DALMATIA WINE & DINE TOUR
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS (days are flexibile for private tours)
Split - Hvar - Korčula - Pelješac peninsula - Ston - Dubrovnik - Konavle region
Enjoy amazing sceneries of one of Croatia's most beautiful regions – Dalmatia, through the rapsody of its best delicacies. This tour will take you to famous wineries where you'll taste the best Dalmatian wines, from Split to Dubrovnik. You'll hop on two stunning Adriatic islands – Hvar and Korčula, where you'll try delicious specilaties and learn how to prepare traditional pasta like Žrnovski makaruni. On your way to Dubrovnik, stopping in Ston – an old medieval town with the longest longest fortification walls in Europe, is a must, especially for tasting world's best oysters. In the end, take a delight in the Pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik and surroundings, absorbing all its historic beauty with a glass of Dubrovnik's malvasia wine and sweetness of typical cream caramel cake Rožata.
o Take a tour of SPLIT farmers market and join a private cooking class.
o Taste the greatest home-made wines and have a lunch with local food delicacies in the shade of the olive grove on HVAR island.
o Visit the birthplace of Marco Polo – KORČULA and learn how to prepare island's traditional pasta.
o Enjoy a unique taste of the STON Oysters and hear how they are grown at the oyster farm tour.
o Take in all the glory of DUBROVNIK, wandering through its old marble streets.
o Taste the true culinary masterpiece of KONAVLE – the finest lamb slowly roasted under a thick iron bell covered in hot coals.
DAY 1 SPLIT
Today start your culinary journey of Croatia with a great, hands on cooking class including lunch in Split. Unlock the secrets of Dalmatian cuisine combining the freshest ingredients and cooking them with the help of our chef. This great, 5-hour program will take you through all the steps in preparing a traditional, Dalmatian lunch. Including a tour of the fish and green markets, a visit to the local artisan shop where you you can taste their products and a winery tour and barrel tasting, this cooking class program will surely teach you the fundamentals of Dalmatian cuisine and help you understand why food is an essential part of the Dalmatian style of life. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Split.
DAY 2 SPLIT – HVAR
Today we embark a catamaran for a visit of the “lavender island” – Hvar. Head for a wonderful walking tour and discover the legacy of Hvar town while strolling through its narrow streets, visiting historical sites and listening to the stories from our expert guide. This private walking tour will offer you a unique perspective and understanding of Hvar’s rich historical heritage. Afterwards, enjoy some leisure time to further explore the town on your own because later we head for a truly unique gourmet experience, dinner at a local “konoba” restaurant in an abandoned village. This beautiful restaurant, very quaint and peaceful, offers a stunning view of the limestone cliffs. Hear the story of the village, its history and why it got abandoned while eating some of the best local dishes on the island. Overnight in Hvar.
DAY 3 HVAR
Get ready to discover the island on our half day tour of the sunniest island in Croatia. Experience the island of Hvar in one day enjoying wonderful views and nature with a local guide and his stories about the island's life, tasting the most outstanding wines and local food on the island. On this trip, you will discover the island in all its senses. After the tour, head for an amazing dinner at one of the best olive oil producers in Croatia. Set in an olive grove, the restaurant offers an amazing view of Hvar’s 2234-year-old ager field, a UNESCO Heritage Site. A perfect afternoon enjoying the island, it’s cuisine and the hospitality of the locals. Overnight in Hvar.
DAY 4 HVAR – KORČULA
We embark a catamaran again to reach the island and town of Korčula. Head for a tour of the Korčula town, also called “little Dubrovnik” because of its old city walls protecting the old city core that’s packed with churches, narrow alleyways, loggias and restaurants. This small romantic town offers the same medieval charm as his older brother does. Also famed for being the presumable birthplace of Marko Polo, Korčula is a town filled with history that attracts visitors from all over the world. Pay a visit to the birth house of Marko Polo, get lost in it’s cobbled streets, take in the history and experience this truly exceptional medieval town. In the afternoon, get ready for a fantastic evening in a small village of Žrnovo with the Radanović family. Learn how to make makaruni, a type of local pasta, head for a tour of this small rural village passing vineyards, olive trees and stone houses and enjoy a wonderful pasta dinner at their konoba. Head back to Korčula and overnight.
DAY 5 KORČULA – PELJEŠAC – STON – DUBROVNIK
We continue our journey by saying good bye to Korčula and heading for Dubrovnik, “the pearl of the Adriatic.” As we arrive on a boat to Pelješac peninsula, the “Croatian Napa Valley”, head for the winery of one of the best wine producers in Croatia, sip a selection of their spectacular wines and taste the passion that he and his family pour into their wines every single day. Heading further down the Pelješac peninsula, we arrive at Ston, a small, but packed with history little town. The first thing you notice is its old walls, a system of fortifications originally 7 kilometers long, making them the second biggest wall fortification in Europe. Often named “the European wall of China”, they stood the test of time and since the 14th century dominate the Ston landscape and attract tourists from around the world. And it’s at Ston that we have prepared a real gourmet treat for you, the tasting of the world famous Ston oysters. Head for a boat tour of the oyster’s farm and taste the oysters fresh out of the sea or try to open one on the spot. Drizzle a little lemon juice on them and have a taste of the sea. The tour will be rounded with a visit to a private island where your host will make you a traditional mussels buzzara style with only the best ingredients – mussels that you just picked from the sea, olive oil, white wine and local herbs. After this gourmet feast, head for Dubrovnik and overnight.
DAY 6 DUBROVNIK AND KONAVLE REGION
Get ready to discover Dubrovnik on your private walking tour. Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine anyone becoming jaded by the city’s marble streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the Adriatic. Named “the pearl of the Adriatic” by lord Byron, Dubrovnik hides a treasure trove of old houses, spectacular monuments, churches, museums, bars and restaurants all defended by its massive old walls fortification system, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After the tour of Dubrovnik, head for Catat and the Konavle region. Cavtat is built on the site of the Roman colony Epidaurum which was destroyed in the 7th-century Slav and Avar invasions. The beauty of its nature, green lush vegetation, beaches and interesting monuments attract numerous visitors. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic journey to the picturesque region of Konavle, home to around 30 picturesque villages that have settled among the verdant natural beauty and stop at a local agrotourism home and have a wonderful dinner prepared in the style of the region with its distinctive flavors, but still similar to Dalmatian cuisine. After dinner, head back to Dubrovnik and overnight.
DAY 7 DEPARTING DUBROVNIK
Today, meet your driver and head towards the airport for your flight out.
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