sapphire water, before dining at the magnificent Monte Restaurant. The following morning you will venture out to Grožnjan for a day amongst the Istrian vintners. The flavors range from robust to delicate, familiar to exotic; afterwards you will dine at Damir and Ornella in Novigrad.
Make your way to the foothills of the Slovenian Alps and find the tremendous Škocjan caves en route. The powerful and inspiring UNESCO World Heritage site shows you the power and mystique of nature. In the evening you will come to the town of Kobarid, where you will have an exquisite meal at the stunning Hiša Franko with a view of the open plain and rising Alps. Visit the Kobarid Museum, which houses informative exhibitions on World War I and its effect on the surrounding region. In the afternoon you will visit Cividale di Fruili, a town over the Italian border with roots dating back to 53 BC.
The excitement abounds as you venture to Agli Amici for dinner where an eight-course traditional meal and delicious wine accompaniment awaits you. In the wine-region of Goriška Brda, you will stay at a renovated castle where a tasting in the wine cellar offers you flavors of the countryside that have rarely, if ever, left the region. You taste cheeses and yogurt at the Zoff Family Dairy Farm and can sample a five-course meal at Al Giardino in Cormons. Your final gourmet day finds you in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia filled with elegance and class. Traverse Old Town where magic comes to life. Your grand finale dinner has you sitting in Pri Lojzetu where an unforgettable seven-course meal paired with local exquisite wines brings you home.
$2,695 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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