For the wine lovers we created very exciting tour with the focus on one of the most interesting wine region in Croatia – Dalmatia. The area comprises several well-regarded vineyards, such as Kastele, where zinfandels ancestor, Crljenak Kaštelanski, was ultimately discovered, and Dingac where the best grape Plavac Mali, an offspring of zinfandel is grown. Peninsula Peljesac is best known for Plavac Mali grapes. Most of the vineyards are located in Dingac and Postup, at positions facing the sea which provides additional sunlight reflected from the sea surface that is magic wand for creating more sugar in the grapes.
Just across Peljesac peninsula, another authentic grapes variety is grown. On island Korcula, locals are very proud on their white wine Grk, that is produced from posip grapes, which are only grown there. With those wines premium quality only pair is amazing food that you are going to found everywhere – from home made cheese, olive oil, prosciutto to amazing seafood and moreover fish that is Croatian heritage.
Gourmet Dining – Enology – Plavac Mali – Postup – Dingac – Local gastronomy – Famous Brodeto – Green Manestra – Rozata – Tuna fish – Architecture – Cultural Activities – Historical Sites – Museums & Galleries – Beaches – Scenic Drive – Shopping – Small Towns – Villages – Walking Tours – Ecotourism – Reserve – 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 Dubrovnik there are Excelsior, Hilton Imperial, Lero and Grand Hotel Park, in Split recommended are Cornaro, Marmont, Hotel Park, Art and Globo hotel, to stay in Korcula options are hotels Korsal, Marko Polo and Korcula hotel and on the island of Peljesac in Ston hotel Ostrea and vila Koruna.
Your private transfer will wait for your arrival at the Dubrovnik Airport. After a long trip, they will take you to your hotel, so you can refresh and get ready for your first gourmet experience in Croatia. A three course welcome dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.
The day in front of you is going to start with the breakfast in the hotel and short transfer to the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Excitement never fails to descend when you set your eyes on the beauty of Dubrovnik. Encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century, Dubrovnik is known for its distinctive Old Town, UNESCO- World Heritage Site. Enjoy a short break with refreshment and tasting of traditional sweets and candies such as arancini (candied orange peel), caramelized almonds and dried figs produced in a local boutique shop according to old Croatian recipes. Lunch will be served in a restaurant where local delicacies such as Dubrovnik green manestra (cabbage and smoked meat stew) or marinated tuna fish, prepared in the old Dubrovnik style, will be served. After lunch, enjoy some time at leisure. Dine in a local restaurant where a typical three course fish dinner will be served. Overnight in your hotel.
Following breakfast in your hotel, you are going for an excursion to Konavle. The preserved precious rural architecture, numerous monuments and centuries old traditions have been kept through local folklore and traditional costumes in Konavle. Enjoy a lunch prepared with homemade products, to be served in a traditional local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Split. Check into your hotel in the late afternoon. After refreshments, dinner will be served in a local restaurant. Overnight in your hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and take a morning visit of Split, a 1700-year-old city located in the heart of Central Dalmatia. The Roman emperor Diocletian ruled the world from this city, leaving an inheritance of architecture which takes ones breath away. Split will impress you with the southern temperament of its citizens, its beautiful promenade and historic past. Split’s charm is simply irresistible! Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, where you will be introduced to one of the most common dishes favored in Dalmatia, the famous brodetto. After lunch, transfer to Trogir the historic city on a small island included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Trogir is also known as little Venice, a town-museum of medieval heritage. Its history dates back to the Hellenic times. Trogir is known for its exceptional restaurants which make this a “must visit” on all Croatian itineraries. Your afternoon is free. A typical Mediterranean dinner will be served in a local charming restaurant. Return to Split for overnight.
Transfer to town of Metković, center of the delightful Neretva river canyon. You will enjoy local gastronomic specialties with choices of fish; meat or vegetarian dishes. These include eels, frogs, liska, and the famous Neretva fish stew known as Neretva Brudet in a local restaurant. Continue through Dubrovnik coastline to the town of Ston on Peljesac peninsula. This small, medieval town from 14th century, has the longest stone wall in Europe (5,5 km), and salt works that are faithful to the tradition and to the natural way of salt production, which has not changed since the remote ages. The Gulf of Mali Ston has a clean and natural environment that has been famous for its mussels, and especially oyster growing farms since Roman times. Dinner will be organized in one of the local restaurant famous for its seafood menus which include local, world famous oysters (ostrea edulis) and mussels. Overnight in Ston.
Today, you will experience a wine tour of the Peljesac peninsula, a region that was cultivated as far back as the prehistoric and ancient times.
One of Peljesac most famous wine sorts is Dingač, an excellent quality wine representative as one of the best red wines Croatia has to offer. Southern stone slopes of Dingač site on Pelješac peninsula are home to the indigenous grape sort Plavac Mali which grows here with high quality. The area beneath Dingač is strictly controlled, and grapes are picked manually. Postup, another famous wine sort is located on the south side of Pelješac, not far from Dingač gives more in quality than it takes in quantity of sun nurtured grapes of Plavac Mali. Postup is of dark ruby color, full and harmonious in taste, ideally complementing dark meat meals, wild game, roasted bluefish or squids served for lunch. In the late afternoon, boat transfer from Orebić to Korčula. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Korcula.
This morning, you will visit Korčula, known as the birthplace of Marko Polo. A local guide will show you the best of the city.Old Town Korcula is a mini-fortress enclosed with honey-colored stone walls that contain hidden treasures, from icons to Tiepolos, as well as architectural delights in every narrow, cobbled street. Famous Marco Polo was from Korcula, or so they insist, and his house is open to visit. In the afternoon you will have free time to swim in the warm, crystal clear sea or just to take a walk through the small sandy beaches. Locals are very proud on their white wine, Grk as it is one of the best in the country. Whites are produced from posip grapes, which are only grown here and to a lesser extent on the Peljesac Peninsula. Olive oil & wine tasting will be organized before lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon transfer to Dubrovnik, where a farewell dinner will be organized. Overnight in your hotel in Dubrovnik.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the Dubrovnik airport for departure.