Day One Split
Start tasting your way through the Dalmatian region of Croatia in the country’s second biggest city, Split. Join our private guided tour of the Old Town and explore the magnificent Roman Diocletian’s Palace – the historic emblem of the city. The Palace was the retirement home of a 4th century Roman Emperor, but has been magnified in size through the ages, with a mix of Gothic and Mediterranean architectural styles. Stroll along the famous Riva Promenade, and admire its leafy palms and breathtaking sea views. If you hike to the top of Marjan Hill unforgettable cityscape vistas are yours to enjoy.
Day Two Split
A gourmet food tour wouldn’t be complete without a local cooking experience. After breakfast, join our private gourmet guide for a cooking class where you get to venture through Split’s Green Market and buy your chosen ingredients, whilst learning about the various foods on offer in the market. Having gathered your ingredients, enjoy a cooking lesson with an experienced local chef as you rustle up a traditional Dalmatian dish and enjoy a delicious freshly prepared lunch. Return to your accommodation and the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy.
Day Three Hvar
Croatia’s Dalmatian coastline is made up of almost 80 beautiful islands. Today, we leave the mainland behind to explore some of the idyllic picture-perfect spots. Our first stop is Hvar Island, known for its fragrant organic lavender fields, bright blue seas and stunning beaches. Its thriving cosmopolitan entertainment and restaurant scene attracts the wealthiest of visitors. Learn about Hvar Town’s rich history on a private tour through the ancient cobblestone streets of the Old Town. Enjoy a delicious meal in one of the local restaurants. Fortress Fortica, set above the town, offers the best panoramic views of the islands.
Day Four Hvar
The award-winning Tomic winery situated in Jelsa, is our taste experience destination today. This refined wine boutique boasts Roman style wine cellars and picturesque grounds. Meet the local wine experts and allow them to introduce you to some of the finest wines in the region. On the wine list are Plavac Mali, local favourite Bogdanuša or ‘prošek’ (sweet dessert wine) Hectorovich. All the wines here are stored in the traditional stone cellars, much like the Romans would have done. Enjoy a very traditional Croatian lunch in a unique and beautiful mountain location before returning to Hvar.
Day Five Korcula
We continue our island-hopping adventure to Korcula Island. Reported to be the birthplace of the world-famous explorer Marco Polo, the island was once run by the Venetians and still has marks of its precarious past displayed all over Kor?ula Town. Wander through the cleverly designed fishbone layout of the streets and take in the fabulous scenic views from the outside by walking along the outer walls that are now a promenade. At a delightful local farm restaurant, situated outside of the town, relax and sample tasty local cuisine amongst the lush olive trees, vineyards and beautiful surrounding countryside.
Day Six Dubrovnik
After an early breakfast, our driver will transfer you to the mainland where you will join a small group of 8 fellow food and wine enthusiasts. Today you are going to explore the picturesque Peljesac Peninsula, Croatia’s leading wine region. Led by one of Croatia’s most sought after sommelier wine guides, you will visit two renown wineries and sample a selection of locally produced wines, olive oils, cheeses and parma hams. Then enjoy a truly local experience as you learn how to harvest fresh oysters and eat them straight from the sea, before enjoying lunch in a pristine secluded bay. Finish the day with a visit to a third winery before dropping you off at your hotel in Dubrovnik.
Day Seven Dubrovnik
Enjoy your morning on a private guided city tour of Dubrovnik’s magnificent Old Town. Despite severe shelling during the Croatian and Serbian war, marvel at how beautifully the city has been restored to its former glory with marbled streets and pretty alleyways. In the evening, enjoy a truly special farewell dinner, a home hosted cooking experience in a rural mountain location near Dubrovnik. Enjoy cooking with the matriarch of the family and learn more about their 500 year heritage as you prepare traditional farm to table dishes.
Day Eight Departure
Enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast before checking out of your hotel, for private transfer to Dubrovnik airport and your return flight home.