- Experience Split with all of your senses; history, architecture, culture, food and wine tasting & cooking class
- Visit Krka Waterfalls for a walking tour and authentic dining experience
- Enjoy private sailing to Hvar with a stop on Šolta for a tour of honey production
- Take a private excursion of Hvar Island with lunch in an olive grove & excursion to Palmižana beach
- Engage in private cooking class of an authentic meal in a quaint village on Hvar island
- Visit Korčula and taste wine & oysters in Ston on Pelješac Peninsula
- Explore Dubrovnik & visit its countryside for olive oil tasting and lunch
- Prepare a traditional home-made meal in a village near Dubrovnik
Flavors of Dalmatia is unique gourmet experience of the Dalmatian coast that only the native and well-knowledgeable travel experts at Adriatic Luxury Journeys can craft and seamlessly deliver.
Start with a few nights in Split. Visit its historical and cultural landmarks, markets, shops and meet the locals. Taste everything local here: fritule, bevanda, sardines, soparnik, prosciutto, olive oil, ice cream, chocolate, fine wine, mussels, octopus salad, lamb on and the rest of the mouth-watering Dalmatian specialties. Try your hand at preparing a traditional meal in a village nearby Split.
Next, explore the beautiful waterfalls of Krka National Park, walk and hike around the lakes, take a short cruise and swim in the refreshing crystal clear waters beneath the amazing waterfalls. Sample local specialties and dine on best seafood risotto here.
Spend a day relaxing on a private sailing trip to the small island of Šolta in the company of a professional skipper. Explore the quaint villages and learn how to make honey from the professional beekeeper. The quality of honey from Šolta has been known since ancient times.
Stay a few days on the island of Hvar and explore its lavender fields, olive groves, vineyards, highest island peaks and secluded beaches. Meet the locals at a tiny village of Malo Grablje and enjoy a traditional cooking class experience, best local wine and even better company of your host.
Continue to the Dubrovnik, and stop for the best oysters just taken out from the sea and continue to the island of Korčula.
End your authentic Dalmatian experience with a cooking class in the small village near Dubrovnik and learn how to prepare a traditional home-cooked meal.> Book
Day 1: Split
Arrive to Split airport followed by private transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Hotel Marmont, Split, (B)
Day 2: Split/Countryside of Split/Split
Visit the ancient cellars of the Diocletian’s Palace during your private walking tour of Split. Your expert local guide will take you through the narrow cobblestone streets the insider way. Visit the colorful open marked called Pazar, fish market with the best selection of sea food just caught by the local fishermen, a local butcher, cheese and prosciutto producers, wine and chocolate producers. Sample traditional specialties as you learn the stories and myths about the ancient recipes still being prepared in Split.
Continue this marvelous day with an authentic cooking experience at a traditional Dalmatian estate just outside of Split. Meet your host, an organic wine maker and a great cook of Dalmatian specialties. Learn how to make a wicked Zinfandel risotto and how to clean and grill a whole fish using the organic vegetable and oil produced on the estate. Our cooking class experience includes preparing two unique dishes, lunch or dinner and local wine. Hotel Marmont, Split, (B, D)
Day 3: Split/Krka National Park/Split
We start with a scenic drive along the Dalmatian coast and a short stop for picture taking at a vista near the picturesque town of Primošten. Arrive to Skradin, more than 2000 year old town which is a starting point for a boat ride to the falls. A short cruise through the magnificent Krka river canyon will get you below the falls where you can hike, swim, relax and explore the old artifacts that depict the way of life from the ancient times. Here, you can also see the second oldest electricity factory in the world. Next, we drive to Šibenik, the only town on the Croatian coast founded by Croats whose fascinating stone built center is a living monument under UNESCO protection. After we built up a nice appetite during our Krka exploration, we suggest a choice of the following optional food experiences:
Skradin risotto which takes up to 12 hours to prepare until slowly cooked to perfection. By the way, this was Anthony Bourdain’s favorite!
Tasting menu at Pellegrini in Šibenik town, one of the finest restaurants in northern Dalmatia well known for traditional Croatia specialties with a modern twist.
Lamb on a spit, another traditional Dalmatian specialty served in a restaurant in Dalmatian countryside is unlike any other lamb in the world. You’ll thank us later! Hotel Marmont, Split, (B, D)
Day 4: Split/Šolta/Hvar
Today is reserved for a unique experience including a private sailing to the island of Hvar and visiting a beekeeping family estate. Šolta is a very small island not very far from Split. Here, you are in for a sweet treat. In the company of the professional guide, you will visit a bee yard, and will have the opportunity to watch the beehive through the glass and learn about bee keeping. In the company of a professional beekeeper you will learn how to make and taste honey. Unique honey from Šolta Island which is extracted from the wild rosemary flower has been wanted and appreciated since the antic ages. The tradition of beekeeping on Šolta is confirmed by the foundation of the first beekeepers association in 1875. There will be enough time for tasty lunch of traditional specialties, visiting quaint villages, relaxing on the beach, swimming or diving into the pristine waters of the Adriatic. In the evening, stroll the cobblestone streets of Hvar or perhaps enjoy an optional dinner at one of its local restaurants. Hotel Adriana, Hvar, (B, L)
Day 5: Hvar
Start the island explorations with a private drive through the scenic countryside of scented lavender fields, olive groves, quaint seaside villages and vineyards. The view from the highest island peak St. Nikola will absolutely mesmerize you. Enjoy a succulent lunch of Dalmatian specialties prepared in an olive grove just for you and your group of friends. A glass or two of superb local wine from the island’s boutique wine cellars will just add a perfect touch to this magnificent day. Rest a little after lunch, board your private boat, and in the company of your professional skipper head towards the southern cliffs and bays of the island. Discover Paklinski Islands and relax in Palmižana bay. Hotel Adriana, Hvar, (B, L)
Day 6: Hvar
Enjoy a traditional cooking class in the tiny village of Hvar island and discover the precious secrets of preparing simple but mouth-watering Mediterranean specialties. This half day tour takes you to Malo Grablje, a picturesque village located just a few miles away from Hvar town. In Malo Grablje you will meet and greet your host, the only left resident of this abandoned village. You will then proceed to one of his gardens that spread around the village to pick some of the necessary ingredients to prepare your meal: lettuce, tomatoes, rosemary, basil, onions, and whatever is seasonal at the time of your visit. Here you will have the opportunity to learn more about the village which was completely abandoned from 1950’s when golden tourism rush hit its residents and forced them to move closer to the sea to a village of Milna. Not to mention that your host will spice up this short village de tour with a couple of stories and facts from the ancient lifestyle of the Malo Grablje residents. After you have picked up all necessary ingredients you will come to his family house where he will show you how to prepare your own lunch or dinner. Your meal will be prepared in a traditional island style including a few cooking secrets which he will gladly share with you. Hotel Adriana, Hvar, (B, L)
Day 7: Hvar/Korčula & Ston/Dubrovnik
Transfer to Dubrovnik by car and driver with a stop on Korčula and small town of Ston on Pelješac Peninsula for wine and oyster tasting. Korčula is known for its brightly colored red roofs which stand out against the fiercely blue sea. Stroll along the streets of the city and visit the cultural and historical monuments. See the Treasury of the Abbey, the City Museum, the Museum of Icons, as well as other places of interest. Arrive to Ston, famous for the finest vineyards in all of Croatia. Here you will visit a few of the prominent local wineries and will be introduced to the best local wines, such as Postup and Dingač, the first Croatian wine to gain protected geographic origin in 1961. The bay of Ston is Croatia’s cradle of mussel and oyster farming. Here you will enjoy oyster tasting. Hotel Excelsior, Dubrovnik, (B, L)
Day 8: Dubrovnik
Start your exploration in the company of your local guide. Stroll down to the city center and explore its cobblestone streets and squares. Learn about magnificent history of medieval Dubrovnik, its traditions and everyday life. Visit the beautiful cloister at the Franciscan Monastery. Delight in the artistic treasures of the Assumption of the Virgin, and visit the Rector’s Palace, and XIV-century Dominican Monastery. After tour of Dubrovnik Old Town, you will continue with a tour of Dubrovnik countryside. Just imagine – olive trees, vineyards, water mills, sound of the river . . . that’s how countryside of Dubrovnik region looks like. This tour is a combination of the sightseeing of the Old Town and visit to the charming, small town of Cavtat. Here you can visit picture gallery of St. Nicholas Church or the House of birth and the Gallery of the most famous Croatian painter V. Bukovac – optional. Next, visit 400 years old water-mill situated in Konavle region. After a welcome drink, the owner will do the presentation so you’ll have a chance to see how the flour was once made.
For lunch we suggest a lovely restaurant in Cavtat or a restaurant by the river Ljuta near the mill. Hotel Excelsior, Dubrovnik, (B)
Day 9: Dubrovnik/Dubrovnik Countryside/Dubrovnik
Yet another unforgettable food and wine experience is awaiting in the heart of Dubrovnik countryside. In the company of your host, you will have the opportunity to prepare authentic specialties of Dubrovnik countryside. After a traditional welcome drink, learn the basics of the Dubrovnik cuisine. There is a nice selection of homemade meals that you can choose to prepare, such as Dalmatian peka (lamb or veal baked under an iron bell), menestra (cooked cabbage with potatoes, a Dalmatian stew), ražnjići – skewers on laurel sticks, šporki makaruli -pasta with meat, gradele- grilled meat or fish, bobica – beans and dried meat, homemade bread, deserts, etc. Hotel Excelsior, Dubrovnik, (B, L)
Day 10: Depart Dubrovnik
Transfer by car and driver to Dubrovnik airport.
YOUR VACATION INCLUDES
- Private sightseeing of Split with food and wine tasting
- Private cooking class in Split countryside
- Krka Waterfalls Self-guided, walking and hiking tour with dining experience
- Private sailing to Hvar with a stop on Šolta for a tour of honey production and beekeeping
- Private excursion of Hvar Island with lunch in an olive grove & excursion to Palmižana beach
- Private cooking class of an authentic dish in a quaint village on Hvar island
- Private tour of Korčula and wine & oyster tasting in Ston
- Private tour of Dubrovnik with visit to the countryside for olive oil tasting and lunch
- Private cooking class in a village near Dubrovnik
- All private transfers by car and driver
- Catamaran transfer as per the itinerary
- Breakfast daily
- 24 hour assistance in Croatia if needed
- Split, Hotel Marmont, deluxe room, 3 nights, breakfast
- Hvar, Hotel Adriana, superior sea-view room, 3 nights, breakfast
- Dubrovnik, Hotel Excelsior, sea-view room, 3 nights, breakfast
- Airfare, tips,
- €1 – €3.5 tourist tax per person per day, drinks, telephone charges and incidentals
- Anything else not mentioned in the inclusion
|SEASON I||December 1, 2016 - April 14, 2017 & November 1 - December 31, 2017|
|SEASON II||April 15 - May 31 & October 1 - October 31, 2017|
|SEASON III||June 1 - September 30, 2017|