Croatia is perhaps one of the most beautiful countries in the world, not only for his scenery but its 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 its 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.
Split is Croatia’s 2nd largest city in Dalmatia and is equally as beautiful in its own right. Its one of the only cities in the world where the old town is actually inside an ancient palace called Diocletian. The great location of our hotel makes it easy to stroll around the ancient city or relax at the Riva, Split’s boardwalk.
Split also resides very close to some amazing wineries. We will visit to one of my favorite vineyards for its fruity rose and intense reds. Its 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. Then there are 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.
The region of Imotski is one of the highlights of the trip. This town is on the edge of the border with Bosnia border and is famous for its blue and red lakes and is virtually free of tourism, which makes for a unique experience. It also boosts a spectacular winery, one of the tours favorites where we can attest to buying over 35 bottles on our last group trip.
We are staying in a restored Croatian farm village high in the hills around the town and will dine on a traditional dish called peka. The property is quiet and gorgeous and will provide some much needed down time.
You have seen Croatia’s interior, so it’s time to see its 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.
Reachable only by a ferry, Korčula is a beautiful island well known for its white wine from pošip [pr: po ship] grapes. We are exploring the island for an amazing meal to great wine to wash it down with. Once satiated by wine and food, we are taking a short ferry to the gateway of Southern Dalmatian wine, Pelejšac peninsula. Orebić, a quiet seaside town, is where we will spend the night before attacking the wine peninsula the next day.
Pelejšac is referred to as the Empire of Wine with miles upon miles of vineyards along this 35 mile peninsula. There are many notable vineyards in this region and we are planning stops at a couple notable places such as Miloš and Matuško.
On the eastern edge of Pelejšac is the beautiful walled city of Ston. Ston is the gateway to the Pelejšac wine region and well known for its cultivated salt. It is also where we are going on a private boat trip to learn how locals harvest oysters and mussels with plenty of samples and wine along the way.
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. We have a couple days to soak it all in and are staying in Lapad, a charming neighborhood with its own beach.
Dubrovnik has lots to offer the visitor from a walk around its 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 a long standing love affair with seafood.
Price of this trip is $3500 for each wanderer sharing a room. Wanderers wanting a private room should contact us about pricing.
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.