Croatia is perhaps one of the most beautiful countries in the world, not only for his scenery but it’s culinary richness. Croatia offers 1100 miles of coastline, has a varied landscape of coastal towns, mountains and fertile wine growing regions. Croatia is also the birthplace of the zinfandel grape, an indication of the quality of wine you will get there.
Spend 8 days in magnificent Croatia. This trip is for people who appreciate wine & food in all of it’s splendor. We are slated to see a handful of vineyards throughout several of Croatia’s local wine regions as well as embark on historic walk & food tours, see UNESCO sites and enjoy several meals. This trip begins in gorgeous Zadar and takes a meandering pace south along to the coast to Split, then to stopping at Dubrovnik. Along the way, we enjoy tastings at famous Croatian vineyards, stops on islands, roadside stands for olive oil and other culinary treasures. Join us for 8 days of sun, wine & laughter.
This is a shorter & semi-inclusive version of the other Croatia wine trip -10 days.
DAY 1 | ZADAR
Arrival day. Zadar is a low-key less touristy city on the Dalmatian coast and is a perfect place to start our trip. After an afternoon arrival in Zadar and checking into the hotel and freshening up, we will explore this medieval city on foot. It’s compact old town is woven with historic churches, cafes, restaurants and plenty of photo opportunities. It was also recently named the Best European Destination in 2016.
At sunset, we head to the sea organ to hear it’s majestic call and stroll over to a light art installation called ‘Greeting to the Sun’ & then on to a nourishing dinner where the wine instruction begins.
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Meals: Welcome dinner + wine
DAY 2 | ZADAR + SURROUNDING
After breakfast, let’s find the morning Zadar market. This is a great place to buy authentic, family produced olive oil, sachets of lavender and other goodies.
Late morning, we venture into the Zadar countryside with a journey to the island of Pag, famous for its olive groves and sheep’s cheese (paški sir). There will be many places we stop along the day to sample roadside cheese as well as olive oil and wine. You will not be hungry today!
We will stop for lunch along the way. After lunch, we head back towards Zadar with a detour to Nin, considered one of the most romantic cities in Croatia and a famous place of salt production.
To complete the day, we head to the Kraljevski vineyard in Petrčane for a late afternoon tasting and take in the seaside views of its vineyards. We return back to Zadar and you have the evening to explore and get dinner.
Meals: Lunch + wine tasting
DAY 3 | SPLIT
Today is one of my favorites. We leave Zadar and head south to some of my favorite wine makers, Bibich & Sladić. You will most definitely buy wine today. Bibich is considered one of the top vineyards in Croatia and that’s exactly the reason we are having a private wine lunch & tasting here.
We should arrive in Split in late afternoon and out hotel is located in Split’s amazing old town. Split is the 2nd largest city in Dalmatia and is equally as beautiful in it’s own right. At the center of the city is Diocletian’s Palace and the rest of the city exists within and around it. For those that want to take an afternoon & explore you have that option or you can relax until dinner time.
Meals: Bibich Wine Tasting + Lunch
DAY 4 | SPLIT
In the morning, we are taking a food, wine & history tour of the city. You will visit the local markets, hear about the history of Split & eat some great food.
The rest of the day is yours to explore and/or relax around old town. There is a park called Marjan located on the west end of the old town and you can take a stroll there and just enjoy the day. At the top of Marjan is a perfect place to watch the sunset (if you want to tackle the 300 steps) and it is also a great place for views of Split’s Old Town. Our day ends with dinner & wine at a local wine bar called Zinfandel.
Meals: Dinner at Zinfandels restaurant w/wine
DAY 5 | SPLIT + HVAR ISLAND
We will spend the entire day on Hvar exploring the island, it’s towns and a few select vineyards. It’s a 2 hour ferry ride, so we start the day early and start exploring vineyards.
Back in Split, you have the evening to explore Split’s old city, grab dinner (and wine) and relax on the Riva.
Meals: Lunch on Hvar Island & Dinner in Split
DAY 6 | PELJESAC + DUBROVNIK
Early morning departure from Split on our way to Dubrovnik but will stop in one of the most productive wine growing regions in Croatia, the Pelješac peninsula. [p: paley – shatz] Pelješac is nestled between Spilt and Dubrovnik and is about an hour north of Dubrovnik. Its vines grow on steep hill slopes that rise from the sea creating a dramatic scenery. Pelješac is famous for its red wine, made of a local grape called Plavac mali [p: plavats – mali], a distant relative of the Zinfandel grape.
We will visit Ston, a notable city for the defensive stone walls that surround it. It is also the gateway city to the Pelješac peninsula. In Ston will will grab lunch & take a boat to harvest some fresh oysters & mussels. After lunch, we only have time to visit the Miloš family winery for a quick tasting, then it’s onward to Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik is the jewel of Croatia’s crown and it’s why we saved it for the last city. There is simply no other city in the world that compares to the beauty of Dubrovnik. The drive to Dubrovnik takes about 60 minutes and affords some amazing views, so stopping along the way is obligatory. Once we get checked in we will casually walk around the old city and its city walls where you literally walk the circumference of the city on its defensive walls. The afternoon is open to wander around or perhaps hit a local wine bar called D’Vino and then you can seek out dinner.
Meals: Lunch in Ston
DAY 7 | DUBROVNIK
Today is a celebration of Croatian beauty, food, wine and culture. We have arranged a special food and history tour of the city so you can get to know all about her.
In the afternoon, you will have some free time to go to the beach, explore the old town on your own or whatever else suits your fancy. We will have a final dinner with lots of food, wine and laughter.
Meals: Food tour/dinner + wine in Dubrovnik
DAY 8 | DUBROVNIK
Today is departure for all wanderers. Depending on the flight departure, you will have some time to explore Dubrovnik. There will be private shuttles to the airport all day. The drive to the airport takes 30 minutes with no traffic and is a very easy airport to check into.
Price of this tour is $2500 for wanderers sharing a room and $3200 for wanderers who want their own private room.
This small group trip to Croatia is designed for active wanderers. There will be lots of walking, drinking and driving by rental car on the Croatian road system. If you have questions about physical specifics of this trip, please contact me. Tour prices are based on accommodation (3-4 star hotels/guest houses) and a personal American tour guide for duration of the trip. All trips will have an orientation meeting (in person if geography suffices) or Skype if it doesn’t, for all guests approximately 4 weeks before departure. There will be alcohol (in some cases lots of alcohol) consumed on this trip.
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Subject to Change. All Croatia trips are subject to change as travel is as unpredictable, so please note, that some parts of the trip may be altered to account for holidays, closed venues and weather related events. A final itinerary will go out several weeks before the departure day of the trip.
Megan went to Croatia 3 times in 2016 and fell in love with it’s dramatic landscapes and slow pace. She was also an immediate fan of the wine, traveling to over 20 vineyards in 40 days to savor as much as she could.
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