Holidays are all about relaxation and time spent away from home while discovering the beauty of foreign places. At the end, it all comes to having great unforgettable experience that you can tell stories about. But what would a vacation be without some tasty food and mellow wine to serve it with? And that’s what Croatia is all about– a combination of breathtaking nature, fantastic wines, and great food. Let’s experience the best of it!
Day 1 September 15th
Arrival to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia and more than a 1000 year old City, with its historic charm. Private transfer to your hotel and check in. After a long trip hotel amenities will help you to relax and rejuvenate for further days to come. Overnight in Zagreb.
Day 2 September 16th
Your day will start with magnificent cup of coffee in the oldest coffee shop in Zagreb situated on the main square overlooking the statue of Ban Jelacic. Croatians are very sensitive about the coffee and coffee drinking in local coffee shops is part of the culture. After morning relaxation and chatting with your colleagues, you will take a walk with your local guide and start exploring Zagreb. Guide will tell you all the interesting stories about the city. In the evening prepare for “Welcome dinner” in traditional local restaurant where food is prepared according to original recipes from 16 century. The owner is very passionate about food & wine pairing so you are in good hands to have the best food & wine experience there is.
Overnight in Zagreb.
Day 3 September 17th
After breakfast departure to the region Croatian Zagorje, an area of chocolate-box enchantment: miniature wooded hills are crowned with the castles they seem designed for, and streams tumble through lush vineyards. Visit local winery (www.bolfanvinskivrh.hr).
Dinner and wine tasting with traditional folklore and music in a winery. After dinner departure back to Zagreb. Overnight in Zagreb.
Day 4 September 18th
After breakfast departure to National Park Plitvice Lakes. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen
lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Take a walk with a local guide through this heaven on earth. Enjoy scenery of beautiful waterfalls and untouched nature. And don’t forget to make a wish under the largest waterfall as it is supposedly making your wishes come true . After visiting NP Plitvice, we will have a traditional dinner in local restaurant – Licka kuca. Continue to Istria region and city of Pula, city famous for UNESCO protected Roman Amphitheatre. Overnight in Pula.
Day 5 September 19th
After breakfast meeting with the local guide and Pula city sightseeing. The most famous and important monument, popularly called the Arena of Pula, which was once the site of gladiator fights. It was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, at the same time as the magnificent Colosseum in Rome. After sightseeing of Pula, continue to the winery Kozlovic. (http://www.kozlovic.hr/index.php/en)
The hosts will be pleased to show you around their modern winery taking a total surface of 2 200 m2 and track the footsteps of grapes, from a vineyard to the bottle. You will learn about their approach to the grapes, varieties, vinification, aging and bottling of the wine with a special attention to Kozlovic winery and vineyard management. Wine tasting will be arranged in smart wine bar overlooking the vineyards. Wines will be paired with a light food from local farms and small producers.
Overnight in Pula.
Day 6 September 20th
After breakfast departure to Zadar, city voted to be the best European destination for 2015, – a city monument, surrounded by historical ramparts, a treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches of ancient and medieval times, Renaissance and many contemporary architectural achievements such as the first sea organs in the world. Hotel check-in. In the afternoon, meeting with the local guide and Zadar sightseeing. While walking with your guide through the city of Zadar, the ancient Forum, symbol of the city-church of St. Donat, St. Anastasia, monuments and palaces, you will learn all about the rich history of this beautiful old town. Tour of the Land Gate and city walls, Square of Five Wells, People’s Square and of course the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun. Walk along the waterfront with sounds of the sea organ, that are unique in the world, will make your experience complete. According to Albert Hitchcock Zadar is the city with the most beautiful sunset in the world and you will have a chance to be a part of it.
After Zadar sightseeing embark on a boat and begin your unforgettable night. Once the sun has set, you’ll tour Zadar by night cruise to see the city in a totally different and spectacular light. Enjoy the ultimate yacht and dining experience. While relaxing aboard, why not treat yourself with the best Croatian wines? We will have the President of Crolicious – Association holding the presentation about best wines in Zadar region. We will taste some and pare them with the served food. For entertainment, you can listen to Croatian music or international sounds from our collection. We brought a surprise on board, be ready .
Sail back to Zadar. Overnight in Zadar.
Day 7 September 21st
After breakfast departure to island Pag, 5th largest island in Croatia. Visit one of the most famous winaries in Croatia, Boskinac (http://www.boskinac.com/). Some of Croatia’s best wines come from here, from these vineyards that have been cultivated for generations. The force of the southern jugo wind, the permanence of the rocky island, the fragrance of salt – all of this can be sensed in the wines, thanks to the great desire and efforts that these vineyards demand.
The mineral content of the Pag soil is a strong determinant of wines you will have a chance to taste, just as it was in the time of granddad Boškinac (the founder of the winery we are taking you to). Carefully selected local seasonal ingredients, including lamb, cheese, fish, herbs, honey and olive oil all from the island of Pag, are brought together by creative culinary team, to bring you a harmony of flavours and aromas, and to tell you the tale of island Pag. These local flavours are in step with renowned global culinary trends, and the experience is made perfectly complete with a glass of excellent wines.
Departure back to Zadar after the lunch.
Overnight in Zadar.
Day 8 September 22nd
After breakfast departure to Split, the second largest city in Croatia and the city that has all: Roman ruins and grand museums alongside fashionable cafes and trendy shops. On your way to Split stop in Etnoland Dalmati. The Etnoland experience begins with your journey to the Dalmatian hinterland, to Pakovo Selo. There, after a formal and for Dalmatians sacred welcome ceremony; you’ll be welcomed into the village. Listen to Dalmatians tell stories of their ancestors and history, see and learn about Dalmatian customs and tradition. See Dalmatian stone houses, traditional tools and utensils, learn how households were run, experience traditional Dalmatia and so much more. The Etnoland experience culminates in a splendid feast for your palette. Etnoland Dalmati offers visitors indigenous Dalmatian food and drinks, and delicacies such as cheese, “Drniški pršut” prosciutto, traditional red and white wine. After lunch continue to Split and check in to a hotel. Overnight in Split.
Day 9 September 23rd
After breakfast meeting with the local guide and morning sightseeing of historical complex of Split along with the Palace of Diocletian, the UNESCO protected site. After Split sightseeing embark on a boat and sail to island Hvar. We are taking exclusive speed boats to get there faster. You will have a chance to visit Zlatan Otok (http://www.zlatanotok.hr/en/index.php) and taste some of the most delicious Croatian wines. After the winery sail to the city of Hvar.
Welcome to Hvar, an ancient town with a rich history on the island in the Croatian Adriatic Sea with the same name. Hvar is proud that it has the most sunny hours of all the islands in the Adriatic Sea. Many people say of the town Hvar that it is a town as from a fairy- tale because its architecture, wonderful nature and its mild climate. Everybody can find in Hvar all what gives peace to the soul and relaxation to the body. Free time to explore city by your own. In the late afternoon sail back to Split.
Overnight in Split.
Day 10 September 24th
After breakfast departure to Dubrovnik, one of the world’s most stunning destinations, both in terms of its cultural heritage and as a holiday destination. The city has often been referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and was inducted into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979 as a city of rich culture and history. The Old Town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by 1,970 metres of city walls—over the centuries they served to protect the city from various threats and today are the city’s greatest attraction.
On your way to Dubrovnik stop in Pelješac penninsula, the biggest wine region in Croatia. Sea mysteries are always related with nautical maps, captain’s logs or passionate romances with tragic end. Although most of them are discovered after centuries of laying on the sea bed, they still draw great attention. If the headline made you think that we discovered a shipwreck or a log, we haven’t. We are offering you a whole new mystery. A mystery that will surprise you and show you all the creativity of a Dalmatian hard working farmer. On the sunny slopes of Pelješac peninsula, Premium wine Plavac Edivo is produced with a great deal of care and love. After it has been bottled and placed in a terracotta amphora, it is sunken to the depth of 18–25 meters. All of them are perfectly stored, laid on its cork and scattered on several locations of Pelješac aquatorium. It ages in bottles for three months, and later on in the sea for one to two years… (http://www.edivovina.hr/)
The result is a perfect thermal conditions, creating a beautiful layer of shells, corrals and algae. We have try it, and believe us… Wine does not lose any of the aroma, quality or color. Natural cooling in an ideal conditions and a perfect silence improved the quality. Try it and see it yourself. Bring home an unique souvenir from the depths of the Adriatic sea. After wine tasting continue to Dubrovnik. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 11 September 25th
After breakfast meeting with the local guide and Dubrovnik sightseeing. Local guide will take you to the most wonderful and hidden streets of the city. Explore Dubrovnik City Walls (UNESCO HERITAGE SITE) and enjoy a unique view of the Old Town of Dubrovnik including its narrow streets and small squares.
In the afternoon we have prepared a supper dinner in a local villa. Once you arrive there will be local chefs and the whole staff waiting on you. Best local chefs will prepare best Croatian dishes just for you and in front of you. If you feel like joining them you can or you can just relax in front of the pool and enjoy beautiful scenery overlooking the Adriatic sea. Along with the whole staff we will also bring a live band to take this experience on a totally different level.
Day 12 September 26th
Fly out of Dubrovnik.
- All transfers with professional high class coach
- English speaking director throughout
- Accommodation for 11 nights in 5* hotels in Zagreb, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik and 4* in Pula
- 11 breakfasts in the hotels
- Welcome dinner in a local restaurant in Zagreb
- Wine tasting and dinner in Bolfan winery in the region of Croatian Zagorje
- Sightseeing with a local guide of Zagreb (2 hours), Zadar (2 hours), Split (2 hours), Pula (2 hours) and
Dubrovnik (3 hours)
- Entrance fee to National Park Plitvice Lakes
- Local guide in National Park Plitvice Lakes
- Dinner in local restaurant Licka kuca
- Wine tasting and light dinner in winery Kozlovic in the region of Istria
- Sunset dinner cruise on a yacht in Zadar with wine tasting and wine region presentation
- Wine tasting and lunch in winery Boskinac on island Pag
- Sightseeing, wine tasting and lunch in Etnoland Dalmati
- Sailing to island Hvar with private speed boats
- Wine tasting and lunch in winery Otok Zlatan on Hvar
- Entrance fee to Dubrovnik City Walls
- Wine tasting of Ediva wines on Peljesac Penninsula
- Supper dinner in a private Villa with local chefs, live band, and staff in Dubrovnik
- All local taxes
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- International flights (possible to provide)
- Any suggested add-ons
- Travel insurance
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Any other items not mentioned above
- Zagreb, Esplanade 5*
- Pula, Park Plaza Histria 4*
- Zadar, Iadera 5*
- Split, Hotel Park 5*
- Dubrovnik Royal Princess 5*