Taste Croatia

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Day 1 Zagreb arrival

Arrival at Zagreb airport, transfer to your hotel. Evening walking tour through the city center with a local guide.

Day 2 Zagreb COOKING CLASS

Visit a culinary venue in the center of Zagreb where our Chef will have coffee, tea and juice waiting to get you started for a cooking adventure. After a short introduction on Croatian cuisine and traditional cooking methods, roll up your sleeves and prepare local meals under Chef’s guidance. Enjoy a meal you prepared with a glass of matching wine. A three course meal is prepared: appetizer, main course and a desert. Free evening to enjoy Zagreb.

Day 3 Zagreb-Fužine-Istria

On your way to Adriatic coast you’ll have a two hour stop in Gorski Kotar region to visit a restaurant specialized in mountain and forest region cuisine. Traditional food here consists of venison (wild game hunter’s specialties): deer, bear and wild boar dishes. You’ll have one hour hands-on presentation of baking a wild berry cake. While waiting, an assortment of homemade specialties will be served: deer sausages, wild boar prosciutto, and mushrooms. Continue the drive towards Istrian peninsula. Accommodation in a beautiful traditional hacienda style villa.

Day 4 Istrian interior: Brtonigla-Grožnjan-Motovun

This whole day is dedicated to exploring nature, heritage and cuisine of this extraordinary diverse region. Visiting tiny medieval hilltop towns and an olive plantation with a presentation of olive oil production & tasting. Visit to a local winery & tasting followed by a truffle hunt – searching for truffles in Motovun forest with a help of trained dogs. Return to your hotel. A short drive to the picturesque fisherman’s town of Rovinj is possible in the evening.

Day 5 Brtonigla-Pag Island

Drive through scenic roads of Istria, Kvarner bay and along the northern Adriatic coast to Prizna harbor to take a ferry to Pag island, a renowned gourmet Mecca. Accommodated in a charming boutique hotel with a fabulous restaurant and a winery of its own. Wine tasting upon arrival.

Day 6 Pag island tour: Novalja-Kolan-Pag

Exploring the hidden gems of Pag island. Drive to Kolan village to see a production and taste island’s most renowned product: sheep cheese. Visit of lace and salt museums, and a walk to a convent where the nuns bake a traditional biscuit. Upon return to your hotel you’ll watch the preparation of an exquisite traditional lamb dish.

Day 7 Pag-Zadar-Primošten Burnji-Trogir

Drive to Zadar to meet a local guide for a two hour walking tour. After hearing the unique Sea Organ played by the rhythmic movement of the waves, drive to Primošten Burnji village in Dalmatian hinterland where people still live the traditional way. Visit to a local family on a two century old homestead to try fabulous “peka” meal, a roast of meat, vegetables and potatoes covered with iron lid (a peka bell) with hot ashes on top. There, the food is slowly simmering and baking, keeping all its natural juices. Drive to a heritage hotel in Trogir. Evening walk through a maze of narrow, cobbled streets.

Day 8 Trogir COOKING CLASS

Our chef will meet you in the farmer’s market to get all the provisions and fish for your cooking class, taking place in a traditional stone house. Your host is of younger, very innovative generation of Croatian chefs, who enjoys cooking as much as writing culinary books.

Day 9 Full day Split excursion

A full day excursion to a nearby city of Split, a magnificent roman built town where a vast Roman Emperor’s palace is still being inhabited. Guided walk through the historical city center. We suggest having lunch in a modest tavern where locals enjoy their meals. Visit to Ivan Meštrović gallery, a famous Croatian sculptor and architect. Return to Trogir.

Day 10 Trogir-Pelješac peninsula wine tour-Dubrovnik

Drive to Ploče harbor to take a ferry to Pelješac peninsula, renowned for its wine producers and indigenous grape varieties. Visit to two different wineries – a traditional and a modern one with a tasting of their fabulous wines. Drive to Ston bay where oysters and mussels are farmed to try them fresh out of the sea. Visit to the ancient salt pans, still in use today. Continue the drive to Dubrovnik.

Day 11 Dubrovnik

Old town sightseeing with a local guide on our special “Taste of Dubrovnik” walking tour. It includes visiting cozy restaurants and talks about culinary tradition in Dubrovnik in the past and our days. You’ll visit four restaurants and taste traditional snacks accompanied with a glass of wine. Free afternoon to climb the magnificent city walls; possible ride with a cable car to the top of the mountain offering spectacular views of the town; or a boat ride to the nearby island of Lokrum. Possible visit to hinterland Konavle.

Day 12 Dubrovnik departure

Free time until the transfer time to Dubrovnik airport. Flight check in, departure.