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 here.
Come spend 8 days along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. This is a 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 walks, food tours all surrounded by several UNESCO world heritage sites.
This trip begins in spectacular Split and takes a meandering pace south along to the coast to Dubrovnik before stopping in a rural farm village in eastern Croatia. Along the way, we enjoy wine tastings at famous Croatian vineyards, stops on the island of Hvar, roadside stands for olive oil and other culinary treasures. Join us for 8 days of sun, wine & laughter.
On our first day, we head straight to one of our favorite vineyards and definitely the most picturesque, Babe. They make a wonderful rose and we will get a tour of the vineyard and get a tasting of their rose and red, plavic mali. After the vineyard, we will go to Trogir, a UNESCO heritage city, and walk around. This city is gorgeous and looks like it has been stopped in time.
We should arrive in Split in late afternoon and our 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. Wanderers have the afternoon to walk around or relax before our welcome dinner at a fantastic little wine bar..
Meals: Wine Tasting/Dinner
We will spend around the Split area with an exploration of the Split market in the morning and walk to the Marjan hill followed by lunch and a trip to one of the most famous wine makers in Croatia, Bibich. After Bibich, we will visit another special winemaker called Sladic that produces some very unique and hyper local grapes. Expect to buy a couple bottles at either of these stops.
After the tasting, we will return back to Split for where we can sit on the Riva, Split’s boardwalk and sip in the beauty and more wine.
This is a very special day as we are heading east towards the Bosnian board to the town of Imotski. This region is famous for it’s blue and red lakes and is virtually free of tourism, which makes for a unique experience.
We are staying in a restored farm village high in the hills around Imotski and the owners are preparing traditional meals for us. The property is quiet and gorgeous. In addition to that, we are visiting another great vineyard called Grabovac. They are a prolific wine maker with sparkling, red & wine whites on their roster.
Dubrovnik is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in Croatia and ask anyone who has been there, it’s possibly one of the most beautiful in the world. That’s why millions visit this city each year alone. The old city is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage City and it won’t take you long to see that.
After the morning drive through the countryside of Croatia from Imotski, Dubrovnik should present itself. Built into the side of a hill, the approach is breathtaking.
We are not staying in the old city but a charming neighborhood a 15 minute walk away. After we check-in to our hotel, you will have most of the afternoon to explore or relax at the hotel until our 4pm Dubrovnik food tour. This will be a special private tour done for our group.
Meals: Breakfast/Dubrovnik Food Tour
This is our only full day in Dubrovnik and the itinerary is wide open to explore at your leisure. Wanderers have the option to partake in many of the day tours that depart in the morning from just outside the city gates such as the popular Game of Thrones Tour. Others can circumvent the city on Dubrovnik’s walls or take a cable car to the top of the hill for some impressive views of the city.
Wanderers will meet back at the hotel in the evening for a great group dinner at a special local restaurant.
Today we get back on the Croatian wine route and head towards Pelejšac, a major wine growing peninsula about an hour from Dubrovnik.
Upon entering Pelejšac, we pass through the town of Ston which is notable for it’s great defensive wall, which can be seen from miles away. Ston sits on the edge of Pelejšac and on the water and is where we will go for an oyster tour. We will get on a local boat and will be shown how the locals harvest oysters and mussels and be given plenty of samples along the way.
After the tour, we can grab lunch in Ston before embarking into the wine recesses of Pelejšac. This region will feel very much like Napa with the sheer amount of vines growing and we will pass a multitude of vineyards on each side. We plan to make stops at a couple notable places such as Tomić.
Our final destination is Orebić, on the edge of Pelejšac. This is a quiet seaside town where we will spend the night before taking the morning ferry to Korčula [pr: Cor Chula].
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Wine Tastings
This is will one of the best days for island hopping. We are heading from Pelejšac on a short ferry to the island of Korčula for wine, sun & fun. This island is famous for it’s white wine called pošip [pr:po ship] and we will stop by one of it’s best pošip producers, Pošip Čara for a tasting . We will stop for lunch in Vela Luka before grabbing an afternoon ferry back to Split for our final night in Croatia.
The ferry will pass many of Croatia’s islands and will take a couple hours. Upon arriving at Split, we will head to our final destination of Trogir, a marvelous UNESCO world heritage site for our final day in Croatia.
Meals: Breakfast/Wine Tasting/Dinner
This is our last day in Croatia and is the best day to get any last minute gifts or wine to bring back home. Trogir is very close to the Split airport and depending on your departure, you will have the entire day for yourself.
Price of this trip is $2650 for each wanderer sharing a room and $3550 for wanderers who want their own private room.
This Croatia trip is designed for active wanderers. There will be lots of walking. If you have questions about physical specifics of this trip, please contact me. Trip 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 (in person if geography suffices) or Skype if it doesn’t, for all guests approximately 4 weeks before departure. Emails and phone numbers of other trip group members will be exchanged with consent.
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Megan went to Croatia 3 times in 2016 and once in 2017 for her wine tour, she 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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