Get ready for the true taste of Croatia. We invite you to explore the beauties and the different tastes and flavors of our beautiful Croatia. This is definitely a Croatian experience you will be talking about for years.
Join us on "Croatia's Culinary Voyage" for a delectable journey through the country's diverse gastronomic landscape. Be amazed by the fusion of flavors influenced by Mediterranean, Central European, and Balkan cuisines. Unearth the secrets of Istrian truffles, delight in the famous Pag cheese, and indulge in the finest Croatian wines.
Experience the coastal regions' seafood specialties and the heartier fare of the inland areas. Explore traditional markets, meet passionate local producers, and participate in hands-on cooking classes. This epicurean adventure offers an authentic taste of Croatia, capturing the essence of its culinary heritage.
The Croatia's Culinary Voyage: Truffles, Cheese & Wine tour promises an immersive 11-day culinary odyssey, featuring a wealth of inclusions designed to tantalize your taste buds:
- Duration: Savor the flavors over 11 days.
- Accommodation: Enjoy 10 overnights with breakfast in opulent 5 and 4-star hotels in Zagreb, Pula, Split, Korčula, and Dubrovnik.
- Transportation: Traverse the landscapes in comfort with air-conditioned minivan transportation, guided by our experienced English-speaking guide/driver.
- Entrance Tickets: Delight in access to captivating sites, including Plitvice Lakes, Šibenik and Trogir Cathedrals, the Walls of Dubrovnik, and the Walls of Ston.
- Sightseeing: Immerse yourself in the beauty of Zagreb, Hum, Motovun, Rovinj, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Šibenik, Trogir, Ston, Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Pula, and Korčula.
- Culinary Experiences: Indulge in a diverse range of culinary delights, including dinner in a Zagreb Tavern, lunch in a traditional Zagorje household, lunch and wine tasting in Istria, a seafood dinner in Pula, a traditional Dalmatian dinner near Šibenik, wine tasting on the Pelješac peninsula with a seafood lunch in Ston, dinner in one of Dubrovnik's Taverns, and a traditional lunch in a Konavle Tavern.
Embark on Croatia's Culinary Voyage for an unforgettable gastronomic adventure. Reserve your spot now and embark on a journey of delectable discovery.
Day 1 ZAGREB (Croatia) - Arrival
Arrive in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Transfer to your hotel and refresh. In the evening, attend a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, where you'll savor a traditional dish of Zagreb, "štrukli" - a rolled pastry with cottage cheese, and pair it with a glass of Graševina, a popular Croatian white wine from Slavonia.
DAY 2 ZAGREB
Begin your day with a guided tour of Zagreb, including the historic Upper Town and the bustling Dolac Market, where local vendors sell fresh produce. Here, a local chef will guide you through the market, picking out ingredients for a private cooking class. Learn how to make traditional dishes such as "sarma" (cabbage rolls) and "goulash". Enjoy your self-made lunch with a glass of Plavac Mali, a robust red wine from Dalmatia.
DAY 3: ISTRIA - Truffle Hunting and Wine Tasting
Travel to Istria, a region known for its gastronomic delights, particularly truffles. Embark on a truffle hunt in the Motovun forest with experienced guides and trained dogs. After the hunt, enjoy a truffle-themed lunch, with dishes like "fuži" (hand-rolled pasta) with truffles. In the afternoon, visit a local winery for a tasting of Malvasia Istriana, a native white grape variety, and learn about Istrian winemaking traditions.
DAY 4: ROVINJ - PULA
Explore the charming coastal towns of Rovinj and Pula, with their historic Roman architecture and vibrant fishing ports. In Rovinj, enjoy a seafood lunch at a local "konoba" (tavern), where you'll savor dishes like "brudet" (fish stew) and "grilled calamari". Pair your meal with a glass of Teran, a red wine typical of Istria. In Pula, visit the famous Roman amphitheater and sample local olive oils at a nearby olive grove.
DAY 5: ZADAR - PAG ISLAND
Head to Zadar, home to the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, innovative installations that use the sea and the sun to create music and light shows. In Zadar, sample Maraschino, a unique cherry liqueur. Then, proceed to the island of Pag, famous for its salty cheese. Visit a local cheese producer, taste Pag cheese, and learn about its production. End your day with a wine tasting, savoring the local Pošip, a full-bodied white wine from Dalmatia.
DAY 6: PAG ISLAND - ŠIBENIK - TROGIR - SPLIT
After breakfast we'll journey to Šibenik, a charming coastal town. Here you'll be treated to a seafood lunch at one of the quaint taverns, or "konoba", where you can sample locally sourced dishes like "brudet" (a fish stew) and "buzara" (shellfish cooked in white wine, garlic, and olive oil) paired with an aromatic glass of the local white wine, Debit.
Next, we head to Trogir, another UNESCO-listed town, known for its beautifully preserved Romanesque and Renaissance architecture.
DAY 7: SPLIT
Split the second-largest city in Croatia, known for its vibrant waterfront and the historic Diocletian's Palace. Explore the local markets with a guide, tasting local specialties like "soparnik", a traditional pie filled with Swiss chard. For dinner, enjoy a "peka", a traditional Dalmatian dish of meat or octopus cooked under a bell-shaped lid, in a local konoba, paired with a glass of Crljenak, the original Zinfandel.
DAY 8: KORČULA ISLAND
Take a ferry to Korčula Island, known for its dense forests, vineyards, and olive groves. Attend a cooking class, learning to prepare "žrnovski makaruni", a homemade tubed pasta traditional to Korčula, served with a sauce of locally hunted game. Visit a local winery to taste the island's renowned Pošip and Grk white wines. Enjoy a scenic dinner at a seafront restaurant, sampling fresh seafood caught by local fishermen.
DAY 9: PELJEŠAC PENINSULA - STON - DUBROVNIK
On your way to Dubrovnik, stop at the Pelješac Peninsula, known for its excellent wines and seafood. Visit a local winery in Dingač, tasting the famous Plavac Mali red wine that grows on the steep southern slopes of the peninsula. Then, proceed to the town of Ston, famous for its ancient salt pans and oyster farms. Embark on a boat tour of the oyster beds, learning about the cultivation process, and enjoy a fresh oyster tasting right from the sea, paired with local white wine.
DAY 10: DUBROVNIK
Wake up in the "Pearl of the Adriatic", Dubrovnik. Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, walking along the city walls and exploring the historic monuments. For your farewell dinner, dine at one of Dubrovnik's renowned restaurants, trying the local specialty "rožata" (a flan-like dessert) and sampling local dessert wines like Prošek.
DAY 11: DUBROVNIK (departure)
After breakfast, transfer to Dubrovnik Airport for your departure flight. You'll leave with a wealth of culinary experiences and a deep appreciation for Croatia's rich gastronomic and wine culture.
George Bernard Shaw is reported to have said: “If you want to see a heaven on earth, come to Dubrovnik“. English poet Lord Byron would agree with Shaw since he called the old town Dubrovnik “the pearl of the Adriatic”.
The town of artists in the northwestern part of Istria
Take the opportunity in Croatia and discover the smallest city in the world.
Korčula is an adaption of the island's original name given to it by the Greeks which was 'Korkyra'.
City in the mountain built seven centuries ago will delight you with it arhitecture and home made dishes with truffles.
Due to rocky and vast moonrock-type landscape Pag is often often referred to as “The Moonrock"
Discover the Amphitheater in Pula which was once the site of gladiator fights and the Temple dedicated to goddess Roma and Emperor Augustus.
Magical city in which you will find great local taverns, turquiose water, romantic spots and reach history.
Historic city with four amazing fortresses,St.James Cathedral, crystal sea and close to two national parks - Krka i Kornati.
Lie on golden beaches, swim in romantic lagoons, visit ancient Roman monuments and walk through the streets as old as the emperor Diocletian himself.
Longest wall in Europe!
Trogir is called the museum city because the whole city is best preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in Central Europe.
After a walk though Zadar enjoy the beautiful sunsets and listen specific sound of Sea Organ.
"...if I was a foreigner, I would have liked Zagreb like not many other cities." A.G.Matoš, great Croatian poet
Price per person
We can arrange tours for groups of all sizes, even if they are larger than the capacity specified in our price list. We have extensive experience in accommodating large groups, and we will work with you to create a customized tour that meets your needs and budget.
The tour can also be reversed and start in Dubrovnik, if you prefer.
All prices are expressed in euro and all specified prices are based per person.
If you would like to customize your Croatian tour (eg. add new places, extend your stay), please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make an offer that fits your wishes.
Additionally, we also offer transfers from Venice, Budapest and Wien airports.