Join us for an amazing Croatian experience unlike any we have done before. The Croatia Christmas Market & Wine trip marries the intricate flavors of Croatian food & wine with its top rated Christmas market in Zagreb. This trip features time in Zagreb and the surrounding areas as well as several days in Istria.
On this trip you will visit truffle farms, timeworn hilltop villages, UNESCO sites, ancient Roman amphitheaters, various Croatian vineyards, one of Europe’s best Christmas markets & more.
Get ready for an unparalleled Croatian experience.
Welcome to Croatia! Dobrodǒsli!
We have a number of fun activities planned while we are in Croatia’s capital city from exploring its Dolac farmer’s market, strolling along its old town cobbled streets to many gourmet surprises such as sampling regional delicacies called Zagorski Strukli, which is a sweet/savory filled pasta dish similar to Lasagna.
VINOcom is Zagreb’s most prolific wine & food festival. It’s a two day extravaganza in central Zagreb featuring hundreds of Croatia’s (and surrounding countries) best food producers and vineyards. It’s culinary nirvana.
If you have not been to a European Christmas Market, this will be a very special treat. This market was voted top Christmas market 3 years running. The entire city is taken over by a Christmas spirit, with an outdoor ice rink, lots of trees and lights, as well as rides for the kids. With some great street food stalls and local crafts, this is the sort of market that you could easily return to for a couple of days in a row.
Let’s continue our culinary vacation of Croatia with visits to special gems just outside of the city.
Just 40km north of Zagreb in the heart of Zagorje, is a beautiful vineyard called – “Vuglec Breg”. They have a wonderful lunch and search up some marvelous sparkling selections.
West of Zagreb is the ever adorable town of Samobor, known for its rich gourmet tradition and is the ancestral home of an aromatic red wine made with wormwood, fruits and spices called Bermet. This city is charming and home to the best dessert in all of Croatia, kremšnita. It’s puff pastry filled with cream and a thin layer of whipped cream, lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Yum!
Croatia is dotted is many awe inspiring little towns and Motovun doesn’t fail to disappoint. The area is mostly known for truffles!!! Yes, we are going to truffle country where we are going to meet a truffle hunting dog and spend the afternoon scouring the forest for black gold.
Grožnjan is known as the “Town of Artists” and is home to over twenty galleries and art studios. Let’s explore the cobbled streets and closely built homes.
A visit to Trapan is a visit to the “Bad Boy” of Croatian wine producers. Trapan makes some outstanding wines and you’ll love his quirky sense of being as we inbib on his award-winning wines & enjoy a private tour.
Pula is seaside town over 3000 years old and is famed for its Arena; one of the world’s best-preserved Roman Amphitheaters. It’s a gorgeous reminder of the far reaching roman empire and sits close to Pula’s shores.
A few hours from Zagreb are one of Croatia’s most famed landmarks, the Plitvice Lakes. Be prepared to experience one of the world’s natural wonders. Often mentioned as the most beautiful national parks in the world, get ready to experience the jaw dropping beauty first hand as we take a walking tour of the scenery.
Megan is your guide for this trip. She came here first in 2015 and again in 2016 and 2017. She came for the beaches and stayed for the wine. She led her first food and wine trip here in 2017.
Price of this trip is $3150 for each wanderer. There is a supplement for single room occupancy.
This Croatia Christmas Market & Wine Trip is designed for active wanderers. If you have questions about physical specifics of this trip, please contact us. Trip prices are based on accommodation (4 star hotels) and a American tour guide for the duration of the trip. All trips will have an orientation (in person if geography suffices) for all guests approximately 4 weeks before departure.
Deposit Requirement: A deposit is required immediately with each booking request. A booking cannot be guaranteed without a deposit.
Deposits can be paid by check, Venmo or credit card. All credit cards are processed through Stripe.
Trip Costs: This trip must be paid in full prior to 4 months start of trip. If trip fees are not paid within this time-frame, trip deposits will be forfeited.
Refund Policy: There is a 10% non-refundable fee per person on all received cancellation requests, regardless of the period when the cancellation is submitted. This trip is only 50% refundable if the request is made prior to 4 months. If cancellation request is made after, no refund will be issued. This is due to the strict booking policies for desired hotels.
We apologize for any inconvenience of this policy. You can however, transfer your reservation to another willing participant in the event you need to cancel. Just notify us if this is the case.
Tour Cancellations: Big Fat World Tours reserves the right to cancel any trip for any reason and will notify each guest as soon as possible. All deposits and monies paid will be refunded 100% in such an event. Trip Insurance is highly recommended for all wanderers.
These policies are strictly enforced due to logistical partners in country and reservations made with local hotels and providers.
Further reading on Croatia can be found here.
No. Absolutely not. Most locals speak very good English.
No, this trip is for anyone who wants to go to Croatia, whether they want to drink wine or not.
Winter is true winter in the Continental region and the capital, Zagreb, often with snow. On the coast, in winter it is quite windy and often stormy at times, but also quite mild.
Tipping is customary for good service unless stated otherwise – 10-15% on a restaurant bill is normal, and again note it is not possible to tip with a credit card payment and must be done separately in cash.
Croatia is an incredibly safe and friendly country, with very little crime or theft. It is a beautiful country, with very clean cities, and sea, the tap water is drinkable – no need to buy bottled water.
There are no predators in the gorgeous sea, just keep your eyes out for the black sea urchins.
The diet in Croatia, especially on the coast is Mediterranean and in most places has a focus on seafood. These days vegetarian meals in restaurants are possible, with vegan and gluten free less common but popping up. Some shops like DM drogeria have a selection of gluten free products.