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Flavors of Zagreb & Istria

Flavors of Zagreb & Istria

$3595 per person
  • Explore the famous Dolac market in Zagreb.
  • Learn to prepare favorite Croatian specialties such as “štrukli ” and “mlinci”!
  • Travel to the Varaždin and Zagorje region to sample artisan specialties on local farms.
  • Taste fluffy “kremšnita” in Samobor!
  • Visit beautiful Istria and try the region’s best pasta with truffles!
  • Sample the local beer and “janjetina ispod peke” in Plitvice Lakes.

 

This private luxury tour of Northern Croatia focuses on the best of the country’s outstanding art, culture and cuisine. Begin your tour in the exciting city of Zagreb and soak up its history and culture. Visit the quaint and romantic Upper town and enjoy walking through its car-free winding streets. Also visit the many museums and cultural highlights this bustling city has to offer.

 

Next make your way to Varaždin and Zagorje, known for their stunning views and amazing local cuisine. Enrich your culinary adventure by learning about some of the specialties distinct to this remarkable region.

 

Continue your journey in the breathtaking Istrian peninsula and sample your way through the food and wine that are celebrated in this area. Indulge yourself with excellent homemade food and even bring some of the areas specialties to your family and friends back home.

 

Culminate this journey by traveling to the Island of Krk and Pula & Poreč to see some of Croatia’s most important history. Enjoy the natural beauty in Plitvice National park before ending your trip with even more traditional cuisine.

What an amazing experience

Wow! We had an amazing time in Slovenia & Croatia. Everything went smoothly and we really enjoyed every minute of our vacation. Hotels were exactly what we like, guides and drivers were so friendly, personable and knowledgeable. Our guide in Ljubljana and Lake Bled was like a family to us. We never knew Croatia's wine was so good. Thank you for all of the wine tastings near Split in Hvar and Peljesac. We had an opportunity to meet with a wine maker that you arranged for us. I am attaching a few photos that I know use as my bragging rights with friends:) Thank you, Tom and everyone at Adriatic Luxury Journeys for taking such a great care of us and for offering us the best rate, too! We have already recommended you to many of our friends. Cheers, Irwin B.

Irwin B.

You have exceeded our expectations

We absolutely loved our private tour of Croatia and Montenegro! You have exceeded our expectations every step of the way! From luxury accommodations and rooms with best views, awesome drivers and guides, choice of local restaurants and menus…I simply don’t know where to stop. We learned so much about life and people there and we will cherish this wonderful experience for a very, very long time. We were sooo happy with your excellent itinerary design and coordination. Not having to spend long time in the mini bus each day was exactly what we needed, and your team delivered it all to the perfection! Thank you so much for planning such a thoughtful trip and for taking care of every single details for all six of us! Amanda, Thomas, Kathy, Dan, Jan & Todd

Amanda R
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Arrive Zagreb

Begin in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital an amazing art and culinary city. Spend three nights at the charming and the most luxurious Regent Esplanade hotel on the famous Mihanović street and just a short walk from beautiful and pristine Zrinjevac Park. Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb, (D)
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Zagreb

During your private tour, explore interesting neighborhoods such as the Upper town, Tkalčićeva street, favorite Dolac market, museums, theaters, galleries and favorite culinary spots. Learn to prepare classic “purgerski” specialties such as “Grenadir marš”, “krpice sa zeljem” and “štrudla od sira” during a private cooking class in a typical Zagreb restaurant. Next morning don’t miss out on learning what real “gablec” with homemade “sir i vrnje” and “kukuruzni kruh” is all about! Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb, (B, L)  
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Zagreb/Varaždin/Zagreb

Visit Varaždin and the picturesque Zagorje region and sample artisan specialties such as “kobasice” “pileća juha s rezanicma”, “purica s mlincima”, “zagorski štrukli” and “gibanica” in one of the local farm establishments. The fresh ingredients and amazing taste will inspire to make these recipes when you return home. Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb, (B, L)
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Zagreb/Samobor/Opatija

Next, transfer to the dreamy Istrian Peninsula for three nights. En route, make a stop the small charming town of Samobor nearby Zagreb and enjoy the artisanal lunch of “kotlovina”. Don’t forget to try the best dessert of the region “kremšnita”, a mouthwatering custard cake. Continue to Opatija in Kvarner region for a dinner of “surplice” with local scampi, or perhaps the best local lamb and a glass of famous Žlahtina wine. Hotel Millenij, Opatija, (B, L, D)
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Opatija/Pula/Poreč/Motovun/Opatija

This morning we’ll do as Istrians do; first an aperitif of mistletoe, rue or honey schnapps. Next we will have cheese and prosciutto accompanied with Istrian soup, followed by scrambled egg made with asparagus (during the springtime when the ingredients are the freshest). To walk off a few of those delicious calories, you will take a private sightseeing site tour of Pula & Poreč. Your local guide will take you to see best preserved amphitheater and the famous basilica St. Euphrasius. Don’t miss the magnificent Motovun, a stunning medieval hilltop village with defensive walls, towers, gates and flowering vines. Take in the sweet aroma of “maneštra od bobići” and a local specialty of artisan pasta infused with the best and most flavorful Istrian truffles. Hotel Millenij, Opatija, (B, L)
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Opatija/Krk Island/Plitvice

Take a private excursion to the beautiful Island of Krk, the largest island in the Adriatic. Visit a local estate to enjoy an intimate farm tour. Taste local olive oil and “formajela” cheese and enjoy an authentic cooking class and lunch on the farm. The island of Krk is the cradle of culture and important literary history. You will view many monuments, museums and sacral buildings such as the medieval town center. Visit the Franciscan monastery on the islet of Košljun and view the Baška tablet in Jurandvor. The tablet is the first recorded document of the earliest form of Croatian language. Hotel Jezero, Plitvice, (B, D)
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 Plitvice/Zagreb

This morning take a boat tour of Plitvice’s stunning waterfalls or go for a brisk walk around these amazing lakes. Start with a sip of the delicious locally made “šljivovica” plum (or pear) brandy. Enjoy it with a piece of “škripavac” cheese, dried game and warm home-made bread. We highly recommend a dinner of traditional Lika baked potatoes with lamb cooked “pod pekom” or under the embers in an iron bell. If you prefer fish over meat, this is the place for “lički riblji paprikaš” or Lika fresh-water fish soup. Hotel Esplanade, Zagreb, (B, L)
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Zagreb

Take a small bag of traditional “paprenjak” or pepper biscuits with you to share a taste of Croatia with your friends and family at home.
YOUR VACATION INCLUDES
  • Private sightseeing of Zagreb with cooking class and lunch
  • Private excursion to Zagorje, visit to Trakoscan Castle with traditional lunch
  • Private sightseeing of Rovinj with food tasting
  • Private excursion of Istrian countryside, visit to Groznjan and Motovun
  • Truffle hunting in Istria with cooking class and dinner
  • Self-guided tour of Plitvice lakes with optional dining experience
  • Pprivate sightseeing of Split with food tasting
  • Private visit to family estate for wine tasting and home-made dinner & wine tasting
  • Private boat excursion to Hvar island with lunch in an olive grove and island exploration
  • Private wine and oyster tasting in Ston
  • Private sightseeing of Dubrovnik with food tasting
  • Private cooking class in a village near Dubrovnik with lunch or dinner
  • All private transfers by car and driver as per the itinerary
  • VAT
  • 24 hour assistance in Croatia if needed

HOTELS
  • Zagreb, Hotel Esplanade, 3 nights, breakfast
  • Rovinj, Hotel Monte Mulini, 3 nights, breakfast
  • Split, Hotel Marmont, 3 nights, breakfast
  • Dubrovnik, Hotel Excelsior, 2 nights, breakfast

NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare, tips,
  • €1 – €3.5 tourist tax per person per day, drinks, telephone charges and incidentals
  • Anything else not mentioned in the inclusion
DATES
SEASON INovember 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022
SEASON IIApril 1 – May 10 & October 1 – October 31, 2022
SEASON IIIMay 11 – September 30, 2022
Rates are in US dollars.
 
PRICES (per person based on double/twin occupancy)
Rate Per Person
SEASON IFrom $5,595
SEASON IIFrom $6,395
SEASON IIIFrom $6,795
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