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Gourmet Stars & Local Tavernas – Special Land Experience in Croatia

GOURMET STARS & LOCAL TAVERNAS - LAND JOURNEY

Looking for an unparalleled travel experience in Croatia? Are you a world traveler, gourmand, and oenophile? If the answer is yes, this is the perfect journey for you!
Max. Travelers: 20 guests Trip Duration: 6 days Date: Aug 27 - Sept 1, 2023 Highlights: Superb Accommodations – selected hotels, Local Experts, Amazing landscapes and Old Towns, Experience Gastronomic and Wine Adventures, Local Tavernas discoveries, Fine dining restaurants, Meeting olive oil and wine producers, Truffle hunt Experience, National Park Plitvice visit and much more...
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Join us on this unique trip by land through Croatia and take in the views from another angle! 

GOURMET STARS & LOCAL TAVERNAS  - GOURMET LAND JOURNEY

Dates:  August 27 – September 1, 2023 

6 Days - (maximum capacity of 20 travelers)

ROUTE:

ZAGREB – PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK – ROVINJ – BUJE – BUZET – MOTOVUN – VODNJAN – PULA – PLASTOVO – SPLIT

We will explore and discover many places from the capital Zagreb, the beautiful Istrian peninsula, and part of the Dalmatian coastline. Besides historical places, amazing landscapes, and great stories provided by our travel experts along the way, you will immerse yourself in the local culture and cuisine!

Food illuminates people's way of life, cultural values, and perspectives on life. It has a way of bringing people together! But how it can be so powerful? If you think about it there are 5 senses used when tasting food and drink. First, you’ll look at it with eyes, then you smell it, touch it and taste it...and you’ll listen to it, right! Whenever we interact with food, our senses are awakened – which means that experiencing food while you're traveling will increase the intensity of the memories built. How beautiful is that!

We all travel to experience another culture and to learn something, yet we often end up spending our time in a ‘touristy’ area. It’s important to visit main tourist attractions, but essential to interact with locals to get a true experience of one destination. If we are not spending longer time in a destination, it’s hard to get to know everyday life and this is where food plays such an important role. It is one of the best ways to experience a new destination, and get to know the culture and local people. It is an essential part of life and community, there’s no authentic travel experience without it.

Local Cuisine gives people an identity – recipes and cooking techniques are passed down from generation to generation. It’s an insight into the history, we learn traditions and societal norms. Lastly, it’s a great opportunity to learn another language – different ways of sayings to open a meal and thanks for it to your host. Knowing local phrases will not only help you immerse in the culture and build quite a hefty vocabulary and locals will certainly appreciate it. It’s 0moments when we interact with people that we remember the most, once we get around the table with newly formed friends, have an open conversation, and share food & good wine! Moreover, positively interacting with locals can promote sustainable tourism by creating mutual understanding between both, local residents and visitors!

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Itinerary day by day. Please contact us for additional details. 

Itinerary

Day 1

Date : August 27, 2023

Arrival in Zagreb

Transfer from Zagreb airport to your hotel is arranged! Your driver will be waiting for you at the airport with a name board. Check in to your hotel, relax and freshen up before your welcome dinner at a renowned Zinfandel restaurant.
Overnight in Hotel Esplanade 5* in Zagreb, superior double room (breakfast and taxes included)

Day 2

Date : August 28, 2023

Explore Zagreb

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with your guide for a private walking city tour of Zagreb. Unveil the secrets behind the old facades, discover the hidden courtyards, and revive the stories from the past. We’ll give you an entirely new perspective of Zagreb City. A short walk from the Zagreb cathedral, in a magnificent 200 y.o. brick-vaulted cellar, the first Croatian wine shop (Vinoteka) was born 30 years ago which gave birth to a renewed Croatian wine scene. The pioneers of this enological project have created a true wine temple to be enjoyed by wine enthusiasts and lovers from all over the world. The owners' passion for wine is evident as well as their extensive knowledge. After the wine tasting, we’ll head to a local restaurant where you’ll have a chance to try some traditional dishes. Dinner on your own.
Overnight in Hotel Esplanade 5* in Zagreb, superior double room (breakfast and taxes included)

Day 3

Date : August 29, 2023

Plitvice Lakes to Rovinj

Breakfast at the hotel and check out! Morning departure and meeting with our driver for a private transfer from Zagreb to Rovinj in Istria with en route stop at Plitvice Lakes NP for a guided visit. Head for a truly amazing and spectacular stop – the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Upon arrival at Entrance 1, meet your local English-speaking guide and explore the Plitvice Lakes park.
The first Croatian national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Plitvice lakes offer its visitors a blend of vivid colors, sounds, and smells that are spectacular and memorable. Its 16 cascading lakes and numerous waterfalls make up one of the greatest wonders of the world. After the tour will enjoy Lika specialties at the local restaurant. A unique place with an ambiance of a traditional house in Lika, in which authentic dishes are prepared. The final drive to Istria will follow with a stop at the Rossi Family winery for a private tasting. Final drive to Rovinj, check into the hotel, and relax. Evening at leisure.
Overnight in Grand Park Hotel 5* in Rovinj, Premium Sea view room (breakfast and taxes included)

Day 4

Date : August 30, 2023

Rovinj and Central Istria

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet in the lobby and head for a full-day excursion gastro adventure to central Istria. The Central Istria Riviera, known as Green Istria, embraces a multitude of small places with a long history and fortresses on hills with picturesque bell towers. Before you know it, you will plunge into a gorgeous atmosphere of hill towns and seaside villages, dramatic beaches and rose gardens, and delicious wine, olive oil, and truffles. Today we are visiting Kabola winery followed by a unique experience during a truffle hunt accompanied by specially trained dogs. Later in the afternoon drive back to beautiful Rovinj with some free time to relax before dinner. For the dinner, a famous gourmet gem! Restaurant Monte. Run by chef Danijel Đekić and his wife, sommelier Tjitske Đekić-Brusse, this fine-dining spot has earned itself quite some awards and honors. Monte holds a prestigious Michelin star and is yearly considered one of Croatia’s best restaurants by Gault Millau.
Overnight in Grand Park Hotel 5* in Rovinj, Premium Sea view room (breakfast and taxes included)

Day 5

Date : August 31, 2023

Rovinj - Pula - Rovinj

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure in Rovinj. After lunch, we’ll visit a family farm specializing in growing olives and producing high-quality extra virgin olive oil. We’ll enjoy a guided tasting in their olive mill located in olive groves just outside the old medieval town of Vodnjan and discover why their extra virgin olive oil is frequently proclaimed among the best olive oils in prestigious international competitions. Our next stop is Pula city – it is the largest town on the Istrian peninsula and offers a diversity of attractions to lovers of culture. Dinner is reserved at our favorite local tavern in Istria - The chef is the 4th generation fisherman, the story of this tavern began in 2000 when they opened a modest family tavern, where mother, father, and son intended to sell the fish they caught and prepared themselves in the way they prepare it at home. Given that this is a family that has relied on fishing for its income for four generations, their cuisine is largely based on family recipes and a long tradition of preparing fish that they have caught themselves. Back in Rovinj late in the evening.
Overnight in Grand Park Hotel 5* in Rovinj, Premium Sea view room (breakfast and taxes included)

Day 6

Date : September 1, 2023

Rovinj - Plastovo - Split

Breakfast at the hotel and check out!
Time to say goodbye to beautiful Istria, a long drive to Dalmatia Split will follow. We’ll make a stop before Split – to visit Bibich Estate where you’ll enjoy a unique wine-pairing lunch experience at the Bibich tasting room. This experience you will never forget. Food courses inspired by tradition and made from local groceries are perfectly paired with their wines, while the presentation is done by the winemaker himself. There are 5 wines paired with 5 food courses! All ingredients are artisanal - olive oil, cured meats, dried fruits, etc. - hand-made by their family or local producers. You will experience a presentation by a professional enologist about everything they do for heritage preservation - their products, ways of vinification, grape varieties, and vineyards, and get familiar with the influence of the microclimate and the character of the region. Bibich winery was one of the places that Anthony Bourdain visited when filming ‘’No-Reservation’’ in Croatia! Final drive to Split, check into the hotel, and relax. Meeting with other fellow travelers.
Overnight in Hotel Briig 4* in Split, superior double room city view (breakfast and taxes included)

Day 7

Date : September 2, 2023

Explore Split

Meet with your private licensed local guide and join the unique Split historical gastro treasure tour. Make sure to have a ‘light breakfast’ as your guide will take you to different food stops so you can taste the most delicious food while you are walking along the 1700-year-old imperial palace, getting to know all of Diocletian’s Palace and the surrounding medieval highlights of Split.
You’ll start your food adventure by visiting Greenmarket, a great traditional restaurant” konoba” known for its culinary specialty “macaroni” – handmade pasta and fresh seafood.
During the next part of the tour, you will visit a small shop where you will taste the traditional peasant pie “soparnik” and the tour concludes in the oldest pastry shop in Split, where you will taste traditional pastries and gelato.
Enjoy the exclusive gastro historical guided tour of Split. Locals are extremely passionate about their local gastronomy, their hometown, and its history. Learn everything about major historical sites & culture while tasting the best Dalmatian food. The second-largest city in Croatia, Split (Spalato in Italian) is a great place to see Dalmatian life as it’s lived.
Note: The trip can be continued by embarking a beautiful small ship Lastavica and continuing jour journey by the Dalmatian coast. Additional 7 days onboard Lastavica can be booked separately. Please contact us!

Included: Breakfast | Exclusive Gastro tour

Included:

  • TAXES and PORT CHARGES INCLUDED
  • All services, excursions and meals in the program
  • Private transfers
  • Cruise Manager 
  • Local Guides 
  • Accommodation in double/twin cabin with ensuite bathroom
  • Half-board daily (breakfast every morning and lunch or dinner )

 

Not Included

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airfare, Travel Insurance – please do let your expert know if you’d need assistance
  • Additional sightseeing, activities, and experiences outside of your itinerary
  • Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, mini bar )
  • Gratuity for services and experiences
  • Drinks from the onboard bar

Trip inquiry

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