Crolicious- Best Croatian Food & Wine Experience

Crolicious Food & Wine Tour

Price from: $3.240,00
Travel type: Group Departures 2017
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Highlights

Crolicious Food & Wine Tour Croatia

 

This trip is all about food & wine. From tastings of award-winning blends that are out of the public eye, preserved for the most discerning clients, to discovering the authentic way of life of Croatian winemakers who open their sanctuaries to travelers, to spectacular food and wine festivals and  pairing education options, and even partaking in the harvest, Crolicious travelers gain access to all of these special secrets.  This trip also folds in the food experiences which are unparalleled. Natural, authentic, fresh and delicious, this program infuse unique opportunities to taste some of the most divine creations born out of this magical land, seeing it prepared and harvested up close and personal.  Travelers who wish to delve into regional specialties will love cooking classes at a local farm , or partaking in unique activities native to particular regions such as truffle hunting & tasting or partaking.

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia and more than a 1000 year old City, with its historic charm. Hotel check-in. After a long trip, hotel amenities will help you relax and rejuvenate.  Dinner will be served in the hotel.

Overnight in Zagreb.

MEALS: Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

After breakfast meeting with the local guide. Your day will start with a magnificent cup of coffee in the oldest coffee shop in Zagreb situated on the main square overlooking the statue of Ban Jelacic. Croatians are very sensitive about the coffee and coffee drinking in local coffee shops is part of the culture. After morning relaxation you will take a walk with your local guide and start exploring Zagreb. Guide will tell you all the interesting stories about the city and give you recommendations and main attractions of the city.

  

With an eclectic mix of the Central European and Mediterranean lifestyles, Zagreb pairs well the Austro Hungarian tradition and the warm Southern flavor. The most important cultural institutions in Zagreb and many hotels, of which a large part is within the international hotel chains, are located in the pedestrian area which is - when time permits - probably Europe's largest outdoor café. There are also other attractions such as the picturesque open-air market - one of the last in Europe, which is absolutely first-class experience for all who are coming to Zagreb. Free afternoon.

  

For a dinner we are taking you to the oldest restaurant in Zagreb. The restaurant that was catering food for many politicians, actors and other famous people who ever traveled to Zagreb. The restaurant has a menu with dishes prepared from recipes that are dating from 15th and 16th century. The owner will also hold the presentation of each dish as it will be served and paired well with best local wine.

After dinner return back to the hotel and overnight in Zagreb.

MEALS: Breakfast in the hotel, dinner in the restaurant

 

 

Day 3

After breakfast departure to the region Croatian Zagorje, an area of chocolate-box enchantment: miniature wooded hills are crowned with the castles they seem designed for, and streams tumble through lush vineyards.  Visit castle Trakoscan with a local guide to experience the way of life during the past medieval times in the area. Castle Trakoš?an's cultural heritage, is protected as a historical entity, which consists of the castle, the building next to the castle, park and forest park with a lake. Today the castle is one of the few facilities in Croatia with preserved its own constitution, historically closely related to the architectural framework and the life of its owners. After the Trakoscan castle, continue to a local farm for a farm to the table food and a cooking class where you will prepare local dishes in assistance with a local chef. After dinner return back to Zagreb.

Overnight in Zagreb.

***In September there is grape harvest included in the price!

 

MEALS: Breakfast in the hotel, dinner in the local farm


Day 4

After breakfast, we will continue to National Park Plitvice Lakes. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Take a walk with a local guide through this heaven on earth. Enjoy scenery of beautiful waterfalls and untouched nature. And don’t forget to make a wish under the largest waterfall as it is supposedly making your wishes come true. Explore the park with a local guide. After the visit, we will have late lunch in local restaurant and depart further to Pore?. Hotel check-in and overnight in Porec. 

MEALS: Breakfast in the hotel, dinner in the local restaurant


Day 5

After breakfast departure to Pula. Pula is the most important and largest port in Istria, and recently a real tourist treasure. Well-protected Pula Bay is among the best natural harbors in the Adriatic. Also, surrounded by lush green countryside of southern Istria, the city possess extraordinary beauty and culture. This coastal resort town with a surprising number of historical monuments, magnificent beaches and the amazing beauty of the interior is an ideal place to relax. By far the most memorable symbol of the Roman influence in Istria is magnificent twenty centuries old city Arena, the sixth largest amphitheater in the world. Free time to explore Pula.

In the afternoon departure to Motovun, little charm city with spectacular landscape including the Motovun Forest, a prime locale for truffle-hunting. We will proceed to a local authentic restaurant for the most famous truffle specialties. Locals will pair best Istrian wine with truffles specialties for most delicious experience.  

After dinner depart back to Pore? and overnight.

MEALS: Breakfast in the hotel, dinner in the local restaurant


Day 6

After breakfast we will continue to the city of Zadar. Zadar is an ancient city, built in the center of the Croatian Adriatic, full of historical and cultural monuments. It is three thousand years old, a city of old, tumultuous and dynamic history, often destructed, looted, devastated, every time emerging from the ruins stronger, richer and more beautiful. Zadar appeared for the first time in history in the 4th century B.C. as a settlement of the Illyrian tribe of Liburnians. Hotel check.

In the afternoon departure to a local winery for wine tasting and a dinner.

Overnight in Zadar.

MEALS: Breakfast in the hotel, dinner in the local restaurant


Day 7

After breakfast proceed to Zadar sightseeing. Visit sea organs - an experimental musical instrument made out of the stone, which plays along with sea waves. You will see The St. Donat’s Church, and small ancient streets from the Roman times.  In early afternoon embark on a private boat for boat excursion to National Park Kornati. Discover the sailor’s paradise – National Park Kornati. This archipelago consists of 140 islands covering an area of 114 square miles (300 square km), with most of it declared a National Park – and with its natural beauty, numerous coves and crystal clear blue waters, it’s easy to see why. Swim in most hidden bays and the clearest water you have ever seen. We will have later lunch in one of the local restaurants on the islands. These small hidden restaurant serves only fresh farm to the table food and are fully operated by locals and accessible by boat. Upon return experience one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.  

Return to Zadar later in the afternoon. Overnight in Zadar.

MEALS: Breakfast in the hotel, lunch in the restaurant


Day 8

After breakfast continue along the coast to Split, the second largest city in Croatia and the city that has all: Roman ruins and grand museums alongside fashionable cafes and trendy shops. On the way to Split stop in Ethno Land Dalmati for prosciutto and wine tasting. Presentation from locals about food and wine making process.

Continue to Trogir (UNESCO Heritage Site) for a short walk with our guide. Trogir is a remarkable example of urban continuity. The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period.  

Continue to Split for hotel check in and free evening. Overnight in Split.

MEALS: Breakfast and dinner in the hotel and lunch in a local restaurant


Day 9

Morning sightseeing of historical complex of Split along with the Palace of Diocletian, the UNESCO protected site.  Afternoon embark on a boat and sail to island Hvar. The island of Hvar is the queen of the Croatian Dalmatian islands. It has been famous since the antique because of its important strategic and nautical position, the rich of the various historical periods, the culture and natural monuments and the literature. Visit Zlatan Otok, one of the most famous wineries in Croatia and wine tasting. Lunch will be served in this amazing surrounding. After lunch sail back to Split.  

Overnight in Split.

MEALS: Breakfast in the hotel, lunch in the local restaurant


Day 10

After breakfast proceed to Dubrovnik.  On the way to Dubrovnik stop in Ston. The under-visited Ston and its neighbor Mali Ston on the Peljesac peninsula are a great escape from the standard southern Dalmatia tourist route. About 59km northwest of Dubrovnik, there are no big resorts or luxury hotels in Ston but there is great eating, great scenery, old stone houses and the longest fortifications in Europe. It's not the place for a beach holiday but there's plenty to see and the small-town atmosphere is enchanting. We will explore the area with the guide and lunch in a local restaurant with wine tasting will be served for our group. The area is famous for oysters and mussels so prepare to taste one of the best from Adriatic.

After lunch, proceed further to Dubrovnik. Hotel check in, free afternoon and overnight in Dubrovnik.

MEALS: Breakfast in the hotel, lunch in the local restaurant


Day 11

After breakfast meeting with the local guide for Dubrovnik sightseeing. Local guide will take you to the most wonderful and hidden streets of the Dubrovnik.  Explore Dubrovnik City Walls  and enjoy a unique view of the Old Town (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE) of Dubrovnik including its narrow streets and small squares, shop on the Stradun street, and explore Game of Thrones locations.

In the early afternoon embark on a boat and explore Elaphiti islands. Since the ancient times, the islands were a place of comfort, vacation, and delight. All this due to well-preserved nature, clean and clear sea, sandy beaches, beautiful pine forest, olive gardens, numerous promenades and footpaths. Those are the scenes that remain forever in people's memory and landscapes that make the people come back again. The crew will show you hidden beaches, caves and secret places that you will absolutely love.

Supper dinner for the whole group will be organized in local restaurant with live music.

Overnight in Dubrovnik.

MEALS: Breakfast in the hotel, supper dinner in the local restaurant.


Day 12

Check-out from the hotel. Fly out from Dubrovnik.


Offer is valid: 08.05.2017 - 20.08.2017

PRICE  INCLUDES:

  • All transfers (including airport transfers upon arrival and departure)
  • English speaking director throughout
  • Accommodation for 11 nights in 4* hotels in Zagreb,  Pore?,  Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners in hotels
  • Sightseeing tours with local guides in Zagreb (2 hours), Pula (2 hours), Split (2 hours), Zadar (2 hours), Dubrovnik (3 hours)
  • Dinner in a traditional restaurant (the oldest restaurant in Zagreb)
  • Dinner in a tourist village in Croatian Zagorje
  • Private boat sailing to Hvar with wine tasting and lunch
  • Lunch in local restaurant near Plitvice Lakes
  • Wine tasting and lunch near Zadar
  • Lunch on Kornati island
  • Entrance fee and local guide to Trakoscan castle
  • Entrance fee for Pula Amphiteather
  • Truffle tasting and light dinner in Motovun
  • Entrance fee and local guide to National Park Plitvice Lakes
  • NP Kornati day sailing
  • Entrance, presentation, wine and prosciutto tasting in Etnoland Dalmati
  • Lunch and wine tasting in Ston
  • Boat ride to Elaphiti islands in Dubrovnik
  • Entrance fee to Dubrovnik city walls
  • Supper dinner in “Konoba” in Dubrovnik
  • All local taxes 

*If less people than 6 we will treat it as individual booking and clients will have a private driver, local guides in each destination and agency host at their disposal at all times.

 

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Any other items not mentioned above

 

 

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