To describe Croatian food to the tourist, the best way is by using the famous chef Anthony Bourdain line – Croatia has the best not discovered cuisine in the world – he pointed out while tasting food in Croatia.
To get better perspective of our food one has to know about regional differences – coastal from continental – and influences. Greek and Roman cuisine, as well as Mediterranean cuisine, in particular Italian at the coastal region and by Hungarian and Turkish influences in continental region.
With the magical sea, soil and geographic location Croatia is famous for the rarest oysters, top quality prosciutto, Paski cheese, white truffles and many more. With all of those unique ingredients preparing a meal is easy as it can be, but nevertheless there are so many non ordinary ways to prepare food that Croatians came out with, and most popular is definitely Peka, bell shape cast iron lid covered in embers.
To embrace amazing Croatian food and not less important – wine – we have chosen the best destination throughout Croatia – from North to South of the country – so you can taste the best of two completely different “gastro” worlds .
Local gastronomy – White Truffles – Seafood – Oysters – Prosciutto – Paski sir – Enology – Malvazija – Architecture – Cultural Activities – Historical Sites – Museums & Galleries – Scenic Drive – Shopping – Hum – Villages – Walking Tours – Ecotourism – Nature
Accommodation is provided in different hotels, based on your preferences. From the supreme and luxurious five star hotels, boutique hotels to 4 star hotels. In Zagreb there are Arcotel, Alegra, Palace and Esplanade in Zagreb, in Split recommended are Cornaro, Marmont, Park, Art and Globo, in Dubrovnik there are Hilton, Excelsior, Lero and Grand Hotel Park and in Opatija Milenij, Ambasador and Bristol.
Welcome to Zagreb! Check in to your hotel. The late afternoon is reserved for a guided walking tour of Upper Town. Taste cheese and wine in a wine shop and cellar beneath the Gradec Hill. Experienced staff members will introduce you to Croatian wine regions and present three typical wines. The official tour begins with a short funicular ride to Upper Town of enchanting Zagreb, a story returning you back to 15th and 16th centuries. After discovering of all major sights, three course dinner will be served in a picturesque restaurant hidden between historical buildings and museums. Depending on the season, the menu will vary. Overnight in hotel in Zagreb.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of Lower Town. See Zrinjevac Park and many buildings representing the typical architecture of Central Europe from the edge of 19th and 20th century. The Croatian Academy of Science and Arts and neighboring Art Pavilion are two fine examples. Enjoy a tasting of strukli – served in a local café just behind the corner. Strukli is a pastry filled with mixture of cheese with eggs, sour cream and salt, covered in clotted cream and baked in oven – traditional Croatian dish served in most household in wide Zagreb area. Further stoll will take you by the Botanical Gardens and Marulic Square towards the Marsal Tito Square with three important landmarks of Zagreb: The Mimara Museum, Croatian National Theatre and Zagreb University. A three course lunch will be served in a restaurant close to the main city square. In the pm depart from Zagreb towards Opatija. A pearl of Austro Hungarian Riviera at the end of 19th century, it gained recognition as a tourist destination by the Austrian and European high society of emperors, famous artists and celebrities such as Wilhelm II, Franz Joseph, Empress Sissy, Gustav Mahler, Isidora Duncan, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov and others. Enjoy a Tasting Menu dinner in one of the best restaurants in Opatija. Overnight at hotel in Opatija.
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel hotel, followed by a full day culture & gourmet Istria Peninsula Tour. The first stop is in Hum – officially the smallest town in the world with 22 inhabitants. Following the Mirna river valley, we will reach the village of Livade. A Tasting Menu Lunch will be served at a local gourmet restaurant with specialties based on truffles. Take a short drive to Motovun, a town between dream and reality, located on the very peak of a hill offering a magnificent view of the valley, the Mirna river and surrounding hills. Groznjan and Motovun regions are famous for their truffles, as well as the best white wines of Croatia. The road will lead us further to the village of Kruncici to visit the local wine producers and sample high quality Istrian wines. After wine tasting, drive to Rovinj to spend the afternoon in the Jewel of Istria, and enjoy a short walking tour. A three course dinner will be served in a local restaurant based on fish and seafood. Return to Opatija for overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure towards the coastal region of Dalmatia. The scenic road route to Zadar follows the coastline awarding you with a stunning view over the Kvarner Bay. Many islands are scattered on one side, and the mighty mountain of Velebit can be seen on the other side. A typical three course fish/sea food meal will be served in one of the best restaurants in Zadar. Enjoy a short walking tour of this ancient Croatian city which inherited architectural sights from a long and turbulent history. Visit Church of St. Donat, originally built in 9th century in Byzantine style. Another landmark is the Cathedral of St. Anastasia. Unique sites include the main city street –Wide Street – or Kalelarga, and modern architectural solutions of the Sea Organ and the Greeting to the Sun. Continue to Split, the largest and most important city in the area of Dalmatia. Check in at your hotel. A three course dinner will be served in a charming restaurant hidden in the net of tiny streets inside the historical center. Overnight at hotel in Split.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, you will enjoy a full day culture & gastro tour of Trogir and Split. A 30 minute drive will reach you to Trogir – the town museum (UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997). Trogir is a remarkable example of urban continuity. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period. A typical three course fish/seafood lunch will be served in one of the taverns in the town. Return to Split for a guided walking tour of historical center and Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979), built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D. Wine and dine in one of the best restaurants overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Overnight in your hotel in Split.
Depart towards the town of Metkovic, in picturesque Neretva River Valley, for a river safari through the protected marshlands in traditional boats. This area is blessed with fertile soil, vicinity of the Adriatic Sea and Neretva River itself, the main source of the most important ingredients for local cuisine specialties. A special Tasting Menu for lunch will be served near the river bank – based on eel and frogs prepared as a stew or deep fried or grilled. Continue to Dubrovnik with en-route stop in the town of Ston, originally built in the 14th century in the form of a two-fold fortification system with Large and Small Ston, aiming to protect the salt plants, one of its major economic resources. A 7.45 mile long wall – the world’s second longest wall after the Wall of China – connects two fortified cities. The oldest in Europe, the Ston salt plants are still in use, and the salt producing technology has not changed for centuries. In Croatian Gastronomy – the Ston Bay is the cradle of farming of mussels and oysters. A simple tasting of fresh mussels and oysters will be served in a local tavern. Arrive in Dubrovnik. Accommodation at hotel and departure for a dinner. A three course dinner will be served in the restaurant in Konavle valley approximately 30 minutes away from the town. Overnight in your hotel in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast in your hotel, take part in a half-day tour of the Old City, included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list since 1979. This ancient city surrounded by ramparts and fortresses abounds in architectural and cultural masterpieces carefully preserved for centuries. A pleasant walk will take you to Rector’s Palace, the Dominican Monastery, housing a rich collection of medieval paintings. Take a short break to enjoy refreshments and tasting of traditional sweets and candies produced in boutique shop according to old Croatian recipes. Tour will end with a typical three course fish/seafood lunch will be served in one of the best restaurants in the city. Your afternoon is free at leisure, and there is no better way to spend it than visiting the Old City Walls.
A farewell dinner will be served in the restaurant with the superb location just over the sea and beneath the mighty city walls. Overnight at hotel in Dubrovnik.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and depart to your flight home.Note – this tour is available throughout the year.