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Croatia: All Regions – The Complete Food & Wine Experience

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Code: CRZAGUCFW

From AUD: $6,459

Duration: 13 Days

Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2020

Short Description

Experience the delightful Croatian cuisine, from Zagreb and Varaždin, to picturesque Rovinj with its famous truffles. Visit the culinary centres of Split and Dubrovnik and the stunning islands of Hvar and Korcula, tasting their delicious seafood. This is the perfect trip for couples and friends with a love for gourmet cuisine.

Highlights
An exciting twelve day itinerary designed for food and wine lovers
Visit the stunning cities and areas of Zagreb, Varaždin, Rovinj, Plitvice Lakes, Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik
Try your hand at Truffle hunting and sample these delicious local delicacies in Istria
Enjoy local olive oil tasting, wine and oyster tasting on the Peljesac Peninsula
Eat in family-owned agritourism restaurants, situated in beautiful areas, surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in Europe
Day trips to Trakošcan Castle and the baroque city of Varaždin
Culinary tour of Split with local lunch
Overnight stays in superior 4-star hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
Private transfers and guides throughout your trip

Day One Zagreb Private City Tour & Wine Tasting
Your gourmet journey begins in the magnificent capital city of Zagreb. The economic and cultural hub of the country, Zagreb is a wonderful example of an enlightened European city. Take a private guided tour and discover its Austro-Hungarian heritage and stunning 13th century architecture and monumental landmarks. The tour includes a wine tasting experience with an expert local guide. Exercise your cultural senses by visiting the Zagreb Cathedral, St. Mark’s Church and the galleries and museums situated in the heart of the city. Many of the elegant local restaurants serve traditional and classic Croatian cuisine to tempt your taste buds.
Overnight Esplanade Hotel Zagreb
No Meals

Day Two Zagreb Castles & Farm Lunch
The majestic Trakošcan Castle is situated a short drive outside of the city of Zagreb. The 13th-century fortification within the Zagorje principality was built to protect the region against Ottoman Empire invasion. Explore the expansive castle grounds, and park with lake before enjoying a delicious lunch at a local farm restaurant in an idyllic scenic setting. Sample the tasty traditional dishes, surrounded by a beautiful hilly landscape. In the afternoon, visit the pentagonal hilltop Veliki Tabor Castle and museum. The iconic 12th century castle and fort boasts twelve different roofs and an impressive structure that reflects its intriguing history.
Overnight Esplanade Hotel Zagreb
Meals B,L

Day Three Rovinj Truffles & Motovun
Your culinary tour continues in the charming west coast fishing port of Rovinj. Today we uncover the secrets of truffle hunting on a unique excursion experience. Scour the Motovun forest, hills and valleys for rare truffles with the help of specially trained truffle hunting dogs. Afterwards, learn how to prepare the truffles and sample a dish made with the delicious precious ingredient. Before returning to Rovinj, stop off at the walled, central Istria hilltop village of Motovun, and enjoy breathtaking views of the rural landscape and vineyards from its precipice. It’s not surprising that Motovun is often compared to Tuscany.
Overnight Hotel Maistra Monte Mulini Rovinj
Meals B,L

Day Four Rovinj Free Day
Today you are free to roam Rovinj at your own pace. Discover its hidden boutiques, cafes and restaurants for yourself. Shop for souvenirs to take back home and enjoy lunch in a friendly local restaurant. The region is famed for its exquisite local Malvazija wine that you can sample with your meal. In the afternoon, wander through the quaint medieval town’s cobbled streets and explore the historic and famous well-preserved Gate of St. Benedict, Gate of the Holy Cross and the Portica. You will easily spot the steeple of the hilltop church of St Euphemia from anywhere in the town.
Overnight Hotel Maistra Monte Mulini Rovinj
Meals B,L

Day Five Plitvice Lakes & Waterfalls
You cannot leave Croatia without seeing the natural wonders of the UNESCO-protected Plitvice Lakes National Park. The 295 sq km forest reserve and beauty spot is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country and boasts a collection of 16 terraced lakes that are chain inter-linked via waterfalls. Explore the wonderland of water on foot by navigating your way around the wooden bridges, pathways and hiking trails that take you up close to the cascades. Spot the beautiful native flora and fauna as you ride on the panoramic train or glide across the lakes in an electric boat.
Overnight Hotel Degenija Plitvice
Meals B

Day Six Winery Tasting & Split
As we travel through the breathtaking Croatian landscape towards Split, we make a detour at the renowned Bibich Winery in Skradin. The winery has won numerous awards for and is firmly positioned on the world wine map. Whilst tasting enjoy a variety of complementary snacks. The nearby ethno-village showcases ancient life through physical reconstructions and displays. Enjoy a taste of the past and local delicacies. On arrival in Split in the afternoon, join our guided tour of the iconic Diocletian’s Palace, one of the best-preserved Roman palaces in the world.
Overnight Cornaro Hotel Split
Meals B,L

Day Seven Market & Cooking
Wake up to the sunshine and the landmark attractions of Split. After breakfast our gourmet guide will meet you and give you a tour of Split’s Green Market where you will get to choose the ingredients for your delicious lunch. Whilst you are in the market, the guide will explain all of the different types of fresh food available to buy, much of which is local to Croatia. After gathering all your ingredients, join an experienced chef and watch as your lunch comes to life and enjoy a delicious traditional Croatian lunch which you have helped to prepare.
Overnight Cornaro Hotel Split
Meals B,L

Day Eight Private Tour on Hvar
The jet-set island of Hvar is today’s destination. The sunniest island in the Croatian archipelago is a desirable holiday spot for royalty and the rich and famous. It flaunts a lush landscape, fragrant lavender fields, beautiful beaches and distinctive whitewashed houses. Hvar Town is a vibrant hot spot and the perfect place to sample local wine and gourmet fine dining. See the town through the eyes of an experienced guide on a private tour of the city. Walk along the cobbled streets that are lined with historic buildings. From the top of the Fortress Fortica you can enjoy spectacular vistas.
Overnight Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel
Meals B,L

Day Nine Tomic Winery & Free Time
Enjoy a half-day wine tasting experience at the Tomic Winery. The boutique winery is set in picturesque grounds and boasts Roman-style wine cellars where you can sample a variety of delicious local wines. Try Plavac Mali, local Bogdanuša or ‘prošek’ (sweet dessert wine) Hectorovich. All the wines are stored in the winery’s stone cellars in a similar way to the method used by Roman ancestors. Learn about the art of wine making in Croatia and how to choose the best foods to pair with your preferred tipple. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the beautiful island.
Overnight Adriana Hvar Spa Hotel
Meals B,T,L

Day Ten Korcula & Local Vineyards
It’s time to island hop from Hvar to Korcula. The island is the most populous in the Adriatic and is home to a quaint fortified town that was once ruled by the Venetians. Take note of the town’s ingenious layout design. The unique fishbone pattern streets prevent the strong winds freezing the houses during winter and increase air circulation in the summer. Stroll along the promenade and enjoy views of Pelješac Peninsula’s vineyards and surrounding islands. Visit the rural vineyards and olive groves of Konoba Belin or Ranch Maha and taste the freshest traditional local cuisine with accompanying magnificent scenery.
Overnight Lesic Dimitri Palace Korcula
Meals B,L

Day Eleven Sail to Dubrovnik for City Tour
Dubrovnik is the final destination on the food lovers map of Croatia. Known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, the city is filled with magical architecture, historic monuments and cultural attractions. Arrive in Dubrovnik in style by catamaran and join our private tour to the Old Town. Explore the famous sights and visit some of the locations featured on the hit TV fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Finish the tour with a cable car ride to the top of Srd Mountain. From the panorama station you can observe the ancient city walls, the shimmering sea and the neighbouring Elaphite Islands.
Overnight Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik
Meals B

Day Twelve Peljesac Peninsula for Wineries & Gourmet Lunch
Celebrate your last day with a gastronomic feast. We journey through the stunning countryside of the Peljesac Peninsula stopping off at three different wineries, and the Dingac vineyard. Sample the finest local cuisine, freshly caught and prepared oysters and delicious, locally made red and white wines. The gourmet lunch menu features 3 courses for you to enjoy in a delightful setting. Return to Dubrovnik in the late afternoon and enjoy free time to explore the city in greater depth. Take a stroll along the limestone paved, pedestrianised Stradun, and dine in a stylish restaurant that boasts spectacular sea facing vistas.
Overnight Hotel Kompas Dubrovnik
Meals B,L

Day Thirteen Departure
Check out of your hotel after breakfast for your return private transfer to Dubrovnik airport and your flight home.

Private guided tours of Zagreb, Split, Hvar, Kor?ula and Dubrovnik
Two Nights in Zagreb in a 5 star hotel with breakfast
Two Nights in Rovinj in a 5 star hotel with breakfast
One Night in Plitvice Lakes in a 4 star hotel with breakfast
Three nights in Split in a 4 star hotel with breakfast
Two Nights in Hvar in a 4 star hotel with breakfast
Two nights in Dubrovnik in a 5 star hotel with breakfast
Day trips to the Trakoš?an Castle and the baroque city of Varaždin
Truffle hunting and tasting in Motovun Forest
Culinary tour and cooking class in Split
Private wine tasting tour on Hvar island
Wine and oyster tasting tour on Pelješac peninsula
Cable car ride up Srdj mountain in Dubrovnik

Excluded
Return airfares
Optional gratuities
Any drinks and meals not included in this itinerary

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