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Wine Lover’s Tour of Croatia!

Tour Details

This unique tour of Croatia will introduce you to some of the most beautiful areas of the country, its dynamic and exciting wine scene, as well as traditional regional cuisine.

Even though small, Croatia is a very diverse country with an abundance of prime wine-growing land and a variety of wine sorts, many of which are indigenous. Croatian winemaking tradition goes centuries back. However, having most of the wine production still in hands of small, family-owned wineries means you will rarely find Croatian wine exported to major global markets. All this means this Eastern-Mediterranean country is ripe for exploration for all those looking to enjoy some wonderful and seriously underappreciated wine and food.

This week-long tour will take you from the capital city of Zagreb and its surrounding continental areas, through the coastal region of Dalmatia, down to Dubrovnik, country’s most recognised travel destination. You will enjoy visits to small wineries producing a great variety of wine, taste plenty of excellent Croatian wine and delicious local food, and get to see some of the most beautiful spots in the country. There will be plenty of time to explore historical cities, marvel at the beauty of nature and even stop at one of the national parks.

Prepare yourself for a full week of breath taking vistas, mouth-watering bites, and magnificent wine. Learn about this, one of the most beautiful parts of Europe, and see why Croatian wine scene is gaining international acclaim at a very fast pace!

Why you choose this package!

  • Family Owned Wineries
  • Tasty, Traditional Food
  • Picturesque locations
  • Historical Sites, Local Guides
  • Scenic vistas
  • Quality accommodation
  • Small group
  • Authentic cultural experience

1,Zagreb - Arrival

Your week long wine adventure begins with a transfer from the airport or some other Zagreb – based location to the hotel where you will check in and be greeted by your hosts. Once the entire group is together, there will be time for introductions and an explanation of the main points of the program, after which a short guided walking tour of Zagreb will perfectly introduce you to Croatia’s capital city. Welcome dinner with your tour hosts will be enjoyed at one of the local restaurants. Here's to a wonderful week!

2,Zagreb

First full day of the tour will see you traversing the roads of the northern part of continental Croatia. Along the way a visit will be made to Trakoscan Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in the country. After a bit of history, you will visit one of the most respected local wineries where you will be introduced to the wines of this continental region of the country. For lunch you will be dining on local delicacies surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards. Before returning to Zagreb, a quick visit will be made to baroque city of Varazdin – a perfect setting for a relaxing coffee and a stroll through its historical centre. Upon returning to Zagreb you will have rest of the afternoon and evening off to enjoy exploring on your own.

3,Zagreb - Plitvice Lakes - Split

After breakfast, you will leave Zagreb and head towards the most important wine growing area of central Croatia – Plesivica. Here, colder climate and soil different from that found in the warmer south of the country, provide for perfect conditions for growing recognised international sorts like Chardonnay and Welschriesling. Conditions here are perfect for producing excellent sparkling wines and Plesivica is rightfully considered as the home for best Croatian sparkling wines. In Plesivica you will visit two small local winemakers, enjoy tours of their wineries and sample some wonderful sparkling wine. After Plesivica, our next stop is in Croatia’s most famous national park – Plitvice Lakes National Park. Here, you will enjoy a well deserved lunch have some time to relax in a unique natural setting. Continuing the travel, you will traverse picturesque landscapes of central Croatia’s rugged beauty that will abruptly change into karst shoreline of the Adriatic Sea. Suddenly, you will feel as if you are in a completely different part of Europe than the one you started from this morning. Drive will be interrupted by a relaxing comfort stop with a beautiful panoramic viewpoint. Our goal is the largest seaside city of Split where your next accommodation awaits.

4,Split - Skradin - Sibenik

Split is the centre of Croatian region of Dalmatia – the largest and oldest of Croatian regions. Here, warm Mediterranean climate and steep hills account for very high quality wine growing land. Centuries’ long tradition of wine making has resulted in many indigenous sorts, some of which we will explore and taste along the way. Today, you will explore the area to the north with visits to town of Skradin where a local winemaker is getting great results from lesser known indigenous sorts, as well as a visit to winery in greater Trogir area that making some of the finest Crljenak (Zinfandel) wine in Croatia. It was recently proven that Croatia is the place with the oldest mention of Zinfandel grapes. There will be time for locally flavoured lunch along the way before returning to Split. Afternoon is left for you to enjoy on your own with an optional Split walking tour for all those who wish to learn more about this important historical city whose Roman roots are so very visible to this day.

5,Split - Neretva River Delta - Dubrovnik

Your journey down Croatian coast will bring you all the way south to Dubrovnik area, but before reaching Dubrovnik itself, you will enjoy a visit to Neretva River Delta, known for its fresh-water specialties and tangerine groves. This is one region that is truly underrated as it is usually left unexplored by both those guests staying in Dubrovnik and those in Split. You will have a chance of visiting local winemakers, enjoy some of the best Neretva region wines and of course, indulge in the cuisine very different from that of the other regions visited during this trip. Exploration of the area will be completed by a river photo safari using traditional wooden boats. Arrival in Dubrovnik is expected in early evening hours. There will be plenty of time for check-in and initial exploration of the local area as well as an introduction tour by your tourguide to give you the ins and outs of this famous medieval city.

6,Dubrovnik Countryside

After breakfast, you begin your exploration of the very south of Croatia. First, we will enjoy a trip up to the top of Mount Srdj, overlooking the city. There will be plenty of time for photographs and a few words about the surrounding area. Next stop will be Konavle region. This traditionally agricultural part of once independent Dubrovnik Republic managed to preserve to this day not only the spirit of traditional countryside, but plenty of old practices and values. Here you will be treated to a close look into the old ways of life with a presentation and refreshment at the ancient water-powered mills. Lunch will be served at the picturesque countryside restaurant. This trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the most important local wineries where a very special local white variety will be presented and tasted. Before returning to Dubrovnik, a stop will be made at the nearby seaside town of Cavtat for a coffee stop. This historic town predates Dubrovnik and has had a very important role in its history. Leisurely paced exploration and coffee by the sea will be the order of the day in Cavtat before returning to Dubrovnik.

7,Dubrovnik - Peljesac Peninsula

Today is special as we are exploring Croatia’s perhaps most renowned wine making region of Peljesac Peninsula. Here, indigenous sort of Plavac Mali – the most important black grape variety on the coast – gives the best results in small protected appellations of Dingac and Postup. After arriving at the base of the peninsula, you will enjoy a first-hand look into another famous Peljesac tradition – oyster farming. Some of the most delicious European oysters are grown here for many centuries. To see the traditional techniques and have them explained, you will be treated to a boat ride and tasting directly at the oyster farms themselves. Trip will continue along winding roads among the scattered villages and vineyards until you reach villages of Ponikve and Prizdrina. In both of the villages visits will be made to small, family owned local wineries making wonderful wine full of character, mostly using local black grape varieties. Lovely homemade lunch will be served in one of the wineries. Before leaving Peljesac Peninsula, you will visit charming town of Ston which boasts ancient salt factory and some of the longest medieval defensive walls in Europe. Late afternoon return will leave you enough time to freshen up or do some independent exploring before a special farewell dinner in the evening

8,Dubrovnik - Departure

After breakfast there will be just enough time to say our farewells and conclude the exciting trip through Croatia. Your departing transfers will take you to the local airport or any other Dubrovnik-based location and your local guides will be on hand to assist you if you are continuing your stay.

Bozidar Jukic

Bozidar Jukic is a dedicated Dubrovnik local with a true passion for providing top quality service to his guests. Along with 13 years of experience in local tourism, he is a licensed local tour guide, columnist, and holder of WSET Level 3 Award in Wines Certification. A great lover of local wine and food, he enjoys meeting people from all corners of the World and introducing them to local culture and history of his country.

Dubrovnik in all its glory

Additional Info

  • Check In : 30 September, 2018
  • Check Out : 06 October, 2018
  • Duration : 8 Days, 7 Nights
  • Person : 4 - 20
  • Price : €3400
  • Location : Zagreb, Croatia

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