Culture and Cuisine on The Adriatic and Dalmatian Coast
Discover Dalmatia on this 7 day/6 night tour, which combines culture, history, authentic food, and high quality wines for an unforgettable Croatian experience. You’ll learn about, cook and enjoy Dalmatian cuisine, which is heavily influenced by its Italian ancestry and vicinity. This Mediterranean cooking style combines fresh vegetables, olive oil, seafood, lamb and other meats to create simple, flavorful dishes enjoyed by locals and gourmet travelers alike. Viticulture and winemaking in Dalmatia date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans but have enjoyed a revival in recent years, allowing you to visit some of the finest tasting rooms in Croatia. Additionally, you’ll have ample opportunities to take in ancient architecture, landmarks and places of cultural significance, as this region is full of well-preserved historic sites. To ensure a well-rounded experience, you’ll be given plenty of free time to explore during your adventure through Split, Šibenik, Korcula, Dubrovnik and the rest of the exquisite Dalmatian coast.
Radisson Blu Resort Split - For One (Dbl Occ) 3 nights
This four-star resort offers contemporary style, designed to let the incredible ocean vistas take center stage. Guestroom balconies present stunning views of the Adriatic, and you will delight in resort-style amenities such as wifi, flat-screen TVs, en-suite bathrooms, a gorgeous outdoor pool, and a lavish spa.
Arrival in Split & Welcome Dinner
Upon your arrival into the Split Airport, you’ll be taken to your hotel, where you can enjoy some free time to unpack and explore before dinner. Acquaint yourself with all the amenities of your lodgings for the next three evenings—the Radisson Blu. Once settled, you’ll be whisked into the heart of the city for your welcome dinner at Uje Oil Bar/Pikulece. Croatia’s first oleoteca (olive oil bar), Uje serves as a wonderful introduction to Croatian cuisine. The small menu is written daily and offers only what’s fresh and in season; you’ll enjoy traditional dishes made with local ingredients such as fish, lamb and of course, olive oil. Make room for bread, however, as it is the signature item at Uje Oil Bar, made with olive oil and baked fresh daily.
Market Foodie Tour | Cooking Class with Master Chef | Split City Tour
Fuel up for the day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel, which you can enjoy in the restaurant or on one of the pleasant outdoor terraces. Next, head into Split for an immersive cooking experience with a Croatian Master Chef. Visit a fish and farmers’ market to gather ingredients, while your Chef introduces you to the food and philosophy of Split. Awaken your senses as you uncover the magic of Dalmatian cuisine, working with your Chef to create your lunch. Once completed, sit down to enjoy your handiwork, paired with delectable Dalmatian wines. Next, add some history to your plate with a private city tour of Split. Your guide will lead you on a walking tour through time as you uncover the art, architecture and well-kept secrets of this historic city. Make your way through the ruins of Diocletian's Palace, a 1700 year-old wonder of Roman engineering that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site and also serves as a filming location for the intensely popular TV show, Game of Thrones. At the end of your tour, you’ll have the option to visit the world-famous Mestrovic art gallery, or be transferred back to your hotel to begin your evening of leisure.
Trogir & Šibenik City Tours | Tavern Pelegrini Lunch Best Restaurant in Croatia 2015
Take in breakfast at the hotel, then set out for a day of exploration by private car. First, visit Trogir for a private walking city tour. This beautiful medieval town boasts many remarkable sights you’ll appreciate, including the Cathedral of St Lawrence. Constructed between the 14th and 16th centuries, the bell tower is still standing and adventurous visitors can climb to the top to revel in awe-inspiring views. After a thorough examination of Trogir, journey on to Šibenik, where you’ll discover another ancient city by walking tour. During your tour, experience the Cathedral of St James—a spectacular fusion of gothic and renaissance art and a must-see for visitors to the Dalmatian coast. As your walking tours have certainly inspired an appetite, it’s fitting that your next stop is lunch at Tavern Pelegrini, voted best restaurant in Croatia in 2015. The tavern, located in the seven hundred-year-old Villa Pellegrini-Tambaca, sits alongside the Cathedral of St. James and serves inspired Dalmatian cuisine. Bold takes on traditional dishes put the restaurant on the map and flavor is at the forefront of their well-loved offerings. Return, satiated, to your hotel in Split for an evening of discovery on your own.
Plavac Mali Wine Tasting | St. Hills Winery Tasting and 3 Course Gourmet Lunch
Today, enjoy your final breakfast in Split before venturing out to the Pelješac Peninsula, one of Croatia’s finest wine-growing regions. Here, you’ll visit St. Hills winery to learn about and taste Plavac mali, Zinfandel’s long-lost, Dalmatian cousin. The blazing Mediterranean sun fully ripens these indigenous little blue grapes while ocean breezes cool them, resulting in full-flavored wines of excellent acidity and gripping tannin. Pair your wine with an exquisite lunch, enjoyed in the winery’s restaurant, which bestows upon visitors wonderful views of the Pelješac countryside.
Ferry to Korcula | Hotel Korcula De La Ville (1 Night)
For the next leg of today’s journey, head by ferry to the island of Korcula, the sixth largest and one of Croatia’s most treasured islands. Check in to your hotel for the evening and then head out to discover the town’s famed medieval squares, churches, palaces and landmarks, such as Marco Polo's house, where the explorer is said to have been born in 1254. This romantic hotel is steps from Korcula Town Museum and Cathedral of Saint Mark. Large Governor's Tower and Zakerjan Tower are also with 5 minutes. Newly renovated, the hotel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge and fee WiFI in the public areas. Although you’re free to explore the area restaurant, we recommend you visit Restaurant Filippi, Lesic & Dimitri, or Adio mare Tavern for dinner. The combination of the food, wine and view will make for a memorable Korcula dining experience.
Wine Tasting at Korta Katarina | Ston Great Wall Spectacle
This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and some free time before your excursion to Orebic and the Korta Katarina winery. The first venue of its kind in Southern Croatia, the winery is perched on the edge of the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea and provides magnificent views of the Dalmatian coast. After wine tasting and snacks at Korta Katarina, take a short detour in the town of Ston, where you’ll see the world’s second longest wall (after the Great Wall of China). Originating from the 14th century and built in order to protect the city’s saltworks, the Ston city walls are a beautiful and unique spectacle.
Dubrovnik Hotel Kompas (2 Nights) | Dinner Restaurant Kopun
Back on the road, continue to Dubrovnik, where you’ll spend your final two nights in style at the Hotel Kompas. Set into the hills of the picturesque Lapad Bay, Hotel Kompas boasts spacious, newly renovated rooms with balconies ideal for taking in the view. Additional amenities include flat-screen TVs, toiletries, safe deposit boxes, private bathrooms, wifi, pool restaurant and bar. After checking in, there is a transfer to sit down to a three-course dinner and wine at Restaurant Kopun, located in the old town. Here, the Chefs take great care to present timeless Croatian recipes, handed down through centuries. Following a philosophy of simplicity, tradition and flavor, Kopun is representative of Croatian cuisine.
Konavle Cooking Class & Dubrovnik City Tour
After breakfast at the hotel, go by private car to your final cooking class in Konavle. Kicking off with welcome drinks and a telling of Konavle’s history, this class is your opportunity to hand make bread, which will complement your lunch. As you prepare seasonal ingredients, your hosts will answer all your questions and unveil the secrets of traditional Konavle cooking. After dining on the meal you created, return to Dubrovnik for a private city tour. The old town holds a beauty and splendor unmatched in many places, with ancient marble streets surrounded by carefully preserved ramparts and, further out, the sparkling blue Adriatic. After the tour, we recommend an optional visit to Dubrovnik City Walls or hill Srdj with cable car for a brilliant view of the city. Tonight, step out for dinner on the town. Try one of our suggestions—Restaurant Nautica or Proto or Posat famous for lobsters—or find your own hidden gem to cap off your Dalmatia adventure.
Breakfast in Dubrovnik & Departure
This morning, use the time during breakfast to look back on your trip and all that you’ve seen, tasted and felt. Continue to reminisce during your private luxury transfer to the Dubrovnik Airport, then use your flight home to dream of all the ways you’ll share your recipes, knowledge and memories of your edible vacation in Croatia.