GASTRO TOUR FROM ZAGREB TO DUBROVNIK AND MONTENEGRO.
Let us take you on the tour Croatian cuisine from Zagreb to Dubrovnik. It is true and must be admitted that many dishes were created under the influence of our neighbors. Nevertheless, the dishes that they introduced into our culture, we modified in our way. The diversity of our regions and different influences have created during the years a special and unique Croatian cuisine. We owe our gratitude to all women in our families, who left us in inheritance unforgettable aromas and flavors, which invoke memories of youth and the „old country.“ Our Croatian immigrants remember the old country when they think of its aromas and flavors!
We know a variety of flavors in Croatia. Some we love, some we adore… It depends on the taste! The personal taste is not to be discussed. Therefore it is impossible to judge which cuisine is better: Dalmatian, Slavonian, from Zagorje, Istrian, from Međimurje or Lika. Which is better? Strudel from Zagorje? Potato from like? Dalmatian pasticada? Is it garlic-flavored sausages from Samobor or Slavonian Kulen sausage? Hard cheese from Lika or Pag?
Those are the very best representatives of unique Croatian cuisine, which is rich in local specialties.
Croatia has been exposed to many different influences. This reflected on the cuisine; thus for example, in some coastal regions, we can recognize a Medditerannean touch primarily from Italy and France. The northern part was influenced with German and Austrian cuisine, as well as Hungarian of course, while the cooking in the eastern and southern regions resembles those of Turkish cuisine. From the ancient world, Roman and Illyrian cuisine can be found in traces in our traditional cookbook.
Croatians are plenty eaters who like versatile food. With so many dishes and ingredients to choose from fresh herbs, fruit, and vegetables, domestic animals, game, salt, sugar, white and red wine, olive and pumpkin oil, apple vinegar… Croatian cuisine has become rich, versatile and delicious.
We should proud ourselves in our culinary treasure, share it with others so they can enjoy them as well.
Let us take you on the tour Croatian cuisine from Zagreb to Dubrovnik.
Local dishes and specialities of Croatia
Arrival to Zagreb in the afternoon. Transfer from Zagreb airport to hotel / Mercedes E Class. Check-in to hotel. Dinner in local restaurant and then wine tasting. Overnight in the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel. At 9:00h Zagreb city tour. At 13h lunch in a traditional small restaurant. Free afternoon (suggestion: shopping, visit the museum of Broken relationships, Illusion Museum…).Overnight in the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel and check-out. At 8:00h car drive to Opatija
, a small city on Kvarner bay with the longest tourist tradition in Croatia. At 11:30h visit to Mošćenice, a nearby village with beautiful nature, the tour of the village with schnapps tasting, visit of the old mill, church and into the museum. Lunch in local restaurant in Mošćenice. Return to Opatija, check-in to hotel. Free evening, overnight in Opatija.
Breakfast in the hotel. At 8:00h drive to Istria for a full day Istrian tour. Tour of Pula
and visit of the famous “Arena”, an old Roman amphitheater (entrance tickets included).At 13:00h lunch at the local restaurant with domestic food and beverages, famous for its ox specialties. After lunch, departure towards Rovinj, the tour of Rovinj. After Rovinj visit Motovun and Hum. Overnight in Opatija.
Plitvice Lakes, Zadar
Breakfast in the hotel and check-out. At 8:30h departure to Plitvice Lakes National Park
, UNESCO protected. Arrival at 11:30h, entrance gate no.1. Entrance tickets to NP included. Tour of the park and lakes approx. 3h. At 15:00h lunch in local restaurant. Departure towards Zadar. Check-in to hotel. Overnight in Zadar.
After breakfast in the hotel, check-out and guided tour of Zadar
, at 9:00h. After the tour, tasting of the maraschino liqueur in Café Lovre, At 11:30h departure towards Split. Stop on the way for lunch in very famous local eco-restaurant. After departure to Split. At 15:30h guided tour of Split
with the local guide. Entrance tickets to Diocletian’s cellars included (opened till 17h)Dinner in a nice restaurant in Split, at 19:00h. Check-in to the hotel, overnight.
After breakfast, at 09:00 drive to Trogir, UNESCO protected city. Guided tour of the city with local guide Lunch in the old town of Trogir
at noon. After lunch departure to Klis – a manufacturer of homemade sweets, liqueurs, and other local specialties. Complimentary tasting of some of the products and a short tour of their estate. Return to Split. Free evening. Dinner and overnight in Split.
Breakfast in the hotel and check-out. At 09:00h departure to Dubrovnik. Stop on the way to visit a small town of Ston
, famous for its city walls and oysters. The short tour of Ston with and entrance tickets to the Walls of Ston. Then a pleasant boat ride among the oyster beds and find out how oysters are cultivated and of course taste some fresh oysters. Right after lunch in a beautiful local restaurant in Mali Ston, serving domestic food. At approx. 4 PM visit the Trsteno Arboretum on the way to Dubrovnik, the oldest Arboretum on the Mediterranean coast. Arrival to Dubrovnik, check-in to the hotel in Dubrovnik. Dinner in the hotel and overnight.
After breakfast in the hotel, at 9:00h guided city tour of Dubrovnik
, UNESCO protected city. Entrance tickets to Franciscan monastery with old pharmacy included. At 13h lunch in the famous (but extremely popular fisherman restaurant. Free afternoon. Dinner in the hotel and overnight..
Montenegro, so close – but different
The town of Perast with its famous beautiful islet, called “Gospa od Skrpjela” (Our Lady of Stone) and stop to enjoy the glorious view. Way to Kotor is giving you a first-hand experience with Montenegro’s three different landscapes – bay, mountain and sea. There are very few places to compare with natural beauty of the Bay of Kotor, which is actually a fiord, often compared to the ones in Norway. The city itself is surrounded by the very preserved medieval wall. Dinner in the hotel and overnight in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik, airport transfer
Breakfast in the hotel, check-out, and transfer to the Dubrovnik airport. Farewell until next time………
• overnights in quality 4*(or 5*) hotels with breakfast included, and dinner where arranged
• transfers as per itinerary, private minivan, starting at first day Zagreb airport arrival and ending at Dubrovnik airport
• licensed local city guide for a walking tour at all sights
• meals as per itinerary
• Entrance tickets
• Wine tasting
• Tolls, Petrol, minivan, English speaking driver
• city taxes and VAT
Package not including
• extra meals and drinks, expenses of personal orders, and any other services not mentioned in „including.“
• tips for driver and guides
• airline tickets
This tour can be changed – upon your request