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.
Spend 8 days along the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. This is a trip is for people who love to eat well and drink wine in all of it’s splendor. We are going to see handful of carefully picked vineyards throughout the Dalmatian coast as well as embark on historic walks and food tours surrounded by several UNESCO world heritage sites.
This trip begins in spectacular Split and takes a meandering pace east to rural region of Imotski famous for its red and blue lakes and its wine. Then we start island hopping with trips to Hvar, Korčula and Pelejšac peninsula, called the empire of wine, before the grand finale at Dubrovnik. Join us for 8 days of sun, wine & laughter.
Our first day is a visit to one of my favorite vineyards for it’s fruity rose and intense reds. It’s called Babe [pronounced bah-bay] and is the most picturesque in Croatia. The winemaker will give us a tour of his hilltop vineyard and a wonderful tasting.
After the vineyard, we head to Split. Split is Croatia’s 2nd largest city in Dalmatia and is equally as beautiful in it’s own right. It’s one of the only cities in the world where the old town is actually inside an ancient palace called Diocletian. The great location of the hotel makes it easy to stroll around the ancient city or relax at the Riva, Split’s boardwalk.
Meals: Wine Tasting/Dinner
One our 1st full day in Croatia, let’s take a brief walking tour in the morning and acquaint ourselves with Split and its history. There is a wonderful fruit, vegetable & and fish market at the edge of old town and lots of places to explore.
After lunch, let’s hit several other winemakers in the region, Bibich and Sladić. These producers make some fantastic local varietals in both red and white. Bibich is considered one of the best winemakers in Croatia. After Bibich, we will visit another special winemaker called Sladić, where they are going to prepare a special wine tasting accompanied with delights from their garden. Expect to buy a several bottles today.
After the tasting, we will head back towards Split and stop at the UNESCO heritage city, Trogir. This amazingly beautiful city will be a wonderful place for dinner and the sunset.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Wine Tasting x2
Today is very special and one of the highlights of the trip. We are going east towards the Bosnian border 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. It also boosts a spectacular winery, where I can attest to buying over 6 bottles on my last trip.
In Imotski, we will stay in a restored Croatian farm village high in the hills around the town and dine on a traditional dish called peka. The property is quiet and gorgeous and will provide some much needed down time.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Wine Tasting/Dinner
You have seen Croatia’s interior, so it’s time to see it’s exterior. We are driving back towards split for a ferry to the island of Hvar. Hvar is a beautiful island about 2 hours from Split and is known for wine and fun.
We are staying at a charming hotel in the old town. You’ll have the afternoon to explore and walk around the town before we take a private boat to Sveti Klement island for a wonderful dinner.
After breakfast, we are driving across the island for the ferry to Korčula. Korčula is a wonderful island known for their white wines from the pošip [pr: po ship] grape. We are going to find a couple vineyards for some tastings and have lunch along the way. Once satiated by wine and food, there is a short 15 minute ferry to our final destination in Orebić, on the edge of the pelejšac [pr: paly shatz] peninsula. This peninsula is known as the empire of wine. This is a quiet seaside town where we will spend the night before attacking the wine peninsula the next day.
The final destination today is Dubrovnik but first we make our way through 50km of vineyards. 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 Miloš and Matuško before arriving at the city of Ston.
This city is Ston is notable for it’s great defensive wall, which can be seen from miles away. Ston is where we will go for an oyster tour. A local restaurant will take us out on their oyster boat and show us how locals harvest oysters and mussels with plenty of samples and wine along the way.
After the tour, it’s onward to Dubrovnik where the pearl of the Adriatic awaits. We are not staying in the old city but a charming neighborhood nearby. After we check-in to our hotel, you can relax until dinner at one of the best restaurants in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities 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 why.
Dubrovnik has lots to offer the visitor from a walk around it’s defensive walls to a cable car to the hills above it. We have planned a culinary tour in the old city to welcome you to it’s long standing love affair with seafood.
Meals: Breakfast/Dubrovnik Food Tour
On our last day in Dubrovnik, you can relax at the beach next to our hotel or stroll the local promenade or make your way back to Dubrovnik for a few last hours in this magnificent city.
Transportation for the airport will leave to get you back to the airport with at least 2 hours before your flight.
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 has been 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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