Welcome to Croatia!
Zagreb (3 Nights)
Upon arrival at Zagreb airport, private transfer to your 5-star hotel. Discover Zagreb immediately by walking through its lively downtown streets and compact medieval core. Enjoy a funicular ride to the elegant upper town, bargain for fruit in the open-air market, or enjoy coffee and ice cream in a café. Zagreb will welcome you with its lovely fountains, green parks, blooming flowers and artisans performing on street corners.
Zagreb is the city of green parks, lovely fountains, blooming flowers and artisans performing on every street corner. Explore the historical core of Zagreb city on your own. Visit the Cathedral, the medieval Stone gate, St. Mark’s church, the Upper town, Flower market square, Dolac Fruit & Grocery Market, the Central Square, and Tkalčićeva Street with its numerous charming cafés and restaurants. Enjoy the city and its galleries, or its exhibitions such as the one of its kind – Museum of Broken Relationships.
Meet your local guide for a private Zagreb sightseeing tour. Visit Zagreb’s Cathedral, the Stone gate, St. Mark’s church, the Upper town, Flower market square, the Central Square, and Tkalčićeva Street with its numerous charming cafés and restaurants.
OR: Meet your local guide for a private Zagreb street food tasting sightseeing tour (optional): and in addition to above, visit Dolac Fruit Grocery Market, taste local snacks as you go: štrukli cheese pastry; cottage cheese cream; local style sausages; taste artisan beers brewed in Zagreb or local wines in a winery.
Enjoy the folklore program in the exclusive space of the ethno-museum. You will be welcomed with a welcome drink and a tamburica band, and will see the permanent exhibition of the ethno collection, accompanied by a professional guide. You will be introduced to the traditional customs of the city of Zagreb and its surroundings, and a buffet lunch / dinner will be served before the program itself.
Rovinj (2 nights)
Drive with your local guide to Zagorje region north of Zagreb. This is the area of traditional farms, gentile hills and medieval castles. Visit the old 19th century village, an open museum of the old day’s lifestyle. Traditional Zagorje region lunch in a local restaurant. Visit medieval Trakošćan castle displaying fabulous architecture, original contemporary furniture and baroque period park with a lake. Continue down the baroque and rococo lane, in the lovely town Varaždin, the best-preserved Croatian example of those lively times and a historical nucleus of Croatia. Lunch in a local restaurant. Your stroll through Old Town will include baroque facades, parks and palaces, and the tour’s highlight – Old Castle – a feudal fort.
Drive through Istrian interior and its magically charming villages situated on hilltops which will leave you breathless. Istria is home to black & white truffles, vast vineyards, green pastures, Istrian prosciutto ham, homemade pasta and abundant Mediterranean seafood. Visit Motovun and Grožnjan towns.
Istria is home to black & white truffles, vast vineyards, green pastures, Istrian prosciutto ham, homemade pasta and abundant Mediterranean seafood. Visit a local family of several generation truffle hunters. Enjoy private truffle hunt experience with a help of specially trained dogs. Taste homemade truffle produce and pasta in truffle hunter’s family agri-tourism.
About the Hotel in Rovinj: Ship-like white and black 5-star design hotel. Superb decor, minimalist, simple, eye-pleasing and unique. Exceptional service, from front office, fb service, room service… Spacious rooms, pleasant color scheme, interesting details throughout all interior and exterior. Multiple restaurants and bars to choose from. Gym, spa center, variety of activities to choose from. Free Wi-Fi.
Transfer to Plitvice Lakes. In a matter of minutes, the scenery changes rapidly from a continental climate and architecture to mountain style huts & farmer’s villages. Beautiful lakes listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site cascade into spectacular waterfalls. Enjoy the exceptional beauty of these lakes and waterfalls, and the pure mountain air. On your way to Split, head to Pelješac for a wine tasting and lunch in a local winery.
Split (3 nights)
In the morning, meet with the local expert guide who will take you on a city tour, a town listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Split has risen on the foundation of the palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian built in 305 AD. The Cathedral of St. Domnios, the patron saint of Split, is in the actual mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian, and its sumptuous interior is a gathering place for many of the faithful and tourists. Various cultural monuments are located inside and outside the Diocletian’s Palace walls, as Renaissance Prokurative Square, noble family’s palaces, churches, galleries and museums.
There are numerous ways of enjoying your time in Split. One can explore the hidden gems within the maze of cobbled streets and narrow allies of the old Emperor’s palace. Books are written on abundance of medieval churches within the town, few of its permanent citizens have seen them all. A curious palate may seek for new tastes within the superb taverns locally called “konoba”, where traditional Mediterranean specialties are served; or perhaps experience one of the cooking classes. Those with an aesthetic eye shouldn’t miss visiting the Meštrović sculptor’s villa & gallery. The nearby archipelago of Šolta, Brač and Hvar islands are fairly connected with ferry lines, making them an ideal escape from crowds; or we can customize a private sailing day. The Marjan hill above the central Split is an ideal escape to secluded beaches, or a walk-through lush pine forest. The medieval Klis fortress is a Game of Thrones site. For those seeking adventure we offer cycling, hiking, sea-kayaking, free climbing, speedboat experiences or snorkeling. Alternatively, reading a good book on a perfect location, and sipping a glass of local wine are always good options.
Street food tour is on the agenda. Mediterranean gastronomy is based on light, simple meals prepared from fresh and healthy viands. Opposite to Asian nigh markets where food is prepared out on busy streets, the ritual of cooking in Dalmatia is strongly connected to an intimate circle of home, family and friends. Our foodie expert guide will take you through a maze of streets in Emperor Diocletian’s palace, Jewish Ghetto and old Split downtown. Avoiding expensive restaurants or tourist traps, try finger food delicacies prepared and sold by local women on open grocery market, nibble on seafood snacks prepared near the fish market, and enjoy traditional homemade prosciutto ham cheese in a bar surrounded with locals discussing on daily football and politics. This is the closest it gets to feeling as a local without moving to Split.
Dubrovnik (2 nights)
With Roman saltpans still being used and oysters farmed in brackish waters of Ston bay, Pelješac peninsula is the destination of dreams for history and gastronomy lovers. Yet, the medieval walls and ramparts here also guard one of most important wine regions of Croatia. Steep terrain with white rocky terroir and the reflections from the sea surface provide vineyards with triple insolation. Local grapes of the Plavac Mali variety produce full bodied, strong and flavorful reds that are high both in alcohol and tannins, and sometimes of robust character. Our host Mario Bartulović who is a wine producer himself, will unravel secrets of the Adriatic’s longest peninsula. Cool off in the shade of an old cellar, enjoying a fine slow-cooked, four course meal. In the late afternoon we will arrive at the most spectacular of Adriatic medieval cities, the former Republic of Ragusa – Dubrovnik.
Upon arrival to Dubrovnik, see its main street Stradun, the city gates and old harbor, steep & narrow cobble-stone streets, churches, squares & town palaces. Take a walk on Dubrovnik’s circular stone walls dating from the 12th century.
On to the beautiful Dubrovnik countryside for a special experience: cooking with a local family. Our cooking class introduces Mediterranean flavors of southern Dalmatia and its traditional hinterland village lifestyle. Learn how to prepare homemade food the same way as our ancestors did. We’ll drive along the amazing coastline, stopping on several panoramic points to take unique photos of Dubrovnik and surroundings, with a visit to an old flour mill or an olive press. Upon arrival in a typical rural villa, welcome drinks and snacks will be served. You may pick fresh vegetables for your cooking lesson straight from our garden! Depending on the season, you’ll prepare meals like: „sac“ – lamb or veal cooked under the iron bell; „zelena menestra“ – green cabbage with dry meat; skewers on laurel sticks; smoked bacon and goat cheese… Prepare your meal over the open fire, dig your fingers into fresh dough, taste some olive oil and blend it in rural ambience to get the true feeling of Dubrovnik countryside. Inhale the local ambience and feeling of a life in the village.