10 Days Croatia Gastronomy – Wine & Dine
Zagreb – Plitvice Lakes – Split – Hvar – Dubrovnik
Imagine your trip to Croatia as a delicate combination of wine and culinary experience intertwined with most breathtaking landscapes and hospitality that is an addendum designed to pamper all of your senses without any exceptions. Our mission is to take you on a journey throughout Croatian rich culture and Mediterranean heritage accompanied with finest dishes that Dalmatia and its hinterland have to offer.
Day 1 | Zagreb Arrival (-)
Upon arrival to Zagreb airport, our driver will meet you and transfer to the hotel right in the city centre. Zagreb is a wonderful central European city, a blend of Viennese and Hungarian architectural styles and a Metropolis of a human scale. Often overlooked by travellers, Zagreb could easily surprise you as one of the highlights of your trip. It is the relaxed atmosphere and immediacy of enjoyment of life that make all the difference.
Depending on the time of your arrival, we suggest you take a short walk around the city centre and visit the Central square. If you are up to getting to know the history of this city, visit The Zagreb City Museum. The exhibition shows the past of the City of Zagreb, from prehistory, traces of which were recently uncovered under the very building of the museum itself, to the present day.
Day 2 | ZAGREB (BLD)
Meet your private local guide and discover the town by walking through its bustling downtown streets. Visit the Cathedral, the Stone gate, St. Mark’s church, the historic Upper town, the colourful grocery market, the Central Square and lively Tkalčićeva Street with its numerous charming cafes and restaurants. Zagreb hosts excellent music and street art festivals in Spring, Summer and Autumn, whilst during the Winter it is awarded as The Best Advent festival city in Europe.
Join us for a Croatian craft beer tour in Zagreb. We’ll hit four bars in the Upper town to try the best craft beers in the country and at the same time experience some of the major city attractions. Included: 4 beers, local meal in a microbrewery, experienced local guide in English.
Day 3 | ZAGREB – NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE LAKES (BLD)
Private transfer to Plitvice lakes national park, listed by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage Site. Walk along sixteen beautiful crystal blue and turquoise lakes, cascading over travertine barriers into spectacular waterfalls. The park is renowned for exceptional beauty of its lakes and waterfalls, rich plant and animal life, contrasting colours, forests and the pure mountain air. Boat and park train rides are included in the visit. Continental area of Plitvice Lakes differs greatly from the coastal region; it is of cooler climate, lush green forests, mountainous architecture and gastronomy. It is a perfect getaway to cool off from the hot seaside. Spend most of the day wandering around the park. Spend the rest of the day in the comfort of your hotel.
Day 4 | NATIONAL PARK PLITVICE LAKES – SPLIT (BLD)
Continue the drive to Split. Upon your arrival, settle in your centrally located hotel. After a short fresh up, meet your local guide in the hotel lobby for a private city tour. Explore the Roman Emperor’s palace still inhabited for over two millennia, antique and medieval renaissance palaces, city squares, the Cathedral, Jupiter’s temple, and the popular seafront promenade.
Mediterranean gastronomy is based on light, simple meals prepared from fresh and healthy viands. Opposite to Asian nigh markets where food is prepared out on busy streets, the ritual of cooking in Dalmatia is strongly connected to an intimate circle of home, family and friends. Our foodie expert guide will take you through a maze of streets in Emperor Diocletian’s palace, Jewish Ghetto and old Split downtown. Avoiding expensive restaurants or tourist traps, try finger food delicacies ( at your own expense) prepared and sold by local women on open grocery market, nibble on seafood snacks prepared near the fish market, and enjoy traditional homemade prosciutto ham & cheese in a bar surrounded with locals discussing on daily football and politics.
Day 5 | SPLIT – HVAR
Fast ferry ride in the morning to the oldest Croatian town and a former Greek colony, Hvar. Located on Hvar Island – often listed as one of the 10 most beautiful spots in the world – Hvar is by far one of the most charming towns on the Croatian coast, and sunniest island of the Adriatic. Guided tour of the city in the afternoon. Your guide will likely take you to visit the 16th century Cathedral of St Stjepan, which forms a stunning backdrop to the town’s main square. Visit Fortica castle and enjoy stunning views overlooking the town of Hvar and Pakleni islands. Guide will be happy to recommend you some great places to eat or what more to visit while here.
Day 6 | HVAR (B)
Private half-day wine tour of Hvar Island – Treat yourself with this exclusive wine tour, uncovering the rich heritage of the island. Less than half an hour from Hvar Town, central Hvar offers a phenomenal wine experience, where grapes are grown in a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded by the Ancient Greeks, and whose winemakers have wines, stories and personalities as diverse as Hvar’s tourism offer. You will visit two vineries and have free time for lunch. Rest of day at leisure.
Day 7 | HVAR – DUBROVNIK (BLD)
After breakfast in the morning, hop on a fast ferry to your last destination – Dubrovnik. Upon your arrival, driver will meet your & transfer to hotel. Private transfer from your hotel to Dubrovnik city center in the afternoon. Meet your expert local guide and spend the day touring Dubrovnik’s amazing Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the magnificent curtain of walls, marble streets and baroque buildings that exude a pearly light in the Adriatic sun. Walk the main pedestrian thoroughfare, Placa, with its melange of cafés and shops. Take in the artistry and history of the numerous churches, monasteries and museums showcased in this beautiful city.
Day 8 | DUBROVNIK (B)
Free day to explore the city on your own.
There are many other activities to do in and around Dubrovnik: Enjoy the bird’s views from the funicular reaching the mountain over the city; Half day speedboat tour to Elaphite archipelago; water sport adventures; Quad ATV adventures; Paddle the sea kayak to Lokrum island.
Cooking class in Dubrovnik countryside – Our cooking class introduces Mediterranean flavors of southern Dalmatia and its traditional hinterland village lifestyle. Learn how to prepare homemade food the same way as our ancestors did centuries ago. You may pick fresh vegetables for your cooking lesson straight from our garden! Prepare your meal over the open fire, dig your fingers into fresh dough, taste some olive oil and blend it in rural ambience to get the true feeling of Dubrovnik countryside. Duration: aproximately 5 hours.
Day 9 | DUBROVNIK (B)
Private transfer by your driver to the Dubrovnik airport or your flight to Zagreb. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for check in. Rest of the day free at leisure for shopping or take in the city vibes.
Day 10 | ZAGREB – DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for departure.
• All private land transport and 2 way airport transfers
• All Accommodations on twin share including daily breakfast
• Lunches and Dinners as per itinerary
• Personal Private English Speaking Guide
• All entrance tickets for sightseeing except optional activities
• Ferry tickets Split – Hvar, Hvar – Dubrovnik
• Group transfer Hvar port – Hotel – Hvar Port
• 1 way domestic flight ticket Dubrovnik – Zagreb
• International airfare,
• Travel insurance
• all alcoholic and other beverages,
• All personal expenses
• Optional activities
• Resort/hotel facilities and activities